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1937-38 Football League Second Division

The big talking point as the season began was the signing of Scottish forward Archie Macaulay from Glasgow Rangers. He was soon on the score sheet in the 3–1 home win against Bradford Park Avenue. More effort was shown on opponents’ grounds as there were favourable draws at Swansea Town, Stockport County and Southampton. At home the goals flowed, with Chesterfield beaten 5–0 and Barnsley 4–1. This fine home form drew an attendance of 40,547 for the visit of Coventry City in November but the teams played out a 0–0 stalemate. In contrast, a thriller at Bury in December saw the Hammers lose 4–3 before a sparse attendance of 4,724.

For the fourth successive season West Ham were beaten at the first attempt in the FA Cup. On this occasion it was First Division side Preston North End who won 3–0 at Deepdale. The team were hovering in mid-table, winning at home but without an away win. Finishing the season on a high note, the Boleyn men had a good 1–0 victory over Manchester United, the league leaders. Then on the final day the Hammers at last recorded their first away win of the season by beating Chesterfield 1–0 at Saltergate. A final place of ninth was achieved, but only registering one away win was a huge cause for concern.

Note:

Players in BOLD made their debuts for West Ham United

ASTON VILLA
Villa Park
0 - 2
28 August 1937
Att: 50,539

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

ARCHIE MACAULAY

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT

SWANSEA TOWN
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Fenton, Foxall)
30 August 1937
Att: 15,473

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Green

Morton

REPORT:

BRADFORD PARK AVENUE
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Goulden 2, Macaulay)
4 September 193
Att: 2,467

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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SWANSEA TOWN
Vetch Field
0 - 0
6 September 1937
Att: 12,718

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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STOCKPORT COUNTY
Edgeley Park
0 - 0
11 September 1937
Att: 17,781

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

CHESTERFIELD
Upton Park
5 - 0 (Goulden 2, Small 2, Morton)
13 September 1937
Att; 15,010

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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SOUTHAMPTON
The Dell
3 - 3 (Small 2, Foxall)
18 September 1937
Att: 19,478

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Barrett

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Upton Park
2 - 0 (Foxall, Goulden)
25 September 1937
Att: 27,699

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Hillsborough
0 - 1
2 October 1937
Att: 20,173

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

The Hammers were not the favourites of fortune in their match with Sheffield Wednesday, but quite the reverse. They were distinctly unlucky to be beaten by the only goal scored in lucky fashion, after they had played far better football than the home side and had had three-parts of the game. When Wednesday secured the goal midway through the second half, it was against the run of play, and came in quite unexpected fashion from a swift dash by Rimmer. His shot was safely covered by Weare, the West Ham goalkeeper but the ball struck Bicknell, the Hammers captain, and was deflected into the net past the goalkeeper.

If West Ham had taken their chances they would have had the issue settled by half time. Their attacks had been methodically made and were persistent in character, but there were times when their finishing was indifferent and on other occasions when they were, Goodfellow, the Wednesday keeper, saved a number of shots which tested him well. The Hammers were clearly superior in attack, but Wednesdays’ defence was strong, and Nibloe and Millership were outstanding players in it. Goulden although closely watched, did fine work in the West Ham attack, and the smooth working of the whole forward line, with Foxall and Morton excellent wingers, caused the home defence plenty of anxiety, but the forwards were unable to force the ball home. The Wednesday showed their best form after the interval, when the Hammers somewhat lost the grip on the game.

FULHAM
Upton Park
0 - 0
9 October 1937

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

BENNY FENTON

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

BARNSLEY
Upton Park
4 - 1 (Goulden 2, Foxall, Macaulay)
16 October 1937
Att: 27,291

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

LUTON TOWN
Kenilworth Road
2 - 2 (Small, King [og])
23 October 1937
Att: 17,757

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Green

Morton

REPORT:

NEWCASTLE UNITED
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Morton)
30 October 1937

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Young

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST
City Ground
0 - 0
6 November 1937
Att: 14,801

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

COVENTRY CITY
Upton Park
0 - 0
13 November 1937
Att: 40,547

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

ROD WILLLIAMS

GouldenMorton

REPORT:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
White Hart Lane
0 - 2
20 November 1937
Att: 47,000

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Williams

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

BURNLEY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Williams)
27 November 1937
Att: 21,607

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

BILL ROBERTS

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Williams

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

BURY
Gigg Lane
3 - 4 (Foxall 2, Williams)
4 December 1937
Att: 4,724

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Barrett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Williams

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD UNITED
Upton Park
0 - 2
11 December 1937
Att: 21,431

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Macaulay

Williams

Goulden

Foxall

REPORT:

MANCHESTER UNITED
Old Trafford
18 December 1937

Postponed : Fog

NORWICH CITY
Upton Park
25 December 1937

Postponed : Fog

Programme re-issued for re-arranged date 28 December

NORWICH CITY
Carrow Road
2 - 2 (Williams 2)
27 December 1937
Att: 27,475

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Macaulay

Williams

Green

Morton

REPORT:

NORWICH CITY
Upton Park
3 - 3 (Barrett [pen], Green, Williams)
28 December 1937
Att: 17,087

Weare

Bicknell

Walker A.

Barrett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Macaulay

Williams

Green

Morton

REPORT:

ASTON VILLA
Upton park
1 - 1 (Cummings [og])
1 January 1938
Att: 30,408

Weare

Bicknell

Walker C.

Barrett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Green

Williams

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

PRESTON NORTH END : FA Cup (Third Round)
Deepdale
0 - 3
8 January 1938
Att; 30,198

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Green

Williams

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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BRADFORD PARK AVENUE
Park Avenue
1 - 2 (Macaulay)
15 January 1938
Att: 8,611

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Fenton B.

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

STOCKPORT COUNTY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Macaulay)
22 January 1938
Att: 19,143

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton E.

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Fenton B.

Green

Morton

REPORT:

SOUTHAMPTON
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Foxall, Macaulay, Small)
29 January 1938
Att: 18,489

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulde

nMorton

REPORT:

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BLACKBURN ROVERS
Ewood Park
1 - 2 (Small)
5 February 1938
Att: 13,082

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Macaulay)
12 February 1938
Att: 17,538

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

CHARLIE TURNER

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

FULHAM
Craven Cottage
1 - 1 (Goulden)
19 February 1938
Att: 22,891

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Turner

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Small

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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MANCHESTER UNITED
Old Trafford
0 - 4
23 February 1938
Att: 14,572

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Walker R.

Turner

Cockroft

Morton

Foxall

Small

Goulden

JOHN WOOD

REPORT:

BARNSLEY
Oakwell
0 - 1
26 February 1938
Att: 10,613

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Morton

Macaulay

Williams

Green

Wood

REPORT:

LUTON TOWN
Upton Park
0 - 0
5 March 1938
Att: 22,955

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Macaulay

Foxall

Goulden

Wood

REPORT:

NEWCASTLE UNITED
St James' Park
2 - 2 (Foxall 2)
12 March 138
Att: 22,361

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Kirkaldie

Green

Foxall

Goulden

Wood

REPORT:

NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Macaulay 2)
19 March 1938
Att: 22,426

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Walker R.

Cockroft

Morton

Green

Macauley

Goulden

Wood

REPORT:

COVENTRY CITY
Highfield Road
1 - 1 (Mason [og])
26 March 1938
Att: 22,154

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Corbett

Turner

Cockroft

Foxall

Dell

Macauley

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Upton Park
1 - 3 (Morton)
2 April 1938
Att: 30,031

Conway

Bicknell

STEVE FORDE

Fenton

Turner

Corbett

Foxall

Green

Macauley

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

BURNLEY
Turf Moor
0 - 2
9 April 1938
Att: 11,173

Conway

Bicknell

Forde

Black

Turner

Corbett

Morton

Dell

Macauley

Green

Wood

REPORT:

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Upton Park
0 - 1
15 April 1938
Att: 21,947

Conway

Bicknell

Forde

Fenton

Walker R.

Corbett

Kirkaldie

Green

Macauley

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

BURY
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Fenton, Green, Macaulay)
16 April 1938
Att: 13,514

Conway

Bicknell

Forde

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Green

Macauley

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Home Park
1 - 2 (Foxall)
18 April 1938
Att: 21,805

Conway

Bicknell

Forde

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Green

Macauley

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD UNITED
Bramall Lane
1 - 3 (Fenton)
23 April 1938
Att: 20,681

Conway

Bicknell

Forde

REG ATTWELL

Walker R.

Fenton

Foxall

Green

Macauley

Goulden

Morton

REPORT:

MANCHESTER UNITED
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Goulden)
30 April 1938
Att: 14,816

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Morton

Macauley

Goulden

Wood

REPORT:

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CHESTERFIELD
Recreation Ground
1 - 0 (Macaulay)
7 May 1938
Att: 7,202

Conway

Bicknell

Walker C.

Fenton

Walker R.

Cockroft

Foxall

Macaulay

Goulden

Morton

Wood

REPORT:

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