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Danny Shea Trophy Cabinet

Danny Shea portrait


Charlie Paynter discovered this brilliant inside-forward on the club's doorstep, playing Sunday morning football for the Builders Arms pub team in Stratford and also for Pearl United and Manor Park Albion. Daniel Harold Shea joined the Hammers in 1907 and made his Southern League debut against Norwich City at Newmarket Road in a 1-1 draw on 7 December 1907. A superb ball-player, hard to dispossess, he developed into a consistent goalscorer and became the leading light in West Ham's attack. His fine form didn't fail to catch the attention of Football League club's and after 179 Southern League appearances for Hammers, Blackburn Rovers duly broke the existing transfer record to take him to Ewood Park for £2,000 in 1913. It proved to be a shrewd transaction on Hammers part when, after winning two England caps and a First Division Championship medal while at Rovers, he returned South during the War years to make a further 73 appearances in the claret-and-blue as a guest player in the hastily-formed London Combination. He also had a spell with Nottingham Forest in 1918-19, and was in the side which defeated Everton in the Final of the Victory Shield. Although Danny went back to Blackburn with cessation of hostilities to win further England honours in two Victory Internationals against Scotland. Danny returned for a second spell at the Boleyn Ground. It proved to be an abortive reunion, however, for after 16 Second Division outings and a solitary goal to show for his efforts in 1920-21, he transferred to Fulham in November 1920 after a difference of opinion with the West Ham management. The move saw him regain some of his old form and he finished the following season as the Cottagers' second top scorer with 11 goals. But he continued to move around, first joining Clapton Orient, Coventry City and later Sheppey United.


Born: 6 November 1887, Wapping, London, England

West Ham United Career: (1907-1913 and 1920-21) Appearances: 217, Goals: 122

International: inter-League (3 caps)

Died: 25 December 1960 (aged 73)



London Professional Charity Fund

West Ham United v. Leyton

Upton Park

1 November 1909

Kitchen, Shreeve, Fairman, Whiteman, Piercy, Randall, Ashton, Shea, Haynes, Blackburn, Caldwell

1909 Trophy cabinet front
1909 Trophy cabinet
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London Professional Charity Fund


London Professional Charity Fund

Leyton v. West Ham United

Hare and Hounds

31 October 1910

Kitchen, Lavery, Fairman, Whiteman, Woodards, Randall, Ashton, Shea, Webb, Butcher, Caldwell


1910 trophy cabinet front
1910 trophy cabinet back
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London Professional Charity Fund


Pocket Watch

Trophy Cabinet - Pocket watch

Presented to Danny Shea





January 1913

By the Directors of the


After 6 years service.

With Best Wishes for his Future Welfare

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Pocket Watch - 6 Years Service


Inter - League Football

30 September 1912

Southern Football League v. Football League

Shea Inter-League

Medal awarded to Danny Shea

playing for the Southern League side

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Inter-League Football


Victory Internationals

Presented to Danny Shea as a Blackburn Rovers player

The Victory Internationals were a series of football matches played by the national football teams of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales at end of both the First and Second World Wars.

The matches were organised to celebrate the Victory of the Allied Powers in both

Goodison Park, Liverpool (2-2) 26th April 1919

and Hampden Park, Glasgow (3-2) 3rd May 1919

Danny Shea - Victory International.jpg
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Victory Internationals

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