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In May 1995 West Ham travelled 10,000 miles for a Centenary tour of Australia where they would play four games. Some first teamers did not come on the trip which gave a few youngsters the chance to impress. The first game kicked off in Perth against Western Australia. An equalising goal from Mark Watson gave the Hammers a 2-2 draw but the Australians won the resultant penalty shoot-out by 5-3.

On to Melbourne next where the Hammers gave a jaded display against Victoria which saw Danny Shipp get the equaliser in the 1-1 draw.


The team flew into Sydney hoping to do better against the Australian under 23 team. They gave a better display winning 1-0 with Malcolm McPherson grabbing the winner in the second half. The squad was then weakened as Potts, Breacker and Allen returned home before the final game in Queensland.  


A return game against the Australia under 23 side saw the Hammers well beaten 4-0. It had been a disappointing tour played in front of sparse crowds of a few thousand.


Player-wise, West Ham have been represented by seven Australians – winger Stan Lazaridis, who played against the Irons in 1995, midfielder Robbie Slater, goalkeeper Steve Mautone, attacking midfielder and 1999 FA Youth Cup winner Richard Garcia, defender Hayden Foxe, right-back and captain Lucas Neill and young forward Dylan Tombides, who sadly passed away in April 2014 at the age of just 20.


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Malcolm Allison joined West Ham in 1951 from Charlton Athletic. He soon established himself in the team at centre half and became the club captain. He was a huge influence at the club where he transformed the coaching and tactics.


After playing at Sheffield United in September 1957 he was taken ill after the game and had part of a lung removed in hospital, after which he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.


The Hammers won promotion to the First Division that season but sadly for Malcolm he never played another first team game and had to retire as a player. In 7 seasons he had played in 255 games.  

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A managerial career followed and after spells at Bath City and Plymouth Argyle he joined Joe Mercer at Manchester City in July 1965. The pair were very successful and went on to win all the major honours. He later managed Crystal Palace and was always in the headlines with his king-size cigars and champagne lifestyle. What followed then were spells at Sporting Lisbon, Middlesbrough, Willington and finally Bristol Rovers.


Big Mal sadly died in October 2010 aged 83.



The lowest attendance recorded at Upton Park was 4,373 when Doncaster Rovers were the visitors on the 24 February 1955. The game took place on a Thursday afternoon in appalling conditions. Snow covered the pitch and play became hazardous. To add to the woe Doncaster Rovers came away with the points winning 1-0.


The largest home attendance was the 42,322 that was present for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on 17th October 1970. The teams drew 2-2 with the Hammers goals coming from Peter Eustace and Geoff Hurst. Three days earlier Tommy Taylor had signed from Leyton Orient and made his Hammers debut against the Lillywhites in this historic match.



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The team departed for New York in May 1963 to participate in the American International Soccer League. The Hammers competed in Section I, and did not start well as after drawing 3-3 with Kilmarnock they then lost 4-2 to the Italian side Mantova. Bobby Moore and Johnny Byrne had been with the England party and after joining up with the squad the performances got better.

Geoff Hurst scored twice in a 3-1 win against the Mexican team Deportivo Oro. Hurst followed this up with a hat trick in another 3-1 victory over Valenciennes from France.

The squad then travelled to Detroit where Hurst and Peters scored in a 2-0 victory over West German side Preussen Munster. The final group match proved to be a rough affair with the Brazilian team Recife. Johnny Byrne scored the Hammers goal in a 1-1 draw which saw West Ham finish top of their Section and qualify for a two legged play-off with UDA Gornik from Poland.

The first leg ended 1-1 with a goal from Johnny Byrne. In the second leg Geoff Hurst put the Hammers ahead scoring his 9th goal of the tournament. After the interval Gornik had two goals disallowed for offside which upset the Polish supporters who invaded the pitch and attacked referee Jim McLean. It took half an hour to restore order but the referee was not able to resume and a linesman took over. The rest of the game was without incident and the Hammers held on to win 1-0.


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Club legend Billy Bonds holds the appearance record, the two-time FA Cup-winning captain and promotion-winning manager chalked up 799 games between August 1967 and April 1988. He is followed by Frank Lampard Senior (670), Bobby Moore (647), Sir Trevor Brooking (643), Alvin Martin (596) and Jimmy Ruffell (548).


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West Ham were now qualified to play Dukla Prague in the Challenge Cup Final.

The first leg was played in Chicago where they narrowly lost 1-0. In the second leg Tony Scott gave the Hammers the lead but an equaliser from Dukla saw the game end 1-1 with the Czech side winning the trophy on aggregate.

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West Ham United have had eight first-team matches abandoned in their history.


The first was on 22 December 1900, when a Southern League First Division fixture with local rivals Millwall Athletic at the Memorial Grounds was called-off due to fog with 20 minutes remaining and West Ham losing 2-0. The match was replayed on 21 March 1901 and the Hammers won 1-0!


The following season, on 2 September 1901, fading light caused the Irons’ first-ever meeting with Wellingborough Town to be abandoned with the score level at 1-1. Four weeks later, the two teams met again at the Memorial Grounds, and the Irons scored a 4-2 victory!


It was not until December 1936 that West Ham had another match abandoned. This time fog caused the Second Division fixture with Aston Villa at the Boleyn Ground to be called-off with the hosts leading 2-0. They won the rearranged game 2-1!


Five League matches have been abandoned since the Second World War.


The first was on 27 November 1948, when poor weather caused Grimsby Town’s visit to be halted on 50 minutes with the Mariners leading 2-1. The game was rearranged for 12 February 1949, when Bill Robinson scored the only goal in a 1-0 West Ham win!


Four years later, on 29 March 1952, snow saw the Second Division fixture at Brentford called-off at half-time with the teams drawing 1-1 – the same way the rearranged match ended.



















West Ham were less fortunate when the home Second Division meeting with Stoke City was abandoned due to fog seven minutes from the end on 2 January 1954. The hosts were leading 4-1 at the time, but the rearranged game, played in April, ended 2-2.


A freezing December 1965 saw a succession of matches postponed. The First Division fixture at Aston Villa two days after Christmas did kick-off, only to be abandoned after 30 minutes. West Ham won the rearranged match 2-1 the following February.


Most recently, the Premier League with Crystal Palace was called-off after the Boleyn Ground floodlights failed on 3 November 1997, moments after Frank Lampard had equalised to make the score 2-2. The match was replayed 26 days later and John Hartson scored both goals in a 2-1 West Ham win!

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West Ham United were one of dozens of English and Italian clubs who competed with and against one another in two now-defunct competitions at the end of the previous century.


Set up in 1969, the Anglo-Italian League Cup was a short-lived two-legged ‘final’ which pitted the English League Cup or FA Cup winner against the Coppa Italia holders. It was held five times between 1969 and 1976, with FA Cup winners West Ham taking on Coppa Italia winners Fiorentina in the 1975 edition. The Italians won both legs 1-0.

The Anglo-Italian Cup was introduced in 1970 to help boost players’ wages during a summer close-season extended by the FIFA World Cup finals. Swindon Town won the inaugural tournament, defeating Napoli in the final.


The tournament was halted in 1973, reintroduced for semi-professional clubs in 1976, renamed the Alitalia Challenge Cup in 1978, the Talbot Challenge Cup in 1981 and the Gigi Peronace Memorial, in honour of the man who organised the tournament, in 1982.


After being discontinued in 1986, the Anglo-Italian Cup returned in 1992 with all 24 second-tier English teams and eight Italian Serie B clubs taking part. West Ham qualified from their three-team group by virtue of a coin toss ahead of Bristol Rovers to reach the international stage.


Billy Bonds’ Hammers lost 2-0 in Cremonese before defeating Reggiana 2-0 and Cosenza 1-0, only for a goalless draw with Pisa at the Boleyn Ground to see them eliminated behind eventual winners Derby County.

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Current player Mark Noble has crept into the top ten since these notes were written


It was during the late 1940s and 1950s, under the management of Charlie Paynter and Ted Fenton, that West Ham United’s now world-famous Academy of Football came into being.


Fenton, in particular, was recognised as a forward-thinking coach, as evidenced in his 1960 book ‘At home with the Hammers’, which described his philosophies around identifying, recruiting and developing players.


Fenton was assisted by his chief scout Wally St Pier and his network of scouts, who discovered a long succession of promising local youngsters, dozens of whom went on to play first-team football in Claret and Blue.


In addition, senior players like Malcolm Allison, John Bond, Dave Sexton and Frank O’Farrell were committed to coaching and, after Fenton organised a deal for his players to visit Cassettari’s Café on Barking Road, just a short distance from the Boleyn Ground, they and others would spend endless hours discussing tactics and mentoring their younger teammates.


The nuclei of West Ham’s 1964 FA Cup and 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup-winning teams came through the ranks, including Ronnie Boyce, John Sissons and, of course, England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning trio of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.


Over the following decades, latterly under the leadership of long-serving Academy Director Tony Carr, the Academy continued to produce the goods, including Sir Trevor Brooking, Frank Lampard Senior, Clyde Best, Tony Cottee, England’s first black captain Paul Ince, Frank Lampard Junior, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Anton Ferdinand, James Tomkins, Jack Collison and current captain Mark Noble and Hammer of the Year Declan Rice.

Five players with the surname Allen have appeared for West Ham United, including three members of the same famous footballing family.


Midfielder Paul graduated from the Academy of Football in 1980 – the same year he became the youngest player to win the FA Cup (pictured).


His cousin Martin, three years his junior, joined from Queens Park Rangers in 1984 and spent a single season playing alongside Paul before the latter joined another cousin, Clive, at Tottenham Hotspur. Clive himself became the third member of the family to join West Ham, in 1992, and spent two seasons in Claret and Blue.


The other two Allens, by the way, were Tynemouth-born Robert, who made his sole appearance alongside his namesake Percy, a West Ham-born right half, against Birmingham in November 1919.