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John Dick’s Historic Goal Captured on Canvas
This all important first home goal was scored in the first home game of the 1958-59 season against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The time and date of the goal was approximately 7.45pm on Monday August 25, 1958. Unusually the kick off was 7.00pm.
It was the second match of 1958-59 and part of a fantastic start to the season. The Hammers won their first three games, scoring 11 goals and only conceding three. After the first six games the Hammers momentarily topped the Division One table! Their opening game was a 2-1 victory away at Fratton Park against Portsmouth. Two days later the Hammers beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 courtesy of the Johnny Dick first half net and a second from John Smith.
For the record, the West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers teams that August evening were:
West Ham United:
Ernie Gregory, John Bond, Noel Cantwell, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bill Lansdowne, Mike Grice, John Smith, Vic Keeble, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.
Finlayson, Stuart, Harris, Slater, Wright, Flowers, Deeley, Broadbent, Henderson, Mason, Horne.
John Dick scores almost on the stroke of half-time to register the first Division One goal scored at Upton Park for over a quarter-of-a-century
On the stroke of half-time Johnny Dick right footed the ball past goalkeeper Finlayson after Malcolm Musgrove had hared down the wing and put it through for Vic Keeble to find his colleague in the open.
This is how West Ham’s first goal at Upton Park on their return to the Division One after a 26 year absence was described in a programme's match report.
Painting Presented to the Club
A feature in the Newham Recorder on December 15, 1960 (two years after the goal was scored) explained that Knight presented the finished painting to West Ham FC. The club was pleased to accept the gift and for many years it hung in the players’ lounge.
Patrick Knight who had been a West Ham fan for most of his 40 years explained:
The painting again found fame when it appeared in 1968’s first edition of The West Ham United Football Book by Dennis Irving.
It also made a couple of guest appearances in newspaper articles during the lead up to the 1964 FA Cup Final against Preston North End at Wembley.
The Patrick Knight painting is clearly visible in the background to the left of the “team” (behind the Cup Final team) posing in the players' lounge.
"I have seen nearly all Hammers' big matches in that time, I was certain that the club would never get out of the Second Division but when they did and then defeated Wolves so brilliantly I was inspired to paint the picture.
I was sitting in the stand and had a clear idea of how the goal came about with Vic Keeble moving to the left wing, and I painted it from my memory of the movement".
Glamours girls are:
Back row: Joan Brown, Janet Bond, Elisa Standen, Ann Rivers (Jack Burkett's fiancee), Pauline Bovington, Tina Moore
Front row: Doreen Brabrook, Dawn Ames (Ron Boyce's fiancee), Margaret Byrne, Judith Harries (Geoff Hurst's fiancee), Janice Geraghty (John Sissons' fiancee).
PATRICK KNIGHT : John Dick Scores First Goal 25th August 1958
1964 FA Cup Final Wives and Sweethearts
WEST HAM UNITED v. READING
Matchday Programme Article
Source: Stratford Express May 1, 1964.
It may not be a Picasso or a Rembrandt and you do not have to be an art critic to appreciate that this John Dick goal captured in oils is a priceless reminder of West Ham’s history. Yet this historical oil painting could have been lost forever if it were not for Hammers catering manager Pat Doran and a young West Ham supporter named Brian Green.
Sometime after the 1964 and 1965 Wembley Cup final successes the players' lounge was refurbished and sadly the painting was thrown into a skip.
Fortunately, catering manager Doran rescued the painting knowing that a 13-year-old Green a Hammers fanatical would love and cherish it, and he still does today (even though his wife hates it). The 55-year-old celebrated painting will once again be offered to the club as part of any future Museum plans at the Olympic Stadium.
The West Ham’s wives and sweethearts add a touch of glamour to this girl-for-boy line-up in team order.
This is the story of how a priceless painting capturing a significant moment in the Hammers’ history was presented to the club, then very nearly lost and finally rediscovered. It all started over half a century ago on Monday August 25, 1958…..
Some 37,487 fans witnessed the historic Dick goal, including Patrick Knight, who had a very good view sitting up in the old West Stand. Knight from Canning Town was so impressed by the occasion that he captured the moment with brush on canvas. The amateur artist took three months to craft the painting, which includes the old West Stand in the background and good likenesses of Hammers Dick, Keeble and Musgrove, as well as Wolves captain Billy Wright.
Amateur Artist in West Stand
Painting Discarded on a Skip
A Pictorial Record of the Painting
Ken Brown John Bond, Jim Standen, Jack Burkett, Eddie Bovington, Bobby Moore
Peter Brabrook, Ron Boyce, Johnny Byrne, Geoff Hurst, John Sissons
Sunday 19th May 2013
New Chapter in the “John Dick Goal” Painting Story
21 October 1919 - 8 September 2014
Since the “John Dick Goal” painting article was published in 2013, a new chapter has been added to the story about this special piece of art which used to hang in the players' lounge in the old west stand.
Members of the artist, Patrick Knight’s, family have been in touch after searching for the “missing” painting. His son Patrick, daughter Barbara, niece Susan and Susan’s son Mike informed us that Patrick sadly passed away on September 8, 2014, aged 95.
The family’s 'Google search' for the missing painting directed them to the feature on this website and Steve Marsh’s article in last season’s home West Ham programme from the Reading game on May 19, 2013. The Knight family group subsequently met up with Steve in November 2014 to view the painting and to explain Patrick Knight’s life as an artist.
Patrick junior remembers visiting Upton Park when he was 12-years-old with his father to present the painting to West Ham United FC. The family had kept original photographs of the painting hanging on the wall including the one with Albert Walker.
Albert Walker was a former player who made 174 appearances between 1932 and 1938. After the war Walker linked up with Ted Fenton at Colchester United before joining Ted at West Ham United when Ted was recruited as the new manager. Walker joined West Ham as coach to the Metropolitan League side before graduating to take charge of first the Eastern Counties League team, then the reserves in the Football Combination before finally becoming first team trainer during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Barbara and Patrick reunited with their father's painting after 56 years
Albert Walker poses with the painting
Patrick Knight the Artist
Patrick Knight was born on October 21, 1919, just two months’ short of the Hammers securing Football League status, and raised in Canning Town.
After leaving South Halleville School Knight turned down the opportunity of two years’ art school training in order to go to work. His working life included six years’ war-time service in the Royal Navy followed by a variety of civilian occupations. These included meat porter at the docks, cartoonist and as a stoker at Poplar Hospital.
Patrick Knight was a well known and skilled amateur artist who was a member of East London’s circle of artists who regularly displayed their work at local exhibitions. Exhibitions would be held at Whitechapel Art Gallery at Aldgate East as well as exhibiting at the prestigious annual 'Sunday Painters' event at the Hanover Gallery in central London, which showcases the works of amateur and self-taught artists.
The “John Dick Goal” painting was painted at 'Barclay Hall' a local meeting place for budding artists which was situated on Green Street just a short goal-kick from the Boleyn Ground.
The former hospital worker was equally adept at handling paint brushes of all shapes and sizes. Brushes were the tools of his trade as for much of his professional working life he was a house painter and decorator.
rescued the painting
Claret and blue must run in the blood of the Knight family as Patrick Knight’s niece Susan and Mike are both West Ham season ticket holders!