1896-97 Thames Ironworks :
South Essex League
Special thanks to John Powles and his excellent book "IRON IN THE BLOOD : Thames Ironworks FC The club that became West Ham United" for allowing extracts to compile this feature and John Northcutt for his attention to statistical accuracy..
BRENTWOOD : South Essex League
Hermit Road Ground
3 - 2 (Gresham 2, Dove)
26 September 1896
Barnes, Stevenson, Holstock, Nicholls, Dandridge, Davie, Rossiter, Dove, Sage, Morrison, Gresham
WOODFORD : South Essex League
Tidal Basin, South West Ham FC
2 - 0 (Gresham, Morton)
31 October 1896
Gresham, Stevenson, Taylor, Dove, Williams, Bird, Davie, Rossiter, Hatton, Gresham, Morrison
Owing to a remarkable occurrence the Thames Ironworks Club suddenly finding themselves, for the time being at least, without a football ground. The fixture in the First Division of the South Essex League was decided at Tidal Basin. The South West Ham F.C. being without a match on that day, very kindly allowed the use of their ground.
Woodford played with ten men, and probably would have had better fortune if Fry had been present. Thames won the toss, and on Woodford commencing operations the Ironworks had to clear from an attack. Subsequently play became very fast and at times awfully exciting, both goals being frequently in danger. The interval arrived with a blank score sheet.
In the second half the Thames had by far the best of matters and scored twice, Morrison having the credit of opening the account, whilst Gresham put on the second point. On two occasions Woodford had some hard luck, but almost generally throughout the second half the Ironworks goalkeeper had very little to do.