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Malcolm Pyke Trophy Cabinet



Born in Eltham south London, Pyke had gained a reputation as a goalscorer with Woolwich, Kent and London at schoolboy level in the early 1950s, but the goals soon dried up and he found himself occupying the right-half birth. Joined local side United Glass Bottle football club for the 1953-54 season. The Blackheath base club were better known as U.G.B Pantiles who were affiliated to both the Kent County and London Minor Football Associations. The 15-year-old had trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers and was courted by Arsenal before West Ham manager Ted Fenton signed him to the ground staff at the Boleyn in 1953. Pyke progressed through the junior ranks and signed professional forms on his 17th birthday in March 1955. A steady, constructive defender who provided vital cover for the wing-half berths during the 1957-58 promotion season. to make his initial Second Division appearance against Bristol City in  a 3-1 victory at Upton Park on the 22 April 1957. Won a Second Division Championship medal the following year, but didn't have any First Division outings when Hammers returned to the top-flight in 1958-59. He subsequently transferred to Crystal Palace in the exchange deal which brought Ron Brett to the Boleyn. Played only two League games at Selhurst Park.


Born: 6 March 1938, Eltham, London, England

West Ham United Career: 1956-1959

Appearances: 24, Goals: 0

Individual honours: Football League Second Division Champions (1958)

Died: 13 February 2020 (aged 81)

South Eastern District Football League

Minor Division Winners

Trophy Cabinet 1954-55
Glass Shelftop

Minor Division Winners


London Challenge Cup Final

1 April 1957

West Ham United v. Millwall

Upton Park


Wyllie, Wright, Cooper, Pyke, Brown, Johnstone, Wragg, Stroud, Dare, Lewis, Musgrove


57_04_01 WHU v. Millwall LCC Final
Trophy Cabinet 1956-57 LCC
Glass Shelftop

London Challenge Cup Final

Pearson Charity Cup

Colchester United v. West Ham United

Layer Road

1 May 1957


Gregory, Bond, Cantwell, Pyke, Brown, Allison, Grice, Smith, Lewis, Dick, Musgrove


Trophy Cabinet 1956-57 Pearson Cup
57_05_01 Colchester United v. WHU Pearson Charity
Glass Shelftop

Pearson Charity Cup

Czechoslovakian End of Season Tour

Favourable performances in the season’s two Football League games persuaded Ted Fenton to keep Malcolm Pyke in the first team for the end of season Pearson Charity Cup tie against Colchester United and in the first team squad for May’s four game tour of Czechoslovakia.  

As a result of Sparta Prague's visit to Upton Park in March 1957, The Hammers' were invited to visit the Continent at the end of the season to play this famous Czecho-Slovakian club and three other teams in the course of an eleven-day tour. Pyke played in the tour’s first two matches, a win over a combined Spartak Prague / Dukla Prague side (May 22, 1957) and a defeat to Brno (May 25, 1957).  

1957 Tour of Czecho-Slovakia
Trophy Cabinet 1956-57 Anvil
Glass Shelftop

Tour of Czecho-Slovakia

Second Division Champions

The Hammers finished their Division Two title-winning campaign in style with a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough on the last day of the season. Having hit the front in early February, West Ham ensured their grip on top spot would never be released with a strong run of form which saw them lose only twice in the final 19 games. Mid-table Middlesbrough could not stand in the way of Ted Fenton's men, who clinched the title from Blackburn by a solitary point with this victory as the Hammers clinched a return to the top tier.

Trophy Cabinet 1957-58
Glass Shelftop

Second Division Champions

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