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Part 1 :  391. Albert Foan to 429. Brian Moore


391= Albert FOAN ... (1950 - 1956)

Born: 30 October 1923, Rotherhithe, London


Date: July 1950


Upton Park 19 August 1950

Transferred: MARGATE

Date: 5 February 1957

Fee: Free Transfer

Appearances: 53 (gls 6) Cup: 7 (gls 3)

Died: 14 August 2009, Norwich (aged 85)

A Londoner who escaped the attention of the Capital's clubs until Hammers signed him from Norwich City. Albert Thomas Foan made his debut for West Ham along with Eric Betts in the opening fixture of the 1950-51 season against Hull City in a 3-3 draw on the 19 August at the Boleyn Ground. Equally at home on the wing or at inside-forward, his  early honours were with London Boys. His finest hour at Upton Park came during the great Cup run of 1955-56, when he scored a hat-trick against Preston North End. The significance of that event can be gauged by glancing at his total League goals. On the 5 February 1957 West Ham agreed to the transfer without fee of Albert to Kent League side Margate who is managed by former Hammer Almer Hall.

391= Eric BETTS ... (1950)

Born: 27 July 1925, Coventry, Warwickshire


Date: April 1950


Upton Park 19 August 1950

Transferred: ROCHDALE

Date: October 1951

Appearances: 3 (gls 1)

Died: 16 March 1990, Rochdale (aged 64)

Born: 28 June 1924, Liverpool


Date: 17 August 1950


Ninian Park 4 September 1950


Appearances: 6 (gls 2)

Died: 13 December 1985, Northwick, Cheshire (aged 61)

Born: 1 August 1927, Southwick, Sunderland


Date: 15 December 1949


Upton Park : 28 September 1950

Transferred: ASTON VILLA

Date: 24 December 1954

Fee: £14,500

Appearances: 64 (gls 3) Cup: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 10 May 2004 (aged 76)

Born: 9 October 1927, Cork, Ireland


Date: January 1948


Upton Park : 28 September 1950


Fee: Exchange deal with Eddie Lewis

Appearances: 197 (gls 6) Cup: 13 (gls 1)

Born: 3 May 1921, Cannock, Staffordshire


Date: 1 January 1951

Fee: £5,250


Upton Park : 13 January 1951

Transferred: BEDFORD TOWN July 1956

Fee: Free

Appearances: 101 (gls 2) Cup: 4 (gls 0)

Died: 14 August 2000 (aged 79)

Born: 14 June 1933, Pittingdon, County Durham


Date: November 1950



Upron Park : 3 February 1951


Date: 22 March 1956

Fee: £25,000

Appearances: 119 (gls 39) Cup: 11 (gls 5)

Born: 5 September 1927, Dartford, Kent


Date: February 1951

Fee: £7,000


Brisbane Road : 5 March 1951

Transferred: ROMFORD

Date: 1957

Appearances: 238 (gls 10) Cup: 27 (gls 0)

Died: 14 October 2010 (aged 83)

Born: 19 March 1936, Ramsgate, Kent


Date: February 1951



Brisbane Road : 12 March 1951

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENR

Fee: £10,000 with Eddie Lewis (Wright value £5,000)

Appearances: 161 (gls 0) Cup: 17 (gls 0)

Died: 7 September 2000 (aged 70)

Born: 27 October 1928, Broadstairs, Kent


Date: 1 January 1951

Fee: £1,000


Boothferry Park : 1 September 1951

Transferred:  MARGATE

Date: July 1955

Appearances: 29 (gls 3) Cup: 6 (gls 0)

Died: 5 February 2013 (aged 84)

Born: 29 September 1923, Bristol

Signed: BATH CITY (on loan from BRISTOL CITY)

Date: 31 August 1951

Fee: £1,000


Boothferry Park : 1 September 1951


Appearances: 34 (gls 16) Cup: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 21 June 2002 (aged 78)

Signed from Walsall in April 1950 after service with Mansfield Town, Coventry City and Nuneaton. Eric, an outside-left, made his first appearance in a West Ham shirt in the 5-0 win over Watford Reserves at Upton Park on the 22 April 1950, in which he scored a goal. Making his Hammers League debut against Hull City at the Boleyn in a 3-3 draw in the 19 August 1950, in the first of a trio of Second Division appearances for the club before continuing his transfer travels with Rochdale, Crewe, Wrexham and Oldham Athletic where he ended his League career in 1956.

393. Stan JOHNS ... (1950)

Signed from under the noses of Liverpool and Everton in August 1950, from those well-known providers of football talent, South Liverpool. Made his Hammers debut against Cardiff City in the 1-2 defeat at Ninian Park on the 4th September 1950 in which he scored West Ham's consolation goal. Stan's career at Upton Park was short and sweet the striker making half-a-dozen Second Division appearances.

394= Tommy SOUTHREN ... (1950 - 1954)

Tommy Southren is a Northerner by birth but a Southerner ‘by adoption.’ Tommy moved at the age of twelve from his birthplace of Southwick near Sunderland to Welwyn Garden City. The restrictions of wartime meant that although he played for Handside School in the local schools’ league he had no opportunity of gaining representative honours, and it was not until after he left school that he became better known in the soccer world. It was in the early weeks of the 1949-50 season that Tommy pinged up of the West Ham scouting radar whilst playing in Hertfordshire junior soccer with the quaintly named Peartree Old Boys, he was invited for a trial in the Hammers “A” team against Tottenham Hotspur in the Eastern Counties League. Although losing 7-2 that afternoon he became a regular in the side was given an opportunity as outside-right for the Reserves against Ipswich Town Reserves in a Combination fixture at Upton Park on 26 November 1949. Tommy played a big part in a 5-2 success that day and signed professional forms on 15 December 1949 and ended the season with a total of 23 Reserve appearances. A replacement for flu-victim Eric Parsons gave Southren the opportunity to make his initial first team debut in the Essex Pro Cup, running out 2-1 winners at Upton Park against Colchester United on the 28 September 1950, his Football League debut followed two days later in a 3-5 home defeat at the hands of Sheffield United. He was a member of the Hammers Reserve team which won a unique Combination Cup and League "double" in 1953-54 season; he also represented the London F.A. in Berlin on 18 November 1953. In those days if you completed 5-years with a club you were due a benefit payment. He received £600 in December 1954 and less that two-weeks later and after playing 64 league and four cup appearances for the Hammers, Southren signed for Aston Villa for £14,500 in the unglamorous surroundings of Euston Station just before midnight on Christmas Eve 1954 and had four years at Villa Park before moving on to Bournemouth.

394= Frank O'FARRELL ... (1950 - 1956)

Frank O'Farrell replaced Tommy Moroney in the Cork United side when the latter joined Hammers in 1947, and later followed Moroney to Upton Park. Quickly became a regular in the senior side and won full international recognition for his country. Made his initial Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Vic Niblett and Bill Nelson versus Colchester United at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory in the Essex Pro Cup on the 28 September 1950. Frank's League bow came against Notts County in the 1-4 defeat at Meadow Lane on the 25 November 1950. Transferred to Preston North End in a straight exchange deal for Eddie Lewis in 1956, he continued to make 118 First Division appearances at Deepdale. Went into football management when he hung up his boots, serving Torquay United, Leicester City, Manchester United and Cardiff City after starting off with Southern League Weymouth. Vacated the Cardiff City post to go to Iran. Seven Eire caps between 1952 and 1956, then won two more caps with Preston North End.

398. Harry KINSELL ... (1951 - 1955)

Thomas Henry “Harry” Kinsell was already  an experienced England international defender when he arrived at the Boleyn from Reading for £5,250. Harry had also seen service with West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers, as well as guesting during war-time with Grimsby Town, Middlesbrough and Blackpool. His signing was another shrewd venture into the transfer market by manager Ted Fenton, who had been a colleague in the England Team. Harry made his West Ham debut in the 2-3 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on the 13 January 1951. He gave Hammers five seasons yeoman service, often captaining the side, before being given a free transfer to Southern League Bedford Town.

399. Harry HOOPER ... (1951 - 1956)

Dashing, goalscoring winger from Hylton Colliery, who was the star attraction at the Boleyn during his reign; made his Hammers debut in the 4-2 victory over Barnsley at Upton Park on the 3 February 1951. Whilst with Hammers he represented the Football League against the Irish League (1954) and the Scottish League (1955). When Wolverhampton Wanderers came dangling an open cheque book, there was little the club could do to stop their England Under-23 international from joining the then most famous club in the land for £25,000 on 22 March 1956. However, the game turned sour on him at Molineux and he soon moved on to Birmingham City (there too, meeting with only moderate success). One wonders in retrospect, whether he'd have been better off staying with the "Homely Hammers".

400= Malcolm ALLISON ... (1951 - 1957)

Previously played with Erith and Belvedere and Charlton Athletic. After seven seasons at The Valley he signed from the Robins in February 1951. Making his initial debut on the 5 March 1951 against Leyton Orient in the Essex Professional Cup which ended 0-0 at Leyton Stadium, Malcolm made his League debut 12 days later against Chesterfield at Upton Park in a 2-0 victory 17 March 1951. His successes as a coach have tended to eclipse his fine career as a centre-half in the fifties. Struck down by illness at the start of the club's promotion season in 1957-58, he sadly failed to realise his much-cherished ambition to play for Hammers in the First Division. Shunned medical advice to continue his playing career with Romford in the Southern League. Soccer coach at Cambridge University before taking his first steps up the managerial ladder with Bath City. From there he moved further West to Plymouth Argyle, followed by a successful period with Joe Mercer at Manchester City, where the pair won all the game's major honours. After those days his career had some diverse points of call, numbering among them Crystal Palace, City again, F.C. Sporting Lisbon (whom he steered to Championship success). Middlesbrough and non-League Durham side Willington F.C. Big Mal was in Kuwait - coaching the national side until March 1986, also had a short spell with Fisher Athletic, and in December 1992 was invited to take over the managers job at Bristol City after a short spell as caretaker coach.

400= George WRIGHT ... (1951 - 1958)

An excellent full-back signed from Southern League Margate, gave a good return for a small transfer fee. His initial debut for West Ham came against Leyton Orient in a replayed Essex Pro Cup Semi-Final match at Upton Park on the 12 March 1951 in a 6-1 victory, His League debut was against Hull City at Boothferry Park in a 1-1 draw 1st September 1951, which was the first of a remarkable appearance total for Hammers. A great servant, the nearest Wright got to international honours was when he was selected for an England "B" Trial XI v Olympic Trial XI at Highbury in 1952, although he also turned out on two occasions for the Football Association against Cambridge University. After playing eight times in the 1957-58 promotion season, George transferred to near-neighbours Leyton Orient, where he made 85 League appearances before leaving in 1961 for Gillingham, ending his League career at the Kent club with four more appearances.

402= Doug BING ... (1951 - 1955)

Had National Service in the Army. Signed from Margate on New Year's Day 1951 on the recommendation of former Hammer Almer Hall - the Seasiders' manager at the time. Doug was originally an inside or wing-forward, but was successfully converted to half-back at the Boleyn. Although never a first team regular, he was a capable deputy when called upon. Making his League debut against Hull City at Boothferry Park in a 1-1 draw on the 1 September 1951. He enjoyed four happy years as a Hammer until returning to his former club in the summer of 1955 where he was medically advised to give up the game four years later.

Born: 24 February 1929, Salford, Lancshire


Date: April 1951

Fee: £1,100


Millmoor : 6 October 1951

Transferred: BURY

Date: June 1953

Appearances: 5 (gls 1)

Born: 24 September 1926, Shoreditch, London

Signed: HAYES

Date: 12 August 1951



St Andrews : 20 October 1951


Date: June 1953

Fee: £1,000

Appearances: 24 (gls 6) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 10 October 1995, Horsham, West Sussex (aged 69)

Born: 1 February 1927, Invergordon, Scotland

Signed: DUNDEE (Scotland)

Date: 19 November 1951

Fee: £4,750


Upton Park : 24 November 1951

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENT

Date: June 1956

Fee: £1,000

Appearances: 114 (gls 21) Cup: 6 (gls 1)

Died: 12 September 2012 (aged 85)

Born: 17 February 1932, Colchester, Essex


Date: 1950


Highfield Road : 9 February 1952


Date: January 1966

Appearances: 381 (gls 32) Cup: 67 (gls 6)

Born: 16 March 1925, Silvertown, London

Signed: HENDON

Date: April 1952


Meadow Lane : 14 April 1952


Date: July 1957

Appearances: 13 (gls 4) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

Died: 4 June 2015 Plymouth (aged 90)

402= Bert HAWKINS ... (1951 - 1952)

Bristol born, Bert played rugger as a schoolboy, but turned to soccer when serving in the Far East in the Royal Navy. After ‘demob’ he had three seasons with Bristol Rovers before transferring across to Bristol City. Bertram William Hawkins enjoyed a brief, but spectacular stay at Upton Park following his transfer from Southern League Bath City, where he was on loan from Bristol City. Signed for the Hammers on 31 August 1951. He made a scoring Second Division debut against Hull City at Boothferry Park in the 1-1 draw the following day. Bert went on to net 15 goals in 32 appearances during that 1951-52 campaign. Not a bad start for a player plucked from obscurity of non-League football. He sustained an injury in a pre-season practice match, by the time he recovered, the centre-forward spot had been taken, firstly by Tommy Moroney and later Fred Kearns which prompted a move across London to rivals Queens Park Rangers, where he managed just 8 appearances, scoring 3 goals before moving back to non-League football with Cheltenham Town for the 1954-55 season.

404. Harry WILLIAMS ... (1951)

Henry George Williams was discovered by Manchester United during an England Youth trial game, he spent a little under a year at Old Trafford without playing in the League side. Left Old Trafford to join Cheshire League Witton Albion, where his exploits aroused the interest of West Ham. After scoring heavily for the "A" team and Combination side, the young inside-forward was drafted into the First XI for his debut against Rotherham United at Millmoor in a 1-2 defeat on the 6 October 1951. Williams made another four appearances that season and scored a goal against Southampton, that being the sum total of his Second Division outings for Hammers. Transferred to Bury in 1953, and from there Swindon Town the following year.

403. John GREGORY ... (1951 - 1953)

John Ernest Gregory a former England amateur international who played his early soccer with Hackney and Middlesex Boys before progressing to senior amateur status with Bromley, and later Hayes. Remained an amateur when joining the Boleyn club for the 1950-51 season, but signed full pro the following campaign when he made the first of his 24 League appearances against Birmingham City in a 1-2 defeat at St. Andrews on the 20 October 1951. Transferred to Scunthorpe United in June 1953 for £1,000 where he scored a lot of goals for the other "Irons," before moving on to Aldershot. He later became player-coach to St. Neots Town.

406. Jimmy ANDREWS ... (1951 - 1955)

A Scottish left-winger Jimmy was signed from Dundee F.C. for £4,750 in November 1951 quite a substantial fee in those days! Made his Hammers debut in the 3-3 draw against Everton at Upton Park on the 24 November 1951. Jimmy proved to be a worthwhile investment, giving the club great service before leaving for near-neighbours Leyton Orient in June 1956 for a fee of £1,500. After winding up his playing career at Queens Park Rangers he went on to gain a fine reputation as a coach and later managed Cardiff City after another ex-Hammer - Frank O'Farrell - vacated the post.

407. John BOND ... (1952 - 1965)

Played for North East Essex Schools and Essex Army Cadets before joining as an amateur from Colchester Casuals in 1950. Bond joined West Ham as an 18 year old and his Hammers’ career stretched over a period when the club evolved from being a mediocre second division club to becoming established in the top division. His name will be forever etched in the club’s history books as a member of the teams which won the Second Division title in 1958 and the FA Cup in 1964. However a place in the European Cup Winners Cup final team eluded him despite playing and scoring in the early rounds. Bond’s league debut against Coventry City at Highfield Road on February 9, 1952 coincided with the day in which all football league games were marked by two minutes silence in respect of King George VI’s death. A great "character" and his consistent form earned him a late selection to tour South Africa with the F.A. party in 1956. His play there indicated possibilities of further honours; unfortunately an injury curtailed the tour and was forced to return to England for treatment. First class full-back penalty expert and dead-ball kicker, and on a couple of occasions proved his versatility by standing in as a replacement centre forward. The first was in March/April 1959 for an eight match run when he scored four goals, and the second occasion was in February/March 1960 when he improved his strike rate with six in eight consecutive games in the number nine shirt. The most notable performance was his hat-trick against Chelsea in a 4-2 home win on February 6, 1960. Muffin transferred to Torquay United from West Ham in 1965, afterwards managed AFC Bournemouth, Norwich City, Manchester City, Burnley and Swansea City, but following the Swan's domestic problems he took over at St. Andrews with Birmingham City, and later Shrewsbury Town.

408. Roy STROUD ... (1952 - 1957)

Born: 24 June 1931, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: August 1948


Upton Park : 1 September 1952


Date: July 1953

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 23 December 2019, Brighton (aged 88)

Born: 16 February 1934, Forest Gate, London


Date: 16 October 1951


Millmoor : 21 February 1953


Date: July 1967

Fee: £4,000

Appearances: 386 (gls 3) Cup: 88 (gls 0)

Born: 4 May 1933, Upton Park, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: July 1950


Layer Road : 22 Octobr 1953

Transferred: CHELSEA

Date: 1 November 1961

Fee £11,000 + Ron Tindall

Appearances: 283 (gls 4) Cup: 38 (gls 0)

Born: 6 April 1930 Islington, London


Date: 1 April 1953

Fee: £5,500


Upton Park : 3 April 1953

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENT

Date: 1 June 1956

Fee: £1,500

Appearances: 74 (gls 27) Cup: 3 (gls 2)

Died: 25 November 2012 (aged 82)

Born: 8 June 1929, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


Date: February 1951


Layer Road : 13 Nvember 1952

Transferred: READING

Date: March 1955

Fee: £2,700

Appearances: 39 (gls 21) Cup: 3 (gls 2)

Died: 6 February 2014 (aged 84)

Born: 28 Febuary 1932, Cork, Republic of Ireland


Date: 22 August 1952

Fee: £725 + £200 after 15 apps


Layer Road : 13 November 1952


Fee: £29,999

Appearances: 248 (gls 11) Cup: 29 (gls 1)

Died: 8 September 2005 (aged 73)

Born: Leigh-on-Sea, Essex 08/02/1932


Date: 2 June 1952



Layer Road : 13 November 1952


Date: June 1954

Fee: £200

Appearances: 1 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 7 July 2005 (aged 73)

Born: 19 March 1930, Govan, Scotland


Date: June 1953


Upton Park 19 August 1953

Transferred: BRENTFORD

Date: September 1963

Fee: £13,000

Appearances: 326 (gls153) Cup: 40 (gls 23)

Died: 27 September 2000 (aged 70)

Born: 19 September 1929, Dagenham, Essex


Date: July 1947


Upton Park : 23 April 1953

Transferred: GILLINGHAM

Date: July 1956

Appearances: 19 Cup: 2

Died: 18 September 1962 (aged 32)

Born: 8 July 1933, Newcastle


Date: 23 November 1953

Fee: £100 Donation


Griffin Park 27 February 1954

Transferred: LEYTON ORIENT

Date 12 December 1962

Fee: £11,000

Appearances: 283 (gls 84) Cup: 65 (gls 16)

Died: 14 September 2007 (aged 74)

Born: 6 September 1932, Sydenham, London


Date: July 1954

Debut: BURY

Gigg Lane 10 April 1954


Date: August 1955

Appearances: 6 (gls 2)

401 HAWKINS Bert 404 ANDREWS Jimmy 405 BOND John

Roy William Stroud was born within earshot of the West Ham ground, Roy Stroud's parents moved to Hounslow when he was a youngster and it was in the County of Middlesex that he made a name for himself: playing for London and Middlesex Boys before being selected for England Boys in the outside-right position. During the war years he gained invaluable experience with Arsenal and Brentford while still retaining his amateur status. This was rewarded when he won the first of 11 England caps in 1948. He later toured the continent, Iceland and the Far East with Hendon F.C., the Athenian League and Middlesex Wanderers XI's. Roy made his Second Division debut against Notts County at Meadow Lane in a 0-1 defeat on the 14 April 1952. Roy eventually took the professional plunge in November the following year, by this time playing at centre-forward. Injuries restricted his early progress and were to prove a bugbear throughout his time at Upton Park. Stroud joined Southern League Chelmsford City in 1957, but his injury jinx followed him to New Writtle Street and, after sustaining a broken leg, he decided to retire from the game and return to his former trade in the grocery business.

409. George PETCHEY ... (1952)

George William Petchey played junior soccer in Essex for Romford and Hornchurch Schools teams. On leaving school he joined Upminster Minors and Juniors from 1945 to 1947. He ability with these sides led West Ham to sign him on amateur form in August 1947 and played for the Hammers youth team – Corinthian Juniors – until May 1948. Signed professional forms on 31 August 1948, Petchey had his first game under his new status against Chelsea ‘A’ at Upton Park in the Eastern Counties League on 2 September 1948. National Service to some extent interrupted George’s career wit the Hammers, but during his Army days he played for Southern Command and London District. However, George was fortunate in being able to play in fairly regularly for the Hammers ‘A’ team and Football Combination side, the first of these being against Charlton Athletic at the Valley on 11 Febraury 1950. The clever inside-right was given only two Second Division outings during his time at Upton Park in the inside-right position, his initial appearance being made against Hull City in a 0-0 draw at Upton Park on the 1 September 1952, and the other against Birmingham City five days later, also at the Boleyn. He went on to make 278 appearances for Queens Park Rangers as a wing-half, scoring 24 goals. Transferred to Crystal Palace in May 1960, he made a further 153 senior showings for the Glaziers and was an ever-present as Palace won promotion to Division Three in 1961. Also helped them into Second Division in 1964, before injury ended his career in 1965. He then won further fame as manager of Leyton Orient and Millwall, after cutting his teeth in management as Bert Head's assistant. In 1986 he was helping to run Brighton's junior teams and went on to be the Youth Development Officer at the Goldstone Ground.


413. Ken BROWN ... (1953 - 1967)

Ken Brown was spotted playing for local Dagenham-based side Neville United. His initial claret and blue appearance for the Hammers came in the away Eastern Counties League fixture against Norwich City ‘A’ on 15 September 1951 losing 4-3. The Canaries would feature large in Brown’s footballing career. He signed professional forms on 16 October and quickly progressed through the London Mid-week League to making his Football Combination debut on Christmas Day 1951, also against Norwich City, this time he was on the winning side 2-0 at Carrow Road. Finest of a long tradition of West Ham centre-halves, Brown made his Second Division debut in the 1-1 draw against Rotherham United at Millmoor on the 21 February 1953 whilst still serving in the Army. A stalwart in the heart of the Hammers defence in the 1957-58 promotion campaign. On 18 November 1959 he made his only appearance for England, a 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland at Wembley. Brown has the distinction as the only Hammer to win the 1958 Second Division championship, the FA Cup in 1964 and the following year was back at Wembley as part of the European Cup Winners’ Cup winning side. In May 1967, after receiving a testimonial he joined fellow ex-Hammer John Bond at Torquay United and gained the unusual distinction of drawing wage packets from two clubs when he continued to manage the Pools Promotion at Upton Park. When John Bond was appointed manager of Bournemouth in 1970, Brown was appointed as his trainer, and in November 1973, Brown followed Bond to Norwich City, becoming assistant manager. In October 1980, Bond left to manage Manchester City and Brown took over the reins at Norwich City and led them to winning the Milk Cup in 1985 - although also relegated to Division II. Ken Brown steered Norwich back to the First Division the following campaign 1985-86. After taking a short break from the game he joined Plymouth Argyle as manager in July 1988, he was controversially sacked as Plymouth manager in February 1990.

414. Dave SEXTON ... (1953 - 1956)

Transferred to Hammers from Luton Town in March 1953, he had learned his early soccer with Chelmsford City in the Southern League. Son of former professional boxer Archie Sexton, who fought Jock McAvoy for the British Middleweight title in 1933, Dave made his Hammers debut against Fulham in a 1-2 defeat at Upton Park on the 3 April 1953. Dave enjoyed a chequered playing career. A striker of some repute, he scored some valuable goals in his three years at the Boleyn. Moving to Leyton Orient in May 1956, he later had spells with Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, where his playing career was ended by injury in January 1962. Dave's managerial career has since overshadowed that of his playing days. As a manager-coach he has seen service with Chelsea (twice), Orient, Fulham, Arsenal, Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United and Coventry City. He was appointed assistant to England manager Bobby Robson in July 1983, and then put in charge of the revolutionary new "Soccer School" and the Under-21 squad.

410= Tommy DIXON ... (1953 - 1954)

Tommy made his Hammers debut along with Noel Cantwell and Harry Gunning in the Essex Professional Cup against Colchester United at Layer Road in a 3-2 victory on the 13 November 1952, and his League debut came five months later in a  Second Division clash with Swansea Town at the Vetch Field in a 1-4 defeat 4 April 1953. Top scorer for Hammers with 19 League and Cup goals in season 1953-54, the likeable Geordie played only four times the following season. Dixon was transferred to Third Division (South) Reading F.C. in March 1955 for £2,700, where he topped the biscuitmen's scoring charts for two consecutive seasons. His success at Elm Park drew the attention of Brighton & Hove Albion, and he subsequently joined up with former team-mate Dave Sexton at the Goldstone Ground, before seeing out his playing career with Workington and finally Barrow in his native North-East.

410= Noel CANTWELL ... (1952 - 1960)

Swashbuckling, attack-minded full-back whose 17 international appearances for his native Eire while with Hammers bore ample testimony to his skill. Signed from Cork Athletic on 22 August 1952, he joined a veritable colony of fellow-countrymen at Upton Park. Made his initial debut against Colchester United in a 3-2 victory in the Essex Professional Cup on the 13 November 1952. Noel made his League bow 5 months later against Fulham at Craven Cottage also in a 3-2 victory on the 6 April 1953. Attracted the attention of the Eire selectors and was capped against Luxembourg in 1953. His classic partnership with John Bond formed one of the best full-back pairings ever seen at the club and was a major factor in the promotion-winning team of 1958. Transferred to Manchester United for £29,000 (a record at that time for a full-back). He later went into management with Coventry City, New England Tea Men in the North American Soccer League and two spells with Peterborough United before becoming a publican at Stamford, Lincolnshire after retiring from the game.

412. Harry GUNNING ... (1952)

This outside-left signed for West Ham United from Gravesend & Northfleet on 2 June 1952 and made his Hammers first team debut in the Essex Professional Cup a 3-2 victory against Colchester United at Layer Road on the 13 November 1952. His one and only League appearance for the First-team was away to Lincoln City in the concluding fixture of the 1952-53 campaign, a 1-3 defeat on the 1st May 1953. Signed from Gravesend, he later made 62 League outings for Crystal Palace, whom he joined from the Hammers. Had one season with Reading before signing for Guildford City in the Southern League.

408 BROWN Ken 410 DIXON Tommy 411 CANTWELL Noel ALLISON Malcolm BING Doug 396 KINSELL Harry 397 HOOPER Harry ANDREWS Jimmy Signature

416. John DICK ... (1953 - 1962)

John Hart Dick played his early football with Maryhill. His stint in the National Service took him south to Colchester where he played amateur football for Crittall Athletic in both the London League and Eastern Counties Leagues. Dick tried out for the Hammers in the London Mid-Week League fixture against Fulham at Craven Cottage on 19 February 1953 in a 1-1 draw. He went on to make three more Mid-Week appearances that season, scoring one goal. Manager Ted Fenton must have seen enough potential in the Scot as he was signed on professional forms in June 1953. The Glaswegian inside left made his West Ham United debut in the 5-0 thrashing of Lincoln City on 19 August at Upton Park in the opening game of the 1953-54 campaign. It took a while for Dick to find his goal scoring boots for the Hammers; having to wait until his 13th league appearance before he hit the net away to Derby County. Dick quickly registered on the Scottish selectors’ radar, just nine months after he signed he was chosen for the 1954 England v Scotland 'B' international, by the time of the Roker Park international he had scored 11 goals in 29 Second Division games that season. Dick became the first West Ham United player to be capped at full international level by Scotland when he appeared in a match against England at Wembley in 1959. He was to remain at the Boleyn Ground for the best part of a decade, making 367 appearances and scoring 177 goals - a tally that leaves him in third place on the club's all-time list of goalscorers behind Vic Watson (326 goals) and Geoff Hurst (249 goals). He transferred to Brentford in September 1962 for a fee of £13,000, and later returned to the club in the early Seventies to help run the junior side after ending his playing career at Southern League Gravesend.

417= Andy MALCOLM ... (1953 - 1961)

Feared by leading inside-forwards of his day because of his ability to close-mark and blot his opponents out of the game. Jimmy Greaves, Johnny Haynes and Dennis Law all gave testimony to his prowess. Made his Hammers debut in the Essex Professional Cup a 1-5 thrashing by Colchester United at Layer Road on the 22 October 1953, his League debut followed two months later also a defeat, this time going down 1-2 at the hands of Notts County at Upton Park on the 5 December 1953. A tough-tackling, unassuming character, Andy must rank as one of the finest wing-halves the club ever employed. Transferred to Chelsea on 1 November 1961 for £11,000 plus Ron Tindall in part-exchange; the latter was sold to Reading for £12,000 - so the deal eventually realised £23,000 profit for the club. Andy spent just a few months at Stamford Bridge before moving on to Queens Park Rangers in October 1962. There, under manager Alec Stock, he played his part as the Hoops embarked on the greatest period in the club’s history. After leaving Loftus Road in 1965 Malcolm played for South African sides Westview Apollon and Port Elizabeth before returning to England with non-league Brentwood Town..

415. Peter CHISWICK ... (1952 - 1956)

This fine goalkeeper signed professional forms for West Ham United in July 1947 after he had appeared as an amateur with Colchester United as well as the Hammers. Peter Chiswick his initial debut against Leyton Orient in the Essex Professional Cup at Upton Park which ended 1-1 on the 23 April 1953. He had to wait until the 6 February 1954 before making his League baptism at home to Leeds United in a 5-2 victory. His ten-years at the Boleyn were partially interrupted by National Service. Gillingham made an offer to us when he was placed on the transfer-list, and he joined the Third Division (South) club down in Kent in July 1956. He later joined the ever-growing colony of ex-Hammers under Almer Hall at Southern League Margate, before being appointed manager-coach to Barking F.C. where his experience as a P.T. teacher (in the R.A.F.) and a fully-qualified F.A. coach stood him in good stead.

420. Malcolm MUSGROVE ... (1954 - 1962)

Musgrove played for his local side Lynemouth Colliery, before being called up for National Service, which he served in the Royal Air Force. He played for a Forces team and also for Scottish junior side Sunnybank whist serving in the RAF. Musgrove was signed by manager Ted Fenton from Lynemouth Colliery for a £100 donation following his demob from the RAF on 23 November 1953. The outside-left first appeared at Upton Park in a Practice Match at the start of the 1953-54 season followed by a couple of back-to-back games for the Reserves against Aldershot in the Combination Cup, but was not available for further selection in the claret and blue due to Service duties. He went on to make his West Ham United league debut in 1-3 reverse at Brentford on the 27 February 1954. The direct, goalscoring winger didn’t win the acclaim he fully deserved in his ten seasons at the Boleyn Ground. He was second only to the legendary Jimmy Ruffell (166) as the highest scoring Hammers' winger of all time with 98 goals. Musgrove was a member of the Second Division Championship team of 1958, and enjoyed five seasons in the top-flight of English football before making the short switch to Leyton Orient on 12 December 1962 as player-coach under fellow ex-Hammer Dave Sexton in a deal worth £11,000. He played a further 83 league games for the O's before hanging up his boots in 1966. He went on to have a career in management, taking charge at Torquay United, Connecticut Bicentennials and Chicago Sting. He also coached at the likes of Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Shrewsbury Town before retiring in 1998.

Born: 10 January 1918, Wood Green, London


Date: 23 December 1954

Fee: £3,000


Upton Park 25 December 1954

Transferred: CLACTON TOWN

Appearances: 26 (gls 3) Cup: 2 (gls 1)

Died: 29 April 1999 (aged 81)

Born: 4 August 1935, Pleasley, Mansfield, Notts

Signed: Juniors

Date: July 1953


Baseball Ground 27 December 1954

Transferred: HALIFAX TOWN

Date: 26 November 1957

Fee: £2,900

Appearances: 15 (gls 3) Cup: 5 (gls 2)

Died: 10 January 1935 (aged 78)

Born: 8 February 1930, Lydgate, Lancashire


Date: March 1954


Upton Park 5 March 1955

Transferred: Retired Injury

Appearances: 3 (gls 0)

Died: 6 June 1982 (aged 51)

421. John ARNOTT ... (1954 - 1955)

Centre-forward John Henry Arnott contested a first-team slot with Tommy Dixon. Initially with Churchfield Old Boys in Beckenham, he was still an amateur when he made his Second Division debut in West Ham’s 0-2 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane 10 April 1954. His only goals for Hammers were both recorded against Plymouth Argyle at Upton Park in a 2-2 draw on the 16th April 1954. Made only two further First XI appearances after turning professional for the 1954-55 season. Later had spells with Shrewsbury Town, AFC Bournemouth and Gillingham; finished his playing career in the Southern League with Dover as player-coach in June 1969, where he was still playing well into his forties.

409 SEXTON Dave NELSON Bill Blue

425. Les BENNETT ... (1954 - 1955)

Leslie Donald Bennett spent eight seasons with the Tottenham Hotspur and made his debut for them in August 1946. He was a popular player at White Hart Lane having played in a total of 294 games and scoring 124 goals. Bennett transferred to West Ham on 23 December 1954 for a fee of £3,000. He made his debut on Christmas Day in a home game against Derby County in a 1-0 victory. In spite of his relatively brief spell with the Hammers he was skipper for many of his appearances in the claret-and-blue and made a big impact during his stay at Upton Park, and narrowly missed out on promotion in 1954-55 campaign. After leaving West Ham he went into non-league football as player-manager with Clacton Town before briefly joining up with Malcolm Allison at Southern League Romford. Later managed a caravan site at Point Clear, near Clacton and afterwards had a business post at the University of Essex, near Colchester.

426. Alan BLACKBURN ... (1954-1957)

A former Barnardo's Boy, he was discovered playing in Hertfordshire junior soccer scoring 114 goals in 1952-53. Joined the Hammers in July 1953. A centre or inside-forward, he caused a sensation by scoring 13 goals for Hammers in the F.A. Youth Cup during the 1953-54 season. A prolific scorer for the reserves, he was a member of the Combination Championship team of 1954 and made his initial First XI appearance against Derby County on the 27 December 1954 in a 0-0 draw. At the time Alan was the youngest ever player to have made a First team debut. Served in the Forces from March 1955 on National Service. Blackburn transferred to Halifax Town on 26 November 1957 for the princely sum of £2,900 teaming up with former Assistant Trainer – Harry Hooper, who was recently appointed Manager of the Yorkshire club. The striker carried on his goal scoring exploits at The Shay, where he stayed until the summer of 1961 when he joined non-League Margate. Sadly the end of  the 64-65 season Alan left the seaside club after his four year-old daughter was taken ill and he decided to move North with his family on doctor's advice. Sympathetic to his situation, Margate only asked for a token fee when they reluctantly allowed him to move to Wellington Town, despite an offer from Nuneaton. Blackburn later finished his career with Knightley, joining them for the 1968-69 campaign.

427= Geoff HALLAS ... (1955)

427= Billy DARE ... (1955 - 1959)

429. Brian MOORE ... (1955)

Born: Willesden, London 14/02/1927


Date: 27 January 1955

Fee: £5,000


Upton Park 5 March 1955

Transferred: VIEWSLEY

Date: June 1958

Appearances: 111 (gls 44) Cup: 16 (gls 10)

Died: 8 May 1994 (aged 67)

Born: 29 December 1933, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Signed: DISTILLERY (Northern Ireland)

Date: 7 February 1955

Fee: £3,000 + friendly against Distillery


City Ground 2 May 1955

Transferred: Retired Injury

Appearances: 9 (gls 1) Cup: 1 (gls 1)

Promising young full-back who had his career tragically terminated when he developed eye trouble. Signed from Warminster in March 1954, and made the first of his three appearances in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Upton Park on the 5 March 1955 along with Billy Dare. He was granted a joint testimonial by the club along with Brian Moore, who suffered a similar fate.

William Thomas Dare was a well known amateur with Hendon where he gained his Middlesex cap; also represented F.A. XI v. Combined Universities, later played as amateur for Arsenal and Brentford, as well as having a trial for Luton Town. Signed pro for Brentford with whom he spent six seasons before transferring to Hammers for £5,000 on 27 January 1955 to give extra strike power. This popular forward made a major contribution to Hammers' Second Division triumph of 1958 where he made a perfect foil for his more robust scoring partners, Johnny Dick and Vic Keeble. Made his League debut along with Geoff Hallas in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Upton Park on the 5 March 1955. Unfortunately he was in the veteran stage when the club re-entered the First Division, and made only two appearances in the higher sphere. Joined Southern League Viewsley where he came under the managership of Bill Dodgin (Snr) and later the great Jackie Milburn.

Signed from Distillery in January 1955 for £3,000 plus a friendly fixture against the Northern Ireland side to be arranged at a later date. Moore made his League bow in the concluding game of the 1954-55 campaign against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 2 May 1955. The ball-playing Northern Ireland inside-forward, had his promising career abruptly terminated when he was left blind in one eye after being hit full in the face by the ball whilst playing against Middlesbrough. He was granted a joint testimonial along with team-mate Geoff Hallas, who suffered a similar fate. Although the injury put paid to his top flight career, he still carried on playing, moving into non-league football with Cambridge United. He went from strength to strength in the Eatern Counties League, scoring a club record of 68 goals for them. Later played for Cambridge City, Wisbech Town and Newmarket.

423 MOORE Brian 422 DARE Billy 421 HALLAS Geoff 413 DICK John 414 MALCOLM Andy 416 MUSGROVE Malcolm 420 BLACKBURN Alan MALCOLM Andy 412 GUNNING Harry 407 PETCHEY George 406 STROUD Roy 417 ARNOTT John KINSELL Harry signature 392 BETTS Eric 394 SOUTHREN Tommy 395 OFARRELL Frank

394= Vic NIBLETT ... (1950)

Born: 9 December 1924, Frimley


Date: June 1951


Upton Park : 28 September 1950

Transferred: GILLINGHAM 18 August 1951

Appearances: Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 1 October 2004, Medway (aged 79)

Niblett arrived at the Boleyn from Reading as part of a player exchange deal which saw Ken Bainbridge going the other way. Vic made his Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Frank O'Farrell and Bill Nelson in the Essex Professional Cup against Colchester United in a 2-1 victory at Upton Park on the 28 September 1950. Never managed a League game for the Hammers and was subsequently transferred to Gillingham in August 1951.

Born: 20 September 1929, Silvertown, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: October 1950


Upton Park : 28 September 1950

Transferred: QUEENS PARK RANGERS July 1955

Fee: £600

Appearances: 2 (gls 0) Cup: 1 (gls 0)

Died: 2017

394= Bill NELSON ... (1950 - 1955)

Bill William Edward Nelson. made his initial Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Victor Niblett and Frank O'Farrell in the 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Upton Park in the Essex Professional Cup 28 September 1950. Five days days later he signed professional forms for West Ham United on 3 October 1950  Although he made only two Second Division appearances for Hammers, the first in which he was a member of the team which recorded a rare 2-1 victory against Liverpool in their Anfield fortress on the 4 September 1954, and the other a 1-1 draw, two days later at Upton Park against Hull City. Transferred to London rivals Queens Park Rangers on 1 July 1955 for an initially agreed fee of £700, reduced to £600. Nelson later moved to Southern League outfit Guildford City. Bill the was elder brother to Andy Nelson who joined the Hammers in December 1953.

397 NELSON Bill

417= George 'Terry' MATHEWS ... (1953)

Born: 25 February 1936 Leyton, London


Date: February 1953

Fee: £50 donation


Layer Road : 22 October 1953

Transferred: ALDERSHOT

Date: July 1957

Appearances: 9 (gls 1) Cup: 2 (gls 0)

George 'Terry' Mathews a former Hackney and Middlesex Schools inside-forward, he signed professional forms in August 1952 after junior service. Made his initial debut along with Andy Malcolm and Fred Cooper in a 1-5 thrashing by Colchester United at Layer Road in the Essex Professional Cup on the 22 October 1953. Winning a First-team League debut two-and-half years later against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 1-4 reverse in which he scored the Hammers goal on the 17 March 1956. He transferred to Aldershot and later Gillingham before becoming a well-known figure in local non-League soccer as manager of Averley and then Tilbury.

424 MATHEWS George

Born: 18 November 1934, West Ham, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: December 1951


Layer Road : 22 October 1953

Transferred: Retired

Date: 30 June 1959

Appearances: 4 (gls 0) Cup: 6 (gls 0)

Died: 18 April 1972 (aged 37)

417= Fred COOPER ... (1953 - 1957)

Frederick John Cooper was born in West Ham, attended Three Mills School as a youngster and made his first upward step by captaining his school side. His progressed was rapid, selected for West Ham Boys, he led a successful side in the London Junior and Essex Senior Championship. His outstanding displays in these games resulted in County caps, and played for London Boys and Essex Boys. Cooper joined the ground staff from school in 1949, his consistant play quickly brought international recognition, and gained five England honours. Played in the first Schoolboy International to be played a Wembley, between England and Scotland; conceding a penalty in the opening minutes when he saved a "cert," by catching the ball on the goal-line. Luckily the incident didn't effect the final outcome too much, as England eventually won 8-2. He progressed through the junior ranks at Upton Park and signed professional forms on 29 November 1951. The Reserve team skipper made his initial First Team appearance against Colchester United away in the Essex Professional Cup in a 1-5 defeat on the 22 October 1953, his Football League debut was made against Fulham at Craven Cottage on the 18 August 1956 in a 4-1 victory. Playing two games in West Ham’s 1957-58 promotion winning season, by the end of the following 58-59 campaign he retired from football to become the full-time licensee of the Essex Arms, Stratford.

428 COOPER Fred

Born: 5 July 1935, Custom House, London

Signed: Juniors

Date: 5 December 1953


Layer Road 11 November 1954

Transferred: IPSWICH TOWN

Date: June 1959

Fee: £8,500

Appearances: 15 (gls 1) Cup 7 (gls 0)

422= Andy NELSON ... (1954 - 1958)

Following in the footsteps of his brother Bill, who later played for Queens Park Rangers. Andy joined the Upton Park ground-staff and made his first claret and blue appearance for the ‘A’ team, a London Mid-Week 4-3 victory against Watford at Upton Park 31 March 1952. He signed his first professional contract on 5 December 1953 and went on to make his West Ham United debut in the 3-2 Semi-Final victory over Colchester United in the Essex Pro Cup at Layer Road on 11 November 1954. Andy's Football League debut came 4 years later in a 2-1 victory against Doncaster Rovers at the Belle Vue Ground on 1 March 1958. Scored his one and only goal against Burnley at Upton Park in the 1-0 victory 25 October 1958. Although on the retained list for the 1959-60 season, an approach from Ipswich Town manager Alf Ramsey led to his transfer to the Suffolk side in June 1959 for £8,500, where he gained Second and First Division Championship medals in 1961 and 1962, and also skippered the Suffolk club.

440 NELSON Andy

422= Alf NOAKES ... (1954)

Alf joined the ground staff at Upton Park in 1950. Made his Hammers debut in the Essex Professional Cup against Colchester United at Layer Road in a 3-2 victory on the 11 November 1954. After spending three months with Sittingbourne he transferred to Crystal Palace in June 1955 clocking up 195 appearances and 14 goals, he also played for Portsmouth in season 1962-63.

Born: 14 August 1933, Stratford, London, England

Signed: Junior

Date: July 1948


Layer Road 11 November 1954


Date: 30 March 1955

Appearances: Cup: 1 (gls 0)


Born: 12 September 1934, Nottingham

Signed: Juniors

Date: June 1953


Layer Road 11 November 1954


Date: 111 March 1960

Fee; £3,000

Appearances: 16 (gls 0) Cup: 8 (gls 0)

422=. Doug WRAGG ... (1956 - 1959)

Nicknamed "Oily" by the fans, this popular winger was spotted by Hammers playing in the "Star" Youth Final at Wembley in 1953, and was duly signed as a professional in June the same year. Doug was prominent in Schools football and played for Nottingham and England Boys. He was also a fair boxer, being a former Hyson Green and England representative in his native Nottinghamshire. His career benefited enormously when he was demobbed from the Army in 1955 and able to return to full-time training. Doug made his initial debut against Colchester United at Layer Road in the Semi-Final of the Essex Pro Cup on the 11 November 1954 which resulted in a 3-2 Hammers win, made his Football League debut in the 2-0 away victory at Blackburn Rovers on the 27 August 1956. After proving himself a capable First XI deputy and nearly seven years with Hammers, Doug was transferred back to his home county via Mansfield Town in March 1960. He later moved on to Rochdale and then Chesterfield, before going out of the League with Grantham.

429 WRAGG Doug 415 CHISWICK Peter 425 BENNETT Les BENNETT signature 393 JOHNS Stan 391 FOAN Albert 401 WRIGHT George 404 WILLIAMS Harry 405 GREGORY John 395 NIBLETT VIc HOOPER Harry & Steve 02

Special thanks to BARBARA SHRIMPTON for helping trace the Ancestry Records of the former Hammers players