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Victor Watson holds the record when he was on target in 10 consecutive league games. His first came when he scored twice against Sunderland at Upton Park on 20th December 1924. The run ended when he scored the Hammers last goal in the 5-4 defeat at Burnley on the 28th February 1925

 

by John Northcutt

CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fortunes changed when manager Ted Fenton bought centre forward Vic Keeble who set up an immediate partnership with inside forward Johnny Dick.

Keeble scored on his debut against Doncaster Rovers and the team went on an 11 match unbeaten run. Five goals were scored against both Huddersfield Town and Stoke City while Lincoln City were thrashed 6-1 away. In that period Johnny Dick scored in 7 successive games.

 

By the end of January the side had roared up to third in the table with Bristol Rovers and Swansea Town suffering six goal beatings. Ernie Gregory was safe in goal, both full backs John Bond and Noel Cantwell oozed class, and Andy Malcolm and Ken Brown were tough in defence. Flying wingers Mike Grice and Malcolm Musgrove laid on the goals for goal hungry Dick and Keeble. Now into March Dick grabbed 4 as the luckless Rotherham United were beaten 8-0 at Upton Park.  The final day of the season saw West Ham win 3-1 at Middlesborough to clinch the title scoring 101 goals on their way.

1958 Champions

CAPS

The most capped player for West Ham United is Bobby Moore who gained 108 caps for England. With the influx of overseas players to our shores there has now been 140 players who have played for their country while being at West Ham.  

At the time of writing Enner Valencia is the last, representing Ecuador

 

A total of 42 different countries have been represented.

 

 

 

 

The first Hammers to represent their home nation were -

04 Wales 05 England 03 Northern Ireland 01 Eire 02 Scotland

WALES  

William Jones v. England 1902

ENGLAND  

George Webb v. Wales 1911

REPUBLIC of IRELAND  

Charlie Turner v. Norway 1937

SCOTLAND  

John Dick v. England 1959

NORHERN IRELAND  

Bertie Lutton v. Cyprus 1973

BM cap

Bobby Moore's 1966 World Cup Final cap the most famous of them all

Fresh from winning the FA Cup the previous season West Ham were firm favourites to be promoted as they began the 1980-81 season.  There was a shock on the opening day as Luton Town won 2-1 at Upton Park. As it turned out however this was to be the only home defeat of the campaign.

What followed was a 15 game unbeaten run which included a 5-0 victory over Bristol City and a 4-0 win against Notts County. Under the leadership of John Lyall this side had winners in every position. Dependable Phil Parkes in goal with tough tackling full backs Ray Stewart and Frank Lampard.   In defence there was captain Billy Bonds and alongside him footballing centre half Alvin Martin.  

The midfield was amazing with the talented Trevor Brooking and Alan Devonshire. Up front they had the goal scoring duo of David Cross and Paul Goddard. Apart from a shock defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day the side went unbeaten for the remainder of the season.  Preston North End were beaten 5-0 and Chelsea hammered 4-0 and a game at Grimsby Town saw David Cross score 4 goals in a 5-1 victory. Promotion was gained in early April in a marvellous campaign which saw West Ham win 28 League games.

The highest the Hammers have finished in the top flight is third in season 1985-86. However the Second Division Championship has been won on two occasions in seasons 1957-58 and 1980-81.

 

The programme notes for the opening game against Lincoln City in 1957 said we consider our prospects favourable. By mid-October doubts were raised as the Hammers found themselves struggling in a mid table position.

CHARITY SHIELD

The annual game between the League Champions and the FA Cup winners was up until 1973 played at the home of the League Champions. Since then it has been played at either Wembley Stadium or Cardiff.

West Ham have participated in this fixture on three occasions, the first being in 1964 when they travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool. An exciting game before an attendance of 38, 858 saw the teams draw 2-2. The Hammers fielded their FA Cup Final side and were twice behind but equalising goals came from Johnny Byrne and Geoff Hurst. After the game West Ham won the toss to hold the trophy for the first six months.

 

The next encounter was in 1975 when on a sun drenched occasion the Hammers lost 2-0 at Wembley to Derby County. Both the Midlanders goals came in the first half and at the end of play they were worthy winners. West Ham missed the services of their captain Billy Bonds as Frank Lampard deputised.

 

Our last game for the trophy took place in 1980 when before 90,000 fans at Wembley the Hammers were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool.  It was an uninspiring match with the Reds goal coming in the first half.

Charity Shield 01 Charity Shield 02 Charity Shield 03

CRICKETERS

Goalscorer Ron Tindall arrived from Chelsea in 1961 and played for Surrey.

In all Tindall scored 5,383 runs with over a thousand coming in 1963. He also took 150 wickets.  

Full back Eddie Presland played county cricket for Essex between 1962 and 1970. He scored 625 runs and took 13 wickets.

Goalkeeper Jim Standen played for Worcestershire from 1957 to 1970, scoring 2092 runs and taking 313 wickets.

Finally Geoff Hurst played a couple of games for Essex in 1962 but failed to score a run.

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1964 FA Cup Winning Trio

at the Wicket

Cricket

You may be surprised to learn that six of our players have played cricket for their county.  Legendary goalscorer Syd Puddefoot batted for Essex back in 1923 scoring 101 runs and captured one wicket. George Eastman kept wicket for Essex between 1926 and 1929 taking 29 catches. He also scored 265 runs.

Jim Standen

Back: Peter Grotier, Paul Harris (guest from Orient), Brian Dear, Clyde Best, John McDowell, Frank Lampard

 

Front: Stephenn Aylott, Clive Charles, David Llewelyn, Ron Boyce, Bobby Howe

CENTURIES

There are 5 players who have scored over a hundred league goals in their career. Topping the list is centre forward Victor Watson who scored an incredible 298 goals. Against Leeds in 1929 he scored six in an excellent 8-2 victory. He also scored 4 goals on three occasions and amassed 13 hat tricks in a career spanning 14 seasons.

 

Next in line is Geoff Hurst who totalled 180 league goals and was the clubs top goalscorer in seven seasons. Geoff was another who scored six in one match against Sunderland in 1968 in an 8-0 win.

 

England international winger Jimmy Ruffell played for West Ham in the 1923 FA Cup Final.  For a winger to score 159 league goals was remarkable. Twice he scored hat tricks against Grimsby Town and Everton in 1931.

 

Inside forward Johnny Dick in his first season for the club in 1953 netted his first hat trick in a 5-0 win over Bury. He went on to score 5 more hat tricks and finished up with a career total of 153 league goals.

 

One further Centurion is Tony Cottee who had two spells at Upton Park. After scoring against Tottenham on his League debut in 1983 he went on to score 115 league goals.

01 WATSON Victor 04 DICK John 03 RUFFELL James 05 COTTEE Tony 02 HURST Geoff

[1920/21 - 1934/35]

 

298 League goals

28 FA Cup

[1958/59 - 1971/72]

 

180 League goals

23 FA Cup

43 League Cup

2 European Cup Winners Cup

1 Charity Shield

[1921/22 - 1936/37]

 

159 League goals

7 FA Cup

[1953/54 - 1962/63]

 

153 League goals

11 FA Cup

2 League Cup

[1982/83 - 1987/88]

[1994/95 - 1996/97]

 

115 League goals

12 FA Cup

18 League Cup

1 Full Members Cup

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