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1911-12 Football League First Division

Manager : Syd King

After finishing fifth in the previous campaign the team looked to make a significant challenge for the title. With a good set of players the only signing was that of full-back Victor Glover. It was a poor start with only one victory in the first seven games, this being a good 5–0 home win against Reading. At Exeter in October Danny Shea scored twice in a 3–3 draw and followed this up a week later with a hat-trick against Brentford. There were plenty of goals in the Brentford match as William Kennedy also scored a hat-trick in the 7–4 victory. November saw two home wins, the first being against Millwall. The attendance for this match was 23,000 and the majority went home happy after seeing the Hammers win 2–1. The away form was causing concern but this looked to change at Stoke as West Ham raced into a two-goal lead. Unfortunately an injury to Tommy Randall saw the Hammers go down to ten men and they finally lost 4–3. After beating Leyton 2–0 at home on Christmas Day there was a shock a few days later when visitors Crystal Palace won 6–1. This was to be West Ham’s biggest home defeat in their Southern League history.

The FA Cup brought the usual excitement and West Ham started well by beating Gainsborough Trinity 2–1 at home. It was a tougher contest in the next round as the Hammers travelled to First Division side Middlesbrough. It was a hard-fought match but West Ham drew 1–1 and won the replay 2–1 with ten men after an injury to Kennedy. The FA Cup run had lifted spirits and there were league wins over New Brompton and Exeter City. Shea was in fine form and scored twice in both games. Swindon Town, the current Southern League champions, were the next opponents in the FA Cup. At the Boleyn Ground the Hammers took the lead but Swindon equalised to force a replay, and it was a disaster at the County Ground as the home side ran out 4–0 winners.

Days later the league leaders Queens Park Rangers came across London and were hit by three goals in 12 minutes, with the Hammers going on to win 3–0. The local derby at Millwall attracted an amazing crowd of 28,500 but the Hammers slumped to a 5–1 defeat. Shea came to the rescue again, scoring twice in a 6–2 victory over Bristol Rovers and grabbing a hat-trick in the 4–0 home win against Norwich City. It was a poor ending to the season, though, with not a single win in the remaining seven games, which gave a final placing of 13th.

Note:

Players in BOLD made their debuts for West Ham United

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CRYSTAL PALACE
Crystal Palace
0 - 1
2 September 1911
Att: 14,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Fairman

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Caldwell

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SOUTHAMPTON
Upton park
2 - 2 (Harrison, Kennedy)
9 September 1911
Att: 8,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Fairman

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Caldwell

REPORT:

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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Home Park
0 - 0
16 September 1911
Att: 9,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Fairman

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

JACK MORRISON

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FULHAM : London Challenge Cup (First Round)
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Shea, Butcher)
18 September 1911
Att: 5,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Fairman

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Butcher

Caldwell

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READING
Upton Park
5 - 0 (Piercy, Rothwell [pen], Shea, Webb, Whiteman)
23 September 1911
Att: 10,000

Geggus

Rothwell

VICTOR GLOVER

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Butcher

Morrison

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FULHAM : London Challenge Cup (First Round Replay)
Craven Cottage
2 - 5 (Harrison 2)
25 September 1911
Att: 4,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Butcher

Caldwell

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WATFORD
Cassio Road
0 - 2
30 September 1911
Att: 6,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Piercy

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Butcher

Caldwell

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NEW BROMPTON
Upton Park
0 - 0
7 October 1911
Att: 5,000

Geggus

GEORGE REDWOOD

Glover

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Butcher

Caldwell

Redwood was a little slow but a fearless tackler and was impresive in the Hammers defence. West Ham had three parts of the game which was played throughout in steady rain.
The home side almost threw the points away when they nearly conceded a penalty in the closing minutes. Fortunately the referee took a lenient view.

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EXETER CITY
St James' Park
3 - 3 (Shea 2, Webb)
14 October 1911
Att: 8,000

Geggus

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Massey

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Morrison

A draw of three goals each at St James' Park must be considered a fair result from Exeter City's point of view considering the circumstances in which they played during the second half. Walter Whittaker kept goal with a broken finger, Bassett played with a rather badly sprained ankle, and Watson suffered from a breakdown of the muscles of his thigh.
From the commencement West Ham set up a strong attack, and after Webb had sent just wide, the visiting centre-ford scored, two minutes after the start. The lead, however, was not held for long, for Exeter set about their work in earnest, and Rutter sent Garside away. The West Ham defence failed to check the winger's progress and from his centre Watson equalised. West Ham were subsequently lucky to prevent the home side talking the lead. Rutter headed against the cross-bar with Geggus completely beaten and Glover headed out a shot from Watson.
But in a breakaway Shea scored from point-blank range to put the Hammers in front, and after Bassett had retired hurt Rutter missed a penalty for Exeter. Half-time Exeter 1 West Ham 2.
Play resumed with Exeter City on the offensive and Parnell put them back on terms with a penalty kick for hands against Fairman. West Ham again broke away, resulting in Shea getting their third goal and almost on time Griffiths headed Exeter's third equaliser.

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BRENTFORD
Upton Park
7 - 4 (Kennedy 3, Shea 3, Harrison)
21 October 1911
Att: 10,000

Geggus

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Massey

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Morrison

This was not a good game, the high scoring was entirely due to very weak defences. Geggus is beginning to get uncertain, he does some smart things but he cannot be depended upon. Brentford's, Rippon had been transferred from Woolwich Arsenal the day before. He might have had 5 goals here because in addition to scoring 3 he hit the bar and had another disallowed only after the referee had consulted a linesman.
There was 3 goals in the opening quarter of an hour and two more in the last minute of the first half.

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Park Royal Ground
1 - 4 (Webb)
28 October 1911
Att: 16,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Fairman

Whiteman

Massey

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Morrison

The home side easily held Hammers unscientific approach. The visiting forwards had any amount of speed but were often stopped by McDonald and Pullen. Fidler was competent in the home goal, Randall was West Ham's most dangerous player who between looking after Smith had time to put in the ocassional shot.
After half and hour Smith got round Fairman twice in as many minutes and each time Thornton scored.
The combination of the Rangers forwards was much superior to that of the Hammers. Half-time QPR 2 West Ham 0.
Queens Park Rangers retained their superior and Revill scored their third goal as a result of Fairman's weakness. Webb reduced the defecit with a doubtful goal before McKie got the home sides fourth near the end.
West Ham were dis-jointed forward and uncertain at the back but Randall was a tower of Strength.

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MILLWALL ATHLETIC
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Harrison 2)
4 November 1911
Att: 23,000

JOSEPH HUGHES

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Morrison

Millwall had gained 7 of the last 10 points played for between the clubs at Upton Park. Davis was at centre-forward for the visitors, Vincent was injured. Carvossa and Davis attacked the home goal and Davis netted with a shot no goalkeeper could have saved.
Hammers struggled vainly to get through, Webb and Shea had shots tipped over by Sham.
Half-time 0-1.
After five minutes of the restart Webb went through solo but Shaw brought off a magnificent save at full stretch. Unfortunately for Shaw the ball went loose and Harrison dashed up to equalise in the 52nd minute.
With twenty minutes to go Morrison cleverly tricked Brown and centred for Harrison to steer the ball well out of Shaw's reach for the winner.
Perhaps a draw would have been a more fitting result. Woodards was not as effective as Piercy would have been and the other half-backs were not too energetic at any time. The full-backs were shaky at the start but settled down. Hughes on his debut, the West Ham goalkeeper was a distinct success. Shea and Harrison were the best of a moderate front line.

LUTON TOWN
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Harrison, Shea, Webb)
11 November 1911
Att: 9,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Morrison

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BRISTOL ROVERS
Eastville
1 - 1 (Shea)
18 November 1911
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Morrison

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SWINDON TOWN
Upton Park
0 - 2
25 November 1911
Att: 11,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Morrison

Webb and Fleming starred in the fine game. The West Ham amateur Webb was severely treated by the visiting defenders and it nearly cost them a penalty when he was brought down just outside the box. Hughes had a fine game in the home goal but made one error when he over-carried. The resultant free-kick was diverted by the wall. West Ham went behind to  penalty just on half-time. Fleming was obstructed by and brought down by two home defenders and Tout scored from the spot.
After a good deal of West Ham pressure at the start of the second half Swindon broke away and Bown notched number two. The victory kept Swindon at the top of the Southern League.

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN
County Ground
2 - 3 (Harrison, Morrison)
2 December 1911
Att: 6,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Harrison

Kennedy

Butcher

Morrison

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BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Shea)
9 December 1911
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Blackburn

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Morrison

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STOKE CITY
Upton Park
3 - 4 (Kennedy 2, Randall)
16 December 1911
Att: 8,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Blackburn

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Morrison

It was the first time Stoke have scored more than two goals in a game this term. West Ham led by two goals after 15 minutes through Kennedy and Randall. Stoke had most of the territorial advantage throughout, partly due to Hammers being depleted through and injury to Randall's knee which kept him off the field for the last 50 minutes.


Only £100 was taken at the gate.

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COVENTRY CITY
Upton Park
0 - 1
23 December 1911
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Harrison

Morrison

West Ham's worst display of the season. As in recent games the defence was poor but in this game the attack was also very weak. Harrison shot wide from the penalty spot, the latest failure in a long sequence.

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LEYTON
Upton Park
2 - 0 (Ashton, Butcher)
25 Decemebr 1911
Att: 17,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Butcher

Caldwell

Ashton scored in the opening minute after Woodards pass got Caldwell clear. Ashton missed a second shortly afterwards. George Butcher was hurt after 10 minutes but West Ham continued to dominate the game. Whitbourne was kept very busy in the Leyton goal, and Ashton got the ball past him but was ruled off-side.
Webb had a good shot saved and from the clearance a Leyton attack saw Shanks just skim the bar.
Buchan then hit the bar and Hughes made two smart saves from Moles and Elliott.
The ball was mostly in the Leyton half and three minutes before the break Butcher got a second goal for West Ham.
On resuming the visitors played a little better and Hughes had to save four times in the first 10 minutes. Butcher got another off-side goal but there was no addition to the score during the latter half.

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LEYTON
Hare & Hounds
1 - 2 (Shea)
26 December 1911

Att: 4,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Caldwell

Abandoned 55 mins: Ground Unfit

Wretched weather and the pitch a quagmire. There was some doubt about the match even starting but start it did and produced some fast and exciting soccer. Whitbourne dislocated a thumb in dealing with a hot shot and Newton went into goal. King scored but was given offside then Newton saved well from Kennedy. After 20 minutes the referee stopped play and held a consultation on whether to continue. The pitch was by this time thoroughly churned up and the players were slithering about in all directions.
It was decided to to proceed. After another 10 minutes Hughes turned a corner kick from Burrell into his own goal, 1-0 to Leyton.
Whitbourne returned to the Leyton goal but was immediately beaten by Shea's equaliser in the 40th minute. At half-time the score was 1-1.
Surprisingly the players appeared for the second spell. Early in this period Buchan scored for Leyton. It was obvious however that play could not continue for much longer and in the 55th minute of the match the referee called a halt to the game.

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CRYSTAL PALACE
Upton Park
1 - 6 (Shea)
30 December 1911
Att: 8,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Redward

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Harrison

Caldwell

Shea scored one of the three golas in the opening 20 minites. The other two went to Crystal Palace, and at half-time it was still 1-2.
West Ham always looked likely to level the scores despite the quick Palace gorwards.
Play was very even after the break until Smith netted to make it 3-1 ahead. The Hammers collapsed. The full-backs became very uncertain and were overrun by the speedy Palace forwards.
Hughes played a sound game in goal but he could do little to help an unsteady defence in front of him.
E.A. Smith's three goals were scored on his debut for his new club, having previously been with Hull City.

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SOUTHAMPTON
The Dell
2 - 1 (Shea 2)
6 January 1912
Att: 3,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Massey

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Butcher

Harrison

This was the Saints second home reverse in successive games, and they had some high priced stars in theur side. Hammers won much more easily than the score suggests. Clever footwork of the Hammers forwards often outwitted the home defenders.
Shea put West Ham ahead then Prince headed Southampton's equaliser from a Kimpton cross. 
Saints amateur goalkeeper made two wonderful saves in the first half hour, when he appeared hopelessly beaten.The visitors were constantly attacking and eventually Shea succeeded in getting the decider. Former saints full-back Vic Glover completley eclipsed Handley. Whiteman was a fine sub for Randall and Massey likewise for Piercy.

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GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY : FA Cup (First Round)
Upton park
2 - 1 (Harrison, Webb)
13 January 1912
Att: 14,400

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Piercy

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Webb

Butcher

Harrison

Although the ground at Upton Park was in a rather slippery condition, the Cup-tie between West Ham United and Gainsborough Trinity provided plenty of excitement. The home eleven proved to be the better, but they were hard pressed to win by 2 goals to 1. In midfield work the Loudon forwards were far superior, and were constantly pressing in the first twenty minutes. Their shooting, however, was execrable, Shea missing two easy chances. Gainsborough Trinity improved, being extremely dangerous from frequent dashes. However, Webb scored for West Ham ten minutes from the interval from a grand centre by Harrison. Half time came with the London club leading by 1 goal to 0. Gainsborough went off at a rare pace on resuming, the West Ham defence being severely tested. Fairman and Glover both played superbly, but after seventeen minutes the Trinity equalised, Bullivant netting from a corner. West Ham then pressed heavily, the Gainsborough goal having marvellous escapes. Webb and Harrison changed places, as experiment which soon worked, Harrison scoring after a brilliant run, the ball going into the net off an upright. Gainsborough tried hard, but failed to equalise.

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PLYMOUTH AGYLE
Upton Park
0 - 2
20 January 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Massey

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Kennedy

Butcher

West Ham had a little better of the play but the visitors posed a constant threat with their direct methods. Half the proceeds of the 'gate' were allocated to Tommy randal's benefit. He was able to make his first appearance in 5 weeks.
The first Plymouth goal wasn't seen by the goalkeeper or the referee. The ball struck the net support and rebounded into play.
Oly when appealed too by the Argyle players did the referee consult a linesman and allow the goal.
Horne came to Argyle's rescue, by twice foiling efforts from Kennedy. The visitors second goal was the result of an accurate corner by Bowler who placed the ball straight onto Bodens head.
Shea had been well off target lately and Kennedy never seems to do well outside the reserves. Plymouth now occupy 3rd place in the Southern League table.

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READING
Elm Park
1 - 3 (Ashton)
27 January 1912
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Kennedy

Caldwell

The home side were extremley lucky to get both points. Hammers pressed for most of the game. Shea was ijured in the second half and had to retire but even then the visitors had the better of it. All three shots that beat Hughes would have beaten any goalkeeper.

MIDDLESBROUGH : FA Cup (Second Round)
Ayresome Park
1 - 1 (Harrison)
3 February 1912
Att: 12,327

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Kennedy

Webb

West Ham United trained at Redcar in preparation for their Cup-tie with Middlesbrough. The Hammers were playing for the first time in the Second Round of the F.A. Cup. The party travelled to Ayresome Park as no-chance underdogs to provide one of the shocks of the round. West Ham took an unexpected first half lead through Fred Harrison. Middlesbrough's veteran keeper, Tim Williamson failed to score from the penalty spot after a handling offence by one of the West Ham defenders, much to the disbelief of the 12,327 supporters present and only an 89th minute goal by Middlesbrough’s George Elliott earned a temporary reprieve for ‘The Boro’. West Ham won the replay five days later 2-1

Gate receipts: £588

MIDDLESBROUGH : FA Cup (Second Round Replay)
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Ashton, Harrison)
8 February 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Kennedy

Caldwell

West Ham's first goal in the opening half was a soft drop shot that fell through Williamson's hands. The Teesiders only previous visit to Upton Park had been a 'friendly' in 1907 which they had lost 1-4.
Eyre put in a great shot after a fine run but the ball after getting under Hughes, hit a post. Middlebrough's equaliser came from Verrill who shot through a crowded goal area and got a deflection. Within half a minute West Ham excited their followers by again going in front.
No Boro' player touched the ball as Harrison restarted by passing to Shea who immediately placed the ball in front of Ashton. The winger chased up the touchline and centred. The cross just eluded the incoming Harrison but Caldwell met it and scored from close-in.
A little later Shea got clean away and wasn't even chased by a defender. With only the keeper to beat he surprised everybody and shot wide. 

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NEW BROMPTON
Priestfield Stadium
3 - 0 (Shea 2, Butcher)
10 February 1912
Att: 5,000

Geggus

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Meillear

Shea

Frost

Butcher

Caldwell

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EXETER CITY
Upton Park
3 - 2 (Shea 2, Harrison)
17 February 1912
Att: 10,000

Geggus

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Meillear

Shea

Harrison

Butcher

Caldwell

When the Grecians put the ball past Geggus twice in 13 minutes it seemed safe that they would take away at least one point but the Londoners retaliated with tremendous spirit and came through with both points.
Exeter City were somewhat unlucky to lose, however, for during the last half-hour of the game they kept the home defence busy and Geggus had twice as much work a Whittaker in the Exeter goal.
With the ball being picked out of the nets four times in the first half-hour it will be assumed that the ten thousand spectators got their money's worth.
Geggus kicked hard at a long shot he should have picked up, and Cornan dashed in to score. The Rutter seized on a centre from Garside and after a short dribble put in a shot that left Geggus helpless. After this rude awakening West Ham rallied their forces and in one attack were awarded a penalty kick. Though Whittaker parried Shea's kick, the inside-right got to the ball first and scored from the rebound without difficulty.
The equalising goal by Harrison was the best of the five scored. Harrison received the ball on the half-way line and set off towards goal, beating Fort and Caddy before steering the ball past Whittaker in the calmest manor imaginable.
The second half was not as entertaining as the first, and eight minutes after the restart Shea scored the winning goal.

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SWINDON TOWN : FA Cup (Third Round)
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Butcher)
24 February 1912
Att: 20,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Butcher

Caldwell

REPORT:

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SWINDON TOWN : FA Cup (Third Round Replay)
County Ground
0 - 4
28 February 1912
Att: 13,328

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Miellear

Butcher

Caldwell

Harrison sustained an injury to his thigh in this match which kept him out of the replay. This presented Hammers' with a problem for Webb had retired. Frost had broken a small bone in his hand playing in Reserves  and Denyer was not elegible.
It left the club without a fit recognised centre-forward, in the event Miellear Swindon have great hopes that they will sneered in getting into the semi-final of the Football Association Cup competition this season, and :f they display similar form on Saturday week, when Everton have to visit them in the fourth round, as they did against West Ham United, their anticipations should be realised. At Upton Park last Saturday West Ham and Swindon each scored a goal in the third round of the Cup but upon their own pitch Swindon easily outplayed the Londoners by four goals to nil. Two goals were scored in each half, Wheatcroft getting two, Jefferson one, and Glover, the West Ham back, putting into his own goal in attempting to divert a hard drive from Bown. Hughes performed magnificently in goal for the United, whilst Butcher did some good work in initiating attacks. The whole of the Swindon team combined grandly.

Gate receipts: £838

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Ashton, Caldwell, Shea)
2 March 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

FRANK BURRILL

Butcher

Caldwell

West Ham were awarded a penalty in the opening minute when Pullen handled. Shea's shot was save by Shaw. From then until the 77th minute it looked odds on Queens Park Rangers scoring a goal and winning the game but suddenly the game underwent a complete change and Hammers netted 3 times in the closing 12 minutes.
Burrill a local amateur making his debut had up till then been at centre-forward but Shea took over the spot for the last quarter-hour and the home side looked a different side. Shea was involved in all three goals. The first was when he tricked two opponents and provided Caldwell with a chance he couldn't miss. He followed this by siezing on a miss-kick bu Pullen and giving Ashton an easy goal. West Ham's 3rd goal was scored by Shea himself, when his fierce shot spun out of Shaw's hands. At th eother end Hughes made two sensational saves. Burrill was hurt early on and hardly had an opportunity to prove himself.

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MILLWALL ATHLETIC
The Den
1 - 5 (Harrison)
9 March 1912
Att: 28,400

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Butcher

Caldwell

REPORT:

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WATFORD
Upton Park
1 - 3 (Rothwell [pen]
11 March 1912
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

GEORGE WALDEN

Shea

Harrison

Butcher

Morrison

Severe pressure by West Ham, but Watford took the lead when Gregory scored. A penalty by Rothwell levelled matters then Norman a Clapton amateur player regained the advantage for Watford before a Squires penalty put the issue beyond doubt.

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LUTON TOWN
Kenilworth Road
1 - 2 (Harrison)
16 March 1912
Att: 6,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Redwood

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Butcher

HAROLD DAWSON

Because of a long injury list Luton were forced to play untrained recent signing from Hull City G. Walden and Jas Stephenson still unrecovered from a crused cheekbone sustained in an earlier match.
For West Ham Harold Dawson from Croydon Common made his debut at outside left, and a splendid impresion he created. West Ham have found a good man.
The visitors were decidedly better in the opening 45 minutes when Harrison gave them the lead. Luton's two goals in the opening minutes of the second half changed everything.

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BRISTOL ROVERS
Upton Park
6 - 2 (Harrison 2, Shea 2, Dawson, Woodards)
23 March 1912
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Burrill

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

Ho weak goalkeeping here. Roney was splendid as he brought applause from the home supporters. He caught and fisted the heavy slippery ball in grand fashion from all directions. Not much could be said of his defending colleagues who just could not managae the opposition.
Harrison created a lot of trouble and was ably supported by the two new nen, Burrill and Dawson. The opening goal came in the second minute from the boot of Woodards from all of 20 yards. Harrison made openings for Dawson and Shea which wee gratefully accepted. Jones then slotted in Rvers two goals, one either side of the half-time break.
Harrison (two) and Shea then finished off the scoring in the second half.

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BRENTFORD
Griffin Park
2 - 1 (Harrison, Spratt [og])
27 March 1912
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Blackburn

Woodards

Blackburn

Walden

Burrill

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

Brentford were thebetter side, Hammers fielded an amateur right-winger in G. Walden and F. Burrill. The first half was dominated by the home side but ended 0-0.
After the break the visitors went in front when Spratt put through his won goal. Sibbald equalised for the Bees but Harrison got the winner.

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NORWICH CITY
Upton Park
4 - 0 (Shea 3, Harrison)
5 April 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Burrill

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

REPORT:

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN
Upton Park
0 - 2
6 April 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Fairman

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Blackburn

Ashton

Burrill

GEORGE BELL

Shea

Dawson

REPORT:

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NORWICH CITY
The Nest
2 - 2 (Shea, Woodards)
8 April 1912
Att: 12,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Bourne

Whiteman

Woodards

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

Hammers kicked-off against a hurricane of wind and rain, and it didn't seem possible that West Ham could get the ball into the Norwich half. But the home side were surprised very early on when Wolstenholme put the ball into touch part way into his own half. West Ham throw-in was collected by Woodards who hit a clean struck shot at the home goal. To everyones surprise and against the hurricane wind it entered the Norwich net after 5 minutes.
It was a much better start than could have been hoped for considering the conditions. Although the home side had a lot of the succeeding play, Shea who had scored three times against them at Upton Park three-days before was a constant worry to the home defence.
Norwich equalised when Hughes dropped a centre from urtin. There was a scrimmage beneath the Hammers crossbar from which Ingham hit a post. The ball travelled across the face of the goal before Potte managed to get to it and level the scores.
Four minutes later West Ham regained the lead when danger man Shea scored. Norwich's second equaliser had an element of off-side about it. Curtin collected a pass but hesitated as if expecting an offside whistle. None came and Curtin beat Hughes from close in. Later, Woodards prevented a Norwich winner by clearing off the line.

Potter equalised before Shea regained the advantage for West Ham. Just before the break Curtin levelled the scores again.

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LEYTON
Hare & Hounds
1 - 3 (Shea)
9 April 1912
Att: 3,000

Geggus

Rothwell

Glover

Whiteman

Woodards

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Harrison

Shea

Morrison

Geggus left the field for a short spell in disgust at some of the comments made by spectators about his goalkeeping. He was persuaded to return.

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BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Goldstone Ground
0 - 2
13 April 1912
Att: 5,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Fairman

Blackburn

Woodards

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

Brighton survived the early West Ham pressure which produced a number of shots, all weak or off target.
Ashton was most prominent of the visiting forwards and he made several sparkling runs. For a while Brighton were off target too, Longstaff, Smith and Webb all missing with shots at Hughes' goal. After half an hour Goodwin met a Longstaff centre and rushed it into the Hammers goal. In the 65th minute a free kick for a foul on Webb saw Smith head home.
Fairman and Rothwell were sound in defence Randall was industrious but only Ashton was effective up front.

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STOKE CITY
Upton Park
0 - 0
20 April 1912
Att: 8,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Fairman

Blackburn

Redwood

Randall

THOMAS BRADFORD

Burrill

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

Neither side deserved to be rewarded with a goal, this weary match dragged on for 90 minutes of boredom broken only by West Ham striking the Stoke framework three-times.
Another local amateur T.A. Bradford, was tried at outside right but he spent too much time before centering as did Dawson on the opposite wing.
Shea was the best forward with Burrill a close second. Rothwell was the best back and Hughes did his little bit well. 

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SWINDON TOWN
County Ground
1 - 3 (Mackesy)
22 April 1912
Att: 2,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Fairman

Blackburn

Redwood

Randall

Ashton

Burrill

Bell

JACK MACKESY

Dawson

In view of their Cup semi-final v. Barnsley in five days time, Swindon fielded 6 reserves for this Southern League encounter. They still won comfortably although Mackesy's goal did neutralise the first home point. McCollough's goals were two-thirds of his entire seasons total.

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COVENTRY CITY
Highfield Road
0 - 2 
27 April 1912
Att: 5,000

Geggus

Fairman

Glover

Blackburn

Woodards

Randall

Ashton

Frost

Harrison

Shea

Dawson

Geggus made a number of useful saves but repeatedly failed to clear effectively. Fairman and Glover often came to his aid. It was a slow tedious end of season affair. Coventry placed 6th in the Southern League table would not improve their position whatever happened.
Smith got Coventry's first when Jones shot cannoned off a defender. Chaplin got the other with a long pot shot.

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