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485= Dennis BURNETT ... (1965 - 1967)

484. Harry REDKNAPP ... (1965 - 1972)

481. Peter BENNETT ... (1964 - 1970)

479. Dave BICKLES ... (1963 - 1967)

470. Martin PETERS ... (1962 - 1970)

469. Johnny BYRNE ... (1962 - 1967)

499. Alan STEPHENSON ... (1968 - 1972)

497. Trevor BROOKING ... (1967 - 1984)

494= Billy BONDS ... 1967 - 1988)

493. Doug EADIE ... (1967 - 1968)

476= John SISSONS ... (1963 - 1970)

476= John CHARLES ... (1963 - 1969)

DEAR Brian with Steve HEFFER Paul to Steve STEPHENSON Alan signature BURKETT Jack Blue

Ron Greenwood 1961 - 1974 ...

Player Pen Pictures and Autographs

466. Lawrie LESLIE ... (1961 - 1963)

One of the most popular goalkeepers ever to appear for West Ham. Courageous almost to a fault, this daring Scottish international had broken almost every bone in his body before arriving at Upton Park from Airdrie...and had more misfortune to come. Run over by a truck as a small boy and told he would be lucky to walk again, he confounded the doctors to reach the pinnacle of his profession. Made his Hammers debut in the opening game of the 1961-62 campaign against Manchester United at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw on the 19 August. His worst playing injury occurred at the Boleyn Ground on 3 November 1962, when he sustained a broken leg whilst repelling a Bolton Wanderers attack. Although he made a remarkable recovery to regain his place in the First XI for the final four matches of the season, he was passed over for the start of 1963-64 and asked for a transfer. He did not have to wait long for Stoke City to offer him a regular First Division spot and a move to the Victoria Grounds. After three successful seasons with the Potters, Lawrie returned to the East End with Millwall and earned great respect at The Den as a trainer/coach after he had ended his playing career at Southend United.

Born: 17 March 1935, Edinburgh, Scotland


Date: June 1961

Fee: £14,000


Upton Park 19 August 1961

Transferred: STOKE CITY

Date: October 1963

Fee: £15,000

Appearances: 57 Cup: 4

467. Ian CRAWFORD ... (1961 - 1962)

468. Ron TINDALL ... (1961 - 1962)

Scotland Under-23 international signed from Hearts for £7,000 in July 1961 after he had won every possible club honour North of the Border. Made his Hammers debut in the 4-2 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on the 9 September 1961. Equally at home on either wing, Ian was unlucky not to have been given an extended run in the First Division, and surprisingly transferred to the then Second Division Scunthorpe United. Afterwards joined Peterborough United. Began his career in football administration as player-manager of Stamford F.C. in the Midland League towards the end of the 1969-70 season and later had coaching posts at Everton and Arsenal as Youth coach.

Born: 14 July 1934, Edinburgh, Scotland

Signed: HEARTS

Date: July 1961

Fee: £7,000


Villa Park 9 September 1961


Date: 15 March 1963

Appearances: 24 (gls 5) Cup: 2 (gls 2)

Died: 30 November 2007 (aged 73)

Born: 23 September 1935, Streatham, London


Date: November 1961

Fee: Exchange deal Andy Malcolm +  WHU to receive £11,500


Upton Park 25 November 1961

Transferred: READING

Date: October 1962

Fee: £12,000

Appearances: 13 (gls 3) Cup 1 (gls 0)

Died: 9 September 2012 (aged 76)

Born: 13 May 1939, West Horsley, Surrey


Date: March 1962

Fee: £58,000 + Ron Brett

Debut: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 17 March 1962

Transferred: CRYSTAL PALACE February 1967

Fee: £45,000

Appearances: 156 (gls 79) Cup: 51 (gls 28)

Died: 27 October 1999, (aged 60)

Born: 8 November 1943, Plaistow, London

Signed Apprentice July 1959


Upton Park 20 April 1962


Date: 16 March 1970

Fee: £200,000 + Jimmy Greaves

Appearances: 302 (gls 81) Cup: 62 (gls 19)

Died: 21 December 2019

A stockily-built centre-forward who had a great goalscoring record with his first club Chelsea, after a humble beginning as an office boy at Stamford Bridge, he went on to score 68 times in 160 First XI appearances for the Blues and won representative honours for the Football League v The League of Ireland. Ron arrived at Upton Park in November 1961 as part of the exchange deal which took Andy Malcolm in the opposite direction, made his Hammers debut against Everton in a 3-1 victory at Upton Park on the 25th November, and scoring three goals in thirteen outings that season. A first-class cricketer, his commitments to Surrey in their fight for the County Championship clashed with the start of the 1962-63 campaign; when they were finally resolved he decided to transfer to Third Division Reading to ensure regular First Team soccer. After serving the Elm Park outfit well, he moved on again to Portsmouth in 1965, where he successfully converted to a defensive role. He made 162 League appearances for Pompey before taking up coaching appointments at Fratton Park, which culminated in him becoming General Manager for the start of 1970-71. One of his first signings for the South-coast club was former Hammer and cricketer, goalkeeper Jim Standen. Ron later emigrated to Australia and was made Director of Coaching for Western Australia, after settling in Perth.

One of the most revered of all Hammers' big-money signings. His transfer from Crystal Palace in March 1962 for £58,000 (plus Ron Brett valued at £7,000) broke the existing record between English clubs. Already a full England international when he arrived at Upton Park "Budgie" chalked up another ten appearances for his country while with West Ham. Tagged the "English Di Stefano" by manager Ron Greenwood, he made his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday in a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough on the 17th March 1962. He was sold back to Crystal Palace in 1967 for a staggering £45,000 giving Hammers a five year distinguished service for a total cash outlay of only £13,000! He left Selhurst for Fulham a little over a year later for a vastly deflated fee of £18,000 and spent only a year with the Cottagers before being given a free transfer. He then emigrated to South Africa where he became manager of Durban City.

Last-named, but perhaps the most tactically-aware of the famous Hammers and England trio of Moore, Hurst and Peters. Tagged "Ten years ahead of his time," by England manager Sir Alf Ramsey in 1966, his career eventually exceeded that milestone and beyond with Hammers, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Sheffield United. Martin made the first of over 300 League appearances with the club on Good Friday 20th April 1962 against Cardiff City in a 4-1 victory at Upton Park, and went on to play in every position - including Goalkeeper! Left out of the side which fought it's way to Wembley for the 1964 F.A. Cup Final, he made up for the disappointment the following year by winning a European Cup Winners' Cup  medal there after a faultless display against the German side T.S.V. Munich 1860, returning again to the twin towers in 1966 to help his country lift the World Cup. Transferred to White Hart Lane with Jimmy Greaves moving in the opposite direction in 1970.

471. Alan DICKIE ... (1962 - 1965)

The West Ham United shot-stopper made his Hammers debut between the sticks in the 0-1 reverse against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on the 28 April 1962, after an injury to Lawrie Leslie. Travelled as understudy to Jim Standen during the victorious European Cup Winners' Cup campaign of 1964-65, making one appearance in the Preliminary Round against La Gantoise of Belgium. Transferred to Coventry City after impressing the Midland club in a friendly against them. Dickie joined Coventry City on 9 March 1967 and later played for Aldershot.

472. Jack BURKETT ... (1962 - 1967)

Born: 30 January 1944, Charlton, London

Signed Apprentice: February 1962


Burnden Park 28 April 1962

Transferred: COVENTRY CITY

Date: 9 March 1967

Appearances: 12 Cup: 3

Born: 21 August 1942, Edmonton, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: October 1959


Upton Park 30 April 1962


Date: June 1968

Fee: £10,000

Appearances: 141/1 (gls4) Cup: 42 (gls 0)

Born: Edmonton, London 30/05/1935







Appearances: 178 Cup: 57

Born: 18 September 1943, Plaistow, London

Signed: Apprentice

Date: November 1960


Molineux 29 August 1962

Transferred: FULHAM February 1969

Fee: £20,000

Appearances: 63/2 (gls 33) Cup: 15 (gls 6)

Born: Greenwich, London 08/11/1937


Date: October 1962

Fee: £35,000


Upton Park 22nd October 1962

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENT

Date: July 1968

Appearances: 167 (gls 33) Cup: 47 (gls 10)

Died: 10 December 2016 (aged 79)

Born: Hayes, Middlesex 30/09/1945

Signed: Apprentice

Date: October 1962


Upton Park 4th May 1963


Fee: £60,000 August 1970

Appearances: 210/3 (gls 37) Cup: 53 (gls 16)

Quick tenacious full-back. A product of the successful West Ham youth policy of the late fifties. Made his debut in the concluding game of the 61-62 campaign against Fulham at Upton Park in a 4-2 victory on the 30 April 1962. Liked nothing better than to join in attacks, his speed off the mark enabling him to get back to his defensive duties without being stretched. Won England Youth honours while with Hammers and collected medals with the Cup-winning sides of 1964-65. Transferred to Charlton Athletic for £10,000 in 1968, and later saw service with Millwall and Southend United before embarking on a spell as player-manager with St. Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland. Also had a spell with Fulham as Youth manager.

Part 1 :  466. Lawrie Leslie to 499. Alan Stephenson


473. Brian DEAR ... (1962 - 1969)

Joined the Hammers as a 15-year-old and signed apprentice forms for the club in November 1960. This rumbustious striker is one of the few players who have enjoyed two spells at the Boleyn Ground. Made his first team football league debut in the 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on the 29 August 1962. A member of the victorious European Cup Winners' Cup side of 1965. Brian Dear holds the national record for the quickest-ever five goals in one match, achieving the feat in 20 minutes playing-time against West Bromwich Albion in April 1965. He also distinguished himself by scoring five times in seven matches while on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion, but decided against a permanent move to the South Coast club. Transferred to Fulham for £20,000 in February 1969. "Stag" rejoined his former colleagues after a short spell at Millwall in October 1970, but only added a further four appearances to his previous total before being given a free transfer at the end of that campaign and drifted into non-League football with Woodford Town. After hanging up his boots and working as a publican, he later joined Southend United as catering manager. Dear is a Freemen of the City of London, the honour bestowed upon him in recognition of his charity work on 3 October 2001.

474. Peter BRABROOK ... (1962 - 1968)

Born: Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. 17/01/1946

Signed: Apprentice

Date: January 1963


Upton Park 4th May 1963


Date: March 1966

Fee: £17,000

Appearances: 20 (gls 6) Cup: 6 (gls 1)

Born: Canning Town, London 20/09/1944

Signed: Apprentice

Date: May 1962


Upton Park 4th May 1963

Transferred: Retired 1970

Appearances: 117/1 (gls 1) Cup: 24 (gls 1)

Born: Hillingdon, Middlesex 24/06/1946







Appearances: 38/4 (gls 3) Cup: 5 (gls 0)

Born: Woking, Surrey 06/09/1942

Signed: Juniors

Date: October 1960


Filbert Street 18th March 1964

Transferred: WATFORD

Date: May 1965


Appearances: 3 (gls 2)

This brilliantly talented winger slipped through the club's scouting net after he had played schoolboy soccer for East Ham, Essex and London. Nine years later, it cost £35,000 to sign him from Chelsea, for whom he scored 47 goals in over 250 League games and meanwhile won England Youth and full caps. Even so, it was money well spent. Made his Hammers bow in the 1-1 draw at Upton Park against Burnley on the 22nd October 1962. Played in the 1964 F.A. Cup winning team and won a League Cup Runners-up medal in 1966. A press comment on his career was: "He was so unpredictable that even his team-mates were never sure what to expect." He ended his League career at Leyton Orient, before appearing for Southern League Romford. Relinquished his post as coach to Essex Senior side Ford United  in 1985, also managed Tilbury of the Vauxhall-Opel League before taking up the position to manage West Ham’s under 17’s. Retired from coaching in the summer of 2002.

Born: West Ham 06/04/1944







Appearances: 24/1 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

475. Jim STANDEN ... (1962 - 1967)

An emergency signing from Luton Town after Hammers regular 'keeper Lawrie Leslie had suffered a broken leg, he  performed with such distinction that he made the First XI spot his own. Kept out of the side by brilliant Welsh international Jack Kelsey at his first club Arsenal, Jim was also forced to understudy another international (England's Ron Baynham) at Kenilworth Road. All this reserve duty ended at Upton Park when he made his First Division debut in the 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on the 24th November 1962. Jim took part in the club's dazzling cup successes of the mid-Sixties. An accomplished cricketer, he also won a Championship medal with Worcestershire and topped the first-class County bowling averages with 64 wickets at an average of 13 runs during the same period. Apart from a brief comeback, Jim lost his place with the signing of Bobby Ferguson from Kilmarnock in 1967 and went off to play for Detroit Cougars in the newly-amalgamated United States Professional League. After returning to England for the 1969-70 season at Millwall, he played 8 games for the Lions before signing a two year contract at Portsmouth while continuing with the bat-and-ball game. He made 13 appearances for Pompey before hanging up his boots.

476= Martin BRITT ... (1963 - 1966)

A former England Youth international who had been apprenticed in January 1963, this centre-forward found the competition for places in the free-scoring West Ham attack of the mid-sixties a stumbling block for his advancement. An indication of his potential can be found in his transfer to Blackburn Rovers, who splashed out £17,000 to take him to Ewood Park in March 1966. His career was prematurely cut short by injury after only six appearances for Rovers - against whom he had made his Hammers debut on the 4 May 1963 in a 0-1 reverse in a game which also saw John Sissons and John Charles make their debuts.

One of the first black players to really "break-through" in London Soccer, "Charlo", as he was affectionately known, was a good full-back and always strove to live up to one of the most famous names in football! He captained the West Ham Youth Cup-winning side of 1963, won England Youth honours and made his League debut along with Martin Britt and Johnny Sissons against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park,  a 0-1 defeat on the 4 May 1963. John had to wait until March 1965 before making another Football League appearance - in a 4-0 defeat against Blackburn at Ewood Park! He had, however previously played in two League Cup ties versus Swindon Town in 1963-64. It wasn't until the 1965-66 season that he finally established himself in the side, scoring his first goal in a League Cup tie at Grimsby, appearing in 25 First Division matches and playing in both legs of Hammers' unsuccessful European Cup Winners' Cup Semi-Final clash with Borussia Dortmund. After missing almost the whole of the 1969-70 campaign through injury, John shocked the Hammers faithful with his decision to quit football and join his father-in-law as a greengrocer.

Became the youngest player to score in an F.A. Cup Final at Wembley in 1964. His career looked certain to rocket into the international arena the following year when he returned to the twin towers as a vital part of Hammers' victorious European Cup Winners' Cup side; but despite gaining ten England Under-23 appearances, Johnny never won a full cap. Originally an inside-left in his formative years with Middlesex and England Schoolboys, he was successfully converted to outside-left by Ron Greenwood after making his senior debut against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park in May 1963. One of the most-feared wingers in the League when on song, his form inexplicably waned towards the end of his time at the Boleyn. Transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, he made 115 League appearances for the Hillsborough club before moving on again to join forces with his former team-mate John Bond at Norwich. He managed only 17 games for the Canaries, however, and ended his League days with Chelsea, making a further 10 outings in the 1974-75 campaign.

Tall, commanding pivot. First blooded in the senior side during the American Soccer League Tournament in 1963, he made his initial League appearance on the 14th September of that same year against Liverpool at Anfield in a 2-1 victory. Transferred to Crystal Palace in October 1967, he later had a spell with Colchester United before becoming player-manager of the now defunct Romford F.C. in the Southern League, he was managing Havering side Collier Row, in the Spartan League in the 1982-83 season.

480. Roger HUGO ... (1964)

A fine inside-forward whose opportunities were restricted by surplus of candidates for the inside-births during his time with the club. Scored in two of his first three First Division appearances in the 1963-64 season, all away from home v. Leicester City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion respectively, so he was unable to show the Upton Park crowd his undoubted skill at senior level. Transferred to Watford in the summer of 1965.

Born: Loughton, Essex 27/03/1943







Appearances: 6 (gls 1)

Born: Rochford, Essex 07/10/1945







Appearances: 5/1 (gls 0)

Born: Poplar, London 02/03/1947







Appearances: 146/3 (gls 7) Cup: 24/2 (gls 1)

Born: 15 February 1934, Notting Hill, London


Date: 30 September 1965

Fee: £6,500


Craven Cottage 2 October 1965


Date: 26 September 1966

Appearances: 9/1 (gls 0) Cup: 4 (gls 1)

Died: 3 April 1983, Chingford (aged 49)

Born: Bermondsey, London 27/09/1944







Appearances: 48/2 (gls 2) Cup: 16 (gls 3)

Born: Chadwell St. Mary, Essex 22/12/1945







Appearances: 68/7 (gls 4) Cup: 5/2 (gls 0)

Adaptable inside-forward who found it difficult to hold a regular place in the senior side. Nevertheless, he managed a fair total of appearances during his six years in contention. Signing pro during the summer of 1963 after two years apprenticeship, he made his League debut in a 2-3 defeat against Bolton Wanderers at Upton Park on the 4 April 1964. A member of the F.A. Youth Cup winning team of 1963, he joined Orient in a deal that brought Tommy Taylor in the opposite direction.

482. Eddie PRESLAND ... (1965)

Tall, adventurous full-back who scored a goal when making his League debut against Liverpool at Upton Park in February 1965. He signed professional forms in October 1960 after playing schoolboys soccer for East Ham, London and Essex, and as a junior for Hammers. Eddie was also a fine cricketer, being capped for England Boys and later joining Essex County Cricket Club as a professional. Transferred to Crystal Palace in January 1967, he spent three seasons as a First team regular at Selhurst Park before moving to Colchester United and finally Orient. Was team manager at Dagenham F.C. and afterwards at Gravesend.

483. Trevor DAWKINS ... (1965 - 1966)

Great things were expected of this highly-talented and creative wing-half by his manager and mentor, Ron Greenwood, but the player failed to win a regular place in the First Team. Made his Hammers debut at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion on the 19 April 1965 in a 2-4 defeat. Transferred to Crystal Palace, where he met up with fellow ex-Hammer Dave Bickles and Eddie Presland, he ended his League life at Brentford.

A "Chicken-Run" favourite who combined old-fashioned wing play with his own particular brand of artistry to win over the fans. Although not always a First Team regular, "Arry-Boy" was a popular choice with the Upton Park faithful. A former England Youth international, he was a member of the Hammers' sides which lifted the F.A. and London Youth Cups in 1963. Signing professional forms in March 1964, he made his senior debut in August the following year against Sunderland in a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on the 23 August 1965. The nearest Harry came to winning a major honour was as a member of the Hammers' team that featured in the League Cup Semi-Final marathon with Stoke City in 1972, failing by a whisker to reach Wembley. Transferred to AFC Bournemouth in August the same year, he had a short spell with Brentford before retiring from League football in 1976. Assisted Bobby Moore at Oxford City after trying his luck in America, where he met with mixed fortunes. Then became Manager/coach of AFC Bournemouth, where he made a brief comeback as a player in 1982-83 season for a League Cup-tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Rejoined the Hammers as assistant Manager to Billy Bonds for the start of the 1992-93 season in which Hammers finished as runners-up and were promoted to the Premier League. Took full control of the First Team between 1994 and 2001.

485= Jimmy BLOOMFIELD ... (1965 - 1966)

James Henry Bloomfield was a former Brentford (where he played with Ron Greenwood), Arsenal and Birmingham City inside-forward, he was signed by Hammers from the Griffin Park club on 30 September 1965 for £6,5000. Made his Hammers debut along with Dennis Burnett against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a 0-3 reverse. Scored his one and only Hammers goal in the 3-3 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers in a 4th round F.A. Cup match 12 February 1966. After a second spell at Griffin Park. Jimmy left Upton Park to continue his playing career with Plymouth Argyle on 26 September 1966 and became player-manager of Leyton Orient in 1968. Took over from fellow ex-Hammer Frank O’Farrell as boss at Leicester City after guiding “O’s” out of the Third Division. Later returned to Brisbane Road as manager until serious illness forced him to relinquish the post. He was still actively involved in scouting business for Luton Town right up to his tragically premature death in April 1983.

Born: Bow, London 24/03/1947







Appearances: 3

Born: Glasgow, Scotland 24/11/1945


Date: September 1963


Upton Park 11 February 1967


Date: July 1967

Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Born: Upton Park, London 21/12/1947

Signed: Juniors

Date: August 1965


City Ground 18th March 1967

Transferred: Retired - injury

Appearances: 11/4 (gls 0) Cup: 1/1 (gls 0)

Born: Arlesley, Bedfordshire 03/11/1946

Signed: Apprentice

Date: November 1963


City Ground 18th March 1967


Date: December 1967

Fee: Loan / Permanent

Appearances: 11 (gls 0)

Born: Doncaster, Yorkshire 16/03/1947

Signed: Juniors

Date: July 1964


The Hawthornes 28th April 1967

Transferred: BOURNEMOUTH

Date: July 1969

Appearances: 4/1 (gls 0)

Born: Edinburgh, Scotland 22/09/1946


Date: July 1966


Upton Park 9th May 1967

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENT

Date: September 1967

Appearances: 2 (gls 0)

Born: Ardrossan, Scotland 01/03/1945


Date: June 1967

Fee:  £65,000


Upton Park 19th August 1967

Transferred: Retired

Appearances: 240 Cup: 36

Born: Woolwich, Kent 17/09/1946


Date: May 1967

Fee: £49,500


Upton Park 19th August 1967

Transferred: Retired - Coach / Manager

Appearances: 668/12 (gls 49) Cup: 136/9 (gls 11)

Born: Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland 21/01/1943


Date: July 1967

Fee: £25,000


Upton Park 19th August 1967


Date: June 1970

Fee: £5,000

Appearances: 38 (gls 0) Cup: 8 (gls 0)

Constructive defender. Always performed capably when drafted into the side. Enjoyed 24 League outings in 1965-66, the most he managed in any one season. Made his initial League debut along with Jimmy Bloomfield against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a 0-3 reverse on the 2nd October 1965. Dennis won a Football League Cup Runners-up medal the following year. Joined Millwall for £15,000 in 1967 and had a second spell at The Den after two seasons at Hull City, before finishing his League life with Brighton & Hove Albion.

487. Bobby HOWE ...(1966 - 1971)

A model professional and a fine wing-half, Bobby served the club well during his five years in First-team contention. A former Essex Schools star, he actually signed full pro in December 1962 and was a member of the club's Youth Cup winning side the following year. He made his League bow as substitute against Southampton in September 1966, and joined up with former Hammer and then Bournemouth manager, John Bond, when he left the Boleyn.

488. Colin MACKLEWORTH ... (1966 - 1967)

Served West Ham well after signing apprentice professional in 1962 and full pro two years later. Winner of a Youth Cup Final medal in 1963, he had to wait until 1966 to make his first of only three senior appearances in the 4-0 victory against Blackpool at Upton Park on the 27th December 1966.  Transferred to Leicester City in November 1967, where he provided cover for Peter Shilton, later joined Southern League Kettering Town. Entered the Police Force when he packed in playing.

489. George ANDREW ... (1967)

This fair-haired young Scot arrived on trial at Upton Park via Glasgow junior side Possilpark YMCA in August 1963. Records indicate that his first game in claret and blue was on the 24 August, in the season’s first South East Counties League game, a 1-1 draw with Arsenal Colts at London Colney. The 17-year-old Scot must have impressed manager Ron Greenwood as he was signed as a professional the following month on 18 September. After regularly appearing for the second-string, George made the step-up to the first team. An injured Ken Brown gave manager Ron Greenwood the opportunity to test members of his shadow squad. George was the first reserve to be called-up when he was given his Football League First Division debut at home to Sunderland 11 February 1967 ina 2-2 draw. George retained his first team place a week later for the visit to Goodison Park to face Everton. In front of a 52,504 attendance the Hammers suffered a 4-0 defeat. This proved to be he’s second and last competitive appearance for the first team. With first team opportunities limited at West Ham United, George Andrew signed for Division Two club, Crystal Palace on a one year contract. At Selhurst Park he joined up with fellow Ex-Hammers, Eddie Presland and Johnny Byrne and future Hammer to be Alan Stephenson. After a short spell at Crystal Palace, he found his true niche at Southern League side Romford. He later became a teacher in Cornwall where he played in the County League with St Blaizey.

490= Paul HEFFER ... (1967 - 1969)

Born within earshot of the "Upton Park Roar," this tall, commanding centre-half had his promising career cut short by injury. Paul, signed as a professional in August 1965, made his senior debut along with Bill Kitchener against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 18th March 1967 in a 0-1 defeat. Was granted a Testimonial by the club when it became clear he had to give up the game.

Tall, skilful full-back who signed professional forms in November 1963, after playing in the Youth Cup winning team of that year. Returned from a six-month loan period at Torquay United (where he played under ex-Hammer Frank O'Farrell) to make his initial First Division appearance along with Paul Heffer against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in a 0-1 defeat on the 18th March 1967. He won an extended  run in the First XI, being a member of the Hammers' side that gained maximum points from their three Easter engagements that year. Frank O'Farrell again approached the club to sign Bill as a member of his promotion-seeking side and it was decided to accede to his request to release him to Torquay in December 1967, he later moved along the coast to end his League days at Bournemouth, before joining the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

492. Trevor HARTLEY ... (1967 - 1968)

Speedy, fair-haired winger who made a handful of First Division appearances. The first against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on the 28th April 1967 in a 1-3 defeat by the West Midlanders. Was granted a move to Bournemouth for a small fee to enable him to pursue regular First-team soccer. A brother-in-law, incidentally, of fellow former-Hammer Bobby Howe. Trevor later managed the Cherries for a short time in 1974 (when he took over from John Bond); at the age of 27 was the youngest manager in the Football League until his departure after a year at Dean Court. Became assistant to David Pleat at Luton Town, subsequently moving with David to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1986.

Flying Scottish winger whose First Team opportunities were extremely limited. In fact, he made only two League appearances, making his debut against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park in a 0-2 defeat by the men from White Hart Lane on the 9th May 1967, and his final showing four days later v. Manchester City in the last match of that campaign. The following season the Club minutes reveal that in early September 1967 Eadie was temporarily transferred to Leyton Orient for three months, where he had the same amount of matches before he was recalled and was back playing for the Reserves by the 20th.  Given a free transfer in May 1968 and dropped out of football.

494= Bobby FERGUSON ... (1967 - 1980)

Signed for the then-record fee of £65,000 for a goalkeeper from Scottish club Kilmarnock, after winning a string of international caps with the Rugby Park club. Making his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 1967-68 season, Ferfuson managed to amass a surprisingly large total of appearances, considering he twice lost his First XI spot for lengthy periods to Peter Grotier and later Mervyn Day. "Fergie" began the 1978-79 term between the sticks, but was initially replaced by Day and then the arrival of Phil Parkes, in February 1979, effectively spelled the end of his Hammers' career. Bobby received £20,000 from his testimonial game versus Southampton in 1981.He also played five times for Sheffield Wednesday while on loan to the Yorkshire club in 1973. Went to Australia with his wife Greer and joined Port Elizabeth F.C. An excellent golfer and the owner of a marine complex.

Captain courageous. Shattered Bobby Moore's long standing appearance record in 1982-83 season, and looks set to hold it for all-time. Played 95 League games for Charlton Athletic before his transfer to Hammers for £49,500 on May 13th 1967, made his Hammers debut along with Bobby Ferguson and John Cushley against Sheffield Wednesday at Upton Park in a 2-3 reverse on the 19th August 1967. "Bonzo" was made club captain in 1973, he came back into the side after experiencing injury problems during 1983-84, and played a vital role in Hammers' relegation fight in 84-85. He did a similar thing in the 1986-87 season after missing all of the 1985-86 season, the season the Hammers finished a best ever third position in the League. Billy was put in charge of the Youth team after his playing days were up, and was elevated to managers position with the shock resignation of Lou Macari in February 1990. "Bonzo's" honours include 2 England Under-23 caps, F.A. Cup Winners medals in 1975 and 1980, European Cup Winners Cup runners-up medal 1976, Football League Cup runners-up medal 1981, "Hammer of the Year" 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1988. Before the start of the 1994-95 campaign Billy was asked by the club to take a back-seat as a paid Director, not wanting to be pushed upstairs he declined the offer, the board paid up his remaining contract, which he only signed a few months earlier and Assistant Manager and best friend Harry Redknapp was offered the position. After a few months away from football, "Bonzo" accepted an offer from Queens Park Rangers to manage their youth team. Later he became manager of Millwall.

Born: Barking, Essex 2/10/1948

Signed: Apprentice

Date:  May 1966


Turf Moor 29th August 1967

Transferred: Retired

Appearances: 521/7 (gls 88) Cup: 106/1 (gls 14)

Born: East Ham, London 20/09/1948

Signed: Apprentice

Date: September 1965


Upton Park 18th November 1967


Date: August 1985

Fee: Free

Appearances: 536/5 (gls 18) Cup: 119 (gls 4)

Born: Chesham, Buckinghamshire 26/09/1944


Date: March 1968

Fee: £80,000


The Dell 16th March 1968

Transferred: PORTSMOUTH

Date: May 1972

Fee: £32,000

Appearances: 106/2 (gls 0) Cup: 10 (gls 1)

494= John CUSHLEY ... (1967 - 1969)

Given the unenviable task of filling the gap left by the departure of Ken Brown from the Upton Park scene, he took to the job with great endeavour. Signed from Glasgow Celtic for £25,000 Made his debut in good company, along with Billy Bonds and Britain most expensive goalkeeper at the time Bobby Ferguson, in the 2-3 defeat at Upton Park by Sheffield Wednesday on the 19th August 1967, the likeable Scot (nicknamed "Wilbur") made many friends during his three-year stay at the club before returning North of the Border to Dunfermline Athletic for a smaller fee. Afterwards transferred to Dumbarton.

Would be rated among the true "greats" in any Upton Park "Hall of Fame." Signed apprentice forms in May 1996, making his initial appearance against Burnley at Turf Moor on the 29th August 1967 in a trilling 3-3 draw. Had to wait eight years to win a major honour with his club, leading them with his unique midfield skills to victory in the 1975 F.A. Cup Final. After collecting a runners-up medal in the European Cup Winners' Cup Final the following year, he was back at Wembley scoring the winner with a rare header against Arsenal in 1980. Proved his world-class status during his countries World Cup qualifying match with Hungary in Budapest, scoring the match winning goals so vital in taking England to Spain in 1982. Missed most of 1982-83 season due to recurring injury problems, but returned in 1983-84 for his final season. Became a Radio and Television pundit after retiring from the game. Later became the Director of Football to the Football Association.

498. Frank LAMPARD ... (1967 - 1985)

Signed apprentice forms in 1964 and full professional a year later, Frank made his League debut against Manchester City at Upton Park on the 18th November 1967 in a 2-3 defeat; six months and 19 senior outings later he suffered the first of two set-backs in his career...breaking a leg against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Slowly, and with a great deal of sweat and toil, he recovered to regain his confidence and with it his First Team place. International recognition followed with Under-23 appearances and a full cap against Yugoslavia in October 1972 to add to his Youth caps already gained. Frank was a member of the side which beat Fulham in the 1975 F.A. Cup Final at Wembley. The eventually resultant European Cup Winners' Cup Final in Brussels against Anderlecht the following year brought about the biggest disappointment of his soccer life. A goal ahead with only minutes before half-time, Hammers were playing like world-beaters and seemed to be cruising to victory when Frank went to play a ball that 99 times out of a 100 he would have got it back to 'keeper Mervyn Day...but on this occasion his studs caught in the turf, causing him to sustain an excruciating stomach injury. To make matters worse the Belgians scored from the incident and went on to win 4-2. Once again he fought back to fitness, although at one time there was talk of a transfer to Norwich City. An F.A. Cup Final victory over Arsenal in 1980. League Cup Runners-up and Second Division Championship medals followed in 1981. Frank was awarded a free transfer after playing in the final fixture of 1984-85 against Liverpool. He joined Southend United, pairing up with his "old mate" Bobby Moore who was managing the Shrimpers, but terminated with them in 1986. When Harry Redknapp took over as manager in 1994, "Lamp" became his No. 2.

An £80,000 acquisition from Crystal Palace who tried in vain to make the number five shirt his own. Despite an impressive pedigree which included seven England Under-23 caps, he largely failed to solve the problems at the heart of Hammers' defence which had prevailed from the time of Ken Brown's departure. Nevertheless, he still managed over a hundred senior appearances and never lacked endeavour. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw against Southampton at The Dell on the 16th March 1968. After a period on loan to Fulham during which he played 10 times for the Cottagers in 1971-72. In May 1972 he was transferred to Portsmouth for £32,000, where he logged another 100 senior outings up to 1974.

467 STANDEN Jim 488 CUSHLEY John 472 HUGO Roger

490= Bill KITCHENER ... (1967)