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Signed by Sheffield United from local works side Atlas & Norfolk in 1913, Edward Hufton seized the first team spot and acquitted himself well enough to prompt the Blades to transfer their regular goalkeeper. Hufton joined the Coldstream Guards during WW1. Made the first of 64 war-time guest appearances for West Ham, paving the way for his eventual transfer when hostilities ceased, for a fee of £350. Irons' first season in the newly-formed Second Division were memorable ones for Ted, and it was around this time that he acquired the nickname "Penalty King", by saving 11 out of 18 spot-kicks. International recognition followed in the Cup Final and promotion year of 1923, but Ted had to decline due to injury. So his international debut was delayed to the following year, when he won the first of six caps, being the only goalkeeper to play for England while with West Ham, a record that was broken in 2001 when David James signed for the Hammers. The veteran keeper lost his place to George Watson, and was granted a free transfer at the end of the 1932-33 season, joining Watford for a brief spell.
Born: 25 November 1892, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: 2 February 1967 (aged 74)
West Ham United Career: 1919-1932
West Ham United Appearances: 402
International: England (6 caps), England Trials (2 caps)
Individual honours: FA Cup runners-up (1923)
England International cap
1923 FA Cup Final Runners-up
England International cap
Bosuil Stadion, Antwerp
1st November 1923
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Estadio Metropolitan, Madrid
15th May 1929
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Atlas & Norfolk
London Challenge Cup Final
Although the London Football Association was founded in 1880 it was not until the 1908-09 season that the Challenge Cup competition was instituted. It was only the growth of professional soccer in the Metropolis at that time that brought the competition into being.
West Ham have contested the final on 13 occasions, winning 9 with 4 defeats. The Hammers first final was against Crystal Palace in 1912-13 which the Eagles won in a replay at neutral White Hart Lane 1-0 on 16 December 1912 after the teams had drawn 0-0 at the Den.
West Ham’s first victory final came in 1924-25 against Clapton Orient 2-1, as defending Cup winners the Hammers reached a third final by overcoming Charlton Athletic 2-0 (replay), amateur side Ilford 3-2, and Brentford 3-1 in the semi-final (replay) at Stamford Bridge.
The final-tie against Arsenal was played out at Clapton Orient’s Millfields Road ground where Edward Hufton, Tommy Hodgson, Jack Hebden, George Carter, Jim Barrett, Albert Cadwell, Tommy Yews, Stanley Earle, Victor Watson, William Moore and James Ruffell triumphed 2-1 over the Gunners with goals from Watson and Yews.
Until the start of the 1931-32 season the Cup was played for by the full First XI’s of the entrants, from then until the tournament was disbanded in 1974 it had been tacitly agreed by the professional clubs that their reserve sides should be fielded.
West Ham’s last win came in 1968-69 season when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.
West Ham United v. Arsenal
Millfields Road, Clapton
9 November 1925
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London Challenge Cup
Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Cup
The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Cup was a Charity invitation match organised by Norwich City and founded by public subscription in 1903. This annual end of season event raised money for charity and local communities.
Local side CEYMS F.C. (Church of England Young Men’s Society) having competed against Norwich City for the first three years decided to ‘retire’ from the competition in 1907 which led to the Hospital committee deciding to invite various first division teams to compete for the trophy against Norwich City, Everton being the chosen team to face the Canaries at their Newmarket Road enclosure in 1907. The Toffee’s were prize opposition for City, having won the FA Cup the previous season, a 1-1 draw resulted with the charity fund the winner as 9,500 were in attendance.
The precedent had been set to invite the country's very best to this challenge and thereby giving the Canaries’ supporters the opportunity to see the very best sides of the day.
West Ham United were F.A. Cup finalists in the first Wembley final and clinched promotion to the Football League First Division in the same 1922-23 season, the Hammers would have been a top attraction at that time and were invited to compete at ‘The Nest’ on 5 May 1924. A hat-trick by West Ham’s top marksman Vic Watson and another by Campbell secured a 4-3 victory.
Having won the Cup in 1924 the Hammers were invited back to ‘The Nest’ on 30 April 1925 to defend the trophy. West Ham United fielded the following line-up but succumbed to a 6-1 defeat. Edward Hufton, William Henderson, George Horler, Syd Bishop, George Eastman, Albert Cadwell, Tommy Yews, Stanley Earle, Vic Watson, William Moore and James Ruffell.
The last Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Cup game was played on 2 May 1960 when the Canaries played Southampton.
The original trophy however came to a sad end when it was lost in a fire, at Norwich City’s Carrow Road ground 25 October 1985.
Norwich City v. West Ham United
The Nest, Norwich
30 April 1925
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