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Memorabilia Pages
Autographs 1961 - 1974
The Greenwood Years ...
Appointed Manager 11th April 1961
Overall League Record:
P:551   W:182   D:151   L:218   F:861   A:872
Honours:
FA Cup winners (1964)
European Cup Winners’ Cup winners (1965)
League Cup runners-up (1966)
Highly respected coach who became the first West Ham United boss to be recruited from outside the Irons’ ranks, when he left his combined role as Arsenal first team coach and England Under-23 manager on 13 April 1961. An intelligent, deep-thinking coach, Greenwood preached simplicity but instilled skill and enterprise among his players. His ethos was never more clearly defined than the night, in May 1965, when the Hammers reached their pinnacle, beating TSV Munich 1860 2-0 in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup - one of the finest matches ever seen at the old national stadium. It was his second Wembley triumph in a year, having managed the FA Cup-winning team against Preston North End in the final of ‘64. Greenwood nurtured the talents of the famous World Cup-winning trio, and takes credit for converting Geoff Hurst from a journeyman left-half into one of the world’s most feared strikers. But Greenwood had a tough side to his quiet, methodical persona and it was only the Board’s intervention that stopped him from transfer-listing the legendary Moore and stripping him of the captaincy after some late night drinking prior to the infamous FA Cup defeat at Blackpool in 1971. League success continued to elude the Hammers and the highest finish achieved under his management was sixth, in 1972-73. By then, Greenwood’s protege, John Lyall, was playing an increasing influence on the training ground and, in ‘74, Ron became General Manager as Lyall took over management of the first team. Having kept Hammers in the top flight throughout his tenure, Greenwood’s outstanding coaching ability was recognised at the highest level in 1977, when he was appointed by the FA as successor to England manager Don Revie.
Player profiles "WEST HAM UNITED WHO's WHO" by Tony Hogg & Tony McDonald
No.458 Lawrie LESLIE ... (1961 - 1963)
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Edinburgh, Scotland 17/03/1935
AIRDRIEONIANS
June 1961
£14,000
MANCHESTER UNITED
Upton Park 19th August 1961
STOKE CITY - October 1963
£15,000
57 Cup: 4
One of the most popular goalkeepers ever to appear for West Ham. Courageous almost to a fault, this daring Scottish international had broken almost every bone in his body before arriving at Upton Park from Airdrie...and had more misfortune to come. Run over by a truck as a small boy and told he would be lucky to walk again, he confounded the doctors to reach the pinnacle of his profession. Made his Hammers debut in the opening game of the 1961-62 campaign against Manchester United at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw on the 19th August. His worst playing injury occurred at the Boleyn Ground on 3 November 1962, when he sustained a broken leg whilst repelling a Bolton Wanderers attack. Although he made a remarkable recovery to regain his place in the First XI for the final four matches of the season, he was passed over for the start of 1963-64 and asked for a transfer. He did not have to wait long for Stoke City to offer him a regular First Division spot and a move to the Victoria Grounds. After three successful seasons with the Potters, Lawrie returned to the East End with Millwall and earned great respect at The Den as a trainer/coach after he had ended his playing career at Southend United.
No.459 Ian CRAWFORD ... (1961 - 1962)
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HEART of MIDLOTHIAN
July 1961
£7,000
ASTON VILLA
Villa Park 9th September 1961
SCUNTHORPE UNITED - February 1963
24 (gls 5) Cup: 2 (gls 2)
Scotland Under-23 international signed from Hearts for £7,000 in July 1961 after he had won every possible club honour North of the Border. Made his Hammers debut in the 4-2 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on the 9th September 1961. Equally at home on either wing, Ian was unlucky not to have been given an extended run in the First Division, and surprisingly transferred to the then Second Division Scunthorpe United. Afterwards joined Peterborough United. Began his career in football administration as player-manager of Stamford F.C. in the Midland League towards the end of the 1969-70 season and later had coaching posts at Everton and Arsenal as Youth coach.
No.460 Ron TINDALL ... (1961 - 1962)
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CHELSEA
November 1961
Exchange deal with Andy Malcolm
EVERTON
Upton Park 25th November 1961
READING - October 1962
13 (gls 3) Cup 1 (gls 0)
A stockily-built centre-forward who had a great goalscoring record with his first club Chelsea, after a humble beginning as an office boy at Stamford Bridge, he went on to score 68 times in 160 First XI appearances for the Blues and won representative honours for the Football League v The League of Ireland. Ron arrived at Upton Park in November 1961 as part of the exchange deal which took Andy Malcolm in the opposite direction, made his Hammers debut against Everton in a 3-1 victory at Upton Park on the 25th November, and scoring three goals in thirteen outings that season. A first-class cricketer, his commitments to Surrey in their fight for the County Championship clashed with the start of the 1962-63 campaign; when they were finally resolved he decided to transfer to Third Division Reading to ensure regular First Team soccer. After serving the Elm Park outfit well, he moved on again to Portsmouth in 1965, where he successfully converted to a defensive role. He made 162 League appearances for Pompey before taking up coaching appointments at Fratton Park, which culminated in him becoming General Manager for the start of 1970-71. One of his first signings for the South-coast club was former Hammer and cricketer, goalkeeper Jim Standen. Ron later emigrated to Australia and was made Director of Coaching for Western Australia, after settling in Perth.
No.461 Johnny BYRNE ... (1962 - 1967)
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CRYSTAL PALACE
March 1962
£58,000 + Ron Brett
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Hillsborough 17th March 1962
CRYSTAL PALACE - February 1967
£45,000
156 (gls 79) Cup: 51 (gls 28)
One of the most revered of all Hammers' big-money signings. His transfer from Crystal Palace in March 1962 for £58,000 (plus Ron Brett valued at £7,000) broke the existing record between English clubs. Already a full England international when he arrived at Upton Park "Budgie" chalked up another eleven appearances for his country while with West Ham. Tagged the "English Di Stefano" by manager Ron Greenwood, he made his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday in a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough on the 17th March 1962. He was sold back to Crystal Palace in 1967 for a staggering £45,000 giving Hammers a five year distinguished service for a total cash outlay of only £13,000! He left Selhurst for Fulham a little over a year later for a vastly deflated fee of £18,000 and spent only a year with the Cottagers before being given a free transfer. He then emigrated to South Africa where he became manager of Durban City.
No.462 Martin PETERS ... (1962 - 1970)
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CARDIFF CITY
Upton Park 20th April 1962
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - March 1970
£200,000 (British record fee)
302 (gls 81) Cup: 62 (gls 19)
Last-named, but perhaps the most tactically-aware of the famous Hammers and England trio of Moore, Hurst and Peters, which became as synonymous with football fans as Freeman, Hardy and Willis to High Street shoppers. Tagged "Ten years ahead of his time," by England manager Sir Alf Ramsey in 1966, his career eventually exceeded that milestone and beyond with Hammers, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Sheffield United. Martin made the first of over 300 League appearances with the club on Good Friday 20th April 1962 against Cardiff City in a 4-1 victory at Upton Park, and went on to play in every position - including Goalkeeper! Left out of the side which fought it's way to Wembley for the 1964 F.A. Cup Final, he made up for the disappointment the following year by winning a European Cup Winners' Cup   medal there after a faultless display against the German side T.S.V. Munich 1860, returning again to the twin towers in 1966 to help his country lift the World Cup. Three months earlier he'd received a Football League Cup Runners-up medal with his club, and although this was the last honour he was to gain as a West Ham United player, Martin went one better after his 1970 transfer to Spurs by twice gaining Winners' medals in the same competition. Made just under 200 League appearances during his stay at White Hart Lane and just over that total with his next club, Norwich City, before being appointed player-manager of Sheffield United to end his playing career at Bramell Lane in 1981 (although he did turn out as an amateur for Gorleston for a while). Team up with Geoff Hurst to work with a Motor Insurance company.
No.463 Alan DICKIE ... (1962 - 1965)
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BOLTON WANDERERS
Burnden Park 28th April 1962
COVENTRY CITY - March 1967
12 Cup: 3
Alan made his Hammers debut between the sticks in the 0-1 reverse against Bolton Wanderers on the 28th April 1962, after an injury to Lawrie Leslie. Travelled as twelfth man during the victorious European Cup Winners' Cup campaign of 1964-65, after making one appearance in the Preliminary Round against La Gantoise of Belgium. Transferred to Coventry City after impressing the Midland club in a friendly against them. Later played for Aldershot.
No.464 Jack BURKETT ... (1962 - 1967)
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FULHAM
Upton Park 30th April 1962
CHARLTON ATHLETIC - June 1968
£10,000
141/1 (gls4) Cup: 42 (gls 0)
Quick tenacious full-back. A product of the successful West Ham youth policy of the late fifties. Made his debut in the concluding game of the 61-62 campaign against Fulham at Upton Park in a 4-2 victory on the 30th April 1962. Liked nothing better than to join in attacks, his speed off the mark enabling him to get back to his defensive duties without being stretched. Won England Youth honours while with Hammers and collected medals with the Cup-winning sides of 1964-65. Transferred to Charlton Athletic for £10,000 in 1968, and later saw service with Millwall and Southend United before embarking on a spell as player-manager with St. Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland. Also had a spell with Fulham as Youth manager.
No.465 Brian DEAR ... (1962 - 1969)
Re-signs for the Hammers October 1970
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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Molineux 29th August 1962
FULHAM - February 1969
£25,000
63/2 (gls 33) Cup: 15 (gls 6)
Joined the club as a 15-year-old. As the preceding figures indicate, this rumbustious striker is one of the few ex-Hammers who have enjoyed two spells with the club. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on the 29th August 1962. A member of the victorious European Cup Winners' Cup side of 1965. Brian holds the national record for the quickest-ever five goals in one match, achieving the feat in 20 minutes playing-time against West Bromwich Albion. He also distinguished himself by scoring five times in seven matches while on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion, but decided against a permanent move to the South Coast club. Transferred to Fulham for £20,000 in February 1969.
No.466 Peter BRABROOK (1962 - 1968)
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October 1962
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BURNLEY
Upton Park 22nd October 1962
LEYTON ORIENT - July 1968
167 (gls 33) Cup: 47 (gls 10)
This brilliantly talented winger slipped through the club's scouting net after he had played schoolboy soccer for East Ham, Essex and London. Nine years later, it cost £35,000 to sign him from Chelsea, for whom he scored 47 goals in over 250 League games and meanwhile won England Youth and full caps. Even so, it was money well spent. Made his Hammers bow in the 1-1 draw at Upton Park against Burnley on the 22nd October 1962. Played in the 1964 F.A. Cup winning team and won a League Cup Runners-up medal in 1966. A press comment on his career was: "He was so unpredictable that even his team-mates were never sure what to expect." He ended his League career at Leyton Orient, before appearing for Southern League Romford. Relinquished his post as coach to Essex Senior side Ford United   in 1985, also managed Tilbury of the Vauxhall-Opel League before taking up the position to manage West Ham’s under 17’s. Retired from coaching in the summer of 2002.
No. 467 Jim STANDEN ... (1962 - 1967)
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LUTON TOWN
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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Hillsborough 24th November 1962
DETROIT COUGARS (USA) 1968
178 Cup: 57
An emergency signing from Luton Town after Hammers regular 'keeper Lawrie Leslie had suffered a broken leg, he   performed with such distinction that he made the First XI spot his own. Kept out of the side by brilliant Welsh international Jack Kelsey at his first club Arsenal, Jim was also forced to understudy another international (England's Ron Baynham) at Kenilworth Road. All this reserve duty ended at Upton Park when he made his First Division debut in the 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on the 24th November 1962. Jim took part in the club's dazzling cup successes of the mid-Sixties. An accomplished cricketer, he also won a Championship medal with Worcestershire and topped the first-class County bowling averages with 64 wickets at an average of 13 runs during the same period. Apart from a brief comeback, Jim lost his place with the signing of Bobby Ferguson from Kilmarnock in 1967 and went off to play for Detroit Cougars in the newly-amalgamated United States Professional League. After returning to England for the 1969-70 season at Millwall, he played 8 games for the Lions before signing a two year contract at Portsmouth while continuing with the bat-and-ball game. He made 13 appearances for Pompey before hanging up his boots.
No.468= Martin BRITT ... (1963 - 1966)
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BLACKBURN ROVERS
Upton Park 4th May 1963
BLACKBURN ROVERS - March 1966
£25,000
20 (gls 6) Cup: 6 (gls 1)
A former England Youth international who had been apprenticed in July 1966, this centre-forward found the competition for places in the free-scoring West Ham attack of the mid-sixties a stumbling block for his advancement. An indication of his potential can be found in his transfer to Blackburn Rovers, who splashed out £25,000 to take him to Ewood Park. His career was prematurely cut short by injury after only six appearances for Rovers - against whom he had made his Hammers debut on the 4th May 1963 in a 0-1 reverse in a game which also saw John Sissons and John Charles make there debuts.
No. 468= John CHARLES ... (1963 - 1969)
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BLACKBURN ROVERS
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117/1 (gls 1) Cup: 24 (gls 1)
One of the first black players to really "break-through" in London Soccer, "Charlo", as he was affectionately known, was a good full-back and always strove to live up to one of the most famous names in football! He captained the West Ham Youth Cup-winning side of 1963, won England Youth honours and made his League debut along with Martin Britt and Johnny Sissons against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park,   a 0-1 defeat on the 4th May 1963. John had to wait until March 1965 before making another Football League appearance - in a 4-0 defeat against Blackburn at Ewood Park! He had, however previously played in two League Cup ties versus Swindon Town in 1963-64. It wasn't until the 1965-66 season that he finally established himself in the side, scoring his first goal in a League Cup tie at Grimsby, appearing in 25 First Division matches and playing in both legs of Hammers' unsuccessful European Cup Winners' Cup Semi-Final clash with Borussia Dortmund. After missing almost the whole of the 1969-70 campaign through injury, John shocked the Hammers faithful with his decision to quit football and join his father-in-law as a greengrocer.
No. 468= John SISSONS ... (1963 - 1970)
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BLACKBURN ROVERS
Upton Park 4th May 1962
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY - August 1970
£60,000
210/3 (gls 37) Cup: 53 (gls 16)
Became the youngest player to score in an F.A. Cup Final at Wembley in 1964. His career looked certain to rocket into the international arena the following year when he returned to the twin towers as a vital part of Hammers' victorious European Cup Winners' Cup side; but despite gaining ten England Under-23 appearances, Johnny never won a full cap. Originally an inside-left in his formative years with Middlesex and England Schoolboys, he was successfully converted to outside-left by Ron Greenwood after making his senior debut against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park in May 1963. One of the most-feared wingers in the League when on song, his form inexplicably waned towards the end of his time at the Boleyn. Transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, he made 115 League appearances for the Hillsborough club before moving on again to join forces with his former team-mate John Bond at Norwich. He managed only 17 games for the Canaries, however, and ended his League days with Chelsea, making a further 10 outings in the 1974-75 campaign.
No. 471 Dave BICKLES ... (1963 - 1967)
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LIVERPOOL
Anfield 14th September 1963
CRYSTAL PALACE - October 1967
24/1 (gls 0) Cup: 3 (gls 0)
Tall, commanding pivot. First blooded in the senior side during the American Soccer League Tournament in 1963, he made his initial League appearance on the 14th September of that same year against Liverpool at Anfield in a 2-1 victory. Transferred to Crystal Palace in October 1967, he later had a spell with Colchester United before becoming player-manager of the now defunct Romford F.C. in the Southern League, he was managing Havering side Collier Row, in the Spartan League in the 1982-83 season.
No. 472 Roger HUGO ... (1964)
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LEICESTER CITY
Filbert Street 18th March 1964
WATFORD - May 1965
3 (gls 2)
A fine inside-forward whose opportunities were restricted by surplus of candidates for the inside-births during his time with the club. Scored in two of his first three First Division appearances in the 1963-64 season, all away from home v. Leicester City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion respectively, so he was unable to show the Upton Park crowd his undoubted skill at senior level. Transferred to Watford in the summer of 1965.
No. 473 Peter BENNETT ... (1964 - 1970)
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BOLTON WANDERERS
Upton Park 4th April 1964
ORIENT - October 1970
Part Exchange Tommy Taylor
38/4 (gls 3) Cup: 5 (gls 0)
Adaptable inside-forward who found it difficult to hold a regular place in the senior side. Nevertheless, he managed a fair total of appearances during his six years in contention. Signing pro during the summer of 1963 after two years apprenticeship, he made his League debut in a 2-3 defeat against Bolton Wanderers at Upton Park on the 4th April 1964. A member of the F.A. Youth Cup winning team of 1963, he joined Orient in a deal that brought Tommy Taylor in the opposite direction.
No.474 Eddie PRESLAND ... (1965)
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LIVERPOOL
Upton Park 27th February 1965
CRYSTAL PALACE - January 1967
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Tall, adventurous full-back who scored a goal when making his League debut against Liverpool at Upton Park in February 1965. He signed professional forms in October 1960 after playing schoolboys soccer for East Ham, London and Essex, and as a junior for Hammers. Eddie was also a fine cricketer, being capped for England Boys and later joining Essex County Cricket Club as a professional. Transferred to Crystal Palace in January 1967, he spent three seasons as a First team regular at Selhurst Park before moving to Colchester United and finally Orient. Was team manager at Dagenham F.C. and afterwards at Gravesend.
No.475 Trevor DAWKINS ... (1965 - 1967)
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West Bromwich Albion
The Hawthorns 19h April 1965
CRYSTAL PALACE - October 1967
5/1 (gls 0)
Great things were expected of this highly-talented and creative wing-half by his manager and mentor, Ron Greenwood, but the player failed to win a regular place in the First Team. Made his Hammers debut at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion on the 19th April 1965 in a 2-4 defeat. Transferred to Crystal Palace, where he met up with fellow ex-Hammer Dave Bickles and Eddie Presland, he ended his League life at Brentford.
No.476 Harry REDKNAPP ... (1965 - 1972)
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SUNDERLAND
Upton Park 23rd August 1965
AFC BOURNEMOUTH - August 1972
146/3 (gls 7) Cup: 24/2 (gls 1)
A "Chicken-Run" favourite who combined old-fashioned wing play with his own particular brand of artistry to win over the fans.   Although not always a First Team regular, "Arry-Boy" was a popular choice with the Upton Park faithful. A former England Youth international, he was a member of the Hammers' sides which lifted the F.A. and London Youth Cups in 1963. Signing professional forms in March 1964, he made his senior debut in August the following year against Sunderland in a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on the 23rd August 1965.   The nearest Harry came to winning a major honour was as a member of the Hammers' team that featured in the League Cup Semi-Final marathon with Stoke City in 1972, failing by a whisker to reach Wembley. Transferred to AFC Bournemouth in August the same year, he had a short spell with Brentford before retiring from League football in 1976. Assisted Bobby Moore at Oxford City after trying his luck in America, where he met with mixed fortunes. Then became Manager/coach of AFC Bournemouth, where he made a brief comeback as a player in 1982-83 season for a League Cup-tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Rejoined the Hammers as assistant Manager to Billy Bonds for the start of the 1992-93 season in which Hammers finished as runners-up and were promoted to the Premier League. Took full control of the First Team between 1994 and 2001.
No.477= Jimmy BLOOMFIELD ... (1965 - 1966)
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BRENTFORD
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Craven Cottage 2nd October 1965
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE - September 1966
9/1 (gls 0) Cup: 4 (gls 1)
A former Brentford (where he played with Ron Greenwood), Arsenal and Birmingham City inside-forward, he was signed by Hammers in October 1965, and made his debut along with Dennis Burnett against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a 0-3 reverse. Scored his one and only Hammers goal in the 3-3 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers in a 4th round F.A. Cup match 12th February 1966. After a second spell at Griffin Park. Jimmy left Upton Park to continue his playing career with Plymouth Argyle in September 1966 and became player-manager of Leyton Orient in 1968. Took over from fellow ex-Hammer Frank O’Farrell as boss at Leicester City after guiding “O’s” out of the Third Division. Later returned to Brisbane Road as manager until serious illness forced him to relinquish the post. He was still actively involved in scouting business for Luton Town right up to his tragically premature death in 1984.
No.477= Dennis BURNETT ... (1965 - 1967)
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MILLWALL - August 1967
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Constructive defender. Always performed capably when drafted into the side. Enjoyed 24 League outings in 1965-66, the most he managed in any one season. Made his initial League debut along with Jimmy Bloomfield against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a 0-3 reverse on the 2nd October 1965. Dennis won a Football League Cup Runners-up medal the following year. Joined Millwall for £15,000 in 1967 and had a second spell at The Den after two seasons at Hull City, before finishing his League life with Brighton & Hove Albion.
No.479 Bobby HOWE ... (1966 - 1971)
Chadwell St. Mary, Essex 22/12/1945
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SOUTHAMPTON
Upton Park 24th September 1966
BOURNEMOUTH - January 1972
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A model professional and a fine wing-half, Bobby served the club well during his five years in First-team contention. A former Essex Schools star, he actually signed full pro in December 1962 and was a member of the club's Youth Cup winning side the following year. He made his League bow as substitute against Southampton in September 1966, and joined up with former Hammer and then Bournemouth manager, John Bond, when he left the Boleyn.
No.480 Colin MACKLEWORTH ... (1966 - 1967)
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BLACKPOOL
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LEICESTER CITY - November 1967
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Served West Ham well after signing apprentice professional in 1962 and full pro two years later. Winner of a Youth Cup Final medal in 1963, he had to wait until 1966 to make his first of only three senior appearances in the 4-0 victory against Blackpool at Upton Park on the 27th December 1966.   Transferred to Leicester City in November 1967, where he provided cover for Peter Shilton, later joined Southern League Kettering Town. Entered the Police Force when he packed in playing.
No.481 George ANDREW ... (1967)
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POSSILPARK YMCA
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Upton Park 11th February 1967
CRYSTAL PALACE - July 1967
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Fair-haired young Scot who arrived at Upton Park via Glasgow junior side Possilpark Y.M.C.A. in September 1963. One of several players tried in the centre-half position as a replacement for Ken Brown, he made the first of only two League appearances at home to Sunderland in February 1967. After a short spell at Crystal Palace, he joined Southern League Romford and found his true niche at Brooklands.
No.482= Paul HEFFER ... (1967 - 1969)
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NOTTINGHAM FOREST
City Ground 18th March 1967
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Born within earshot of the "Upton Park Roar," this tall, commanding centre-half had his promising career cut short by injury. Paul, signed as a professional in August 1965, made his senior debut along with Bill Kitchener against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 18th March 1967 in a 0-1 defeat. Was granted a Testimonial by the club when it became clear he had to give up the game.
No.482= Bill KITCHENER ... (1967)
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NOTTINGHAM FOREST
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TORQUAY UNITED December 1967
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Tall, skilful full-back who signed professional forms in November 1963, after playing in the Youth Cup winning team of that year. Returned from a six-month loan period at Torquay United (where he played under ex-Hammer Frank O'Farrell) to make his initial First Division appearance along with Paul Heffer against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in a 0-1 defeat on the 18th March 1967. He won an extended   run in the First XI, being a member of the Hammers' side that gained maximum points from their three Easter engagements that year. Frank O'Farrell again approached the club to sign Bill as a member of his promotion-seeking side and it was decided to accede to his request to release him to Torquay in December 1967, he later moved along the coast to end his League days at Bournemouth, before joining the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.
No.484 Trevor HARTLEY ... (1967 - 1968)
Doncaster, Yorkshire 16/03/1947
Juniors
July 1964
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
The Hawthorns 28th April 1967
BOURNEMOUTH - July 1969
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No.485 Doug EADIE ... (1967 - 1968)
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Upton Park 9th May 1967
LEYTON ORIENT - September 1967
2 (gls 0)
Flying Scottish winger whose First Team opportunities were extremely limited. In fact, he made only two League appearances, making his debut against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park in a 0-2 defeat by the men from White Hart Lane on the 9th May 1967, and his final showing four days later v. Manchester City in the last match of that campaign. Later moved to Leyton Orient where he had the same amount of matches.
No.486= Bobby FERGUSON ... (1967 - 1980)
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KILMARNOCK
June 1967
£65,000 (world record fee for a goalkeeper)
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Upton Park 19th August 1967
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Signed for the then-record fee of £65,000 for a goalkeeper from Scottish club Kilmarnock, after winning a string of international caps with the Rugby Park club. Making his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 1967-68 season, Bobby managed to amass a surprisingly large total of appearances, considering he twice lost his First XI spot for lengthy periods to Peter Grotier and later Mervyn Day. "Fergie" began the 1978-79 term between the sticks, but was initially replaced by Day and then the arrival of Phil Parkes, in February 1979, effectively spelled the end of his Hammers' career. Bobby received £20,000 from his testimonial game versus Southampton in 1981.He also played five times for Sheffield Wednesday while on loan to the Yorkshire club in 1973. Went to Australia with his wife Greer and joined Port Elizabeth F.C. An excellent golfer and the owner of a marine complex.
No.486= Billy BONDS ... (1967 - 1988)
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CHARLTON ATHLETIC
May 1967
£49,500
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Upton Park 19th August 1967
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Captain courageous. Shattered Bobby Moore's long standing appearance record in 1982-83 season, and looks set to hold it for all-time. Played 95 League games for Charlton Athletic before his transfer to Hammers for £49,500 on May 13th 1967, made his Hammers debut along with Bobby Ferguson and John Cushley against Sheffield Wednesday at Upton Park in a 2-3 reverse on the 19th August 1967. "Bonzo" was made club captain in 1973, he came back into the side after experiencing injury problems during 1983-84, and played a vital role in Hammers' relegation fight in 84-85. He did a similar thing in the 1986-87 season after missing all of the 1985-86 season, the season the Hammers finished a best ever third position in the League. Billy was put in charge of the Youth team after his playing days were up, and was elevated to managers position with the shock resignation of Lou Macari in February 1990. "Bonzo's" honours include 2 England Under-23 caps, F.A. Cup Winners medals in 1975 and 1980, European Cup Winners Cup runners-up medal 1976, Football League Cup runners-up medal 1981, "Hammer of the Year" 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1988. Before the start of the 1994-95 campaign Billy was asked by the club to take a back-seat as a paid Director, not wanting to be pushed upstairs he declined the offer, the board paid up his remaining contract, which he only signed a few months earlier and Assistant Manager and best friend Harry Redknapp was offered the position. After a few months away from football, "Bonzo" accepted an offer from Queens Park Rangers to manage their youth team. Later he became manager of Millwall.
No.486= John CUSHLEY ... (1967 - 1969)
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GLASGOW CELTIC
July 1967
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Upton Park 19th August 1967
DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC - June 1970
38 (gls 0) Cup: 8 (gls 0)
Given the unenviable task of filling the gap left by the departure of Ken Brown from the Upton Park scene, he took to the job with great endeavour. Signed from Glasgow Celtic for £25,000 Made his debut in good company, along with Billy Bonds and Britain most expensive goalkeeper at the time Bobby Ferguson, in the 2-3 defeat at Upton Park by Sheffield Wednesday on the 19th August 1967, the likeable Scot (nicknamed "Wilbur") made many friends during his three-year stay at the club before returning North of the Border to Dunfermline Athletic for a smaller fee. Afterwards transferred to Dumbarton.
No.489 Trevor BROOKING ... (1967 - 1984)
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BURNLEY
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Would be rated among the true "greats" in any Upton Park "Hall of Fame." Signed apprentice forms in May 1996, making his initial appearance against Burnley at Turf Moor on the 29th August 1967 in a trilling 3-3 draw. Had to wait eight years to win a major honour with his club, leading them with his unique midfield skills to victory in the 1975 F.A. Cup Final. After collecting a runners-up medal in the European Cup Winners' Cup Final the following year, he was back at Wembley scoring the winner with a rare header against Arsenal in 1980. Proved his world-class status during his countries World Cup qualifying match with Hungary in Budapest, scoring the match winning goals so vital in taking England to Spain in 1982. Missed most of 1982-83 season due to recurring injury problems, but returned in 1983-84 for his final season. Became a Radio and Television pundit after retiring from the game. Later became the Director of Football to the Football Association.
No.490 Frank Lampard ... (1967 - 1985)
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Signed apprentice forms in 1964 and full professional a year later, Frank made his League debut against Manchester City at Upton Park on the 18th November 1967 in a 2-3 defeat; six months and 19 senior outings later he suffered the first of two set-backs in his career...breaking a leg against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Slowly, and with a great deal of sweat and toil, he recovered to regain his confidence and with it his First Team place. International recognition followed with Under-23 appearances and a full cap against Yugoslavia in October 1972 to add to his Youth caps already gained. Frank was a member of the side which beat Fulham in the 1975 F.A. Cup Final at Wembley. The eventually resultant European Cup Winners' Cup Final in Brussels against Anderlecht the following year brought about the biggest disappointment of his soccer life. A goal ahead with only minutes before half-time, Hammers were playing like world-beaters and seemed to be cruising to victory when Frank went to play a ball that 99 times out of a 100 he would have got it back to 'keeper Mervyn Day...but on this occasion his studs caught in the turf, causing him to sustain an excruciating stomach injury. To make matters worse the Belgians scored from the incident and went on to win 4-2. Once again he fought back to fitness, although at one time there was talk of a transfer to Norwich City. An F.A. Cup Final victory over Arsenal in 1980. League Cup Runners-up and Second Division Championship medals followed in 1981. Frank was awarded a free transfer after playing in the final fixture of 1984-85 against Liverpool. He joined Southend United, pairing up with his "old mate" Bobby Moore who was managing the Shrimpers, but terminated with them in 1986. When Harry Redknapp took over as manager in 1994, "Lamp" became his No. 2.
No.491 Alan STEPHENSON ... (1968 - 1972)
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The Dell 16th March 1968
PORTSMOUTH - May 1972
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A costly acquisition from Crystal Palace who tried in vain to make the number five shirt his own. Despite an impressive pedigree which included seven England Under-23 caps, he largely failed to solve the problems at the heart of Hammers' defence which had prevailed from the time of Ken Brown's departure. Nevertheless, he still managed over a hundred senior appearances and never lacked endeavour. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw against Southampton at The Dell on the 16th March 1968. After a period on loan to Fulham during which he played 10 times for the Cottagers in 1971-72, he was eventually transferred in the close-season to Portsmouth, where he logged another 100 senior outings up to 1974.
No.492 Roger CROSS ... (1968 - 1969)
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Top reserve team scorer for two consecutive seasons. Made his initial debut as substitute for John Sissons against Burnley at Upton Park on the 26th August 1969 in a 5-0 thrashing of the Turf Moor outfit. This under-rated striker was forced to drop into the lower echelons of the League with Brentford to find regular First-team soccer. Joining the Upton Park staff in 1964 as an apprentice after schools football with East Ham and Essex, he was at one time taken on loan by Leyton Orient before making the move to Griffin Park for £12,000. He later went on a merry-go-round of London clubs with Fulham, Brentford again and Millwall. Later to become coach at Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and in February 1998 teamed up with his former team-mates Harry Redknapp and Frank Lampard to became first team coach at Upton Park.
No.493 Jimmy LINDSAY ... (1968 - 1970)
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A scheming midfield motivator, plucked from Scottish junior football where he had gained considerable respect playing for Glasgow Boys. Signed professional forms in the summer of 1966, he won a Scottish Youth cap the following year and made his First Division appearance as substitute v. Burnley at Turf Moor on the 8th October 1968 in a game which West Ham lost 1-3. Transferred to Watford in 1971, Jimmy later went on to play for Colchester United, Hereford United and Shrewsbury Town.
No.494 Keith MILLER ... (1968 - 1970)
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A tough-tackling wing-half signed from Walthamstow Avenue, his first-team opportunities were extremely limited. First appearance in the senior side when coming on as a substitute for John Sissons against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on the 23rd November 1968 in a 2-2 draw. It was not until his move to Third Division Bournemouth that he was guaranteed regular League football.
No.495 Peter GROTIER ... (1969 - 1973)
Stratford, London 18/10/1950
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
White Hart Lane 19th April 1969
LINCOLN CITY - August 1974
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No.496 Pat HOLLAND ... (1969 - 1981)
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Signed apprentice forms in September 1967, and full professional in April 1969, which was also when he played his initial game against Arsenal at Upton Park in a 1-2 defeat on the 21st April. The unsung hero of Upton Park. A 90-minute grafter who never gave less than 100% effort and whom fate was not particularly kind. Patsy sustained the injury which ended his career in typical fashion-going in where it hurts and scoring a vital promotion goal in the process. That happened on 17 January 1981 against Notts County at Meadow Lane and although he made a comeback in the reserves he couldn't win back his First XI place. Given a free transfer in 1984, he joined up with near-neighbours Orient in a player-coach capacity and enjoyed a fond farewell to Upton Park during his Testimonial match with Tottenham Hotspur. Patsy was later appointed Reserve Team coach at Queens Park Rangers and later coach to Tottenham under El Tel. Honours: F.A. Cup Winners medal 1975, European Cup Winners' Cup Runners-up medal 1976.
No.497 Stephen DEATH ... (1969)
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Vastly-talented goalkeeper, who was never really given a chance at the Boleyn due to the fine handling of Bobby Ferguson. Stephen was limited to just the one appearance for the First team in the concluding game against Manchester City at Maine Road in a 1-1 draw on the 30th April 1969. It cost Reading their then - record fee of £20,000 to secure his transfer to Elm Park. One of the smallest 'keepers in the League, he went on to make over 450 appearances for the Berkshire club, where he had a Testimonial match in 1979.
No.498 Clyde BEST ... (1969 - 1976)
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TAMPA BAY ROWDIES (USA)
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A great striker and was one of the first post-World War II black players in British football. While he initially suffered through some racist chanting, Clyde became a true fan favourite at Upton Park. He was a strong, powerful player with the skills of the traditional English centre forward, tough to dispossess when he had the ball and was deceptively fast for his size, he possessed a lethal shot and fearsome heading ability. Clyde signed professional forms in April 1969 and made his League bow against Arsenal at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw on the 25th August of the same year. A full Bermudan international, he later played in the North American Soccer League for Tampa Bay Rowdies and Portland Timbers after transferring from the Hammers to the Florida - based club in February 1976; also had a spell with Feyenoord in the Dutch First Division during 1977-78 before returning to Portland. After his playing days were over he decided to stay and live in America, where he became a successful businessman running his own cleaning company. Best was inducted into the Bermuda National Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He was awarded an MBE in the January 2006 New Year's Honours list for services to football and the community in Bermuda.
No.499 Peter EUSTACE ... (1970 - 1972)
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Hillsborough 10th January 1970
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Bought from Sheffield Wednesday for a then Hammers' record fee of £90,000 to replace Martin Peters, he never quite succeeded. Signed for West Ham on the 5th January 1970, making his debut against Wednesday at Hillsborough 5 days later in a 3-2 victory. A brilliant, creative wing-half on the verge of full international honours with Wednesday, he could not reproduce the same form at West Ham and was allowed to rejoin the Hillsborough club at a reduced fee after only two years at Upton Park (part of which he spent on loan to Rotherham United and his former club). Appointed to the position of Team Manager at Hillsborough in October 1988. Later managed Leyton Orient.
No.500 Jimmy GREAVES ... (1970 - 1971)
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Maine Road 21st March 1970
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Already a living legend when he arrived at Upton Park as a £54,000 make-weight in the deal that took Martin Peters to Tottenham Hotspur, Jimmy was, quite simply, the greatest goalscorer in the world. The fact that he had performed his finest feats and was past his best when he came to West Ham didn’t really matter; it was almost enough for many fans just to see him in a claret-and-blue shirt. He characteristically kept up his record of scoring on every debut by giving Manchester City a double dose of the old Greaves' magic when making his first appearance for Hammers at Maine Road in March 1970. West Ham won 5-1 that day, typical of the effect Jimmy had on new team-mates. Although his performances the next season fell short of the standard he had set earlier with Chelsea, A.C. Milan and Spurs, one can't help feeling, with the benefit of hindsight, that he retired too soon. He then carved out a new career as a television personality, and teamed up with Ian St. John to present the popular "Saint and Greavsie" football review on Saturdays.
No.501 David LLEWELYN ... (1969 - 1971)
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Former Cardiff Boys star, who attracted the attention of the Welsh Under-23 selectors with his prolific goalscoring exploits in Hammers' reserve side. Made his debut in good company (albeit as substitute for Peter Eustace) along with Jimmy Greaves in Hammers 5-1 thrashing of Manchester City at Maine Road on the 21st March 1970. Despite his success in the Reserve side he was unable to win a regular place in the First Team pool and was reluctantly allowed to join ex-Hammer Noel Cantwell at Peterborough United (then manager at London Road). Welsh Under-23 cap v. Scotland (1972).
No.502 Johnny AYRIS ... (1970 - 1976)
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Brilliant wing forward prospect who didn't quite fulfil early promise after experiencing injury problems. Signed as a full professional in October 1970 and made his League debut against Burnley on the 3rd October 1970 in a 3-1 victory at Upton Park. He was selected for the England Youth team seven times in 1971. Given a free transfer at the end of the 1976-77 season, he first joined Wimbledon and then went on trial to Brentford. He later became a sports instructor at South Woodham Ferries Sports Centre.
No.503 Tommy TAYLOR ... (1970 - 1979)
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ORIENT July 1979
330 (gls 8) Cup: 63 (gls 0)
His arrival from near-neighbours Orient in October 1970 for a hefty fee plus Peter Bennett as part of the deal, solved a long-standing defensive problem for Hammers. Tommy had caught the attention of a number of clubs in his auspicious   start with the Brisbane Road outfit, during which time he helped "O's" to promotion from Division Three and also captained the England Youth team. Tommy made his Hammers debut in the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park in a 2-2 draw on the 17th October 1970. He was on the verge of full international recognition after winning no less than 13 Under-23 honours whilst with Hammers, albeit some of which were permissible under the ruling that allowed over-age players in the team. An integral member of the side which brought Cup success to Upton Park in the mid-Seventies, he returned to his former club in the summer of 1979 after losing his place to Alvin Martin. Later became youth coach for Charlton Athletic, also spent two years coaching in New Zealand before returning to this country with newly elected to the League Maidstone United for the 1989-90 campaign.
Brian DEAR ... (1970 - 1971) Second Debut
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WOODFORD TOWN - July 1971
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"Stag" rejoined his former colleagues after a short spell at Millwall in October 1970, but only added a further four appearances to his previous total before being given a free transfer at the end of that campaign.
No.504 John McDOWELL ... (1970 - 1979)
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No.505 Bryan ROBSON ... (1971 - 1974)
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Better known as "Pop" to the fans, this prolific goalscorer was first signed from Newcastle United for a then record fee of £120,000 in February 1971. Made a scoring debut against Nottingham Forest on the 24th February 1971 in a 2-0 victory. Topped the Hammers' scoring charts in 1972-73 with 28 First Division goals before returning to his native North-East with Sunderland in 1974.
No.505 Joe DURRELL ... (1971 - 1972)
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No.507 Adewunmi COKER ... (1971 - 1973)
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Better known to his team-mates as "Ade". This brilliant Nigerian striker whose first appearance for Hammers caused a sensation. A late selection against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 30th October 1971, he stunned the Glaziers with his close-ball skills and sent the fans into raptures, scoring a goal and being largely instrumental in a 3-0 victory. English winters were not conductive to his style, however, and he never fully recaptured the same scintillating form, gradually falling into obscurity after playing in the North American Soccer League for Boston Minutemen and being loaned to Lincoln City.
No.508 Kevin LOCK ... (1972 - 1978)
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Signed apprentice in the summer of 1969. Kevin made his Hammers debut as substitute for David Llewellyn in the match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 29th February 1972 which ended in a 0-3 defeat. A first-class defender, given the unenviable task of filling Bobby Moore's number six shirt after the Hammers' skipper had taken the road to Craven Cottage, he did surprisingly well. Indeed, Kevin took the opportunity to show how well he had learned from the old maestro in the unique 1975 Cup Final confrontation, making a major contribution to West Ham's victory. Hammers then made a £60,000 profit when he joined Fulham, having paid out no more than the statutory signing-on fee in 1969. Four England Under-23 caps. Moved to Southend United to become Youth team coach.
No.509 Clive CHARLES ... (1972 - 1973)
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Younger brother of the more famous Hammer John, Charles junior was a most accomplished full-back and a valued member of the Upton Park playing staff in the early seventies. Making his debut against Coventry City at Highfield Road in a 1-1 draw on the 21st March 1972. Clive was never able to call a First-team place his own owing to the fine form of Frank Lampard and John McDowell. The signing of Keith Coleman from Sunderland limited his prospects even further and he subsequently transferred to Cardiff City in 1974 playing 77 games and scoring 2 goals for the Bluebirds, before his contract was purchased by the Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League. Besides the Timbers, who he played with for four seasons (1978-81), Charles' NASL experience also included stints with the Montreal Olympics and Pittsburgh Spirit. He was a three-time NASL All-Star and was selected to the all-time NASL Team by the legendary Pele. Charles ended his pro career in 1982 with the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Named the third head coach in University of Portland men’s soccer history prior to the 1986 season. Became the university’s director of soccer and took over as head coach of the Pilot women’s soccer program in 1989. Later Became the Head Coach of the USA Under-23 national team between 1993 and 2000.
No.510 Dudley TYLER ... (1972 - 1973)
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Signed for £25,000, a record at the time for a non-League player, largely on the strength of his performance against Hammers for Southern League Hereford United during their historic F.A. Cup run of 1971-72. His rise to stardom was even more remarkable, taking into account a "hole in the heart" operation while he was still a junior player. Made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns which ended in a 0-0 draw on the 12th August 1972. Dud's brief sojourn at the Boleyn was made memorable despite the shortness of his stay. His return to Edgar Street and his former club was sweetened when they celebrated their newly-won League status with a thrilling F.A. Cup victory over West Ham in 1973-74 (after a draw at Upton Park). He retired from the game after sustaining an ankle injury in 1977.
No.511 Bertie LUTTON ... (1973 - 1974)
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Despite his brief sojourn at Upton Park, this midfield man holds the unique distinction of being the first West Ham United player to be capped at full international level by Northern Ireland. Signed from Brighton & Hove Albion after proving his ability on a month's loan from the Seasiders, Bertie made his Hammers' debut against Norwich City at Carrow Road on the 10th February 1973 which resulted in a 1-0 victory. He began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he won the first two of his six appearances for his country. Four caps (including three substitutions) in 1974 while with Hammers.
No.512 Ted MacDOUGALL ... (1973)
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Big-money signing, who never settled at Upton Park. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on the 10th March 1973. Signed from Manchester United to cure a goalscoring problem, he had previously seen service with Liverpool, York City and Bournemouth (where he had been under the managership of ex-Hammer John Bond). Rejoined his former boss at Norwich City, after being a West Ham Player for just 10 months, and then went on to Southampton, Bournemouth and Blackpool.
No.513 Mervyn DAY ... (1973 - 1979)
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Chelmsford, Essex 26/06/1955
Apprentice
March 1973
IPSWICH TOWN
Upton Park 27th August 1973
LEYTON ORIENT - July 1979
£100,000
194 Cup: 43
Mervyn made his Hammers debut in the 3-3 draw with Ipswich Town at Upton Park on the 27th August 1973. Such was the impact this brilliant custodian made on breaking into West Ham's First XI that he prompted the normally reticent Ron Greenwood to declare: "This is the England goalkeeper for the next ten years." Alas, Mervyn never quite lived up to that heady expectation and his sad departure from Upton Park was not helped by media exposure, which seemed to blow up any little mistake out of all proportion. While with the Hammers Mervyn gained England Under-23 caps (4), F.A. Cup Winners medal 1975, European Cup Winners' Cup Runners-up medal 1976. Also recipient of P.F.A. "Young Player of the Year" award in '75. It cost Orient a cool £100,000 to take him to Brisbane Road, where he performed with distinction. After a short spell with Aston Villa he went to Leeds United and helped them to the Second Division Championship in the 1989-90 campaign. After the arrival of John Lukic from Arsenal, Mervyn stayed on as   part of the coaching set-up at Elland Road. Later became player-manager of Carlisle United before taking up a coaching role with Alan Curbishley at Charlton Athletic. In December 2006 Curbishley was appointed West Ham manager and Mervyn joined him as his assistant at Upton Park.
No.514 Keith COLEMAN ... (1973 - 1977)
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SUNDERLAND
September 1973
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BURNLEY
Upton Park 6th October 1973
K.V. MECHELEN (Belgium) July 1977
96/5 Cup: 18/2 (gls 0)
A solid competent full-back signed from Sunderland for £20,000 after a period on loan from the Roker club. Made his Hammers debut in the 0-1 defeat by Burnley at Upton Park on the 6th October 1973. Had to be content to share the full-back berths with John McDowell and Frank Lampard, often deputing when either were injured. Won European Cup Winners Cup runners-up medal in 1976, and later signed a two year contract with K.V. Mechelen of the Belgian Second Division in July 1977; also had a spell at Darlington in 1979.
No.515 Bobby Gould ... (1973 - 1975)
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BRISTOL CITY
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Upton Park 24th November 1973
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
December 1975
46/5 (gls 15) Cup: 11 (gls 4)
A great-hearted competitor whose signing from Bristol City coincided with a big uplift of team-spirit at Upton Park, culminating in the 1975 F.A. Cup Final triumph. Made his initial debut for the Hammers in the Home fixture against his former club Arsenal on the 24th November 1973 in a 1-3 defeat. A much-travelled striker, his list of clubs makes interesting reading, Coventry City, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Bristol City, Hammers, Wolves again, Bristol Rovers (who he later managed), Hereford United, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Aldershot. Then manger of Coventry City, but went back in charge of Bristol Rovers, and in 1992 was manager of West Bromwich Albion. His greatest managerial success came with the 1988 Cup Final victory over Liverpool while in charge at Wimbledon. He parted company with the Plough Lane club in the summer of 1990. Later appointed manager of the Welsh national side.
No.516 Mick McGIVEN ... (1973 - 1977)
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Anfield 1st December 1973
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Nicknamed "Capper" by the fans this popular Geordie helped to shore up the Hammers' rearguard when Bobby Moore departed from Upton Park. Signed from Sunderland for £20,000 after a period on loan from the Wearsiders, with whom he had 107 League games. He had the toughest possible debut baptism against Liverpool in a 0-1 defeat at Anfield on the 1st December 1973, but came through with flying colours. A vital member of the senior coaching staff from 1977 until January 1990 when his was clearly disillusioned with the new regime under Lou Macari. Chelsea under manager Bobby Campbell were quick to snap up his services. Later he teamed up again with John Lyall at Ipswich Town, helping them to Premier League status.
No.517 Graham PADDON ... (1973 - 1976)
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NORWICH CITY - November 1976

115 (gls 11) Cup: 37 (gls 4)
Signed from Norwich City as part of an exchange deal that resulted in Ted MacDougall going in the opposite direction, this fine midfield man was a great success at Upton Park. Made his First Team debut in the home fixture against Manchester City 8th December 1973 which ended 2-1 in Hammers favour. Originally bought from Coventry City for £25,000 by the Canaries, he was valued at £170,000 in the transaction which took him to Upton Park. Winner of an F.A. Cup Winners medal in 1975, and a European Cup Winners' Cup Runners-up medal the following year, he returned to Carrow Road to play out the remainder of his career with Norwich City. Appointed Youth Team coach at Fratton Park Portsmouth.
No.518 Alan WOOLER ... (1973 - 1975)
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ALDERSHOT - April 1976
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Alan attended Eggars Grammar School, Hants and Yeovil Grammar. During this period he played for Somerset Schools (under-15 and under-19). He was also associate schoolboy forms for Manchester United. Wooler also played for Alton Town and Weymouth as an amateur in the Southern League. Signed for Fourth Division side Reading, making his debut for the Biscuitmen in December 1971, and ended the 1971-72 campaign with 24 appearances as a defender. Signed by Hammers from Reading on 21st August 1973 on a free transfer and made his Hammers debut, coming on as substitute for Johnny Ayris against Stoke City at Upton Park on the 22nd December 1973, which ended in a 0-2 defeat and was given the unenviable task of taking over Bobby Moore's number six shirt at the Boleyn; he proved to be a willing deputy. After a spell with Boston Minutemen in the North American Soccer League in 1974, he moved to Aldershot and made over 200 League Appearances for the Hampshire club.
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