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1913 London Professional medal - Paynter 1913 Inter City medal

1910 - 1920 Trophy Cabinet ...

MEILLEAR West Ham medal MEILLEAR West Ham medal reverse MEILLEAR Joe


Christened John Francis Meillear this outside-right signed from leading amateur club Bromley prior to the start of the 1910-11 season. Joe made his reserve team debut playing in the South Eastern League fixture against Chelsea at Upton Park in a 4-1 victory on 1 September 1910.


Joe was listed under the heading of "Promising youngster" in that season's club handbook. Sadly Meillear didn't live up to that expectation and made the first of only 3 first team Southern League appearances in a claret-and-blue shirt against Northampton Town resulting in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park on 4 March 1911.


A year on in February 1912 he tasted his first victory in the 3-0 away fixture against New Brompton followed a week later with a 3-2 home win over Exeter City. His last first-team appearance came in an FA Cup third round replay tie on 28 February 1912 against Swindon Town at the County Ground which resulted in a 4-0 defeat for the Hammers.


West Ham United v. Crystal Palace

Play-off Final at The Den, Millwall

29 April 1912 (3 - 2)

Trophy Cabinet 12_04_29 WHU v. Crystal Palace LL Play-off 01 Glass Shelftop

London League Premier Division Play-off Winners




13 OCTOBER 1913

Glass Shelftop

Inter City Football Match


West Ham United v. Arsenal

Boleyn Ground, London

27 October 1913



Hughes, Rothwell, Irvine, Woodards, Askew, Randall,

Ashton, Hilsdon, Leafe, Denyer A., Casey


(3 - 2)  Hilsdon 2, Ashton

Glass Shelftop

London Professional Football Charity Fund

Charlie Paynter

Medal awarded to Charlie Paynter

West Ham United trainer

However, over Meillear’s two-season stint at the Boleyn Ground, he featured regularly for West Ham’s reserves second-string fixtures, playing in both the South Eastern League and the London League Premier Division.


In the 1911-12 London League (Premier Division) campaign, West Ham United finished the season as (Section A) winners, Crystal Palace on the other-hand were competing in (Section B) where they too, finished top of their section.


Joe Meillear won this play-off medal against (Section B) winners Crystal Palace in a game which resulted in a 3-2 victory for West Ham United played at neutral The Den, home of London rivals Millwall on 29 April 1912.


Southern Lge apps: 3 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)




The Birmingham XI beat the London XI 2-0. West Ham United’s Tommy Randall played for the London side.

A 9ct. Gold 1913 Inter-City football match medal, inscribed

1912 England v. Denmark


George Webb trophy cabinet

George Webb was born in Poplar on 4 May 1887, the stepson of George Hone, one of the early administrators of Thames Ironworks and a director of West Ham United. In August 1905 aged 18, Webb had a pre-season trial with the Hammers and made an occasional appearance for the reserve side whilst still playing for various amateur sides including Ilford Alliance and Wanstead.

He scored for West Ham United on his Southern League debut against local rivals Leyton on 9 April 1909. During his time with the club he remained an amateur, who also worked for the family toy manufacturing business which restricted his appearances for the Hammers, prompting the comment from fellow West Ham forward Danny Shea that he “led too crowded a life”.

Webb had the distinction of being the first West Ham player to play for England and scored on his debut against Wales on 13 March 1911 at The Den 3-0, his second international came two-weeks later against Scotland at Goodison Park 1-1.

In his time at the Boleyn Ground he made 52 League and 10 Cup appearances and scored 32 goals, he also played seven England Amateur Internationals scoring 10 goals. Indeed, he scored in each of those seven internationals, and notched a goal in the 3-0 win at the Park Royal Ground on 21 October 1911 when winning this England amateur cap against Denmark.

Glass Shelftop

England Amateur Cap

England v. Denmark

Park Royal Ground, London

21 October 1911