1929-30 Football League : First Division

Manager: Syd King


1929-30

West Ham United

1929-30

Ten goals were scored in the first two home games as both Middlesbrough and Newcastle United conceded five. New signing inside-left John Ball came from Bury and scored twice in both matches. He was on form and went on to score eight goals in his first ten games. Centre-forward Vic Watson was also prolific as he scored twice in the 3–1 victory at Leeds United and grabbed a hat-trick in a 5–2 home win against Aston Villa in early December. Huddersfield Town won both games over the Christmas period and these came in a run of five successive defeats.

There was a comfortable 4–0 home win against Notts County in the FA Cup, and the next round saw another win, 4–1 against Leeds United, Vic Watson scoring all four goals. Round five brought another home tie, with local rivals Millwall the visitors. The in-form Watson scored twice in a 4–1 victory. Sadly the cup run ended in the quarter-finals again as Arsenal won 3–0 at the Boleyn Ground. A week later at the same venue Arsenal were beaten 3–2, with that man Watson again scoring twice. To add to his goal tally he scored another hat-trick in the 3–0 home win against Leeds. How the Leeds defenders must have feared Vic Watson. Last season he scored seven league goals against them and this season he netted five league goals and four in the FA Cup.

The campaign ended with three home victories and a good 3–2 win at Aston Villa, where Watson yet again claimed a hat-trick. A position of seventh in the table was a vast improvement and was due to the amazing scoring of Vic Watson, who scored 42 league goals and eight in the FA Cup.



BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

Ewood Park 3 - 3 (Ball, Watson, Jones [og]) 31 August 1929 Att: 21,817


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Hufton Wade W. Earl Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


West Ham United displayed excellent form in their opening League- match with the Rovers at Blackburn, and but for some defensive weakness towards the end of the game they would have extracted the full points from the home team instead of drawing at three goals each. During three parts of the game they played such good football that with about 20 minutes left, they led by three goals to one, but the Rovers rallied fiercely, and the Hammers' defenders wavered, allowing the home team to draw level. Nevertheless, it was an excellent performance to gain a point on a ground where they have invariably been defeated.


WADE William

BALL John

WILLIAM WADE and JOHN BALL both make their Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Ewood Park



BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

St Andrews 2 - 4 (Watson 2) 4 September 1929 Att: 13,301


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Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell


West Ham, although beaten by Birmingham 4-2 at St. Andrew's, played excellent football and provided the home side with a keen struggle. The football throughout was of high quality, and West Ham held their own for three parts of the game. Bradford headed a fine goal for Birmingham ten minutes from the commencement, but five minutes later West Ham drew level, when a quick passing movement caught the home defence napping, and Watson shot the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Bradford, however, restored the lead for Birmingham after Hufton had repelled a shot from Bond, but once again Watson brought the scores level, when he beat the defence and scored almost from the goal line. Bradford, who was in good form for Birmingham, scored a third goal for them, and Barkas converted a penalty kick given against Wade to give the home side the victory in a capital game



MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

Upton Park

5 - 3 (Ball 2, Ruffell 2 [1 pen], Watson)

7 September 1929

Att: 22,760


Hufton

Wade W.

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwel

lYews

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell


29_09_07 WHU v. Middlesbrough

WHU v. Derby County - Jim Barrett

Jim Barrett making an interception



NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park 5 - 1 (Ball 2, Yews 2, Watson) 9 September 1929 Att: 15,536


Hufton Wade W. Earl Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_09_09 WHU v. Newcastle United



LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Anfield 1 - 3 (Watson) 14 September 1929 Att: 29,087


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Hufton Wade W. Earl Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Pollard Ruffell


POLLARD Walter

WALTER POLLARD makes his Hammers debut against LIVERPOOL at Anfield



BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park 0 - 1 16 September 1929 Att: 13,265

Hufton Wade W. Earl Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_09_16 WHU v. Birmingham City




CHISWICK Peter

19 September 1929

PETER CHISWICK (1954-1956) Born this day Plaistow, Essex

This fine goalkeeper signed professional forms for West Ham United in July 1947 after he had appeared as an amateur with Colchester United as well as the Hammers. Peter Chiswick his initial debut against Leyton Orient in the Essex Professional Cup at Upton Park which ended 1-1 on the 23 April 1953. He had to wait until the 6 February 1954 before making his League baptism at home to Leeds United in a 5-2 victory. His ten-years at the Boleyn were partially interrupted by National Service. Gillingham made an offer to us when he was placed on the transfer-list, and he joined the Third Division (South) club down in Kent in July 1956. He later joined the ever-growing colony of ex-Hammers under Almer Hall at Southern League Margate, before being appointed manager-coach to Barking F.C. where his experience as a P.T. teacher (in the R.A.F.) and a fully-qualified F.A. coach stood him in good stead.



NELSON Bill

20 September 1929

BILL NELSON (1950-1955) Born this day Silvertown, London

Bill Nelson made his initial Hammers debut along with Tommy Southren, Victor Niblett and Frank O'Farrell in the 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Upton Park in the Essex Professional Cup 28 September 1950. Although he made only two Second Division appearances for Hammers, the first in which he was a member of the team which recorded a rare 2-1 victory against Liverpool in their Anfield fortress on the 4th September 1954, and the other a 1-1 draw, two days later at Upton Park against Hull City. Transferred to London rivals Queens Park Rangers in 1955 for an initially agreed fee of £700, reduced to £600. Nelson later moved to Southern League outfit Guildford City.



DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Barrett, Ruffell)

21 September 1929

Att: 26,601


Hufton

Hodgson

Earl

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Earle

Watson

Ball

Ruffell


29_09_21 WHU v. Derby County

WOOD Jimmy

JIM WOOD makes his Hammers debut against DERBY COUNTY at Upton Park




CAMPBELL John

25 September 1929

JOHN CAMPBELL joins CLAPTON ORIENT

West Ham United career: (1923-1929), Appearances: 29, Goals: 11



MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park 2 - 1 (Ball, Watson) 28 September 1929 Att: 20,695


Hufton Hodgson Earl Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_09_28 WHU v. Manchester United



GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League First Division

Blundell Park 2 - 2 (Ball, Watson) 5 October 1929 Att: 15,542


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Hufton Hodgson Earl Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_10_12 WHU v. Leicester City



LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 2 (Watson) 12 October 1929 Att: 23,525


Hufton Wade W. Earl St Pier Barrett Cox Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


ST PIER Wally

WALLY ST PIER makes his Hammers debut against LEICESTER CITY at Upton Park



CRYSTAL PALACE : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

Selhurst Park 2 - 2 (Ruffell, Watson) 14 October 1929


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Hufton Hodgson Earl St Pier Barrett Norrington Yews Robson Watson Pollard Ruffell



MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Maine Road 3 - 4 (Ball, Ruffell, Yews) 19 October 1929 Att: 34,568


Hufton Earl Cox St Pier Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_10_19 Manchester City v. WHU



CRYSTAL PALACE : London Challenge Cup (First Round Replay)

Upton Park 2 - 0 (Ball, Watson) 21 October 1929


Hufton Earl Cox St Pier Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_10_21 WHU v. Crystal Palace LCC1R 01



PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division

Upton Park 0 - 1 26 October 1929 Att: 20,493


Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_10_26 WHU v. Portsmouth



ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Highbury 1 - 0 (Watson) 2 November 1929 Att: 44,828


Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


29_11_02 Arsenal v. WHU

Image courtesy of Andrew Conway



THAMES : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park 6 - 1 (Watson 4, Ball, Ruffell) 4 November 1929


Hufton Cox Earl Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Ball Ruffell


29_11_04 WHU v. Thames LCC2 01



EVERTON : Football League First Division

Upton Park 3 - 1 (Ruffell 2, Watson) 9 November 1929 Att: 24,801


Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


29_11_09 WHU v. Everton



LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Elland Road 3 - 1 (Watson 2, Milburn [og]) 16 November 1929 Att: 18,582


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Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell



MILLWALL : London Challenge Cup (Third Round)

The Den 1 - 2 (Barrett) 18 November 1929


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Dixon Earl Cox Norris St Pier Cadwell Yews Barrett Barter Robson Wood


MATCH ABANDONED

Fog 71mins : rearranged for 25 November 1929



20 November 1929

JAMES RUFFELL 6th ENGLAND cap

WALES Home Championship Stamford Bridge, London 6-0



SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 1 (Watson) 23 November 1929 Att: 18,753


Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


29_11_23 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday



MILLWALL : London Challenge Cup (Third Round)

The Den 4 - 2 (Yews 2, Barter, Norris) 25 November 1929


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Dixon Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Barter Robson Watson



BURNLEY : Football League First Division

Turf Moor 1 - 1 (Barrett) 30 November 1929 Att: 16,640


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Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Wood



SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Upton Park 1 - 1 (Watson) 7 December 1929 Att: 16,456


Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell


29_12_07 WHU v. Sunderland



BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Burnden Park 1 - 4 (Watson) 14 December 1929 Att: 16,456


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Hufton Earl Cox Norris St Pier Barrett Yews Earle Watson Gibbins Ruffell



ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

Upton Park 5 - 2 (Watson 3, Gibbins, Ruffell) 21 December 1929 Att: 14,624


Hufton Earl Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Robson Watson Gibbins Ruffell


29_12_21 WHU v. Aston Villa



HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Upton Park 2 - 3 (Gibbins, Watson) 25 December 1929 Att: 28,390


Hufton Wade W. Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Robson Watson Gibbins Ruffell


29_12_25 WHU v. Huddersfield Town



HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Leeds Road 0 - 3 26 December 1929 Att: 21,657


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Hufton Wade W. Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Robson Watson Gibbins Ruffell



BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park 2 - 3 (Ruffell, Watson) 28 December 1929 Att: 23,901


Hufton Hodgson Cox Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Robson Watson Ball Ruffell


29_12_28 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers




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