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36= William BIGGAR ... (1902 - 1903)

Born: 16 October 1874, Mexborough, Yorkshire

Signed: SHEFFIELD UNITED

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds - 6th September 1902

Transferred: FULHAM

Appearances: 8

Died: 1935

TEMPLATE GHOST

Born: 5 November 1872, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Signed: EVERTON

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds: 6 September 1902

Transferred: BOLTON WANDERERS

Appearances: 59 (gls 0) Cup 5 (gls 0)

Died: 18 December1945 (aged 73)

Biggar began the 1902-03 season as Hammers' first choice goalkeeper following his transfer from Sheffield United, along with Billy Barnes. Biggar's record between the sticks was not an enviable one, letting in 22 goals in only 8 appearances. His West Ham debut came against Reading in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Grounds 6 September 1902. Lost his place from the side after only 3 matches to Welsh international Fred Griffiths, and although he regained it at the tail-end of the campaign. Joined Fulham for 1903-04 and then Watford 1904-05. Moved from Watford to Rochdale in 1910 where he won a Lancashire Combination medal in 1910-11.

36= George ECCLES ... (1902 - 1904)

Part 1 : 36. William Biggar to 85. Sidney Smith

Born: 25 April 1873, Dundee, Scotland

Signed: MIDDLESBROUGH

Date: 1902

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds: 6 September 1902

Transferred: LUTON TOWN

Appearances: (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

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Born: Glasgow 08/08/1878

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds - 6th September 1902

Transferred: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Date: 1903

Appearances: 13 (gls 0)

Born: Berwick-on-Tweed 1881

Signed: EVERTON

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Debut: REASING

Memorial Grounds - 6th September 1902

Transferred: MILLWALL August 1904

Appearances: 52 (gls 0) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Born: Govan, Scotland 1877

Signed: GLASGOW RANGERS (Scotland)

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds - 6th September 1902

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Appearances: 18 (gls 1)

Born: 1874

Signed: SOUTHAMPTON

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds - 6th September 1902

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Appearances: 20 (gls 3) Cup: 1 (gls 0).

Born: Yorkshire.

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Debut: READING

Memorial Grounds - 6th September 1902

Transferred: LUTON TOWN

Appearances: 48 (gls 5) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Born: Presteigne, South Wales 1876

Signed: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

4th October 1902 - Memorial Grounds

Transferred: NEW BROMPTON

Appearances: 48 Cup: 4

Born: Battersea, London 1880

Signed: ILFORD

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Debut: WATFORD

Memorial Ground - 18th October 1902

Transferred: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland 22 September 1878

Signed: READING

Date: 1902

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Debut: SOUTHAMPTON

Memorial Grounds - 25th December 1902

Transferred: LUTON TOWN

Appearances: 9 (gls 2)

Died: Oct-Dec 1929 (aged 51)

Born: Paddington, London 1877

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Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Priestfield Stadium - 7th March 1903

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Memorial Grounds - 15th April 1903

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36= James DOW ... (1902 - 1903)

George Samuel Eccles was a sturdy defender, equally at home in either of the full-back berths. The former Everton man made consistency his by-word during his two seasons at the Memorial Grounds, missing only five Southern League outings in that period. Made the first of his 64 appearances for West Ham United against Reading in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Grounds on the 6 September 1902. Not even his proud record could not save him from the ruthless purge on the playing staff which saw only five players retained and a major influx of new faces to coincide with the move to Upton Park.

A well-built defender who could perform equally at either right or left-back. Signed from Middlesbrough in time for the start of the 1902-03 season. James was first choice in the squad for the start of the 1902-03 campaign. Played seven of the first nine games, making his initial Hammers debut in the 1-1 home draw with Reading on the 6th September 1902, he was in and out of the side for the remainder of the campaign and couldn't get past unlucky 13 in Southern League appearances when he was released. Before Middlesbrough, Dow had seen service with Newton Heath and Glossop North End. At the start of 1904-05 he was captain at Luton Town.

36= Tommy McATEER ... (1902 - 1903)

In common with team-mate James Dow, this centre-half's Southern League appearances for Hammers got stuck on the number least liked by superstitious - 13 - and stayed there. Made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1902-3 campaign against Reading on the 6th September, in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Grounds, kept his place in the side for the next 10 games, and wasn't called upon again until the tail end of that season to make a further two appearances. A big strapping fellow who brought a big reputation from Bolton Wanderers’ Burnden Park, but it never materialised at the Memorial Grounds. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion for 1903-04 season.

36= Joe BLYTHE ... (1902 - 1904)

A left-half of average height and weight, Joe joined the Hammers from Everton during the close season of 1902-03 and spent 6 years with the Hammers, making his West Ham debut against Reading at the Memorial Grounds a 1-1 draw on the 6th September 1902. Strictly a defender, he never managed to get on the score-sheet during the two troubled seasons leading up to the move to the Boleyn Ground, but nevertheless proved to be a stubborn fixture in Irons' often beleaguered defence. Left to join Millwall in August 1904. In 1911 he was playing for Watford.

36= John CAMPBELL ... (1902 - 1903)

Joined the Hammers as part of the Glasgow Rangers’ sale of players to raise funds to help pay for damage following the Ibrox disaster 15th April 1902. A jinking right-winger in the true Scottish tradition making his Hammers debut in the opening fixture against Reading at the Memorial Grounds in a 1-1 draw on the 6th September 1902. Added some much needed guile to an attack which otherwise relied on brawn rather than brain. Played a total of 18 appearances in his one and only campaign for West Ham. Scored his only goal in the 1-2 defeat away to Watford on the 31st January 1903. Was tried in all the forward positions - with the exception of centre-forward - before finding himself on the not retained list at the end of the season.

36= John FARRELL ... (1902 - 1903)

"Jack" Farrell made his name with Southampton when the Saints won the Southern League Championship for the third year running in 1899. It was a considered a major coup on West Ham's part when, as a relatively new club, they managed to sign such a well-known player for the commencement of the 1902-03 season. Jack made his Hammers debut in the opening game of the 1902-03 campaign against Reading at the Memorial Grounds in a 1-1 draw on the 6th September. Scored the first of only three goals for West Ham against Swindon Town at home on the 14th March 1903 and also scored in the following two matches against New Brompton, Luton Town. He retired after his one season at the Memorial Grounds and became a publican in his home town of Tunstall.

36= William BARNES ... (1902 - 1904)

A Cup Final hero with Sheffield United, Billy joined Hammers from the Yorkshiremen in the summer of 1902 having previously gained an unexpected place in the Blades' line-up at outside-right for the F.A. Cup Final replay of 1902 v. Southampton at Crystal Palace. William made his Hammers debut in the claret-and-blue in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Grounds against Reading on the 6th September 1902. Barnes had the distinction of being the first Hammer ever to be featured on a postcard. After two years regular service in West Ham's Southern League XI Billy moved to Luton Town and then across London to Queens Park Rangers.

44. Frederick GRIFFITHS ... (1902 - 1904)

Frederick commenced his career in Welsh junior football but began at senior level with South Shore in 1894, then Clitheroe in 1896 before returning to South Shore in 1887 and was with them when they amalgamated with Blackpool in 1899. In a age when big goalkeepers were fashionable, Fred's towering 6ft 2in frame and 15st bulk must have provided a daunting sight for opposing forwards. Capped at international level by Wales on three occasions while with Blackpool. Served Stalybridge, Millwall, Preston North End and Tottenham before joining Hammers. Made his Hammers debut between the sticks in a 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Grounds on the 4th October 1902. Made the first team spot more or less his own for the next two seasons before moving on to New Brompton in the close season 1904.

45. Sidney SUGDEN ... (1902)

A wonderful dashing player with a splendid turn of sped and a deadly shot. Began his career with Ilford before the turn of the century, He was so keen to remain an amateur he declined an offer from those giants of the Victorian/Edwardian eras, Aston Villa. Sugden made his one and only appearance for West Ham in a 3-1 victory over Watford on the 18th October 1902, Syd's solitary match came about as a result of William Davidson's dispute with the West Ham management. Davidson left the club in a hurry, John Farrell, his deputy was unfit and Sugden, then playing for Ilford, volunteered to fill the spot. He changed his tune about amateur status when he joined Nottingham Forest. Later played for Queens Park Rangers, Brentford and Southend United.

46. Alexander DAVIDSON ... (1902 - 1903)

Started his footballing career with Scottish side Third Lanark where he scored four goals in nine appearances in the early weeks of the 1899-900 season which attracted the attention of English clubs. Alex Lauder Davidson moved to Glossop North End in November 1899 and the Athletic News ventured the opinion that Davidson played with the intention of getting towards goal by the quickest route. He was also said to be clever in extracting himself from difficult positions, but his line holding abilities were not a strong point. A fine individual goal against Aston Villa in the unexpected 1-0 victory in December was the high point of his relatively brief stay with the Glossopians. The lowest point came when he was suspended for one month for striking two Nottingham Forest players after the match at the City Ground on 13 January 1900. His career thereafter did not lack variety he joined Manchester City, then Reading where his scored 11 goals in 26 Southern League appearances. It was from the Elm Park club that he joined the Hammers 17 December 1902. Davidson was a fearless player but rather erratic. Wearing the number nine shirt for the Irons he was given that amount of first team appearances to make a name for himself. Made his Hammers bow in the 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Southampton on Christmas Day 1902 in which William Grassam scored for Hammers. Scored the first of only two goals against Wellingborough Town on the 10 January 1903, his last came against Northampton Town. Moved to Luton Town (February 1903), then on to Fulham, New Brompton, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Stockport County, Atherton Church House, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Town, Nelson and finally Macclesfield.

47. Walter MIECZNIKOWSKI ... (1903)

A prominent East End amateur with Pemberton and Clapton, who had played for and against West Ham at intervals. Also played for Portsmouth, but still retained his amateur status. He won innumerable county honours. In December 1899 the "Morning Leader" announced that due to so many wrong spellings of his name it would in future refer to him simply as "Kowski" A winger of East European decent, he was happy on either flank. Miecznikowski made only three appearances for Hammers, making his debut in a 0-2 away defeat at the hands of New Brompton on the 7th March 1903. He never managed to be on the winning side for West Ham, as the other two games were also away at Luton Town losing 0-4 and Millwall losing 1-2.

48= Harry PARKINSON ... (1903)

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Dunstable Road - 18th April 1903

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Plymouth, Devon 1882

Signed: READING

Date: 1903

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Debut: MILLWALL

North Greenwich - 5th September 1903

Transferred: LIVERPOOL 1906

Appearances: 18 Cup: 1

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Debut: MILLWALL

North Greenwich - 5th September 1903

Transferred: NEW BROMPTON 1904

Appearances: 25 (gls 1) Cup: 4 (gls 1)

Born: Preston, Lancashire 21/06/1882

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Debut: MILLWALL

North Greenwich - 5th September 1903

Transferred: SWINDON TOWN 1904

Appearances: (gls 10) Cup: 3 (gls 1)

Born: 1877

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Debut: MILLWALL

North Greenwich - 5th September 1903

Transferred: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1904

Appearances: 29 (gls 4) Cup: 4 (gls 5)

Born: 1882

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Debut: MILLWALL

North Greenwich - 5th September 1903

Transferred: BRISTOL CITY 1905

Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Born: 1878

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Debut: MILLWALL

North Greenwich - 5th September 1903

Transferred: WOOLWICH ARSENAL

Appearances: 32 (gls 13) Cup: 4 (gls 5)

Harry made only two Southern League appearances in Hammers colours both away from the Memorial Grounds at the tail end of the 1902-03 season, his debut in the 1-1 draw against Kettering Town on the 15th April and the other ten days later against Millwall.

Born: West Ham, London 1879

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Debut: KETTERING TOWN

Memorial Grounds - 15th April 1903

Transferred: CHELSEA 1906

Appearances: 20 (gls 1) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

48= Robert BUSH ... (1903 - 1906)

Discovered literally on the club's doorstep playing Sunday morning football for Britannia FC on the pitch adjoining the Boleyn Ground. Bob spent 3 years at the Memorial Grounds, scoring on his Hammers debut against Kettering Town on the 15th April 1903 in a 1-1 draw in which Harry Parkinson also made his debut. Inexplicably, he didn't play for the first team for the next two seasons, before reappearing on a more permanent basis in the 1905-06 season at left-half. Transferred to Chelsea in the close season 1906.

50. Roger EVANS ... (1903)

A centre-forward who played in the penultimate Southern League fixture of 1902-03 season on the occasion of a 0-4 reverse against  Luton Town at the Hatters enclosure on the 18th April 1903. He failed to get on the score-sheet  and consequently to make any more appearances in the claret-and-blue. An amateur with Clapton where he was club-mate of W. Miecznikowski. Also appeared for Ilford, Queens Park Rangers and London Welsh.

51= Charles COTTON ... (1903 - 1906)

Signed from Reading along with Ernest Watts and Tommy Allison, One of six players to make their debuts, Charles was  first choice custodian in the opening fixture against Millwall, ending-up on the losing side by 2-4 against our London rivals 5th September 1903. Lost his place to the more experienced Welsh international, Fred Griffiths after eight games of that campaign, Fred in turn conceded his place to Matthew Kingsley, Charles did however play 10 more games over the next two seasons as understudy to Kingsley. Joined Liverpool from West Ham but was not long at Anfield, transferring to Southend United on that club's formation in 1906, after a brief return to West Ham. Forced through illness to give up playing in November 1909.

51= Ernest WATTS ... (1903 - 1904)

Joined the Hammers from Reading, but prior to his time with the Berkshire club served Notts County in the Football League. Made skipper of Irons in 1903-04 season, the last at the Memorial Grounds. Ernest made his Hammers bow away to London Rivals Millwall in a 2-4 reverse on the 5th September 1903. Scored his only League goal against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Grounds in a 1-4 defeat, and his only F.A. Cup goal coming against Brighton United in a 4-0 victory. Joined New Brompton for 1904-05.

51= William KIRBY ... (1903 - 1904)

An outside-right who liked a crack at goal, Bill was given a spell at centre-forward in an attempt to further encourage his goal-scoring inclinations. Formerly with Swindon Town, played in every game of the 1903-04 campaign bar the final fixture against Swindon Town away. Made a scoring debut in his Southern League debut for Hammers in the away fixture at Millwall on the 5th September 1903 scoring a goal, but being on the losing side by 2 goals to 4, in a game which also saw Charles Cotton, Ernest Watts, Herbert Lyon, William Ingram and Charles Scatterwaite make their debuts. Nicknamed "Sunny Jim" by colleagues and fans alike, Bill return to Swindon Town for 1904-05 and then commenced a seven year stay at Portsmouth. His wanderings were far from over, however, the 1912-13 season seeing him with his home club, Preston North End. He then had spells with Merthyr Tydfil and Exeter City up to the outbreak of WW1. Was killed in France, serving as Private 40391 with the 6th (Pioneer) Battalion of the Royal Engineers, attached to the East Yorkshire Regiment. William is buried in the Bard Cottage Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium.

51= Herbert LYON ... (1903 - 1904)

Previously with Leicester Fosse, Nelson and Watford. Herbert was one of four players signed from Reading, Herbert made his West Ham debut in the 2-4 away defeat at the hands of London rivals Millwall on the 5th September 1903. Mostly recognised as an inside-right, but was also tried at number nine during Hammers' last season at the Memorial Grounds. Indeed he scored two goals in only his second appearance against Kettering Town in a 4-1 victory on the 7th September 1903. A victim of a major clear-out of players at the season's end. Herbert transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion in the close season 1904. Later served Swindon Town, Carlisle United, Swindon Town again and Blackpool before WW1.

51= William INGHAM ... (1903)

In an age when goals were the demanded pre-requisite of centre-forwards, Billy's failure to get on the score sheet in the two opportunities afforded to him makes his demise self-explanatory. Made his debut in the claret-and-blue against Millwall in a 2-4 reverse at the hands of London rivals Millwall 5th September 1903, along with fellow debutors Charles Cotton, Ernest Watts, William Kirby, Herbert Lyon and Charles Scatterwaite. William's last outing for Hammers came in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Grounds against Reading the same month. He was signed from Aberdare Athletic who were finalists in that season's Welsh cup, and again in 1905. He played for Bristol City in Division Two of the Football League in 1905-06 and moved further west to join Plymouth Argyle for 1908-09. The following season saw him at Accrington Stanley.

51= Charles SATTERTHWAITE ... (1903 - 1904)

Born: Edinburgh 1875

Signed: READING

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Debut: KETTERING TOWN

Memorials Grounds - 7th September 1903

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Appearances: 156 (gls 7) Cup: 9 (gls 0)

Born: 1882

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Debut: KETTERING TOWN

Memorials Grounds - 7th September 1903

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Born: 24/11/1882

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Memorial Grounds - 24th September 1903

Transferred: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Date: February 1904

Appearances: 24/11/1882

Born: Marden, Kent

Signed: CLAPTON ORIENT

Date: 1903

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Debut: LUTON TOWN

Memorial Grounds - 24th September 1903

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Bromley-by-Bow, London 12/12/1883

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Memorial Grounds - 10th October 1903

Transferred: CHELSEA

Appearances: 71 (gls 19) Cup: 3 (gls 1)

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Debut: BRISTOL ROVERS

Memorial Grounds - 10th October 1903

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Debut: BRENTFORD

Memorial Grounds - 7th November 1903

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

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Debut: MILLWALL

Memorial Grounds - 2nd January 1904

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Appearances: 8 (gls 1)

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Debut: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Agricultural Society , Park Royal - 9th January 1904

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Appearances: 9 (gls 1)

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Debut: SWINDON TOWN

County Ground - 12th March 1904

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Debut: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Memorial Grounds - 27th February 1904

Transferred: LEICESTER FOSSE

Appearances: 14 (gls 0)

A high class inside-left who joined Hammers from New Brompton for the start of the 1903-04 season. He was an immediate success in the claret-and-blue scoring debut against London rivals Millwall, but finished up on the losing side 2-4 on the 5th September 1903, went onto record a scoring ratio of a goal every other game. His fine form and consistency, in a season during which he only missed two Southern League matches, alerted other clubs and he was transferred to Woolwich Arsenal in the following close season.

57= Tommy ALLISON ... (1903 - 1909)

Allison spent three years with New Brighton Tower, then in the Second Division of the Football League. When that club disbanded in 1901 he joined Reading in the Southern League and helped them to their highest placing, in 1901-02 and 1902-03. In an exodus of Reading players, Allison, along with Cotton, Lyon and Watts, joined Hammers for 1903-04, the last season at the Memorial Grounds. Allison became a regular for the next five years, appearing in 150 Southern League and F.A. Cup games. On the 14th December 1908 he was awarded the proceeds of the Western League fixture against Portsmouth, thus becoming the first West Ham player to earn a benefit. Allison, who won a Scottish junior cap with Strathclyde, often skippered Hammers when the regular captain was not available. He made his debut on the 7th September 1903, in the 4-1 win over Kettering Town when he marked his first-team baptism with a goal. Allison, who played all his games for West Ham in the half-back line, managed seven League goals altogether. His best season was 1906-07 when he missed only two games as the Hammers finished fifth in the table. He made his last appearance in the first team against Watford in April 1909, playing his part in West Ham's 3-1 victory which helped the club struggle to 17th position. In his early days at the club, during the summer of 1904, Tom was one of the few players who survived a purge on the Hammers' playing staff when several were released.

57= James BUTCHART ... (1903)

A Scotsman who joined the Hammers from Greenock Morton. Made his debut in Hammers First XI against Kettering Town in a 4-1 victory at the Memorial Grounds along with Tommy Allison on the 7th September 1903. Only managed another two appearances in the following games against Queens Park Rangers (H) 1-0 12th September, and Plymouth (A) 0-2 19th September.

59= Percy MAPLEY ... (1903 - 1904)

It was a case of unlucky 13 in Southern League matches for left-back Percy who also managed four F.A. Cup appearances in his season at the Memorial Grounds. Making his Hammers debut against Luton Town at the Memorial Grounds in a 0-0 draw on the 24th September 1903, missed the following game, but went onto play in the next 12 consecutive matches. Transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in February 1904.

59= Jack HILSDON ... (1903)

Signed on as professional for Luton Town, was formerly an amateur his first appearance as a footballer was with Salton Rovers. He spent a season with Leytonstone and afterwards joined Clapton Orient where he became a prolific goal-scorer. Hilsdon joined West Ham at the start of the 1903-04 season and made just the one appearance in Hammers colours, that was in the 0-0 draw against his former employers Luton Town at the Memorial Grounds on the 24th September 1903 in which Percy Mapley also made his debut. The inside-right also had one game for Arsenal. He represented Middlesex County on three occasions, and played twice for Essex County.

61= William BRIDGEMAN ... (1903 - 1906)

A pupil of Marner Street School where he played in the school XI with another legendary figure, George 'Gatling Gun' Hilsdon, he was chosen to represent Tower Hamlets School League at centre-forward. Billy joined the Hammers from local side Adam & Eve FC. Billy made his Hammers bow along with Earl, against Bristol Rovers in a 1-4 reverse on the 10th October 1903, scored his first goal for West Ham in the match against Southampton in a 1-1 draw on the 4th April 1904. Billy scored all two goals in their emphatic 3-0 victory over deadly local rivals Millwall during the first Southern League fixture to be staged at Upton Park in September 1904. Mostly a centre-forward with Hammers, he had been tried briefly as a right-winger, a position he was destined to fill with even more distinction on his move to his next club, Chelsea, helping the Pensioners to promotion back to the First Division in 1912. Later played for Southend United.

61= Arthur EARL ... (1903)

There is no doubt a story behind Earl's solitary appearance for Irons in the 4-1 Memorial Grounds defeat inflicted by Bristol Rovers 10th October 1903. He had deputised for Charles Satterthwaite at outside-left but failed to do anything to grab the headlines and thus ensure a more lasting testimony than Earl, Billy Bridgeman also made his debut in the same game. Later played for Chesterfield.

63. Alexander BIRNIE ... (1903)

A very little can be ascertained about the career of Alex other than he was probably a Scotsman and made his solitary Southern League appearance for the Hammers against London rivals Brentford at the Memorial Grounds in a 0-1 reverse on the 7th November 1903. Alex did manage an intermediate Round game in the F.A., Cup which was also lost by 0-1 on the 12th December 1903. A reserve team regular, he later played for Norwich City, Maidstone United and Southend United.

64. Frederick MERCER ... (1904)

Frederick made his Irons debut in the volatile atmosphere of a West Ham / Millwall London derby meeting at the Memorial Grounds a 0-1 reverse on the 2nd January 1904. Left winger Mercer went back into the reserves. He was back in the team for another 1-0 defeat at Luton, however, on March 26th 1904, which signalled the start of a seven-match run in the first team. Scored his solitary goal for West Ham against Northampton Town in a 3-1 away victory on the 7th April 1904.

65. Alec THOMPSON ... (1904)

Arrived in mid-season from Middlesbrough. Thompson made his Hammers debut in the 1-2 away defeat at the hands of London rivals Queens Park Rangers on the 9th January 1904. Centre-forward Thommo had to wait until his third match in the claret-and-blue before scoring what proved to be his only goal for the club in the 4-1 Boleyn win over Wellingborough Town 30/1/1904. Was a colleague of Chris Carrick and Frank Piercy at 'Boro.

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Born: Grays, Essex 1884

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Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Memorial Grounds - 2nd April 1904

Transferred: BURY

Appearances: (gls 5) Cup: 7 (gls 0)

Born: Turton, Lancashire 1879

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Debut: MILLWALL

Upton Park - 1st September 1904

Transferred: ROCHDALE

Appearances: 29 Cup: 1

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Debut: MILLWALL

Upton Park - 1st September 1904

Transferred: WEST STANLEY

Appearances: 18 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Born: Glasgow 31/03/1873

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Upton Park - 1st September 1904

Transferred: CROYDON COMMON

Appearances: 77 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

66. William OAKES ... (1904)

A left-back with the Leyton club, making his initial Southern League debut against Northampton Town in a 2-0 victory at the Memorial Grounds on the 27th February 1904. It was the start of a 14-match run in the Southern League side which ended on the final day of the campaign v. Swindon Town. He transferred to Second Division Leicester Fosse for 1904-05 season.

67. William CHURCH ... (1904)

A local amateur who played mostly for Leytonstone, but Clapton Orient also made use of his services. William made only two first team appearances for the Hammers, he found himself on the losing side in both matches, his League debut was against Swindon Town away on the 12th March 1904 in which Hammers went down 0-1, and a week later in a 0-2 reverse at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

68. Len JARVIS ... (1904 - 1909)

Employed at a Grays cement works he was spotted by a Hammers' director playing in local Essex soccer and brought to the Memorial Grounds. With his never say die attitude to the game, Dick - as he was popularly known - was one of Irons' most consistent performers in the transitionary years following the move from the Memorial Grounds at Canning Town to the Boleyn. New Brighton was to figure greatly in Lens football life with the Hammers, making his League debut against them in a 0-0 draw at the Memorial Grounds on the 2nd April 1904, and also scoring his first goal for West Ham against them two seasons later in a 1-0 victory on the 16th December 1905. His whole-hearted approach sometimes got him in trouble with referees and he was suspended for 14 days in late 1906 arising from an incident in a Western League game v. Millwall at Upton Park 17/9/1906. Transferred to First Division Bury in 1909-10.

69= Matthew KINGSLEY ... (1904 - 1905)

Already established as one of the country's top goalkeepers when he joined the Hammers at the age of 29 from Newcastle United in the summer of 1904. Matt made his debut between the sticks for West Ham in the opening fixture against Millwall in a 3-0 victory at Hammers new Home ground Upton Park on the 1st September 1904, the fixture which also saw Herbert Bamlett, Dave Gardner, Frank Piercy, John Russell, William McCartney, Jack Fletcher, Charles Simmons and Jack Flynn make their debuts. After a promising start to his Hammers career, he was destined for a premature end following a fracas with former West Ham player Herbert Lyon, in a Southern League clash with Brighton in March 1905. It was to be Kingsley's last game in the claret-and-blue and, after suspension, he joined London rivals Queens Park Rangers in the close season. Later played for Rochdale.

69= Tommy BAMLETT ... (1904 - 1905)

Along with goalkeeper Matt Kingsley and full-back partner Dave Gardner, Tommy, also known as "Herbert" made up a trio of former Newcastle United defenders who were on duty for Hammers inaugural Upton Park match against Millwall in a 3-0 victory on the 1st September 1904. A Geordie by birth, played for local league side Kibblesworth before he transferred to St James's Park.  Made his Newcastle debut against those other footballing Magpies, Notts County. Also known as Herbert, the left-back's 18 Southern League outings for Irons in 1904-05 represented his best spell of First XI football before his return to non-League soccer with West Stanley in his native North-East.

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Upton Park - 1st September 1904

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Debut: MILLWALL

Upton Park - 1st September 1904

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Appearances: 16 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

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Upton Park - 1st September 1904

Transferred: BROXBURN FC

Appearances: 28 (gls 3)

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Upton Park - 1st September 1904

Transferred: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Appearances: 25 (gls 7) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Born: West Bromwich 23 August 1877

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Upton Park - 1st September 1904

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Appearances: 34 (gls 8) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

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69= David GARDNER ... (1904 - 1907)

A Scotsman from Glasgow, David began his career with the local Third Lanark club as an amateur before turning pro in 1896. Transferred to Newcastle United in May 1899, he made his Football League debut for the Magpies v. West Bromwich Albion 2/9/1899. A £250 fee took him to Grimsby Town in August 1902. His move to the Boleyn coincided with the club's switch to the Boleyn Ground. Dave made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1904-05 campaign against Millwall in a 3-0 victory on the 1st September 1904. A great favourite with the spectators, an intelligent and elegant player, a perfect gentleman. Dave possessed a crowd-pleasing trick of back-heeling the ball to fool his opponents. Left Hammers to join Croydon Common in 1907.

69= Frank PIERCY ... (1904 - 1912)

Frank Piercy was a well-known figure at centre-half in West Ham's teams between 1904-12. Making his initial debut along with Herbert Bamlett, Dave Gardner, John Russell, William McCartney, Jack Fletcher, Charles Simmons and Jack Flynn in the 3-0 victory at Upton Park against Millwall on the 1st September 1904. Upton Park regulars knew him as "the old war horse" and his robust style often fell foul of referees. In the opening match of 1907-08 he was sent off against Swindon Town and suspended for a month. Apparently learning little from the experience he was dismissed again in February the same season and punished again. Piercy did not take up football until he was 16 and remained in the trade as a blacksmith until signing professional for Middlesbrough. After the Teesiders found themselves in the Football League First Division in 1902, he failed to make a first-team appearance for two seasons and in 1904 signed for West Ham. A great favourite, he was made captain when David Gardner moved to Croydon Common in 1907 but surrendered the job to George Kitchen when injuries began to plague him. An all-round sportsman, Piercy spent 20 years as Hammers' assistant trainer.

69= John RUSSELL ... (1904 - 1905)

This former Everton defender was on duty for the official opening of the Boleyn Ground in Hammers opening fixture of the 1904-05 campaign against Millwall a 3-0 victory on the 1st September 1904. Played in the side for the next 14 games before losing his place to Dick Jarvis. He was back on duty for the concluding fixture of 1904-05 campaign.

69= William McCARTNEY ... (1904 - 1905)

Started his footballing career at Edinburgh Hibs before joining Manchester United from where the Hammers had snatched him. Bill made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1904-05 campaign against Millwall in a 3-0 victory on the 1st September 1904. Missed only six games in Hammers inaugural season at Upton Park playing on the right-wing, a total of 28 games, scoring 3 goals before transferring to Broxburn FC.

69= Jack FLETCHER ... (1904 - 1905)

Signed from Reading in 1904, Jack was an inside-right who also played at inside-left. Made his Hammers debut in the opening game of the 1904-05 campaign against Millwall in a 3-0 victory at the Boleyn. Scored the first of his seven goals against Millwall in the return fixture 16 days later. Joined Queens Park Rangers for the 1905-06 campaign and later transferred to Fulham.

69= Charles SIMMONS ... (1904 - 1905)

Inside forward "Chippy" Simmons was with West Bromwich Albion for six years before signing for the Irons. Chippy was one of seven players to make his Hammers debut against Millwall in the opening 3-0 victory over Millwall in the 1904-05 campaign on the 1st September 1904, he went onto play in every fixture of that same 1904-05 season, scoring 8 goals along the way. A wonderful ball player with a deceptive body-swerve. Would have won numerous England caps but for being a contemporary of the great Steve Bloomer. Transferred back to his home town club West Bromwich Albion on leaving the Hammers.

69= Jack FLYNN ... (1904 - 1905)

Jack was one of seven players to make his Hammers debut against Millwall at Upton Park in the opening 3-0 victory on the 1st September 1904. Officially credited with scoring one of Hammers goals in that opening fixture. Some historians have listed Billy Bridgeman as netting all three - a fact unsubstantiated by contemporary newspaper reports. Jack served Bristol City in the Second Division of the Football League in 1901-02 and joined Reading in the close season 1902. Hammers signed him from the Biscuitmen in 1904.

78. Christopher CARRICK ... (1904 - 1905)

Born: Stockton, Teeside 8/10/1882

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Upton Park - 8th October 1904

Transferred: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Appearances: 18 (gls 6)

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Upton Park 22nd October 1904

Transferred: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Appearances: 2 (gls 0) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Born: Glasgow, Scotland 18 February 1879

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Debut: PORTSMOUTH

Fratton Park 25 December 1904

Transferred: MILLWALL

Appearances: 5 (gls 0)

Born: Glasgow, Scotland 1877

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Fratton Park 25 December 1904

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Carrick was signed from Middlesbrough and his inclusion in the side at outside-left helped to halt a disastrous nine-match losing run which included a home F.A. Cup defeat by Brighton. Made his West Ham debut in the 2-0 victory over Swindon Town at Upton Park on the 8th October 1904. Scored a hat-trick against Luton Town in a 6-2 victory on the 28th January 1905 to spark off a revival which saw Hammers find the net 30 times in their last 15 matches. In 1905 he transferred across London to Tottenham Hotspur. Later had spells at Reading, Bradford City and crossed the Irish Sea to join Glentoran in September 1908.

79. Frederick MILNES ... (1904 - 1906)

One of the most famous amateurs of his day, full-back Fred resisted the overtures of a host of top clubs who wanted him to turn pro. He steadfastly refused to relinquish his jealously-guarded amateur status. As an amateur he was free to play for any club he wished, but chose not to sign for any of them. Beginning his career with Sheffield Wycliffe he graduated to Sheffield FC and Sheffield United. Fred made his West Ham debut against Wellingborough Town at the Boleyn Ground on the 22nd October 1904 in a 4-0 victory, played the following week, but did not have another First XI outing for over a year, against Woolwich Arsenal in a F.A. Cup match which ended 1-1 13 January 1906, also figured in the replay which West Ham lost 2-3. Fred signed Southern League forms for Tottenham Hotspur and later joined Manchester United, followed by spells at Leicester Fosse, Reading, Ilford and Norwich City before emigrating to the USA.

80= John HAMILTON ... (1904 - 1905)

This right-winger was signed from Queens Park Rangers and was one of two forward-line changes imposed by manager Syd King in an abortive attempt to halt a mid-season slump. Hamilton made his West Ham debut along with John Blackwood in the 1-4 reverse at the hands of Portsmouth away on Christmas Day 1904. Also played in the following three games, but did not get another chance to play in the first XI until the final game of that campaign against Watford in a 3-0 away victory. John later had spells with London rivals Millwall 1902-03 and Queens Park Rangers 1903-04.

80= John BLACKWOOD ... (1904 - 1905)

Blackwood had the unfortunate experience of making his First XI baptism in the middle of one of Hammers' worst-ever losing runs taking over from William Bridgeman. Signed from Queens Park Rangers he began promisingly enough with his side's only counter in a 1-4 defeat away to Portsmouth on Boxing Day 1904. John Hamilton also made his League bow. John managed to keep his place in the side for the following 3 games - all defeats. His lack of further success in the number nine shirt led to the recall of Bridgeman and the end of his Southern League opportunities with West Ham. An experienced player. Before Blackwood had signed from QPR he had seen service with Partick Thistle, Glasgow Celtic and Reading.

82. Fred BRUNTON ... (1904)

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Born: Woolwich, London 1883

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White Hart Lane 21 January 1905

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Appearances: 32 (gls 0) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Born: Bromley-by-Bow, London 10 August 1885

Signed: LUTON TOWN

Debut: NEW BROMPTON

Upton Park 11 February 1905

Transferred: CHELSEA

Appearances: 16 (gls 7) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

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Upton Park 21 April 1905

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Frederick Brunton playing at right-half made his one and only appearance in the claret-and-blue of West Ham in a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion at Upton Park on the 27 December 1904.

83. Sidney HAMMOND ... (1905 - 1908)

A commercial clerk by profession, Syd joined the Hammers as an amateur after learning the game with Leyton National School, Leyton Ashville, Leyton Rovers, Leyton and Woodford. Occasionally playing at centre-forward. Syd made his initial League debut in Hammers colours in the 0-1 away defeat at the hands of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the 21 January 1905.  Syd went on to make another 33 appearances thinly spread over the next three seasons, two of which were in the F.A. Cup competition. Quite a long stint at a time when the club were operating a 'revolving door' policy.

84. George HILSDON ... (1905 - 1906 & 1912 - 1915)

George Hilsdon was a pupil at Marner Street School at the same time as William Bridgeman who later became his colleague at West Ham and Chelsea. The Hilsdon family moved to East Ham where young George switched to Plashet Lane School and skippered East Ham Boys to victory in the 1900-01 Corinthian Shield. After playing for the South West Ham and Boleyn Castle clubs he made several appearances in the Hammers' reserve team whilst still an amateur. He signed from Luton Town and penned professional forms in 1904-05 and made his Hammers debut in the 2-0 victory over New Brompton on the 11th February 1905. In a Western League match that season George scored four goals against Bristol Rovers. In 1905-06, a foot injury restricted his appearances and in the close season he joined the infant Chelsea club. It was at Stamford Bridge that his career blossomed. He scored five on his debut, against Glossop in a Second Division game, and a hat-trick for the Football League against the Irish League was the prelude to eight England caps.

85. Sidney SMITH ... (1905)

Inside-right Syd played in the last two matches of the 1904-05 season, his West Ham debut in the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at Upton Park on the 21 April 1905, and his appearance was at Watford 4 days later, he also managed a goal in that concluding fixture.

053 KIRBY William Gardner Signature 045 SUGDEN Sidney 074 McCARTNEY William 076 CHURCH WIlliam 036 BIGGAR William 037 ECCLES George 038 DOW James 039 McATEER T 040 BLYTHE Joe 041 CAMPBELL John 042 FARRELL John 043 BARNES William 044 GRIFFITHS Frederick 046 DAVIDSON William TEMPLATE GHOST TEMPLATE GHOST TEMPLATE GHOST 051 COTTON Charles 052 WATTS Ernest 049 BUSH Robert 054 LYON Herbert 055 INGHAM William 057 ALLISON Tommy 063 BIRNIE Alexander 066 OAKES William 060 HILSDON Jack 080 HAMILTON John 081 BLACKWOOD John 058 BUTCHART James 059 MAPLEY Percy 061 BRIDGEMAN William 064 MERCER Frederick 068 JARVIS Len 069 KINGSLEY Matthew 070 BAMLETT Tommy 072 PIERCY Frank 071 GARDNER Dave 078 CARRICK Christopher 062 EARL Arthur 073 RUSSELL John 077 FLETCHER Jack 079 MILNES Frederick 083 HAMMOND Sidney 084 HILSDON George 077 FLYNN Jack

Signatures courtesy of Nigel Kahn, West Ham genealogist

056 SATTERTHWAITE Charles 076 SIMMONS Charles 047 MIECZNIKOWSKI Walter 082 BRUNTON Fred Charles Satherwaite BRUNTON Fred MERCER Fred KINGSLEY Matthew