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1928-29 Football League First Division

As in the previous season the team started well with a 4–0 home victory against Sheffield United and a 4–1 home win over Aston Villa. Vic Watson was in good form, scoring seven goals in the first five games. Once again the good start came to an end, a 5–0 defeat at Leicester City being followed by a 4–1 reverse at Leeds United.

The team were so inconsistent: champions elect Sheffield Wednesday were beaten 3–2 at home, followed a week later by a 6–0 defeat at Derby County. In December winger Jimmy Ruffell scored twice in the 3–3 home draw with Sunderland, the third time that he had scored two in a match that season.

The FA Cup began with a narrow 1–0 home win against Sunderland, and this was followed by a 3–0 home victory against the amateur team Corinthians. Round five saw a trip to Bournemouth and a 1–1 draw. The replay was won 3–1 but the cup run was ended after a 3–2 quarter-final defeat at Portsmouth.

Following a good 3–2 win at Manchester United there was an amazing home game with Leeds United. After an hour the score was 2–2, and then the goal glut began as the Hammers won 8–2 with Vic Watson scoring six. The good home form continued throughout March with victories over Leicester, Birmingham and Burnley, and there was an excellent 4–0 win at Everton where Viv Gibbins claimed a hat-trick. In April there was a trip to league leaders Sheffield Wednesday that ended in a 6–0 defeat; a final-day placing of seventeenth was achieved to equal the previous campaign.

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Players in BOLD made their debuts for West Ham United

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A group of West Ham supporters cheering as they leave Waterloo Station for the FA Cup match at Boscombe

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE ATHLETIC : FA Cup (Fifth Round)

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Dean Court
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16 Febryary 1929
Att: 11,346

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