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Ted Fenton 1950 - 1961

Player Debuts

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1950-51 Season : Ted Fenton replaces Charlie Paynter 1st August 1950

Albert Foan

Eric Betts

Stan Johns

  * Tommy Southren

  * Vic Niblett

  * Frank O'Farrell

  * Bill Nelson

Tommy Southren

Frank O'Farrell

Harry Kinsell

Harry Hooper

  * Malcolm Allison

  * George Wright

Malcolm Allison

Hull City

Hull City

Cardiff City

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

Sheffield United

Notts County

Blackburn Rovers

Barnsley

   Leyton Orient

   Leyton Orient

Chesterfield

19th August 1950

19th August 1950

4th September 1950

28th September 1950

28th September 1950

28th September 1950

28th September 1950

30th September 1950

25th November 1950

13th January 1951

3rd February 1951

5th March 1951

12th March 1951

17th March 1951

Upton Park

Upton Park

Ninian Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Meadow Lane

Upton Park

Upton Park

Leyton Stadium

Upton Park

Upton Park

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

1951-52 Season : Ted Fenton

A wing-half in the West Ham first team from 1934 to 1946, East Ender Ted Fenton left Upton Park to become player/manager at Colchester United before returning to manage the Irons. He spent two years learning the job under Charlie Paynter before quietly taking full charge in the World Cup summer of 1950 and implementing the youth policy that would serve West Ham so successfully throughout the next three decades. Most of the credit for the Club’s evolution as a vibrant youth academy, and the development of youngsters such as Bobby Moore, rightly goes to Malcolm Allison, who was Fenton’s captain and tactical guru. Allison ran things his way, although it was Fenton who gave him licence to express his strongly-held views and tactical ideas. Ted’s greatest achievement was the Second Division championship in 1958, returning Hammers to the top flight after an absence of 26 years. After a very creditable sixth place in their first season among the elite, West Ham were struggling when Fenton was sacked in March 1961 and the call went out to Ron Greenwood. After initially issuing a statement that Fenton was on sick leave, it later emerged that he had been dismissed for a behind-the-scenes matter that has never been fully explained.

Appointed Manager 1st August 1950

 

Overall League Record:

P:458   W:183   D:102   L:173   F:803   A:783

 

Honours:

Second Division Champions 1957-58

FENTON Ted

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George Wright

Doug Bing

Bert Hawkins

Harry Williams

John Gregory

Jimmy Andrews

John Bond

Roy Stroud

Hull City

Hull City

Hull City

Rotherham United

Birmingham City

Everton

Covenrty City

Notts County

1st September 1951

1st September 1951

1st September 1951

6th October 1951

20th October 1951

24th November 1951

9th February 1952

14th April 1952

Boothferry Park

Boothferry Park

Boothferry Park

Millmoor

St Andrews

Upton Park

Highfield Road

Meadow Lane

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

1952-53 Season : Ted Fenton

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George Petchey

  * Tommy Dixon

  * Noel Cantwell

  * Harry Gunning

Ken Brown

Dave Sexton

Tommy Dixon

Noel Cantwell

   * Peter Chiswick

Harry Gunning

Hull City

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

Rotherham United

Fulham

Swansea Town

Fulham

   Leyton Orient

Lincoln City

1st September 1952

13th September 1952

13th September 1952

13th September 1952

21st February 1953

3rd April 1953

4th April 1953

6th April 1953

23rd April 1953

1st May 1953

Upton Park

Layer Road

Layer Road

Layer Road

Millmoor

Upton Park

Vetch Field

Craven Cottage

Upton Park

Sincil Bank

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

1953-54 Season : Ted Fenton

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John Dick

   * Andy Malcolm

   * George Matthews

   * Fred Cooper

Andy Malcolm

Peter Chiswick

Malcolm Musgrove

John Arnott

Lincoln City

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

Notts County

Leeds United

Brentford

Bury

19th August 1953

22nd October 1953

22nd October 1953

22nd October 1953

5th December 1953

6th February 1954

27th February 1954

10th April 1954

Upton Park

Layer Road

Layer Road

Layer Road

Upton Park

Upton Park

Griffin Park

Gigg Lane

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

1954-55 Season : Ted Fenton

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Bill Nelson

   * Andy Nelson

   * Alf Noakes

   * Doug Wragg

Leslie Bennett

Alan Blackburn

Geoff Hallas

Billy Dare

Brian Moore

Liverpool

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

   Colchester United

Derby County

Derby County

Leeds United

Leeds United

Nottingham Forest

4th September 1954

11th November 1954

11th November 1954

11th November 1954

25th December 1954

27th December 1954

5th March 1955

5th March 1955

2nd May 1955

Anfield

Layer Road

Layer Road

Layer Road

Upton Park

Baseball Ground

Upton Park

Upton Park

City Ground

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

1955-56 Season : Ted Fenton

 

 

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   * Robert Johnstone

   * Tommy Lawrence

George Matthews

Mike Grice

Roy Smith

Bill Lansdowne Snr.

   Southend United

   Southend United

Blackburn Rovers

Stoke City

Stoke City

Lincoln City

31st August 1955

5th December 1955

17th March 1956

2nd April 1956

2nd April 1956

21st April 1956

Roots Hall

Upton Park

Ewood Park

Victoria Ground

Victoria Ground

Upton Park

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

1956-57 Season : Ted Fenton

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Fred Cooper

Doug Wragg

John Smith

Robert Johnstone

Robinson "Bob" Wyllie

Eddie Lewis

   * John Morley

   * George Fenn

Mick Newman

Harry Obeney

Malcolm Pyke

Fulham

Blackburn Rovers

Port Vale

Doncaster Rovers

Leicester city

Leicester city

   Chelmsford City

   Leyton Orient

Doncaster Rovers

Notts County

Bristol City

18th August 1956

27th August 1956

15th September 1956

3rd November 1956

24th November 1956

24th November 1956

26th December 1956

25th February 1957

16th March 1957

20th April 1957

22nd April 1957

Craven Cottage

Ewood Park

Vale Park

Belle Vue

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Meadow Lane

Upton Park

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

1957-58 Season : Ted Fenton

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Brian Rhodes

Billy Neville

Vic Keeble

Andy Nelson

   * Joe Kirkup

   * Andy Smillie

   * Trevor Hayward

Blackburn Rovers

Sheffield United

Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers

   Southend United

   Southend United

   Chelmsford City

2nd September 1957

16th September 1957

19th October 1957

1st March 1958

10th March 1958

10th March 1958

2nd May 1958

Upton Park

Bramall Lane

Upton Park

Belle Vue

Upton Park

Upton Park

Chelmsford

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

Essex Pro Cup

1958-59 Season : Ted Fenton

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Bobby Moore

   * Johnny Cartwright

Phil Woosnam

Joe Kirkup

   * Geoff Hurst

Andy Smillie

Noel Dwyer

   * David Hills

Manchester United

   Charlton Athletic

Arsenal

Manchester City

   Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur

Bolton Wanderers

   Colchester United

8th September 1958

27th October 1958

8th November 1958

13th December 1958

15th December 1958

26th December 1958

21st March 1959

8th April 1959

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Maine Road

Upton Park

White Hart Lane

Upton Park

Upton Park

First Division

Southern Floodlit Cup

First Division

First Division

Southern Floodlit Cup

First Division

First Division

Essex Pro Cup

1959-60 Season : Ted Fenton

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Ron Brett

Derek Woodley

   * Harry Cripps

   * Ron Boyce

Johnny Cartwright

John Lyall

Tony Scott

Geoff Hurst

Dave Dunmore

Eddie Bovington

Tottenham Hotspur

Luton Town

   Millwall

   Millwall

Everton

Chelsea

Chelsea

Nottingham Forest

Blackburn Rovers

Manchester United

14th September 1959

10th October 1959

13th October 1959

13th October 1959

17th October 1959

6th February 1960

6th February 1960

27th February 1960

19th March 1960

18th April 1960

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Goodison Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

City Ground

Upton Park

Old Trafford

First Division

First Division

Southern Floodlit Cup

Southern Floodlit Cup

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

1960-61 Season : Ted Fenton

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Peter Shearing

Mick Beesley

Ron Boyce

Alan Sealey

Sheffield Wednesday

Everton

Preston North End

Leicester City

3rd September 1960

24th September 1960

22nd October 1960

3rd April 1961

Hillsborough

Goodison Park

Upton Park

Filbert Street

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

* Essex Pro Cup and the Southern Floodlit Cup games, the matchday programme clearly states on more than one occasion that these games were First Team Fixtures. The record books show such games but the players are not recorded as making a First Team appearances