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Part 1 :  391. Albert Foan to 423. Brian Moore

CONTINUE 1

391= Albert FOAN ... (1950 - 1956)

Born: Rotherhithe, London 30/10/1923

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A Londoner who escaped the attention of the Capital's clubs until Hammers signed him from Norwich City. Albert Made his debut for West Ham along with Eric Betts in the opening fixture of the 1950-51 season against Hull City in a 3-3 draw on the 19th August at the Boleyn Ground. Equally at home on the wing or at inside-forward, his  early honours were with London Boys. His finest hour at Upton Park came during the great Cup run of 1955-56, when he scored a hat-trick against Preston North End. The significance of that event can be gauged by glancing at his total League goals. Albert joined up with former Hammer Almer Hall at Kent League Margate when he left the club.

391= Eric BETTS .. (1950)

Born: Coventry, Warwickshire 27/07/1925

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Born: Liverpool 28/06/1924

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Born: Southwick, Sunderland 01/08/1927

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Born: Cork, Eire 09/10/1927

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Born: Cannock, Staffordshire 03/05/1921

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Born: Pittingdon, County Durham 14/06/1933

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Born: Dartford, Kent 05/09/1927

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Born: Ramsgate, Kent 19/03/1936

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Born: Broadstairs, Kent 27/10/1928

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Born: Bristol 29 September 1923

Signed: BATH CITY (on loan from BRISTOL CITY)

Date: 31 August 1951

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Debut: HULL CITY

Booothferry Park 1 September 1951

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Signed from Walsall in April 1950 after service with Mansfield Town, Coventry City and Nuneaton. Eric, an outside-left, made his first appearance in a West Ham shirt in the 5-0 win over Watford Reserves at Upton Park on the 22nd April 1950, in which he scored a goal. Making his Hammers League debut against Hull City at the Boleyn in a 3-3 draw in the 19th August 1950, in the first of a trio of Second Division appearances for the club before continuing his transfer travels with Rochdale, Crewe, Wrexham and Oldham Athletic where he ended his League career in 1956.

393. Stan JOHNS ... (1950)

Signed from under the noses of Liverpool and Everton in August 1950, from those well-known providers of football talent, South Liverpool. Made his Hammers debut against Cardiff City in the 1-2 defeat at Ninian Park on the 4th September 1950 in which he scored West Ham's consolation goal. Stan's career at Upton Park was short and sweet the striker making half-a-dozen Second Division appearances.

394. Tommy SOUTHREN ... (1950 - 1953)

Although a North-Easterner by birth, this speedy outside-right played most of his early football in Hertfordshire junior competitions after his parents had moved to Welwyn. Signed from the quaintly - named Peartree Old Boys, Tommy joined the professional ranks in 1949 and gained a First XI place a year later. Made his initial West Ham debut in the Essex Pro Cup, running out 2-1 winners at Upton Park against Colchester United on the 28th September 1950, his League debut followed two days later in a 3-5 home defeat at the hands of Sheffield United on the 30th September 1950. A member of the Hammers Reserve team which won a unique Combination Cup and League "double" in 1953-54 season, he also represented the London F.A. v Berlin F.A. the same campaign. He joined Aston Villa at Christmas 1954 and had four years at Villa Park before moving on to Bournemouth.

395. Frank O'FARRELL ... (1950 - 1956)

Frank replaced Tommy Moroney in the Cork United side when the latter joined Hammers in 1947, and later followed him to Upton Park. Quickly became a regular in the senior side and won full international recognition for his country. Made his initial Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Vic Niblett and Bill Nelson versus Colchester United at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory in the Essex Pro Cup on the 28th September 1950. Frank's League bow came against Notts County in the 1-4 defeat at Meadow Lane on the 25th November 1950. Transferred to Preston North End in a straight exchange deal for Eddie Lewis in 1956, he continued to make 118 First Division appearances at Deepdale. Went into football management when he hung up his boots, serving Torquay United, Leicester City, Manchester United and Cardiff City after starting off with Southern League Weymouth. Vacated the Cardiff City post to go to Iran. Seven Eire caps between 1952 and 1956, then won two more caps with Preston North End.

396. Harry KINSELL ... (1951 - 1955)

Already an experienced England international defender when he arrived at the Boleyn from Reading for £5,250. Harry had also seen service with West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers, as well as guesting during war-time with Grimsby Town, Middlesbrough and Blackpool. His signing was another shrewd venture into the transfer market by manager Ted Fenton, who had been a colleague in the England Team. Harry made his West Ham debut in the 2-3 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on the 13th January 1951. He gave Hammers five seasons yeoman service, often captaining the side, before being given a free transfer to Southern League Bedford Town.

397. Harry HOOPER ... (1951 - 1956)

Dashing, goalscoring winger from Hylton Colliery, who was the star attraction at the Boleyn during his reign; made his Hammers debut in the 4-2 victory over Barnsley at Upton Park on the 3rd February 1951. Whilst with Hammers he represented the Football League against the Irish League (1954) and the Scottish League (1955). When Wolverhampton Wanderers came dangling an open cheque book, there was little the club could do to stop their England Under-23 international from joining the then most famous club in the land for £25,000. However, the game turned sour on him at Molineux and he soon moved on to Birmingham City (there too, meeting with only moderate success). One wonders in retrospect, whether he'd have been better off staying with the "Homely Hammers".

398. Malcolm ALLISON ... (1951 - 1957)

Previously played with Erith and Belvedere and Charlton Athletic. After seven seasons at The Valley he signed from the Robins in February 1951. Making his initial debut on the 5th March 1951 against Leyton Orient in the Essex Professional Cup which ended 0-0 at Leyton Stadium, Malcolm made his League debut 12 days later against Chesterfield at Upton Park in a 2-0 victory 17th March 1951. His successes as a coach have tended to eclipse his fine career as a centre-half in the fifties. Struck down by illness at the start of the club's promotion season in 1957-58, he sadly failed to realise his much-cherished ambition to play for Hammers in the First Division. Shunned medical advice to continue his playing career with Romford in the Southern League. Soccer coach at Cambridge University before taking his first steps up the managerial ladder with Bath City. From there he moved further West to Plymouth Argyle, followed by a successful period with Joe Mercer at Manchester City, where the pair won all the game's major honours. After those days his career had some diverse points of call, numbering among them Crystal Palace, City again, F.C. Sporting Lisbon (whom he steered to Championship success). Middlesbrough and non-League Durham side Willington F.C. Big Mal was in Kuwait - coaching the national side until March 1986, also had a short spell with Fisher Athletic, and in December 1992 was invited to take over the managers job at Bristol City after a short spell as caretaker coach.

399= George WRIGHT ... (1951 - 1958)

An excellent full-back signed from Southern League Margate, gave a good return for a small transfer fee. His initial debut for West Ham came against Leyton Orient in a replayed Essex Pro Cup Semi-Final match at Upton Park on the 12th March 1951 in a 6-1 victory, His League debut was against Hull City at Boothferry Park in a 1-1 draw 1st September 1951, which was the first of a remarkable appearance total for Hammers. A great servant, the nearest George got to international honours was when he was selected for an England "B" Trial XI v Olympic Trial XI at Highbury in 1952, although he also turned out on two occasions for the Football Association against Cambridge University. After playing eight times in the 1957-58 promotion season, George transferred to near-neighbours Leyton Orient, where he made 85 League appearances before leaving in 1961 for Gillingham, ending his League career at the Kent club with four more appearances.

399= Doug BING ... (1951 - 1955)

Had National Service in the Army. Signed from Margate on New Year's Day 1951 on the recommendation of former Hammer Almer Hall - the Seasiders' manager at the time. Doug was originally an inside or wing-forward, but was successfully converted to half-back at the Boleyn. Although never a first team regular, he was a capable deputy when called upon. Making his League debut against Hull City at Boothferry Park in a 1-1 draw on the 1st September 1951. He enjoyed four happy years as a Hammer until returning to his former club in the summer of 1955 where he was medically advised to give up the game four years later.

Born: Salford, Lancshire 24/02/1929

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Born: Colchester, Essex. 17/12/1932

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Appearances: 381 (gls 32) Cup: 67 (gls 6)

Born: Silvertown, London 16/03/1925

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399= Bert HAWKINS ... (1951 - 1952)

Bristol born, Bert played rugger as a schoolboy, but turned to soccer when serving in the Far East in the Royal Navy. After ‘demob’ he had three seasons with Bristol Rovers before transferring across to Bristol City. Bertram William Hawkins enjoyed a brief, but spectacular stay at Upton Park following his transfer from Southern League Bath City, where he was on loan from Bristol City. Signed for the Hammers on 31 August 1951. He made a scoring Second Division debut against Hull City at Boothferry Park in the 1-1 draw the following day. Bert went on to net 15 goals in 32 appearances during that 1951-52 campaign. Not a bad start for a player plucked from obscurity of non-League football. He sustained an injury in a pre-season practice match, by the time he recovered, the centre-forward spot had been taken, firstly by Tommy Moroney and later Fred Kearns which prompted a move across London to rivals Queens Park Rangers, where he managed just 8 appearances, scoring 3 goals before moving back to non-League football with Cheltenham Town for the 1954-55 season.

402. Harry WILLIAMS ... (1951)

Discovered by Manchester United during an England Youth trial game, he spent a little under a year at Old Trafford without playing in the League side. Left them to join Cheshire League Witton Albion, where his exploits aroused the interest of West Ham. After scoring heavily for the "A" team and Combination side, the young inside-forward was drafted into the First XI for his debut against Rotherham United at Millmoor in a 1-2 defeat on the 6th October 1951. He made another four appearances that season and scored a goal against Southampton, that being the sum total of his Second Division outings for Hammers. Transferred to Bury in 1953, and from there Swindon Town the following year.

403. John GREGORY ... (1951 - 1953)

A former England amateur international who played his early soccer with Hackney and Middlesex Boys before progressing to senior amateur status with Bromley, and later Hayes. Remained an amateur when joining the Boleyn club for the 1950-51 season, but signed full pro the following campaign when he made the first of his 24 League appearances against Birmingham City in a 1-2 defeat at St. Andrews on the 20th October 1951. Transferred to Scunthorpe United, he scored a lot of goals for the other "Irons," before moving on to Aldershot. He later became player-coach to St. Neots Town.

404. Jimmy ANDREWS ... (1951 - 1955)

A Scottish left-winger Jimmy was signed from Dundee F.C. for £4,750 in November 1951 quite a substantial fee in those days! Made his Hammers debut in the 3-3 draw against Everton at Upton Park on the 24th November 1951. Jimmy proved to be a worthwhile investment, giving the club great service before leaving for near-neighbours Leyton Orient in 1956. After winding up his playing career at Queens Park Rangers he went on to gain a fine reputation as a coach and later managed Cardiff City after another ex-Hammer - Frank O'Farrell - vacated the post.

405. John BOND ... (1952 - 1965)

Played for North East Essex Schools and Essex Army Cadets before joining as an amateur from Colchester Casuals in 1950.  John made his League debut against Coventry City in a 2-1 victory at Highfield Road on the 9th February 1952. A  great "character" and his consistent form earned him a late selection to tour South Africa with the F.A. party in 1956. His play there indicated possibilities of further honours; unfortunately an injury curtailed the tour and was forced to return to England for treatment. First class full-back Penalty expert and dead-ball kicker, he was a member of the Second Division Championship winning team of 1957-58 and the F.A. Cup winning side of 1964. Transferred to Torquay United from West Ham in 1965, he afterwards managed AFC Bournemouth, Norwich City, Manchester City and Burnley (where his first purchase was Hammers' centre-back Joe Gallagher). John afterwards became manager of Swansea City, but following the Swan's domestic problems he took over at St. Andrew's with Birmingham City, and later Shrewsbury Town.

406. Roy STROUD ... (1952 - 1957)

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Born: Upton Park, London 04/05/1933

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Appearances: 183 (gls 4) Cup: 38 (gls 0)

Born: Islington, London 06/04/1930

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Appearances: 74 (gls 27) Cup: 3 (gls 2)

Born: Newcastle-upon-Tyne 08/06/1929

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Born: Govan, Scotland 19/03/1930

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Born within earshot of the West Ham ground, Roy's parents moved to Hounslow when he was a youngster and it was in the County of Middlesex that he made a name for himself: playing for London and Middlesex Boys before being selected for England Boys in the outside-right position. During the war years he gained invaluable experience with Arsenal and Brentford while still retaining his amateur status. This was rewarded when he won the first of 11 England caps in 1948. He later toured the continent, Iceland and the Far East with Hendon F.C., the Athenian League and Middlesex Wanderers XI's. Roy made his Second Division debut against Notts County at Meadow Lane in a 0-1 defeat on the 14 April 1952. Roy eventually took the professional plunge in November the following year, by this time playing at centre-forward. Injuries restricted his early progress and were to prove a bugbear throughout his time at Upton Park. Roy joined Southern League Chelmsford City in 1957, but his injury jinx followed him to New Writtle Street and, after sustaining a broken leg, he decided to retire from the game and return to his former trade in the grocery business.

407. George PETCHEY ... (1952)

Given only two Second Division outings during his time at Upton Park in the inside-right position, his initial appearance being made against Hull City in a 0-0 draw at Upton Park on the 1st September 1952, and the other against Birmingham City  five days later, also at the Boleyn. He went on to make over 250 appearances for Queens Park Rangers as a wing-half. Transferred to Crystal Palace in May 1960, he made a further 153 senior showings for the Glaziers and was an ever-present as Palace won promotion to Division Three in 1961. Also helped them into Second Division in 1964, before injury ended his career in 1965. He then won further fame as manager of Leyton Orient and Millwall, after cutting his teeth in management as Bert Head's assistant. In 1986 he was helping to run Brighton's junior teams and went on to be the Youth Development Officer at the Goldstone Ground.

408. Ken BROWN ... (1953 - 1967)

Signed from Dagenham-based Neville United in October 1951. Played three League games in 1952-53. Finest of a long tradition of West Ham centre-halves. Made his Second Division debut for the Hammers in the 1-1 draw against Rotherham United at Millmoor on the 21st February 1953 whilst still serving in the Army. A stalwart in the promotion year of 1958, he played until 1967. Joined fellow ex-Hammer John Bond at Torquay United and gained the unusual distinction of drawing wage packets from two clubs when he continued to manage the Pools Promotion at Upton Park ! He won one full cap for England against Northern Ireland at Wembley in 1959. Became manager of Norwich City and led them to winning the Milk Cup in 1985 - although also relegated to Division II. Ken steered Norwich back to the First Division the following campaign 1985-86.

409. Dave SEXTON ... (1953 - 1956)

Transferred to Hammers from Luton Town in March 1953, he had learned his early soccer with Chelmsford City in the Southern League. Son of former professional boxer Archie Sexton, who fought Jock McAvoy for the British Middleweight title in 1933, Dave made his Hammers debut against Fulham in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park on the 3rd April 1953. Dave enjoyed a chequered playing career. A striker of some repute, he scored some valuable goals in his three years at the Boleyn. Moving to Leyton Orient in May 1956, he later had spells with Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, where his playing career was ended by injury in January 1962. Dave's managerial career has since overshadowed that of his playing days. As a manager-coach he has seen service with Chelsea (twice), Orient, Fulham, Arsenal, Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United and Coventry City. He was appointed assistant to England manager Bobby Robson in July 1983, and then put in charge of the revolutionary new "Soccer School" and the Under-21 squad.

410. Tommy DIXON ... (1953 - 1954)

Tommy made his Hammers debut along with Noel Cantwell and Harry Gunning in the Essex Professional Cup against Colchester United at Layer Road in a 3-2 victory on the 13th November 1952, and his League debut came five months later in a  Second Division clash with Swansea Town at the Vetch Field in a 1-4 defeat 4th April 1953. Top scorer for Hammers with 19 League and Cup goals in season 1953-54, the likeable Geordie played only four times the following season. Was transferred to Third Division (South) Reading F.C. in March 1955, where he topped the biscuitmen's scoring charts for two consecutive seasons. His success at Elm Park drew the attention of Brighton & Hove Albion, and he subsequently joined up with former team-mate Dave Sexton at the Goldstone Ground, before seeing out his playing career with Workington and finally Barrow in his native North-East.

411. Noel CANTWELL ... (1952 - 1960)

Swashbuckling, attack-minded full-back whose 17 international appearances for his native Eire while with Hammers bore ample testimony to his skill. Signed from Cork United in 1952, he joined a veritable colony of fellow-countrymen at Upton Park. Made his initial debut against Colchester United in a 3-2 victory in the Essex Professional Cup on the 13th November 1952. Noel made his League bow 5 months later against Fulham at Craven Cottage also in a 3-2 victory on the 6th April 1953. Attracted the attention of the Eire selectors and was capped against Luxembourg in 1953. His classic partnership with John Bond formed one of the best full-back pairings ever seen at the club and was a major factor in the promotion-winning team of 1958. Transferred to Manchester United for £29,000 (a record at that time for a full-back). He later went into management with Peterborough United and Coventry City before becoming a publican at Stamford, Lincolnshire. Then travelled to the U.S.A. to take over as manager of the Boston Tea Men in the North American Soccer League.

412. Harry GUNNING ... (1953)

This outside-left made his Hammers debut in the Essex Professional Cup a 3-2 victory against Colchester United at Layer Road on the 13th November 1952. His one and only League appearance for the First-team was away to Lincoln City in the concluding fixture of the 1952-53 campaign, a 1-3 defeat on the 1st May 1953. Signed from Gravesend, he later made 62 League outings for Crystal Palace, whom he joined from the Hammers. Had one season with Reading before signing for Guildford City in the Southern League.

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413. John DICK ... (1953 - 1962)

Gained a Scottish Junior Cap with Maryhill (Scotland) in 1950. Drafted for National Service at Colchester he played for Crittall Athletic (Essex) in the London League and Eastern Counties League and tried out fot the Hammers in the London Mid-Week League before signing pro in May 1953. Made his Hammers debut in the 5-0 thrashing of Lincoln City at Upton Park in the opening game of the 1953-54 campaign 19th August. Played for Scotland “B” v. England “B” at Sunderland in March 1954. This tall, rangy Scot was West Ham's major source of goals for nearly a decade. Indeed, he still holds fourth place in the club's all-time highest scorers' list behind Vic Watson (306), Geoff Hurst (180), and Jimmy Ruffell (164), Four of his 153 total came in the record-breaking 8-0 home win over Rotherham United during the promotion year of 1958 where he gained a Second Division Championship medal. A year later won just the one full cap for Scotland v England at Wembley 1959. John was transferred to Brentford for £17,500 in September 1962, and later returned to the club in the early Seventies to help run the junior side after ending his playing career at Southern League Gravesend.

414. Andy MALCOLM ... (1953 - 1961)

Feared by leading inside-forwards of his day because of his ability to close-mark and blot his opponents out of the game. Jimmy Greaves, Johnny Haynes and Dennis Law all gave testimony to his prowess. Made his Hammers debut in the Essex Professional Cup a 1-5 thrashing by Colchester United at Layer Road on the 22nd October 1953, his League debut followed two months later also a defeat, this time going down 1-2 at the hands of Notts County at Upton Park on the 5th December 1953. A tough-tackling, unassuming character, Andy must rank as one of the finest wing-halves the club ever employed. Transferred to Chelsea for £11,000 plus Ron Tindall in part-exchange; the latter was sold to Reading for £12,000 - so the deal eventually realised £23,000 profit for the club. Andy served the West Londoners well before moving on to Queens Park Rangers, and also had a spell playing in South Africa with Port Elizabeth.

415. Peter CHISWICK ... (1952 - 1956)

This fine goalkeeper signed professional forms during the summer of 1947 after he had appeared as an amateur with Colchester United as well as Hammers. Made his initial debut against Leyton Orient in the Essex Professional Cup at Upton Park which ended 1-1 on the 23rd April 1953. He had to wait until the 6th February 1954 before making his League baptism at home to Leeds United in a 5-2 victory. In all he completed ten years at the Boleyn before moving on to Gillingham in 1956. He later joined the ever-growing colony of ex-Hammers under Almer Hall at Southern League Margate, before being appointed manager-coach to Barking F.C. where his experience as a P.T. teacher (in the R.A.F.) and a fully-qualified F.A. coach stood him in good stead.

416. Malcolm MUSGROVE ... (1954 - 1962)

Direct, goalscoring winger who didn't win the acclaim he fully deserved in the ten seasons at the Boleyn. Second only to the legendary Jimmy Ruffell (166) as the highest scoring Hammers' winger of all time with 89 goals, he was signed by manager Ted Fenton from Lynemouth Colliery following his demob from the R.A.F. in 1953. Made his Hammers debut in 1-3 reverse at Brentford on the 27th February 1954. A member of the Second Division Championship team of 1958, he enjoyed four seasons in the top grade before joining Leyton Orient for a fee of £11,000 in 1962. Later became coach at Brisbane Road under fellow ex-Hammer Dave Sexton, after a spell as Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association. Afterwards assisted Frank O'Farrell at Leicester City and Manchester United, and managed Torquay United in the mid-seventies.

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Born: Lydgate, Lancashire 08/02/1930

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417. John ARNOTT ... (1954 - 1955)

Centre-forward John Arnott contested a first-team slot with Tommy Dixon. Initially with Churchfield Old Boys in Beckenham, he was still an amateur when he made his Second Division debut in West Ham’s 0-2 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane 10th April 1954. His only goals for Hammers were both recorded against Plymouth Argyle at Upton Park in a 2-2 draw on the 16th April 1954. Made only two further First XI appearances after turning professional for the 1954-55 season. Later had spells with Shrewsbury Town, AFC Bournemouth and Gillingham; finished his playing career in the Southern League with Dover as player-coach in June 1969, where he was still playing well into his forties.

418. Bill NELSON ... (1950 - 1954)

Bill made his initial Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Vic Niblett and Frank O'Farrell in the 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Upton Park in the Essex Professional Cup on the 28th September 1950. Although he made only two Second Division appearances for Hammers, the first in which he was a member of the team which recorded a rare 2-1 victory against Liverpool in their Anfield fortress on the 4th September 1954, and the other a 1-1 draw, two days later at Upton Park against Hull City. Transferred to London rivals Queens Park Rangers in 1955, later moved to Southern League Guildford.

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419. Leslie BENNETT ... (1954 - 1955)

In spite of his relatively brief spell at the club, this popular player made a big impact during his stay at Upton Park. Formerly with Tottenham Hotspur (for whom he signed pro in May 1939), he was skipper for many of his appearances in the claret-and-blue, and was a frequent member of the side which narrowly missed promotion in 1954-55. Made his debut for Hammers v. Derby County at Upton Park on Christmas Day 1954 in a 1-0 victory. Became player-manager of Clacton Town and later joined up briefly with Malcolm Allison at Southern League Romford. Later manager of a caravan site at Point Clear, near Clacton and afterwards had a business post at the University of Essex, near Colchester.

420. Alan BLACKBURN ... (1954-1957)

A former Barnardo's Boy, he was discovered playing in Hertfordshire junior soccer scoring 114 goals in 1952-53. Joined the Hammers in July 1953. A centre or inside-forward, he caused a sensation by scoring 13 goals for Hammers in the F.A. Youth Cup during the 1953-54 season. A prolific scorer for the reserves, he was a member of the Combination Championship team of 1954 and made his initial First XI appearance against Derby County on the 27th December 1954 in a 0-0 draw. At the time Alan was the youngest ever player to have made a First team debut. Served in the Forces from March 1955 on National Service. Later transferred to Halifax Town for the princely sum of £7,000 where he carried on his goal scoring exploits at The Shay, where he stayed until the summer of 1961 when he joined non-League Margate Sadly the end of  the 64/65 season saw Alan leave Margate. His four year-old daughter was ill and he decided to move North with his family on doctor's advice. Sympathetic to his situation, Margate only asked for a token fee when they reluctantly allowed Alan to move to Wellington Town, despite an offer from Nuneaton. Alan later finished his career with Knightley, joining them for the 68/69 campaign.

421= Geoff HALLAS ... (1955)

421= Billy DARE ... (1955 - 1959)

423. Brian MOORE ... (1955)

Born: Willesden, London 14/02/1927

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Appearances: 111 (gls 44) Cup: 16 (gls 10)

Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland 29/12/1933

Signed: DISTILLERY (Nortern Ireland)

Date: January 1955

Fee: £3,000 + friendly against Distillery

Debut: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

City Ground 2nd May 1955

Transferred: Retired Injury

Appearances: 9 (gls 1) Cup: 1 (gls 1)

Promising young full-back who had his career tragically terminated when he developed eye trouble. Signed from Warminster in March 1954, and made the first of his three appearances in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Upton Park on the 5th March 1955 along with Billy Dare. He was granted a joint testimonial by the club along with Brian Moore, who suffered a similar fate.

Became well known as an amateur with Hendon where he gained his Middlesex cap; also represented F.A. XI v. Combined Universities, later played as amateur for Arsenal and Brentford, as well as having a trial for Luton Town. Signed pro for Brentford with whom he spent six seasons before transferring to Hammers for £5,000 on 27th January 1955 to give extra strike power. This popular forward made a major contribution to Hammers' Second Division triumph of 1958 where he made a perfect foil for his more robust scoring partners, Johnny Dick and Vic Keeble. Made his League debut along with Geoff Hallas in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Upton Park on the 5th March 1955. Unfortunately he was in the veteran stage when the club re-entered the First Division, and made only two appearances in the higher sphere. Joined Southern League Viewsley where he came under the managership of Bill Dodgin (Snr) and later the great Jackie Milburn.

Signed from Distillery in January 1955 for £3,000 plus a friendly fixture against the Northern Ireland side to be arranged at a later date. Moore made his League bow in the concluding game of the 1954-55 campaign against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 2 May. The ball-playing Northern Ireland inside-forward, had his promising career tragically terminated by injury. He was granted a joint testimonial along with team-mate Geoff Hallas, who suffered a similar fate.

423 MOORE Brian 422 DARE Billy 421 HALLAS Geoff 413 DICK John 414 MALCOLM Andy 416 MUSGROVE Malcolm 393 JOHNS Stan 418 NELSON Bill 420 BLACKBURN Alan MALCOLM Andy 412 GUNNING Harry 407 PETCHEY George 406 STROUD Roy 417 ARNOTT John