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Dave Dunmore (1934 - 2021)


4th = Consecutive League Scoring (7 Games)

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Dunmore's final goal was struck in the home drawn FA Cup tie against Stoke City on Saturday January 7, 1961. The unusual aspect to this cup fixture and a good pub quiz question was the Hammers were sporting their away kit at home.



Dave played three more first team games before his transfer to Leyton Orient. The last was the 2-1 home defeat to WBA on Saturday March 4, 1961.  


The team for his final game showed just three changes from his first a year earlier. Brian Rhodes, Joe Kirkup, John Bond, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Tony Scott, Phil Woosnam, Dave Dunmore, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.

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After a very promising first season back in Division One in 1958-59 West Ham United struggled in the following campaign. The John Dick / Vic Keeble goal scoring partnership was no longer the force it had been during the momentous 1957-58 promotion winning season and the first back in the top tier of English football.


To fill the centre forward spot the Hammers bought Tottenham Hotspur’s Dave Dunmore in an exchange transfer deal involving mid-fielder John Smith.


Signed in March 1960, Dave brief stay at the Boleyn Ground lasted just 12 months during which he played 41 league and cup games netting a healthy 18 goals.


Despite some memorable scoring performances, including scoring in seven consecutive league matches, West Ham’s expectations were always for more goals and after a year and one day Dave was involved in another exchange transfer deal.


This time he moved to neighbours Leyton Orient in another straight swop for Alan Sealey.  


His football career took in games in all four of the Football League divisions from Division One matches with West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient to lower division appearances again with the “Os” and York City.  


Born: Whitehaven, Cumberland, February 8, 1934 Dave Dunmore died July 11, 2021 aged 87.

Crossed Hammer

York City & Tottenham Hotspurs

Dave Dunmore’s career saw him play alongside some of the top players of his era. From the 1950s these included Duncan Edwards and Danny Blanchflower and into the next decade with Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.


Dunmore began his football career with local junior club Cliftonville before joining Third Division North side York City at the age of 17 in 1951. After a two year stint at Bootham Crescent he transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in February 1954 for £10,750, which was a record transfer fee received for the Minstermen at the time.


During his White Hart Lane stay his national service commitment saw him gain representative games for the British Army. As many professional footballers were committed to national service it gave the armed forces a pool of very talented players for their representative matches.  


One of these was the Kentish Cup match, the French Army versus British Army match on April 28, 1956. Dave was drafted into the British Army side with several notable team mates including full back and future England captain Jimmy Armfield and the Manchester United and England international, Duncan Edwards.


After seven years and 75 league appearances (23 goals) at White Hart Lane he joined West Ham United on March 15, 1960.

French Army v British Army

Dunmore in the British Army team listing


March 13, 1960

60_03_12 Report - Daily Mirror


March 12, 1960

Dave Dunmore / John Smith

Exchange Transfer Deal

Four days after signing for West Ham United he stepped out for his claret and blue debut on Saturday March 19, 1960 in the home Division One match against Blackburn Rovers. Goals from Malcolm Musgrove and Phil Woosnam were sufficient for a 2-1 win. A promising start but the victory turned out to be only the third in 13 league games.


On March 15, 1960 Dunmore joined the Hammers in an exchange deal which saw England Under-23 mid-fielder John Smith move in the other direction.


March 16, 1960

Claret and Blue Debut

Blackburn lineup

Brian Rhodes replaced Noel Dywer in goal, otherwise it was the advertised lineup which started against Blackburn Rovers.


Brian Rhodes

John Bond

Noel Cantwell

Andy Malcolm

Ken Brown

Geoff Hurst

Mike Grice

Phil Woosnam

Dave Dunmore

Ron Brett

Malcolm Musgrove.

Dunmore played in the season’s remaining nine league fixtures but the side continued to struggle, losing five and only winning two. He opened his goal scoring account with two goals, both delivered in away games.


The first came over the 1960 Easter period in a high scoring encounter with Manchester United at Old Trafford where the Hammers lost 5-3. This was just three days after West Ham had beaten the Red Devils 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground.


His second net was away at Kenilworth Road in a 3-1 defeat to Luton Town.

Did you know?    

Two weeks after joining the Hammers Dave played in the Southern Floodlight Cup semi-final tie against Arsenal. Three days earlier the Hammers and Gunners had shared points in the Boleyn Ground league game, and on this occasion went one better with a 3-1 win at Highbury.  In the final on Wednesday April 27, 1960 West Ham faced Division Three side Coventry City, but Dave and his teammates came away from Highfield Road with the runners-up medals.

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The Hammers had a busy last eight days of the league season. In addition to two league commitments they squeezed in a friendly against attractive opposition, the Brazilian club champions Fluminense, two days before the Southern Floodlight Cup final.


24,158 spectators watched the friendly as the teams shared nine goals with Dave scoring the first of West Ham’s five in the 5-4 win. Two more friendlies against Southend United (May 2) and Colchester United (May 5) gave the first team no respite. Dave scored in the 5-1 win over the Shrimpers and the consolation net in the 3-1 defeat to the U’s. Late in the season but Dave was finding his scoring boots ready for the next season.


On the subject of friendlies, in the following season Dave netted in Ernie Gregory’s testimonial game in October 1960 to make it four consecutive friendlies he netted in.  

End of Season Friendlies

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Scores in Eight Consecutive Matches

Team Group 1960-61


Back row: Andy Malcolm, Joe, Kirkup, John Bond, Brain Rhodes, Ken Brown, Noel Cantwell, Bobby Moore

Front row: Mike Grice, Phil Woosnam, John Cartwright, Dave Dunmore, John Dick, Andy Smillie, Malcolm Musgrove



March 18, 1960

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Dunmore finished the season as West Ham’s third top goal scorer with 16 behind John Dick (19) and Malcolm Musgrove (18). A season’s goal scoring ratio of a goal every two games was impressive: fourteen goals in 27 league games. Eight of the 14 goals were netted in consecutive league and cup matches.


The fantastic scoring record started on Monday October 24, 1960 in the Football League Cup tie away at Darlington with Dunmore and Dick scoring consolation goals in the 3-2 defeat.  The next seven games were all First Division league games.  


Starting with Fulham at Craven Cottage and then his most memorable game in a claret and blue shirt, the 6-0 home win over Arsenal on Guy Fawkes day 1960 where he grabbed a hat-trick with goals in the 4th, 32nd and 89th minutes. The sequence continued against Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Newcastle United and cumulating with a brace at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Unfortunately the consecutive scoring run ended when he failed to find the net against his old club on Christmas Eve 1960 with a 0-2 defeat.

Dave’s consecutive goal run places him equal 4th highest in the table Consecutive League Scoring. Topping the table with 10 is club legend Vic Watson (1924-25), followed by Hugh Mills’ nine (1934-35) and Johnny Byrne’s eight (1964-65). Two other players joining Dave in 4th spot are Jimmy Ruffell (1934-35) and Scottish born John Dick (1957-58).

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Did you know?    

Dave Dunmore was the centre forward in West Ham United’s inaugural Football League Cup tie.


On Monday September 26, 1960 the Irons beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground.


The side that evening was: Brian Rhodes, John Bond, John Lyall, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Derek Woodley, John Cartwright, Dave Dunmore, John Dick and Malcolm Musgrove.

Aston Villa : Boleyn Ground

Bolton Wanderers : Boleyn Ground

Everton : Goodison Park

Final Claret & Blue Goal and Match

Two weeks after his last first team game for the Hammers, Dave was on the move across east London in his second exchange transfer deal. The March 16, 1961 transfer deadline swap saw Leyton Orient’s striker Alan Sealey and £3,000 moving to the Boleyn Ground.

Dave Dunmore


Whitehaven, Cumberland




February 8, 1934




Tottenham Hotspur




March 15, 1960




36        Football League

1          FA Cup

2          League Cup

2          Southern Floodlight Cup




16        Football League

1          FA Cup

1          League Cup


Tributes Papa Bouba Diop Eddie Presland

'theyflysohigh' would like to pass on our condolences to Dave’s family and friends at this sad time.

DUNMORE Dave portrait 61_01_07 WHU v. Stoke City

West Ham wearing their 'away' kit for a home Cup-tie

Transfer to Leyton Orient & Season in First Division

Crossed Hammer

After not quite fulfilling his goal scoring potential with Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United he was on fire at Brisbane Road.  In four seasons with Leyton Orient he scored 54 goals in 147 league matches.

In his first season at Brisbane Road, 1961-62, he netted 22 league goals to head the O’s scoring table and more importantly his goals helped the Brisbane Road club finish as Division Two runners-up and secure promotion to the high table for their one and only season in the First Division.  


Inevitably, one of Dave’s seven Division One goals in 1962-63 was in Leyton Orient’s 2-0 win over West Ham in September 1962.


In the summer of 1965 Dave returned north to rejoin his first Football League club, York City.


In his first season back at Bootham Crescent the York club finished bottom of Division Three and in the following campaign the club finished 22nd, two places above having to seek re-election to the Football League.  


Thereafter he moved into non-league football having clocked 371 Football League games and scored 131 goals.

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Dave Dunmore (9) turns away after scoring against West Ham at Brisbane Road September 1, 1962

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Additional support material courtesy of Richard Miller

Arsenal at Upton Park April 2, 1960

by Roger Hillier

Grange Farm

Derek Woodley, Dave Dunmore & Mike Grice