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Jimmy Andrews, West Ham’s skilful winger in the early 1950s, died on September 12, 2012, aged 85. He was one of the Hammers from the 1950s who graduated with honours from the “Academy of Football”. During his five years at the Boleyn Ground he made 123 competitive first team appearances scoring 23 goals. Twenty one of his goals were in the league and the other two were solitary nets in the FA and Essex Professional Cups. These first XI appearances included 114 in the league, six in the FA Cup, one in the Southern Floodlight Cup and a couple in the Essex Professional Cup.
As a 24 year old he transferred from Dundee F.C to east London in November 1951 for what was then the considerable sum of £4,750. He joined the club around the same time as manager, Ted Fenton, also signed flamboyant centre half Malcolm Allison, and prolific goalscorer John Dick. As well as playing alongside Allison, Cantwell, Bond, O’Farrell and Sexton, Jimmy was a member of the club’s so called “Academy of Football” who regularly met at the Cassettari Café. The post training gatherings at Cassettari’s helped shape Jimmy for his future management and coaching roles when he hung up his boots.
Jimmy made his West Ham debut on November 24, 1951 in the 3-3 draw at home to Everton and his last appearance was nearly five years later on March 31, 1956 away to Plymouth Argyle. These five seasons saw the Hammers struggle in the second tier. The best of these league seasons was 1954-55 when the club finished 8th in Division II, and he achieved his best strike rate of six goals in 21 league appearances.
Most Memorable Match
A strong contender for his most memorable match was the 1952 FA Cup 3rd round home tie to Blackpool from the first division. In front of a 38,600 crowd the Hammers rose to the occasion to record a famous 2-1 victory with Jimmy contributing the first goal. West Ham was the last team to beat Blackpool before the 1953 “Matthews” final. This was the first of Jimmy’s 23 goals in competitive games and turned out to be the only one he netted for the Hammers in his six FA Cup appearances.
Close to Hat-Trick & a Goal to Mark his
On a couple of occasions Jimmy came close to scoring a hat-trick. The first double was in September 1953 against Fulham and the second against Blackburn Rovers in August 1954. Fittingly he scored in his last league game on March 31, 1956 in the 1-0 victory away at Plymouth Argyle.
Early Floodlit Games
Jimmy’s tenure at Upton Park coincided with the introduction of floodlit friendlies against domestic and international sides. He had the honour of appearing in West Ham’s first home and away floodlit fixtures in April and November 1953 respectively. In the April friendly the Hammers beat First Division Tottenham Hotspur under the Upton Park lights and seven months later he was in the XI which met Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in West Ham’s first away game under lights. Jimmy also played in a couple of the early 1953 floodlit games against Scottish opposition. A few days after the Tottenham friendly St.Mirren were the visitors in a 3-3 draw and in October the Hammers thrashed Hearts 7-0 with Jimmy scoring a brace. In the following year he contributed to Upton Park evening victories over the following international opposition: St.Mirren (March 1954), Sevette (April 1954), VFB Stuggart (Oct 1954) and SC Wacker (Oct 1954).
Leyton Orient & Queens Park Rangers
With Malcolm Musgrove becoming the firm favourite on the left wing, Jimmy transferred to Leyton Orient in the summer of 1956. After a three year spell and 35 league appearances and eight goals at Brisbane Road, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers. A further 82 league matches and 15 goals for the blue and white hoops, and Jimmy retired from playing in 1962. With the three London clubs he had clocked up a career total of 231 league appearances and 44 league goals.
Coaching and Management
Having attained his full coaching badge whilst with West Ham, Jimmy then embarked on his coaching and managerial career. At various times he coached at QPR, Chelsea, Millwall, Coventry City, Luton, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. In 1972-73 he joined third division Cardiff City as assistant to former West Ham colleague, Frank O’Farrell. A year later Frank left the Bluebirds and Jimmy stepped into Frank’s shoes. As manager he enjoyed success in 1976 when he steered the club to promotion into Division II. Memories were short as he was dismissed two years after the promotion season.
West Ham United team:
Ernie Gregory, George Wright, Harry Kinsell, Derek Parker, Malcolm Allison, Frank O'Farrell, Terry Woodgate, Jim Barrett, Bert Hawkins, Gerry Gazzard, Jimmy Andrews
West Ham United team:
Ernie Gregory, George Wright, Harry Kinsell, Derek Parker, Malcolm Allison, Frank O'Farrell, Terry Woodgate, Gerry Gazzard, Bert Hawkins, Jimmy Andrews, Ken Tucker
Summer 1958 to 1959 Leyton Orient Squad
Three Ex-Hammers in this Leyton Orient team group.
2nd Left is George Wright, at the very end on the right is Eddie Lewis.
Jimmy Andrews second from the right
In his last season he was one of the players who contributed to the club’s success in the Southern Floodlight Cup when he played in the first round’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Incidentally, for this match Jimmy switched to right wing as Ken Tucker took over on the left side.
THE EXPRESS Newspaper : Friday September 11, 1953
TED FISHER CARTOON
Jimmy Andrews Queens Park Rangers Team Group
Middle row far right
The following month he scored his first league goal in the defeat away to Leicester City on March 15.
He made 114 Division Two appearances over his five seasons as competition for the left wing spot and injuries restricted Jimmy’s longest consecutive run of games to 18 in 1954. In terms of the number of first team games played, 1953-54 was his best with 31 league games and a couple in the FA Cup. The arrival of Malcolm Musgrove in December 1953 provided stiff competition for the number 11 shirt. Unfortunately for Jimmy, Malcolm had the advantage of a higher strike rate. Even in Jimmy’s best scoring season when he scored six goals in 21 games in 1954-55, Malcolm had the edge by scoring in five consecutive games.
Bert Hawkins congratulates Jimm Andrews on
scoring West Ham's first goal
DID YOU KNOW ...
Andrews faces European Cup Champions
In May 1963 prior to the Wembley European Cup final, AC Milan played a full-scale practice match at White City stadium. To make up the numbers AC Milan persuaded Queens Park Rangers to loan them a 19 year old Brian Taylor and 34 year old coach Jimmy Andrews. The AC Milan first XI won 6-1. "These Milan players are great," marvelled Andrews, "It's just fabulous some of the things they can do with the ball." The practice game may have helped as AC Milan went on win the European Cup with a 2-1 victory over Benfica.
Date of Birth:
February 1, 1927
6 FA Cup
1 Soouthern Floodlit Cup
2 Essex Professional Cup
1 FA Cup
1 Essex Professional Cup