Welcome to the West Ham United Memorabilia Collection featuring everything Claret and Blue
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The season that has contained our most draws was 1968-69 when 18 games ended all square. That was the season that saw us make our longest run of league draws with 5 games starting on 7th September. In contrast seasons 1934-35, 1964-65 and 1982-83
only yielded a total of 4 drawn matches. The highest score draw has been 5-5 a score we have managed on 3 occasions. Aston Villa at home in 1931, Newcastle United away in 1960 and Chelsea away in 1966, At Newcastle, West Ham were leading 5-2 with only 11 minutes left!
Since the war ended in 1945 there has been 122 instances of a West Ham player being sent off. Three players have been dismissed on their debut. These being Jeroen Boere at Newcastle Unitedin 1993, Tomas Repka at Middlesborough in 2001and young Callum McNaughton in 2011 in a League Cup tie with Aldershot.
Centre forward Don Travis had a remarkable debut against Plymouth Argyle in February 1946. Travis scored 4 in the Hammers 7-0 win. He had also scored 4 goals when making his reserve debut against Chelsea a year earlier in 1945.
To date (October 2014) there have been 98 players who have scored on their debut but George Kitchen is the only goalkeeper to have done so. Playing against Swindon Town in August 1905 he scored the only goal in the game from the penalty spot.
There were debuts to forget for Jeroen Boere 1993, Tomas Repka 2001, and Callum McNaughton in 2011 as all three were sent off. The first player to score on his debut was William Grassam against Gravesend in 1900 and the last player to do so was Henri Lansbury in the home game with Portsmouth in 2011.
Goalkeeper George Kitchen
scored on his debut
Jeroen Boere receives his marching orders at St James' Park
The first ever game at Upton Park in 1904 against Millwall saw Jack Flynn score on his debut in the 3-0 victory. Hat-tricks were recorded by Tudor Martin in 1936 at Newcastle United and by Ken Tucker in the home game with Chesterfield in 1947.
Other prolific scorers who have netted on their debut include Vic Keeble, Jimmy Greaves, Bryan Robson, Tony Cottee, Ian Wright and Jermain Defoe.
Let us start with the fewest defeats. This was in season 1980-81 when the Hammers only suffered 4 league defeats in winning the Second Division championship.
The most defeats occurred in season 1931-32 when they were beaten in 23 games. The Hammers finished bottom of the league and were relegated.
Our record defeat took place at Upton Park on Boxing Day 1963 when Blackburn Rovers won 8-2.
West Ham have also conceded 7 goals on five occasions ---
September 1919 Barnsley Away 0-7
October 1925 West Bromwich Albion Away 1-7
October 1927 Everton Away 0-7
November 1959 Sheffield Wednesday Away 0-7
October 2001 Blackburn Rovers Away 1-7
The first goalkeeper to receive his marching orders was Ludek Miklosko at Everton in December 1995. Since then goalkeepers Shaka Hislop twice, Stephen Bywater and Rob Green have been dismissed.
Five players have had their red cards rescinded following an enquiry. They are Alvin Martin in 1995, Paul Konchesky in 2005, Lee Bowyer in 2008, Rob Green's red card was recinded against Blackpool in the Champioship match at Bloomfield Road. The last player to have the decision reversed was Carlton Cole when playing against Everton in the Premier League at Upton Park December 22, 2012.
The worst offenders over the years are Julian Dicks and Steve Lomas who have both been sent off on 5 occasions.
Early on in his career Bobby Moore was sent off at Manchester City in 1961 for an offence which occurred in the last minute of the match, With there being no red cards at that time most people present were not aware of the incident until after the match.
Starting with Harry Redknapp in 1968 there have been 8 players dismissed against Leeds United. In fact in May 1999 at Upton Park against Leeds referee Rob Harris sent off 3 West Ham players in the 5-1 defeat. Those taking an early bath were goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, Ian Wright and Steve Lomas.
Harry Redknapp the first of 8 players to receives their marching orders against Leeds United
One of the worst refereeing decisions took place at Villa Park in 1991 when Tony Gale was dismissed by referee Keith Hackett in the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
The Forest forward Crosby came together with Gale in a challenge that looked accidental. To the horror of the player and the crowd Hackett produced a red card. As this took place after 26 minutes it was a severe handicap to the team who eventually were beaten 4-0.
Tommy who died in Febraury 2014 aged 84 and lived in his native North East fondly remembered the 1953-54 season when he was the Hammers top scorer with 17 league goals.
That was the year he scored a fine hat trick against Swansea City in a 4-1 victory. Alongside him in the Hammers attack was Dave Sexton who he would link up with again in 1958 at Brighton.
Dixon left Upton Park in 1955 to join Reading where he became a prolific scorer .In season 1956-57 he was top goalscorer with 29 league goals which included 4 goals against both Aldershot and Swansea City.
The following season he helped Reading knock the Hammers out of the Southern Professional Floodlit Cup by scoring twice in a 5-3 victory. He moved on to Brighton in 1958 and as mentioned teamed up with Dave Sexton where between them they notched up 18 league goals in season 1958-59.
Tommy later played for Workington and Barrow scoring another 40 goals which brought his career total to 136 goals.
In November 1901 West Ham found themselves having to play two games on the same day. The fixture list showed that Tottenham Hotspur were the visitors for a Southern League game. A blunder was made as an official had arranged for Leyton to visit in an FA Cup tie. The prospect of a good attendance for the visit of Spurs could not be ignored and the problem was solved by waiving home advantage in the Cup,
Sending their reserve team to Leyton where they won 1-0. The first team lost 1-0 but attracted a huge gate of 17,000 which would have pleased the chairman
Travis scored all 4 goals against Plymouth Argyle