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Andy Malcolm signed professional forms for West Ham in 1950 and made his debut against Notts County at home in December 1953.  A tough tackling wing half he soon established himself in the side and was ever present when the side won the Second Division championship in 1958.  


He was very popular with the supporters and was the first winner of the Hammer of the Year award in 1958. After 306 appearances for West Ham he left to join Chelsea in 1961.The transfer deal involved a swap with Ron Tindall.  


Andy never settled at Stamford Bridge and after 28 games and following Chelsea’s relegation he left to join Queens Park Rangers in 1962.  He spent three seasons at Loftus Road playing in 94 matches for the Third Division side.  


In 1966 he went to South Africa where he played for Port Elizabeth and Apollen FC. He returned in 1967 to play for Brentwood Town in the Southern League.


After retiring as a player he became a landlord at two public houses in Essex. He then emigrated to South Africa in 1986.


Andy Malcolm died on Boxing Day 2013 aged 80.




West Ham United met the East German team over two legs in March 1966 in the quarter final of the European Cup Winners Cup.


First up was the home leg and a crowd of 30,620 were in attendance at Upton Park. Magdeburg defended in depth and the chances that the Hammers did create were all wasted.


A minute into the second half Geoff Hurst back-headed to Johnny Byrne who hit a shot under the bar to give West Ham the lead.


The Hammers taking a slender one goal advantage to Germany for the second leg.  


There were 35,000 inside the Ernst Grube Stadium as the East German side looked to overcome the deficit.


In the first minute Hirschman hit the post and moments later Sparwasser blasted wide from two yards. After that early let off the Hammers defended well but fell behind in the 78th minute when Walter scored.

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The Iron Curtain crowd was shocked however as a minute later John Sissons scored to put the Hammers ahead on aggregate. The game ended at 1-1 with West Ham progressing to the semi-finals where they were beaten by West German side Borussia Dortmund.


The Memorial Grounds was the home ground of Thames Ironworks from season 1897-98. The club then known as West Ham United continued to play there until 1904 when they moved to the Boleyn Ground.  


The site was situated in Canning Town near to where the West Ham station now stands. The ground was first opened in June 1897 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation.


As well as a football pitch the stadium had a cycle track, a running track, tennis courts and a large outdoor swimming pool. There were 8, 0000 present for the gala day and a full programme of cycle events and walking races took place.


On September 11, 1897 the Ironworks played their first game there when beating Brentford 1-0 with a goal scored by James Reid. The final game at the stadium took place on April 30, 1904 when unfortunately West Ham lost 1-0 to Swindon Town. The site still retains its sporting connection in present times as being the home of East London Rugby Club.  


The giant Czech goalkeeper affectionately known as ‘Ludo’ was very popular in his time at Upton Park. Before coming to England in February 1990 he had spent 12 years playing for Banik Ostrava helping them to win the Czech title.


His outstanding form for the Hammers in the latter part of his intial campaign saw him selected for the Czech international squad in the 1990 World Cup.


In his first full season at Upton Park he kept 22 league clean sheets which helped him win the Hammer of the Year award in 1991. While at West Ham Ludo was capped on 11 occasions. He was ever present from March 1992 until December 1996, a run that was only interrupted due to a suspension after being sent off against Everton.


In 1998, after 373 appearances he left to play for Queens Park Rangers where he joined up with former Hammers Iain Dowie, Keith Rowland and Tim Breacker. Ludo made 65 appearances for the West London side before returning to Upton Park in 2001 as goalkeeping coach. He remained in that capacity until 2010 when he returned to the Czech Republic.


Ludo was a firm favourite with the supporters and his legacy still remains today when the fans chant,


"My name is Ludo Miklosko,

    I come from near Moscow,

         I play in goal for West Ham (West Ham),

              When I walk down the street,

                    Everyone that I meet say,

                         Oi big boy, what’s your name?

                              Myyyyy name is Ludo Miklosko, I come from near Moscow.


Altogether now.....




The intense rivalry between the two clubs dates back to 1899 where both sets of supporters worked for rival shipyards on each side of the River Thames. In those days both shipyards were competing for business which intensified games between the two clubs.


The fans rivalry sometimes transmitted itself to the players on the pitch. Games were often littered with fouls and referees had a hard time in dealing with this. After one such game in 1904, with the Hammers having secured a 3-0 victory the Millwall goalkeeper John Joyce kicked in the dressing room door in anger.  


There was a particular violent game between the two teams in February 1908, West Ham’s captain Frank Piercy made a challenge on Millwall’s Comrie which left the Lions player unconscious. Piercy was duly sent off.


The rivalry deepened in 1926, with an all-out shipyard strike but to the anger of the West Ham shipyard the Millwall dockers carried on working. For the majority of their Football League membership the two clubs were competing in different divisions and did not play each other on many occasions.


However, in May 1972  West Ham’s former player Harry Cripps and then a Millwall legend was granted a Testimonial match against the Hammers at the Den. It was a night of shame, with fighting outside the ground which continued inside the stadium and later spilled over on to the pitch.


The violence was there again in December 1988 when the clubs met in a Second Division fixture in south London. Paul Ince scored the winning goal which caused ugly scenes to erupt around the ground.


The last occasion was a Football League Cup second round tie at Upton Park in August 2009. Street fighting broke out well before the game even started. Inside the Boleyn Ground, with the game evenly posed at 1-1 after 90 minutes. The game went into extra-time, pitch invasions followed each goal as West Ham secured a 3-1 win.



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The majority of supporters of both clubs are decent minded fans and it is hoped that the hooligan minority can be eradicated. There have been many players who have pulled on the shirt for both clubs and these include Paul Allen, Tony Cottee, Roger Cross, Brian Dear, Lucas Neill, Anton Otulakowski, Teddy Sheringham and Stephen Bywater.  


Managers include club legend Billy Bonds (1997-98) and Steve Lomas.

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