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1925-26 Friendlies

FIRST PRACTICE MATCH
PROBABLES v. POSSIBLES
Upton Park
5 - 0
15 August 1925

PROBABLES

(Watson 2, Earle, Moore, Ruffell)

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Eastman

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

POSSIBLES

Baillie

Hebden

Horler

Collins

Barrett

Cowper

Weale

Edwards

Campbell

Fletcher

Thompson

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SECOND PRACTICE MATCH
PROBABLES v. POSSIBLES
Upton Park
6 - 1
22 August 1925

PROBABLES

(Watson 3, Earle, Ruffell, Yews)

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Hull

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

POSSIBLES

(Barnard)

Baillie

Hebden

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Mackesy

Cowper

Edwards

Campbell

Fletcher

Barnard W.

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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Cosgrove Benefit
Home Park
6 - 4 (Watson 3, Moore 2, Ruffell)
9 September 1925

Hufton

Hodgson

Henderson

Carter

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

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ILFORD
Harvey Darvill Fund
2 - 2 (Edwards, 1 unknown) 
24 September 1925
Att: 

Hufton, Hebden, Young, Bishop, Kay, Collins, Yews, Edwards, Watson, Williams, Ruffell

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SUMMERSTOWN
Garratt Lane
0 - 2
24 October 1925

Woodward

Earl

Batchelor

Gordon

Howell

Clark

Park

Oakley

Cox

Ruffell W.

Collins

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SOUTHALL
Western Road
2 - 7 (Cox 2) 

7 November 1925
Att: 

Woodward, Batchelor, Horler, Clark, Howell, Mackesy, Taylor, Ruffell W., Cowper, Cox, Weale

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CRYSTAL PALACE
London Professional Charity Fund

Upton Park
2 - 2 (Bishop, Watson)
16 November 1925

Hufton

Hodgson

Hebden

Bishop

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

Abandoned : Bad Light

Considering that they lost Hamilton before half-time Crystal Palace could feel satisfied with dividing four goals at Upton Park. An attempt was made to play extra time, according to the rules governing these matches, but, though an interval had been dispensed with, the referee was compelled to stop the match when 18 minutes of the half-hour had expired. West Ham during one period looked like having an easy task, but after Watson had headed through from a corner Clarke was allowed something like a free course to approach within shooting distance, and Hufton could not get near a low cross shot. Bishop kicked a splendid goal, but the Palace, when a man short early the second half, equalised through Turner. Blackmore went centre-half when Hamilton injured his ankle. besides straining a muscle, and did good work among a determined set of defenders, but Harper took chief honours for the visitors, some of his saves being brilliant.

Gate receipts £93

WESTERN LOMBARDIANS : Reserves
Away
4 - 4 (Unknown) 

19 November 1925
Att: 

Mizen, Batchehor, Horler, Mackesy, Jewett, Howell, Shadbolt, Ruffell W., Cowper, Cox, Weale

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CRYSTAL PALACE
London Professional Charity Fund

Upton Park
3 - 0 (Watson 3)
30 November 1925

Baillie

Hebden

Horler

Bishop

Barrett

Collins

Carter

Earle

Watson

Williams

Ruffell

West Ham United found the way to victory very easy at Upton Park in their match with Crystal Palace. Having undergone a great trial in their game against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday the Palace played like a tired team, and at no time did they offer serious opposition to a much clever side. Their defenders tackled weakly, and merely ballooned the ball in their clearances, while, apart from two capital shots by Hoddinott late in the game, the forwards rarely threatened the West Ham goal. Play of a much different character came from the home team, who. quickly taking the measure of their opponents, scored three times in the first half. Watson, who showed excellent or opportunism in the centre, gained all three goals. He obtained the first one cleverly, passing out to Carter, and shooting into the net coolly as the ball came back from the wing, in spite of Harper's rush out of goal. The Palace keeper, in saving brilliantly with one hand a hard drive from Earle, could only push the ball out a few yards, and Watson had an easy chance with which to place West Ham further ahead, while shortly before half-time the home centre headed in a pass front Carter. On resuming the West Ham forwards played, pretty but ineffective football, their shooting at times being wild.

Gate receipts: £89

GRAYS THURROCK : Reserves
Upton Park
4 - 6 (Unknown)
2 January 1926

Line-up Unknown

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NORWICH CITY : Reserves
The Nest
1 - 6 (Surtees)
16 January 1926

Att: 

Chiswick, Hebden, Young, Carter, Eastman, Wilkins, Edwards, Surtees, Brooks, Bell, Thompson

REPORT:

LETCHWORTH TOWN : Reserves
Vown Ground, Baldock Road
2 - 0 (Campbell [pen], Fletcher)
30 January 1926

Att: 

Unknown Line-up

REPORT:

MAIDSTONE UNITED : Reserves
Watling Street
3 - 2 (Williams 2, Campbell)
13 February 1926

Att: 

Unknown Line-up

REPORT:

CUSTOM HOUSE : Reserves
Away
1 - 0 ([og])
13 February 1926

Att: 

Unknown Line-up

REPORT:

COVENTRY CITY
Highfield Road
3 - 4 (Campbell, Moore. Yews)
20 February 1926

Att: 5,000

Kaine, Barrett, Young, Carter, Kay, Collins, Yews, Earle, Campbell, Watson, Moore

Shankley was signed by Coventry only the day before this game from Nuneaton. He had previously had Football League experience with Portsmouth and Halifax. Despite his 4 goals the local reporter was not over-impressed with Shakley's ability.

ROYAL AIR FORCE : Reserves
Upton Park
0 - 4
25 February 1926

Att: 

Kaine, Eastman, Cowper, Smith, Jewett, Wilkins, Weale, Ruffell W., Brooks, Mackesy, Laughey

West Ham Reserve Side Well Beaten. The Royal Air Force proved too good for West Ham United's Reserve team at Upton Park, and won decisively by 4 goals to 0. The score in no way exaggerated the extent of the Airmen's superiority. Flight-Officer Williams and F.S. Fretnell at full-back did splendid work, their pace and sure kicking breaking up most attacks of the West Ham forwards. The halves were a real connecting line the attack, in which all five men showed skill. quickness on the ball, and rare speed. The West Ham goal had many escapes before Bishop scored ten minutes before the interval, after which better reward was earned. Kirk, a smart centre-forward, used a pass from Bishop to score at close quarters, and Smith added a good goal by going through when a defender and Kirk had fallen. Kane had no chance with Smith's shot, and he could not catch a high cross shot from Morris, the bell passing just under the crossbar to complete the scoring. Blyth, the outside-right completed a good forward line.

WOOLWICH GARRISON : Reserves
Away
4 - 1 (Ruffell 2, Hawkins, Williams)
3 March 1926

Att: 

Kaine, Hodgson, Horler, Bishop, Smith, Wilkins, Evans, Ruffell W., Hawkins, Williams, Thompson

REPORT:

CITY POLICE : 'A' Team
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Cox 2 [1 pen], [og])
8 March 1926

Att: 

Baillie, Goodsell W., Weale T., O'Mahony, Smith, Wilkins, Collins T., Ruffell W., Cowper, Cox C., Cockburn

REPORT:

CLACTON : Reserves
Old Road Ground
4 - 0 (Fletcher [pen], Thompson, 2 [og])
17 March 1926

Att: 

Baillie, Eastman, Hodgson, Wilkins, Smith, Cowper, Thompson, Fletcher, Campbell, Ruffell W., Evans

REPORT:

LONDON UNIVERSITY : Reserves
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Cox, Hawkins)
22 March 1926

Att: 

Unknown Line-up

REPORT:

WEYMOUTH : Reserves
Recreation Ground
3 - 1 (Campbell, Thompson, [og])
2 April 1926

Att: 

Baillie, Hodgson, Horler, Cowper, Eastman, Wilkins, Weale, Ruffell W., Campbell, Surtees, Thompson

REPORT:

CHELSEA : Reserves
Upton Park
0 - 3
5 April 1916
Att:

Line-up Unknown

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BARKING TOWN : Reserves
Vicarage Road
2 - 4 (Unknown)
1 May 1926

Att: 

Unknown Line-up

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
London Dockland Settlement
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Watson) 

3 May 1926
Att: 

Unknown Line-up

At West Ham, the presence of 3,000 spectators, among whom were His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Connaught. Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United each scored a goal the chaiity match organised for the benefit of the Dockland settlement.
Tottenham controlled the ball in a strong wind much better than their opponents. In the opening half their forwards displayed clever combination, and a goal lead was well merited. This was obtained by Blair following a clever run by Handley. West Ham, soon equalised when the game was resumed, Watson scoring as the result of hesitancy on the part of the Tottenham left-back. The home side had most of the game to the end, and the Tottenham goal was lucky to escape on several occasions. The gold medals presented by Colonel Guest will be held over until next year. 

West Ham United in Madrid, Corunna & Vigo in Spain May 20 to June 10 1926

Recorded by Mr. A.C. Davis, Director

THURSDAY, 20 MAY

With very pleasant memories of visits to Bilbao, Prague, Vienna, Buda, Pesch, Cologne, Frankfort, Friburg, Amsterdam, and other continental towns, our party assembled at Victoria at 8 am en route for Spain, where arrangements had been made to play in Madrid, Corunna and Vigo, two games in each place. The officials and players making the journey were Messrs. J.W.Y.Cearns, W.J.Cearns, A.C.Davis, G.F.Davis, H.Iggleden, L.Johnson, E.S.King, F.R.Pratt, W.F.White, E.Hufton, J.Hebden, T.Hodgson,  J.Barratt, G.Carter, G.Kay, J.Collins, P.Cowper, T.Yews, J.Campbell, V.Watson, W.Moore, W.Ruffell, J.Ruffell, C.Paynter, with H.Alcaurez, of the International Sleeping Car Company, as courier.

Leaving London by the 9 am boat train and a prospect of fine weather, we arrived at Folkestone and all were pleased that the sea was in a happy mood, and a splendid crossing was made to Boulogne where we landed about 1 pm  when a rush was made to the Customs, which after a few minutes resembled a heated political meeting.

The journey to Paris brought to mind the war, as a number of well kept cemeteries are observed around Etaples. Arriving in Paris just after 4 pm we drove across the City to the Quay d’Orsay where tea was taken. As we were not due to leave for Spain until 7 pm, a walk through the Tuilleries gardens was taken by a number of the party and a debate took place as to the dates of  various battles near Corunna.

There was some difficulty with the railway officials, but eventually we were fixed up with reserved seats and settled down for an all night run to Irun.

SPANISH INTERNATIONAL XI (Spain)
Madrid
2 - 1 (Campbell, Watson)
23 May 1926

Hufton, Hodgson, Barrett, Carter, Kay, Collins, Yews, Watson, Campbell, Moore, Ruffell J.

ROYAL MADRID (Spain)
Madrid
2 - 3 (Campbell, Ruffell J.)
25 May 1926

Hufton, Hodgson, Barrett, Carter, Kay, Collins, Yews, Watson, Campbell, Moore, Ruffell J.

CORUNNA (Spain)
Corunna
3 - 0 (Campbell, Ruffell W., Yews)
28 May 1926

Hufton, Hodgson, Barrett, Carter, Hebden, Collins, Yews, Ruffell W., Campbell, Moore, Ruffell J.

CORUNNA (Spain)
Corunna
2 - 1 (Watson, Yews)
30 May 1926

Hufton, Hodgson, Barrett, Carter, Kay, Collins, Yews, Watson, Ruffell W., Moore, Ruffell J.

VIGO (Spain)
Santiago
2 - 1 (Barrett, Yews)
3 June 1926

Hufton, Hodgson, Barrett, Carter, Hebden, Collins, Yews, Watson, Campbell, Moore, Ruffell W.

VIGO (Spain)
Santiago
2 - 3 (Barrett, Watson)
6 June 1926

Hufton, Hodgson, Barrett, Carter, Hebden, Collins, Yews, Watson, Ruffell W., Cowper, Ruffell J.

HOW SPAIN PLAYS FOOTBALL
WEST HAM TOURISTS' "NEVER AGAIN"
CAPTAIN IN HOSPITAL

"Never Again!" is the motto of West Ham Football team on its return from a tour in Spain. Nearly every player brought home a black eye, a damaged shin, or bruises as mementoes of the trip.
George Kay, the captain, left behind in a Vigo hospital with a  broken nose, is not expected to leave his bed for at least a fortnight. "They don't kick, they just land cut," Jim Barrett the left half, describing his experiences, told a "Sunday Express" representative.
"I would never play a Spanish team again without a suit of armour. Their team work is good, but they know noting about football as we play it.


"FOUL PLAY"
"We got a shock when we stated the first match in Madrid. I thought we had been sent to the bull ring by mistake. We had a rough time until we retaliated with shoulder charges, but the Spanish referee said this was foul play, and our centre forward was ordered off the field when he charged a man who kicked his shin.
"We managed to lay out one or two of them, but the game was stopped until they were replaced. "The crowd cheered the Spaniards and hissed us, and once, when one of our men nearly broke a player's leg by accident, he had to be escorted off the field by a cordon of police."
Collins said Kay was kicked in the face in a corner scrum. West Ham won four out of six matches.

OTHER MATCHES at UPTON PARK

CLAPTON v. SWINDON TOWN
FA Cup (Third Round)

2 - 3 
9 January 1926
Att:

CLAPTON (Unknown)

Line-up Unknown

SWINDON TOWN (Unknown)

Line-up Unknown

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WEST HAM BOYS v. LUTON BOYS
ESFA Trophy (Final Qualifying Round)
2 - 0 
27 February 1926
Att: 

WEST HAM BOYS (Unknown) 

Unknown Line-up

LUTON BOYS (Unknown)

Unknown Line-up

REPORT:

WEST HAM BOYS v. BIRMINGHAM BOYS
ESFA Trophy (First Round)
4 - 0 
27 March 1926
Att: 10,000

WEST HAM BOYS (Goulden 2, Murphy, Rees) 

Unknown Line-up

LUTON BOYS 

Unknown Line-up

Ten thousand attended at West Ham United's ground to see Rees score after seven minutes and Goulden a second a minute later. Eleven minutes after the interval Murphy notched a third goal and Goulden followed with a fourth in spite of fine defence by Baker, Kelly and Lambeth, who were the best for the visitors.

WEST HAM BOYS v. HACKNEY BOYS
ESFA Trophy (Second Round Proper)
3 - 1 
10 April 1926
Att:

WEST HAM BOYS (Goulden, Murphy, Prince) 

Unknown Line-up

HACKNEY BOYS (Unknown)

Unknown Line-up

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ESSEX SCHOOLS v. LONDON SCHOOLS
Representative Match
3 - 1 
19 April 1926
Att: 

ESSEX SCHOOLS (Flint 2, Dempster) 

Knief (West Ham), Dolder (East Ham), Smith F. (East Ham), Rourke (West Ham), Young (East Ham), Smith F.J. (West Ham),  Braund (East Ham), Hickle (Woodford), Flint (Ilford), Goulden (West Ham), Dempster (East Ham) 

LONDON SCHOOLS (Thompson)

Unknown Line-up

The Essex boys maintained their inbeaten record against London. The Essex team included five boys from East Ham Schools and four from West Ham, and it speaks well for the local boys that the Essex team were so successful. Essex suffered the handicap of height and weight, but were more clever in finishing that the London boys. In the first few minutes of the game, London opened the score through Thompson, mainly due to bad understanding on the part of the Essex backs. Flint equalised for Essex after 15 minutes, and the same boy put Essex ahead with a beautiful drive from 30 yards out. Just before the interval Dempster (East Ham) increased the lead for Essex after a cleaver wing run. In the second half exchanges were even, but London managed to reduce the lead from a penalty.

NAPIER ROAD SCHOOL v. WAKEFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL
White Cup Final
? - ? 
4 May 1926
Att: 

NAPIER ROAD SCHOOL 

Unknown Line-up

WAKEFIELD CENTRAL SCHOOL

Unknown Line-up

The Cup Final is named after W.F. White Chairman of West Ham United Football Club

WEST HAM BOYS v. LIVERPOOL BOYS
ESFA Trophy (Semi-Final)
1 - 1 
15 May 1926
Att: 17,000

WEST HAM BOYS (Rourke) 

Unknown Line-up

LIVERPOOL BOYS (Unknown)

Unknown Line-up

REPORT:

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