1926-27 Football League : First Division

Manager: Syd King


1926-27

West Ham United

1926-27

In a reversal of previous seasons, a good 3-0 win at Everton was followed by a 5-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers. In fact the team did not win a home game until 30 October, when Manchester United were beaten 4-0. Vic Watson was in good form, having scored nine goals in the first twelve games. There was a 5–1 home win against Aston Villa which brought a hat-trick from Watson, and the home form continued with wins over Burnley, Leeds and Birmingham City.

The FA Cup saw the Hammers once again drawn against Tottenham, but this time West Ham triumphed, winning 3-1 with another Watson hat-trick. The cup run did not last long, however, as Brentford knocked West Ham out in the next round in a replay. In February two of the top teams, Huddersfield and Sunderland, were both beaten 3-2, but this was followed up with a 4-1 defeat at Blackburn and a 2-1 home defeat to bottom club West Bromwich Albion.

There were only 11,764 spectators in the ground for the visit of London rivals Arsenal, but they were all in for a treat as the Hammers romped to a 7-0 victory. Vic Watson was again on target, grabbing another hat-trick, and the Arsenal defenders helped out with two own goals. The goals were flowing now with 15 being scored in the next four games. Both Sheffield United and Manchester United were beaten 3-0 and there was an exciting 4-4 home draw with Bolton Wanderers. Aston Villa were beaten 5-1 at Villa Park with a further two goals from Watson. Flying winger Jimmy Ruffell had been contributing to the goals and he scored his twelfth of the season in a fine 3-1 victory at Tottenham. Finishing the season in sixth place was an excellent achievement and was due to a settled side and the goalscoring of Vic Watson. Ever-present in the league were Jim Barrett, Stan Earle, Jimmy Collins and Vic Watson.


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LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park 3 - 3 (Earle, Ruffell, Watson) 28 August 1926 Att: 20,615


Hufton

Hebden

Earl

Bishop

Barrett

Collins

Yews

Earle

Watson

Moore

Ruffell

26_08_28 WHU v. Leicester City 01



EVERTON : Football League First Division

Goodison Park 3 - 0 (Watson 2, Moore) 4 September 1926 Att: 26,957


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Hufton

Hebden

Barrett

Bishop

Carter

Collins

Yews

Earle

Watson

Moore

Ruffell


26_09_11 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers



THE WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Hillsborough 0 - 1 6 September 1926 Att: 18,602


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Hufton Hebden Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Dowsey Earle Watson Moore Williams


JOHN DOWSEY makes his Hammers debut against SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY at Hillsborough



BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 5 (Watson) 11 September 1926 Att: 18,602


Hufton Hebden Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Payne Earle Gibbins Watson Moore


26_09_11 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 01

JOHN PAYNE makes his Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Upton Park



HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Leeds Road 1 - 2 (Watson) 18 September 1926 Att: 16,809


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Hufton Hebden Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_09_25 WHU v. Sunderland 02



24 September

JOHN GREGORY (1951-1953) Born this day Shoreditch, London

John Ernest Gregory made a start in his soccer career at an early age, for when only eleven he played for Hackney Schoolboys. He later earned his County cap for Middlesex Boys, After leaving school he played practically no football until he was called-up in the East Surrey Regiment: but during his service in Palestine and Egypt he made his mark, and Hayes F.C. were quick to sign him when he returned to England. Gregory joined Bromley F.C. in December, 1950, remaining an amateur when he joined West Ham United for the 1950-51 season, but signed full professional forms on 12 August 1951. Made the first of his 24 League appearances against Birmingham City in a 1-2 defeat at St. Andrews on the 20 October 1951. Transferred to Scunthorpe United in June 1953 for £1,000 where he scored a lot of goals for the other "Irons," before moving on to Aldershot. He later became player-coach to St. Neots Town.



SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 2 (Yews) 25 September 1926 Att: 20,778


Hufton Hebden Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_09_25 WHU v. Sunderland



KINGSTONIAN : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

Upton Park 5 - 0 (Earle 2, Gibbins 2, Carter) 27 September 1926 Att: ?


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Hufton Hebden Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Moore Earle Gibbins Watson Ruffell



WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

The Hawthornes 3 - 1 (Earle, Ruffell, Watson) 2 October 1926 Att: 18,256


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Hufton Hodgson Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Moore Earle Gibbins Watson Ruffell



THE WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 1 (Earle) 4 October 1926 Att: 19,770


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Hufton Hodgson Barrett Yews Carter Collins Watson Earle Gibbins Moore Ruffell



BURY : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 2 (Watson) 9 October 1926 Att: 18,541


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Hufton Hodgson Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Yews Earle Watson Moore Ruffell


26_10_16 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves 02


ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Highbury 2 - 2 (Gibbins, Watson) 16 October 1926 Att: 35,534


Hufton Hebden Hodgson Bishop Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_10_16 Arsenal v. WHU

Image courtesy of Andrew Conway



20 October 1926

JAMES RUFFELL 2nd ENGLAND cap

Northern Ireland Home Championship at Liverpool 3-3



CLAPTON ORIENT : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

Millfields 2 - 3 (Watson, Yews) 21 October 1926 Att: ?


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Hufton Hebden Barrett Bishop Carter Collins Moore Earle Gibbins Watson Ruffell


26_10_23 Sheffield United v. WHU


MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park 4 - 0 (Gibbins, Watson, Yews, Mann [og]) 30 October 1926 Att: 19,733


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Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell



5 November 1926

SYD BISHOP joins LEICESTER CITY for £4,000

West Ham United Career (1920-1926) Appearances: 172, Goals: 10



BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Burnden Park 0 - 2 6 November 1926 Att: 13,934


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Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Moore Ruffell


Cartoon v. Bolton Wanderers


ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

Upton Park 5 - 1 (Watson 3, Earle, Yews) 13 November 1926 Att: 17,647


Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell

26_11_13 WHU v. Aston Villa 01

26_11_20 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves 02



CARDIFF CITY : Football League First Division

Ninian Park 2 - 1 (Watson, Yews) 20 November 1926 Att: 10,736


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Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_11_27 WHU v. Burnley 02



NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

St James' Park 0 - 2 4 December 1926 Att: 35,079


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Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_12_11 WHU v. Leeds United 02



LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park 3 - 2 (Gibbins, Ruffell, Watson) 11 December 1926 Att: 20,924


Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_12_11 WHU v. Leeds United 01


LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Anfield 0 - 0 18 December 1926 Att: 24,563


Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Moore Ruffell


26_12_18 Liverpool v. WHU


BIRMINGHAM : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 0 (Earle) 25 December 1926 Att: 27,984


Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


26_12_25 WHU v. Birmingham 01

26_12_25 WHU v. Birmingham 02

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BIRMINGHAM : Football League First Division

St Andrews 2 - 0 (Ruffell, Watson) 27 December 1926 Att: 39,204


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Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell



DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Baseball Ground 0 - 3 28 December 1926 Att: 21,888


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Hufton Hebden Hodgson Carter Barrett Collins Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell




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