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February

25

On This Day

in History

A One Day Sale of Sporting Memorabilia

Presented by Dave Alexander of Football Wanted

Monday 23rd October at 10:00am

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37 Websters Way : Rayleigh : Essex SS6 8JQ

 

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LEST WE FORGET

When Great Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914, it had a negative effect on association football; in some countries competitions were suspended and players signed up to fight. However, the Football League continued with the 1914-15 season. Most football players were professionals and were tied to clubs through one-year renewable contracts. Players could only join the armed forces if the clubs agreed to cancel their contracts.

 

On 6 September 1914, author Arthur Conan Doyle made a direct appeal for footballers to volunteer for service. Many players heeded the calls, and a special Football Battalion was formed, as part of the Middlesex Regiment. The regiment was led by Frank Buckley, who later estimated that over 500 of the battalion's original 600 men had died. There were over 5,000 men playing professional football in Great Britain in 1914, and of those, 2,000 had joined the military services.

 

‘theyflysohigh’ highlights the plight of eight players associated with the Hammers who gave their lives while serving their country.

 

FRANK COSTELLO, WILLIAM KENNEDY, FRANK CANNON, WILLIAM KIRBY, SYDNEY HAMMOND, ARTHUR STALLARD, FREDERICK GRIFFITHS and  WILLIAM JONES.

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John Northcutt's

'On This Day'

A Castle on Green Street

Part One : 1904-1966

A Castle on Green Street

Tony Hogg is pleased to announce that his alternative history on West Ham United's 112 year tenure at the Boleyn Ground is finally ready to be printed.

 

Tony has crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. His script has been proof-read and has just gone through the design stage.

 

His eagerly awaited publication will be out in the New Year.

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"But back to the harsh realities of post-war Britain and the East End in particular, where, in not too distant Hornchurch, there had been a bus strike on VE Day.

 

Rationing, which would continue into the 50s, meant there were shortages of almost everything, especially anything which began with ‘B’, like beer, bacon, bananas and bread.

 

Ironically, Winston Churchill, who had won the war in most minds, proceeded to lose the election in a landslide to Labour’s Clement Attlee.

 

At the microcosm which was the Boleyn Ground, beerless, but not cheerless, life went on."

A couple of extracts from the book:

"So the final shots were about to be played out of this, West Ham’s most successful, unsuccessful season of all time.

 

It was the most exhilarating, exasperating, frustrating and downright infuriating in the club’s rich history.

With just two matches to go, the season fizzled out in anticlimax, with disappointing defeats at Stoke (1-0) and Leicester (2-1, Byrne). The team failed to better their points total of the previous campaign.

 

There would be no silverware for the West Ham players to hold aloft and parade through the teeming, banner bedecked streets of East London this year.

 

But there would be gold for a chosen three of their number, called to do battle on a higher stage, where immortality awaited them."

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April

16

Matchday in History

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January

7

Matchday in History

1980

EVERTON v. WEST HAM UNITED

FA Cup Semi-Final Replay:

 

The Hammers were at Elland Road, Leeds to meet Everton in a FA Cup Semi-Final replay after the teams had earlier drawn 1-1 at Villa Park.  Frank Lampard who had known the good and the bad, the glory days and the grim ones in sixteen years at Upton Park took West Ham to Wembley.

Two minutes from the end of extra time was the moment when Lampard dived to head the goal that gave West Ham the victory. Earlier four minutes into extra time Alan Devonshire broke the deadlock and put West Ham in front. Then seven minutes from the end Everton equalised through Bob Latchford. Just as it looked to be another replay a cross from Trevor Brooking found Lampard who headed the most dramatic of winners.  

The Hammers headed to Wembley for the FA Cup Final where they beat Arsenal 1-0.

 

West Ham United line-up: Parkes, Lampard, Brush, Stewart, Bonds, Devonshire, Allen, Pearson, Brooking, Pike.

 

1994

OLDHAM ATHLETIC v. WEST HAM UNITED

Carling Premiership

 

West Ham travelled to Boundary Park where they met relegation threatened Oldham Athletic. The Hammers capitalised on the Lancashire side’s early disarray by taking a first minute lead when Mattie Holmes whipped a low cross into the box and Martin Allen ghosted in at the far post to side foot home.

The Hammers defence coped with everything thrown at them and West Ham increased their lead on the half hour. Allen rolled the ball back across the goal where Trevor Morley slotted home his 15th goal of the season. Just three minutes before the break David Burrows bundled over Sean McCarthy in the box and Rick Holden scored from the resultant penalty kick.

The Latics had more possession in the second half but lacked the initiative to score goals. Deep into injury time a clearance cannoned off Morley’s chest and into the net but the goal was inexplicably ruled out to the disgust of the striker. The 2-1 win kept the Hammers in 13th place a position they would occupy at the end of the season.

 

West Ham United line-up: Miklosko, Breacker, Gale, Burrows, Brown, Rush, Allen, Bishop, Marsh, Holmes, Morley.

 

 

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February

30

Matchday in History

Matchday Tribute to Harry Kinsell

West Ham United

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West Bromwich Albion

Hammers' Trophy Cabinet

1958-59

Southern Junior Floodlight Cup Final

1945

WEST HAM UNITED v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

 

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1945

WEST HAM UNITED v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

 

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1945

WEST HAM UNITED v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

 

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Hammers' Trophy Cabinet

1912-13

Pocket Watch

Presented to Danny Shea January 1913

By the Directors of the

WEST HAM UNITED FOOTBALL Co Ltd

After 6 years service.

With Best Wishes for his Future Welfare

Charlie Paynter discovered this brilliant inside-forward on the club's doorstep, playing Sunday morning football for the Builders Arms pub team in Stratford and also for Pearl United and Manor Park Albion. Daniel Harold Shea joined the Hammers in 1907 and made his Southern League debut against Norwich City at Newmarket Road in a 1-1 draw on 7 December 1907.

VIC KEEBLE

1930 - 2018

'theyflysohigh' is sad to hear that Vic has passed away after a short illness.

 

A full a fitting tribute to our former striker will be prepare over the coming week.

Vic Keeble

Current unrest amongst the various Hammers' supporter groups and the board of directors at West Ham United has highlighted on social media channels aspects of the club’s history which can only be categorised as either a myth or a legend which has wrongly been handed down through the mists of time.

 

Social media debate has brought into question our heritage, many believe our predecessors the Thames Ironworks FC was formed in an amalgamation with Old Castle Swifts Football Club. A fair proportion think that the Boleyn Ground was named after Anne Boleyn the second wife of King Henry VIII. For others they are questioning why the castle was placed on the club crest in the first place.

 

Oh... and to throw in for good measure it is said that we won a race against Aston Villa and as a forfeit they handed over their shirts as payment.

 

 

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