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Part 6 : 251. Stanley Earle (1924-25) to 277. Robert Dixon (1928-29)

Born: Stratford, London 06/09/1897

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Born: 26 December 1898, Cinderhill, Nottingham

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Date: Summer 1924

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Upton Park : 30 August 1924

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Died: 21 August 1944 (aged 45)

Born: 1 September 1902, Bolton, Lacashire

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Died: 26 September 1962, Preston (aged 60)

Born: East Ham, London 27/06/1900

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Born: West Ham, London 1907

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Born: Ilford, Essex 1906

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Born: Earlesfield, London 19/03/1903

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Born: Aberdeen, Scotland 22/01/1900

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Date: January 1926

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Born: 8 December 1905, Kensington, London

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Died: 11 September 1948, Park Royal (aged 42)

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251= Stanley EARLE ... (1924 - 1932)

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A superbly creative six-foot-plus inside-right who followed his former Clapton F.C. colleague Vivian Gibbins in signing for West Ham. Once on Arsenal's books and an England amateur international, Stan won an F.A. Amateur Cup Winners' medal with Clapton in 1924 and was honoured with a full cap against Ireland in Belfast in 1927. Made his Hammers debut in the 1-0 victory over Preston North End at Upton Park on the 30th August 1924. Initially reluctant to relinquish his amateur status, he became a leading light in Hammers' attack and struck up a fine understanding with Vic Watson. Often getting among the goalscorers, it was his ability to take as well as create chances which made him such a valued member of West Ham's team in the twenties and early thirties. He ended his career with Clapton Orient.

251= Samuel JENNINGS ... (1924 - 1925)

Jennings started his footballing career playing for amateur sides Highbury Methodists, 5th Reserve Battalion Coldstream Guards and Basford National Ordnance Factory before joining Southern League side Norwich City in 1919, moving on to Middlesbrough the following year, 10 appearances and 2 goals. In 1921 he signed for Reading of the Third Division South and enjoyed a three-year spell with the Elm Park club scoring 45 goals in 110 appearances. Transferred to West Ham in the summer of 1924. Jennings played his first League game along with Stan Earle for the Hammers at inside-left, scoring the only goal of the game against Preston North End on the opening day of the 1924-25 season at Upton Park 30 August 1924. On the other occasions he switched to inside-right with equal effect but his stay was a short one. Three goals in nine games he quickly returned to Third Division South with Brighton and Hove Albion where he rediscovered his goal scoring touch with 61 goals in 110 appearances. He continued his journeyman existence with Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Stockport County and Burnley before travelling to France for the first ever season of the Ligue de Football Professionnel joining Olympique de Marseille then moving on to Club Francais of Ligue 2, before returning to England to play for Scarborough and Wisbech Town. His managerial career took in Glentoran and Rochale.

253. Peter COWPER ... (1924)

Right-wing flyer whose, two First Division outings were against Bury at Upton Park on the 11th October 1924 and versus Nottingham Forest at the City Ground the following Saturday. Signed from Rossendale F.C. his First XI opportunities were limited by the fine form of rival flankmen, Tommy Yews and Bill Edwards. He joined Grimsby Town on leaving Hammers and later played for New Brighton, Southampton, Southport, Carlisle United and Wigan Athletic, Altrincham and finally, Precot Cables in 1936.

254. William KAINE ... (1924 - 1926)

A member of Hammers' Reserve team which carried off the London Combination Championship in the big goalkeeper's first season at Upton Park; Bill followed up that success by being selected to represent the London Combination versus the London League. After touring Germany with Hammers in the summer of 1924 the popular Cockney returned to England to share the task of deputising for the injured Ted Hufton in the League side with Tommy Hampson. Made his Hammers debut in the 1-2 defeat by Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 18th October 1924. He moved across London to join Tottenham Hotspur in 1925 and later went to Luton Town. Bill joined Hammers from Stirling Athletic club of Dagenham.

255. Jim BARRETT Snr. ... (1925 - 1938)

A name to conjure with, and one inextricably entwined in Hammers' heritage. A larger than life character. "Big Jim", as he as affectionately known. Signed professional forms in Hammers' Cup Final year of 1923 at the age of 16, Jim had to wait two years to make his League debut against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on 28th March 1925 in a 1-1 draw. "Big Jim's" solitary international appearance against Ireland in 1928 constituted a record, his four minutes on the field, before injury ended his aspirations, remains the shortest recorded international career. He continued to be an invaluable asset to his club, however, not least because of his remarkable versatility which had seen him perform in every position for the First and Second XI's. His ability to switch from defence to attack borne out by his tally of more than 50 League and Cup goals whilst a Hammer. During a Hammers' tour of Holland he deliberately aimed at a clock behind the goal, and hit the "bullseye" to put it out of action! In 1945-46 Jim was in charge of the 'A' team, and played in the same side as his son

256. George EASTMAN ... (1925 - 1926)

Signed from local side Leyton, the remarkable feature of George's two First Division outings for Hammers was that they were both against Everton in direct confrontation with the legendary Dixie Dean! He proved himself a more than capable understudy to George Kay and later Jim Barrett in the two Upton Park clashes with the Toffeemen, which incidentally took place almost a year to the day of each other with West Ham victorious on both occasions. The first, on 18 April 1925 ended 4-1 in favour of Irons, and the second, on 17th April the following year, 1-0. Baptised George Frederick Eastman and the brother of a well-known Essex cricketer he was no slouch at the bat-and-ball game himself (he also played for the County), George was somewhat surprisingly overlooked after that. He later joined Clapton Orient.

257. Robert WEALE ... (1925)

A former Welsh Schoolboy international, this tricky outside-right filled the place vacated by Bill Edwards in the London Combination side when the latter stepped up to the First Team. Bob was later given a taste of First Division football, but after making-up his debut versus Notts County in a 1-0 victory at Upton Park on the 10th October 1925, made only two further League appearances before joining Swindon Town in June 1927. His form must have improved dramatically at the County Ground, for in December 1928 Southampton paid a club record £1,000 to take him to The Dell. Later played for Cardiff City, Boston Town, Guildford City, Newport County, Wrexham, Glentoran and finally in 1936 Bath City.

Born: Troedyrhiw, Wales 09/11/1903

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258. David BAILLIE ... (1925 - 1929)

This locally-born goalkeeper was with Hammers for around six seasons, mostly as understudy to the great Ted Hufton, but enjoyed a fair amount of First Team outings. Signed from Coryton F.C. Made his claret and blue debut in the 2-3 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield  Town on the 28th November 1925, he was given the following testimony in a 1920's handbook: "There are few goalies in the country who can hold and field a wet ball like him." He transferred to Chester in 1929, where he was under the managership of Charlie Hewitt, but returned to the Boleyn when he retired from playing to take up the post of assistant groundsman.

259. Alfred EARL ... (1925 - 1932)

Tall, constructive defender who held the right-back position during his eight seasons at Upton Park, making close to 200 senior appearances in the process. Signed from Summerstown in 1925, making his debut in the 5-2 victory over Aston Villa at Upton Park on the 25th December 1925. He is remembered not only as a cool, thoughtful player but also for having ate four hot cross buns one Good Friday before a match and collapsing on the field. Later played for Streatham Town.

Born: 23 June 1900, Wednesbury, Staffs.

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Born: Darlington 09/10/1905

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Born: West Ham, London 31/07/1905

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Born: 10 March 1904, North Shields

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Date: 5 May 1927

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Upton Park - 29 October 1927

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Date: August 1928

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Died: February 1985, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Born: Kensal Rise, London 03/06/1896

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Born: Newcastle-upon-Tyne 17/06/1908

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Born: 24 May 1899, West Derby, Lancashire

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Date: August 1928

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Upton Park : 25 August 1928

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Date: 2 January 1929

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260. Alex KANE ... (1926 - 1927)

Aberdeen born shot-stopper who was signed from south-coast side Portsmouth in January 1926 for £375. Kane made his debut for Hammers between the sticks in West Ham's 1-2 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Upton Park on the 16th January 1926, and did not play again until just over a year later, also a 1-2 home defeat, this time to Derby County, it also turned out to be Alex's last game for the senior side.

261. John DOWSEY ... (1926)

Winger cum-inside-forward secured from Newcastle United after scoring 54 goals for the Magpies' second-string during two seasons in the North Eastern League. Found success hard to come by at Upton Park, making only the one First Division appearance against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in a 0-1 reverse on the 6th September 1926. John joined Carlisle United when he left West Ham in August 1927. He moved on to Sunderland in 1928, Notts County in 1929 and was with Northampton between 1931 and 1934.

262. John PAYNE ... (1926 - 1928)

John Frederick Payne was effective on either flank, this speedy winger progressed through junior amateur soccer with Botwell Mission F.C. and Lyons Athletic to senior amateur level with Southall F.C. He remained on the Athenians League club's books while he sampled First Division football with the Hammers and made his debut against Blackburn Rovers in a 1-5 thrashing at Upton Park on the 11 September 1926. Scoring against Manchester United at Upton Park in September 1928 and making two further appearances that season versus Portsmouth and Derby County respectively. Johnny transferred to Brentford in 1928 and afterwards had the 1930-31 season with Manchester City. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion in August 1934, Millwall July 1935 and finally Yeovil in May 1936.

263. Joseph JOHNSON ... (1927)

A sharp-shooting inside-forward who achieved the obligatory goal every other game for strikers of those days during his 14 First Division appearances in the 1926-27 season. Born in the Black Country, Joe's first professional club was Talbot Stead F.C. in the Birmingham Combination, whom he joined from Bradley United in 1920-21. From then on it was very much a case of "Have goals, will travel," with Cannock Town F.C. his next point of call. Then joined Crystal Palace for his first taste of League football, moving on to Barnsley and transferred to Hammers from the Yorkshire club in 1927. Joe made a scoring debut against Herbert Chapman's formidable Huddersfield Town at Upton Park on the 5th February 1927 in a 3-2 victory. Switching to the outside-left position on occasions, he held his place to the end of the season. Despite his promising beginning at the Boleyn, Joe made only one First XI appearance the following season, and faded from the picture after moving to Southend United.

264. Archie HULL ... (1927 - 1928)

Rated the best amateur centre-half in London when his club side Ilford were sweeping all before them in the late twenties, he was unable to assist West Ham on a regular basis due to his commitment to the Isthmian League outfit. A team-mate of a later West Ham centre-half at Ilford - Wally St Pier - Archie made his debut for Hammers against  West Bromwich Albion in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park on the 19th February 1927, and had only one more First Division outing with Hammers in a 0-4 defeat against Huddersfield Town on the 22nd December 1928. He later joined Clapton Orient.

265. James LOUGHLIN ... (1927 - 1928)

A goalscoring centre - or inside-forward signed from Newcastle United to supplement the fire-power of Vic Watson and Vivian Gibbins. A prolific marksman with the Magpies, he scored in his first appearance in Hammers' colours against Huddersfield Town in a 4-2 victory at Upton Park on the 3rd September 1927. After a pleasant introduction on West Ham's tour of Scandinavia during the close-season, Joe found it difficult to hold down a regular place in the First Team once League action got under way; so the former blacksmith made only 10 First Division outings before moving on to join Coventry City on the 2nd January 1929. Later played for the Magpies from Darlington Railway Athletic. Transferred from Coventry City to Northwich Victoria in the close season 1931. James joined his home town club, Darlington in 1933.

266= Charlie “William” COX ... (1927 - 1932)

Played for the local Gilco works club and also for Ilford in the Isthmian League. A wing-half, he came as understudy to Albert Cadwell in 1927. Made the first team grade fairly quickly, his First Division debut was against Manchester United at Upton Park in a 1-2 defeat 29th October 1927. Played 26 times in his first campaign, and by the end of the 1931-32 season totalled 89 League appearances. He was then granted a free transfer and joined Southend United.

266= Harold SMITH ... (1927)

Despite having the misfortune of attending a non-football playing school as a lad, Harold Smith quickly made up for lost time in local junior football before graduating to Cullercoats F.C., a senior amateur club. His performances there prompted Newcastle United to sign him as a full professional for the 1925-26 season; he subsequently made several appearances in the Magpies' Reserve side from the inside-left position prior to his transfer to West Ham United on 5 May 1927. Smith was one of three players on the Upton Park pay-roll from the St James’ Park side along with fellow teammates James Loughlin and George Robson. Harold Smith made his one and only first team outing, standing in for Vivian Gibbins at inside-left in the First Division 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United on 29 October 1927. In August 1928 he returned to the north-east to join Blyth Spartans and later played for West Stanley.

268. Cyril NORRINGTON ... (1927 - 1929)

West Ham beat Leicester City to the signature of this stylish left-half or left-back, who settled down in the latter position for Hammers to prove a useful acquisition. Previously with Leytonstone and Barking Town as an amateur, Cyril was also an accomplished billiards player, representing West Ham United in the Evening News Cup Competition. He made his First Division debut in the 2-0 victory over F.A. Cup Winners Cardiff City at Upton Park on the 12th November 1927. Joined Coventry City when he left Upton Park.

269. Isaac TATE ... (1927 - 1929)

Yet another signing from Newcastle United, he had impressed the West Ham management with his safe handling while keeping goal for the Magpies against Hammers. Known as "Ike" to his colleagues, he joined the Geordies at the age of 18 and had three years at St. James's Park before arriving at the Boleyn as understudy to the great Ted Hufton. Made his Hammers debut against Bolton Wanderers in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park on the 10th December 1927. His quest for regular First Team football led to his transfer to Doncaster Rovers.

270. William JACKSON ... (1927)

Secured from Leeds United, where he'd made 40 League appearances, Bill came into the West Ham side for the Christmas Holiday matches against Sheffield United, making his debut in a 2-6 defeat versus the Blades at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day 1927, and playing against the Yorkshiremen again the following day in the return fixture at Upton Park which ended 1-1. Signed as an understudy to Jimmy Ruffell, they were his only League appearances with Hammers and he subsequently moved to Chelsea.

271. William SMITH ... (1928 - 1929)

A West Countryman, full-back Bill has often been confused over the years with a colleague and namesake Harry Smith, an inside-forward who played for Hammers at around the same time. Played as an amateur for Corsham F.C. in the Wiltshire League before joining Southern League Bath City (still as a member of the non-paid ranks) for a season-and-a-half. He then signed professional forms for Notts County and spent four years on the Trentside until his transfer to West Ham in 1927. Made his Hammers debut in the 2-5 away defeat by Huddersfield Town on the 7th January 1928. Bill's only other appearance was a year and12 days later, again a 2-5 defeat, this time against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

272. George ROBSON ... (1928 - 1930)

Began his footballing career with St. Peter's Albion before transferring to the Magpie's of St James's Park. George became the first of Hammers' trio of same surname signings from Newcastle United, George actually made his West Ham debut against the Magpies at St. James's Park in the last fixture of the 1927-28 season in a 1-3 defeat by the Geordies 5th May 1928. His First Team opportunities at the Boleyn were limited by the availability of players of the calibre of Vic Watson, Vivian Gibbins and Stan Earle, but he proved his worth whenever called upon. In December 1928 he underlined his goalscoring ability in a record 13-2 Football Combination victory over Fulham Reserves at Upton Park by scoring five times against the West Londoners, as did fellow-forward Johnny Campbell; but still he failed to secure a regular First XI place, a situation which prompted his move across London to Brentford in February 1931 (where he won a Third Division Championship medal). George later became a member of Hammers' scouting staff, retiring from his position in 1971.

273. Danny SHONE ... (1928)

Began his career with the Earle Club in the South Liverpool Amateur Alliance and later joined Graysons FC in Division One of West Cheshire League before signing for Liverpool as a professional in May 1921. Unable to command a regular place in the Anfield side, the stocky inside-left joined the Hammers in the summer of 1928. Quick off the mark by scoring on his debut in the First Division on the opening day of the 1928-29 campaign against Sheffield United at Upton Park in a 4-0 victory 25th August 1928. Although he almost  managed a goal every other game in his 12 League appearances in the claret-and-blue, West Ham transferred the likeable Liverpudlian to Third Division Coventry City on the 2nd January 1929 in a double deal which also resulted in James Loughlin joining the Midlanders.

274. Fred NORRIS ... (1928 - 1933)

Born: January 1901, Belvedere, Kent

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Died: 16 December 1974, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex (aged 73)

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Born: 17 May 1901, Parton, Cumberland

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Date: Spring 1928

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Died: 20 March 1967, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent (aged 65)

A man of many parts, Fred occupied all the outfield positions for Hammers with the exception of inside - and outside-left, with equal success. Initially making his mark as an inside-right with Adelaide F.C. in the Birmingham Victorian League, his next move was to sign professional forms for Halesowen F.C. He transferred to Midland giants Aston Villa in 1925 and after three seasons at Villa Park changed his club (but not his colours) when he joined Irons. Fred made his West Ham debut against Cardiff City in a 2-3 defeat at Ninian Park on the 10th September 1928. Despite his versatility, West Ham considered right-half to be Fred's best position, although his appearances there were restricted by the presence of the great Jimmy Collins. Not to be denied, Fred scored a celebrated hat-trick while playing in the forward-line against Oldham Athletic at Upton Park in October 1932, and later continued his career with Crystal Palace.

275. John COSHALL ... (1928 - 1929)

John William McDonald Coshall was an adventurous full-back who was signed on pro forms along with his Erith club-mate Arthur Smith after impressing during Hammers' practice matches prior to the start of the 1928-29 campaign. Coshall made his First Division debut against Bolton Wanderers in a 1-4 away defeat on the 24 November 1928. he was destined never to play a senior match at Upton Park, as his final match was also a disastrous defeat this time a 0-6 thrashing by Derby County 8 December 1928.

276. Matthew SMAILES ... (1929)

Matthew made his Hammers' debut in the 8-2 thrashing of Leeds United at Upton Park on the 9th February 1929 (when Vic Watson struck six goals against the hapless Yorkshiremen), Matt could hardly have hoped for a more memorable first appearance. Beginning his career with Annfield Plain F.C. in Northumberland he then had two years with Blackburn Rovers before joining West Ham in 1928. According to his pen-picture in a 1928 club handbook, he was obtained as an understudy to Collins, Barrett and Cadwell, being equally at home in any of the half-back positions. Together with George Robson, Matt lodged with Jack Hebden and his family in Central Park Road, East Ham. He joined Coventry City from Hammers.

277. Robert DIXON ... (1929 - 1932)

Robert Henry Dixon was mainly an understudy to Ted Hufton during his first two seasons at Upton Park, this former Stoke City goalkeeper had a good run in the First Division side during 1930-31 and 1931-32, proving himself a capable netminder. Bob made his Hammers debut in the 2-4 defeat against Manchester City at Maine Road on the 16 March 1929. However, the arrival of George Watson and the emergence of Pat McMahon as his deputy on West Ham's return to Division II the following season limited Bob to just three more senior outings.

CONTINUE 1 273 SHONE Danny 252 JENNINGS Samuel 267 SMITH Harold

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