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William (Billy) Thirlaway was born in Washington, County Durham, on 1st October, 1896. After leaving school he worked for Usworth Colliery near Sunderland. He played football for his company at outside-right.

In 1921, Syd King, the manager of West Ham United, signed Thirlaway. The team at the time included Edward Hufton, Jack Young, Billy Henderson, George Kay, Jack Tresadern, Sid Bishop, Syd Puddefoot, George Carter, Billy Brown, Tommy Hodgson, William Thirlaway, Vic Watson, Billy Williams and Jimmy Ruffell.

Thirlaway made his debut against Bradford Park Avenue on 29th August, 1921. He held his position in the team for the rest of the season and scored two goals 36 cup and league games. Although his scoring record was poor he made a great number of chances for Syd Puddefoot and Vic Watson.

Syd King purchased Dick Richards from Wolves for a fee of £300 in 1922. As a result Thirlaway played in only two league games in the 1922-23 promotion winning season. He also failed to make the 1923 FA Cup Final team.

Thirlaway played his last game for West Ham United against Birmingham City on 3rd November, 1923. The following year he joined South Shields. After eight games for his new club he was transferred to Luton Town. He also had a spell with South (four goals in 29 games).

In 1926 Thirlaway joined Birmingham City. After 22 appearances he moved to Cardiff City in march 1927. He stayed for three years scoring 22 goals in 108 games.

Billy Thirlaway died in 1983.


Sæsonoversigt

En katastrofal start på deres Division 2-kampagne fik West Ham til at vinde kun tre og tabte syv af deres 15 første åbninger.

West Ham led deres to største nederlag for sæsonen i på hinanden følgende udekampe. De tabte for Blackpool 4–1 på mødet den 21. oktober 1922 og en uge senere for Leeds United 3–1. Billy Moore scorede de eneste West Ham-mål i begge kampe.

11. november 1922 så West Ham mod Leeds United hjemme, og det lykkedes dem at holde rent, spillet sluttede 0-0. Dette spil var starten på en 32-spil liga og cup løb, der kun ville se West Ham tabe en gang i deres hjemmekamp mod Manchester United på Boxing Day .

West Hams største sejr for sæsonen kom væk til Leicester City den 15. februar 1923, hvor Hammers sikrede en eftertrykkelig 6–0-sejr. Billy Moore scorede et hattrick , mens de andre mål kom fra Dick Richards, Jimmy Ruffell og Jack Tresadern .

De første frugter af dette lange løb af god form var West Hams tilstedeværelse i deres første store cupfinal. I den første FA Cup- finale nogensinde, der afholdes på det nybyggede Wembley Stadium , menes det, at en kvart million mennesker konvergerede på en grund, der havde kapacitet til halvdelen af ​​det, for at se West Ham spille Bolton Wanderers .

Kampen, der blev kendt som White Horse Final , startede 45 minutter for sent med tusindvis af fans, der stod ved berøringslinjerne. West Ham var 1-0 under inden for seks minutter. Jack Tresadern kom ind i mængden for at hente bolden, og inden han kunne vende tilbage til banen, havde Bolton draget fordel af den numeriske fordel og taget føringen med et hovedstød fra David Jack . Efter en pause i pausen, der havde set spillerne forblive på banen, kom West Hams eneste chance for spillet, da Dick Richards svingede et brysthøjt indlæg fra højre for Vic Watson, der fik sit skud reddet og holdt af Boltons målmand. Dick Pym . Kort efter sikrede Bolton deres sejr med et mål fra John Smith. Der var så mange kroppe, der pressede sig op bag målet, at bolden straks vendte sig ud, og mange havde fejlagtigt troet, at bolden lige havde ramt en stolpe. Alle efterfølgende FA Cup-finaler var all-ticket.

To dage efter cupfinalen lagde West Ham sin skuffelse til side og rejste nordpå for at møde Sheffield onsdag . West Ham fik det, der blev betragtet som en "modig" 2–0-sejr. Dette satte dem tilbage på toppen af ​​Division Two på målforskel, med kun et spil tilbage at spille. West Hams sidste dag 1–0 nederlag for eventuelle mester Notts County var irrelevant, da medkonkurrenter Leicester City faldt ved den sidste forhindring og tabte for Bury .

"Nyheden om Leicesters tab blev signaliseret fra verandaen til direktørens pavillon, mens en hård kamp foregik omkring Notts-målet. Straks kom der en jubel, der svulmede ind i et mægtigt brøl, da det blev taget op af mængden rundt omkring i I øjeblikket blev spillerne forvirrede, og spillet syntes at hænge i spænding, men straks blev tabet af entusiasme tydelig - det var en spændende scene. Et interessant strejf blev tilføjet, da Donald Cock , centrum af Notts County, fandt muligheden på banen for at håndhænde George Kay, West Ham-kaptajnen. " - 'Corinthian', The Daily Graphic

Begge klubber havde sikret oprykning, og West Ham ville dukke op i første division for første gang i deres historie.

Vic Watson sluttede sæsonen som topscorer med 27 mål i liga- og cupkampe. Billy Moore var den eneste tilstedeværende spiller og sluttede sæsonen med 51 optrædener.


1922-23 Football League : Division II

The Hammers began the season with high hopes of achieving promotion to the First Division. With this in mind there were new signings made. Inside-forward Billy Moore came from Sunderland in addition to wingers Dick Richards and Billy Charlton. It was a disastrous start, with West Ham winning just three of their opening 14 matches with Billy Moore scoring twice against Rotherham in a 4–0 victory and Vic Watson doing the same in a 2–0 win against Blackpool. After losing 3–1 at Leeds on 4 November the Hammers went on an amazing run where they only lost one game in 36 league and cup matches. Unlike previous seasons, the team were winning away games. Watson scored a hat-trick at Coventry in a 3–1 victory, Billy Moore scored three at Leicester in a remarkable 6–0 win, then in successive away matches Vic Watson scored six goals in total as Crystal Palace were beaten 5–1 followed by a 5–2 win against Bury.

On the final day of the season West Ham were top of the league on goal difference from Leicester City and Notts County. The Hammers were at home to Notts County, while Leicester played Bury. At the Boleyn Ground it was a tense affair as County scored after seven minutes and held on to win 1–0. There was dejection at Upton Park until the news came through that Leicester had also lost 1–0. Then there were joyous scenes as the supporters celebrated promotion to the First Division.

The FA Cup also brought fame as the Hammers reached the final, which was the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium. In earlier rounds Hull City, Brighton, Plymouth and Southampton were beaten to set up a semi-final against Derby County at Stamford Bridge. Before a crowd of 50,795, Derby were overwhelmed as the Hammers won 5–2 with two goals each from Billy Moore and Billy Brown, and one from Jimmy Ruffell. The FA Cup final with Bolton Wanderers was to become famous for events off the pitch rather than the game itself. Thousands of fans climbed the gates to get in and descended on the pitch. There were chaotic scenes as police and officials tried to control the crowds and clear the area, with the now-legendary ‘white horse’ prominent in the proceedings. The match itself was ruined as a spectacle as on occasions the crowd around the touchline spilled on to the pitch. The Bolton team handled the conditions better, scored after two minutes and eventually won 2–0. In any event it had been an excellent campaign in winning promotion and taking part in the first ever Wembley Cup Final.


1923-24 Football League : First Division

The opening game in the First Division saw the Hammers gain a creditable 0-0 draw at Sunderland. Two days later there were 25,000 inside the Boleyn Ground to see Arsenal beaten 1-0 with a goal from Albert Fletcher. Goals were hard to come by, with only five being scored in the first eleven games. In November Birmingham City were beaten 4-1 at home but this was followed up with a 5–1 defeat at Burnley. The Christmas and New Year period brought three home wins against Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Liverpool.

In the FA Cup Third Division side Aberdare Athletic were the visitors and, with Billy Brown scoring twice, the Welsh side were beaten 5-0. Cup hopes were ended in the next round with a 1-0 replay defeat at Leeds United, which followed a 1–1 draw at home.

The defence were playing well, with full-backs Henderson and Young behind half-backs Bishop, Kay and Cadwell. It was the forwards who were struggling, hence the five draws in the next six games. The season ended with home and away defeats to Manchester City, which resulted in a mid-table position of 13th.

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

2 : Football League First Division

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

CARDIFF CITY : Football League First Division

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

CARDIFF CITY : Football League First Division

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

NUNHEAD : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

7 - 1 (Moore 3, Fletcher 2, Brown, Ruffell)

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

4 - 1 (Brown, Kay, Moore, Richardson)

MILLWALL : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

EDDIE CHAPMAN (1948) Born this day East Ham, London

One time goalscorer and former West Ham United Chief Executive Eddie Chapman was born on this day in 1923. In a career that spanned an astonishing 49 years, Chapman became the third longest serving employee of the club - exceeded only by legends Charlie Paynter and Ernie Gregory. At schoolboy level, Chapman won honours with Ilford and London Boys and was a prolific goalscorer for his school team Loxford, notching 128 goals in the 1935-36 season. The youngster drew the attention of Hammers scouts and joined West Ham in August 1937 as an office junior. He also trained with the ground staff boys on two or three afternoons each week. On the 8 March 1939 he was invited to play in a Reserve friendly against London University at the Boleyn Ground, the match resulted with a 4-0 win for the home side. Prior to the onset of the Second World War he was loaned out to Romford to gain experience, he came back and was blooded in war-time soccer by Charlie Paynter making his unofficial first team debut for the Irons at home in the war-time South ‘A’ Division fixture against Clapton Orient in a 4-1 victory on 22 February 1940. Shortly after signing professional forms for West Ham United in September 1942, he enlisted with the Royal Engineers and was stationed at Chatham. As well as turning out for the Royal Engineers' he guested for Gillingham in the Kent League and also recorded 26 games for the Hammers in the Football League South, scoring 8 goals. With the ending of hostilities, he returned to east London on a full-time basis, both working as an administrator and playing for the reserves. Chapman finally made his senior bow on 13 September 1948, scoring in the Second Division 2-2 home draw with Coventry City. Sadly, he made just six further first team appearances that season. Although a regular for the second-string in the Football Combination, London Mid-Week and Metropolitan League sides over the following seven seasons, an unrelenting back injury forcing him to cut short his playing days. After taking on the mantle of Club Secretary when he retired from playing in 1956, and such was his service to the Hammers he was the recipient of the Football League long-service award in 1978, he added the title of Chief Executive to the club in June 1979. An exceptional servant to West Ham United over 49 years, he retired from club duties in June 1986 and was awarded a testimonial match, one that saw West Ham take on a Terry Venables XI on 9 August 1987.

West Ham United contested their first-ever First Division fixture when they travelled north to Sunderland's Roker Park. The Hammers had finished second to Notts County in the Second Division and reached the FA Cup final the previous season, 1922-23, under manager Syd King. King named ten of his FA Cup final starting XI for the trip to Wearside and was rewarded with a determined performance, a clean sheet for goalkeeper Ted Hufton, and a point from a goalless draw played out in front of 32,000 fans.

The first-ever top flight game at the Boleyn Ground was played when the Hammers hosted London rivals Arsenal. West Ham needed only four years of Division Two Football before rising to join the game's elite for the first time, and they turned up at the Boleyn Ground having drawn 0-0 with Sunderland in the opening fixture of the campaign. Their meeting with Arsenal would go even better as Albert Fletcher notched the only goal of the 90 minutes to give the 25,000 home crowd a happy afternoon. Fletcher would only play another six games for the Club, but will always have his place in the history books as the Hammers' first Division One goalscorer.

The Hammers' entertained Sunderland on Saturday 1st September at Upton Park. It is interesting to note that during this period of English football and for a number of seasons afterwards clubs often played each other on a home and away basis on consecutive Saturdays or over a bank holiday period such as Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Before a crowd of some 25,000 the wear siders inflicted a 0-1 defeat on the Hammers' emphasising the points that consistency in form and strength in depth were needed for continuing success -Sunderland were to finish in third place in the standings at the end of the campaign.

Still finding goals hard to come by, the Irons held Cardiff City to a scoreless draw at the Boleyn Ground, before one of the largest attendances at home that season - some 30,000 fans. The return of Ted Hufton between the posts obviously must have had a steadying effect on his fellow defenders

HARRY HODGES makes his Hammers debut against ARSENAL at Highbury

At Highbury the Gunners notched four goals against Ted Hufton's deputy Tommy Hampson. Harry Hodges, who was deputising for Watson, got his name in the record books by scoring on his debut in the match and had the added distinction -like Albert Fletcher who had done the same feat three matches previously also against The Arsenal - of never scoring again in our colours a similar fate also shared by Fletcher.

TOMMY YEWS makes his Hammers debut against CARDIFF CITY at Ninian Park

The Hammers' made the long trip to Wales for the return fixture against Cardiff. Although Hufton returned to the side his fellow defender Tommy Hodgson was missing from the left-back position and with the forwards failing to score once again Cardiff City recorded a 1-0 victory before 33,000 of their fans.

The Welshmen were to enjoy a highly successful season that year and only lost out on the narrowest of margins in taking the title at the conclusion of the season. Finishing with 57 points, the same as Huddersfield Town, the Welsh team had to settle for the runners-up spot with goal average (60-33 as against 61-34) taking the Trophy to the Northern club for the first time. It was to be the closest that Cardiff City were ever to get to the senior honour in domestic competition although they did gain some consolation three seasons later when they lifted the F.A. Cup after finishing runners-up in 1925.

NORMAN PROCTER makes his Hammers debut against MIDDLESBROUGH at Upton Park

Middlesbrough journeyed south for the first league meeting between the sides. Heavy rain was falling, as the two teams walked out on the pitch, limiting the crowd to 20,000. The Hammers fielded eight of the losing Cup-Final side, against a strong Middlesbrough forward-line, the crowd was anticipating a keen struggle for the two points at stake. Against the run of play, West Ham’s Fletcher evaded a tackle from Maurice Webster and passed the ball to William Brown. The big number 10 beat Jack Clough in the 'Boro' goal after 13 minutes to put the Londoners 1-0 up. On the stroke of half-time a long through-pass by the ‘Boro’ defence sent Tommy Urwin racing down the wing who in turn passed to the unmarked Scottish international Andy Wilson, who calmly took the ball between the advancing backs to beat Edward Hufton in the Hammers’ goal to level matters. Each side deserving a point for their sterling efforts in the muddy conditions.

BERT HAWKINS (1951-1953) Born this day Bristol, Gloucestershire

Hawkins played rugby as a schoolboy, but turned to soccer when serving in the Far East with the Royal Navy. After being de-mobilised, he had three seasons with Bristol Rovers, who were in the Division Three (South), before transferring to local and divisional rivals Bristol City - where he made eight league appearances, In turn, the Robins loaned him to non-league Bath City, with whom he won a Southern League Cup-winners medal. Making his Division Two debut for West Ham United the day after his arrival, in an away match against Hull City at Boothferry Park, Hawkins scored in a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 33,444. By the end of the 1951/52 campaign, he had played another 31 times and netted a further 14 goals, as well as making three appearances in the FA Cup. Only once did Hawkins net a hat-trick - in the home game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 15 December 1951. However, that was far from a bad record for a player who had been plucked from the obscurity of non-league football. Unfortunately, he sustained an injury in a practice match before the start of the 1952/53 season and, by the time he had recovered, the centre-forward spot had been taken over by two Irishmen - firstly Tom Moroney, then Fred Kearns. Interestingly, both had been converted to play up front by then-manager, Ted Fenton, as Moroney had previously been a wing-half and Kearns a full-back. After Kearns was injured in October 1952, Hawkins was recalled and scored on his return to the side in a 3-1 home win against Brentford on the first day of November. Seven days later, he played in the 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers, but when Kearns was fit again for the visit of Swansea Town a week later, Hawkins was dropped. Playing in the reserves, he scored ten goals in 23 Football Combination games that season before moving across London to Queens Park Rangers At Loftus Road, he scored three times in eight appearances, but only remained with them for the one season.

Clough, Freeman, Maitland, Harris, Webster, Slade, Carr J., Birrell, Wilson, Carr G., Urwin.

Jack Tresadem, who had begun his career at Boleyn Ground in the club's Southern League days, returned to the side after injury with George Carter dropping out of the starting line-up. In another finely balanced contest the Hammers edged home via a Billy Brown goal.

These three vital points gained from the Tynesiders helped the Hammers consolidated their position in the top flight and proved their ability in being able to "live" with the more famous names of English football. By the end of the season the "Magpies" had lifted the F.A. Cup after a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa and were laying the foundations that saw lem take the Division One title back home at the end of the 1926-27 season.

West Ham returned to the North-East - this time to Tyneside and St James' Park. Originally formed in 1881, domestic success had eluded Newcastle United for the past fifteen years or so since they won three Division One championships and on F.A. Cup Final trophy in the first decade of the 20th century.

Nevertheless it was still a formidable task for the newly promoted visitors with a patriotic 25.000 attendance cheering the "Magpies" on. George Carter was drafted into the Hammers' defence for his first game of the campaign. With Ted Hufton in goal and full backs Billy Henderson and Jack Young as well as centre-half and captain George Kay the former West Ham Boys team player Carter succeeded in denying the home side any goal scoring opportunities and the Hammers returned home with a creditable scoreless draw.

ALBERT CADWELL makes his Hammers debut against CHELSEA at Stamford Bridge

The third Saturday of the month saw the Hammers' journey to Stamford Bridge for a league encounter with today's visitors Chelsea. A crowd of 51,000 (the highest that was to watch the Hammers home or away during the season) was drawn to the match which was all the more significant as it was the first league meeting between the two London clubs. Stamford Bridge to the Hammers' side of 1923 was not such a formidable venue as many people might have thought it would have been to a newly promoted side. Eight months earlier the Irons had defeated Derby County at the Bridge in an exciting F.A. Cup Semi-Rnal tie by 5-2 with eight of the current team being on duty that day before a similar sized audience. Another defensive shut-out extended West-Ham's unbeaten run to five games although the "Pensioners" themselves also restricted the visitors to a blank score-sheet.

FRANK RICHARDSON makes his Hammers debut against CHELSEA at Upton Park

ALBERT FOAN (1950-1956) Born this day Rotherhithe, London

A Londoner who escaped the attention of the Capital's clubs until Hammers signed him from Norwich City on 28 June 1950. 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.

EDWARD HUFTON and WILLIAM BROWN equal 5th Hammers’ to make there ENGLAND debut

Belgium International Friendly Bosuil Stadion, Antwerp 2-2

The third Saturday of the month saw the Hammers' journey to Stamford Bridge for a league encounter with today's visitors Chelsea. A crowd of 51,000 (the highest that was to watch the Hammers home or away during the season) was drawn to the match which was all the more significant as it was the first league meeting between the two London clubs. Stamford Bridge to the Hammers' side of 1923 was not such a formidable venue as many people might have thought it would have been to a newly promoted side. Eight months earlier the Irons had defeated Derby County at the Bridge in an exciting F.A. Cup Semi-Rnal tie by 5-2 with eight of the current team being on duty that day before a similar sized audience. Another defensive shut-out extended West-Ham's unbeaten run to five games although the "Pensioners" themselves also restricted the visitors to a blank score-sheet.

ERIC PARSONS (1946-1950) Born this day Worthing, Sussex

A winger blessed with blistering pace that earned him the nickname 'The Rabbit', Eric Parsons is most famous for being part of the Chelsea side that won the League championship in 1955. Parsons was spotted while playing for his hometown Boys’ XI against West Ham Boys at the Boleyn Ground in the early 1940s. Following the end of the Second World War, during which he served in Montgomery’s Eight Army, Parsons made his senior Hammers debut against Leicester City in January 1947. Three months later, on 26 April of the same year, Parsons netted netted two goals in a match for the first time as the Hammers defeated Barnsley 4-0 in a Division Two fixture at the Boleyn Ground. After scoring 35 goals in 151 appearances over three-and-a-half seasons with the Hammers, Parsons joined Chelsea in November 1950 for a then club-record fee of £23,000. He would hit even greater heights at Stamford Bridge, netting 37 times in 158 league matches, including eleven a an ever-present in the Blues' title-winning side of 1954-55. After making more than 100 appearances for Brentford, injuries forced Parsons to retire in 1961, when he returned to living his hometown on the south coast.

The visit of Birmingham City to Upton Park two days before "Bonfire Night" culminated in the Hammers' creating fireworks on the pitch and a 4-1 victory which was to prove to be their biggest League success of the season. A crowd of 22,000 saw Billy Brown, Frank Richardson, captain George Kay and Billy Moore share the quartet of goals. For Richardson and Moore it was their first goals of the new campaign and the greatest success they were to achieve as a "striking" partnership.

Frank Richardson deputising for Watson had come to Upton Park from Stoke City earlier that year but in ten appearances for the Irons only scored twice and moved to Swindon Town later on in the season.

For Billy Moore it was an entirely different story as he had moved to Upton Park from Sunderland in 1922 and spent a total of 38 years at the Club as a player, assistant trainer and trainer before his retirement.

TOMMY MORONEY (1947-1953) Born this day Cork, Republic of Ireland

Another member of the considerable Irish contingent assembled at Upton Park in the immediate post-World War Two period. Together with Frank O'Farrell, Moroney was a member of the successful Cork United team of the 1940s, helping them win several League of Ireland titles. A brilliant all-round sportsman, Moroney had also played rugby union for Presentation Brothers College and Cork Constitution, helping the latter to win the Munster Senior Cup three times. He also represented Munster. In May 1947, West Ham manager Charlie Paynter, accompanied by scout Ben Ives, travelled to Ireland to negotiate against keen competition for the transfer of Moroney and Johnny McGowan. Moroney’s chief concern before signing was for the welfare of his widowed mother during his absence, his mother, however, after consultation, felt fully assured, so the amateur Cork United player put pen to paper and signed on 7 May 1947. Made his Hammers debut in a 1-1 draw against Millwall at the Den on the 1 September 1947. Although an established wing-half, he also played in the forward-line occasionally before injury problems began to erode his First Team outings. Moved back to Eire with Evergreen United, later becoming manager of the other major club of his native city - Cork Hibs. Won 12 Eire caps between 1948 and 1953. The last as an Evergreen player against France at Dalymount Park in October 1953.

The Hammers opposed by a much-improved Birmingham team than the side which went under so meekly at Upton Park a week ago. This transformation in the St. Andrew's team was due to Islip, who made his debut in the Birmingham side. He and Bradford made an irresistible combination, which time and again had the stalwart West Ham defence in a tangle. Quite appropriately, these two forwards scored the goals which won Birmingham a sorely needed brace of points. The home side started off in spirited fashion, and, energetically led by Bradford, the Birmingham forwards were livelier than they had been for some time, The visitors took some time to settle down, and Richardson found Cringan a difficult man to beat. Twenty-one minutes from the kick-off Birmingham's perseverance was rewarded by a fine goal. Harvey got away on the right. From his centre Bradford literally flung himself at the ball, which went off his head past Hufton at a terrific rate, Encouraged by this success, the home team returned to the attack in fine style, but Henderson and Young were a powerful pair of backs. West Ham made strenuous efforts to get the equalising goal. First Brown and then Richardson sent in drives which seemed certain to score, but the home defence refused to give way. The Londoners returned to the attack after the resumption, and they were so determined in their assaults that a goal seemed imminent, especially when Moore sent in a rasping shot, which Tremelling only just held. Birmingham, however, would not be denied, and Islip put his side further ahead by converting a delightful pass from Bradford.

Tremelling Ashurst, Womack Daws, Cringan, Barton Harvey, Crosbie, Bradford, Islip, C!ark.

Another away trip on the third weekend in the month took the Hammers' to Turf Moor for their next match. Before a crowd of only 5,000 - the lowest to watch the Hammers' home or away during the whole of the campaign - Burnley inflicted a 1-5 thrashing on their London rivals. It was the biggest defeat sustained by the Irons since they had been beaten by Barnsley (0-7) four years previously in only their second game after winning election to the Second Division. Billy Moore got the Hammers' consolation goal whilst goalkeeper Ted Hufton again received an injury which caused him to miss the return seven days later.

The final Saturday of the month. 24th November, saw Tommy Harnpson deputising for Hufton as he was to do on 27 League occasions that season. Once again a paucity of goals from the forwards meant that a great burden fell on the defence to keep a clean sheet. Fortunately, they held out with some sterling work and the Hammers' gained a certain degree of renewed pride as well as another valuable point with their fifth goalless drawn in 16 matches.

On the first day of December, West Ham United travelled northwards to Burnden Park for a league fixture with Bolton Wanderers. It was the first time that the clubs had met in a League match since their foundations in the previous century. The fact that "The Trotters" had defeated "The Irons" some seven months previously in the now legendary "White Horse Final" at Wembley added an extra dimension to the encounter. Before a crowd of some 20,000 honours and points were shared equally with Billy Brown scoring his fifth goal of the season in a 1-1 draw.

Seven days later, the two teams met again, this time at Upton Park, before an attendance of 28,000 spectators. The Cup holders did just enough coupled with the Hammers' failure to score for the ninth time this season to gain a solitary goal victory.


1923-24 Friendlies

Anything that may have been in the minds of our party as to the manner in which the German people would receive us was quickly dissipated, as right from the opening of our tour in Cologne to the Friburg match there was never any sign of feeling or hostility. Everything passed off without a hitch, and the reception of our party was everywhere most cordial. Very little external poverty was to be seen, but the wages paid are extraordinarily low, the average for both skilled men and labourers being 3s. 4d. per day. Tramwaymen’s wages are down to 18 marks per week.

All our party were greatly struck with the cleanliness of the people, especially the children. A remarkable long programme of sight-seeing had been arranged by the officials of the various Clubs, and although the heat on most of the days was very great, the tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Leaving, Liverpool Street Station at 8:30 pm on May 8th, we boarded the s.s. “St. George at Harwich at 10:00 pm, in company with the Aberdeen F.C., who were travelling to North Germany.

Our party included Messrs. J.W.Y. Cearns, W.J. Cearns, A.C. Davis, G.F. Davis, Frank Pratt, E.S. King, A. Searles, T. Hampson, W. Kaine, J. Young, W. Henderson, J. Hebden, G. Kay, J. Collins, S. Bishop, G. Carter, A. Cadwell, W. Edwards, T. Yews, V. Watson, L. Robinson, J. Campbell, W. Moore, W. Williams, J. Ruffell, and C. Paynter.

After a fine sea passage we arrived at the Hook of Holland at 6:00 am. The usual Customs’ search being finished we settled down in our reserved compartments for a five hours’ journey to Cologne.

Passing through Holland one noticed the care taken with the cattle grazing in the fields, a large proportion being covered with a kind of overcoat. Queries were raised as to why this was done, Robby suggesting that it was to keep the milk hot for coffee, whilst frank Pratt was keen to know who was the tailor.Nothing of note occurred during the remainder of the journey to Cologne, where we arrived at 1:30 pm, being met at the station by officials of the city clubs and Sergt Le Crerer, the football editor of the “Cologne Post,” which is the paper published by the Rhine Army. During the afternoon the shopping centre was visited, but prices were very high, and the rate of exchange was against us.

In the evening our party was invited to the Cavelu Theatre, which is an entirely different concern from anything seen in London, the audience being seated at small tables, where food and drinks are served while the performance is going on. The show was one of the best. There were two English turns on the bill – Walker’s Academy Girls and Miss Elsie Terry.

SATURDAY 10 MAY - COLOGNE CATHEDRAL

The morning was spent in visiting the Cathedral, and we were fortunate in securing as our guide the services of a priest who spoke English well. The erection of this wonderful structure was commenced in the year 1248, and it was not completed until 1880 – over 600 years. The towers are 460ft high, and the length of the building is 400ft. the windows are magnificent works of art. Nearly all of them were removed during the war, placed out of reach of damage, and returned to their positions after hostilities had ceased. Every piece of wood in the choir stalls has been carved by hand, and the general effect is wonderful. The lighting of this portion of the Cathedral is, however, quite modern, over 1,5000 electric lamps having been installed.

THURSDAY 15 MAY: LOOKING AFTER THE TAXES

Some of the party were up early and had a motor tour around the city. Again we found the French soldiers posted with barbed wire fencing at each end of the industrial district. No vehicles were allowed to pass without being searched and materials checked for tax. After breakfast we were taken to Heidelburg, the university town of Germany, and were struck with the large number of students in the streets, and the shapes and colours of the college caps, as well as the large number of lads who, judging by the scars on their faces, had evidently engaged in duelling.

Heidelburg is a beautiful place, built in a valley, the hills rising each side from 1,500ft. to 1,800ft. high, with the river Necker flowing into the Rhine. The town has been the centre of European hopes and ambitions, troubles being recorded as far back as the time of Charlemagne. The castle, the beauty of which can be still seen, was destroyed by the French nearly four hundred years ago.

A walk through the town and along the banks of the river brought us to a ferry. Although the water is always running in one direction, by means of a fixed overhead wire and two large rudders it can proceed quickly without any power in either direction. Crossing by the ferry, we were taken to one of the most ancient hotels known for lunch. This place, which is finely fitted out, was built in the year 1592. In the afternoon we made the ascent of the mountain with more wonderful views of the Rhineland. Returning to Mannheim for dinner, we were later invited to the Apollo Music Hall, and saw an exceedingly good show.

FRIDAY 16 MAY: THE BIRTHPLACE OF MARTIN LUTHER

The weather was still very fine, and we had another stroll through Mannheim, being taken to see the Palace of Schloss, which is claimed to be the largest in Europe, having a frontage to the building alone of 1,800 feet. One particular feature of this town is the enormous number, and the systematic planting of the trees.

Leaving at 11:00 am, we arrived at Frankfurt-on-Maine at 1 pm. Frankfurt, the birthplace of Martin Luther, Goethe, Schiller, and other famous men, is a beautiful place of 500,000 inhabitants. We were welcomed by the officials of the city clubs, and then conducted to the Royal hotel, the manager of which, Mr. Harry Rinehart, was a former East Ham resident, having lived in High Street South for fifteen years. Immediately after lunch we were taken by motor to Staalburg Castle, which was built by the Romans, and is in a splendid state of preservation. The route chosen was via Homburg, a fine watering-place much admired by the late King Edward. Returning to Frankfurt for dinner, the evening was spent in sight-seeing.

We left Gladbach at 1:40 pm, a large number assembling at the hotel to see us off. Arriving at Cologne again, we boarded the electric train for Godesburg, a small village a few miles from the university town of Bonn. We were booked at one of the best hotels on the Rhine, and the magnificent scenery viewed from the windows overlooking the river was enchanting. After dining, some of the party wanted some German beer, but could not find a suitable beerhouse. It appeared rather funny when the principle waiter at the hotel walked through the village street to show us the way to a “pub” and incidentally to show us how to drink!

TUESDAY 13 MAY: “BLACK SOLDIERS IN A BEAUTIFUL CITY”

The weather was glorious. Breakfast over, walks through the town of Bonn were made, and one felt hurt to see black soldiers in such a beautiful city. It is not to be wondered at that the German people feel bitter against the French for their action in stalling the Algerians in a city comparable to Oxford or Cambridge.

Another reason why the German people hate the French in the Rhineland is that the French, in operating the railways, are refusing to accept German money for railway tickets, making travellers get the money changed into francs at a discount office which they operate, charging heavily on each transaction.

Some of our party went to the top of Godesburg Castle ruins (the building was destroyed by the French in the year 1600) and had some fine views of the country. Lunch was taken early, and at 1:30 pm. We boarded a motor launch, and were conveyed to a very nice resort called Konigswinter, which is at the foot of the Drakenfeld Mountain. Going ashore, we were immediately surrounded by men offering carriages, horses and donkeys to take us to the top. These and the mountain railway were patronised by various members of the party.

Arriving at the top we were rewarded by one of the most magnificent sights to be seen almost anywhere. It was gloriously clear, and with field glasses a range of fifty miles could be compassed with the Rhine winding its way north and south. Leaving Konigswinter at 5:30, we followed the banks of the river to Remengen, where we arrived at 8:00 pm. Passing the whole journey of 2½ hours in an express train, admiring the changing panorama of the Rhine on one

side, and the intensive system of vineries formed upon the slopes of the hills for hundreds of miles. Dinner at Remengen was served in the open outside the hotel, and we were informed that, owing to the local industry of wine-making, no beer or mineral waters were to be sold in the town.

In the afternoon we repaired to the British race meeting with more or less success at finding winners. Leaving before the last race we drove through Cologne to the football ground on the other side of the river. Among the spectators were the Commander-in-Chief (General Sir Alex Godley), Sir Hugh Clifford, Mr. J. Piggott (British Commissioner), and a large number of officers.


1922-23 Football League : Division II

The White Horse Final - An estimated 200,000 attend first and last ever pay at the gate Wembley Final, a white horse is needed to clear the playing area of spectators. West Ham United featured in its first major final - and the first FA Cup final to be played at Wembley - on this day in 1923. A goal in each half was to break the hearts the Hammers, who reached the showpiece occasion less than a quarter of a century after their formation. The match was the first to be played at the new Empire Stadium, which would soon become better known as Wembley, and was such a sought-after ticket in the capital that many more than the 127,000 capacity crowd crammed into the venue. So many supporters had forced their way in that police on horseback were needed to quell the crowds and push them away from the touchlines. Chief among them was PC George Scorey on his horse Billie and his contribution has gone down in English Football history - leading to the new White Horse Bridge at the revamped Wembley being named in his honour. The match had been delayed by 45 minutes but once David Jack struck after just two minutes, West Ham were always chasing the contest and it was the north-west club who lifted the trophy.

JOHNNY CARROLL (1948-1949) Born this day Limerick, Republic of Ireland

One of the lesser-known of the considerable Irish contingent in the immediate post-war period at Upton Park, this centre-forward joined the club at the same time as fellow compatriots Danny McGowan and Fred Kearns. Signed from Limerick, he made his League debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Upton Park in a 2-2 draw on the 30 August 1948. He made another four Second Division appearances in season 1948-49, without managing to get his name on the scoresheet.


JF Sporting Collectibles - Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 1-21

Soccer Stars 1919-1939
JF Sporting Collectibles
1008 cards

The cards measure 65mm x 90mm and have matt fronts. The series title does not feature on the cards and they are unnumbered. I’ve been rather lazy and only included the players surname in the checklist.

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 1
48 cards

1. Yorston (Aberdeen)
2. Milne (Arsenal)
3. Harper (Barnsley)
4. Hubbick (Bolton Wanderers)
5. Westwood (Bolton Wanderers)
6. Cochrane (Bradford City)
7. McKenzie (Brentford)
8. Bourton (Bristol City)
9. Hart (Bury)
10. Collins (Cardiff City)
11. Common (Chester)
12. Hall (Grimsby Town)
13. Hinchcliffe (Grimsby Town)
14. Hodgson (Grimsby Town)
15. Hayes (Huddersfield Town)
16. O'Callaghan (Leicester City)
17. Stubbs (Leicester City)
18. Hanson (Liverpool)
19. Howe (Liverpool)
20. Freeman (Manchester City)
21. Milsom (Manchester City)
22. Nielson (Manchester City)
23. Baird (Manchester United)
24. Boyd (Manchester United)
25. Breen (Manchester United)
26. Brown (Manchester United)
27. Hullett (Manchester United)
28. Warner (Manchester United)
29. Wrigglesworth (Manchester United)
30. Scrimshaw (Middlesbrough)
31. Richardson (Millwall)
32. Walsh (Millwall)
33. McGillivray (Motherwell)
34. Stewart (Motherwell)
35. Birkett (Newcastle United)
36. Craig (Newcastle United)
37. Denmark (Newcastle United)
38. McKennan (Partick Thistle)
39. Mathieson (Queen of the South)
40. Russell (Sheffield Wednesday)
41. Dunne (Southampton)
42. Osman (Southampton)
43. Tomlinson (Southampton)
44. Matthews (Stoke City)
45. Mould (Stoke City)
46. Steele (Stoke City)
47. Turner (Stoke City)
48. Carter (Sunderland)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 2
48 cards

1. Simpson (Aldershot)
2. Waring (Aston Villa)
3. Beattie (Birmingham City)
4. Chivers (Blackburn Rovers)
5. Gorman (Blackburn Rovers)
6. McMahon (Blackpool)
7. Graham (Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic)
8. Millership (Bradford Park Avenue)
9. Davies (Brentford)
10. Darling (Brighton & Hove Albion)
11. Woodruff (Burnley)
12. Nicholson (Cardiff City)
13. Bambrick (Chelsea)
14. Foss (Chelsea)
15. Carroll (Clyde)
16. Hann (Derby County)
17. Bacuzzi (Fulham)
18. Birch (Fulham)
19. Dennison (Fulham)
20. Anderson (Heart of Midlothian)
21. Makinson (Leeds United)
22. Pontin (Lincoln City)
23. Stephenson (Luton Town)
24. Barnes (Manchester City)
25. Bryant (Manchester United)
26. Dougan (Manchester United)
27. Hine (Manchester United)
28. McBain (Manchester United)
29. Page (Manchester United)
30. Porter (Manchester United)
31. Redwood (Manchester United)
32. Vose (Manchester United)
33. Burkitt (Millwall)
34. McLeod (Millwall)
35. Vinall (Norwich City)
36. Campbell (Partick Thistle)
37. Calderwood (Partick Thistle)
38. Ridyard (Queens Park Rangers)
39. Holmes (Reading)
40. Wallbanks (Reading)
41. Gee (Stockport County)
42. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City)
43. Peppitt (Stoke City)
44. Allan (Sunderland)
45. Evans (Tottenham Hotspur)
46. Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers)
47. Cockroft (West Ham United)
48. Cullis (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 3
48 cards

1. James (Arsenal)
2. Howarth (Bolton Wanderers)
3. Tennant (Bolton Wanderers)
4. Johnson (Burnley)
5. Gale (Bury)
6. Cringan (Glasgow Celtic)
7. Gilchrist (Glasgow Celtic)
8. McStay (Glasgow Celtic)
9. Hall (Chester)
10. Alderson (Darlington)
11. Gray (Exeter City)
12. Kinghorn (Liverpool)
13. Busby (Manchester City)
14. Herd (Manchester City)
15. Barson (Manchester United)
16. Goldthorpe (Manchester United)
17. Hilditch (Manchester United)
18. Lockhead (Manchester United)
19. Mann (Manchester United)
20. Mew (Manchester United)
21. Moore (Manchester United)
22. Partridge (Manchester United)
23. Rawlings (Manchester United)
24. Smith (Manchester United)
25. Carr (Middlesbrough)
26. Davidson (Middlesbrough)
27. Elliott (Middlesbrough)
28. Fox (Middlesbrough)
29. Marshall (Middlesbrough)
30. Pender (Middlesbrough)
31. Williamson (Middlesbrough)
32. Wilson (Middlesbrough)
33. Reid (New Brighton)
34. Gallacher (Newcastle United)
35. Hudspeth (Newcastle United)
36. Maitland (Newcastle United)
37. Seymour (Newcastle United)
38. Spencer (Newcastle United)
39. Harris (Partick Thistle)
40. McColl (Partick Thistle)
41. Grant (Queens Park)
42. Wilson (Southampton)
43. Johnson (Stoke City)
44. Lowrie (Swansea Town)
45. Grimsdell (Tottenham Hotspur)
46. Lindsay (Tottenham Hotspur)
47. Seed (Tottenham Hotspur)
48. Jones (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 4
48 cards

1. Martin (Aberdare Athletic)
2. Walsh (Aberdare Athletic)
3. Walton (Accrington Stanley)
4. Hawksworth (Blackburn Rovers)
5. Barrass (Blackpool)
6. Jenkins (Brighton & Hove Albion)
7. Little (Brighton & Hove Albion)
8. Keating (Cardiff City)
9. Walters (Clapton Orient)
10. Napier (Derby County)
11. Fell (Durham)
12. Stevenson (Everton)
13. Black (Leicester City)
14. Brown (Leicester City)
15. Chandler (Leicester City)
16. Duncan (Leicester City)
17. Hine (Leicester City)
18. Lovatt (Leicester City)
19. McLaren (Leicester City)
20. Lacey (Liverpool)
21. Shears (Liverpool)
22. MacDonald (Manchester United)
23. Myerscough (Manchester United)
24. Brook (Manchester City)
25. Gilhespy (Mansfield Town)
26. Harley (Millwall)
27. Rawlings (Millwall)
28. R. Smith (Millwall)
29. Reid (New Brighton)
30. Whewell (New Brighton)
31. Webb (Newport County)
32. Worrall (Oldham Athletic)
33. Hair (Partick Thistle)
34. McMullan (Partick Thistle)
35. Parker (Portsmouth)
36. Roscoe (Rotherham United)
37. Cattlin (Sheffield Wednesday)
38. Leach (Sheffield Wednesday)
39. Ridley (South Shields)
40. Archibald (Stoke City)
41. Spencer (Stoke City)
42. Hartill (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
43. Hetherington (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
44. Phillips (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
45. Shaw (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
46. Taylor (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
47. Barnes (York City)
48. Laycock (York City)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 5
48 cards

1. Davidson (Arsenal)
2. Drury (Arsenal)
3. Mee (Blackpool)
4. O'Donnell (Blackpool)
5. Howson (Bradford City)
6. Ormston (Bradford City)
7. Poole (Bradford City)
8. Geldard (Bradford Park Avenue)
9. Sharp (Bradford Park Avenue)
10. McCulloch (Brentford)
11. Brown (Burnley)
12. Adamson (Bury)
13. Davies (Bury)
14. Massie (Bury)
15. Harrow (Chelsea)
16. Clarke (Crystal Palace)
17. Robertson (Dundee)
18. Gillick (Everton)
19. Greenhalgh (Everton)
20. Twomey (Leeds United)
21. Carey (Manchester United)
22. Jones (Manchester United)
23. Land (Manchester United)
24. Meehan (Manchester United)
25. Rennox (Manchester United)
26. Rowley (Manchester United)
27. Silcock (Manchester United)
28. Spence (Manchester United)
29. Taylor (Manchester United)
30. Thomas (Manchester United)
31. Wainscoat (Middlesbrough)
32. Sayer (Millwall)
33. Naylor (Newcastle United)
34. Gray (Oldham Athletic)
35. Haines (Portsmouth)
36. McAlinden (Portsmouth)
37. Birch (Queens Park Rangers)
38. Ferguson (Reading)
39. Kane (Reading)
40. Menlove (Sheffield United)
41. Tunstall (Sheffield United)
42. Seed (Sheffield Wednesday)
43. Davies (Stoke City)
44. England (Sunderland)
45. Hinton (Tottenham Hotspur)
46. Barson (Watford)
47. Carlisle (Wigan Borough)
48. Chadwick (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 6
48 cards

1. Cliff Bastin (Arsenal)
2. James (Arsenal)
3. Lambert (Arsenal)
4. Puddefoot (Blackburn Rovers)
5. McClelland (Blackpool)
6. McDonough (Blackpool)
7. Ramsay (Blackpool)
8. Summers (Bradford City)
9. Whitehurst (Bradford City)
10. Cross (Burnley)
11. Hill (Burnley)
12. McLean (Glasgow Celtic)
13. Cheyne (Chelsea)
14. Jackson (Chelsea)
15. Sharp (Crewe Alexandra)
16. Wilkes (Derby County)
17. Dixie Dean (Everton)
18. Ted Sagar (Everton)
19. Hodgson (Leeds United)
20. Bray (Manchester City)
21. Cartman (Manchester United)
22. Hacking (Manchester United)
23. McKay (Manchester United)
24. McLachlan (Manchester United)
25. McLenahan (Manchester United)
26. Vincent (Manchester United)
27. Mays (Merthyr Town)
28. Bruce (Middlesbrough)
29. Peacock (Middlesbrough)
30. McInroy (Newcastle United)
31. Jimmy Nelson (Newcastle United)
32. Wilkinson (Newcastle United)
33. Wood (Newcastle United)
34. McDougall (Partick Thistle)
35. Smithies (Preston North End)
36. Dunne (Sheffield United)
37. McPherson (Sheffield United)
38. Allen (Sheffield Wednesday)
39. Ernie Blenkinsop (Sheffield Wednesday)
40. Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday)
41. Cowper (Southampton)
42. Meston (Southampton)
43. Critchley (Stockport County)
44. Lynas (Sunderland)
45. McPherson (Swansea Town)
46. Cookson (West Bromwich Albion)
47. Lumberg (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. McIntosh (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 7
48 cards

1. Knowles (Ashington)
2. Bedford (Blackpool)
3. Grant (Blackpool)
4. Leaver (Blackpool)
5. Tremmeling (Blackpool)
6. Tufnell (Blackpool)
7. White (Blackpool)
8. Hallows (Bradford City)
9. Rigby (Bradford City)
10. Matthews (Bradford Park Avenue)
11. Eastham (Brentford)
12. Mooney (Brighton & Have Albion)
13. Gallacher (Bristol City)
14. Toll (Burnley)
15. Delaney (Glasgow Celtic)
16. Ball (Manchester United)
17. Bennion (Manchester United)
18. Dewar (Manchester United)
19. Grimwood (Manchester United)
20. Hannaford (Manchester United)
21. John (Manchester United)
22. McPherson (Manchester United)
23. Whalley (Manchester United)
24. Cock (Millwall)
25. Graham (Millwall)
26. Hill (Millwall)
27. Turnbull (Millwall)
28. Wilson (Millwall)
29. Wood (Millwall)
30. Yardley (Millwall)
31. Ferrier (Motherwell)
32. Burditt (Norwich City)
33. Bassindale (Norwich City)
34. Hargreaves (Norwich City)
35. Barclay (Sheffield United)
36. Hall (Sheffield United)
37. King (Sheffield United)
38. Oswald (Sheffield United)
39. Sampy (Sheffield United)
40. Thorpe (Sheffield United)
41. Malloch (Sheffield Wednesday)
42. Watson (Southampton)
43. Broad (Stoke City)
44. Perry (Thames Association)
45. Ashall (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
46. Maguire (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
47. Scott (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. Wharton (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 8
48 cards

1. Bradford (Birmingham)
2. Williams (Blackpool)
3. Calladine (Blackburn Rovers)
4. Keating (Blackburn Rovers)
5. Sewell (Blackburn Rovers)
6. Howarth (Bolton Wanderers)
7. Pym (Bolton Wanderers)
8. Kirkpatrick (Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic)
9. Cookson (Bradford Park Avenue)
10. Turnbull (Bradford Park Avenue)
11. Williams (Bristol City)
12. Batten (Clapton Orient)
13. Rouse (Crewe Alexandra)
14. Waugh (Darlington)
15. Kerr (Everton)
16. Dixon (Halifax Town)
17. Taylor (Huddersfield Town)
18. Dale (Manchester United)
19. Lievesley (Manchester United)
20. Mann (Manchester United)
21. Billy Meredith (Manchester United)
22. Pape (Manchester United)
23. Pearson (Manchester United)
24. Radford (Manchester United)
25. Toms (Manchester United)
26. Davies (Mansfield Town)
27. Staniforth (Mansfield Town)
28. Clough (Middlesbrough)
29. Hasson (Millwall)
30. Baker (Nelson)
31. Whittier (New Brighton)
32. Taylor (Newport County)
33. Rodger (Northampton Town)
34. Wood (Northampton Town)
35. Haden (Notts County)
36. Kelly (Notts County)
37. Salisbury (Partick Thistle)
38. Oakes (Port Vale)
39. Kellard (Queens Park Rangers)
40. Green (Sheffield United)
41. Pickering (Sheffield United)
42. McIlwaine (Southampton)
43. Mackie (Southampton)
44. Boardman (Stockport County)
45. Sargeant (Stockport County)
46. Murray (Sunderland)
47. Osborne (Tottenham Hotspur)
48. Ivill (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 9
48 cards

1. Weddle (Blackburn Rovers)
2. Finney (Bolton Wanderers)
3. MacDonald (Bradford Park Avenue)
4. Quantrill (Bradford Park Avenue)
5. Hopkins (Brentford)
6. Dickie (Bristol City)
7. Wilcox (Bristol Rovers)
8. Ball (Bury)
9. Crown (Bury)
10. Turner (Bury)
11. Hardy (Cardiff City)
12. Keenor (Cardiff City)
13. McGrory (Glasgow Celtic)
14. McInally (Glasgow Celtic)
15. McStay (Glasgow Celtic)
16. Halliday (Clapton Orient)
17. Hugall (Clapton Orient)
18. Morley (Clapton Orient)
19. Hegan (Corinthians)
20. Nichol (Gillingham)
21. McLukie (Hamilton Academicals)
22. McCloy (Manchester City)
23. Bain (Manchester United)
24. Johnston (Manchester United)
25. Manley (Manchester United)
26. Reid (Manchester United)
27. Ridding (Manchester United)
28. Winterbottom (Manchester United)
29. Camsell (Middlesbrough)
30. Wadsworth (Millwall)
31. Brown (Nottingham Forest)
32. Cherrett (Plymouth Argyle)
33. Davis (Queens Park Rangers)
34. Cunningham (Glasgow Rangers)
35. Morton (Glasgow Rangers)
36. Robson (Reading)
37. Gillespie (Sheffield United)
38. Taylor (Sheffield Wednesday)
39. Allen (Southampton)
40. Keeping (Southampton)
41. Tootle (Southport)
42. Charlton (South Shields)
43. Easton (Swansea Town)
44. Langford (Swansea Town)
45. Preston (Torquay United)
46. Clayton (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
47. Lowton (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. Rogers (Wrexham)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 10
48 cards

1. Barton (Birtmingham)
2 . Crosbie (Birmingham)
3 . McIntyre (Blackburn Rovers)
4 . Rollo (Blackburn Rovers)
5 . Turner (Blackburn Rovers)
6 . Gill (Blackpool)
7 . Haworth (Bolton Wanderers)
8 . Potts (Bradford PA)
9 . Cook (Brighton & Hove Albion)
10 . O'Dowd (Burnley)
11 . Page (Burnley)
12 . Steel (Burnley)
13 . Robbie (Bury)
14 . Cassidy (Cardiff City)
15 . McConnell (Carlisle United)
16 . Whipp (Clapton Orient)
17 . Bower (Corinthians)
18 . Bedford (Derby County)
19 . Chedgzoy (Everton)
20. Barrett (Fulham)
21. Mi tchell (Manchester City)
22. Roberts (Manchester City)
23. Chester (Manchester United)
24. Wilson (Nelson)
25. Hill (Newcastle United)
26. Ashurst (Notts County)
27. Harris (Notts County)
28. Jackson (Partick Thistle)
29. Bourton (Plymouth Argyle)
30. McNeil (Plymouth Argyle)
31. White (Preston North End)
32. Mercer (Sheffield United)
33. Milton (Sheffield United)
34. Glover (Southport)
35. Clunas (Sunderland)
36. Cresswell (Sunderland)
37. Gunson (Sunderland)
38. Halliday (Sunderland)
39. Kelly (Sunderland)
40. McDougall (Sunderland)
41. McInally (Sunderland)
42. Lloyd (Swansea Town)
43. Smith (Tottenham Hotspur)
44. Davies (West Bromwich Albion)
45. Shaw (West Bromwich Albion)
46. Lawson (Wigan Borough)
47. Regan (Wrexham)
48. Robson (Wrexham)

Fosse Postcards

Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 11
48 cards

1. Benyon (Aberdeen)
2. Dorrell (Aston Villa)
3. Meredith (Blackpool)
4. Taylor (Blackpool)
5. Wellock (Blackpool)
6. White (Bradford City)
7. Lawton (Burnley)
8. Longmuir (Glasgow Celtic)
9. Smith (Chelsea)
10. Bowers (Derby County)
11. Elliott (Fulham)
12. Priestley (Grimsby Town)
13. Wall (Hamilton Academicals)
14. Longworth (Liverpool)
15. Scott (Liverpool)
16. Hoten (Luton Town)
17. Hopkin (Manchester United)
18. Griffiths (Middlesbrough)
19. Forward (Newport County)
20. Odell (Northampton Town)
21. Bailey (Oldham Athletic)
22. Crompton (Oldham Athletic)
23. Matthews (Oldham Athletic)
24. Porter (Oldham Athletic)
25. Lyle (Partick Thistle)
26. Gilfillan (Portsmouth)
27. Holdcroft (Preston North End)
28. Harkness (Queens Park)
29. Goodier (Queens Park Rangers)
30. Smith (Reading)
31. Pryde (St Johnstone)
32. Matthews (Sheffield United)
33. Pantling (Sheffield United)
34. Partridge (Sheffield United)
35. Burridge (Sheffield Wednesday)
36. Henderson (Southampton)
37. Walsh (Stockport County)
38. Denmark (Third Lanark)
39. Dewar (Third Lanark)
40. Johnstone (Third Lanark)
41. McInnes (Third Lanark)
42. Muir (Third Lanark)
43. MacDonald (Tottenham Hotspur)
44. Maddison (Tottenham Hotspur)
45. Smith (Tottenham Hotspur)
46. Walters (Tottenham Hotspur)
47. Goulden (West Ham United)
48. Toms (Wrexham)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 12
48 cards

1. Jones (Arsenal)
2. Cope (Barnsley)
3. Cowan (Bradford City)
4. Walters (Bristol Rovers)
5. Mustard (Burnley)
6. Prest (Burnley)
7. Rayner (Burnley)
8. Willingham (Burnley)
9. Chester (Bury)
10. Hearty (Clapton Orient)
11. Heinemann (Clapton Orient)
12. Kelly (Huddersfield Town)
13. B. Smith (Huddersfield Town)
14. Shufflebottom (Ipswich Town)
15. Hart (Leeds United)
16. S. Smith (Leicester City)
17. Ainsworth (Manchester United)
18. Barber (Manchester United)
19. Bissett (Manchester United)
20. Broome (Manchester United)
21. Bullock (Manchester United)
22. Dennis (Manchester United)
23. Ellis (Manchester United)
24. Ferguson (Manchester United)
25. Langford (Manchester United)
26. Ramsden (Manchester United)
27. Birkett (Middlesbrough)
28. Cinliffe (Middlesbrough)
29. Fenton (Middlesbrough)
30. McFarlane (Middlesbrough)
31. McKay (Middlesbrough)
32. McKennan (Middlesbrough)
33. Milne (Middlesbrough)
34. Pease (Middlesbrough)
35. Webster (Middlesbrough)
36. Yorston (Middlesbrough)
37. McCracken (Newcastle United)
38. Hoult (Northampton Town)
39. King (Oldham Athletic)
40. Campbell (Queens Park)
41. Sneddon (Queens Park)
42. Harper (Sheffield Wednesday)
43. Clarke (Third Lanark)
44. Gallacher (Third Lanark)
45. Hay (Third Lanark)
46. McAffrey (Third Lanark)
47. Hunt (Tottenham Hotspur)
48. Glidden (West Bromwich Albion)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 13
48 cards

1. Dennis Compton (Arsenal)
2. Binks (Blackpool)
3. Edge (Blackpool)
4. Finan (Blackpool)
5. J. Jones (Blackpool)
6. Quinn (Blackpool)
7. Wilson (Brentford)
8. Watson (Bradford City)
9. Cosgrove (Bristol Rovers)
10. Pollard (Burnley)
11. Porter (Bury)
12. Stage (Bury)
13. Gallacher (Chelsea)
14. Crilly (Crystal Palace)
15. Hoddinott (Crystal Palace)
16. Keetley (Doncaster Rovers)
17. Howson ( Exeter City)
18. Oliver (Fulham)
19. Duckett (Halifax Town)
20. Horne (Hull City)
21. Swan (Hull City)
22. Reid (Liverpool)
23. Bradbury (Manchester United)
24. Forster (Manchester United)
25. Green (Manchester United)
26. McCrae (Manchester United)
27. Carr (Mansfield Town)
28. Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough)
29. Steele (Millwall)
30. Bremner (Motherwell)
31. Ferguson (Motherwell)
32. Harley (New Brighton)
33. McDonald (New Brighton)
34. Smith (Notts County)
35. Ballantyne (Partick Thistle)
36. McAllister (Partick Thistle)
37. McPhail (Glasgow Rangers)
38. Hughes (Rochdale)
39. Chandler (Sheffield United)
40. Johnson (Sheffield United)
41. Sampy (Sheffield United)
42. De'ath (Sunderland)
43. Halsall (Southport)
44. Sinclair (Southport)
45. Laycock (Swindon Town)
46. Smalley (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
47. Wilson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. Greatrex (Wrexham)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 14
48 cards

1. Doherty (Blackpool)
2. Cooke (Bradford City)
3. Nicholls (Brentford)
4. Armitage (Bristol Rovers)
5. Taylor (Burnley)
6. Keen (Derby County)
7. Joe Mercer (Everton)
8. Wilson (Huddersfield Town)
9. Bell (Hull City)
10. Sproston (Leeds United)
11. Rennie (Luton Town)
12. Swift (Manchester City)
13. McGillvray (Manchester United)
14. Stewart (Manchester United)
15. Jennings (Middlesbrough)
16. Landells (Millwall)
17. Mehaffy (New Brighton)
18. Smedley (New Brighton)
19. Ancell (Newcastle United)
20. Wood (Newport County)
21. Bell (Norwich City)
22. Stocks (Nottingham Forest)
23. Middleton (Oldham Athletic)
24. Wilson (Oldham Athletic)
25. Bowden (Plymouth Argyle)
26. Leslie (Plymouth Argyle)
27. Adlam (Queens Park Rangers)
28. Dixon (Glasgow Rangers)
29. Bailey (Rotherham United)
30. Alderson (Sheffield United)
31. Birks (Sheffield United)
32. Sillett (Southampton)
33. Johnson (Stoke City)
34. Armstrong (Tottenham Hotspur)
35. Dixon (Tottenham Hotspur)
36. Edrich (Tottenham Hotspur)
37. Evans (Tottenham Hotspur)
38. Forster (Tottenham Hotspur)
39. Fulwood (Tottenham Hotspur)
40. Hooper (Tottenham Hotspur)
41. Ward (Tottenham Hotspur)
42. Whatley (Tottenham Hotspur)
43. Lewis (Tranmere Rovers)
44. Finch (West Bromwich Albion)
45. Richardson (West Bromwich Albion)
46. Cooke (Wigan Borough)
47. Marsden (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. Morris (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 15
48 cards

1. Armstrong (Accrington Stanley)
2. Douglas (Blackpool)
3. Neal (Blackpool)
4. Smith (Bolton Wanderers)
5. Smith (Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic)
6. Farr (Bradford Park Avenue)
7. Lane (Brentford)
8. Reid (Brentford)
9. Searle (Clapton Orient)
10. Douglas (Clyde)
11. Walter Robbins (Cardiff City)
12. Dobson (Dunfermline Athletic)
13. Harrison (Leicester city)
14. Halton (Manchester United)
15. Hillam (Manchester United)
16. Parkin (Middlesbrough)
17. J. Smith (Middlesbrough)
18. Blair (Motherwell)
19. Crapnell (Motherwell)
20. Telfer (Motherwell)
21. Boyd (Newcastle United)
22. Russell (Newcastle United)
23. T. Smith (Northampton Town)
24. Nellis (Nottingham Forest)
25. Busby (Partick Thistle)
26. Collins (Partick Thistle)
27. Cummings (Partick Thistle)
28. Husband (Partick Thistle)
29. McMenemy (Partick Thistle)
30. Pinkerton (Partick Thistle)
31. Wylie (Partick Thistle)
32. Smith (Portsmouth)
33. Bertram (Queen of the South)
34. Bremner (Queens Park)
35. Smith (Rochdale)
36. Luke (Sheffield Wednesday)
37. Nibloe (Sheffield Wednesday)
38. Smith (Sheffield Wednesday)
39. Withers (Southampton)
40. Woodhouse (Southampton)
41. Hastings (Sunderland)
42. Scott (Sunderland)
43. McCullouch (Thames Association)
44. Ringrose (Tottenham Hotspur)
45. Crockford (Walsall)
46. Lewis (Watford)
47. Beattie (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. Mitton (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 16
48 cards

1. Wyper (Accrington Stanley)
2. Drury (Arsenal)
3. Male (Arsenal)
4. Moss (Arsenal)
5. Sidey (Arsenal)
6. Waring (Barnsley)
7. McDermott (Bradford City)
8. Peel (Bradford City)
9. Adams (Burnley)
10. Richmond (Burnley)
11. L. Jones (Cardiff City)
12. Brown (Glasgow Celtic)
13. Buchan (Glasgow Celtic)
14. Crum (Glasgow Celtic)
15. Gallagher (Glasgow Celtic)
16. Murphy (Glasgow Celtic)
17. Thomson (Glasgow Celtic)
18. Stevens (Coventry City)
19. Napier (Cowdenbeath)
20. Bestall (Grimsby Town)
21. Butt (Huddersfield Town)
22. Gibson (Manchester United)
23. Griffiths (Manchester United)
24. Mellor (Manchester United)
25. Mitchell (Manchester United)
26. Newton (Manchester United)
27. Richardson (Manchester United)
28. Brown (Middlesbrough)
29. Carr (Middlesbrough)
30. Holmes (Middlesbrough)
31. Ashton (Nottingham Forest)
32. Dexter (Nottingham Forest)
33. McCall (Nottingham Forest)
34. Cooper (Notts County)
35. Dean (Notts County)
36. Baigrie (Partick Thistle)
37. Bain (Partick Thistle)
38. Bulloch (Partick Thistle)
39. Craigie (Partick Thistle)
40. McColl (Partick Thistle)
41. Hagan (Sheffield United)
42. Kitchen (Sheffield United)
43. Prince (Sheffield Wednesday)
44. Fielding (Stockport County)
45. Sale (Stoke City)
46. Bell (Tranmere Rovers)
47. Walker (West Ham United)
48. Scott (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 17
48 cards

1. Maund (Aston Villa)
2. Bokas (Blackpool)
3. Smailes (Bradford City)
4. Johnstone (Bradford Park Avenue)
5. Townsend (Brentford)
6. Anderson (Burnley)
7. Cross (Burnley)
8. Fisher (Burnley)
9. Mosscrop (Burnley)
10. Watson (Burnley)
11. Lyon (Glasgow Celtic)
12. Ferguson (Chelsea)
13. Gibson (Chelsea)
14. Donaldson (Falkirk)
15. Bacuzzi (Fulham)
16. Breedon (Manchester United)
17. Robertson (Manchester United)
18. Rowley (Manchester United)
19. Whalley (Manchester United)
20. Woodhouse (Manchester United)
21. Martin (Middlesbrough)
22. Jinks (Millwall)
23. Rawlings (Millwall)
24. Ogilvie (Motherwell)
25. Ratcliffe (New Brighton)
26. Gordon (Newcastle United)
27. Shankley (Newcastle United)
28. Lochhead (Norwich City)
29. Ramsey (Norwich City)
30. Robinson (Norwich City)
31. Wharton (Norwich City)
32. McFarlane (Partick Thistle)
33. McLennan (Partick Thistle)
34. Neish (Partick Thistle)
35. Pope (Partick Thistle)
36. Smith (Partick Thistle)
37. Sutherland (Partick Thistle)
38. Hill (Plymouth Argyle)
39. Bedford (Sheffield Wednesday)
40. lenkinsop (Sheffield Wednesday)
41. Levick (Sheffield Wednesday)
42. Petrie (Sheffield Wednesday)
43. McGibbon (Southampton)
44. Titmuss (Southampton)
45. Kirton (Stoke City)
46. Soo (Stoke City)
47. Groves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. McAloon (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 18
48 cards

1. Charles Buchan (Arsenal)
2. White (Arsenal)
3. Barson (Aston Villa)
4. Ducat (Aston Villa)
5. Brook (Barnsley)
6. Gittins (Barnsley)
7. Hine (Barnsley)
8. Tufnell (Barnsley)
9. Rollo (Blackburn Rovers)
10. Vizard (Bolton Wanderers)
11. Boocock (Bradford City)
12. Bauchop (Bradford Park Avenue)
13. Dawson (Burnley)
14. Freeman (Burnley)
15. Brittan (Cardiff City)
16. Ferguson (Cardiff City)
17. Harrow (Chelsea)
18. Fazackerly (Everton)
19. Richardson (Hartlepool United)
20. Bullock (Huddersfield Town)
21. Meredith (Manchester City)
22. Halse (Manchester United)
23. Mew (Manchester United)
24. Atkinson (Mansfield Town)
25. Hudspeth (Newcastle United)
26. McKay (Newcastle United)
27. Pease (Northampton Town)
28. Iremonger (Notts County)
29. Keetley (Notts County)
30. Wallace (Oldham Athletic)
31. Atterbury (Plymouth Argyle)
32. Fowler (Plymouth Argyle)
33. McCall (Preston North End)
34. Gough (Sheffield United)
35. Green (Sheffield United)
36. Utley (Sheffield United)
37. Waugh (Sheffield United)
38. Birch (Sheffield Wednesday)
39. Davison (Sheffield Wednesday)
40. Harron (Sheffield Wednesday)
41. Kean (Sheffield Wednesday)
42. Walker (Sheffield Wednesday)
43. Wilkinson (Sheffield Wednesday)
44. Williams (Sheffield Wednesday)
45. Foxall (Southampton)
46. Taylor (Southampton)
47. Walden (Tottenham Hotspur)
48. Thirlaway (West Ham United)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 19
48 cards

1. Dunne (Arsenal)
2. George Swindin (Arsenal)
3. Hampson (Blackpool)
4. Richardson (Blackpool)
5. Geldard (Bolton Wanderers)
6. Goslin (Bolton Wanderers)
7. Lewis (Bradford Park Avenue)
8. Nolan (Bradford Park Avenue)
9. Ward (Bradford Park Avenue)
10. Wesley (Bradford Park Avenue)
11. Mays (Burnley)
12. McLachlan (Cardiff City)
13. Nelson (Cardiff City)
14. Armitage (Charlton Athletic)
15. Stamps (Derby County)
16. Dunn (Everton)
17. McPherson (Everton)
18. Millington (Everton)
19. Sagar (Everton)
20. Hesford (Huddersfield Town)
21. Jackson (Huddersfield Town)
22. Campbell (Leicester City)
23. McClelland (Manchester United)
24. Mutch (Manchester United)
25. Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough)
26. Wilson (Nelson)
27. Landells (Millwall)
28. Lumberg (New Brighton)
29. Swinburne (Newcastle United)
30. McLenahan (Notts County)
31. Hacking (Oldham Athletic)
32. Chatton (Partick Thistle)
33. McSpadyen (Partick Thistle)
34. Dougan (Plymouth Argyle)
35. McIlwaine (Portsmouth)
36. Crawford (Queens Park)
37. Gregg (Sheffield Wednesday)
38. Jones (Stockport County)
39. Smith (Stockport County)
40. John (Stoke City)
41. Foreman (Sunderland)
42. McInroy (Sunderland)
43. Robinson (Sunderland)
44. Brown (Tottenham Hotspur)
45. Felton (Tottenham Hotspur)
46. Gray (Tranmere Rovers)
47. McGee (West Bromwich Albion)
48. Wrigglesworth (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 20
48 cards

1. Taylor (Aberdare Athletic)
2. Walker (Aston Villa)
3. Barton (Birmingham)
4. Blair (Blackpool)
5. Finan (Blackpool)
6. Cairns (Bradford City)
7. Wadsworth (Bristol City)
8. Hardy (Cardiff City)
9. Tadman (Charlton Athletic)
10. Meredith (Chelsea)
11. Wilson (Chelsea)
12. Howieson (Clyde)
13. Blore (Crystal Palace)
14. Farmery (Doncaster Rovers)
15. Underwood (Doncaster Rovers)
16. Stevenson (Everton)
17. Whitlow (Exeter City)
18. McMullen (Manchester City)
19. Camsell (Middlesbrough)
20. Carr (Middlesbrough)
21. Hardwick (Middlesbrough)
22. Martin (Middlesbrough)
23. Dixon (Newcastle United)
24. Evans (Newcastle United)
25. Smailes (Newcastle United)
26. Bell (Nottingham Forest)
27. Chandler (Notts County)
28. Briggs (Plymouth Argyle)
29. Jack (Plymouth Argyle)
30. Bill Shankley (Preston North End)
31. Blair (Sheffield United)
32. Blair (Sheffield Wednesday)
33. Brittleton (Sheffield Wednesday)
34. Burkinshaw (Sheffield Wednesday)
35. Capper (Sheffield Wednesday)
36. Collier (Sheffield Wednesday)
37. Gill (Sheffield Wednesday)
38. Summers (Southampton)
39. Wyper (Southport)
40. Hargreaves (Sunderland)
41. Brain (Tottenham Hotspur)
42. Handley (Tottenham Hotspur)
43. Rance (Tottenham Hotspur)
44. Puddefoot (West Ham United)
45. Wood (West Ham United)
46. Moran (Wigan Borough)
47. Hargreaves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
48. Martin (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Soccer Stars 1919-1939 - Series 21
48 cards

1. Hodgson (Aston Villa)
2. Iverson (Aston Villa)
3. Tate (Aston Villa)
4. Crawford (Blackburn Rovers)
5. Bicknall (Bradford City)
6. Blackham (Bradford Park Avenue)
7. Lloyd (Bradford Park Avenue)
8. McGrath (Bradford Park Avenue)
9. Murfin (Bradford Park Avenue)
10. Sullivan (Bradford Park Avenue)
11. Wright (Bradford Park Avenue)
12. Smith (Brentford)
13. Bradshaw (Bury)
14. Waldron (Crystal Palace)
15. Britton (Everton)
16. White (Everton)
17. Guyan (Exeter City)
18. Tweedy (Grimsby Town)
19. Wilson (Huddersfield Town)
20. Foley (Leeds United)
21. McDougall (Liverpool)
22. McRorie (Liverpool)
23. Ashman (Middlesbrough)
24. Birrell (Middlesbrough)
25. Ferguson (Middlesbrough)
26. Miller (Middlesbrough)-
27. Williams (Middlesbrough)
28. Greenhalgh (New Brighton)
29. Boyd (Newcastle United)
30. Fairhurst (Newcastle United)
31. McKenzie (Newcastle United)
32. McMenemy (Newcastle United)
33. Nelson (Newcastle United)
34. Weaver (Newcastle United)
35. Ormston (Oldham Athletic)
36. Batten (Plymouth Argyle)
37. Bowler (Plymouth Argyle)
38. Hill (Plymouth Argyle)
39. Russell (Plymouth Argyle)
40. Steel (St Johnstone)
41. Felton (Sheffield Wednesday)
42. Hill (Sheffield Wednesday)
43. Kirkwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
44. Whitworth (Sheffield Wednesday)
45. Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday)
46. Rowe (Tottenham Hotspur)
47. Dale (West Bromwich Albion)
48. Morton (West Ham United)


Billy Thirlaway - Billy Thirlaway

William Thirlaway (1 ottobre 1896 - 1983) è stato un calciatore professionista inglese che ha giocato come esterno sinistro . Ha segnato 29 gol in 216 presenze nella Football League .

Thirlaway è nato a Washington , che allora era nella contea di Durham . Ha iniziato la sua carriera nella squadra non appartenente all'Usworth Colliery prima di passare al football americano quando ha firmato per il West Ham United nel 1921. Ha trascorso tre anni al club prima di trasferirsi al Southend United nel 1924. La sua permanenza nel club è stata breve e lui ha continuato a giocare per altri tre club nei due anni successivi, vale a dire Luton Town , South Shields e Birmingham .

Nel marzo 1927 si trasferì al Cardiff City , esordendo in un pareggio per 2-2 con il Sunderland . Thirlaway era entrato a far parte del club durante la stagione in cui avrebbero vinto la FA Cup , ma non è stato in grado di svolgere alcun ruolo nel trionfo poiché aveva fatto un'apparizione nella competizione per il Birmingham prima di unirsi al Cardiff. È stato in grado di giocare nella vittoria del Charity Shield , quando il Cardiff ha battuto il Corinthians 2-1. Lasciò il club alla fine della stagione 1928-1929 e tornò al calcio fuori campionato con i Tunbridge Wells Rangers .


Cardiff City and Christmas Day football.

There was a programme on the BBC last year called “Back in time for Christmas” where a modern day family lived out a “typical” Christmas day from every decade from the forties onwards. My memories of Christmas Day stretch back to the sixties, so I found it very interesting to be reminded of how much it has changed and remained much the same in that time.

Anyway, the reason why I mention it here is that I just remembered something from the programme about the fifties, the decade I was born in, where the father and son went off to watch a football match on Christmas Day afternoon – getting to the ground was easy enough, because public transport was still running on Christmas Day back then.

Now, I was aware that City had played matches on Christmas Day in their days as a Football League club and that their last such game was against West Brom at Ninian Park – I knew that it took place sometime in the mid fifties and that we won 3-2.

So, I thought I’d pass a bit of time researching City’s Christmas Day matches since they were elected to the Football League in 1920/21. Here’s a list of those matches with a few details as well about the next game they played -

December 25 Coventry C A 4-2 W Gill 2, Cashmore, Beare 22,000
December 27 Coventry C H 0-1 L 42,000

On the way to promotion from the Second Division in their first season as a Football League club, City had an odd pair of results as they won away, but then lost at home to the same opposition two days later. The home game was watched by their biggest crowd of the season so far, but it was bettered a month later when they entertained Bristol City and there was another 40,000 gate against Wolves for the last home game of the campaign. One other thing, George Beare who scored in the win at Coventry, also scored for City in victories over Merthyr Town on Christmas Day in 1915 and 1919.

The team that played Wolverhampton Wanderers in the F.A. Cup Semi Final at Old Trafford on 23rd March 1921.
(L-R): George Beare, Billy Grimshaw, Fred Keenor, Bert Smith, Charlie Brittan, Ben Davies, Arthur Cashmore, Albert Barnett, Billy Hardy, Jack Evans, Jimmy Blair.

December 25 Sheffield Utd A 1-1 D Hardy 45,000
December 26 Sheffield Utd H 3-1 W Davies 2, Keenor 50,000

City were top of the league over Christmas in the season where they came as close as they have ever done to winning the League Championship. Again, the same team (this time from 250 miles away!) were played over the holiday period, but this time the games took place on consecutive days, with another impressive crowd (almost double the average for that season) at Ninian Park. Three huge names from City’s history got the four goals against the Blades with Len Davies (the man who missed that title losing penalty of course), getting two of them.

December 25 West Ham Utd A 2-3 L Davies L., Gill 27,000
December 26 West Ham Utd H 2-1 W Davies L., Beadles 31,000

After the previous season’s heartbreak, City were more concerned with a possible relegation than league titles when they took on West Ham – their win on Boxing Day left them in sixteenth position with twenty points, but a better second half to the campaign saw them finish eleventh.

December 25 W.B.A. H 3-2 W Ferguson 2, Davies W. 13,683
December 26 W.B.A. A 0-3 L 35,504

The defeat at the Hawthorns left City in seventeenth position and they ended up one place better off than that, but the thing that takes my eye is that Christmas Day attendance. There were only two gates lower than it in the league all season – perhaps the poor crowd was down to the weather, but it was a season where attendances looked to be a lot lower everywhere with only just over 9,000 watched City’s late season 1-0 defeat at Manchester United!).

December 25 Newcastle Utd A League A 0-5 L 36,250
December 27 Arsenal League H 2-0 W Ferguson, Curtis 25,387

The Christmas Day trouncing at Newcastle of all places was a sixth loss in seven matches for City who would drop as low as twentieth within a week, but a win over the team they were beat in the Cup Final four months later hinted at better things to come. That Arsenal match was the first of only three league appearances for City for Merthyr born left winger Percy Richards.

December 25 Leeds Utd A 0-3 L 20,439

December 26 Leeds Utd H 2-1 W Wake, Thirlaway 12,554

City’s eventual decline to the lower reaches of the Third Division (South) had started now and this was the season where they finished bottom of the First Division having conceded fewer goals than any of their rivals. The win over Leeds was only their second in fourteen matches and the first at Ninian Park in three months – that small crowd was fairly typical for a miserable season, with just 5,738 present for the final home game against Blackburn.

December 25 Bristol C A 0-2 L 17,140
December 26 Bristol C. H 1-1 D Wake 25,244

City mounted a challenge for an immediate return to the top flight that was beginning to fizzle out somewhat when they faced the wurzels in a much more sympathetic pair of Christmas fixtures – they’d end the season in eighth place and that decent crowd was the second biggest of the home campaign (there were less than 6,000 present when City entertained Charlton two days later!).

December 25 Luton T A 1-2 L Keating 11,609

December 26 Luton T H 4-1 W Robbins 2, Keating, McCambridge 13,515

City were finding their first season in the Third Division (South) something of a struggle when they beat Luton (it was their first league win in eight games), they dropped as low as nineteenth, but, largely thanks to the goals of Jim McCambridge, they recovered to finish ninth.

The City side that lost 1-2 to Coventry City on 7th September 1931.
BACK (L-R): Frank Harris, Jack Kneeshaw (assitant trainer), Jock Smith, Len Evans, Fred Stewart (secretary/manager), Bill Roberts, Eddie Jenkins, Billy Hardy, John Galbraith.
FRONT: George Emmerson, Owen McNally, Jim McCambridge, Harry O’Neill, Walter Robbins.

December 25 Coventry C League A 1-4 L Maidment 27,589
December 26 Coventry C. League H 3-3 D Postin, Curtis, Bisby (og) 10,729

What is probably City’s worst ever team were bottom of the Third Division (South) over Christmas and they stayed there until the season’s end – lowest league position, most goals conceded, most defeats and least points means that they were probably even worse than some of those teams from the eighties and nineties!

The City team that lost 1-4 at Coventry City on Christmas Day 1933.
BACK (L-R): Leslie Adlam, Bob Calder, Tom Farquharson, George Russell, Eddie Jenkins, Eli Postin.
FRONT: Eddie Marcroft, Tom Maidment, Leslie Jones, Ernie Curtis, John Duthie, Alex Hutchinson.

December 25 Southend Utd A 1-3 L Everest 8,478
December 26 Southend Utd H 1-1 D Diamond 11,574

City, with Enoch Mort a regular in defence during the first half of the campaign, were still struggling, but not quite as badly as in 33/34 as four straight wins in March enabled them to reach the giddy heights of twentieth position at the end of the season.

December 25 Torquay Utd A 0-1 L 4,582
December 26 Walsall H 2-2 D Walton, Melaniphy 31,954

City had topped the league in the autumn, but were in the middle of a run of one win in fifteen games come Christmas, so it’s hard to imagine where that amazing Boxing Day crowd came from. That said, there were even more at Ninian Park for the visit of Grimsby in the FA Cup a few weeks later and there were other 20,000 plus crowds that season. Irish law student Eugene (Ted) Melaniphy scored his first goal for the club against Walsall after having made his debit for us the previous day, while Charles Turner made the first of only two starts for City on Boxing Day (the other one came in an 8-1 defeat at Luton a couple of months later).

December 25 Mansfield T A 0-3 L 12,114
December 27 Mansfield T H 4-1 W Pugh, Collins, Turner 2 (1 Pen.) 37,726

City were right in the promotion mix when they beat Mansfield in front of a season’s best crowd on Boxing Day (again, attendances were good with 35,000 watching an early season match with Notts County), but a slump in January and February saw them lose momentum to eventually finish tenth – a big improvement on what had gone previously though.

December 25 Leyton Orient A 1-0 W Rees 12,947
December 28 Norwich C. H 6-1 W Richards 3, Rees, Allen, Clarke 36,285

No surprise that the all conquering team of the first post Second World War season was the first to record successive wins in these games. The Norwich thrashing made it fourteen wins in fifteen matches (the other one was drawn) for the side which delivered the club’s first league title as they returned to the Second Division after a gap of eighteen years.

December 25 Brentford A 1-1 D Allen 22,813
December 27 Brentford H 2-0 W Allen, Stevenson 49,236

City were recovering from a start of one win in six and then four straight losses in October when that huge crowd saw them beat Brentford and they maintained their improvement to finish fourth.

Coventry C. H 2-1 W Edwards 2 32,778
December 26 Coventry C. 1-2 L Grant 33,194

Again, an inconsistent autumn cost City dear – the Christmas Day triumph over Coventry was a fourth straight win, lifting us to fifth and we got as high as second at the end of March, before having to settle for a third place finish.

December 25 Swansea T A 1-1 D Tiddy 19,260
December 26 Swansea T H 3-0 W Baker, Grant, Tiddy 46,003

By now a strong Second Division team, a “proper” pair of holiday fixtures left City top of the league, but one win in seven in February/March looked to have cost them, until five wins out of their final six matches saw them finish runners up.

52/53 December 25 Newcastle Utd A 0-3 L 36,143
December 27 Newcastle Utd H 0-0 D 52,202

The Christmas fixtures went from the sublime to the ridiculous as City tried to establish themselves at the higher level. At times it looked like there could be an immediate relegation, but six wins in eight in March/April led to a comfortable twelfth place finish. The Newcastle game saw one of three 50,000 plus attendances at Ninian Park that season.

December 25 W.B.A. H 3-2 W Ford 2, Montgomery 22,845
December 27 W.B.A. 0-1 L 50,885

City were looking comfortable in mid table when the Christmas games were played and things stayed that way until mid March before a run of four points from eleven matches (none of which were won) saw them plummet down the table. It needed a 3-2 win over Wolves in their penultimate match, thanks to two goals from Trevor Ford and a first one ever from Gerry Hitchens, to keep City up.

The team that played Preston North End on 1st September 1954.
BACK (L-R): Charlie Rutter, Roley Williams, John Frowen, Graham Vearnecombe, Mike Tiddy, Billy Baker.
FRONT: Tommy Northcott, Alan Harrington, Alf Sherwood, George Edwards, Wilf Grant.

And that was it, Christmas Day fixtures stopped after that. As to why, that crowd for West Brom’s visit in 1954 was well under half what we were getting for Christmas games only two or three years earlier, so maybe the appetite for Christmas Day football was on the decline? However, further analysis shows that it’s impossible to read too much into how Cardiff felt about football on 25 December, because, invariably, when City played that day, they were away from home.

There are eighteen seasons listed above where City played on Christmas Day, but in only three of them, was the game played in Cardiff. Only in 25/26, 50/51 and 54/55 did City not have to travel on Christmas Day and, only in the middle one of these games (nearly 33,000 against Coventry) does it strike me that there was a crowd that would bear comparison with the attendance there would have been if the match had been played a day later.

The other thing that leaps out at me from those fixtures is that while it’s almost certainly right to say that the modern day footballer needs to be fitter than his predecessors because of the pace of the modern game and the amount of ground a player is expected to cover now, it’s bit rich to hear all of this bleating about congested fixture lists and the lack of a winter break from so many within the game when you compare the Christmas Holiday programme now with what is was back then.

City had to travel to Sheffield, Leeds and Southend one day and play them in Cardiff the next during this time, while the authorities at least did City and Newcastle a “favour” by allowing them a days rest before they played the second part of their daft double header in 52/53 and all of this on the “maximum” wage – which I believe was around £20 before it was done away with in 1961!

A merry Christmas to all readers of this blog.

13 Responses to Cardiff City and Christmas Day football.

I remember some of that 54/55 side.

Graham Vearncombe, Alan Harrington, Alf Sherwood (of course) and though I didn’t see Billy Baker play for Cardiff I did see him play for Ton-Pentre in the Welsh League.

You must be as ancient as me Colin! I remember watching Vearncombe and Harrington play later in the decade as well as Wilf Grant being a ‘trainer’ and George Edwards being a Director. Charlie Rutter also ran a pet stall in the market for many years afterwards. Also interesting to see Enoch Mort still posting on CCMB!
As for the fixtures, Newcastle away on Christmas Day proves there were idiots running football in those days as well.
Have a great Christmas, Paul, Colin and the other regulars on here.

Paul – Thanks for this most illuminating report on Christmases past and for the info on the West Brom game in 󈧺 for I was there.
If I recall the match accurately, the kick off was in the morning, perhaps 11.00.a.m. and I had cycled down from Ely, left my bike as usual in one of the enterprising residents of Broad Street who welcomed cyclists and who charged three old pence for parking. And some thirty minutes after the game, I was home with Mum and Dad ready to tuck into Christmas lunch. Oh happy days!
Thank you for all of your thoughts over the years, and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ( and Championship survival ).

Hi Paul,
I still read your reports on the Cardiff games, but alas when I do try and make a response, the other guys have beaten me to it with the same thoughts on the matches.
This trip down memory lane is great, it has brought back memories when I first started watching Cardiff City as a boy back in the fifties.
That photograph of the team in 1953/54 was great , because I had managed to get the autographs of all those players. How ? Because I lived in 210, Lansdowne Road, next door to George Edwards who was in lodgings, with Mrs Padfield, and he kindly took my autograph book in to be signed by those players. The book has long gone.
Also after a game, I sometimes used to walk home to Canton with Rowley Williams.
Great days in the old First Division at Ninian Park, with crowds sometimes circa 50,000 thousand.
Thanks once again Paul for doing you research and have a good Christmas to you and fellow Supporters.
Best Regards
Geoff

Hi Paul,
Thanks for your in depth views of all City games,
would like to wish you and all City fans a happy Christmas and a better
New Year in life and on the football front,
keep up the good work and thanks again
rhondda blue

Thanks for the replies all and it’s good to hear from you again Geoff. I was hoping that I might get to hear from someone who was at the West Brom match, so thanks BJA for that – I would say it was definitely better to have gone to a game on Christmas Day before dinner, rather than after it!

Thanks Paul for a great year of insight and reviews, and to the many excellent contributors, who make this this wonderful blog what it is

Russell,
You are right “REAL FOOTBALL” comments beats all the other blogs.
Excellent
Geoff

Fascinating stuff, Paul. Especially to me who saw my first City game in 1954.

First…I was struck by that curious police identification parade photo from 1921.
Now assuming that City were not a century ahead of their time, and were not trying to do a “Cookie Coleman Wales” of 2015/16 in deliberately choosing to face the camera in an unorthodox positioning for the photo, can you tell me…was that quite a common thing for the day? I mean, all eleven guys stretched out like that? (Instead of in the usual 6 standing at the back, and 5 on their haunches in the front?)

Second, I was surprised to see from your excellent report that City played their last Christmas Day game as early as 1954…as Christmas Day football was still being played by some Football League clubs as late as 1958 or 1959. I wonder was it the pure lottery of the fixtures computer (strike the word “computer”, for the 1950s !!) that made some clubs still play on a few seasons more, against their will?

I also note that Christmas Day football was being played North of the Border into the 1970s…!! Mind you, HOGMANAY was always the holiday there.

And then we come to the subject of crazy scores at Christmas. The most exhilarating game I ever saw at Ninian*, was the 6-1 victory over Liverpool, on the day after Boxing Day 1957. It is obvious in retrospect, that Liverpool – and especially their Scottish international goalkeeper – had been celebrating Christmas a bit too enthusiastically the previous 2 days, as they were an amazing 5-0 down at half time…!!

And I guess this desire to celebrate the holiday must have been widespread…how else can one explain the crazy Christmas scores? I will end with this, culled from The Guardian”

‘…
On December 26 1963, an amazing 66 goals were scored in the old First Division, leaving some teams wishing there had been a repeat of the previous season’s Big Freeze (which had wiped out nearly all the football between Boxing Day and March). Here are the classifieds:

Blackpool 1-5 Chelsea, Burnley 6-1 Man Utd, Fulham 10-1 Ipswich, Leicester 2-0 Everton, Liverpool 6-1 Stoke, Nottingham Forest 3-3 Sheff Utd, WBA 4-4 Tottenham, Sheff Wed 3-0 Bolton, Wolves 3-3 Aston Villa, West Ham 2-8 Blackburn.

If that wasn’t weird enough, the results two days later – when many of the teams played the “return leg” – beggar belief. West Ham, who had lost 8-2 at home to Blackburn, won 3-1 at Ewood Park. Manchester United, fresh from a 6-1 thrashing at Burnley, turned the tables at Old Trafford with a 5-1 win. And poor Ipswich, who had clearly been on the Christmas Day pop, avenged their 10-1 defeat by Fulham with a 4-2 victory over the Cottagers at Portman Road. Much good the two points did them, mind you: they finished bottom.
…’

* as opposed to the “best” …which will always be the victory over the Spurs “Double” team.

That brings back memories of my first ever football book Dai. I’m guessing I had it on Christmas Day 1964, it was smaller than your normal annual size and had a yellow and black cover. Much of the book was a review of the 63/64 season with stuff on things like the FA Amateur Cup (won by Crook Town that year if I remember rightly) which, in a nod to attitudes that still prevailed at that time, got more coverage than Alan Hardaker’s Football League which was looked down on then and still is today to a degree. Anyway, there was also plenty of photos in there as well and the one which probably made the most impression on me was of the West Ham 2 Blackburn 8 game that had two or three players from either side scrambling about on the floor in a mixture of water and mud the like of which I’d never seen before.
I’ve been doing some looking about and managed to find a couple of pictures from the 2-8 match and Fulham 10 Ipswich 1
http://www.espnfc.com/english-premier-league/23/blog/post/2214921/rewind-to-boxing-day-1963-story-of-66-goals-in-10-matches
The Upton Park pitch is in much better condition in that photo than in the one from my, now long lost, book – I suppose it must have really poured down some time after the one appearing here was taken (I’m sure that must have made all of those hungover West Ham players feel even better!).

Paul – I mentioned to my son about my recollections about the West Brom game and the time of the kick off. He went on e.bay, asked about a programme for this particular game and sure enough, up came a picture of the front of the programme confirming that the kick off was indeed 11.00am. And the cost of the programme, three old pence.
So for 6d ( old money ) I parked my bike and could buy a programme. Anyone have any ideas what that might be in today’s money?

Eight pounds to park a car and three quid for a programme – I think.


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WYTH CYFLWR MOCHYN. II Un wich, a dyma focbyu-Yl1 un bach Yn cin byd yn sydyn At y deth yntau a dynn Yn foda i fyw wed'yn. Yn fwy fc'i cawn yn fuan,&mdashyna rhed I I yfed o'r cafan Yr hwch, hithau, dan rochian, Fyna fwyd o fan i fan. Yn whelpyn wed'yn coda&mdashi fynu Yn fain iawn ei tola A.mbell bryd i gyd a ga, Rhed o olwg-rhaid hela. 1/ Yn y cut acw eto&mdashef erys I'r fonvyn ei fwydo Am ei heinioes mae hono Wedi haf i'w dewhau o. I Y borau daw berwi dwr,&mdasha hogi I'r cigydd y gwaedwr Yn ei st-anc terfyna'i stwr, Yn go afian ei gyflwr. I Wedi aros a'i dori- at y petb, Eto poen sydd ini A'i roi eilwaith i'l' heli, Er si wncud yn bur i hi. I, 0 dan y loft doniol yw-ci waled Yn olwyth digyfryw Yr ham wed'yn rhwym ydyw, Ie'n wir, i borthi'r byw. Ar y t&u aroglu'r ty&mdash'nawr y bydd, Ar y bwrdd yn'mheutliyn Ah dirfawr, dyna'i derfyn&mdash Ah dirfawr, dyna'i derfyn&mdash O'i aberth daeth ymborth dyu. I Swyddffynon. D. Lr.KDIIODXAN DAVIKS.

TY Fi AIR.

Y Fi AIR. (Cydfuddugol yn Eisteddfod Brynaman, 1882.) Mae testyn da genyf, ta beth am y gan, Mae'n destyn dig'rifol gan blant Cymru l&n, Mae rhywbeth yn awynol, myn caib vn y gair, Pe byddem mor bell a phagainaid o'r ffair Mi deimlais fy hun yr awdurdod sv'n nglyn, Ar swyn atyniadol a'i allu effeithiol, ZNres tybiwn fy mod bron yn dair-llath o ddyn. I'r ffair" y cychwynais yn llawen fy hynt, A'm gwaed trwy 'ngwthienau'n ergydio gynt, gynt, Gan gymaint fy awydd am weled yr wvl, gynt, Gan gymaint fy awydd am weled yr wvl, Olympia digrifweh am bob math o hwyl, Mi fentraf fy mhen, gwnaf mi ddaliaf lwy bran, I Na threuliwyd yn Eden ddiwrnod mor llawen, I A dreidiais yn nghwmni Gwenhwyfar Waun-wen, Rhoedd rhai ar geffylau, a rhai ar eu traad» i i KUai fQ¡ m bgchwu x Fel badau am fywyd ymdeithient mor guu, Mewn cotiau'r hen tfasiwn, a'r britches pen-glun A'r merched dinam, mewn hetiau bob-cam, A'u beewnau cwta, a'u golvvg mor 'smala, Y fath banoraina ni welodd Ned iSam. Wei 0 dyna bobl ddaeth fewn efo'r train, Oe'nt amlach na gwybed, yn dduach na brain, 'Roedd bschgvn y gweithiau yu dyfod a'u haur, I dreuiio diwrnod Yll awyr Sirgaer A phobl y dre, bron llanw pob lie, Mor deneu a llafnau sy'n gwnenthur crymanau, Ac ereill mor gamed a bwj- y ne'. Mae'r dref wedi llanw. wel, 0 dyma la, Mae pob un a'i fusnes, a phob un a'i liJe, Rhai'n gwerthu Ül1 yma, ac ereill fan draw Yn ymladd a'u gilydd yn nghanul y baw Ytntfrostiai pob dyn ei nwyddau ei hun, Ac ambell i hogyn yn tyngn fel huctyn, Yr yfai am wudger ag ungwr nos Lun, "Yn wirione' fach anwyl," os credwch fy ngair, 'Dos id codi Twr Babel" duim byd at y ffair Fan j'nia cewch glyw8d v digrif Cheap Jack Ya brawiian ei Seisneg 'run fatii a chonit-back Ac ereill fel cwn gerllaw y Saloon, Y n gvvrando y ffraeo, dan frawd yn cdlywio Ell gilydd i'r pongo, a'r Hall i'r babwn. Ust clywch pwy sydd acw yn gwaeddi mor groch, 'Nawr boys dewch i gynyg yr hen Geilog Coch, Eniilwc'i eich arian yn ddvvbl yn ol. Lawr, lawr, fecligj-n anwyl, na f)'ddwc'n yn ffol" Now, boys, let us try the Billy Fair Play," Oernadau Italian mor fwvu a dallhuan, Dy Jinsro, now gentlemen, put down, that's the way." Ymbranciai y showmen mewn calico gwyn, Mor ystwyth a whalebones, mor sythed a flyn, Dylifai y bobloedd, yn fan ac yn fawr, I weled y rhai'n yn hnmbugan ar lawr Rhai ereill, mwy taer, yn lluciiio eu haur, Wrth ollwng pastynan at beil3.U pibsllau Hen "Sally goes bren" am ddau bishyn tair. Mewn congl fach arall yr oedd Hit my legs," A choflaid o ginger ar amrvw o begs, Yr oedd yno ollwng gan lu o blant ifawd, Rhai'n golhvng i rhywle'i daro ryw frawd, (0. gwir glywais i) i rhyw Bortuguee Afaelyd mewn pastwn a dyrnu'n ddibardwn, A medi'r ffordd cerddai, gan duchaft fel ci Ar heol y farchnad yr oedd, am wn i, Gan mil neu ychwaneg yn llawen a ffá, Rhai yn cytlogi yn nghanol y lluwch, Ac eredl yn gwaeddi, "Hei, dalivvch y fuwch Rhai mewn pangnefeydd yn nadu rhegfeydd, Yn wisgi en hosgo, fel llyffaint Cors Fochno, Mewn cyfog dychrynllyd ar wynt golygfeydd. Y ii," ebai rhocyn 0 berfedd Sir Gair (Yn nghlust ei anwylyd), yw champion y ffair, Aradwn gyfandir mewn wythnos neu lai, A llyfnwn y lleuad fel tywod ein pau Does neb gyda ni a ddaw gyda fi I ddyrnu a cloddio, ac 'rwyf yn gobeithio Mai'r goreu, fel finau, o bawb ydych chwi." Un arall a welais, er dangos ei hawl, A dretiai ei gariad a basnaid o gawl, A d'wedai'n ddifloesgni, Dwy'n hidio ddim byd Am hala dwy geiniog o gariad i gyd, Fy rheswm vaham, ces gynghorgan mam I ienwi ei chylla yn dyun o'r peth rhata', Rhag iddi fy ngado a gwneud gwefl gain." 'Roedd yno faledwyr yn cerdded y dref, Gan ganu'n ddiddiwedd yn oeraidd eu lief, 'Run fath 30'1' cvrn hyrddod wrth Jerico fawr, A dynodd holl gaerau y ddinaa i lawr Ac ambell if and yn chwareu yn grand Rhyw hen oratorio, a'r,ie'ngctyd yn stepo, A Shon Welys Adda mewn crys second hand. Hen wyr a hen wragedd, yn gymysg &'r plant, Fwynhaent o'u calonau ddifyrwch cerdd dant, A myned ar gefen pobo geffyl bach pren Am wibdaith bleserus rhwng daear a nen Ha, h:¡,! 'rol dod lawr, 'roedd rhai'n feddw mawr, Yn methu a chyffro, fel defaid a'r bendro, 'Rol bod yn enjoyo a.m rhyw chwarter awr. 'Roedd llawer i sharper o Lundain yn hoc, Yn pigo llogellau'r cybyddion o'r bron Wel, O dyna wylo bu ami hen lanc, 'Rol colli ei grefydd, ei nefoedd, a'i fane A theimlai rhyw walch ei hunan yn falch, Diolchai yn wresog nad ydoedd gyfoethog. Ac nad ydoedd gymaint a chlerli odyn gakb. Fe ga'dd yr heddgeidwaid ddigonedd oVaith, Yn dystio'r ynidrechu mae llawer i graith Rhwng»muriau'r carchardy ca dd llawer eu cloi Yn ddiogel mewn cyfnon i wneud penau lloi Rhoes fiarwel yn Uwvr i'r ffair gyda'r hwyr, Yn nghwmni Rhianon i garu am noson, Nes teimlais fy nghalou yn toddi fel cwyr. Cwmtwrch. DKWI GLAN TWSCH.

THE CHILDREN'S HOURII

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR COLUMN FOR GIRLS AND BOYS. -o- BY MAGGIE SYMINGTON. Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the. day's occupation, That is known as the Children's Hour. Longfellow. SAVINGS OF CHILDREN&mdashTHE WISE BLACKBIRD WHAT HE WHISPERED INTO MY EAR&mdashLITTLE FOLKS, TAKE WARNING &mdash GETTING INTO A SCHAPE &mdash ORIGIN OF THE PHRASE&mdashBREAD- MAKING&mdashSODA AND SOCK MILK&mdashSEDIMENT AND ALKALIES&mdashA GOOD COOK'S ACQUIREMENTS &mdashDOLLY FORSAKES HER POST&mdashA TOT STABLE &mdashTHE GIFTS Oi" THE BRIDKGROOM&mdashACROSTIC FRIZE AWARD&mdashA CURIOUS PUZZLE. Many curious little bits of experience, and quaint sayings of little children, come to me in the course of my large correspondence through the Hour. I get here and there a glimpse right down into your little hearts, my pets, and many a wise thing I find there some- times. Not long ago I heard of a little girl for whom a great treat, dependent, however, upon the weather, was in store, after watching the leaden skies and downpouring rain for some time, who went to her room and prayed to God to make it fine. Afterwards, when the sun shown forth, she said, I asked God to make it fine, and He has done so but I told Him He might let the wind blow if He liked that would not matter." The following anecdote was sent me by the mother of the httle girl through whom it oc- curred :&mdash Scene.&mdashSchoolroom Grammar lesson. ''Govr:^ Wllinie: y°u must not call the a, definite article everyone calls it a distinguishing adjective now. ° Winnie, demurely and am I to call the Thirty- nine Articles distinguishing adjectives too ?" Quite lately I heard of some little children in whose minds it seems to be impossible to awaken any enthusiasm in the Hour "Mamma always reads it with pleasure," says my informant, the children will hear it read to them, but do not care to read it themselves." At first when I read this I felt very much as Bessie" made Uncle Ray- mond feel then recalling past experiences, I recollected that I had heard of boys who did not like plum-cake (not that I ever remember to have met such an one) &bull of girls indifferent to dolls, aud of seve- ral other marvellous kinds of children. But just then I heard a twittering in my ear. Did you ever hear of the wise blackbird who flies hither and thither collecting scraps of information and dropping them down into people's ears ? I have, many a time and I well remember literally believing the fact when anyone told me that a bird had informed them of this and that. Well, this is what the wise blackbird told me :&mdash "Don't get enthusiastic about the Hour, you say ? ell, that s neither their fault nor yours. Perhaps something I overheard pass between a girl and boy in the garden this morning will ex- plain:- George I tell you there is no such person, Lily. How can you be so stupid as to believe it? She's just nobody but a name. Dont you think I know how people who write in newspapers and magazines are always trying to make believe ? Lily And I say you can't know anything at all about it. I'm sure Aunt Maggie is a real person so there. George But you never saw her, and so you can't be sure. Lily But she's always talking to us with her pen, and I see what she writes. George But you don't see her write it. And couldn't some grim and gruff old editor write it just as well, and say he was Aunt Muggie ? Lily (with tears in her voice) You'll say there's no Uncle Raymond next. Just as that sceptical George began vociferously to prove the nonentity of that personage also, I flew away. Now, I should like to know what you mean to do about It ? The wise blackbird began to scratch his head in a puzzled way. I shared his perplexity. It is a very awkward thing if anybody says you are not you, to prove to them all at once that you are yourself and nobody else. For a little while I felt like the old woman in the nursery rhyme who had been made to doubt her own identity and, over and over in my mind ran her query&mdash If I be I, as I suppose I be, There's a little dog at home that will surely know me. Then I thought I had better tell you, one and all, when you discuss these sort of questions, to be very careful that the wise blackbird is nowhere near. I expect you all know very well the meauing of the phrase. GETTING INTO A SCRAPE. But do you know its supposed origin? There is a game called Golf almost peculiar to Scotland, in which a small, hard, clastic ball is used, and is driven from point to point with a variety of wooden and iron clubs. In the north th3 game is played generally upon downs (or links) near the sea, where there is usually abundance of rabbits. One of the troubles of the golf-player is the little holes the rabbit makes in the swards in its first effort at the burrow. This hole is called a rabbit's scrape, or simply a scrape. When the ball gets into scrape it can hardly be played. The rules of the game include what is allowable to a player when he gets into a scrape. It is, therefore, quite natural to suppose that this phrase originated amongst the golfing societies of the north, and so spread to general use. Now let me see how Dolly gets on with her bread-making: DOLLY MAKES EREAD. I First of all," said Aunty FJo, measure your flour and put it, as you measure it, into one of these paper bags. Now you see the use of them they save extra basins when weighing or measuring your ingredients. Add the salt to the flour. Now take your sifter and sift it into this mixing bowl." Ought the flour to be sifted always, and for I everything?" asked Dolly. Yes, It you want to make sure of your cakes and puddings being nice. If any little scrap of straw, etc., have fallen into the flour, then you are sure of it not going into your cake and, be- sides, sifting makes the flour so much lighter and easir to mix with any liquid. Attention to these little things goes a good way towards making a good cook. Now put your soda into this little cup, and add a little warm (not hot) water. Stir it well to dissolve, then let it settle, and pour off carefully the soda water into the sour milk, leav- ing the sediment in the cup." What is sediment, Aunt Flo ?" The settlings. Some people put the soda itself iiito tbe milk* thsa in all probability s I there will be little lumps of alkali in the cake very unpleasant totheetter." But what is alkali? You do use such hard words,Aunt Flo ?" "Alkali is a salt soda, potash, and ammonia are the principal alkalies. I forgot when I used tba word that I was speaking to a little girl who despised book learning." 1 did not know that it was necessary for a cook to know those sort of things." "A wise and intelligent cook can never be made out of an ignorant girl or woman. She must learn, and above all things it is necessary that she should know something of chemistry. See how your milk is bubbling and foamina Now tumble it into your floor, and mix altogether quickly. Knead it lightly into a dough, turn it out on to your paste board, pass the rolhng pin lightly over it twice, thrice that is thin enough. Now take your knife, dip the blade into the flour bin, pass it across your cake dividing it in half now again across the other way, quarter- ing it. Sprinkle a little Sour on your hot iron plate, then lay the four quarters of your cake on it." "What do you want, Martha?" This to our old servant, who was seen approaching Ear-wig Cottage at this juncture. Please'm, Miss Jo she hev gone out, and Susan Morris she come and say can she speak to you one moment." I'll be down directly. Now, Dolly, take care, the plate is hot, and you must turn your bread about quickly until it is nicely risen, then lower your lamp in your stove, as the heat must be les- sened or your cake" will burn." Having given these particular directions, I fol- lowed Martha. Susan Harris, an old woman in the village, detained me fully ten minutes as I returned to the summer-house I saw Dolly on the far side of the garden giving chase to a butterfly, and a strong odour of burnt bread greeted my nostrils. I hurried forwards the stove lamp had never been turned down, the under side of the cakes was black as a cinder. Dolly appeared in the doorway directly after, and I pointed my finger tragically at the stove. "0, Aunt Flo, I quite forgot," cried the littlemaid coinpunctiousiy, and it was such a lovely butterfly." A cook who forgets her duty, and lets her batch of bread burn, is not one whit better than a sentinel who abandons his post. All our after- noon's work is spoilt." I am so sorry, I'll nsver do so again. But&mdash but&mdashAunt Flo," she added slyly, "King Alfred burned the cakes in the herdsman's hut, and I have learnt something to day, for I know that soda is an alkali." If you are going to quote history to my con- fusion, and turn my own chemistry lessons into the account against me, I have no more to say," I answered laughing. Taking afternoon tea with the mother of little Venus the other day, she asked iro, if I would like to see one of that little maiden's Jhristmas pre- sents, a stable and horses ? Of course I said yes, and therewith she conducted me into anotherroom, where, on a large table which it half covered, stood the most beautiful toy stable and carriage-house you can imagine, fitted up perfectly. Six life-lika miniature horses in separate stalls, a beautiful open carriage, a doll's luggage waggon, a coach- man fully equipped for riding out before the most aristocratic dolls, in top boots, tall hat, gloves, and whip. I must not forget to tell you that Venus, with a little cousen from Italy, were bridesmaids to a mutual Auntie a few weeks ago, and the bridegroom's gift to each was an im- mense wax doll, only a trifle ^smaller than the little girls themselves. One of these wedding-dolls was seated upon an ottoman in the drawing room the other day, and a gentle- man in passing patted it upon the cheek, mistak- ing it, I suppose, for a little girl mistress. What do you say to that ? ACROSTIC PRIZE AWABD. A young laày of eighteen years has sent me the following clever answer to my Christmas acrostic :&mdash I take the firot word to be Cave, for I see By removing a letter 'tis just C A V. lather never smokes now, but rye heard cousin Hannah Say she has known him to smoke a HavannA. The girl a name, I've no doubt, KebecAa would be, By curtailing it surely would end with a C. Among the Scotch islands there's one, I may say, I can sped witu four letters&mdashI, S, L, A. 1 m noi. giving to bettinir, or I'd wager a groat, 1 he anur.a. wanted for this is a StoaT. fo make this word suit here I'll certainly try, Cut the end off a tail, and it leaves T a I. ir *ez?-otiutO I grew very knaggy, ,"p, ba,lf inclined to be cross with Aunt Maggie. Iho not right for a plural, it is proper when At church, after prayers, to answer AmeN. <TI° I is StarS, for they sin as they shine, lhe iiand tnat hath made us is surely divine.' Hurrah cries the schoolboy, for Christmas Vacati ns, When I hope I shall meet all my friends and relations. M. THIRLAWAY, Jan. 1 As seventsen is the limit of age for competitors m tne Hour, l am obliged to seek further for a prize-winner, Ethel (Windermere) also sends a ciever poetical acrosticised answer, but she re- quests to be left out of the competition. The next best answer, correct in every light and beautifully written, is by James Dodger, Temple House, Stewarton, N.B. to him, therefore, I award the prize book. Ella Bsrrill (Stony Strat- ford) and Maggie Templeton (Castle-view) have both solved the acrostic correctly. The following- are incorrect-in one, or more, of the lights :&mdashAlice Burne(Penritb) William Keid (Partick, Giasgow) Maggie Smith (Little Houghton) Clara (Elgin) Winifred Dixon (Humshaagh) Norman McDongill (Penrith) WilliJm ileikle (Galston, Ayr) Barbara Meikie Tim Bobbin (King's Lynn). A very curious puzzle was shown to me the other day, which is sure to amuse some of you. The puzzle really lies in the answer which I will give you, leaving you to find out aud explain how it could be. An ostler was asked to stable twelve horses, each iu a separate stall. Upon proceeding to his task he found that there were only eleven stalls in the stables in the inn yard, therefore, he ha.d to tax his ingenuity in order to accomplish it. Now range the eleven stalls in your own mind and follow him as he proceeds to obey his orders. Here are the stalls&mdash 1 1 ] 2 1 31-4-1 ÇI-6T7TsT9TlõTiiT- To begin with, he. put two horses temporarily into the first stall then he put the 3rd horse into the 2nd stall the 4th into the 3rd, the 5th into the 4th, the 6th into the 5th, the 7th into the 6th, the 8th into the 7th, the 9th into the 8th, the 10th into the 9th, the 11th into the 10th having then one stall left after stabling the 11 horses, he went back to the first stall wherein he had placed two horses, and so managed to stable the 12th horle in stall No. 11. Was he not a clever ostler? I have only space left to acknowledge Mrs Crowder's kind letter of thanks on behalf of her children for the prize books sent (" Fighting the Flames," by R. M. Ballantyne, 5s Carrots," by Mrs Molesworth, 4s and the November and Christmas numbers of Wideawake," 2s), and to thank numerous little people who have been kind enough to send Uncle Raymond and me pretty Christmas and New Year cards, and seasonable good wishes. Maggie Swannell has sent me a contribution to my next Christmas box of toys for the Banstead Home, for which I am much obliged. There is nothing like taking time by the forelock. AUNT MAGGIE. Address all communications to AUNT MAOGIK (Symington), Heacham, Norfolk.

NEWPORT PARLIAMENTARY DEBATING…

NEWPORT PARLIAMENTARY DEBATING SOCIETY. SCENE WITH THE ADVOCATES OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. On Tuesday 'evening a rather unpleasant scene occurred at the meeting of this society. The Tories, who are at present in power, introduced a bill for the purpose of providing for a Royal residence in Ireland. The terms in which this measure was introduced proving very objection- able to the Opposition (the Liberal party), it was opposed by them. The measure being introduced almost without argument, and seconded with less, was spoken against by a member of the Local Par- liament. No one afterwards rising to speak, the Liberals called for a division. The local Speaker having given an opportunity for anyone to rise called upon the proposer of the measure to reply, which he did by declaring he had nothing to say in reply. As the division was about to be taken, a messenger was despatched to another place, where a meeting of supporters of religious education in board schools was being held under the auspices of the Tory party, who, however, failed to beat up the religionists in time to take part in the division. A number of the supporters of the Tory party arrived at the same entrance at which the Liberals were to pass out, where they exercised their religious opinions by preventing the Liberal party from doing so, and at the same time trying to force their way in. This scene became of so unpleasant a nature that, after lasting about ten minutes, the re- spected gentleman who occupied the Speaker's chair called upon the members to resume their seats, which the Liberal party did. The reli- gionists, taking advantage of this, rushed with uproarious noises into the hall, when, after view- ing the position of affairs, the Speaker suggested an adjournment of the house. The leader of the Liberal party rose to move the adjournment, and endeavoured to throw oil on the troubled waters, but without avail, the Tories proving fractious, not seeming to care for the honour of the house. The rules not permitting the adjourn- ment to be moved with debate, the motion had necessarily to be seconded by the Tory leader, and the Liberal party, re- senting the insult offered to them and their leader, rose and left the house en masse, the pro- ceedings coming abruptly to a termination about an hour before the usual time. Unfortunately the matter did not end here. Rumour says that even if the police were not called, the matter may yet figure in the police-court, as blows were given by a member of the religionist party (the Tory Government of the House), the result of which we have not heard. Much excitement was caused outside the building for some time after.

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HE-STARTING 0P mHr OLD AJfejEROARN…

HE-STARTING 0P mHr OLD AJfejEROARN COLLIFli". PUBLIC REJOICINGS AiD PRESENTATION J. On Saturday th9 inhabitants oT Afcari&rr, R.cca, &.10 ihe ic. 'erveui'1g dlcttici held hign hoiu- i.m orca3-ori being of a dual character, n»meiy, the re-opening of the Old Abercam or Prinze ot "Wales Coliiary, which has been closed 8:¡-e tas disastrous explosion of the 11th September. itv. 8, and the visit to ins district of Mr E. H. the popular chairman of the London and South Wrties Cuhiery Company, who was accompanied b' Mrs Watts, to whom he has lately been MARRIED. The day's proceedings commenced at Absriarn, Viiicb had b^en rendered gay with string-courses ol flagc, banners, mottoes, in English aud Wec.h, and t-umphal archea. Of these there were about i Jf-a-tiozen, which spanned the road from R.a to the :rvia:ke:cqu3-re, Abercar:1. The Risca Bard mot Mr and Mrs Watts and other represen- tatives of the newly formed co-ipa^y wn'ch has p^-chased the collier and played them aiong tl'e road to the pit, where, from ai improvised plattorm, speeches of a congratulatory character were mace by Mr Holiana, who handed over the colliery, on behalf ot the Ebbw Vale Company, to the new owners by M T. t. Edv? .ra& by Mr George Jones, who read an addres3 of hearty welcome and by Dr. E. J. Da vies, 'ho presented to Mrs Watts a handsome siiver salver, value £15 15s, which had been sub- seabed by the people of Abercarn, and which contained an inscription that it was presented to commemorate the restarting of the colliery and by the Rev. Mr Jackson and Rev. Mr Probert. Mr Jackson apologised for the absence of the vicar, the Rev. John Griffiths, and read a letter Úon, that gentleman, in which he hailed the restarting of the colliery as a new a.nd advantageous era for the district, and he prayed that the blessing of God might be extended to the undertaking, and wished the new company and all interested in the colliery every success and prosperity. The opening of the colliery would doubtless awaken in many a breast feelings of grief and sorrow, but the remembrance 01 the noble response made by the British public to the appeal on behalf of the sufferers by the late ex- plosion would have a soothing effect upon the minds of the sorrowful. He desired to assure the company that it should be his best endeavour, in co-operation with the other ministers of religion in the district, to promote the moral, social, and spiritual welfare of the people of Abercarn, and he had no doubt the company would do their part in such an all-important matter. Mr WATTS thanked those present for the hearty welcome which had been given to himselr and his wife, and expressed the pleasure he felt at meeting his friends and brethren the colliers, and improved the occasion by saying he hoped one thing would never happen at Abercarn, and that was a strike. With a good feeling between employer and em- ployed he was sure there never would be a neces- sity for a strike. If the workmen had a grievance let them, like rational men, come to the proper quarter and tell it, and he could assure them that if it was well founded he would see it remedied. (Applause.) With regard to the salver they had made Mrs Watts a present of, the thought oc- curred to him that they were honouring one be- fore they knew he deserved it. (" No, no.") He felt that he was'comparatively a stranger amongst them, but he hoped to prove that he was not un- worthy of their kindness, and he looked forward to having a happy time together. The band, which was stationed at the side of the platform, then struck up "The. Wedding March," and the party, which included, besides those in- dicated, Mr Edgar Watts, Mr and Mrs Williams, Mr Henry Watts, Mr Robotham (Ebbw Vale), Mr Jordon, Mr J. R. Penner, Mrs Hedley, Mrs Edwards, and Rev. Mr Watson, then proceeded to the engine-house, which was soon filled to the lofty doorway. Here Mrs Watts moved the lsver by which the pumping engine was started, and soon the huge beam was oscillating, and water was raised from the pit&mdasha result which elicited pro- longed cheers from the hundreds who covered every available inch of ground near the pit's mouth. After a brief inspection of the machinery, which was in very good condition considering the period it has been lying idle, the party adjourned to the Gloch Gobaith, near the Town-ball, and afterwards partook of luncheon at the residence of Mr Phmeas James. It may be interesting to state that the new company, which will assume the name of the Abercarn Coal Company, consists of Mr E. H. Watts (chairman), Sir J. H. Johnson, Mr J. H. Burn, Mr L. Weiss, Mr D. Mackintosh, Mr F. S. Watts, and Mr E. H. Watts, junr. The capital will be £100,000, which will from time to time be spent in new works. The undertone 0: sadness was everywhere manifest on Saturday in the frequent reference to the fatal history of the colliery. It is, however, a satisfaction to know that no interference whatever is intended with the 200 bodies and upwards which still remain in the old workings. The old works consisted ot awicu- ing and pumping shaft at Abercarn, ana a down- cast at Cwmcarn, but communication between hhe two shafts was completely severed by the great explosion. For the present the old .workings will be left untouched, and coal will be worked in a westerly direction under the Penydarren Mountain. Eventually, however, another shaft will* be sunk at Cwmcarn, End another colliery formed there to work the mineral in that direction. It is expected that the yield will be about 1,500 tons per day from each pit. Employment will thus be given to a large number ot men, and to provide accommodation for these, the emotion of 150 additional houses will be com- menced in the vicinity of what is known as the cross roads between Abercarn aud Cross Keys. In the evening there was a crowded audience at che Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cross Keys, -vhere Mr and Mrs Watts were the recipients of u costly Queen Anne silver tea and coffee service, with c-ay to match, value £100, subscribed by the agents and colliers at the Risca Collieries, belonging '0 the London and South Wales Ooilisry Company, of which Mr Waiits is aloO chairman. set of four silver en.,ree dishes, together with an illuminated address, executed by Waterlow ?.nd Sons, of London, v/M also presented on behalf of the in- habitants oi Risca, in commemoration ot Mr Watts'c marriage anc. as a token 01 their esteem for 'nm. Tne tray of the tea and coffee service bore the following inscription:&mdash"Presented to Mr and Mrs E. H. Watts on the occasion of their marriage by the agents ana workmen of the Risca collieries, 4th December, 1882." Captain Wilkin- son, manager of the collieries, occupied the chair, and was supported by Mr and Mrs Watts. Rev. Basil Williams, vicar of Risca, and by othei ladies and gentlemen. The proceedings commenced by Miss Ewennie Wilkinson presenting Mrs Watts with a splendid bouquet in a silver holder, after which Jonah Sage, on behalf or the workmen, made an address. Charles Jones ana Thomas Parsons, two of the oldest workmen at the col- lieries, begged acceptance of the tea and ooffee service, and speeches were then maae by Henry Hurn, chairman of the Work- men's committee, Cornelius Jones, Hezekiah Sage, and William Allsopp, who confessed to having been employed at the colliery for 22 years. heir speeches were highly creditable to them, and probably surprised many strangers present from their fluency, correct pronunciation, digni- fied language, and, most noticeable of all, the undertone of sadness in each voice, which height- ened the effect oi the oratory. Mr WATTS thanked the men for their present, and told them that he was filled with feelings ot envy and regret. He envied the good speeches they were able to make&mdashthey would do honour to .ue House oi Commons&mdash(hear, hear)&mdashand re- gretted that he was such a poor htmd at talking as to be not worthy of following ia their step." If he could command better language, be might be ab:e to tell them more about the feelings cf his heart &mdash how he appreciated the manner in which he had been re- ceived that day, and of their evideui goodwill towarcis him. (Applause.) He also assured them that Mrs Watts, whom he might explain he had known for 25 years, would take 5 eat interest and second his efforts from that da^ foruh &bull in all that concerned the welfare of Risca. (Applause.) She was not only kind to humanity, but kind also to horses. On morethau OL.e occasion in Paris he had seen her go and dig a oig burly man in the ribs because he was beaj- "ng a poor animal and he did not know how those who were unkind to the pit horses umier. ground would rare at her hands if she detected them. (Laughter, and hear, hear.) He should prize the service they had presented to him very hignly in fact, tie thought it would be the hand- somest thing he had in his house, and should hand 1. down as a heirloom, so that his children might say to their visitors and friends, There, that is what my father got for behaving properly to other people." (Applause.) The Rev. LASIL WILLIAMS presented the address and entree Cashes on behalf of the inhabitants of Risca, ana the proceedings, which had been enlivened with the performance of the Risca bana, were brought to a close with the singing of the National Anthem. Atterwards a display of fireworks was made, but the pyrotechnic effects were somewhat marred by unfavourable weather.

SALE OF THE NEWPORT OLD DOCK.

SALE OF THE NEWPORT OLD DOCK. A meeting of the proprietors in the Old Dock was held at the offices on Monday, to consider a proposal. formulated by the directors for the I sale of the concern to Sir George Elliot, and the other proprietors of the Alexandra Dock Com- pany. The directors determined to exclude re- presentatives of the press, and on the question being put to the shareholders, they endorsed the decision come to. Consequently the meeting was held with closed doors. After a lengthy discus- sion, however, it was decided by an overwhelming majority to amalgamate with the Alexandra Dock Company on the following terms :&mdashFirst preference shares, JE40 each second ditto, J314 5s each ordinary shares, £10 each.

WELSH CONGREGATIONAL CHAPELS.

WELSH CONGREGATIONAL CHAPELS. f It is stated on good authority that the £ 100,C03 of debt on Welsh Congregational Chapels will be promptly wiped off, as the result of the jubilee thanksgiving fund.

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GLAMORGAN GENERAL AGRICULTURAL…

GLAMORGAN GENERAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. ANNUAL MEETING. The annual general meeting of the members of this society was held at the Hear Hotel, Cow- briclge, ou Tuesday, Col. Picton Turbervill in the chair. Among those present were Col. Franklen, Mr Tudor Crawsnay, Mr J. B. Jeukins, Mr W. Lleweliyn, Rev. C. R. Knight, Rev. E. Jenkiue, Dr. Lewis, Messrs D. W. Williams, D. Owen, D. T. Alexander, W. V. Huntley, E. Price, John Garsed, H. Ll. Grover, R. Wilmot, Rees Thomas, C. Williams (Eiy), J. Williams (Llansannor), J. Thomas (Cowbridge), Henry Yorath, Evan Yorath, H. Thomas, J. Spencer, W. Jenkins, T. Wiliiams (Giog), M. Williams (Pontypridd), Thomas Thomas (Bear Hotel), A. J. James, W. Lewis, G. E. Tut ton, D. Spencer, jun., R. Perrott, T. Morgan (Llanthony), &c. THK ANNUAL HEPORT. The CHAIRMAN moved the adoption of the an- nual report, which was as follows :&mdash In consequence of the visit of the Bath and West of Kngland Agircultural Society to their county in 1832, and the amalgamation oftneshows of the two societies, their report is necessarily a short ono. When it was notified that the council of the Bath and West of England Society decided to hold their annual show for 18B2 at Cardiff, it was deemed expedient by this society to abandon the holdmg of their show for the year, ami to merge into thttt of the huger society. Communications passed between the two societies, which resulted in the abandonment of a separate show of the Glamor- ganshire Agricultural Society, 011 tile understanding that they should give prizes to be competed for under the allspices of the Bath and West of England Society, aud in return were to obtain privileges as to entrance fees and admissions to the showyard. It was event11- ally agreed to make over to the Hath and West of Eng- land Society the sum of JS198, of which £153 was con- tributed from the funds of this society, and S40 by private suhscription> to form prizes to be competed for under certain conditions, whilst the Bath and West of Jingbind Society granted to the members of the Glamorgan Agricultu!1.1 Society the same privi- leges as regards entrance fees and admission that their own subscribers were entitled to. The combined show took place at Cardiff on the 29tn of May ami four following days. The weather proving very fine. the results were in every respect satisfactory, and the Bath and West of England Society added a handsome sum to their funds. The total receipts for the year It82 were JE455 lis, and the expenditure was S561 10s 4d, showing a credit balance of £ 74 Os Id, which reduces the debt to the treasurer from B259 8s lOd to JS185 5s 9d. The annual subscrip- tions for the year 1881 amounted to JS329 2s 6d, whilst those for 1882 were C557 10s 6u. A con- siderable number of gentlemen had pro- mised to become members for the year now commencing. Your committee regret the loss that has been sustained during the last year by the death of two of the vice-presidents, one of whom was also a patron. Two vacancies are thus caused in the list of vice- presidents, which may be filled up at the next annual meeting. In conclusion, your committee would wish to expreS8 their thanks to the late president, Mr G. T. Clark, oi Dowlais, who, in consequence of the am>tlga., mation with the Bath and West of England Society, has occupied that office for two years, in ootl1 of which he has, with his usual liberality, contributed largely to the prize list. and so added to the success of the society. Thev would also thank their secretary, 111" Huntley, for his able management of everything connected with the society. Colonel FRANKLEN seconded the motion that the report be adopted. The statement of accounts having been moved, Dr. LEWIS remarked that there was a general opinion that the expenditure of the society was more than it ought to be and it certainly did seem extravagant that they should be spending JE200 in expenses when their income was only £337. He regretted to say that he did not think the society was making the progress it should. Mr WM. JENKINS said that there was a good deal of talk about the cost of feeding the judges and other officials, and he proposed that tickets be supplied to those who were to have refresh- ments, which shall be supplied in one of the booths. Mr GARSED replied that the matter had engaged the serious attention of the committee. They must not forget, however, that the gentlemen they selected for judges were of high character, and without reproach, and if they had to do with gentlemen they must treat them as such. The ticket system had been tried in the balance and found wanting, and he would ask them to re- member that, after all, the cost of refreshments at the last show only amounted to £27. (Hear, hear.) Mr ALEXANDER said he thought, instead of carrying any resolution, they should suggest to the committee the desirability of looking into this matter. The Bath and West of England Society allowed its executive 21s a day for expenses during the continuance of the show, but if this were done in reference to their own show, the expenses would be greater than they were now. He thought that a saving might be effected by employing officials at the places at which the shows were held, because by taking them from Cowbridge, as was the practice, they had not only to pay railway fares, but maintenance and lodging. He also alluded to an item in the balance-sheet under the heading of arrears irrecoverable," and suggested that those who did not pay up should be posted as defaulters. He also complained of the bank charges, and said that it was strange that while they were only receiving three per cent for the money they had invested in consols, they were paying their bankers five per cent. He expressed the opinion that the bank should, considering that they were sometimes on the l'iht side of the hedge, make no charge. The report and accounts were then passed. DIVISION OF DISTRICTS. The following report was read by the special com- mittee appointed for the purpose :-At a meeting 01 tùe special committee held at Bridgend on N (wember 9th, there were present&mdashMrli. Forrest, Mr W. S. PoweII, Rev D. W. Williams, Col. TurbervilJ, Mr J. Garsed, and Mr D. John Leigh, the following report was prepared.- In accordRilce with a resolutioll passed at the annual meeting of the members of the Glamorgan General Agricultural Society, held at Cowbridge, on Tuesday, the 17th January, 1882, appointing a committee of 10 members to examine into and report upon the expediency of adopting a motion, moved and seconded to the following effect, viz. :&mdash "That for the purpose of holding the annual exhivirjoJJ of live stock, Ltc., by the Glamorganshire General Agricultural Society, the county be divided into three or more districts, and the show held alter- nately in each. Your committee beg to report that having met and given their careful consideration to the whole question, and to tile alteration WJlicl1 the adop. tion of Lile motion will render necessary, are of opinion that-1st. It is desirable to divide the county illto dis- tricts, and to hold the annual show alternately in each of these districts. 2nd. That the number of such districts should be four, aud composed as follows- viz.&mdash1st, the eastern district, to consist of the town of Cardiff and the Cardiff union, with the exception of the following parishes which should form parts of the central district, viz.&mdashBonvilstone, Llancarfan, Llan- trithyd, Pendoylan, Penma.rk, Porthkerry, Welsh St. Donat's: 2nd, the northern district, to comprise the Merthyr aud Pontypridd Union 3rd, the central dis- trict, including the Bridgend and Cowbridge Union, as well as the following parishes of the Caruiff Union :&mdash Bonvilstone, Llancarfan, Llantrithyd, Pendoylan, Pen- mark, Porthkerry, Welsh St. Donat's, the parish of Pyle to be in the western division 4th western district, comprising the Swansea, Gower, Ponta.rda.we. and Neath Union, a.nd the parish of Pyle. Your committee recommend that each district be represented on the committee by six members, elected from among the subscribers of the society resident in it, and that the members of the committee shall be 24 from each dis- trict, to retire at the end of each year by rotation, and not be eligible for re-election until one year has ex- pired. The meetings of the committee shall take place in the district in which the annual show is to be held. That the annual general meeting 01 mem- bers be held at Cowbridge as hitherto. In making the above recommendations to the general body of members of the society your committee confidently believe that, if adopted, they will be to the material advantage of the society, and that the fact of having committees in each district will render it more uni- versally known and popular throughout the county, and also facilitate the arrangements in each district for the holding and management of its annual show. Since the year 1868, when its show first became migratory, the society has financially about held its own, and, with an irnproved organisation, will, they believe, con. tinue to do so. Your committee would point out that it is not necessary for a society such as the Glamorgan- shire Agricultural Society, which has on its subscrip- tion list no life compounders, to accumulate funds beyond such an amount as would be necessary to tide them over two or three exceptionally bad seasons and consequent losses, and this the society now possess. The CHAIRMAN moved the adoption of the re- port. Mr ALEXANDRE complained that the committee was not more distributed, and said there was a general complaint that Cowbridge swamped the members of other portions of the district. The report was adopted, and after a prolonged discussion the rules were altered to meet its re- quirements. THE NEW PRESIDENT. Mr D. W. WILLIAMS moved that the president of the noiety for 1883 be Lord Windsor. His lordship was a large owner of property, and took, for so young a man, a great interest in agricul- tural questions. He was a liberal landlord, and in every way suited to the position of president of a large agricultural society. (Applause.) Mr ALEXANDER seconded the motion, which was carried by acclamation. The vacancies in the list of vice-presidents were filled up by the appointment of Messrs D. W. Williams and Clark. The committee having been appointed, the proceedings terminated.

LOCAL LIQUIDATIONS

LOCAL LIQUIDATIONS [FROM TUESDAY NIGHT'S GAZETTE."] William Robinson Smith, of Glanyrafon, Sketty, near Swansea, solicitor and colliery proprietor, recently trading in conjunction with Lewis Thomas, Lewis Bartholomew, Parker Bidder, and Charles Noble, at Clynde, near Neath, and at Swansea, under the style of the Neath and Merthyr Colliery Company, as colliery proprietors, and subsequently carrying on such business alone at the same places, under the same style and alsó lately carrying on business as a solicitor at Merthyr Tydvil, and a.t Swan- sea, in co-partnership with David Rees Lewis and John James Jones, under the style of Smith, Lewis, and Jones, and afterwards at Swansea aforesaid alone, and subsequently under the style of Smith and Lewis and now carrying on business as a solicitor at 1, Great- James-street, London, and at Swansea, in co- partnership with Wyndham Lawrence, under the style of Smith and Lawrence. Aneurian Thomas, of Eureka-house, Williams- town, Penygraig, near Pontypridd, grocer. r

■■■■■I FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT…

■■ ■■ FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT JNEAli PONTYPRIDD. On Friday night a boy liaiSM Davi^ Thomas Evans, Navigation, was taking tea to his father, who was worKing on the Tail Vale Railway, near Aberdare Junction, when a train knocked him down and killed him. An inquest was held on the case on Saturday, and a verdict of "Acciden- tal death was returned.

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---.- --'-----DOCK AMALGAMATION…

DOCK AMALGAMATION AT NEWPORT. The proprietors of the Newport Old Dock Com pany have deliberately affirmed and endorsed a proposal propounded by the directors of that concern for the transfer of their property to the Alexandra Dock Company. They have thus created a complete monopoly ia shipping matters and, indirectly, they have takea a retrograde step which may have a serious bearing on the trade of the port. It may be that the monopoly which will be created in this particular instance will be an exception to the invariable rule, and that Sir George Elliot and the co-directors of the Alex andra Dock Company will use the power they will have acquired when the transfer is completed in a liberal and far seeing manner. But whilst directorates of dock companies last as long as the proverbial deathlessness of man, the life of the politic and opeu-handed in- dividual director is but brief and in other hands than his the reins of absolute power may be so tightened as to prove most prejudicial to the pub- lic interests. Everywhere in this kingdom mono- polies are falling before the advance of that public spirit which has firmly enunciated the principle that the general good of the community or dis trict shall not and cannot be subservient to one rresponsible power. This has been made evident in Cardiff by the agitation in favour of the Barry Docks whilst the same feeling lias long been present in the minds of business men at Newport in relation to the car- rying monopoly possessed by the Great Western Railway Company. The decision to amalgamate, as it is termed, was arrived at by the shareholders yesterday with closed doors. It is, therefore, impossible to state what reasons be- yond the one of pounds, shillings, and pence could have actuated them in selling their pro- perty to their rivals. Doubtless, however, some plausible explanation will be forthcoming, but it will be somewhat difficult for others interested in the development of the trading concerns of the port to withhold their judgment on the transac- tion until such explanation is vouchsafed.

THE EISTEDDFOD.

THE EISTEDDFOD. MR CAVE THOMAS ON THE RESTORA- TION OF THE EISTEDDFOD. Mr Thomas's paper read inthe Cynimrodorion sec- tion at the last Denbigh Eisteddfod, which created so much discussion at the time, has borne fruit. rhe reform of the institution has been inaugu- rated, a reform to which the powers of Cardiff are very wisely lending a helping hand, for, as Mr Thomas points out, the eisteddfod is capable of being made to exercise a very important and salutary influence over the education, literature, art, and science, not only of the Principality, but oi the whole queendom, and if Cardiff have only sufficient foresight, there is now a grand opportunity of covering herself with glory. It is high time that all petty distinctions of race should be minimised, and that we should appear to the world as a united people. For some years past the institution has been in some measure a butt for the sarcasms of the press, showing evidently that it has fallen from its ancient and high estate, for Pliny and Tacitus bear testimony t,o the great knowledge which the bards brought to bear in the elucidation of the sciences of astronomy and geography tha t they were masters of rhetoric and poetry and tnat to learn eloquence their schools were crowded with the youth oi Gaul." Mr Cave Thomas regards the Olympian games as the institution which, in ancient times, most resembled in its constitution the eisteddfod. He appears to think, in fact, that the latter was es- tablished in imitation of the former by the ancient bards who visited Greece when she was inher glory. 1, is not generally Known, however, that contests in poetry, in art, and in music, were the leading features of the Olympian Festival, and that the atliletic games were subsidiary, and kept m that due proportion which sanitary science now re- cognises as essential to a true system of education. Ai, that famous gathering every kind of talent was honoured and rewarded every new notion was ventilated. It was to that free emulation, 80 wisely encouraged there, as well as to those numerous incentives to the higher forms of attain- ment, that the rapid development of Greece may be attributed. Tne first step towards the restora- tion oc the eisteddfod would be to gather to- gether a grand array of intellect to its council, as Mr Thomas tninks, and doubtless rightly tLiaics, that the concensus of judgment that would thus be brought to bear on all the matters submitted to lis decision would tend to elevate the characteristics of intellectual effort through- out the country, as a similarly compact and con- centric judgment doubtless did in ancient times, Our reformer would not restrict the rewards of the eisteddfod to the actual competitors at the an./aai session, but would adjudicate the highest awards that the institution had to offer to the highest achievements by Englishmen in art, lirerature, aud science, within a definite perioa. He also makes special provision lor the reward of Welsh btudents in Great Britain, wherever they may distinguish themselves, and also for rewarding humble endeavour within the Principality itself, at the same time insisting that the status of the reward shouid be made known, in order to prevent an exaggerated estimate of the achievment, and its recipient from being deluded into attempting heights beyond his reach. Mr Thomas very strongly aavises but one grand session, and the erection of a permanent building. The peripa- tetic character or the institution weakens it in the public estimation there is always some weather discomfort imminent in a temporary structure, and there is a large amount of money wasted m the annual erection and striking of such a structure. Let the locality be well chosen, the date of the session fixed, aud a recurrence to the same locality, the same forms, and the same ceremonies and. moreover, let it oe looked forward to as a public holiday. He proposes, too, the volunteer rifle and artillery competitions should be in some way allied with t-ne institution, and that all the successful com- petitors should receive their rewards at the session of the eisteddfod. Nevertheless, he does not insist oa these competitions proceeding simultaneously with the sessional business of the institution, nor on the same ground. He would also offer induce- ments to riflemen to come from other parts of the kingdom. The suggestion which has been the most can- vassed is that which would restore athletic games to the eisteddfod. This he does in conformity with the most advanced views on educational science. Mr Thomas has studied the subject of. education too deeply to overlook so important a matter, and as his defence of this policy has not yet been printed, we will give it at full. If l may anticipate the exceptions which will be taken to my paper, the suggested introduction of athletic games will probably be the head and rront of the offending. But, it should be recol- lected, that I nave been addressing that section or the congress which is under the direction of the honourable Societ7 of Cymmrodorion, one of whose objects, as it has been publicly expressed, is M Tha intellectual advancement and general well-being of the inhabitants of the Principality." Now, the intellectual ad- vance ment and genera] well-being of a com- munity cannot be fully promoted consistently with a knowledge of the laws of health, without taking into consideration the element of physical training, for on the proportioned training of the intellectual and physical faculties that general well-being is in a very great measure dependent. And, if I have been rightly informed, the intro- duction of the athletic element into the pro- gramme of the eisteddfod would be a restora- tion," not an innovation," for it would appear that there were athletic games at the ancient sessions of the eisteddfoa. No one, however, would be compelled to enter such contents. Persona who may not have intimately studied the constitution of the human nature are too apt to imagine that the intellectual can be combined with the physical at will, and that intellectuality can be forced into and as- similated with an excess of muscularity at any time, and the human commonweal balanced. This is, however, an egregious fallacy neither extreme mental development, nor extreme muscular de- velopment, can be suddenly modified and trans- formed and when the human system has been pushed to the verge on either side, there is no reserve of vitality available for immediate and opposite use. An eminent physician once stated at a public meeting that the only two cases of thorough break-down which had occurred within his extensive experience of public schools were due to attempts to simultaneously exceed in intellectual and physical contests. The over-muscular as a rule choose athletic sports, ano the over-intellectual mental amusements. Bat there are a large class intermediate between these two extremes, who are neither over-Geveloped mentally nor physically, ana who can, therefore, alternate their exercise, i it has been on the intel- lectual side, by complementary* athletics, and, it on the physical side, by complementary mencal labour. And in my opinion you should by no means lose sight of the requirements oi this most efficient and healthy class. Depend upon it, ic is a mistake in an institution like the eisteddfod to encourage mental to the exclusion of physical gymnastics. The development of the propor- tioned manhood should be the aim of the eistedd- fod as it was of the directors of the games at Olympia." Note.&mdashA complementary exercise is that special exercise required to complete the rounding oi the entire nature. I

DEATH OF THE RECTOR OF LLANMiBANGEL.I

DEATH OF THE RECTOR OF LLANMiBANGEL. I The death took place, at his residence, on Sun- day morning, o. the Rev. Edward, Evans, rector of Llanmihangel, near Cowbridge. The deceived, I yho vyas about 60, had been suffering from a pah:'<H illness for some time past. The rev. gen- tlenian was highly respected and much beloved by all his parishioners and a arg-e circle of friends,

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LOCAL GAS UNDERTAKINGS Returns were issued on Rnday relating to all authorised gas undertakings in England and Wales, both those belonging to local authorities and private companies. Taking first the gM works belonging to local authorities, we find the following statistics given ABKUGAVKNNT IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS.&mdash Amount of loan authorised, j650,000, for 50 years amount borrowod, j612,200, at 4 per cent price charged per 1,000 feet, 3s 9d to Llanfoist parish, 5s certain large consumers, 3s 6d illuminating power, 14 to 14^ candles net profit in 1881, £ bdbl coal uoed in 1881, 2,119 tons: cubic feet of gaa made, 20,756,000. PRIVATE COMPANIES. ABEBSYCHAN GAS COMPANY. &mdash Share capital authorised, £8,000 paid up, £ó,112 di ridclla8 paid, 10 per cent on je4,000, and 7 per cent on j32,112 price charged per 1,000 feet, 4s pubiio lamps, 3s 9d illuminating power, 15'19 candles roal used in 1881, 802 tons quantity mado, 7,703,500 cubic feet. BLAKNAVON GAS AND WATER COMPANY made no return. BKVNMAWR AND ABERTILLERY GAS AND WATSB COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, £18,000 paid up, £10,286 last dividend, 6 per cent. price charged per 1000 cubic feet, 3s 5d, 4s, 4s 6d, and 5:" according to consumption coal useu io 1881, 1,798 tons gas made, cannot ue given. CARDIFF GAS-LIGHT AND OOKE COMPANY.&mdash Share capital authorised, jE 160,000 paid-up, £i07,9<1,5 dividend last paid, 10 per cent. on £ LO.OOO, 8 per cent, on £40,000, and 7 per cent. 0" i.47,945 price charged per cubic feet, 2s iOd outside the borough, 3. 4d discount, 22 per cent, tr consumers of 200,000 cubic feet and upwards psr quarter illuminating power, 16 candies coal used, in 1881, 30,719 gas made in 1831, 2Sy,535.^08 cub-c fee J EWPCRT (MON.) GA3 COMPANY.&mdashShare capital E."i.noriseo, ,890,000 paid up, £67,000 last Q: idend 10 per cent, on :212,600, 7. per cent, on £2.7,400 price charged per 1,000 feet, 3.5, J Ldt 01 d 6s 4d discount, 5 pe- cent. illuminating pever, 15'"1 coal used in 1381, 13,185 tonu fial made, :119.446,000 cubic ieet. NKW TREDEGAR GAS AND WATER COMPANY.&mdash Share capital authorised, £3,800 paid up, £1,800¡ last dividend, 8 per cent. price charged pe: 1,000, 4s id &bull illuminating power, 14 candles coal used ix 1681. 2,880 tons gas made, 2,160,000 cubia fee.. ^ONTYPOOI. GAS AND WATER COMPANY.&mdashSHARE capital authorised, £40,000 paid up, £30,345 last civ:dend, 7j per cent, on £2ó.400, 5 per cent. on L9 945 price charged per 1,000, 4s 9J d- luminating pover 14 candies coal used, 1,555 tons gas made, 14,568,000 cubic feet. PONTYPRIDD GAS LIGHT AND COKE COMPANY.&mdash Chare capital authorised, £6,000, all paid up ia3*, dividend, 8 per cent. price charged per ".000, 4s 9d illuminating power not prescribed, 14 candles supphed coal used in 1831, 1,367 tons gas made, 13,567,900 cubic feet. RiaCA AND PONTYMISTER GAS COMPANY.&mdash Share capital authorised, £8,000 paid up, £6,280 last dividend, 5 per cen price charged per 1,000, 5s, discount up to 20 per cent illumi nating power, 14 candles coal used in 1881, 42i tons fyaH made, 3,403,600 cubic feet. SWANSEA GAS-LIGHT COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised. £100,000 paid up, JE92,500 last dividend, 10 per cent on £6,000, 7" per cent oa £8ó,OO price charged per 1,000, 2s 9d and 3s 3d, and 4s and 4s 9d without the borough ihumi- iiativg power, 15 candles coal used in 1381, 18,461 gas made, 155,000,000 cubic feet. '&bullREDEGAR WATER AND GAS OOMPANy.-Shara capital authorised, £60,000 psid up, £30,000 last dividend, 7i per cent un £30,OOJ, price charged per 1,000, 4s úd illuminating power, If indies coal used in 1881, 1,718 gas made, 14,138 000 cubic feet. T STRAD GAS AND WATER COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, £8G,OOO psid up, £43,500 lost dividend, 1°:1): cent 02 £25,000, 10g pe: cent on J615,000, and 7J. per cent on £4-0,iJJO riice cha"ged pe" 1.000, S3 &bull public lamps, 4s 9d i.iuminating power- 15 candies coal usod ia 1881, i.,529 gas made, 25,808,100 cubic feer, ABEHAVON URBAN SANITARY AUTHORITY. Amount of loan authorised, £ 15,000, for 30 yeara amount borrowed 511,000 rate o: interest p>d. 4j to 5 per cent price charged per 1,000 feet, 5s &bull illuminating power, 14'62 candies net profit in 1881, £570 tons of coal used in 1851, 742 num- ber of cubic feet made, 7,219,450. BRITON FERRY LOCAL BOARD.&mdashAmount of loaii authorised, £20,000, for 50 and 46j years amount borrowed, 1::14,065, at 4^ and 5 per cent price charged per 1,JOO feet, 63 6d, 4s, and 4s bd, according to consumption illuminating power, 17 candles tons or coal used in 1881, 2.3b quantity made, 5,574,060 cubic feet. HAVjtp.roRDWKsr CORPORATION. &mdash Amour. Of loal. authorised, £10,000, for 60 years amounl borrowed, £10,000, at and 5 per cent prc» per 1,000 feet, 43 6d, with a discount of 25 per cent illuminating power, 15 candies nee profit in 1881, £190 tons of co,d u«ed in 1881, 1,000 quantity made, 10,500,000 cubic feet. MILFOED IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS. &mdash Amount of loan authorised, £¿,500, for 30 year*, which was borrowed nt 5 per cent price ->ar 1,000 cubic feet, 63" with a discount ol 10 per cent illuinlnat.nj: power, 14 candles 440 tor. of coal were usea in 1381 quantity made not slatea. KEATH CORPORATION.&mdashAmount of loan anchat» ised, £ 55,500 for ",0 years £60,400 has beer: bor- rowed at 4g uer cent. price charged per .1,000 cuoic feet, 4s 9d illuminating power, 14 cana« net profit in 1881, £t,78 coal used in 1831, 2,070 tons gaa 20,695,400 cubic feet. ABERDARE AKD ABERAMAN CONSUMERS' GAS COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, £4-0,000 paid up, £30,000 last dividend paid, 7 per cent- price charged per 1,000 feet, 5s public lau.pc, 4s 9d illuminating power, 14'75 candles cjat used in 1881, 2,854 tons gas made, 26,742,000. ABERYSTWITH GAS COMPANY. &mdash Share capital authorised, £15,000 paid up, £8,000 ,01: dend paid, Ik per cent price charged per 1,000 feet 4s 7d, with 3d discount to large con- sumers illuminating power, 14 candies, coal used in 1881, 1,345 tons, gas made, 12,035,909 cubic feet. BRECON GAS COMPANY, &mdashShare capital autho- rised, £10,000, aU paid up dividends la^t pad 10 per cent. on j66,000, and 7 per cent. on £ 4,000 price per 1,000 feet, 5s, with a discount of 101 illuminating power, 14 candles coal used in lSBle 1,680 tons gas made, 15,120,000 cubic feet. BRIDGEND GAS AND WATER COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, £29,000 paid up, £ 19,800 dividend last paid, 5 per cent. price charged per 1,000 ft., 58 illuminating power, 15'5 t.o 16 candlesh coal used in 1881, 860 tons gas made, cubic feet. CARMARTHEN GAS COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, £8,000 for for the four towns capi- tal paid up, £11,200 dividend last paid, 7i pel cent. on jB8,000, 7 per cent. on £3,200 price per 1,000 cubic foet, 4s 6d illuminating power 14 candles coal used in 1881, 1,551 tons gas m&dflk 14,471,600. LAMPETER, LLANDYSSIL, TBEGABON, AND ABKR- AYRON GAS COMPANY.&mdashCapital authorised,£2,OOO, paid up, JS2,000 illuminating power, 14 candies ( coal used in 1881, 91 tons gas made, cannot bt givet. LLANELLY GAS LIGHT COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, j650,000 paid up, £37,720 dividend last paid, 5 per cent on jE3,000, 5 per cent on £22,000, 5 per cent on JB12,720 price charged per cubic feet, 4s 2d illuminating power, If candles coal used in 1881, 3,600 tons gaa made, 32,500,000 cubic feet. ^JLY.WI VALLEY GAS COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, JB10,000 paid up, J39,200 dividend last paid, 6 per ceat pries charged per cubio feet, 5o, dis. ód illuminating power, 14 candlea 1 coal used in 1881, 5,205,000 cubic feet. MKRTHYR TYDFIL GAS COMPANY.&mdashShare capital authorised, £33,300 paid up, £26,730 dividend last paid, 10 per cent on £.880, 6 percent on £ 3,500 price per 1,000, is 10d cut-distriote, 4s 2d public lamps, 3 4o. j ili^-amating power, i5 candles coal used in 133« .s,18! tons gas made, ^,090,000 ouch feet.

FEVER EPIDEMIC AT MAESY-CWMMER.

FEVER EPIDEMIC AT MAESY- CWMMER. On Monday three children were buried at Tabot Welsh Congregational Chapel yard from the same house, having died of fever. The parents' namei are Dowler, and the father, a labourer, has beeo very ill for a time, and the family are in a mod distressed state, having no bed or furniture in tin house. There are threa more children dowa with fever in the same house. Until the trades- people and residents ef the place became ac- quainted with the/facts&mdashthe people beinjf strangers here&mdashthe family was entirely destitute of proper food. This want has, however, beea supplied, and they are being now cared for. The eldest, a girl 19 years of age, was buried on Mon- day, and it appears she came home about three weeks ago with fever from Merthyr, where sht was in service. The whole family hae beeu stricken with it. It is reported to be black fever.

A WEALTHY PAUPER AT CRICK…

A WEALTHY PAUPER AT CRICK HOWELL. At the Crickhowell Board of Guardians, on Monday, a case was brought under notice of m woman who had been receiving relief for a con- siderable time, whereas she was possessed of » large sum of money. It was the relieving officer for the hill district who drew attention to tha imposition practised upon the board and rate- payers. The woman's name, he mentioned, waa Nicholas, and she resided at Gilwern. She had re- ceived relief occasionally, and applied to him for further assistance when, as she herself believed, she was in a dying state. He was fully convinced that she had means, but she refused to give him any information. He at last put it to her as a condition of giving her relief that she should in- form him what money she had by her, and she then said she would do so. Accompanied by Mr Rosser, a grocer, of Gilwern, whom he took with him as a witness, be returned, and by her direc- tions unlocked a box which she had by her bed- side in which they found and counted in her presence no less than J359 10s, all in gold. By her request Mr Jones said he held tlie money to be used for her benefit as long aJ she lived. If she did recover, she would ex|>ect the balance returned to her. She had a sister from whom she had not heard for years, and sh«T Feared she was dead. fefnee the interesting episode in the history of the woman has seen the light, it appears that a young woman came up,.a" the scene, aud who claimed to be her niece. Mf Jones did not know whether the aunt knew the niece. He added that, as a matter ( f co the iponey which the guardians had expanded in re- lief would be retained.

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sy ■ 1 v. &mdash Will you undo my gold chain ? Don't cry, Ovid &bullo, don't cry ^He obeyed her. The gold chain held tha two Jackets&mdashthe treasured portraits of her father and mother. "Wear them for my sake," she oaormured. "Lift me up I want to put them «mnd your neck myself." She tried, vainly to clasp the chain. Her head fell back on ■j* breast. Too sleep>7," she said always «&bull sleepy now Say you love me, Ovid." JOLessudit. a Kiss me dear." He kissed her. Now lay rne down on the pillow. I'm not wffnteen yet&mdashand I feel as old as eighty Rest *» i want is rest." Looking at him fondly, her closed little by little&mdashthen softly opened ■wain. Don't wait in this dull room, darling will send for yon if I wake." « was the only wish of hers lie disobeyed. .Prom tune to time, his fingers touched her pulse, j ^"s ^ee^e beat. From time to time, he *°Vfd aud let the faint corning and going of her weath flutter on his cheek. The twilight fell, *j*j darkness began to gather over the room, he kept his place by her, like a man en- CHAPTER LVIII. Tlie first trivial sound that broke the spell was sound of a match struck in the next room. &bull*r

e rose, and groped his way to the door, y.. ?8a 'ar* ventured upstairs, and had kindled a Y0I1Je momentary doubt of him kept her i en 'le.i°°k3d at her. He stammered and "Wi C03nifusedly when he spoke. I»a » ihere&mdashwhere&mdash?" He seemed to have lost jar, °t k's thought!!&mdashhe gave it up, and tried «. j. want to be alone," he burst out JJ, v.ei",nSi for the moment, some power of ex- ifcessmg himself. j-- eresa tooic him by the hand like a child. She Qov'nstalrs to his rooms. He stood Is wa^c^l.g her, while she lit the candles. fG ",t!,y ",n^ 1 can do f,»' y<"i s'16 vorl" g»d to ask. He shook his he J vacantly. She Jmud^courage Ü1 her pity for him. "Try to- u' I I) as she left th,i room. &im6W j.°^ !aiees but still the words failed No i t0 qu'et i,is lnind by holy thoughts, findagony in him was powerless to Jus mi i shadows of thoughts crossed mm a his eves ached with a burning heat. ^t^!gaA.,t0,.be aflaid of himself. The active wiH» n,°&bull 16&bull be had led, drove him out, «ir ]je-stjnct of ,an animal, into space and £ ^'tner knowing or caring in what direc- e turned his steps, lie walked on at tt! 'op of his speed. On and on, till tid 5rowaed house? began to grow more rare&mdash «f him8ruieru ^Aps 0' "i:ien £ "o»nd, oil either side j t"3 moon rose behind a plantation of JWfi 'anj bathed in its melancholy light a lonely ttred followed the road till he waa The I'or'it an<^ ^urne3 aside into a winding lane. ^^ts and shadows, alternating with each 8°° ari i' pleased him, He had got the n exercise that had been denied him while couldT >n,reP°se- He could think again he thai- 6 resolution stirring in him to save one, or to die with her. Now at last, he man enough to face the terrible necessity tort 9°n'r°ntea him, and hght the. battle of Art ove gainst Death. Time&mdashhe knew it now ,e *y,as IJreeious the speediest way back to toj 9,8 the best way. He stopped in the lane, iiono'"f t r°und. In the solitude, there was no to ov! u ^'Dg a person to direct him. He turned At paclc to ihe bigh road. tii(»nrine sa.me moment he became conscious of

a.ln °."r o: tobacco wafted towards him on the satis ni° air- Someone was smoking in the with8 graced his steps until he reached agate whosp f i!TSn behind it. There was the man Jsf«u smoke he had smelt leaning on the Ti,rth h. P-Pe his mouth. ru^ 0,1 Ovid's face as he aioort &bdquo Co his way. The man suddenly yoi- s^ared at liim, and oaid, Hallo? is it i .or your ghost ?" for V-!aCein!as U1 s*!adow, but his voice answered ]V"e man was Benjulia, ''IN'o^ "'°'a Coiae to see me ?" he asked. «you shake hands ?» g hat's Wron?.» Teresa ,^Su,l'c- from Miss Minerva ail that Beninlio00 J the consultations between se' ni, aiij i"r,uli, and ail that she had her- hou.se Benjulia had come to the Beninlio00 J of the consultations between se' ni, aiij i"r,uli, and ail that she had her- hou.se Benjulia had come to the tempe* AA° answ,?reu when he had steadied his BfcrTnU8 feeen Carmir.a," he said. Merest* n-* lWe-U Vn w't-i hls smoking. "An in- ««- case, 1<ri t it r' he remarked. ^1' n .^ere c.a*i0<i into cousuitation by Mr coatm«ed and you approved of c. n-^i atiu treatment&mdashyou who knew better." I ^i.ouid think I did Benjulia rejoined. 15,0' Ckehberateiy encouraged an incompetent that poor girl go on from bad to P.l i v 'S0Qle V1'e end of your own. .-<v 'u*lu 8<>^d-naturediy corrected him. "No, :(:. ror an excellent- end&mdashfor knowledge." >- faii to remedy the mischief, which is 'I' doing, and your's alone&mdash" Benjulia took his -vipe out of his mouth. How tr °U meaa to cure her?" he eageriv interposed. Wave you got a new idea?" If I faii," Ovid repaateJ, "her death lies at Y(w! door. You merciless villain&mdashas certainly that moon i? now shining over us. your liie snail answer for hers." stonishment&mdashmimeasura.1? astonishment&mdash sealed Benjuua s iips. He lookei down the lane H-hen Ovid left him, comnletdy stuoeiied. The 'roas-nabie way ot accounting for such lan- as 'e hoard spoken by a competent camber of bs own proie-s!o:i !&mdashprs.-en!ed the m ai a^ernative, "Drunk or mad?" Won<lerad while h lit his pipe 5SS., baek ^he h0US3 hi3 sior, T-r V jvui troubUd him once w.. He aeaiaed to call at Teresa's lodgings in a <14 Jf fcwo' a.nd ascertain from the landlady (aud chemist) how Carmina was being cured. Returning to the high roai Ovid was passed by Spadesman driving his ca.i-t towards London il* ciyii^ ordered to take him as far as the dearest outiymg cabstand. Neither the landlady nor Teresa had gone to afiT,dU"rg hl3/bseflce. contained nothing to S," °'*S t'v'" In the house ",¡d out u: t.he. fcw" there was it, in I i ■' silence tbi. helps a man to .sia f/holly ifc, his hands&mdashErftrusting waiUnJTo Kr" A ^hority than h,s Pwtaiautefu the manu^^t Hs f fl'°m l"S sue poor wretch 1 f1'1' presents.1 to him by id the garret at Montre^ he had soothed The w.ork opened with 1 deckration which "ave « jf. Ia Uvid s estimation. "6ad by oth^Ppv!eCllreoord of 8XPerienae ever Plain statement tVnan "UM' 1 W1'h tomake one '*hich ih nrese-i'M Tne. information fi -ea ea*ed in these pages, is wholly de- Ul ^er lri'iRprfv5eSU'l!"i bedside practice pursued SfH^ad nvor 6 °os',ac!es all<1 interruptions, and Whatev-fr f,, t per!0? o £ IIla,iy years, have been t?, l ai?d rail:s I may inno^^v »« a man, I am *aaviaff VrpeSedr°th9,?iOQ^ Cap^lty' of ev«r ^uelties^rhich ?o hv +t U:Jeiess and, detestable ^jthout entering intotjTtS dSe"0"' dtside which this practice has Provoked,°I 'a tht mJ conviction that no verted usefulness the end can ju^r.ify cruelty m tlie nieniq Ti,I who asserts that any pursuit in which he can t* £ age is independent of moral restraint, is a man 1 a state of revolt against God. I refuse to him in his own defence, on that ground." yv*d turned next to the section of the work &bull ^,c" was entitled Brain Disease." The writer WxfoUC8d his oi>i!ervati<>a3 !n tfie.se prefatory th ce'ebrated physiologist, plainly avowing ti-e !^n9rance cf doctors in the matter of a'n an'^ its diseases, and alluding to st

JiV^ratl"es !re-aente.d by post-mortem exami- caLnnni-8' coac'u^es his confession thus We tiia nho eve^. be sure whether many of »f ti,e' l?Kes discovered are the cause or the result *«sults ofTcXVV!iethGV thelwi) arS the conjoint ic o ci'Uiiiion cau.se. ««ctioJth T £ tan after «xperie&trade in vivi- r^ext Nnf l" Trij eren^ e:i>erience be heard ttipt' mav l-f':Wing, mto vvh:U h?nds tWs manus- ''Sefulne^/lit'f"'r W at exiiBcfced opportunities of &bull)!«'l»oS->lv.wre^ encounter after my death, I -&bull« the i,rotn l,5,nif? technical language < t< r ,st^temeut which I have now to make?' J'frm"0f,he^iCaJ .investigations, as in all other '^frequonrl,^ w11-1''1"!1?' re"U C 111 V,ew is llofc ^^ned by indirect and. unexpected it brain H ave to S:lJ" 'nere on the subjeat two first suggested by experience hkely to h^' yn'

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Billy Thirlaway : West Ham United - History

Post by cockney hammer » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:06 pm

Tommy Allison (1903-1909)


West Ham United in 1904-05: Back row (left to right): Herbert Bamlett, Aubrey Fair,

Matt Kingsley, David Gardner, Syd King (manager): Middle row: Tom Robinson (trainer),

Fred Brunton, Tommy Allison, Frank Piercy, John Russell, Len Jarvis, Fred Mercer,

Charlie Paynter (assistant trainer). Front row: William McCartney, Charlie Simmons,

Billy Bridgeman, Jack Fletcher, Christopher Carrick, Jack Flynn.

Tommy Allison played for New Brighton before joining Reading in 1901. Syd King, the new manager of West Ham, decided to bring in several new players in 1903. This included Allison, Charlie Satterthwaite (New Brompton), William Kirby (Swindon Town) and Herbert Lyon (Reading). Allison soon became a key figure at West Ham. The West Ham defence included Allison, George Kitchen, Frank Piercy, David Gardner, Len Jarvis and Bill Wildman. During the 1906-07 season the team only conceded 41 goals in 38 games. For five years Allison hardly missed a game: 32 (1903-04), 31 (1904-05), 30 (1905-06), 38 (1906-07) and 29 (1907-08). Tommy Allison retired after playing his last game on 10th April, 1909.

Re: good old days..

Post by cockney hammer » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:09 pm

George Kitchen (1905-1911)

George Kitchen was born in Fairfield, Derbyshire in April 1876. An outstandingsportsman he became a professional golfer at the age of 14. He also played cricket and for a time worked as a coach at Dulwich College.

Kitchen eventually decided to concentrate on football and played as a goalkeeper for Stockport County before joining Everton in 1898. He made his debut for the club against Bury in October 1901.

As Tony Matthews pointed out in Who's Who of Everton (2004): "A former England trialist, George Kitchen, at 6 ft 1 in. tall and 13 st. in weight, was the perfect build for a goalkeeper."

After playing 90 games for Everton Kitchen joined West Ham United in August 1905. Syd King had signed him as a replacement for Matt Kingsley who had been sold to Queen's Park Rangers. He joined a team that included Tommy Allison, Fred Blackburn, Billy Grassam, Billy Bridgeman, Arthur Featherstone, George Hilsdon, Harry Stapley, Lionel Watson, Frank Piercy, David Gardner and Len Jarvis.

The opening match of the season was against Swindon Town. West Ham won the game 1-0 in front of 10,000 supporters. George Kitchen became the first ever goalkeeper to score a goal on his debut. Kitchen was the team's penalty taker and he added three more that season. Despite this early victory, West Ham had a poor start to the season and lost 9 of their first 13 games.

Kitchen was a regular member of the West Ham United team for six seasons: 1904-05 (31 appearances), 1905-06 (39), 1906-07 (25), 1907-08 (41), 1908-09 (41) and 1909-10 (28). Kitchen was transferred to Southampton in 1912 and after making 39 appearances he decided to retire from football to become a golf professional.

George Kitchen died in Hampshire in 1965.

Re: good old days..

Post by cockney hammer » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:16 pm

Archie Macaulay (1937-1946)



Archibald (Archie) Macaulay was born in Falkirk, Scotland, on 30th July 1915. A talented footballer he joined Glasgow Rangers in 1933. Despite his young age he soon found himself playing as inside-right in the first-team. Macaulay won a Scottish Cup medal in 1935-36 and the following season a Scottish League Championship medal.

In 1937 Charlie Paynter managed to persuade Macaulay to join West Ham United for a fee of £6,000. He made his debut for the Second Division side against Aston Villa on 28th September 1937.

Macaulay joined a team that included Charlie Bicknell, Joe Cockroft, Ted Fenton, Benny Fenton, George Foreman, Stan Foxall, Len Goulden, Norman Corbett, John Morton, Ted Fenton, Sam Small, Charlie Walker and Dick Walker.

West Ham United finished in 9th place that season and Macaulay finished up joint top-scorer with 10 goals in 39 games. On 24th September 1938 he scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory against Tranmere Rovers. He ended the 1938-39 season as top-scorer with 16 goals in 36 games. His form was so good that there was talk of him being selected to play for Scotland.

On Friday, 1st September, 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland. The football that Saturday went ahead as Neville Chamberlain did not declare war on Germany until Sunday, 3rd September. The government immediately imposed a ban on the assembly of crowds and as a result the Football League competition was brought to an end.

The government imposed a fifty mile travelling limit and the Football League divided all the clubs into seven regional areas where games could take place. London clubs arranged for their regional competition to begin on the last Saturday in October. One group was composed of Arsenal, Brentford, Charlton, Chelsea, Fulham, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Some of the players had already joined the armed forces. Macaulay for example, joined the Essex Regiment and eventually he became a Physical Training instructor at Aldershot. West Ham decided that this was unfair on those players who were unavailable for selection. The club decided to pay all their players thirty shillings a week whether or not they played. Shortly afterwards, the Management Committee of the Football League passed a resolution instructing all clubs to follow West Ham's example.

After the declaration of war in September 1939, Adolf Hitler did not order the attack of France or Britain as he believed there was still a chance to negotiate an end to the conflict between the countries. This period became known as the Phoney War. As Britain had not experienced any bombing raids, the Football League decided to start a new competition entitled the Football League War Cup.

The entire competition of 137 games including replays was condensed into nine weeks. West Ham reached the final by beating Chelsea (3-2 and 2-0), Leicester City (1-1 and 3-0), Huddersfield Town (3-3 and 3-1), Birmingham City (4-2) and Fulham (3-2). By the time the final took place, the Phoney War had come to an end. On 10th May, 1940, Adolf Hitler launched his Western Offensive and invaded France. In the days leading up to the final, the British Expeditionary Force was being evacuated from Dunkirk.

In the final held at Wembley on 8th June, 1940, West Ham United beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0. Despite the fears that London would be bombed by the Luftwaffe, over 42,300 fans decided to take the risk of visiting Wembley. The only goal was scored by Sam Small after a shot from George Foreman had been blocked by James Barron, the Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper. Macaulay had won the third medal in his football career.


As he was based in England for the duration of the war Macauley was able to play in 59 games for the club, scoring 17 goals, during this period. He also played in five unofficial wartime internationals for Scotland.

In the 1945-46 season he played for West Ham United in the First Division South league. However, he only played in 8 games the following season before being transferred to Brentford in the First Division in October 1946 for a fee of £7,500. He was converted to right-half and his form was so good that he won his first international cap for Scotland on 12th April 1947. The following month he played right-half for Great Britain against the Rest of Europe at Hampden Park. However, he was unable to prevent his club from being relegated and in July 1947 he was sold to Arsenal for £10,000.

Macaulay joined a team that included Joe Mercer, George Swindin, Laurie Scott, Bernard Joy, Reg Lewis, Bryn Jones, Leslie Compton, Dennis Compton and Ted Platt. The manager, Tom Whittaker, had tried to sign Macaulay when he played for West Ham United. He later recalled: "Macaulay, a brilliant ball player and magnificently balanced, had the reputation of a temper in keeping with his red hair, but while he was at Highbury he was a loyal club servant and a fine footballer." Whittaker led the club to the First Division championships that season and Macauley had won another medal. He also won six more international caps for Scotland.

In his book, Forward Arsenal (1954) Bernard Joy argues that "Mercer and Macaulay were the best club pair of wing-halves in the country." Macaulay was eventually replaced in the team by his great friend, Alex Forbes. The two men had played for Scotland together and lived in the same house when they moved to London. Joy pointed out: "Apart from the striking physical likeness, he had the same vigour, traditional Scottish skill at ballwork and fine distribution. He had the same weakness, a sharp temper and an inclination to over-elaborate when the situation called for a quick pass."

Macauley played in 108 games for Arsenal before signing for Fulham in June 1950. He played in 48 games for his new club before joining Guildford City as player-manager.

In 1957 he replaced former Arsenal player, Tom Parker, as manager of Norwich City. He successfully led the Third Division side to the FA Cup semi-final. The following season the club won promotion to the Second Division. In 1961 he moved on to West Bromwich Albion. However, this was not a success and after winning only 26 matches in 67 games he was sacked in 1963.

Macauley's next appointment was as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. In 1965 he led the club to promotion from the Fourth Division. Macaulay left football management in 1968 and later he worked as a traffic warden in Chelsea.

Archie Macaulay died on 10th June 1993.

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Post by cockney hammer » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:20 pm

Jack Hebden (1921-1927)


Jack Hebden was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, on 12th November, 1900. A full-back, Hebden played for Castleford Town before joining Bradford City in 1920. After only playing three games for the club he joined West Ham United.

Hebden made his debut against South Shields on 7th May, 1921. The following season he played in 19 league games. The team at the time included Edward Hufton, Jack Young, Billy Henderson, George Kay, Jack Tresadern, Sid Bishop, George Carter, Billy Brown, Tommy Hodgson, William Thirlaway, Vic Watson, Billy Williams and Jimmy Ruffell.

He played in only 9 league games in the 1922-23 promotion winning season. He also failed to make the 1923 FA Cup Final team. The good form of regular full-backs, Billy Henderson and Jack Young, restricted Hebden to only two league game in the 1923-24 season.

Hebden became a regular in the 1925-26 season. He did even better in the 1926-27 season playing in 39 of the 42 league games. He lost his place in the first team the following season and in 1928 he joined Fulham. After only playing 23 games for his new club he drifted into non-league football.

Jack Hebden, who was employed at the Electricity Works in East Ham, after he retired from football, died in 1956 .

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Post by markmc » Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:44 am

cockney hammer wrote: Tommy Allison (1903-1909)


West Ham United in 1904-05: Back row (left to right): Herbert Bamlett, Aubrey Fair,

Matt Kingsley, David Gardner, Syd King (manager): Middle row: Tom Robinson (trainer),

Fred Brunton, Tommy Allison, Frank Piercy, John Russell, Len Jarvis, Fred Mercer,

Charlie Paynter (assistant trainer). Front row: William McCartney, Charlie Simmons,

Billy Bridgeman, Jack Fletcher, Christopher Carrick, Jack Flynn.

Tommy Allison played for New Brighton before joining Reading in 1901. Syd King, the new manager of West Ham, decided to bring in several new players in 1903. This included Allison, Charlie Satterthwaite (New Brompton), William Kirby (Swindon Town) and Herbert Lyon (Reading). Allison soon became a key figure at West Ham. The West Ham defence included Allison, George Kitchen, Frank Piercy, David Gardner, Len Jarvis and Bill Wildman. During the 1906-07 season the team only conceded 41 goals in 38 games. For five years Allison hardly missed a game: 32 (1903-04), 31 (1904-05), 30 (1905-06), 38 (1906-07) and 29 (1907-08). Tommy Allison retired after playing his last game on 10th April, 1909.

Re: good old days..

Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:58 am

i will keep my eye out for you mate

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:02 am


George Speak was born in Blackburn on 7th November, 1890. He played local football for Clitheroe Central before having trials with Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in 1910. After being rejected by these clubs he signed for Grimsby Town. He had four games for this club in the 1911-12 season.

This stocky left-back spent 10 months at Gainsborough Trinity before joining West Ham United in May 1914. At the beginning of the 1914-15 season he was the club's first choice left-back but lost his place and only played 13 games before the First World War brought an end to professional football in England.

In March, 1919, Speak was transferred to Preston North End for £25. Manager Vincent Hayes was attempting to rebuild his side after the war. His captain was the former English international, Joseph McCall. He also signed Tommy Roberts, Rowland Woodhouse, Archie Rawlings and George Waddell.

Preston North End did very well in the FA Cup in 1921. The club defeated Newcastle United (3-1), Barnsley (3-0) and Arsenal (2-1). Archie Rawlings scored the first goal in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur and created the chance for Tommy Roberts to score the winning goal.

Preston played Huddersfield Town in the final. The team lost to the only goal of the game, a penalty conceded by Tommy Hamilton. It was awarded when Hamilton tripped Huddersfield's outside-left Billy Smith. Hamilton admitted the offence but claimed it was outside the penalty area.

Speak played in 65 games for Preston before being transferred to Leeds United for £250 in 1923. He only played 28 times for his new club before retiring from the game.

George Speak died in 1953.

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:17 pm




Danny Shea was born in Wapping, London, in November, 1887. He was 21 years old and playing football for the Builders Arms pub team in Stratford when he was discovered by West Ham United coach, Charlie Paynter, in 1908.

Shea, a skillful inside-forward, was an immediate success. In his first season in the Southern League he ended up as top scorer with 20 goals. This was followed by 31 (1909-10), 28 (1910-11) and 24 (1911-12). All told he had scored 103 goals in a 166 games. Shea was described as "an artful schemer and delicate dribbler who had the knack of wheeling suddenly when near goal and unleashing a thunderbolt shot."

Blackburn Rovers, who had won the First Division of the Football League title in the 1911-12 season. They struggled for goals the following season and decided to pay a British record transfer fee of £2,000 for Shea. Syd King, the manager of West Ham United, used some of this money to buy Richard Leafe from Sheffield United.

Blackburn only finished 5th that season. However, in the 1913-14 season, Blackburn won their second title in three years. Blackburn obtained 51 points, 7 more than their nearest rivals, Aston Villa. Shea was top scorer with 27 goals.

The following season Blackburn Rovers scored 83 goals, the highest in the First Division. However, their defence was not as good and Blackburn finished 3rd behind the champions, Everton. Patsy Gallagher, described Shea as "one of the greatest ball artists who has ever played for England. his manipulation of the ball was bewildering."

In 1914 Shea obtained his first international cap playing for England against Ireland. Despite the surprise 3-1 defeat, he was retained for the game against Wales. The outbreak of the First World War brought an end to Shea's international career and professional football in Britain. Shea returned to the East End where he worked as a docker for the rest of the war.


At the end of the war Shea was in his thirties and past his best. He left Blackburn Rovers in 1919. During his time with this First Division club he scored 61 goals in 97 games. After short spells with Celtic and West Ham United he signed for Fulham in 1920. Over the next two years he scored 23 goals in 100 games.

Shea also played for Coventry City (1923-24), Clapton Orient (1924-25) and Sheppey United before he retired in 1926. Shea then went abroad and coached in Zurich, Switzerland. On his return to England he became a publican.

Danny Shea died in Wapping, London, on 25th December, 1960.

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:23 pm

William Thirlaway (1921-1938)


William (Billy) Thirlaway was born in Washington, County Durham, on 1st October, 1896. After leaving school he worked for Usworth Colliery near Sunderland. He played football for his company at outside-right.

In 1921, Syd King, the manager of West Ham United, signed Thirlaway. The team at the time included Edward Hufton, Jack Young, Billy Henderson, George Kay, Jack Tresadern, Sid Bishop, Syd Puddefoot, George Carter, Billy Brown, Tommy Hodgson, William Thirlaway, Vic Watson, Billy Williams and Jimmy Ruffell.

Thirlaway made his debut against Bradford Park Avenue on 29th August, 1921. He held his position in the team for the rest of the season and scored two goals 36 cup and league games. Although his scoring record was poor he made a great number of chances for Syd Puddefoot and Vic Watson.

Syd King purchased Dick Richards from Wolves for a fee of £300 in 1922. As a result Thirlaway played in only two league games in the 1922-23 promotion winning season. He also failed to make the 1923 FA Cup Final team.

Thirlaway played his last game for West Ham United against Birmingham City on 3rd November, 1923. The following year he joined South Shields. After eight games for his new club he was transferred to Luton Town. He also had a spell with South (four goals in 29 games).

In 1926 Thirlaway joined Birmingham City. After 22 appearances he moved to Cardiff City in march 1927. He stayed for three years scoring 22 goals in 108 games.

Billy Thirlaway died in 1983.

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:31 pm

Tommy Yews (1922-1933)


Tommy Yews in 1928


Thomas Yews was born in Wingate, County Durham, on 28th February, 1902. An outside-right he signed for Hartlepool United in 1921. In his first couple of seasons he scored three goals in 39 games.

Syd King, the manager of West Ham United, signed Yews for a fee of £150 in 1923. He joined a team that included Jimmy Ruffell, Billy Moore, George Kay, Edward Hufton, Jack Tresadern, Vic Watson, Sid Bishop, Billy Brown, Billy Henderson, Dick Richards and Jack Young.

West Ham had just been promoted to the First Division. They finished in 13th place in the 1923-24 season. Yews only played 12 games that year. He was a first-team regular the following year and made a large number of goals for top scorer Vic Watson. The trainer, Charlie Paynter, once said: "Tom could pick a fly off Bill's eyebrows."

West Ham United continued to struggle in the First Division but Yews' form remained good and he retained his place in the first-team. In the 1929-30 season, Vic Watson scored an amazing 50 league and cup games in only 44 games. As Tony Hogg pointed out in Who's Who of West Ham United (2004): "Vic Watson headed countless goals from Tommy's runs along the touchline and crosses from near the corner-flag."


Yews joined Clapton Orient in 1933. While at West Ham United he had scored 51 goals in 361 league and cup games. He only played three games for his new club before retiring from the game.

Thomas Yews was working as a chargehand at the Ford Motor Company when he died in August 1966.

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:39 pm

Stan Foxall (1934-1939)


Stan Foxall played for Gainsborough Trinity before joining West Ham in 1934. He did not establish himself in the team until 1936. However, by the 1937-38 season he was joint top scorer with Archie Macaulay. Foxall was a member of the West Ham team that beat Blackburn 1-0 in the 1940 FA Cup Final. Foxall suffered a major knee injury against Queens Park Rangers in September 1944. Foxall never regained full fitness and he was forced to retire from the game.

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:44 pm

Stanley Earle (1924-1932)



Stanley (Stan) Earle, the son of Harry Earle, who played professional football for Nottingham Forest, was born in Stratford on 6th September 1897. A talented inside-right he played England Scoolboys before signing as an amateur for Clapton Orient.

In March 1922 Earle signed as an amateur for Arsenal. He made his debut against Aston Villa on 18th March 1922. Later that year he played for the English amateur side against Ireland. Over the next two years he scored 3 goals in 4 games for Arsenal. His form was so good that he won his first international cap for England against France on 17th May 1924.

Earle signed for West Ham United in August 1924. He joined a team that included Alfred Earl, Edward Hufton, Jimmy Ruffell, Jim Barrett, Billy Moore, Vic Watson and Tommy Yews. In his first season he scored 6 goals 18 games.

In the 1925-26 season he played in 37 of the 42 league games. He developed a fine partnership with Jimmy Ruffell and Vic Watson, who scored 41 goals between them that season.

Earle won his second international cap for England against Northern Ireland on 22nd October 1927. Also in the team that day was Dixie Dean, Joe Hulme, Tom Cooper and Edward Hufton. England lost the game 2-0.

Stan Earle left West Ham United at the end of the 1931-32 season. He had scored 58 goals in 273 league and cup games. He ended his career playing for Clapton Orient. After retiring at the end of the 1931-32 season he coached top amateur club, Walthamstow Avenue.

Stan Earle died in Colchester in 26th September 1971.

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Post by cockney hammer » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Tommy Hodgson (1922-1929)


Thomas (Tommy) Hodgson was born in Hetton, County Durham, on 19th January 1903. A coalminer, he played for Hetton Colliery before signing for West Ham United in 1921. He joined a squad that included Edward Hufton, Jack Young, Billy Henderson, George Kay, Jack Tresadern, Sid Bishop, George Carter, Billy Brown, William Thirlaway, Jack Hebden, Dick Richards, Billy Moore, Vic Watson, Billy Williams and Jimmy Ruffell.

Hodgson made his debut against Blackpool on 6th May, 1922. He played in only 5 league games in the 1922-23 promotion winning season. He also failed to make the 1923 FA Cup Final team. The good form of regular full-backs, Billy Henderson and Jack Young, restricted Hodgson to only one league game in the 1924-25 season. However, Henderson suffered a serious knee injury in the 1925 and Hodgson played in 15 games in the 1925-26 season.

Hodgson was a regular in the first-team in the 1928-29 season. However, his appearances were restricted the following season and in 1930 he joined Luton Town. While at West Ham United he played in 92 cup and league games.

Hodgson remained a first-choice full-back for the next three seasons. He was also team captain. After retiring from playing he served the club as director, chairman and president.

Tommy Hodgson died in 1989.

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Post by cockney hammer » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:18 am

James Marshall (1935-1937)

James Marshall played for Shettleston Juniors before qualifying as a doctor. He joined Glasgow Rangers and during his time at the club won six Scottish League Championship medals (1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, and 1934). He also won three Scottish Cup winners' medals (1930, 1932 and 1934) and three international caps (1932-34). While playing for the Rangers he had a average of over a goal every two games. Marshall moved to Arsenal in 1934. He only played four games for his new club before moving onto West Ham United. He was a regular in the team before being replaced by Archie Macaulay who was purchased from Glasgow Rangers for £3,500. After leaving West Ham, Dr. James Marshall worked in Bermondsey.

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Post by cockney hammer » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:45 am

Syd King (1899-1903)


Syd King (top left) in the West Ham United team of 1901-02

West Ham United in 1904-05: Back row (left to right): Herbert Bamlett, Aubrey Fair,

Matt Kingsley, David Gardner, Syd King (manager): Middle row: Tom Robinson (trainer),

Fred Brunton, Tommy Allison, Frank Piercy, John Russell, Len Jarvis, Fred Mercer,

Charlie Paynter (assistant trainer). Front row: William McCartney, Charlie Simmons,

Billy Bridgeman, Jack Fletcher, Christopher Carrick, Jack Flynn.

The West Ham team that played in the 1923 FA Cup Final. Back row (left to right):

Syd King (manager), William Henderson, Syd Bishop, George Kay, Edward

Hufton, Jack Young, Jack Tresadern, Charlie Paynter (trainer). Front row:

Dick Richards, William Brown, Vic Watson, Billy Moore, Jimmy Ruffell.

Charlie Paynter and Syd King

Syd King was born in Chatham in August, 1873. After being educated at Watford Grammar School he found work at an ordnance depot. A talented footballer, he played at right-ba

In 1899 Francis Payne, Thames Iron Works' secretary, was given the task of finding good players for the club's first season in the top division of the Southern League. According to one report, Arnold Hills, gave Payne £1,000 to find the best players available. Payne signed several players including King, who at the time was considered to be the most promising full backs in the country and Derby County, one of the best teams in England, challenged Thames Iron Works for his signature.

Over the next few years Syd King developed a good partnership with Charles Craig, a left-back from Dundee. Syd King suffered a bad ankle injury against Tottenham Hotspur on 10th March, 1899. This ruled him out for the rest of the season. King played 28 games the following season.

In the 1901-02 King was part of the highly successful West Ham United team that included players like Hugh Mounteith, Fergus Hunt, Freddie Fenton, George Radcliffe, James Reid, Albert Kaye, Billy Grassam, Charlie Dove, Roderick McEachrane, Fred Corbett, Walter Tranter and Charles Craig that finished 4th in Division 1 of the Southern League.

Syd King, who had received a very good grammar school education, was seen as more intelligent than most players and at the end of the 1901-02 season was appointed as club secretary/manager. He continued to play but injuries restricted his appearances and he retired from the game after playing against Kettering Town on 15th April, 1903. King had played a total of 89 games for the club.

West Ham United lost their prolific scorer, Billy Grassam, to Manchester United before the start of the 1903-1904 season. Dick Pudan, a local lad from Canning Town, who had played well at full-back the previous season, left for Bristol Rovers. He later went on to play for Newcastle United in the 1908 FA Cup Final.

Syd King brought in Charles Satterthwaite from New Brompton to replace Grassam. William Kirby, a right-winger who had a good scoring record, was signed from Swindon Town. Tommy Allison was brought in from Reading to bolster the defence. Herbert Lyon, a forward, also joined from Reading. Len Jarvis, a talented local boy, was also brought into the team.

Attendances at games, compared to their close rivals, remained disappointing. One reason for this was no nearby railway station. West Ham United began to verge on the edge of bankruptcy and by the end of the season the club only had had the money to pay the wages of one professional player, Tommy Allison, during the summer.


Arnold Hills was also having financial problems and was unwilling to re-negotiate a rental agreement to use the Memorial Grounds that was acceptable to West Ham United. The club was forced to find another sponsor. A local brewery agreed to advance them a loan to help them purchase a new ground.

Syd King was given the task to find West Ham a new home. It was suggested that he should take a look at Boleyn Castle field, just off Green Street, East Ham. The land was owned by the Catholic Ecclesiastical Authorities and used by the Boleyn Castle Roman Catholic Reformatory School.

A deal was arranged with the Catholic Ecclesiastical Authorities but the Home Office made it clear that they did not approve of the land being used by West Ham United. Syd King went to see Sir Ernest Gray, an influential Member of Parliament. As King later explained, "through his good offices, subject to certain conditions, we were finally allowed to take possession of Boleyn Castle".

The West Ham financial crisis meant that King was forced to sell Charles Satterthwaite and William Kirby. Satterthwaite, who scored 18 of West Ham's 38 goals, was transferred to Arsenal and Kirby returned to Swindon Town. West Ham also lost two of their most talented youngsters, James Bigden (Arsenal) and William Barnes (Luton). While Herbert Lyon, who scored two goals in his debut as centre-forward, was transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion. West Ham also lost their goalkeeper, Fred Griffiths to New Brompton. In two seasons with the club, Griffiths kept 13 clean sheets in 48 league appearances. Griffiths was replaced by another international goalkeeper, Matt Kingsley from Newcastle United.

Syd King also recruited Charlie Simmons (West Bromwich Albion), Frank Piercy (Middlesbrough) and Jack Fletcher (Reading). The most significant signing was David Gardner, a defender who had played at the top level for Newcastle United. A great favourite with West Ham fans, he was appointed captain of the side. King also introduced, Billy Bridgeman, a local teenager, into the side.

By the end of the season West Ham had climbed to 10th place in the league, scoring 48 goals in 34 games. Top scorer was Billy Bridgeman with 11 goals. Others who made a major contribution included Charlie Simmons (8), Jack Fletcher (7) and Christopher Carrick (6). West Ham also gave promising youngster, George Hilsdon, seven games, in which he scored 4 goals.

At the beginning of the 1905-06 season, Syd King recruited George Kitchen, a goalkeeper, from Everton. His most important signing was Fred Blackburn, who had such a good goal-scoring record at Blackburn Rovers that he had played for England against Scotland in 1901. Billy Grassam, who had been such a prolific scorer between 1900-04, returned to West Ham United after a season playing for Manchester United.

King also persuaded the highly experienced James Jackson to join the club. He had built up a good reputation as a tough-tackling full-back while playing for Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle United and Arsenal. Harry Stapley, a school teacher, who refused to become a professional player, was signed from local side, Woodford Town.

West Ham also lost the talented youngster, George Hilsdon, to Chelsea. He had been injured the previous season and while recovering he was seen by the Chelsea manager, John Robertson, playing for the reserves. He later wrote: "I never even set eyes on the player I went specially to see. They were glued all the time to the inside-left a cockney lad, 19 years of age. If I get him he'll be our first team centre-forward next season."

Roberton's prediction was correct and Hilsdon went on to score 26 goals that season, and was a major factor in Chelsea's promotion to the First Division. Hilsdon also went on to play for England.

The loss of talented youngsters to league sides was a common story during the first five years of the 20th century. Other talented West Ham United youngsters who left the club during this period included William Barnes, Bill Yenson, James Bigden and Dick Pudan. The 1905 edition of Association Football included the following passage: "It is the proud boast of the West Ham club that they turn out more local players than any other team in the South. The district has been described as a hot-bed of football and it is so. The raw material is found on the marshlands and open spaces round about and after a season or so, the finished player leaves the East End workshop to better himself, as most ambitious young men will do. In the ranks of other organizations many old West Ham boys have distinguished themselves."

West Ham had only a moderate season that year, winning only 14 of its 34 games. The Irons scored 42 goals against 39 conceded. The club also lost in the first round of the FA Cup against Woolwich Arsenal. After a 1-1 draw at Upton Park that was watched by 18,000 spectators, Arsenal won the replay 3-2.

Syd King managed to bring in some useful looking players for the 1906-07 season. This included the Scottish international, David Lindsay, an outside right from from Heart of Midlothian. King also signed two defenders, Archie Taylor (Brentford) and Bill Wildman (Everton). David Clarke, who had formerly played for Bristol Rovers, was brought it as an understudy goalkeeper to George Kitchen.

West Ham looked a much better balanced team that season. The defence that included George Kitchen, Frank Piercy, David Gardner, Len Jarvis, Tommy Allison and Bill Wildman, only conceded 41 goals in 38 games.

West Ham also had a potent forward line that season. Harry Stapley, the goal scoring schoolteacher hit the net 22 times that season. His strike partner, Lionel Watson, added 12 more. Billy Grassam also returned to form with 10 goals. All told, West Ham scored 60 goals that season.

A local lad from Barking, Tommy Randall, also made his debut for West Ham against Fulham in the last game of the season. Fulham, who had already been crowned champions, lost the game 4-1. This result pushed the Irons into 5th place. This was the best season since they had finished 4th in the 1901-1902 season.

West Ham United was elected to the Second Division of the Football League after the First World War. The club decided to increase the admission price to 1 shilling (5p). Over 20,000 turned up to Upton Park to see the first league game against Lincoln City on 30 August 1919. The game ended up in a 1-1 draw.

The club finished in 7th place in the Second Division in the 1919-1920 season. The following season the club finished in 5th place. George Kay, the captain of West Ham, had been purchased from Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £100. A small group of young local players such as Syd Puddefoot, Jack Tresadern, Edward Hufton, Sid Bishop, George Carter and Jimmy Ruffell had also arrived in the first-team.

King also made some shrewd signings for small fees. This included Vic Watson from Wellingborough Town (£25), Billy Brown from Hetton (£25) and Jack Young from South Shields (£300).

The star of the side was Syd Puddefoot who had scored 107 goals in 194 games for the club. The team relied heavily on Puddefoot's goals and it was great shock to the fans when Syd King sold him to Falkirk for the British record fee of £5,000 in February 1925. Puddefoot had netted 107 goals in 194 games for the club.

As the authors of the The Essential History of West Ham United (2000) pointed out that his departure "nearly caused a riot among Hammers fans". However, the club blamed Puddefoot in a statement issued after his transfer: "The departure of Syd Puddefoot came as no surprise to those intimately connected with him. It is an old saying that everyone has one chance in life to improve themselves and Syd Puddefoot is doing the right thing for himself in studying his future. We understand that he will be branching out in commercial circles in Falkirk and when his football days are over he will be assured of a nice little competency."

The truth of the matter was that Syd Puddefoot was very reluctant to move to Scotland to play for Falkirk. However, at this time footballers had little control over these matters. At the time of his departure, it looked like West Ham United would win promotion to the First Division. However, without their top goalscorer, the club lost five of their last seven games and finished in 4th place at the end of the 1921-22 season.

However, Syd King used the money wisely and purchased three talented players: Billy Henderson from Aberdare Athletic (£650), Dick Richards from Wolves (£300) and Billy Moore from Sunderland (£300). He was also convinced that the young Vic Watson would be even better than the departed Syd Puddefoot.

According to Jimmy Ruffell, it was trainer Charlie Paynter who decided on the team's tactics: "Syd King was a good manager. But he left a lot of the day-to-day stuff to our trainer Charlie Paynter. It was Charlie that most of us talked to about anything. Syd King was more about doing deals to get players to play for West Ham."

The new line-up took a while to settle down at the start to the 1921-22 season, winning only three of their first fourteen games. This put them in 18th place and it looked like that the club had no chance of getting promotion that year.

The turning point came with a 1-0 victory over Clapton Orient on 18th November, 1921. West Ham won nine of their next eleven games. The forward line of Jimmy Ruffell, Billy Moore, Vic Watson, Billy Brown and Dick Richards began to click. As Ruffell pointed out: "West Ham were a good passing team. Most of the time you had an idea where men were or men would make themselves ready to get the ball from another player. I think we were one of the few clubs to really practice that. Then, with their good forward line, Vic Watson, Bill Moore and I was okay too, West Ham always had a chance at getting a goal."

West Ham United also beat Hull City 3-2 in the 1st Round of the FA Cup on 13th January, 1923. They faced Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2nd round. After a 1-1 draw they beat them 1-0 in the replay. This was followed by a 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle. However, they took three games before the eventually beat Southampton 1-0 on 19th March, to reach the semi-final for the first time in their history.

West Ham was also in good form in the league going on a 10 match unbeaten run since the start of the new year. This included a 6-0 victory on 15th February away from home against Leicester City, one of their main rivals for the championship. Notts County and Manchester United were also doing well that season so it appeared that four clubs were fighting for the two promotion places.

On 24th March, 1923, West Ham played Derby County in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge in front of a 50,000 crowd. Derby, who had not lost a goal so far in the competition was expected to win the game. George Kerr, a 17-year-old supporter who lived in Boleyn Road, was one of those who watched the game. "For the first few minutes the ball hardly left the Hammers' half. Then Hufton took a goal-kick straight down the middle. Watson trapped the ball then swung around hitting it out to the left about 10 yards ahead of Ruffell who took it in his stride and carried it about another 20 yards before he swung over a slightly lofted centre which Brown volleyed into the top left-hand corner of the net."

The goal by Billy Brown was followed by another one from Billy Moore. After ten minutes West Ham had a two goal lead. Further goals by Brown, Moore and Jimmy Ruffell gave the Hammers an easy 5-2 victory.

The Daily Mail argued that: "West Ham have never played finer football. It was intelligent, it was clever, and it was dashing. They were quick, they dribbled and swerved, and passed and ran as if the ball was to them a thing of life and obedient to their wishes. They were the master tacticians, and it was by their tactics that they gained. Every man always seemed to be in his place, and the manner in which the ball was flashed from player to player - often without the man who parted from it taking the trouble to look - but with the assistance that his colleague was where he ought to be - suggested the well-assembled parts of a machine, all of which were in perfect working order."

The prospect of playing their first FA Cup Final did not damage their league form. A week later West Ham United beat Crystal Palace 5-1 with Vic Watson scoring four of the goals. They followed this with a 5-2 win over Bury. There were also wins against Hull City (3-0) and Fulham (2-0). However, with the title in their grasp, pre-cup nerves set in and the club lost games against Barnsley and Notts County in the weeks preceeding the final that was to be the first to be held at the Empire Stadium at Wembley.

The new stadium had just been built by Robert McAlpine for the British Empire Exhibition of 1923. It was originally intended intended to be demolished at the end of the Exhibition. However, it was later decided to keep the building to host football matches. The first match was to be the 1923 Cup Final and it was only completed four days before the game was due to take place.

To Syd King, promotion to the First Division was the most important objective and he consistently played his strongest team in the league, giving no one a rest. As a result, West Ham also had injury problems and Jimmy Ruffell, Edward Hufton, Vic Watson and Jack Young all faced fitness tests on the morning of the final.

The Empire Stadium had a capacity of 125,000 and so the Football Association did not consider making it an all-ticket match. After all, both teams only had an average attendance of around 20,000 for league games. However, it was rare for a club from London to make the final of the FA Cup and supporters of other clubs in the city saw it as a North v South game.

Jimmy Ruffell commented that getting to the FA Cup Final was very important to the people living in the area: "It seemed like the most wonderful thing anyone had done as far as anything to do with West Ham was concerned. It was a hard time for most people around the East End. That was the best thing about it really giving people, kids, something to smile about." It has to be remembered that in the 1920s an average of 150 Britons died every day as a consequence of malnutrition. A significant percentage of these people lived in the East End of London.

The Bolton Evening News reported: "It is computed that fully 250,000 people made their way to the imposing and spacious ground form all parts of the Empire, all anxious to see the blue riband of the football world decided. About 60,000 people had passed inside the turnstiles when pandemonium broke loose. One of the main exits was broken down and thousands of people surged inside the enclosure, and from that moment the situation showed signs of getting out of hand. People scaled high walls and clambered into seats for which others had paid. Such was the pressure on the ringside fences that they gave way. The crowd rushed across the large cinder track which encircles the playing pitch, and in an incredibly short time the beautiful greensward was occupied by a black uncontrollable mass. The police, apparently taken by surprise, were for a time powerless to deal with the situation and even after more officers, mounted and on foot, had been rushed to the ground, the task of clearing the playing pitch was a tediously slow process."

According to The Times newspaper, about a 1,000 people were injured attempting to get into Wembley Stadium that day. The spectators at the front were pushed onto the field making it impossible for the game to get started. For a while it seemed that the game would have to be postponed. However, in the words of one East Ham Echo reporter, ". then came the miracle. Half a dozen mounted policeman arrived on the scene, and working from the centre of the pitch by great efforts, filched a little more space from the crowd, which the cordon of police endeavoured to hold. But wonders of wonders was the work of an inspector on a dashing white horse." The inspector on the white horse was G. A. Story and as a result of these efforts the game began after a 40 minute delay.

Jimmy Ruffell was later interviewed about the game: "Most of the people at Wembley seemed to be Londoners. Well, the ones I saw seemed to be. As we tried to make our way out onto the field everyone was slapping us on the back and grabbing our hands to shake them. By the time I got to the centre of the pitch my poor shoulder was aching."

West Ham trainer, Charlie Paynter, complained: "When the players of both sides got on the pitch there seemed quite a hundred London supporters to every Bolton supporter. My boys were slapped and pulled about, while the Bolton players got through practically unscathed. Unfortunately Ruffell, who had just got over an injured shoulder, which was naturally tender and Tresadern both received severe shakings before they reached the pitch. It was a pitch made for us until folks tramped all over the place. when the game started it was hopeless. Our wingers, Ruffell and Richards were tripping in great ruts and holes. The pitch had been torn up badly by the crowd and the horses wandering over it."

The game eventually started 43 minutes late. In the second minute Jack Tresadern got stuck in the crowd after going in to retrieve the ball for a throw in. Before he could get back onto the field, the ball was sent into the West Ham United penalty area. Jack Young gained possession of the ball but he gave it away to Jimmy Seddon. The ball was then passed to David Jack. According to The Times reporter at the game: "Jack feinted to pass out to Butler when the pass looked as good as made, he dribbled inside to the left, went through the West Ham United defence at a great pace and scored from close in with a hard high shot into the right-hand corner of the net."

Three minutes later, Dick Pym, the Bolton goalkeeper, missed a corner-kick from Jimmy Ruffell and the usually reliable Vic Watson, blasted the ball over the crossbar. The Times journalist covering the game wrote: "Pym, misjudging a perfectly taken corner by Ruffell, came out of goal and missed the ball. The ball came to Watson, who had an open goal yawning only a few yards in front of him. How he managed to kick the ball over the cross-bar instead of into the net one cannot imagine if a player tried to do it, the odds against him would be generous. Watson, however, did fail to score."

Soon afterwards West Ham United had another chance when Dick Richards finished off a brilliant dribble with a clever shot that Dick Pym managed to save. After 13 minutes the game was brought to a halt after the crowd spilled on to the pitch in front of the main stand. It was another ten minutes before the mounted police cleared the pitch and the match could resume.

Once the game had restarted Joe Smith appeared to scored from a clever centre from Billy Butler but was ruled offside. Bolton were the better team in the first-half and the East Ham Echo reported that this was "because they were more experienced and better fitted temperamentally to stand the strains of the extraordinary conditions."

The teams did not leave the field at half-time but crossed over and resumed play after a five-rninutes' interval. West Ham United began the second half well and Vic Watson just failed to convert a cross from George Kay. This was followed by another near miss. According to George Kerr: "It was a hard low cross from Richards on the right wing arriving about chest-high outside the six-yard box. Watson went for it and had he contacted he must have scored but Pym, the goalie, managed to get his hand to it, knocking it down and collecting it."

In the 54th minute Joe Smith received a pass from Ted Vizard and volleyed against the underside of the bar. The referee ruled that it had crossed the line, before rebounding back into play. Bolton Wanderers now had a two-goal lead.

West Ham United continued to press forward but failed to make anymore chances. The Daily Mirror reported: "The prescence of the crowd on the touchlines considerably hampered the work of the wingers." Jimmy Ruffell later admitted: "It was a hard game for West Ham to play as the field had been churned up so bad by horses and the crowd that had been on the pitch well before the game. West Ham made a lot of the wings and you just couldn't run them for the crowd that were right up close to the line."

According to the Stratford Express: "It was a tame finish to a disappointing match, spoiled of all its interest by the lamentable conditions under which it was decided. Bolton won because they more nearly approached their more usual form than West Ham did, and because they were less upset by the unusual happenings. On the day's play they were the better side, and deserved their victory."

After the game Syd King remarked that: "I'm too disappointed to talk. I want't to forget it." However, Charlie Paynter, the trainer, pointed out that Rule 5 was constantly broken during the FA Cup Final. "It is pure imagination for anyone to say that the touchlines were clear. They were not." Rule 5 states that the player making the throw-in has to be behind the touchline. This rarely happened during the game.

The East Ham Echo reported: "There is talk of a protest to the FA against regarding the game as the FA Cup Final, but disappointed and disatisfied as they must be with in the West Ham directors and their team are too good sports to do that." Syd King then issued a statement: "Although inundated with requests to lodge a protest against the result of the final tie, the directors of the West Ham club are satisfied that they were beaten by the better team on the day (under the conditions in which the match was played) but they do consider that the responsible officials of both clubs should have been informed at half-time as to whether the match was to be a Cup-tie or not as in their opinion the match was not played under the rules of the FA (particularly with regard to Rule 5). Rule 5, deals with the conditions under which the ball shall be thrown from the touchline, but on Saturday the crowd were on the touchline practically all the time."

Only 48 hours after the final West Ham United had to play preultimate game in the 1922-23 season. The players held their nerve and beat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough 2-0 with goals from Vic Watson and Billy Moore. The Hammers were top of the league on goal average. However, Leicester City and Notts County both had the same number of points. With only the top two going up, if West Ham lost their last game, they could still fail to get promoted.

The last fixtures of 1922-23 paired West Ham United with Notts County and Leicester City and Bury. Over 26,000 fans turned up to Upton Park to see the game against their promotion rivals on 5th May 1923. Although the home team pushed forward they found it difficult to create any real good chances. In the 38th minute, disaster struck as inside-forward, Harold Hill, put County ahead. The good news was that at Bury was leading Leicester City by a single goal at half-time.

George Kerr reported that "the second-half began much as before, with the Hammers striving hard but creating little in the way of scoring chances." The game at Gigg Lane had started 15 minutes earlier than the one at Upton Park and at 4.30 the West Ham fans began to look towards the North Bank. Kerr observed what was taking place: "The half-time scoreboard was situated in an elevated position at the rear of the North Bank. At the extreme right as we looked at it was a cubby-hole with a telephone and in which the operator was housed. We noticed that he was walking along the gang-plank to the opposite end and having reached it adjacent to the sign which would indicate the score of the Leicester City v Bury match, he marked the full-time result - 0-1 to Bury. Immediately the mood of the crowd was transformed from one of utter dejection to complete ecstasy."

West Ham was unable to score and the game resulted in a 1-0 victory to Notts County, who not only got promoted but had won the Second Division championship. However, West Ham had a better goal average than Leicester City and joined County in the First Division. It now became clear of the significance of the 6-0 victory at Filbert Street on 15th February. Without this result, it would have been Leicester who would have been promoted.

The form of the West Ham players had impressed the English selectors and both Vic Watson and Jack Tresadern were selected to play in the game against Scotland at Hampden Park. This was very unusual for Second Division players to be called-up for such an important game. Sid Bishop, Edward Hufton, Billy Brown, Billy Moore and Jimmy Ruffell also played for England over the next couple of years. Dick Richards was also a regular with Wales during this period. Eight of the West Ham team who played in the 1923 FA Cup Final became internationals. At 32 years old, George Kay, the West Ham captain was considered to be too old to be selected. Billy Henderson was called up to the England squad but a serious knee injury that brought an early end to his career stopped him from representing his country. The team had cost £2,000 in transfer fees. This was less than the £5,000 that West Ham had received for Syd Puddefoot. Like the other graduates of the West Ham coaching system, Puddefoot also went on to play for England.

The development of such a great team of younsters was not lost on the major clubs of the time but West Ham United refused offers for their stars and players like Vic Watson and Jimmy Ruffell remained at the club for many years.

Syd King decided to only add Tommy Yews, a winger from Hartlepool United, and Norman Proctor, an inside-forward from Rotherham United, to strengthen his squad for the club's first season in the First Division. King also had high hopes of several young local lads, such as Jim Barrett, George Carter, Albert Cadwell, Billy Williams and Jimmy Collins.

Some commentators were highly critical of King's decision not to bring in experienced First Division players. However, Scribbo, the football reporter of the East Ham Echo was more optimistic: "There is every reason why they (West Ham) should do well in first-class company. They revealed themselves an exceptional side last year."

West Ham's first game of the season was against Sunderland, one of the best teams in the country. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. However, the match was a disaster as Vic Watson, the team's leading scorer, broke a toe, an injury that would keep him out of the side until April 1924. Syd King was unable to find a replacement for Watson and therefore West Ham struggled for goals that season. Top scorers were Billy Moore (9) and Billy Brown (6). However, the defence did well and only let in 43 goals that season. Only four other clubs in the First Division: Huddersfield Town (1st), Cardiff City (2nd), Bolton Wanderers (4th) and Aston Villa (6th) had better defensive records.

Stanley Earle was King's only significant signing for the 1924-25 season. Again West Ham United finished in 13th place. Vic Watson, who had now fully recovered from his broken toe, finished as top scorer with 22 goals. King kept the same squad for the 1925-26 season. That year the Hammers had little difficulty scoring goals but the defence had a torrid time letting in 76 in 42 games, finishing in 18th place.

King refused to panic and once again he made no major purchases. George Kay was sold to Stockport County and Jack Hebden became the new club captain. Other players in the team that year included Jim Barrett, Sid Bishop, George Carter, Alfred Earl, Stanley Earle, Vivian Gibbins, Tommy Hodgson, Edward Hufton, Billy Moore, Jimmy Ruffell, Vic Watson, Billy Williams and Tommy Yews.

West Ham United did very well in the 1926-27 season. This included a 7-0 victory over Arsenal and two 5-1 wins against Aston Villa. At the end of the season they were in 6th place scoring an impressive 86 goals. The club's main scorers were Vic Watson (34), Jimmy Ruffell (13), Stanley Earle (13) and Tommy Yews (8).

The 1927-28 season was a great disappointment with West Ham finishing in 17th place. The forwards remained in good form: Jimmy Ruffell (18), Vivian Gibbins (15), Vic Watson (15), Tommy Yews (11) and Stanley Earle (11). However, the 81 goals scored was cancelled out by 88 against.

Once again Syd King refused to buy any new players. He was highly criticised for this strategy when the club finished 17th in the 1928-29 season. He was not helped by the fact that West Ham's supply of talented youngsters seemed to have dried up. Once again it was the defence that was the problem with 96 goals conceded.



Vic Watson was the star of the 1929-30 season. He scored an amazing 50 league and cup games in only 44 games. This included hat-tricks in games against Aston Villa (home and away) and Leeds United. He also scored all four goals in West Ham's 4-1 FA Cup victory over Leeds. Watson's goals helped West Ham finish in 7th place in the First Division.

Once again West Ham United experienced defensive problems in the 1930-31 season letting in 94 goals in 42 games. Vivian Gibbins, a local schoolteacher who refused to sign as a professional, ended up as top goalscorer with 18 goals in 21 games.

West Ham's defensive problems were not sorted out and in the 1931-32 season they finished in bottom place with only 31 points and were relegated to the Second Division. That season the Hammers conceded 107 goals.

Ted Fenton who was signed as an apprentice in 1932 claims that King used to send him on trips to buy cases of beer, an arrand that carried a ten-shilling tip from the manager.

At a board meeting on 7th November, 1932, King insulted one of the West Ham directors. At an emergency board meeting the following night, it was decided that King had been drunk and insubordinate and that he should be "suspended for three calendar months from November, 9, 1932, without salary". Charlie Paynter became the temporary manager.

At another board meeting on 3rd January, 1933, doubts were expressed about King's honesty in the day-to-day business of running the club. It was decided that King should be sacked from the post of manager. However, he was granted an ex-gratia payment of £3 per week. Syd King was devastated by the news and a few weeks later he committed suicide by drinking a corrosive liquid mixed with alcohol.



Association Football Year Book (1905)

It is the proud boast of the West Ham club that they turn out more local players than any other team in the South. The district has been described as a hot-bed of football and it is so. The raw material is found on the marshlands and open spaces round about and after a season or so, the finished player leaves the East End workshop to better himself, as most ambitious young men will do. In the ranks of other organizations many old West Ham boys have distinguished themselves.


Syd King, The Book of Football (1905)

In the summer of 1895, when the clanging of "hammers" was heard on the banks of Father Thames and great warships were rearing their heads above the Victoria Dock Road, a few enthusiasts, with the love of football within them, were talking about the grand old game and the formation of a club for the workers of the Thames Ironworks Limited. There were platers and riveters in the Limited who had chased the big ball in the North country. There were men among them who had learned to give the subtle pass and to urge the leather goalwards. And so when the idea was first suggested that an amateur club should be formed, it met with a ready response from the employs of the Thames Ironworks. These early organisers, of what, in a later age, is known as West Ham United, also found a generous patron in Mr. A. F. Hills.

Before passing along to the first appearance of the club in the field, I ought to point out that West Ham is one of the oldest football centres in the country. The fact is not generally known that Blackburn Rovers have met Upton Park - not the present club of that name - in a late round of the Association Cup competition in West Ham Park. "The oldest inhabitant " tells me that Blackburn Rovers won. I mention these things to show that when the Thames Ironworks F. C. came before the local public a great deal was known about the game and, indeed, the way had been prepared for the Ironworks by clubs like St. Luke's, Old St. Luke's, and Old Castle Swifts. Canning Town and West Ham, generally in those days even, was a hotbed of football. Old Castle Swifts had the distinction of being the first professional club in Essex, and they played on a field hard by the Hermit Road. Their existence was brief. The Hermit Road "cinder heap" - it was nothing better - lay untenanted after their demise, and it was this barren waste that the Thames Ironworks decided to occupy. A few meetings were called, and the project talked over. Foremen and overseers in the Limited were persuaded to give their support, a committee was elected, and secretaries appointed. Roughly speaking, the membership did not exceed fifty. No thought of professionalism, I may say, was ever contemplated by the founders. They meant to run their club on amateur lines, and their first principle was to choose their team from men in the works.

On September 7, 1895, eleven men from the works turned out at Hermit Road to play the reserve team of the Royal Ordnance F. C. The pages of history record that the result was a draw, 1-1, and everybody went home satisfied.

Bob Stevenson who captained Woolwich Arsenal at one period of their existence, was the first captain of the Thames Ironworks, and in those early days the training was done on week nights at a school-room in the Barking Road. The players used also occasionally to go out for a moonlight spin on the turnpike road. Their trainer was Tommy Robinson, and he is still trainer to West Ham United. There is a break of several seasons in his service, however, during which we saw him smoking his cigar on match days and thinking hard when the game was going against the side in which he has always taken a deep interest.

The Ironworks' first season came to a close, with happy results. They had to move from Hermit Road, though, the next year, and they subsequently appeared at Browning Road, East Ham. For some reason, not altogether explained, the local public at this place did not take kindly to them, and the records show that Browning Road was a wilderness both in the matter of luck and support. Still there was a bright time coming, it was thought, and people were beginning to talk about the Memorial Grounds at Canning Town. This vast athletic enclosure was built by Mr. Hills, and, if my memory is not at fault, I think it was opened on Jubilee Day, 1897. History has been made at the Memorial Grounds. Troubles and triumphs are associated with the enclosure, but, somehow, West Ham never succeeded there as it was once thought they would. Thames Ironworks, however, won the London League championship in 1898.

The next season they entered the Second Division of the Southern League and won the championship at the first time of asking. The season 1898-9 will also be remembered as the year in which they embraced professionalism. One of the arguments advanced at the time was that none but a tip-top team of good players could draw the multitude to the Memorial Grounds. Following its adoption there were more trials and troubles. Those supporters who remained loyal will remember the year as one in which West Ham United certain officials came under the ban of the F.A. It was distinctly unfortunate, and for a time dark clouds threatened the club.

Thames Ironworks were next invited to knock at the door of the First Division of the Southern League. And knock they did. They were admitted, only to discover that the higher you go the more difficulties you may expect to encounter. In September, 1899, then, they made their entry into the First Division. Ill-luck dogged them all the way. They won only eight matches, and finished in the table just above Sheppey United. All this while the man in the street was talking about the club.

The time was ripe for a limited liability company, and the public were shortly afterwards invited to take up shares. Next year the name was changed from Thames Ironworks to West Ham United, and henceforward the doors of the club were open to the rank and file.

The record of 1899-1900, however, would not be complete without some reference to the players who were associated with the club at that time. There was poor Harry Bradshaw, who came from the "Spurs" with Joyce. How well I remember that match with Queen's Park Rangers during the Christmas holidays, when Joyce brought over the sad message to the Memorial Grounds that our comrade had passed away. Poor Harry was one of the cleverest wing-forwards I have ever known, and he was immensely popular with everybody. He joined the club with me, and with us in the team were McEachrane (now with the Arsenal), Craig (Notts Forest), my partner at full-back, Carnelly, and Joyce. We had some rare talent in our reserve team too, for, if my memory is not at fault, there were J. Bigden (now of the Arsenal), R. Pudan (Bristol Rovers), and Yenson (Queen's Park Rangers).

Retaining several of their old players, in the following season, 1900-1, West Ham finished up sixth on the Southern League table. This, indeed, was progress. It was the first year of the intermediate rounds of the English Cup competition, and it was our fortune to meet Liverpool at the Memorial Grounds. They beat us by only 1 goal, and we were rather unlucky to lose. Goldie (Fulham) played against us, and Satterthwaite, who afterwards became identified with West Ham, was Liverpool's twelfth man. Grassam joined us that year, and Hugh Monteith kept goal for the "Hammers," as we were then styled.

Next season, 1901-2, is the brightest in the history of the club. It was roses all the way, but there was one ugly thorn, and that a beating from Grays United in the National Cup competition. We reached fourth position in the League table, finishing behind Portsmouth, "Spurs," and "Saints."

In that year I was appointed assistant-secretary, and at a later period, as is generally known, I became secretary-manager.

We lost the services of several of our best men the following season, 1902-3. That was the penalty, I suppose, we had to pay for success. All the same, we had a useful team, among whom was Fred Griffiths, the Welsh International goalkeeper J. Blythe, who afterwards went to Millwall and Linward, who was transferred to the Arsenal. And the club certainly deserved a higher position than tenth on the table, where we subsequently finished. The Cup competition saw us beaten at Lincoln, and the match will be remembered if only for the accident to Kelly, who, although he broke his ankle, went on playing till within a few minutes of the finish.

Now we come to the season 1903-4. This was one of the most eventful in the history of the club. The West Ham United Football Club Company dates from 1900-1. The open door, so to speak, had been productive of good results. The charge that the club was out of sympathy with the local public was not repeated in 1903. A lot of prejudice had been lived down and forgotten, and I don't suppose any club has had to fight harder for its existence than West Ham United. Even as we stood on the threshold of 1903-4 a great and overwhelming difficulty beset us. It was the last year of our agreement concerning the occupancy of the Memorial Grounds.

But before I pass along to the stirring events which marked the close of that season, let me say something about the team. We were reinforced by a strong contingent from Reading, including Allison, Cotton, Watts, and Lyon. With regard to the performances of the team that year, I regret to say that we did not succeed as we should have liked. Fulham beat us by a goal in the Cup competition, and in the League we were the reverse of comfortable - a fact which did not help to encourage us when we knew that we must leave the Memorial Grounds and that a new home had to be found. The immediate and pressing difficulty of West Ham at the close of the 1901 season was the question of ground. The directors endeavoured to negotiate with Mr. A. F. Hills for a further lease of seven, fourteen, or twenty-one years of the Memorial Grounds at a good rental, the club to have sole control.

Unfortunately as we thought then, but luckily as it afterwards turned out, no agreement could be arrived at. And we had to go. But where to? A piece of waste ground was offered us by the corporation, but this would not do. I well remember the facts concerning our lifting up and being placed on dry land, as it were. It was during our last few days at the Memorial Grounds. A match was being played between boys of the Home Office Schools. One of the Brothers from the Boleyn Castle School was present. We told him of our difficulty, and showed him the letter from Mr. Hills. An arrangement was made with the Brother there and then to go and see the Boleyn Castle Ground. We agreed to take it. A week later we were thrown back into the lap of despair again by being told that the Home Office would not approve of the action of the Brothers. A deputation of directors waited upon Mr. Ernest Gray, M.P., and through his good offices and certain conditions on our part we were finally allowed to take possession of Boleyn Castle.

It is a place with a history. There the unfortunate lady whose name is linked with that of Henry VIII. has resided. There are legends and stories about this fine old mansion - now a school.

At their new ground the West Hain Club hope to make football history, and I may say that 1904-5 - our first season at the Castle - was also the first year we have ever made a profit on the season's working.

East Ham Echo (27th April 1923)

Dear Mr Syd King, - The tape on Saturday ticked out, West Ham 1 Fulham 0. We shout from the office window, "West Ham Won." In reply the boys say, "Tell us about Syd King and West Ham." So here goes!

The man of the "Two Doubles" they call you. Would you like to know why? Very well. It is because Syd King is West Ham and West Ham is Syd King. That is "one double." The other double - the cup and First League honours - is well on the way to fulfilment. One almost approaches you with fear and trembling until they know you, and then they find your bark is a thousand times worse than your bite.

You won't talk about yourself, and it makes it difficult for the scribes to portray you. Anyway, you can't say you are not from Kent. We all know the fighting spirit of the men of Kent, and that is perhaps why, added to your undeniable ability, your indomitable spirit has landed you into the very important position of Secretary-Manager to West Ham. That you fulfil the duties with efficiency and satisfaction to all is manifest. You have done great things for West Ham, and their supporters highly appreciate your efforts.

When we talk of West Ham we take you as part of the picture. Yes, and you will shortly be celebrating your 21st season of management. Once upon a time you played for Northfleet as a full back, and, I believe, you also have had association with New Brompton, now Gillingham, who figure in both the Third League and the Kentish League. It was, however, from the Northfleet club that you joined West Ham in 1899. One year later, in 1900, you had the misfortune whilst partnering Charlie Craig on the old Memorial Grounds to break your leg. That was in March, but by September of the same year you were found on the field again. However, you gave up active chasing of the leather in October, 1901, and for a time you carried on as player-manager.

In May, 1902 you were elected Secretary-Manager, a position you have held ever since. Simple arithmetic shows a service of 21 years in this responsible office. What a lot has happened in that period, and what an interesting book you could write - "West Ham from Failure to Success." Sometimes you get reminiscent - not about yourself - and tell the gentlemen of the Fourth Estate interesting tit-bits about the early struggles of your club. They read like fairy-tales, but they are true in all respects, for we old sporting men can vouch in every respect for their accuracy.

For instance, the old Memorial Grounds, what a "gate" you had! A record perhaps for lowness - £12 takings. Your opponents were Wellingborough. Twenty years later, "another record gate" - nearly £2,000, on Good Friday, when you drew with Bury. Yes, Mr King, you have certainly seen your team evolve from dire financial straits to be one of the premier teams of the country. The Memorial Grounds were left with a nice little packet of £3,000 liabilities. All sorts of difficulties had to be surmounted at your new permanent home: Boleyn Castle.

What a discerner of talent you are, too. You have unearthed at least a dozen successful goalkeepers, the principal ones being your present custodian, Teddy Hufton (who is a doubtful starter for the "final" owing to his leg injury when playing against Notts County last week and maybe Hampson will fill the gap), George Kitchen, Charlie Bolton, and Matt Kingsley. And surely there is no other club that can show such a splendid list of centre-forwards as West Ham have had. You undoubtedly have had a keen eye to have "spotted" men like Harry Stapley, Syd Puddefoot, the new international Vic Watson, George Webb, Hilsdon, to name but a few. If you can get local talent in your ranks, you are in a seventh heaven, and in pre-war days you often "fielded" a team with nine or ten locals in it. Even in these days the local element is telling. Jack Tresadern, another international, came from Barking Town, and Sid Bishop is the old Ilford amateur. Then you have Ruffell, also from Ilford. He played also for Wall End United.


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