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Yews was born in Wingate, County Durham and played for his local side NER Durham before joining Hartlepools United in 1920. At the end of the 1922-23, the season in which the Hammers won promotion to the First Division on goal average over Leicester City and also earned a Cup Final appearance at Wembley, the Hammers were beginning to assemble a squad capable of sustaining their new found status in the top flight of English football. Thomas Pearce Yews made the move from Hartlepools United to West Ham United on 28 June 1923. His sparkling displays in the Third Division North led the Hammers to pay £150 for his services, and he quickly cemented a first-team place on the right wing of the First Division team. His League debut came at Ninian Park against Cardiff City on 15 September 1923 in a 1-0 defeat. With his forward wing play and crosses and the same from Jimmy Ruffell on the opposite wing it was no small wonder they were an asset to the foraging power of centre-forward Vic Watson. Yews was a provider rather than a prolific goalscoring winger, but in contrast to most wingers, he improved his goalscoring record as he developed and bagged 51 goals in 361 appearances. Yews was essentially a corner-flag type winger, but he learned to put his 5ft 8in frame where it hurt. West Ham manager Charlie Paynter summed up Yews’ contribution to the team by saying: “Tom could pick a fly off Bill’s eyebrows!” Yews was ever-present in the 1927-28 season scoring eleven goals. In total, he played for the Hammers for ten seasons before ending his playing career with nearby Clapton Orient in 1933. After retiring, he became an engineer at Briggs Motor Bodies and a charge-hand at the Ford Motor Company.

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Syd King 1902 - 1932 ...

Player Pen Pictures and Autographs

Part 5 : 227. John Gurkin (1921-22) to 250. John Campbell (1923-24)

Born: 9 September 1895, Murton, Co Durham

Signed: SOUTH HETTON ROVERS

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Debut: STOKE CITY

Victoria Ground : 27 August 1921

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Appearances: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 25 February 1976, Sunderland (aged 80)

227. John GURKIN ... (1921)

Signed from South Hetton Rovers, this centre-half was given only one first team outing - in a 0-2 reverse at the Victoria Grounds versus Stoke City on the 27 August 1921 in the opening fixture of the 1921-22 campaign, later transferred to Norwich City. In 1923 he transferred to Stalybridge Celtic and the following season joined Durham City. In August 1928 he rejoined Stalybridge. From May 1929 to September 1932 he was with Jarrow and ended his playing days with his home town team, Murton.

Born: 19 January 1903. Hetton le Hole, Co Durham

Signed: HETTON COLLIERY

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Debut: BLACKPOOL

Bloomfield Road : 6 May 1922

Transferred: LUTON TOWN

Appearances: 87 (gls 0) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Died: 4 December 1989, Lymington, Hampshire (aged 86)

Born: 1 October 1896, Burnham, Buckinghamshire

Signed: UNSWORTH COLLIERY

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Debut: BRADFORD PARK AVENUE

Upton Park : 29 August 1921

Transferred: SOUTHEND UNITED

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Appearances: 36 (gls 2) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

Died:

228. William THIRLAWAY ... (1921 - 1923)

An outside-right signed from Usworth Colliery F.C. Made his West Ham debut in the 2-1 victory over Bradford Park Avenue at Upton Park on the 29 August 1921. Scored the first of only two goals for the Hammers at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 November 1921. Billy made 33 Second Division appearances in 1921-22; but a subsequent loss of form saw his First Team outings reduced to two in 1922-23, down to a solitary one game the next season - his last as a Hammer. Thirlaway then joined Southend United where he made seven appearances at the beginning of 1924-25 in Division Three South. He then became a soccer nomad as he went on his travels with Luton Town, South Shields, Birmingham, Cardiff City, Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Usworth Colliery in August 1931.

Born: 1896, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Signed: DUNDEE

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Debut: STOKE CITY

Upton Park : 3 September 1921

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Appearances: 3 (gls 1)

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229. Thomas JACKSON ... (1921 - 1922)

At home in either of the inside-forward positions, Tom made a scoring debut in Hammers Colours against Stoke City at Upton Park in a 3-0 victory on the 3 September 1921 but only went on to make a further two Second Division outings that campaign.

Born: 8 August 1900, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Signed: WALLSEND UNITED

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Debut: BURY

Upton Park : 27 December 1921

Transferred: ALDERHOT

Date: 1938

Appearances: 505 (gls 159) Cup: 43 (gls 7)

Died: 5 September 1989, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (aged 89)

230. James RUFFELL ... (1921 - 1937)

Ruffell made his first appearance in Hammers' colours in a 3-2 victory over Bury at the Boleyn on the 27 December 1921, James’ League and Cup appearances rose steadily in the early Twenties - as did his goalscoring record - it's doubtful if his career total of 166 in League and Cup will ever be surpassed by an orthodox winger. Inevitably capped by his country and a member of the West Ham team which contested the first Wembley Cup Final in 1923, the Hammers' management could hardly have foreseen what lay ahead when they plucked the diminutive outside-left from the works team of the Ilford Electricity Board! Chosen six times to play for England. Portraying perfectly the cigarette - card image of the professional footballer, complete with centre-parting in slicked-back hair, Jimmy set a dashing scene as he tormented his opposing full-backs, often leaving them with muddied backsides as he cut in to score yet another goal. When he left West Ham in 1937 he chose to see out the remainder of his career with little Aldershot.

Born: 25 July 1898, Bedlington, Northumberland

Signed: BEDLINGTON UNITED

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Debut: LEICESTER CITY

Filbert Street : 14 January 1922

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Appearances: 6 (gls 0)

Died: Oct - Dec 1974

231. William WAUGH ... (1921-22)

Previously with amateur side Bedlington United, this right-back made his Second Division baptism for Hammers in a 1-2 defeat against Leicester City at Filbert Street on the 14 January 1922, and went on to complete half-a-dozen Second Division League appearances in the claret-and-blue.

232. William HENDERSON ... (1922 - 1928)

Born: 5 January 1900, Whitburn, County Durham

Signed: ABERDARE ATHLETIC

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Fee: £650

Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

Upton Park : 11 March 1922

Transferred: Retired

Appearances: 162 (gls 0) Cup: 21 (gls 1)

Died: 18 January 1934, South Shields (aged 34)

Born: 27 September 1905, Leytonstone, London

Signed: FAIRBAIRN HOUSE

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Debut: BLACKPOOL

Bloomfield Road : 6 May 1922

Transferred: CHELSEA

Date: June 1927

Appearances: 35 (gls 8) Cup: 9 (gls 1)

Died: 8 March 1994, Colchester, Essex (aged 88)

Born: 10 February 1895, Coleford, Somerset

Signed: READING

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Debut: BRADFORD CITY

Upton Park : 26 August 1922

Transferred: FULHAM

Appearances: 45 (gls 0) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Died: 31 March 1967, Reading (aged 72)

Born: 10 October 1900, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Signed: SOUTH SHIELDS

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Debut: BRADFORD CITY

Upton Park : 26 August 1922

Transferred: NEWPORT COUNTY

Date: 3 January 1923

Fee: Exchange

Appearances: 8 (gls 0)

Died: 20 June 1981, Sunderland (aged 80)

Born: 17 December 1891, Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire

Signed: EVERTON

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Debut: BRADFORD CITY

Upton Park : 26 August 1922

Transferred: SWINDON TOWN

Appearances: 15 (gls 1) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 25 April 1965, Wolverhampton (aged 73)

Born: 6 October 1894, Newcastle upon Tyne

Signed: SUNDERLAND

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Fee: £300

Debut: BRADFORD CITY

Upton Park : 26 August 1922

Transferred: Retired

Appearances: 181 (gls 42) Cup: 21 (gls 6)

Died: 26 September 1968, Plaistow, London (aged 74)

Born: 14 January 1892, Runcorn, Cheshire

Signed: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

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Fee: £650

Debut: BRADFORD CITY

Upton Park : 26 August 1922

Transferred: FULHAM

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Appearances: 43 (gls 5) Cup 10 (gls 1)

Died: 27 January 1934, Salford, Lancashire (aged 42)

Born: 23 October 1896, Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent

Signed: ARSENAL

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Debut: BRADFORD CITY

Valley Parade : 2 September 1922

Transferred: ABERDARE ATHLETIC

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Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 30 October 1983, Hendon, Middlesex (aged 87)

Born: 24 October 1895, Garth, Breconshire

Signed: NEWPORT COUNTY

Date: 3 January 1923

Fee: Exchange with William Charlton

Debut: CRYSTAL PALACE

The Nest : 31 March 1923

Transferred: HEREFORD UNITED

Appearances: 39 (gls 3)

Died : 4 June 1952, Hereford (aged  56)

Born: 30 December 1898, Wolverhampton.

Signed: BRENTFORD

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Debut: FULHAM

Craven Cottage : 14 April 1923

Transferred: BRENTFORD

Date: 1927

Appearances: 8 (gls 2) Cup: 0 (gls 0)

Died: Unknown

Born: 17 May 1897, Edmonton, London

Signed: STIRLING ATHLETIC (Dagenham)

Date: Summer 1921

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Debut: ARSENAL

Highbury : 10 September 1923

Transferred: LINCOLN CITY

Appearances: 2 (gls 1)

Died: 12 December 1966, Barking (aged 69)

Born: 28 February 1902, Wingate, County Durham

Signed: HARTLEPOOLS UNITED

Date: 28 June 1923

Fee: £150

Debut: CARDIFF CITY

15 September 1923 - Ninian Park

Transferred: CLAPTON ORIENT

Date: 1933

Appearances: 332 (gls 46) Cup: 29 (gls 5)

Died: 19 August 1966, Ilford, Essex (aged 64)

Born: 10 May 1896, Alnwick, Northumberland

Signed: ROTHERHAM COUNTY

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Debut: MIDDLESBROUGH

Upton Park : 22 September 1923

Transferred: LEICESTER CITY

Appearances: 7 (gls 1)

Died: 21 February 1947, Winlaton, Co. Durham (aged 50)

Born: 1 November 1900, Edmonton, London

Signed: NUNHEAD

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Debut: CHELSEA

Stamford Bridge : 20 October 1923

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Appearances: 272 (gls 1) Cup: 25 (gls 0)

Died: 13 July 1944 (aged 43)

Born: 29 January 1897, Barking, London

Signed: STOKE CITY

Date: 19 June 1923

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Debut: CHELSEA

Upton Park : 27 October 1923

Transferred: SWINDON TOWN

Date: 24 June 1924

Appearances: 10 (gls 2)

19 May 1987, Reading, Berkshire (aged 90)

Born: 10 August 1901, Forest Gate, London

Signed: CLAPTON

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Debut: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

City Ground : 15 Devember 1923

Transferred: BRENTFORD

Date: 19 February 1932

Appearances: 129 (gls 58) Cup: 9 (gls 5)

Died: 21 November 1979, Herne Bay, Kent (aged 78)

Born: 28 September 1903, Brentford, Middlesex

Signed: LEYTON

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Debut: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Upton Park : 9 February 1924

Transferred:

Appearances: 311 (gls 3) Cup: 25 (gls 0)

Died 22 May 1977 Epping, Essex (aged 73)

Born: 12 May 1900, South Shields, County Durham

Signed: JARROW

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Debut: EVERTON

Upton Park : 15 March 1924

Transferred: CLAPTON ORIENT

Date: 25 September 1929

Appearances: 28 (gls 11) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 28 January 1983, South Shields, County Durham (aged 82)  

Like his full-back partner Jack Young, Henderson was a native of Whitburn; sadly the comparison between  the two players does not end there, as Billy too, was afflicted by poor health and died of tuberculosis at the tragically early age in 1934. Joining Hammers from Welsh club Aberdare to replace the injured Jack Hebden in January 1922, making his Hammers debut against Crystal Palace in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park on the 11 March 1922, the well-built defender went on to win a place in the first Wembley Cup Final the following season, playing in every match leading to that famous confrontation with Bolton Wanderers. An ever-present in 1923-24, and only one short the next campaign, he was selected for the F.A. v. The Army and for the Professionals v Amateurs during those seasons. On the verge of international honours until a bad knee injury forced him to miss half the 1925-26 season and the whole of the next, he was given the following tribute in a club history published in 1947: "Willie was a stylist and recognised as the greatest right-back the Hammers ever had."

233= Tommy HODGSON ... (1922 - 1929)

A former coalminer, this rugged full-back served West Ham United throughout the 1920's and would have totalled many more  first team appearances had illness and injury not interrupted his career. Signed from Hetton Colliery in 1921; made his Hammers debut against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the final match of the 1921-22 campaign in a 1-2 defeat on the 6 May 1922; became one of the renowned Hammers' "5-H" quintet of defenders - Hufton, Hebden, Henderson, Hodgson and Horler. Transferred to Third Division South Luton Town in 1930, Tommy went on to create a unique record with the Bedfordshire club by becoming the only man in soccer to be player, captain, director, managing director, chairman and president of one Football League club. He also had the honour of leading out the Hatters at Wembley for the 1959 F.A. Cup Final against Nottingham Forest when Town were without a manager.

233= William WILLIAMS ... (1922 - 1926)

William Dennis Williams became the youngest ever full professional when signed for Hammers in 1921 at the age of 15 from Fairbairn House Boy's Club. A former England Boys star, he made his Hammers debut in the concluding Second Division match at Blackpool in which he also scored in a 1-3 defeat on the 6 May 1922. In March 1925 he made another entry into the record books as a member of a party which embarked on the trip to Australia. Returning home in September after several Test Matches "down under," the experiment brought the following comment from the club's 1925-26 handbook: "Has had a unique experience for so young a player, having had a glorious time in Australia since April last, where he has been finding the net frequently. We hope that continuous football has not affected his efficiency," The writer's fears may not have been altogether groundless, the consistency of Watson and Moore as well as the presence of Vivian Gibbins, the amateur international centre forward only made a further 14 first team outings before his transfer to Chelsea in June 1927. After two years at Stamford Bridge he became a "free agent" in amateur football, and among others served Dagenham F.C. Eventually retiring at the age of 40.

235= George HORLER ... (1922 - 1927)

George Henry Horler was signed from Reading F.C. where the defender had several seasons with the biscuitmen before donning the claret and blue and still continued to reside in Berkshire whilst a Hammer. His full-back partnership with Jack Hebden in the old London Combination was reckoned to be the finest in the Reserves League, and led to the pair being chosen to represent the competition before progressing to the First XI. George made his Hammers League debut in the 1-2 defeat at Upton Park against Bradford City in the opening fixture of the 1922-23 campaign, 26 August 1922. George was also an accomplished singer and often formed a duet with pianist Tommy Yews to entertain at social gatherings both at home and on tour. He joined Fulham on leaving the club and also had a spell at Aldershot.

235= William CHARLTON ... (1922)

This dashing former England Schoolboy International was signed from South Shields (later Gateshead) on the strength of several impressive displays against Hammers in their formative League seasons. William George Charlton made his West Ham debut in the opening fixture if the 1922-23 campaign against Bradford City in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park, kept his place in the side for the next seven games to record an overall total of eight games. The brother of former Fulham and Carlisle full-back Edward Charlton, played at outside-right before superseded by Welsh international Dick Richards. On 3 January 1923 William Charlton joined Newport County in an exchange deal which brought William Edwards to the Boloyn Ground. Later played for Cardiff City.

235= Charlie CROSSLEY ... (1922 - 1923)

Charles Arthur Crossley was an experienced inside-right who was signed from Everton. Chas, as he was  better known, made his first appearance for Hammers in a 1-2 defeat to Bradford City at Upton Park on the opening day of the eventful 1922-23 season, 26 August 1922. He was also at the start of the dramatic F.A. Cup run that campaign, when he played in the 3-2 First Round victory against Hull City at Boothferry Park. He later left Upton Park to join Swindon Town and from there joined Ebbw Vale as player-manager in September 1925. During WW1 he guested for Clapton Orient, Huddersfield Town and Spurs. When the conflict was over he returned to Sunderland whom he had joined from Walsall in February 1914.

235=  William MOORE ... (1922 - 1929)

William Grey Bruce Moore joined the Hammers from Sunderland in 1922, where he'd struck up a renowned left-wing partnership with international H. Martin. His arrival at Upton Park heralded the beginning of an even more famous liaison with the immortal Jimmy Ruffell, and in an age when exceptional inside-forwards were commonplace, Billy shone as brightly as any of his contemporaries. Made his Hammers debut in the 1-2 defeat by Bradford City at Upton Park on the 26 August 1922. After winning Amateur caps against Denmark and Sweden, he gained full-England international honours versus the latter country shortly after appearing in the first Wembley Cup Final in 1923, and further distinguished himself as an ever-present in West Ham's promotion side in his eventful first season at the Boleyn. Although recognised as a maker rather than a taker of goals during his eight seasons as a West Ham player. Appointed Assistant Trainer when he retired from Playing in 1929, he was promoted to Trainer-in-chief in 1932 and remained in that capacity until his full retirement in 1960. Two years earlier he'd realised his greatest personal ambition in seeing Hammers return to the First Division after an absence of 25 years.

235= Dick RICHARDS ... (1922 - 1924)

Richard William Richards was an eager beaver inside-forward or outside-left when he joined the Hammers from Wolverhampton Wanderers where he scored 27 goals in 97 appearances. Making his West Ham debut in the opening match against Bradford City at Upton Park in a 1-2 defeat on the 26 August 1922. Dick switched to the opposite flank owing to the brilliant form of Jimmy Ruffell. He had been an automatic choice for his country, Wales, while at Wolves, winning five caps in 1920-21. Dick continued in that vein with West Ham, playing for the Principality when they won the International Championship in 1923-24, with victories over England, Scotland and Ireland. His international appearances served to further underline his versatility, as they were all played from the inside-left position. Transferring to Fulham in 1924. Dick found his brief stay at Craven Cottage beset with injury and illness, although his fortunes did improve with his move to Mold F.C. in the Welsh League, to the extent of gaining a further cap in 1925, totalling nine full caps in total.

240. Dick BURGESS ... (1922)

After spending two seasons with Arsenal, inside-right Daniel Burgess opted to follow his friend and former Gunners' team-mate George Pattison to Upton Park. He was quickly given a chance in the First Team, and made two Second Division appearances in rapid succession against Bradford City at Valley Parade on the 2 September 1922 in a 1-0 victory, followed by a 1-2 reverse against Derby County at the Baseball Ground two days later. Dick joined Welsh club Aberdare in 1922, who staged Football League fare at the Athletic Ground, between 1921-27, when they were replaced by Torquay United. Later with Queens Park Rangers.

241. William EDWARDS ... (1923 - 1926)

William Francis Edwards joined the Irons from Newport County in an exchange deal which resulted in William Charlton signing for the Welsh club, Bill made his Hammers debut from the outside-right position against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in a 5-1 victory on the 1 March 1923, in which Vic Watson scored four of Hammers goals. Bill's best run in the First XI came in 1923-24 when he made 25 First Division appearances and two in the F.A. Cup Competition. He later went back to Newport and on retiring from soccer became a Licensee at Hertford.

242. Albert FLETCHER ... (1923 - 1924)

A regular member of Hammers' London Combination XI who could operate effectively in either of the inside-forward positions. Chosen to represent the London League on three occasions, he made his League debut for Hammers during the exciting 1922-23 season, in a 2-0 win over London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on the 14 April 1923. His one and only goal for West Ham came in a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Upton Park the following season. He was previously with Brentford and went back to Griffin Park in 1927, where he made 23 Third Division South appearances and scored one goal.

243. Harry HODGES ... (1923 - 1924)

Harry James Hodges started his footballing career with Dagenham based club Stirling Athletic, the same club that also provided fellow striker Les Robinson. Hodges made his initial claret and blue debut for the Reserves in the London Football Combination match against Chelsea at Upton Park 16 September 1922. His brother, John, nicknamed ‘Digger’ also played as an amateur for the Hammers. Although Harry was a regular in the combination side he was always destined to be a bit-part player and understudy at the Boleyn Ground. His first team opportunities were very limited with more senior players ahead of him in the pecking order. However, Hodges took his chance when called upon, taking his place in the starting XI for the injured William Brown; he made a promising start on his First Division debut by scoring in the 1-4 defeat against Arsenal at Highbury on 10 September 1923. Not only did Hodges get his name into the record books by notching a goal on his First Division debut he had the added distinction, like Albert Fletcher who had done the same feat three matches previously also against the Gunners, of never scoring again in our colours; a similar fate also shared by Fletcher. Harry made just one more First XI appearance later the same season against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park in a 0-0 draw on 9 February 1924. After leaving the Boleyn Ground he played for a time with Lincoln City.

244. Tommy YEWS ... (1923 - 1933)

245. Norman PROCTER ... (1923 - 1924)

Equally effective in either of the inside-forward positions, this midfield schemer made a name for himself when he represented Durham County as a schoolboy before being signed up by Rotherham County. Joining Hammers for their initial First Division campaign of 1923-24, he made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at Upton Park on the 22 September 1923, and had a further six appearances that season to close his senior account. His one and only goal coming in a 1-1 draw against Notts County at Upton Park 8th March 1924. He later joined Leicester City on leaving West Ham.

246. Albert CADWELL ... (1923 - 1933)

Albert Frank Cadwell was a real unsung hero who served West Ham United consistently well for ten seasons. Signed from Nunhead during Hammers' initial season in the First Division, making his debut in the London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which ended goal-less on the 20 October 1923. Albert eventually took the place of that other great West Ham left-back, Jack Tresadern. Although small in stature, his superb ball control allied to his tenacious tackling and work-rate, won him a fine reputation at the highest level. Representative honours, however, were few a far between; although he did play for the Football League versus the Irish League in 1930 and was honoured by Surrey and London. Quite and unassuming, Albert was a keen motorist in his off-field moments, scored his one and only goal for West Ham against Newcastle United at St. James's Park on the 30 January 1932 in a 2-2 draw.

247. Frank RICHARDSON ... (1923 - 1924)

A centre-forward who joined the Hammers from Stoke City on 19 June 1923. Frank made his First Division debut in a 2-0 win over London Rivals Chelsea at Upton Park on the 27 October 1923. He totalled 10 League appearances that season before transferring to Swindon Town a year later on 24 June 1924.

248. Vivian GIBBINS ... (1923 - 1931)

As an amateur, he appeared in the line-up as "V.W.T. Gibbins," to distinguish him from the pros who were not then given Christian names in programme details. Like that other great West Ham United and England amateur international before him - Harry Stapley - Viv was a schoolmaster by profession and also a centre-forward for club and country. The last of the great amateurs imbued with the Corinthian spirit to serve the club, he became the first from the non-paid ranks since WW1 to head a League Club's scoring lists by topping Hammers' goalscoring charts with 18 goals in 1930-31. Making his debut against Nottingham Forest in a 1-2 reverse at the City Ground on the 15 December 1923, Viv found the pace of First Division soccer somewhat faster than that which he had experienced previously with local amateurs Clapton F.C. His pen-picture in a 1925-26 Club Handbook gives some idea of the esteem in which he was held at the Boleyn: "The name of Gibbins is a household word in London Football, and it is our great regret that he cannot assist us regularly, for we would always find a place for him." The writer of those notes must have been happy when Vivian decided to play permanently for West Ham United in 1927-28 while still retaining his amateur status, but not so pleased when his transferred to Brentford on 19 February 1932. Honours England amateur caps v. Ireland and South Africa (1925); Ireland and Scotland (1927); Ireland and Scotland (1930); and Wales and Scotland (1931).

249. Jimmy COLLINS ... (1924 - 1935)

James Frederick Arthur Collins, affectionately referred to by the fans as "Lottie" after the famous music-hall artiest. One of the longest serving players in the club's history. Jim first played at the Boleyn Ground in 1917 as captain of East Ham Boys, and the same year was chosen to represent England against Scotland; but as the game was cancelled, never received his schools cap. Modelling his game on his idol, Syd Puddefoot, he soon put that disappointment behind him, and after doing the rounds with Chelmsford, Clapton and Leyton, signed amateur forms for Hammers in 1921. Two years later he was elevated to full professional status, and the following season made his First Division debut against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park in a 0-0 draw on the 9 February 1924. Owing to the abundance of forward talent at West Ham in those days, his baptism versus the North Londoners was to be one of his few appearances in the front line, as he converted to wing-half to win a regular place. He made the switch well enough to make 160 consecutive appearances until a cartilage injury ended the run. A measure of his worth can be gleaned from the fact that he was one of the comparatively few professionals retained after Iron's disastrous relegation season of 1931-32; going on to appear in the gallant F.A. Cup Semi-Final defeat to Everton at Molineux the next season. As well as being a keen motorist (he claimed to be the first West Ham player to own a car in 1921).

250. John CAMPBELL ... (1924 - 1928)

A schoolboy goalkeeper who turned centre-forward with some success for his local works team, before continuing his career North of the Border with Berwick Rangers. Jarrow F.C. soon stepped in to bring him back "home", after being impressed with his performance in the Scottish Border League. It was from the North-Easterners that he joined Hammers for the 1923-24 season, and although he was never a First Team regular, he was nevertheless a valued member of the Upton Park playing-staff during the twenties. Made he debut for the Hammers in a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Boleyn Ground on the 15 March 1924. His finest feat in the claret and blue came in a reserve fixture, however, Johnny's five goals against Fulham in December 1928 contributing to a 13-2 victory which still stands as a West Ham record in a Football Combination match. John was transferred to Clapton Orient on 25 September 1929.

CONTINUE 1 227 GURKIN Joe RICHARDS Dick CADWELL Albert 244 YEWS Tommy YEWS Tommy signature 229 JACKSON Thomas 230 RUFFELL James 231 WAUGH William 232 HENDERSON William 233 HODGSON Tommy 234 WILLIAMS William 235 HORLER George 236 CHARLTON William 237 CROSSLEY Charles 239 RICHARDS Dick 240 BURGESS Dick 242 FLETCHER Albert

Special thanks to BARBARA SHRIMPTON for helping trace the Ancestry Records of the former Hammers players

228 THIRLAWAY William 238 MOORE Billy 241 EDWARDS William 243 HODGES Harry 245 PROCTOR Norman 246 CADWELL Albert 247 RICHARDSON Frank 2 248 GIBBINS Vivian 250 CAMPBELL John 249 COLLINS Jimmy