1930-31 Football League : First Division

Manager: Syd King

1930-31

West Ham United

1930-31


The Hammers got off to a blistering start as nine goals were scored in home wins against Huddersfield Town and Liverpool. The Merseysiders crashed 7–0 to a rampant West Ham led by Vic Watson in sparkling form. After two goals against Huddersfield he scored four against Liverpool. The early promise was soon shattered as five days later the Hammers crashed 6–1 at Aston Villa and two days after that were beaten 3–0 at home by Middlesbrough. With Watson scoring in the next three games it was a huge blow when he got injured at Newcastle and missed the next four months of the season. In his absence Viv Gibbins did well and in October he was on hand to hit a hat-trick against Manchester United in a 5–1 home victory. Following that game there was a run of nine games unbeaten, ended by a 6–1 defeat at Sunderland. In early January Boleyn Ground customers were treated to ten goals as the Hammers and Aston Villa drew 5–5.

A week later the FA Cup hopes faded as Chelsea won 3–1 in a third-round tie at Upton Park. Flying winger Jimmy Ruffell scored a hat-trick against Grimsby Town but Grimsby went away with the points after winning 4–3.This was the start of a very poor run as the Hammers won only one game in the next ten fixtures; a disappointing final placing of eighteenth was achieved.


HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division


30_08_30 WHU v. Huddersfield Town 01

Upton Park 2 - 1 (Watson 2) 30 August 1930 Att: 18,023


Dixon Earl Cox Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


WILF JAMES makes his Hammers debut against HUDDERSFIELD TOWN at Upton Park


LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division


30_09_01 WHU v. Liverpool

Upton Park 7- 0 (Watson 4, Earle 2, James) 1 September 1930 Att: 11,682


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


West Ham United recorded an incredible 7-0 win over Liverpool. The Hammers defeated the Reds 4-1 at the Boleyn Ground the previous season, and they would go on to even better that result with a ruthless display. Vic Watson scored four of the goals and would go on to notch 14 in only 18 league games this season. Stan Earle also got in on the act with two goals, while Wilfred James' strike completed the Hammers' tally of seven.


ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division


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Villa Park 1 - 6 (Watson) 6 September 1930 Att: 35,897


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division


30_09_08 WHU v. Middlesbrough 01

Upton Park 0 - 3 8 September 1930 Att: 13,597


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


CHELSEA : Football League First Division


30_09_13 WHU v. Chelsea 01

Upton Park 4 - 1 (Watson 2, Earle, James 13 September 1930 Att: 31,334


Hufton Earl Barrett Collins St Pier Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division


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Ayresome Park 2 - 2 (James, Watson) 17 September 1930 Att: 14,778


Hufton Earl Barrett Collins St Pier Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division


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St James' Park 2 - 4 (Earle, Watson) 20 September 1930 Att: 18,971


Hufton Earl Cox Collins St Pier Cadwell Yews Earle Watson James Ruffell


SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division


30_09_27 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday 01

Upton Park 3 - 3 (Gibbins, James, Watson) 27 September 1930 Att: 26,487


Hufton Earl Barrett Collins St Pier Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League First Division


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Blundell Park 0 - 4 4 October 1930 Att: 14,423


Hufton Earl Barrett Collins St Pier Cadwell Evans Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


ARTHUR EVANS makes his Hammers debut against GRIMSBY TOWN at Blundell Park


MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division


30_10_11 WHU v. Manchester United

Upton Park 5 - 1 (Gibbins 3, Barrett, Ruffell 11 October 1930 Att: 20,003


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division


30_10_18 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

Upton Park 4 - 3 (Yews 2, Gibbins, Ruffell) 18 October 1930 Att: 22,114


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


Image courtesy of Tim Parish


ARSENAL : Football League First Division


30_10_25 Arsenal v. WHU

Highbury 1 - 1 (Pollard) 25 October 1930 Att: 51,918


Dixon Earl Wade Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle James Pollard Ruffell


Image courtesy of Andrew Conway


SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division


30_11_01 WHU v. Sheffield United 01

Upton Park 4 - 1 (Gibbins 2, Barrett, Earle) 1 November 1930 Att: 19,740


Dixon Earl Wade Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


BARRETT Jim Jnr

5 November 1930

JIM BARRETT Jnr. (1949-1954) Born this day West Ham, London


James Guy “Jim” Barrett was the son of the the illustrious "Big" Jim Barrett. Junior made a good impression at the Boleyn in the early fifties, making his Hammers debut in the 0-2 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the 22nd April 1950. Sold for a substantial fee to Nottingham Forest at Christmas 1954, he was the Midlanders' top scorer in 1956-57 and played a big part in their rise to the First Division. After a short spell with Birmingham City he returned to the fold as a player-manager of Hammers "A" team until 1968, when he left again to serve under another ex-Hammer Ben Fenton at Millwall.

Died: 20 October 2014 (aged 83)


BIRMINGHAM : Football League First Division


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St Andrews 2 - 0 (Yews 2) 8 November 1930 Att: 20,171


Dixon Earl Wade Norris Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division


30_11_15 WHU v. Leeds United Version 02

Upton Park 1 - 1 (Norris 15 November 1930 Att: 16,612


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Norris James Ruffell


DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division


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Baseball Ground 1 - 1 (Gibbins) 22 November 1930 Att: 12,092


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Norris Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division


30_11_29 WHU v. Leicester City 01

Upton Park 2 - 0 (Ruffell 2) 29 November 1930 Att: 17,670


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Norris Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division


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Bramall Lane 3 - 1 (Earle, Gibbins, Ruffell) 6 December 1930 Att: 12,115


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


HALLAS Geoff

8 December 1930

GEOFF HALLAS (1954-1955) Born this day Lydgate, Oldham


Promising young full-back who had his career tragically terminated when he developed eye trouble. Signed from Warminster Town in March 1954, and made the first of his three appearances in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Upton Park on the 5 March 1955 along with Billy Dare. He was granted a joint testimonial by the club along with Brian Moore, who suffered a similar fate.


MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division


30_12_13 WHU v. Manchester City Version 02

Upton Park 2 - 0 (Ruffell 2) 13 December 1930 Att: 19,875


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Norris Cadwell Yews Earle Barrett James Ruffell


SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division


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Roker Park 1 - 6 (Gibbins) 20 December 1930 Att: 20,846


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins James Ruffell


PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division


30_12_25 WHU v. Portsmouth Version 02

Upton Park 4 - 3 (Gibbins 2, James, Norris) 25 December 1930 Att: 27,718


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Gibbins James Harris Norris


JIM HARRIS makes his Hammers debut against PORTSMOUTH at Upton Park


PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division


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Fratton Park 0 - 2 26 December 1930 Att: 25,442


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Robson Gibbins James Harris


HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division


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Leeds Road 0 - 2 27 December 1930 Att: 13,830


Dixon Earl Wade Collins Barrett Cadwell Yews Earle Gibbins Norris Harris



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