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1930-31 Friendlies

BLUES v. REDS
First Public Practice Match
Upton Park
1 - 5
16 August 1930

BLUES (Harris)

Watson G.

Barter

Talbot

Musgrave

James H.

Inns

Evans

Wood A.

Wombwell L.

James

Harris

REDS (Robson 2, Wood 2, Morris)

Knief A.

Goodacre

Wade R.

Norris

St Pier

Parkin

Wood J.

Robson

Morris A.

Wilkins

Cribb

Quite a lot of interest was centred in West Ham's trial match at Upton Park, eight of the 15 new players included. The "Reds", who included three of last years' Reserves, beat the "Blues" by 5-1.
On the right wing, Robson and Wood showed fine form, as also did Norris, at right-half. Favourable impression was made on the left wing by Cribb (Sittingbourne) and Wilkinson (Sunderland). Morris, the Barnet amateur, at centre-forward, also played well. The winning team had the steadier full backs, but T. Inns, the Custom House amateur, was a success for the "Blues" at centre-half. Promising form was displayed by James (Notts County), A. Wood (Clapton Orient) and Harris (Folkestone). For the winners, the goal scorers were J. Wood (2), Robson (2) and Morris. Harris scored for the "Blues".

BLUES v. REDS
Second Public Practice Match
Upton Park
4 - 5
23 August 1930

BLUES (Gibbins 3, James)

Hufton

Talbot

Wade R.

Norris 

St Pier

Parkin

Wood J.

Robson

Gibbins

James

Harris

REDS (Earle 2 [1 pen], Watson 2, Ruffell)

Dixon

Earl

Cox

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson V.

Pollard

Ruffell

It was quite apparent on Saturday at Upton Park in the West Ham Football Club trial match that there is much talent among the Reserves, who were beaten by last season's first team by 5-4. The winning side was identical with last season's team, except that Dixon appeared in goal, Hufton playing for the Reserves. James (Notts County) seemed to be the most impressive of the new men who played for the Reserves, his ball control being excellent. He shoud make a bold bid for a place in the League side. Th eother newcommers wer Parkin (Chester), and Talbot (Hetton). The superiority of the old half-backs was a desisive factor, Collins, Barrett and Caldwell, giving the forwards fine support, while in attack the Ruffell-Watson combination was parically dangerous.
Gibbons opened the scoring for the Reserves. Earle equalised from a penalty, and Watson and Ruffell added further goals for the first team before the interval. Earle put the Reds further ahead in the second half, but in a fine rally Gibbons and James netted for the Reserves. Watson scored the fifth goal for the winners, but again Gibbons replied for the Reserves, who almost equalised in the last few minutes of the close of play.

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CLAPTON ORIENT 
London Professional Charity Fund

Lea Bridge Stadium
4 - 0 Barrett 2, James, Ruffell)
3 November 1930

Dixon

Earl

Wade R.

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

James

Pollard

Ruffell

Ruffell put the visitors ahead then James doubled the lead then Barrett hit two goals, the second of which was a fierce 30 yarder. The Orient were in danger of having their ground closed because the pitch measurement at Lea Bridge Stadium was one yard below the minimum width allowed under League rules.

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LONDON CALEDONIANS
Tufnell Park
4 - 3 (Barter 3, Holland)
29 November 1930

Watson G.

Goodacre

England

Wilkins

Parkin

Musgrave

Evans

Robson

Barter

Holland

Cribb

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
East Ham British Legion Earl Haig Memorial Building Fund
Upton Park
1 - 2 (Earle)
8 December 1930

Dixon

Earl

Wade R.

Collins

Barrett

Norris

Yews

Earle

Gibbins

James

Ruffell

Directors copy

The Prince of Wales attended the West Ham - Spurs Charity game in aid of the Building Fund of the East Ham Branch of the British Legion and the Earl Haig Fund.

At half-time the players line up in front of the pavilion and were presented to the Prince. He had arrived after the kick-off. Spurs with a goal in each half led 2-0. Then Earle headed in to reduce the deficit. Ruffell then missed a penalty. Conditions were very muddy. At the end Earl Jellicoe presented the medals. The gate realised £360.

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CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Reserves
The Valley
1 - 1 Wilkins)
10 January 1931

Watson G.

Goodacre

Talbot

Wilkins

Parkin

Musgrave

Evans

Robson

Barter

Holland

Wood J.

REPORT:

CORINTHIAN
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Ruffell 2, Watson)
24 January 1931
Att: 10,000

Watson G.

Wade R.

England

Collins

St Pier

Musgrave

Yews

Robson

Watson V.

James

Ruffell

Due to the engagement of Newcastle United in a cup-tie, West Ham's vacant Saturday afternoon was filled by Corinthians. England's premier amateur team. The latter turned out in full force and the Hammers played Vivian Gibbins, England, Robson, St. Pier, and G. Watson. Obviously the game was a friendly one and at no time were either team 'all out.' Nevertheless, a good game was seen and added interest came early on when Hegan for the Corinthians scored the first goal - in fact 1-0 was the score at the interval. For Corinthians, Howard-Baker in goal was severely tested, and it was not until the second half was twenty minutes old that West Ham equalised through Ruffell. Soon after this Howard-Baker was injured and had to leave the field, H.V. Benest taking his place. About this time the crowd were rather insistent about Victor Watson scoring a goal as they did not, apparently realise that he was having a try-out after his very serious injury. However, he did score a good one and a little later he gave another opportunity to Ruffell, who thus scored his second of the match. West Ham won comfortably by three goals to one, and we saw entertaining but not thrilling football.

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NORWICH CITY : Reserves
Carrow Road
0 - 1
24 January 1931

Knief A.

Goodacre

Talbot

Wilkins

Parkin

Cadwell

Evans

Fenton E.

Bar

Holland

Cribb

REPORT:

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GUILDFORD CITY : Reserves
St Joesphs Road
1 - 4 (Knief)
25 February 1931

Watson G.

Goodacre

Talbot

Wilkins

Parkin

Brunce G.

Bassett J.

Fenton E.

Knief A.

Moore

Harris

REPORT:

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Away
6 - 0 (Watson 3, James 2, Harris)
4 March 1931

Dixon

Earl

Wade R. (Barrett)

Norris

Banell

Musgrave

Wood J.

Pollard

Watson V.

James

Harris

REPORT:

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Molineux
0 - 2
14 March 1931

Dixon

Wade R.

Fryatt

Collins

Barrett

Musgrave

Evans

Watson V.

Barter

James

Cribb

REPORT:

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CLAPTON ORIENT : Reserves
Lea Bridge Road
2 - 2 (Evans, Mercer)
21 March 1931

Watson G.

Parker W.

Talbot

Norris

St Pier

Mercer

Evans

Pollard

Fenton E.

Holland

Harris

REPORT:

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SOUTH ESSEX LEAGUE
Upton Park
4 - 0 (Fenton 3, James)
23 April 1931

Knief A.

Chalkley G.

Talbot

Moore

St Pier

Fryatt

Evans

Goulden L.

Fenton E.

James H.

Walling R.

REPORT:

End of Season Tour to Switzerland

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LUCERNE (Switzerland)
Away
2 - 0 (Harris 2)
20 May 1931

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Norris

St Pier

Cadwell

Yews

Pollard

Barrett

James

Harris

REPORT:

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YOUNG-FELLOWS ZURICH (Switzerland)
Away
5 - 2 (Barrett 3, Harris)
23 May 1931

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Norris

St Pier

Cadwell

Yews

Pollard

Barrett

James

Harris

REPORT:

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BASLE (Switzerland)
Away
4 - 3 (Fereday, James, Pollard, Yews)
25 May 1931

Dixon

Earl

Wade

Norris

St Pier

Cadwell

Fereday

Pollard (Barrett)

Robinson (Yews)

James

Harris

REPORT:

OTHER MATCHES at UPTON PARK

EAST HAM BOYS v. WEST HAM BOYS : West Ham United Directors Cup
? - ?
4 October 1930

EAST HAM BOYS (?)

Line-up Unknown

WEST HAM BOYS (?)

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v. ILFORD
London Challenge Cup
 (Semi-Final)
8 - 1
17 November 1930

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (?)

Line-up Unknown

ILFORD (?)

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

EAST HAM BOYS v. WEST HAM BOYS : Corinthian Shield (Second Round)
? - ?
17 November 1930

EAST HAM BOYS (?)

Line-up Unknown

WEST HAM BOYS (?)

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

WIMBLEDON v. ENFIELD
London Senior Cup (Semi-Final)

1 - 0
14 March 1931

TEAM 1 (?)

Line-Up Unknow

TEAM 2 (?)

Line-Up Unknown

REPORT:

ARMY v. ROYAL AIR FORCE
Charity Match

2 - 2
21 March 1931

ARMY (?)

Line-Up Unknow

ROYAL AIR FORCE (?)

Line-Up Unknown

REPORT:

ARSENAL v. MILLWALL
London Challenge Cup (Semi-Final)

0 - 0
25 March 1931

ARSENAL

Line-Up Unknow

MILLWALL

Line-Up Unknown

REPORT:

WEST HAM JOC v. BIRMINGHAM JOC : Annual Challenge Match
4 - 4
4 April 1931

WEST HAM JOC (?)

Line-up Unknown

BIRMINGHAM JOC (?)

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

EASTMINSTER v. SHAW, SAVILL & ALBION
East Ham Hospital Cup

? - ?
6 April 1931

EASTMINSTER (?)

Line-Up Unknow

SHAW, SAVILL & ALBION (?)

Line-Up Unknown

REPORT:

SMITHFIELD MARKET v. BILLINGSGATE MARKET : Charity Match
? - ?
20 April 1931

SMITHFIELD MARKET (?)

Line-up Unknown

BILLINGSGATE MARKET (?)

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

ESSEX BOYS v. LONDON BOYS : Representative Match
0 - 4
17 November 1930

ESSEX BOYS 

Anderson (West Ham)

Moore (West Ham)

Newell (West Ham)

Ayres (West Ham)

Wood (East Ham)

Manssfield (Grays)

Maitland (Walthamstow)

Fairchild (Barking)

Vivian (Walthamstow)

Rust (East Ham)

Allen (West Ham)

LONDON BOYS (?)

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

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