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1912-13 Southern League (Division One)

Manager : Syd King

The directors decided to retire trainer Tommy Robinson, who had been at the club since the Thames Ironworks days. In his place came reserve trainer Charlie Paynter.

Danny Shea began the season well, scoring twice against Exeter City in the opening 4–0 victory. He continued his success by getting two more in a 3–1 win at Southampton. By mid-October there had only been one defeat in the seven games played. Gillingham came to the Boleyn and left beaten 4–0 and a week later the Hammers scored three at Northampton – but unfortunately the home side scored four. In December there were four successive wins, including home victories against Swindon Town by 4–1 and a 5–0 win over Stoke City on Christmas Day. The return game with Stoke on Boxing Day was won 1–0 but days later came a 4–1 defeat at Coventry City. The New Year kicked off with a 2–0 home win over Watford, after which came startling news that upset the supporters. It was announced that leading scorer Danny Shea was being sold to Blackburn Rovers. He had scored 111 goals in his 179 appearances and would be greatly missed. While he was with the Lancashire club he won a First Division championship medal and gained two England caps.

The FA Cup saw the Hammers travel to the Midlands to face First Division side West Bromwich Albion. Fred Harrison scored for West Ham in the 1–1 draw. In the replay the Albion raced into a two-goal lead but George Hilsdon then scored twice to force another replay. Before this took place the Hammers had to play away to Merthyr Town, and to avoid fatigue seven changes were made to the side; at one stage in the game West Ham were leading 2–1 but finally lost 6–2. The cup replay at West Bromwich proved to be a shock for the Midland side as the Hammers won 3–0, to face a return trip to Birmingham for an away tie with Aston Villa. The Hammers were well beaten by 5–0 on the day and the Villa went on to win the FA Cup that year.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup the league became a priority and the team then went on an amazing run of 14 undefeated games. They finished third in the league, just two points behind champions Plymouth Argyle. For the supporters it had been an excellent campaign but many thought that by keeping Shea they would have won the title.

Note:

Players in BOLD made their debuts for West Ham United

EXETER CITY
Upton Park
4 - 0 (Shea 2, Dawson, Harrison)
2 September 1912
Att: 9,000

Hughes

GEORGE IRVINE

HARRY FORSTER

Woodards

WILLIAM ASKEW

Randall

Ashton

Shea

ALBERT DENYER

Harrison

Dawson

Albert Denyer came in for Hilsdon who broke down in training that morning. The kick-off time was 5:30. Rain began to fall 15 minutes befoe the end and it was overcast. The shower passed but the game ended in semi-darkness but not before the referee had consulted both his linesmen for their opinions on the light.
Just after half-time Hammers scored their 4th goal so it was only justice that the game was allowed to end in their favour. Shea had scored the opening goal in the 15th minute. Harrison and Dawson notched West Ham's other points.

COVENTRY CITY
Upton Park
1 - 2 (Ashton)
7 September 1912
Att: 12,000

Hughes

Irvine

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Harrison

Dawson

Coventry City defeated West Ham United at Boleyn Castle yesterday by 2 goals to 1, but the home side was deservedly beaten, inasmuch as it failed to take advantage of many glorious scoring chances in the closing half of the contest. During that period it had practically the whole of the game, and it was seldom that the City got within easy shooting range of Hughes. Evans, that brilliant goalkeeper and Welsh international, defended splendidly for Coventry, making several fine saves towards the finish. That the West Ham forwards played fine football there is no gain saying, but when near the goalposts they could not master the lively ball. The visitors obtained the only goal of the first half, fifteen minutes front the interval. Parker beating Hughes with a fine shot. The second period had not been long in progress and West Ham equalised trough the agency of Shea. who converted a splendid centre from Ashton. West Ham kept up the pressure, but disappointed its followers with weakness in finishing. During the final stages the attacks of the City were few and far between, but it was from one of these breakaways that it obtained the lead. A penalty was awarded Coventry, Bradley made no mistake with the resultant kick. West Ham could not make up the lost, ground, and had to retire beaten.

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WATFORD
Cassio Road
2 - 0 (Harrison, Shea)
14 September 1912
Att: 5,000

Hughes

Irvine

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Hilsdon

Harrison

Dawson

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MERTHYR TOWN
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Shea)
21 September 1912
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Irvine

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Hilsdon

Harrison

Dawson

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MILLWALL ATHLETIC : London Challenge Cup (1st Rd)
Upton Park
6 - 2 (Shea 3, Ashton, Harrison, Hilsdon)
23 September 1912
Att:?

Hughes

Irvine

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

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CRYSTAL PALACE
Crystal Palace
1 - 1 (Hilsdon [pen])
28 September 1912
Att: 15,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

REPORT:

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Dawson, Hilsdon, Shea)
5 October 1912
Att: 8.000

Hughes

Rothwell

FRANK BURTON

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

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SOUTHAMPTON
The Dell
3 - 1 (Shea 2, Hilsdon [pen])
12 October 1912
Att: 9,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Burton

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

REPORT:

READING
Upton Park
1 - 2 (Hilsdon [pen])
19 October 1912
Att: 15,000

Hughes

Irvine

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

West Ham are surely the most enigmatical team in the Southern League. One week, in writing of their deeds, we pile on the praise with a shovel. The next week we have to scrape it all off with a trowel. It was just another of those remarkable games in which the little trifles made the difference. Butler beat Hughes about ten minutes after the start, and Foster who put on the second early in the closing period. Hilsdon scored West Ham's goal from a penalty. West Ham were not expected to lose from the way they started, and the first goal against them was the result of one of those break-away that often upset a side that has previously been doing all the attacking. As the ball came across the West Ham goal from the right, every spectator behind the net reminded the referee that there had been a case of hands. "Hands" was sounded before Burton had the ball in the net. As the official in charge swung around, indicating a goal had been scored, West Ham's players went after him. And the referee, when he shook himself free, went after the linesman for more information, Judging from the prompt reply, that linesman never had a doubt that a goal had been scored in the proper way. For a minute or two after, it looked as though West Ham's defence had collapsed in consequence of the shock, but Hughes made two fine saves and, with the rear-guard recovering, there was always the chance of West Ham equalising till Reading scored their second goal. Just one important point has to be added. For practically five-sixths of the game West Ham had only ten men. Woodards was injured, he remained on the field for as long as he could, but he had to leave before the finish.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : London Challenge (2nd Rd)
Upton Park
2 - 0 (Ashton, [og])
21 October 1912 
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Forster

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

Programme No.8 - Date printed in error from previous match

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NORWICH CITY
Carrow Road
0 - 2
26 October 1912
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Forster

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Hilsdon

Dawson

REPORT:

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EXETER CITY
St James' Park
0 - 0
30 October 1912
Att: 2,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Burrill

Harrison

Wretched conditions at the start, heavy rain and a wind blowing down the pitch. Randall won the toss and chose correctly. He played, aided by the elements and when half time came they had subsided. Shea and Ashton created some fine chances but Burrill and Harrison squandered the best of them. On one occasion Denyer slipped through the tight Exeter rear-guard and only a 20 yard dash by Pym the home goalie prevented the visiting centre from scoring.

GILLINGHAM
Upton Park
4 - 0 (Denyer 2, Hilsdon 2 [1 pen])
2 November 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

JACK CASEY

Visitors had a substitute goalkeeper. Hammers introduced Casey into the forward line. The Hammers goalkeeper Hughes had a very easy time. In the 20th minute West Ham were awarded a penatly for a foul on Hilsdon. He took it himself and scored. Five minutes later Hilsdon made it 2-0 from close in. Within another 5 minutes the Upton Park side were  goals up when Denyer tricked two defenders and slotted the ball in. It was 3-0 to Hammers at half-time.
In the second half the home team did as they pleased without too much exertion.
Half way through the latter spell, Denyer was in an offside position when he surprisingly received the ball from Mosley and promptly made it 4-0. 

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN
County Ground
3 - 4 (Burrill, Casey, Shea)
9 November 1912
Att: 6,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Burrill

Casey

A sparkling game - the best seen at the County Ground this season. Within 5 minutes the Cobblers had the lead, King lifted the ball out to Walden. The little winger sprinted half the length of the field and crossed it to Lewis who then gave to King and it was 1-0. Within 2 minutes Casey had equalised as Thorpe mis-punched a clearance.
Burrill gave the visitors the lead just before half-time following a pass from Denyer. Good as the first half had ben the second was even better. Four goals came in 10 minutes and every one was earned.
Freeman was fouled just outside the 'area'. Tulls free kick found Lewis and he levelled the scores. King then gave Northampton the lead from a corner. West Ham drew level again when Ashton raced away down his right wing and centred for Shea to score. The customers were enjoying this and there was still a decider to come. Lewis and Hughes, the home left wing, evaded two Hammers defenders and got clear. Hughes' cross found Walden and the tiny winger sent the crowd wild with delight as he netted what proved to be the winner. The Hammers though defeated were not disgraced, their right wing was their outstanding department and Casey too had a 

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CHELSEA : London Challenge Cup (Semi-Final)
The Den
4 - 0 (Hilsdon 2, Askew, Shea)
11 November 1912
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Dawson

REPORT:

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Denyer)
16 November 1912
Att: 14,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Dawson

Although play was interesting, the finer points were not always in evidence, of real combination there was not much. Hammers were slightly better, Whiteman was the best half. The decider came in the 70th minute. Fed by Hilsdon, Dawson swung a high pass across goal to Ashton on the other flank. Ashton promptly re-crossed and the ball met the head of Denyer who had the simplest of task's scoring whilst Shaw was stranded on the wrong side of his goal.
It was a magical moment and the other players almost 'chaired' him back to the centre circle. Even Hughes in the West Ham goal ran the length of the field to shake the young centre forwards hand.

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BRENTFORD
Griffin Park
1 - 5 (Shea)
23 November 1912
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Dawson

For over one hour the only thing that seperated the teams was a goal by Sibbald in the 11th minute. With five minutes to go Bees were two up and there was nothing to suggest there might be a goals bonanza in the last moments. In that last 5 hectic minutes Chappie the former Aston Villa forward grabbed 3 goals whilst Shea got one back for West Ham.

MILLWALL ATHLETIC
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Hilsdon)
30 November 1912
Att: 16,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

Nobody expects matches between these clubs to produce brilliant football. The East-end rivals always serve up a keen contest and the large turnout was not disappointed.
Twice the home posts were struck while at the other end a Shea effort was goal bound until Jeffreys accidently got in the way. Shea and Ashton were an impressive wing and everything West Ham did originated from them. Sadly, Denyer's lack of inches was a handicap. Woodards absent recently did not play as well as he can and Randall was a little out of touch. Askew is a brainy player and Irvine didn't let the side down but Rothwell made one or two bad blunders. Hilsdon supplied by Casey gave West Ham the lead.

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BRISTOL ROVERS
Eastville
1 - 2 (Denyer)
7 December 1912
Att: 8,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Woodards

Burton

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Hilsdon

Denyer

Casey

This was Rovers only 4th win of the season. All four victories have been against London opposition; Queens Park Rangers, Brentford, Millwall and now West Ham.
Rovers led 2-0 after an hour when Ashton scored and the home side had to hang on. Shea and Hilsdon both had shots at the Bristol goal in the opening minutes. Hughes was in goal for West Ham and Casey at number 11.

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CRYSTAL PALACE : London Challenge Cup (Final)
The Den
0 - 0
9 December 1912
Att: ?

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Hilsdon

Denyer

Casey

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SWINDON TOWN
Upton Park
4 - 1 (Denyer 2, Hilsdon 2)
14 December 1912
Att: 14,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

This was West Ham's best display of the season - by far. For sheer brilliance the visitors were not in it. Swindon had their share but their play required lots of effort, whereas West Ham purred like a smooth running machine. Of Swindons defenders Handley had the most difficult time trying to contain Ashton. He was at hismost irrepressable. Shea saw to it that the little winger was used tohis utmost.
Denyer and Hilsdon were the finishers, Casey provided the centres. The home halves were a calculating lot and Rothwell returned to form with a sound display at back.
Both keepers were in form and forced to be on their toes throughout. The first West Ham attack produced a goal. Denyer got past Walker and beat Skiller.
Twenty minutes later Denyer created a chance and Hilsdon made it 2-0. Wheatcroft halved the defecit with a header from a corner. Randall gave Hilsdon a perfect pass and the ex-England beat Skiller for 3-1. Long before the end Ashton had the Swindon defenders demoralised and his last cross found the head of Denyer and he finished the scoring at 4-1. 

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CRYSTAL PALACE : London Challenge Cup (Final Replay)
White Hart Lane
0 - 1
16 December 1912
Att: 5,262

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Dawson

The Palace forced two corners soon after the kick-off. Davies centred well but before Williams could get to the ball the whistle Had blown for off-side. The Palace got another corner from which yet another resulted, and Hughes headed on top of the net. The Hammers went away and forced a corner. Dawson centred and Johnson ran out and missed the ball. Before he could get back again Denyer shot. Bulcock, however kicked away from under the bar, after first breasting the ball. The Hammers came again and Collyer and Bulcock did well to clear with Johnson out of goal.
Dawson cleared the bar as did Hughes, while Smith did likewise from Williams pass. Hughes caught a fine centre from Garratt, and ere long the ball came across the goal mouth, but Williams failed to reach the ball. The West Ham forwards were pulled up for off-side, and Askew shot over from long range. Denyer netted after the whistle had gone for off-side, and very loon after Shea handled before net¬ting After a run to the other end Hilsdon sent tamely over. The next advance by the Palace was spoiled by off-side.
Garratt sent across the goal mouth but Williams missed the ball. A corner followed and Williams headed in after Smith had put the ball on the goalie s body. Collyer checked Dawson and then Davies centred from near the corner flag. Smith and York were in front of goal but tne ball was got away. No one was about to profit by some smart work on the part of Davies. Collyer cleverly outwitted Hilsdon, and when the Hammers came again Williams miskicked while defending and the ball went to Dawson who returned tor Hilsdon to clear the bar The Hammers got a free kick within a couple of yards of the penalty area. Ashton missed an easy chance to score, and, the ball going out to Hilsdon, resulted in that player again clearing the bar.
Denyer obtained West Ham's second off Hughes sent inches wide with a fine first side goal. Following on a barren corner timer, and the interval arrived with the Palace leading 1-0.
The Palace were the first to attack on the resumption. Collyer kicked out from Shea who later put in a fine run which culminated in a corner, which was followed by another. Smith sent out to Garratt whose centre went behind. Then Smith m attempting to trap a pass from the right winger pushed the ball behind. Hughes saved from York and the ball went to the other end for a brief space. The Palace were doing by far the most of the pressing.
Shea being pressed by Smith shot from absurdly long range. The Hammers again attacked and players on both Sides miskicked badly in front of goal. Johnson repelled a fine shot from Hilsdon with both hands, and West Ham got two barren corners. Hilsdon shot atrociously bad when close in, and Smith, getting away, preferred to shoot from long range when he would have done well to have centred, several players having a clear course to goal.
Another raid was made upon the Palace goal, and when Shea appeared certain to score Collins intervened within a yard of goal, and enabled Johnson to clear. At this period the Hammers were playing up in a spirited manner and Johnson saved splendidly from Ashton at the ex¬pense of a corner.
Davies put in a well placed centre but nobody was up, and then he tested Hughes with a good shot. The goalie threw the ball up, caught it, and then cleared. Johnson cleared a tame header from Hilsdon, Hanger kicked out near the corner flag, and Hughes caught a. centre from Garratt.
The game was keenly contested but as a spectacle it was not as good as the one played at New Cross. The turf was heavy and this accounted for the numerous miskicks. Then there were not nearly as many fouls as in the previous match'. While the Palace were the best team on the day's play it must be confessed that West Ham had the most chances. At times' the Palace backs and goalkeeper were hard pressed, and it was only the good work of Collyer and Bulcock in the main that prevented the Hammers forwards getting on the target. Johnson did some smart things. The best player on the field was Hughes, Collins and Hanger; completing a valuable trio, and it may safely be said that this was the strongest line on either side. Williams, Garratt and Davies were the pick of the forwards.
The Hammers’ forwards did some good things individually, but when they attempted anything in the nature of a combined movement they were invariably upset by the half backs. The West Ham backs were not as safe as those on the Palace side.                                                              
There were 5,232 spectators, and the gate receipts amounted to £150 11s. 6d.

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PORTSMOUTH
Fratton Park
2 - 1 (Ashton, Shea)
21 December 1912
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

Pompey led 1-0 at half-time. Within 4 minutes of the restart West Ham were ahead, Denyer passed to Casey and his centre was headed in by Shea. Bradley was to blame for the ssecond when a long 'hopeful' shot from Ashton was allowed to get through.
Portsmouth rallied with so much determination it seemed as if they must succeed - but no. There is no doubt the better side lost. For most of the time the Hammers attack was well held although Ashton and Shea had their moments. Randall was prominent at half-back but Hughes in goal was the saviour of the side.

STOKE CITY
Upton Park
5 - 0 (shea 2, Ashton, Askew, Denyer)
25 December 1912
Att: 8,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

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STOKE CITY
Victoria Ground
1 - 0 (Shea)
26 December 1912
Att: 5,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

After all their attacking Stoke had the misfortune to see the visitors break away and open the score. The ball was pushed along to Ashton who cut in for goal and got the ball in the centre to Shea despite the attention of Milne. The inside-right had nothing to do but walk the ball past Gadsden although it must be said that his position looked suspiciously offside. Just before this goal Stoke ought to have had a penalty award for Rothwell most flagrantly handled the ball in the area as it came from Hardman. Stoke had all the play right up to the interval but they could not equalise. On the whole 45 minutes play they were really deserving of being two goals up. Half-time West Ham United 1 Stoke city 0.
On the resumption by which time the crowd had increased to about 10,000 the visitors attacked for a few seconds but Stoke assumed the aggressive and for a spell West Ham had a very warm time indeed. There was now only one team in it from an attacking point of view, West Ham being played almost to a standstill. Indeed, Randall could hardly kick the ball half a dozen yards.

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COVENTRY CITY
Highfield Road
1 - 4 (Shea)
28 December 1912
Att: 7,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Blackburn

Ashton

Shea

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

On a heavy sodden ground a hot pace was maintained. In the early stages Coventry lacked sting and West Ham were the more thrustful. City were fortunate to be two goals ahead at half-time.
Splendid work by the home defenders kept West Ham at bay, Barnacle being especially prominent.
Coventry's first goal came when Parkes suddenly sprinted along his wing leaving Forster and Blackburn standing and he gave no chance to Hughes. Holmes got the second shirtly afterfrom a melee in the Hammers goalmouth.
Hilsdon was handicapped when he hurt his thigh  in the first 10 minutes and had to leave the field. He came back for a short spell but was virtually useless and went off for good.. Coventry suprisingly outstayed their visitors. West Ham's consolation came 2 minutes from time when Casey's centre was forced home by Shea.

WATFORD
Upton Park
2 - 0 (Harrison, Shea [pen])
4 January 1913
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Harrison

Denyer

Casey

It was a dull uninteresting first half and goal-less. The second period looked as though it might be the same until Harrison scored. The goal sparked the Hammers and after this Watford rarely got out of their own half. West Ham dominated the proceedings and oly Webster kept the score down. He was everywhere. Twice he was grounded as shots headed for goal but still he got to them somehow. A disputed peanalty gave Hammers their other goal when Bulling was adjudged to have handled - Shea scored from the spot.
Watford's three most recent results had been 2 wins over Swindon and a victory against Exeter. Forster reported ill at the last moment and had to be replaced by Irvine.
Despite scoring the all important first goal, Harrison was weak at centre-forward.
Rothwell and Irvine often resorted to the offside trick and they played it cleverly. Randall was sound at left-half.
This was Danny Shea's last game in a West Ham shirt before joining Blackburn Rovers.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : FA Cup (First Round)
The Hawthorns
11
 January 1913

Postponed : Adverse weather

It snowed from 7am and was 3 inches deep all over the field by noon and still falling. West Brom officials abandoned all hope of playing very early on but a small bunch of Hammers supporters huddled around the entrance until the last moments.

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WEST BROMWICH ALBION : FA Cup (First Round)
The Hawthorns
1 - 1 (Harrison)
13 January 1913
Att: 20,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Denyer

Harrison

Hilsdon

Casey

Hammers stayed at Droitwich for this tie as they did for the Wolves tie two years earlier.
They filled their hours with brine bathes, walks, sprinting and skipping. Most evenings was spent at a pantomime at Worcester.

West Ham won the toss, but Wright scored for the Albion after 15 minutes from free kick. Harrison looked like equalising, but his shot went wide. Hilsdon gave Moorwood two hot shots to stop, and Waterhouse put in long shot for the Albion which struck the post. 
Half-time score;— West Bromwieh Albion1  goal. West Ham United nil. 

Early in the second half the United put in determined attack. Harrison and Denver getting in good shots. Off-side spoiled strong West Ham attack, and when Jephcott looked like increasing the Albion's lead, the whistle pulled him up. Harrison scored for West Ham. Jephcott and Wright did smart work for the Albion, and missed an open goal in the closing minute. 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : FA Cup (First Round Replay)
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Hilsdon 2 [1 pen])
16 January 1913
Att: 15,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Harrison

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

At Upton Park, fine weather prevailed, and 15,000 spectators were present. Albion were without Pennington and Pallor, and had Gregory for Wright (injured) forward, these being the only changes in the teams. Despite the heavy ground, the game opened at a stirring pace. Quite early Albion forced two corners, but nothing came them. For a time after this the United showing splendid form, attacked hotly. After Moorwood had cleared from Ashton, Denver had an open goal at his mercy, but screwed the ball against the upright. Then, at the end of half an hour, Jephcott tricked Foster and from his centre Gregory scored. A little later Hughes fell in saving from Morris, and while on the ground Bowser added Albion's second goal. Half-time West Bromwich Albion, two goals; West Ham United, none. 

Eighteen minutes after resuming some clever play by Casey and Denyer ended in Hilsdon scoring. Seven minutes later West Ham drew level. Morris handled in the penalty area and Hilsdon, taking the kick, again shot through. A tremendous struggle ensued, the ball being taken from end to end in stirring fashion and both goalkeepers being frequently called upon. Al the end of ninety, minutes the score was still two each.
Extra time was played. West Ham attacked vigorously, but Moorwood twice cleared well from Denyer and Hilsdon. Then Albion broke away, and Hughes, partially clearing from Jephcott left Gregory with a rare chance, which he failed to take. At the end of the first fifteen minutes nothing more had been scored. Afterwards both  sides tried desperately hard to obtain the winning goal, but the defence prevailed.


The gate receipt. amounted to £800, the attendance being about 15,000. The tie will be replayed at Chelsea on Wednesday

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MERTHYR TOWN
Penydarren Park
2 - 6 (Butcher 2)
18 January 1913
Att: 4,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Irvine

Whiteman

Harrison

Blackburn

HAROLD CATON

Butcher

Denyer

Mackesy

Dawson

Merthyr were fresher having had no game the previous week whereas Hammers had been involved in two tough, but, as yet, undecided Cup-ties againsrt West Bromwich. For some unapparent reason the Hammers full-backs changed positions soon after kick-off.
The conditions were heavy but the contest bristled with brilliant play. The start was sensational, Merthyr got away and Taylor beat Whiteman and Rothwell and crossed for Jordan to shoot past Hughes. The cheering had hardly died before Denyer struck the Welsh crossbar and White failing to clear Butcher equalised.
The home goalkeeper left his goal and handled the ball outside his area, the visitors wasted the free kick. Hughes was active in saving two pile-drivers from Taylor. Just before half-time West Ham took the lead when Butcher headed in Caton's cross. Within a minute Merthyr were level. Hughes only partly stopped a shot and Lowe followed up made it 2-2.
There was still plenty of excitement although it was now at a slower pace due to the muddy state of the pitch.
Most of the activity was now around the Hammers goal. Simons was fouled in the area and Gate's spot kick put the Welsh side ahead.
The Hammers defenders now began to resort to doubtful tactics spoiling what was otherwise a fine display. Lowe increased the home lead to 4-2 and Jordan headed a Taylor corner home for 5-2 and Taylor himself finishing the scoring. Butcher was West Ham's best forward. Hughes gave a fine performance and Rothwell and Irvine were sound for three-quarters of the game.

West Ham were later fined £50 for fielding weak side.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION :
FA Cup (First Round 2nd Replay)

Stamford Bridge
3 - 0 (Hilsdon 2, Denyer)
22 January 1913
Att: 27,075

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

The displacing of West Bromwich Albion from the Football Association Cup competition by West Ham United at Chelsea in the clubs' second replayed first round match disposes of what has promised to be the tit-bit of the next round. The winners have to meet Aston Villa, and all Midlands' enthusiasts naturally wished to see the Albion as the lucky side, for such a duel would have been just to the liking of the famous Birmingham rivals. West Ham won yesterday, however, in no uncertain fashion after drawing at Birmingham and at home. There must hare been fully 20,000 people assembled in the mist when Morris kicked off for West Bromwich. West Ham had somewhat, the better of the earlier exchanges and Casey centred for Ashton to shoot. Jephcott relieved for the Albion, who were without Pennington and Pailor, but West Ham came again and clever play by Denyer let Hilsdon in to score. Even play followed, with both sets of forwards dangerous in turn. Harrison was prominent at centre half, and his feeding of the West Ham forwards was excellent, while Jephcott came in for much attention. The right winger put across some fine centres and shots, nevertheless. For West Ham, too, the right wing was more dangerous. The Albion were showing inability to finish, but Gregory was only a foot wide with a header from Jephcott's centre. Slowly West Bromwich seemed to be getting the game in hand, when Casey got away, and from the melee following his centre Hilsdon scored again for West Ham. The Albion tried hard to the interval, but vainly, and it was not long after resuming that the Londoners increased their lead, Denyer bursting through and shooting into an open goal. The Albion came often, and Shearman and Jephcott made good openings, but the chances were flagrantly missed. Yet the Albion persisted, and it was only gradually that they were worn down, stubbornly fighting to the end. From one of Jephcott's centres Bowser got an offside goal, but West Bromwich were well beaten at the close.

 

The attendance was 27,075, and the receipts £888.

Admission 6d (2.5p) 
un-numbered reserved seats 1/6 (7.5p) and 2/- (10p)
Numbered reserved seats in the stand were 2/6 (12.5p)

CRYSTAL PALACE
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Butcher)
25 January 1913
Att: 14,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

REPORT:

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ASTON VILLA : FA Cup (Second Round)
Villa Park
0 - 5
1 February 1913
Att: 50,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

REPORT:

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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Home Park
2 - 0 (Denyer, Woodards)
8 February 1913
Att: 8,000

HENRY CARTER

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Caton

Butcher

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

Argyle suffered from their usual complaint, a weakness in front of goal. West Ham went ahead in the 20th minute when Woodards sent in a drop-shot from a free kick which completly deceived Horne. Hammers were on top for a while after this and could have been two or three ahead. Atterbury saved one goal by clearing another Woodards shot off the line. The visitors second goal came when Butcher got past Baker and centred for Denyer to slot it in.

SOUTHAMPTON
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Harrison)
15 February 1913
Att: 5,000

Carter

Burton

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Ashton

Butcher

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

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NORWICH CITY
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Hilsdon 2 [1 pen])
1 March 1913
Att: 8,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Ashton

Denyer

SYD PUDDEFOOT

Hilsdon

Casey

An unfortunate incident cost Norwich a point. Shortly before half-time McKenzie the City left back caught the ball after hearing a whistle. Unfortunately the whistle had been blown in the crowd and not by the referee. McKenzie was beneath his own cross-bar at the time of the incident and the referee had no alternative but to award a penalty to West Ham, Hilsdon scored. Throughout the game the visitors had done enough to earn a point. They had, in fact taken the lead early on when Travis scored. The advantage was short-lived however for Hilsdon equaliser within 10 minutes. Then came the ball-catching incident. Forster was West Ham's outstanding player although a young centre-forward named Puddefoot commanded a good deal of attention, it was his first team debut.
The Athletic News commented on Puddefoot's contribution by saying; "He is a local amateur and has netted 16 goals for the Reserves so far this season. Judged on this performance the new centre-forward is not quite up to standard. He is well built for the position and is only 18 years of age. There is plenty of time for him to improve.

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GILLINGHAM
Priestfield Stadium
2 - 2 (Casey 2)
8 March 1913
Att: 5,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Randall

Ashton

Denyer

Puddefoot

Hilsdon

Casey

Although facing the wind at the start, the home eleven did a lot of pressing, and a miss-understanding between Hughes and Forster gave Hafekcost the chance to put Gillingham ahead. Casey equalised from a fine centre from Ashton. The exchanges in the seconf half favoured Gillingham, though it was a lucky goal which enabled them to draw level, Rothwell missed his kick and, on Hughes running out to meet Caldwell, the former Upton Park hero levelled the score as it trickled over the line.
Neither custodian had much to do in goal, thanks to the splendid manner in which they were covered by their backs. Mahon and Randall were the most prominent of the middle lines, although the other four worked hard. Had Caldwell done as well during the first half as in the second a different result might have been recorded. Casey and Puddefoot showed excellent form for the visitors.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN
Upton Park
0 - 0
15 March 1913
Att: 9,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Harrison

Whiteman

Ashton

DANIEL BAILEY

Puddefoot

Hilsdon

Casey

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BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Upton Park
1 - 1 (
Puddefoot)
21 March 1913
Att: 15,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Puddefoot

Hilsdon

Casey

Rain fell steadily during the first half and the pitch became very muddy. Hammers were the better team in the opening period and deserved their one goal half-time advantage.
As the game progressed West Ham's attackers weakened as the Bright defence became more resolute. Early on Whiteman twice gave Ashton splendid passes and on both occasions Whiting was forced to punch away dangerous looking centres. Longstaff and Simpson cut through the home rear-guard with some rapid passing. Once Hughes only managed to clear partialy but Webb who got to the ball only blasted it over. Puddefoot made himself a chance when he got clear but his inexperience showed when he passed instead of shooting. The youngster made amends shortly after when Bailey provided a pass from which he put Hammers one up on 18 minutes.
The Brighton forwards looked a threatening bunch and Woodards, Rothwell and Forster did a good job containing them. Before half-time Brighton got a chance to level after Hughes failed to collect. Brown's shot was cleared off the line by Rothwell. Hammers retaliated and Bailey hit a post. The pitch was now very muddy and the ball heavy. Casey got in a centre which looked as if somebody must put it in but Puddefoot and Hilsdon dallied and Needham robbed them. Hughes was brought into the action by saving two shots from Webb. Puddefoot and Bailey the home sides two young forwards were inclined to get caught offside. The latter did get in a useful shot which Leeming diverted wide. Brighton's raids were spasmodic but in one Longstaff made a chance for Webb but it lifted over.

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Park Royal Ground
1 - 0 (Denyer)
22 March 1913
Att: 10,000

Hughes

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

Rangers former West Ham winger William Barns was well held by Dan Woodards. Denyer's goal finally put to any hopes Rangers had of winning the Southern League Championship.

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BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Goldstone Ground
0 - 0
24 March 1913
Att: 11,000

Carter

Rothwell

Forster

Whiteman

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

Both sides were well matched and it was a stubborn contest. Denyer came closest to scoring when he missed a ridulously easy chance from three-yards out. His shot struck the cross-bar. Hammers were badly handicapped during the later stages, Forster hobbled about with an injured knee and Casey was off the field altogether for the last 20 minutes. Ashton was strangley subdued for once but the vetran George Hilsdon although much slower than of old showed some fine touches. His understanding with Casey caused the home defence much anxiety.

BRENTFORD
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Denyer, Hilsdon)
29 March 1913
Att: 7,000

Carter

Rothwell

Burton

Harrison

Askew

Randall

Caton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Ashton

Partial revenge for the heavy defeat at Griffin Park earlier in the season. All the scoring was done in the first half, and the business started very early indeed. Scarcely had the ball been kicked off when Ashton dropped a corner kick well in goal and Denyer put the ball in the net with his head. For some time West Ham were decidedly superior, but Brentford improved by easy stages, and twenty-five minutes from the start fully merited the equaliser. Again a corner kick led up to the damage. Hendren secured, and after a close dribble, sent the ball hard and low from twenty yards range past Carter, who had little opportunity of seeing it, much less stopping it. Brentford were quickly in arrears again, for althugh Price got to Denyer's shot he could only push the ball to the waining Hilsdon, and the rest was easy.
The second portion was well contested, and each side had chances, which were allowed to go a-begging. A penalty was given against Rhodes for waht seemed like accidental hands, but Price saved Hillsdon's drive in masterly fashion. It is a long time since the ex-Chelsea player failed with a penalty kick.
Morrison the visiting number 11, was a West Ham player last season.

MILLWALL ATHLETIC
The Den
3 - 1 (Ashton, Bailey, Randall)
5 April 1913
Att: 24,000

Carter

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

REPORT:

BRISTOL ROVERS
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Askew, Hilsdon, Randall)
12 April 1913
Att: 8,000

Carter

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

REPORT:

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SWINDON TOWN
County Ground
1 - 1 (Denyer)
19 April 1913
Att: 9,000

Carter

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

REPORT:

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READING
Elm Park
1 - 1 (Denyer)
23 April 1913
Att: 2,000

Carter

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

Denyer put the visitors ahead with a lucky goal. Mitchell had earlier had what looked like a good goal disallowed for 'hands'. Mitchell eventually earned Reading a point with the equaliser in the second period.

PORTSMOUTH
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Ashton, Bailey)
26 April 1913
Att: 8,000

Carter

Rothwell

Forster

Woodards

Askew

Randall

Ashton

Bailey

Denyer

Hilsdon

Casey

The last game of the season at West Ham was a strange mixture of the energetic and the lackadaisical. At times the play was full of life and even unnecessarily strenuous, while at others the men seemed to be just kicking the ball about without aim or purpose. On the run of play West Ham just about deserved the points, for they certainly had more chances than their opponents. Seventeen minutes had ticked away, and Portsmouth were already a man short when they opened the score. The goal was directly due to Sanderson's mistake. Instead of clearing quickly, the custodian carried the ball and, from the kick, Aston scored. Portsmouth struggled gamely, but could make no impression before half-time. It was West Ham's turn to play four forwards after the interval, and they quickly lost the lead. From a corner kick Young gained possession, and sent the ball into the net. This was five minutes after the resumption. Denyer got the ball through a few minutes later, but after a consultation the point was not allowed to count. However, Denyer was soon at it again, and a long shot striking the cross-bar, Bailey secured from the rebound and won the game for West Ham.

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