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The west London side would have been pleased with their £13,000 capture in September 1962 as he scored 23 goals to help the club win 1962-63's Division Four Championship. By now in his early thirties, John continued to be reliable in front of goal as he chalked-up 45 goals in his 72 league matches for the Bees.
After leaving Brentford in 1965 John joined non-league side Gravesend before hanging-up his boots. Later in the early 1970s he returned to West Ham as a coach for the junior sides.
England’s World Cup Qualifier against Scotland on Saturday June 10, 2017 is a reminder of when the first West Ham United player gained Scottish international recognition. This was back in 1959 when the Hammers’ prolific goal scorer John Dick, was selected by manager Andy Beattie to play in the England versus Scotland full international at Wembley.
It was no surprise that John received his Scottish call-up papers for the Saturday April 11, 1959 international as his goal scoring record with the Hammers was impressive.
Since making his West Ham United debut in August 1953 up to the full international selection he had notched 120 goals in 257 league and cup appearances.
John Dick Scotland striker shoots for goal against England at Wembley Stadium
'B' International Cap
John quickly registered on the Scottish selectors’ radar as just nine months after signing for West Ham he was chosen for the March 3, 1954 England v Scotland 'B' international. It took a while for John to find his goal scoring boots for the Hammers. After making his league debut on August 19, 1953 in a 5-0 home win over Lincoln City, he had to wait until his 13th league appearance before he hit the net. But by the time of the 'B' international he had scored 11 goals in 29 Division II games that season.
The 'B' international held at Sunderland’s Roker Park was a drawn affair. From a claret and blue perspective the best memory would have been West Ham’s Harry Hooper scoring England’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
Full International Cap
West Ham players Harry Hooper (England) and John Dick (Scotland) shown in this Daily Record illustration of the Scottish full back heading off the goal line a shot by Three Lions’ Don Revie.
Five years after the 'B' international John finally received full international status. Scotland’s newly appointed manager, Andy Beattie, looking for improved performances in front of goal picked John for the annual British Home Championship against the English. And Dick’s record of 120 goals in 257 league and cup games, close to a goal every two games, fully justified the international honour.
Lining up at Wembley alongside many well known players of the day, Dick was in good company.
Scotland’s team included many of the stars of the late 1950s: Bobby Collins (Everton, & later Leeds United), Tommy Docherty (Arsenal), Dave MacKay (Tottenham Hotspur), Graham Leggat (Fulham) and Bobby Evans (Celtic).
While this was Dick’s first taste of full international football, at the other end of the spectrum was England’s captain Billy Wright, making his 100th England appearance.
As for the match, this turned out to be a disappointing afternoon for the Scots. The West Ham marksman and fellow striker David Herd (Arsenal) were both closed down by England’s defence and only had a single goal worthy chance between them.
A 61st minute Bobby Charlton header sealed the game for the Three Lions. Unfortunately for John, he did not receive another international opportunity.
West Ham United’s 3rd Top Goal Scorer
After the Scotland game John enjoyed another four seasons with the Hammers before competition for the goal scoring spots made him seek a new club. By 1962-63 season West Ham had signed Johnny Byrne and Geoff Hurst was making the switch from wing half to centre forward. After playing the first two games of the 1962-63 campaign he transferred to Division Four side Brentford.
The transfer drew a line under the career of one of West Ham’s legends. A free signing he scored 177 league and cup (FA, League Cup, Essex Pro and Southern Floodlit) goals in 367 appearances. At the time this placed him second in the Hammers’ goal scoring table. Vic Watson with a mind blowing 326 goals tops the table. Today, Dick sits in third place having been overtaken by Geoff Hurst with 249 strikes.
Hammers’ Post-War Record Scorer
John’s total 177 nets included a new claret and blue post-war record of 153 league goals. A record which stood until Geoff Hurst started firing on all cylinders.
Fourth Division Championship Medal with Brentford
Wembley Match Ball
John's wife Sue with his
Scotland shirt and cap
Image courtesy of 'Ex Magazine'
Edition No. 12 dated March 2004
John Dick’s name is forever etched in the West Ham United records as the club’s first Scottish full international with his 1959 Wembley appearance against the Auld Enemy.
Fifty eight years on will Robert Snodgrass, the most recent Hammer to don the dark blue shirt, line-up on Saturday June 10, 2017 at Hampden Park in the 2018 World Cup qualifier?
Scotland players emerging from tunnel for the second half at Wembley (left to right): Collins, MacKay, Dick and Fernie
John Dick Wembley programme pen picture
Claret & Blue Scottish Internationals
Since John Dick’s solitary cap in 1959, another five Hammers have worn Scotland’s dark blue shirt. The second, twenty two years later, was full back Ray Stewart. Followed by 1985-86 season’s scoring sensation, Frank McAvennie.
A mention must be made of two claret and blue goalkeepers who can count themselves unlucky not to have increased their Scottish cap collection whilst with the Hammers. Lawrie Leslie would have increased his five but for injury in 1961. And 1967’s record goalkeeper signing Bobby Ferguson should have been honoured more often than the seven he was awarded with Kilmarnock. Though Ferguson did become the recipient of a Scotland Under 23 cap whilst in east London.
The table below summarises West Ham United’s full international Scots.
Image courtesy of Richard Miller
(including time with other clubs)
The two captains lead the teams onto the Wembley turf