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George Foreman joined West Ham United in 1938 playing in 6 league games before the war broke out. The following season he was in the Hammers side that won the War Cup when they beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at Wembley.
From 1940 until 1946 he had a remarkable record. Not only did he play in 228 league and cup games but he scored an amazing 187 goals. There were 11 hat-tricks recorded and on three occasions 4 goals were scored against Tottenham Hotspur, Southend United and Aldershot. That was a feat to be proud of and one many supporters would not have been aware of.
In 1946 he joined Tottenham for one season where he scored 14 goals in 36 league appearances. George Foreman died in 1969 aged 55.
The first game to be played under floodlights at Upton Park was a friendly match against Tottenham on the 16th April 1953. A crowd of around 25,000 saw the Hammers win 2-1 with goals from Tommy Dixon and Jim Barrett.
The West Ham line up for this match was:
Gregory, Wright, Kinsell, Parker, Allison, Bing, Southren, Barrett, Dixon, Andrews, Hooper.
It took a while for floodlights to be installed at other grounds. Fulham did not have floodlights until September 1962 with the last Football League team to have them being Chesterfield who finally switched on their lights in October 1967.
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
The Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year award has been presented since 1947-48 when Stanley Matthews was the first recipient.
West Ham have had two players honoured. These being Bobby Moore in 1964 followed by Scott Parker in 2011.
FATHER AND SON
Robert Lee began his career at Charlton in 1983 before joining Newcastle in 1992. The goalscoring midfielder was capped 21 times by England. It was a shame that he joined West Ham late in his career. After coming to Upton Park in 2003 he played in 19 games before retiring.
Elliot Lee is a prolific goalscorer with the Development squad and made his first team debut in the FA Cup at Manchester United in January 2013.
FIRST EVER MATCH
After changing their name from Thames Ironworks the new West Ham United team entertained Gravesend United in a Southern League game on the 1st September 1900. The Hammers were far too strong for the men from Kent who were beaten 7-0.
Centre forward Billy Grassam scored 4 goals with the other goals coming from James Reid and Fergus Hunt. The new Hammers finished 6th in the league that season.
Representing the club on this auspicious occasion were: Moore, Tranter, Craig, Dove, Raisbeck, McEachrane, Hunt, Grassam, Reid, Kaye, Fenton.
Did You Know ...
The total cost of installing floodlights at the Boleyn Ground was £5,100.
An application for supply of electricity to the new floodlight plyons was made to the London Electricity Board just two weeks before the match took place.
The PFA Young Player of the Year award has been won by West Ham players Mervyn Day in 1975 and Tony Cottee in 1986.
There are now seven instances where a father and son have played for West Ham.
First of these was big Jim Barrett a larger than life character, He made his debut in 1925 and spent 15 seasons with the club playing in a total of 467 games mainly at centre half.
In games he often switched to the attack and in his career he scored 53 goals.
Jim Barrett junior was an inside forward who joined the club in 1949 and went on to make 87 appearances scoring 25 goals. Jim later went to Nottingham Forest and was their top scorer in 1956-57.
Ken Brown senior was a centre half who played from 1952 until 1967 making a total of 455 appearances.
He also played once for England against Northern Ireland in 1959. Ken was in the side that won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners Cup a year later. He then went into management with both Norwich City and Plymouth Argyle.
Ken Brown junior was a full back who first played for Norwich City and Plymouth Argyle when his father was manager.
He joined West Ham in 1991 and in his 6 seasons he played 75 games for the club.
Ken later played for Birmingham City, Millwall and Gillingham before joining Chelmsford City as assistant manager. Currently working with the Youth team at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Bill Lansdowne senior joined the club as a wing half in 1956. He was in the side that won the Second Division Championship in 1958. Bill made a total of 60 appearances before leaving for Eastbourne in 1966. He later returned to Upton Park as coach to the youth and reserve teams.
Billy Lansdowne junior only played in 14 games after making his league debut against Wrexham in 1978. The highlight of his spell with West Ham was when he scored a hat trick against Southend United in the League Cup in 1979. The young striker went to Charlton Athletic in 1981 and later had a spell in Sweden.
Frank Lampard senior was capped twice by England and in 16 seasons he made a total of 663 appearances scoring 22 goals playing as a full back. Frank won FA Cup winning medals in 1975 and 1980. He later became assistant manager at West Ham from 1994 until 2001.
Frank Lampard junior made his league debut in 1996 and went on to play in a total of 186 games playing in midfield. In 2000 he joined Chelsea where he blossomed to become one of the best midfielders in Europe.
He has now made over 650 appearances for the club scoring an incredible 204 goals.
Frank has been a regular in the England side and while being at Chelsea has won many domestic and European honours.
Steve Potts playing as a defender made 399 league appearances after making his debut in 1984. He was a genuine one club man and spent 17 seasons at Upton Park.
He was a model of consistency and was twice named as Hammer of the Year by the fans. He is currently the West Ham United Development team manager.
Daniel Potts made his debut in 2011 playing at left back. A versatile defender he made his international debut for the United States of America at Under-20 level against Fance in May 2011. A year later he represented England at Under-18 level. He is currently a member of the Development squad at Upton Park and looks to emulate has fathers career.
John Moncur was a tough midfield playmaker who began his career at Tottenham in 1987. He later joined Swindon making 58 league appearances before coming to West Ham in 1994. He quickly became a crowd favourite and in 10 seasons he clocked up 175 league appearances. Midfielder George Moncur made his first team debut in August 2012 against Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup. The youngster has been capped by England at under 18 level. After learning his trade with the Academy and Development squads at West Ham he is currently at Colchester United.
The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in English football.
The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the Football Writers' Association, which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England.
The award was instigated at the suggestion of Charles Buchan, a former professional footballer turned journalist and one of the Association's founders.