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1949-50 Football League Second Division

Manager : Charlie Paynter

LUTON TOWN
Kenilworth Road
2 - 2 (Parsons, Robinson)
20 August 1949
Att: 17,003

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

GERRY GAZZARD

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

Luton came perilously close to defeat and had it not been for 21-year-old Jack Taylor West Ham would have got away with two points. A minute after Robinson had taken advantage of a slip by Watkins to put West Ham ahead for the first time, Taylor nipped in to score the goal that saved the point. Taylor looks like a star in the making, but apart from him and Arnison, who tried tremendously hard, Luton's attack was not at all impressive. There were weaknesses on the wings, but much of this could be traced to the keen marking of the Hammers' defence. Luton's rearguard too, played a good game, and the two centre halves, Owen and Walker, were outstanding in a battle in which defences always had the whip hand. Owen went up to help out in the attack and put Luton ahead after 27 minutes. Then came the best goal of the game, Parsons, probably the best outside right in the Second Division, was the scorer. He led Luton a rare dance in the first half, until Ahere, the Irish international, began to get his measure. Altogether it was a game of missed chances, and neither team had the necessary punch in front of goal.

LEEDS UNITED
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Robinson 2, McGowan)
22 August 1949
Att: 24,728

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BARNSLEY
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Bainbridge, Gazzard)
27 August 1949
Att: 27,541

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

Although West Ham secured a good grip on this League game by a goal in the first ten seconds, and another in 16 minutes. They came very near to losing one at the points in the second half when they faded out and allowed the Initiative to pass to Barnsley.
If the latter's forwards had had the ability to finish they could not have lost, but time, after time they worked the ball cleverly within range only to fritter away their chances by indifferent marksmanship.
The game did not live up to Its early promise so far as the Hammers were concerned. They got a sensational goal straight from the kick-off, and within ten seconds the ball was in the Barnsley net. Robinson tapped the bill to Bainbridge, who in turn swung it out to Bainbridge on the left. The winger gathered it, took deliberate aim and fired in a shot which 'keeper Kelly got his right hand to near the foot of the upright, but could not stop the ball's progress into the net.
For most of the next quarter of an hour West Ham did the attacking, and after 16 minutes Bainbridge sent over a centre. A defender turned the ball towards his own goal, where Pallister, standing on the goal line, headed it out, but only far enough to reach Gazzard’s head and, standing close in, he steered the ball into the net to register his first goal for West Ham. Barnsley had a great chance to reduce the arrears when a penalty was awarded them for a foul on Smith, but Baxter, who took the kick, did not get enough pace on his shot, and Gregory brought off a good save. That was a bad lapse on the part of the visitors, and in the end they paid for it. Another shot by Griffiths was saved by Gregory, and later on in the game the West Ham 'keeper just managed to stop a shot from Wright on the goal line, although the Barnsley players claimed that the ball had cross it.
It was poor fare for a long time in the second half, Gazzard tried two long range shots which were just off the mark, but, apart from them, the home forwards did little shooting. Gradually, Barnsley got a better hold on the game and, in just under half an hour, following a corner kick. Whyte gathered the ball just inside the penalty area and scored with a shot which went in off Devlin's leg. Barnsley cut out the work in attack after that and Wright seemed a possible scorer when he raced through, but was challenged in time by Devlin, and his shot went over. Nearing the end. Kelly J. put in two great; runs on the left, the second of which nearly brought a goal. In the end, West Ham were fortunate to take both the points. There was some uncertainty about the defence under pressure, and the forwards and wing-halves failed to keep up their earlier liaison. Taken by and large, it was a poor match. Gazzard continued to show much promise with some neat work. Outstanding player for Barnsley was centre-half Whyte.

LEEDS UNITED
Elland Road
2 - 2 (Bainbridge, Robinson)
31 August 1949
Att: 29,732

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Home Park
3 - 0 (Gazzard, Parsons, Robinson)
Att: 22,401

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

SOUTHAMPTON
Upton Park
1 - 2 (Robinson [pen])
5 September 1949
Att: 25,498

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD UNITED
Bramall Lane
0 - 0
10 September 1949
Att: 21,901

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Corbett N.

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

GRIMSBY TOWN
Upton Park
4 - 3 (Bainbridge 2, Robinson 2)
17 September 1949
Att: 28,194

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Loftus Road
1 - 0 (Robinson)
24 September 1949
Att: 24,578

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

PRESTON NORTH END
Upton Park
0 - 3
1 October 1949
Att: 36,653

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

CHESTERFIELD
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Parsons)
8 October 1949
Att: 25,869

Gregory

Devlin

FRED KEARNS

Parker

Walker

Corbett

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BRADFORD PARK AVENUE
Park Avenue
1 - 2 (Robinson [pen])
15 October 1949
Att: 13,863

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

LEICESTER CITY
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Bainbridge, Parsons)
22 October 1949
Att: 22,466

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BURY
Gigg Lane
1 - 3 (Gazzard)
29 October 1949
Att: 16,399

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

Corbett

Woodgate

Parsons

McGowan

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Upton Park
0 - 1
5 November 1949
Att: 31,734

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

Gazzard

Wright

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

CARDIFF CITY
Ninian Park
1 - 0 (Robinson)
12 November 1949
Att: 21,644

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Jackman

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Upton Park
0 - 2
19 November 1949
Att: 19,687

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Jackman

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BRENTFORD
Griffin Park
2 - 0 (Robinson 2)
26 November 1949
Att: 21,887

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Jackman

Woodgate

REPORT:

HULL CITY
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Robinson, Wade)
3 December 1949
Att: 29,421

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Hillsborough
1 - 2 (Wade)
10 December 1949
Att: 26,415

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Wright

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

LUTON TOWN
Upton Park
0 - 0
17 December 1949
Att: 16,445

Gregory

Devlin

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

BARNSLEY
Oakwell
1 - 1 (Parsons)
24 December 1949
Att: 17,377

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

SWANSEA TOWN
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Parsons, Wade, Weston [og])
26 December 1949
Att: 24,398

Gregory

Devlin

Carter

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

SWANSEA TOWN
Vetch Field
0 - 1
27 December 1949
Att: 25,721

Gregory

Devlin

Kearns

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Robinson [pen], Wade)
31 December 1949
Att: 18,602

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

IPSWICH TOWN : FA Cup (Third Round)
Upton park
5 - 1 (Woodgate 2, Gazzard, Robinson, Wade)
7 January 1950
Att: 25,000

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

McGown

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD UNITED
Upton park
0 - 0
14 January 1950
Att: 22,389

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

McGown

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Wade

Woodgate

REPORT:

GRIMSBY TOWN
Blundell Park
0 - 2
21 January 1950
Att: 17,067

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

Cater

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Woodgate

REPORT:

EVERTON : FA Cup (Fourth Round)
Upton park
1 - 2 (McGowan)
28 January 1950
Att: 26,800

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Parsons

Gazzard

Robinson

Cater

Woodgate

REPORT:

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Upton park
1 - 0 (Robinson [pen])
4 February 1950
Att: 25,440

Gregory

Devlin

Yeomanson

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Woodgate

Gazzard

Robinson

Parsons

Wade

REPORT:

PRESTON NORTH END
deepdale
1 - 2 (Wathers [og])
18 February 1950
Att: 26,381

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Wade

REPORT:

CHESTERFIELD
Saltergate
0 - 1
25 February 1950
Att: 3,036

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Wade

REPORT:

BRADFORD PARK AVENUE
Upton Par
1 - 0 (Parker)
4 March 1950
Att; 17,587

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

Cater

Woodgate

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Wade

REPORT:

LEICESTER CITY
Filbert Street
1 - 2 (Robinson)
11 March 1950
Att: 29,705

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Corbett

Moroney

Woodgate

Gazzard

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BURY
Upton park
4 - 0 (Gazzard, Parker, Parsons, Woodgate)
18 March 1950
Att; 15,835

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
White Hart Lane
1 - 4 (Robinson)
25 March 1950
Att: 51,124

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

BRENTFORD
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Robinson 2 [2 pens])
1 April 1950
Att: 18,826

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

McGowan

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

HULL CITY
Boothferry Park
2 - 2 (McGowan, Robinson)
8 April 1950
Att: 31,049

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

COVENTRY CITY
Upton Park
0 - 1
10 April 1950
Att; 11,110

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

COVENTRY CITY
Highfield Road
1 - 5 (Woodgate)
11 April 1950
Att: 26,645

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

McGowan

Corbett

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

Gazzard

Bainbridge

REPORT:

CARDIFF CITY
Upton park
0 - 1
15 April 1950
Att: 14,109

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Corbett

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Parsons

Robinson

McGowan

Tucker

REPORT:

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Ewood Park
0 - 2
22 April 1950
Att; 17,375

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Parsons

JIM BARRETT Jnr.

Robinson

Gazzard

Woodgate

REPORT:

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Woodgate 2)
Att: 10,361

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Cater

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Barrett

Robinson

McGowan

Bainbridge

REPORT:

SOUTHAMPTON
The Dell
2 - 3 (Robinson 2)
6 May 1950
Att: 24,778

Gregory

Yeomanson

Forde

Parker

Walker

Moroney

Woodgate

Barrett

Robinson

Gazzard

Tucker

REPORT:

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