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1920-21 Football League (Second Division)

The Hammers would once again rely on Syd Puddefoot to score the goals and he was on target in the opening game with Hull City and then scored three goals in home and away victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers. October was a poor month, with only one win in six matches, this being a 1–0 success at Coventry City. The goals flowed in November, however, with nine goals netted in two home games. Sheffield Wednesday were beaten 4–0, with Puddefoot scoring all four goals and netting two more in the 5–0 defeat of Stockport County. In this game Alfred Leafe was also on target with a hat-trick. The team seemed to play well in alternate months, as there were no wins in December but on New Year’s Day Coventry City were thrashed 7–0 at the Boleyn, with Puddefoot claiming four goals.

A week later the Hammers were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 1–0 at Sheffield Wednesday. In the league the side were still inconsistent; four wins, which included a Puddefoot hat-trick against Leeds, were followed by three defeats with no goals being scored. The season continued in a similar vein with the side relying too much on Puddefoot scoring. The campaign ended with a respectable fifth-place finish, some ten points behind champions Birmingham City.

Note:

Players in BOLD made their debuts for West Ham United

HULL CITY
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Puddefoot)
28 August 1920
Att: 26,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Cumming

Shea

Puddefoot

SIMMONS

Young

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Molineux
2 - 1 (Puddefoot 2)
30 August 1920
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Cumming

Shea

Puddefoot

Simmons

Young

REPORT:

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HULL CITY
Boothferry Park
1 - 2 (Simmons)
4 September 1920
Att: 12,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Cumming

Shea

Puddefoot

Simmons

Young

REPORT:

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Puddefoot [pen])
6 September 1920
Att: 15,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

CROWTHER

Young

REPORT:

FULHAM
Craven Cottage
0 - 0
11 September 1920
Att: 30,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

Crowther

Bradshaw

REPORT:

FULHAM
Upton Park
2 - 0 (Kay, Puddefoot)
18 September 1920
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

Crowther

Young

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CARDIFF CITY
Ninian Park
0 - 0
25 September 1920
Att: 30,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

WATSON

Young

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CARDIFF CITY
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Shea)
2 October 1920
Att: 26,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

Watson

Young

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COVENTRY CITY
Highfield Road
1 - 0 (Watson)
4 October 1920
Att: 8,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

Watson

Young

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LEICESTER CITY
Filbert Street
0 - 1
9 October 1920
Att: 17,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Simmons

Shea

Puddefoot

Watson

Young

REPORT:

CLAPTON ORIENT : London Challenge Cup (First Round)
Upton Park
0 - 1
11 October 1920
Att: 10,000

Programme dated 20 November 920

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Smithurst

Shea

Puddefoot

Butcher

Young

This tie was decided when Hufton in attempting to clear kicked the ball against Burton. It rebounded into goal. Play was very physical throughout and the referee had a hard time keeping control.

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LEICESTER CITY
Upton Park
0 - 1
16 October 1920
Att: 25,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Smithurst

Shea

Puddefoot

Butcher

Young

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BLACKPOOL
Bloomfield Road
0 - 1 
23 October 1920
Att: 10,000

Hufton

Cope

Lee

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Cumming

Bailey

Puddefoot

Shea

Young

REPORT:

BLACKPOOL
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Puddefoot)
30 October 1920
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Tresadern

Kay

McCrae

Cumming

Shea

Puddefoot

Bailey

Young

Rooks the Blackpool left half was sent-off in the match at the Boleyn Ground. The player who hadn't committed a particularly spiteful foul was given his marching orders as an example to others in a match that was full of petty incidents. He was cheered by spectators in the grand-stand as he left the field.

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Hillsborough
1 - 0 (Puddefoot)
6 November 1920
Att: 30,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Tresadern

Burton

McCrae

Carter

Shea

Puddefoot

Bailey

Young

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Upton Park
4 - 0 (Puddefoot 4 [1 pen])
13 November 1920
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Allen

Burton

McCrae

Carter

Shea

Puddefoot

Bailey

Young

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STOCKPORT COUNTY
Edgeley Park
0 - 2
20 November 1920
Att: 9,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Allen

Burton

Tresadern

Carter

Shea

Puddefoot

Bailey

Young

REPORT:

STOCKPORT COUNTY
Upton Park
5 - 0 (Leafe 3, Puddefoot 2)
27 November 1920
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Simmons

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

REPORT:

STOKE CITY
Victoria Ground
0 - 1 
4 December 1920
Att: 10,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Simmons

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

REPORT:

STOKE CITY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Puddefoot)
11 December 1920
Att: 18,000

Hufton

Cope

Lane

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bailey

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

REPORT:

BIRMINGHAM
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Bishop)
25 December 1920
Att: 23,000

Hufton

Lane

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Simmons

Puddefoot

BISHOP

Young

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BIRMINGHAM
St Andrews
1 - 2 (Puddefoot)
27 December 1920
Att: 65,000

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Simmons

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

REPORT:

COVENTRY CITY
Upton Park
7 - 0 (Puddefoot 4, Leafe 2, Bishop)
1 January 1921
Att: 8,000

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : FA Cup (Third Round)
Hillsborough
0 - 1
8 January 1921
Att: 49,125

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

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CLAPTON ORIENT
Millfields
1 - 0 (Bishop)
15 January 1921
Att: 20,000

HAMPSON

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

Young

Played in a fog, very little could be seen from the press seats. It was learned afterwards that the winning goal was scrored ten minutes after the change of ends. It followed a typical Puddefoot dribble. After getting between the backs his shot was stopped but not held by Gray, and Bishop following up had only to tap it in. O's had the better of the play but the only time they got the ball in the net was when Cockle used his hand. Woodwards was playing in place of the injured Tresadern. Both clubs played their reserve goalkeepers.

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CLAPTON ORIENT
Upton Park
1 - 0 (James)
22 January 1921
Att: 27,000

Hufton

Burton

Cope

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

James making his home debut scored the winner just after half-time. With Puddefoot a marked man most of the Hammers moves developed from wingers Carter and Young.

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LEEDS UNITED
Elland Road
2 - 1 (Carter, Puddefoot)
29 January 1921
Att: 15,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

Leeds United were beaten by a superior side. Puddefoot got the first goal for Hammers. Thompson appeared to assist the ball with his hand when he equalised. Justice was done when Carter's high dropping centre deceived Down in the home goal for the winner.

LEEDS UNITED
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Puddefoot 3 [1 pen])
5 February 1921
Att: 23,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

Hammers poorest display of the season. Two gift goals plus two penalties - one of which was missed. Despite his three goals Puddefoot's display was colour-less - his passes were inaccurate and his dribbling lacking confidence. Not once did we see a real Puddefoot shot. Carter too was disappointing and Bishop's dribbling was purposeless. Young and James had as lightly better game and threatened the most danger. Hufton was the busiest of the two goalkeepers.

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BURY
Gigg Lane
0 - 1
12 February 1921
Att: 10,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

Very poor soccer at Gigg Lane, Hammers played for over 70 minutes with only ten men. Woodards dislocated a shoulder and took no further part. Burkinshaw scored the only goal.

BURY
Upton Park
0 - 1
19 February 1921
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

Bury's scoring chances were very rare but from one of them Bullock managed to get thw winner in the 32nd minute. Kay and Tresadern were outstanding in the West Ham side but Puddefoot was again out of touch.

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BRISTOL CITY
Ashton Gate
0 - 1
26 February 1921
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Carter

Bailey

Puddefoot

James

Young

As West Ham were the only club in the Second Division who have conceded fewer goals than Bristol City, the meeting of these teams at Ashton Gate was expected to produce a low scoring game. Before 18,000 spectators, Cope handled the ball and gave away a penalty in the first half, and Pocock scored from it. The game developed into a display of temper and Harris the City's fleet-footed winger was keenly played upon and was forced to limp off after 40 minutes.

Pocock tried a solo run down the left but Cope dashed across and brought him down. Cope was promptly ordered off by the referee. A number of spectators rushed onto the field but returned to their places as the half-time whistle sounded. On resuming, West Ham played the one-back game and left Burton to do it. He regularly caught the City forwards and the whistle continually sounded for off-sides. 

BRISTOL CITY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Puddefoot)
5 March 1921
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Simmons

Bailey

Puddefoot

James

Young

Vallis had a great game between the posts for the visitors. Puddefoot's headed decider came from a Simmons free-kick after only 3 minutes. Within a minute Hammers were awarded a doubtful penalty but Puddefoot shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Cope had an unhappy game, he was extremely feeble and did not kick with his customary accuracy. He was always mastered by Harris the most dangerous visitor. James the most hard-working forward on the Hammers side was not favoured by fortune.

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BARNSLEY
Oakwell
1 - 1 (Puddefoot)
12 March 1921
Att: 13,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Simmons

Bishop

Puddefoot

James

Young

Cope and Burton often beaten for speed by the Barnsley wingers. Cope fouled Newton in the area as he was going through but Gittens failed from the 'spot kick'.

West Ham took the lead 2 minutes into the second half when an error by Fell let in Puddefoot. A minute from the end Burton brought down Donkin in the area and Spoors, from Barnsley's second peanalty, equalised.

BARNSLEY
Upton Park
2 - 1 (James, Gittens [og])
19 March 1921
Att: 18,000

Hufton

Cope

Burton

Allen

Kay

Tresadern

Simmons

Bishop

Watson

James

Young

A sensational start for Barnsley, for within a minute Donkin had  made a wonderful effort on the right. Tricking Burton he centred squarely into goal, where Hufton threw himself at the ball. The goalkeeper, however, knocked it directly to Spoors, who headed a splendid goal. West Ham put in some excellent attacking work from Young and Watson but went in at half-time trailing to the early goal. The Hammers commenced the second half with considerable dash with Allen going forward. Hands against Barnsley saw Allen drive in a powerful shot from the free kick, and Gittins, lying well back in goal, turned the ball past his own goalkeeper when attempting to kick away, this giving West Ham a very lucky equalising goal ten minutes after resuming. The game was stubbornly contested and west Ham were making desperate efforts to score.
For a foul on Burton, Spoors was ordered off the field, although the West Ham players appealed for him to remain, but the referee was firm. A corner kick was placed accurately to Young, a short scrimmage near the Barnsley goal followed until the ball came out to James, who headed in a second goal for the home side a few minutes from the end.

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NOTTS COUNTY
Upton Park
0 - 2
25 March 1921
Att: 25,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Bishop

Kay

Tresadern

Allen

Simmons

Watson

James

Young

REPORT:

NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Puddefoot 2 [1 pen], Leafe)
26 March 1921
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

West Ham took the lead through Leafe in the 8th minute. Leafe a big powerful and willing forward adds dash to the Hammers front-line but his passes to winger James were often over-hit. West Ham went two-up when Puddefoot notched a penalty for hands by Bulling in the 20th minute. West Ham's advantage was never seriously threatened and 11 minutes from the finish Puddefoot rounded off their trio of goals. He looked offside, but when tackled he drew the ball cleverly round Bulling and it went luckily into the net.

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NOTTS COUNTY
Meadow Lane
1 - 1 (Puddefoot)
28 March 1921
Att: 22,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

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NOTTINGHAM FPREST
City Ground
0 - 1
2 April 1921
Att; 22,000

Hampson

Lane

Lee

Allen

Kay

Woodards

Carter

Bishop

Watson

Leafe

James

The visitors were without Puddefoot through injury and his absence was plainly visible, they could do little right near goal.  James was in splendid form with some clever runs and beautiful centres, but the Forest winner came from a free-kick, Woodards charged Harrold unfairly and Belton scored.

ROTHERHAM COUNTY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Leafe)
9 April 1921
Att: 20,000

Hufton

Lane

Lee

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Carter

COWELL

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

This match was played in a happy-go-lucky manner, and with the end of the season fast approaching the Hammers got home by the only goal of the game, and were thoroughly worthy of their success. In defence the Hammers could also claim an advantage, Lee furnishing one of the best displays that he has given since his promotion to the first team. It was seldom that the visiting forwards suggested much danger , the chief trouble to the home defenders came from Cawley who was the best attacker on view. A break away by the Hammers' left brought the only goal, for James, forcing a corner, placed the ball accurately to Leafe. The latter drove goalwards, and Alton's foot coming in contact with the ball diverted it past Branston. Before the interval Rotherham pressed in determined fashion, and forced two further corners.

The second half was rather tame, and gave for occasional dribbles by Puddefoot and Leafe, there was little to enthuse over. The only feature of the closing stages were two excellent individual attempts by Puddefoot, which Branston fielded cleanly.

ROTHERHAM COUNTY
Millmoor
0 - 2
16 April 1921
Att: 10,000

Hufton

Burton

Lee

Allen

Kay

Bishop

Carter

ROBINSON

Puddefoot

Leafe

James

Not a very good game, a hard ground, puzzling wind and an end of season lassitude combined to help make it a dull encounter. The visitors were a goal behind in 6 minutes when a Clawley shot hit the inside od a post and went in. Pape got the other County goal when he was first to a Chambers centre on the half-hour. Kay was injured and missed the whole of the second half whilst Syd Bishop had the misfortune to sustain a broken nose in the last minute. Pape, Clawley and Chambers also finished the game limping.

PORT VALE
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Robinson)
23 April 1921
Att; 15,000

Hufton

HART

Cope

Allen

Woodards

Tresadern

Leafe

Robinson

Puddefoot

Smith S.

James

Port Vale's outside-left Johnstone missed a penalty before later redeeming himself by giving Port Vale the lead. Robinson a recent acquisition for the Hammers levelled the scores and had a sound game.

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PORT VALE
Recreation Ground
2 - 1 (James, Watson)
30 A1921
Att: 12,000

Hufton

Cope

Lee

Allen

Bishop

Tresadern

Leafe

Robinson

Watson

James

Young

West Ham gained a last-minute victory in their return match with Port Vale at Hanley, the score being 2-1 in their favour. They played better football than their opponents, and throughly deserved their victory.
Puddefoot was an absentee from the side, but the forwards were ably led by Watson. Nothing was scored in the first half, and it was not until fifteen minutes after the resumption that either defence was pierced. Perry then gave Port Vale the lead with a brilliant shot from a free kick. It was after this that West Ham showed their best form, and they soon equalised through James. They continued to have the better of the exchanges, and in the last five minutes set up great pressure upon the home goal, but it was not until the last minute that Watson gave his side the victory with a long fast shot.

SOUTH SHIELDS
Upton Park
2 -1 (Puddefoot, Walker [og])
2 May 1921
Att; 15,000

Hufton

Cope

Lee

Allen

Bishop

Tresadern

GATLAND

Robinson

Puddefoot

Watson

James

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SOUTH SHIELDS
Horsley Hill Road
0 - 0
7 May 1921
Att: 15,000

Hampson

Hebden

Cope

Allen

Kay

Palmer

Calladine

Robinson

Puddefoot

Brown

Young

Woods failed to appear for the second half and 'Shields' played out the match with only 10 men. Hampson was a prodigious worker in the West Ham goal, his clearances were very good. Walker too, between the home posts had a good game. He was tested with difficult shots from Robinson and Puddefoot and dealt with them competantly. Cresswell led his colleagues in stout resistance after the retirement of Woods at half-time.

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