theyflysohigh : Steve Marsh

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February

25

On This Day

in History

Stacey's

Two Day Football Sale

Presented by Dave Alexander of Football Wanted

Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th

March at 9:00am

Venue Address

Essex Auction Rooms

37 Websters Way : Rayleigh : Essex SS6 8JQ

 

website: www.staceyauction.com

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LEST WE FORGET

When Great Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914, it had a negative effect on association football; in some countries competitions were suspended and players signed up to fight. However, the Football League continued with the 1914-15 season. Most football players were professionals and were tied to clubs through one-year renewable contracts. Players could only join the armed forces if the clubs agreed to cancel their contracts.

 

On 6 September 1914, author Arthur Conan Doyle made a direct appeal for footballers to volunteer for service. Many players heeded the calls, and a special Football Battalion was formed, as part of the Middlesex Regiment. The regiment was led by Frank Buckley, who later estimated that over 500 of the battalion's original 600 men had died. There were over 5,000 men playing professional football in Great Britain in 1914, and of those, 2,000 had joined the military services.

 

‘theyflysohigh’ highlights the plight of eight players associated with the Hammers who gave their lives while serving their country.

 

FRANK COSTELLO, WILLIAM KENNEDY, FRANK CANNON, WILLIAM KIRBY, SYDNEY HAMMOND, ARTHUR STALLARD, FREDERICK GRIFFITHS and  WILLIAM JONES.

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A Castle on Green Street

Part One : 1904-1966

Tony Hogg is pleased to announce that his alternative history on West Ham United's 112 year tenure at the Boleyn Ground is finally ready to be printed.

 

Tony has crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. His script has been proof-read and has just gone through the design stage.

 

His eagerly awaited publication will be out in the New Year.

Announcement

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"But back to the harsh realities of post-war Britain and the East End in particular, where, in not too distant Hornchurch, there had been a bus strike on VE Day.

 

Rationing, which would continue into the 50s, meant there were shortages of almost everything, especially anything which began with ‘B’, like beer, bacon, bananas and bread.

 

Ironically, Winston Churchill, who had won the war in most minds, proceeded to lose the election in a landslide to Labour’s Clement Attlee.

 

At the microcosm which was the Boleyn Ground, beerless, but not cheerless, life went on."

A couple of extracts from the book:

"So the final shots were about to be played out of this, West Ham’s most successful, unsuccessful season of all time.

 

It was the most exhilarating, exasperating, frustrating and downright infuriating in the club’s rich history.

With just two matches to go, the season fizzled out in anticlimax, with disappointing defeats at Stoke (1-0) and Leicester (2-1, Byrne). The team failed to better their points total of the previous campaign.

 

There would be no silverware for the West Ham players to hold aloft and parade through the teeming, banner bedecked streets of East London this year.

 

But there would be gold for a chosen three of their number, called to do battle on a higher stage, where immortality awaited them."

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January

7

Matchday in History

Matchday Tribute to Harry Kinsell

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1958-59

Southern Junior Floodlight Cup Final

VIC KEEBLE

1930 - 2018

'theyflysohigh' is sad to hear that Vic has passed away after a short illness.

 

A full a fitting tribute to our former striker will be prepare over the coming week.

'On This Day'

1919

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August

30

First-ever Football League match

'On This Day'

 

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February

20

This is the start of a mammoth project to identify and record EVERY non First Team player back to 1895.

 

Starting with the letter "A".

 

Various other "Letters" in this Who's Who of Reserves and Youth players have been uploaded but as yet are not in a structured format and will be subject to change.

 

Bear with me this is going to take sometime to complete.

Reserves & Youth         (click the PIcture Link above)

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WEST HAM UNITED related Lot Numbers

635 - 669  &  945 - 959

Auctions, for the moment, will be live online with commission bidding and telephone bidding available with no bidding in the room. You can bid online via either the-saleroom.com or Easy Live Auctions

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Football League v. Irish League

Windsor Park, Belfast

21st September 1938

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Football League XI:

 

Vic Woodley

Bert Sproston

Eddie Hapgood

Stan Cullis

Ken Willingham

Don Welsh

John Morton

Stanley Matthews

Tommy Lawton

Jackie Robinson

Len Goulden

Glass Shelftop

England International cap

England International medal

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