1931-32 Football League : First Division

Manager: Syd King

1931-32

West Ham United

1931-32


Two wins against Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea and a goal in each game from Vic Watson gave the Hammers’ faithful hope for the season. The bubble burst in September with a 6–0 defeat at Sheffield United followed by a 5–2 reverse at Aston Villa. To relieve the gloom there were narrow wins over Manchester City and Portsmouth but the defensive worries soon returned as both Derby County and West Bromwich Albion gained 5–1 victories. There was a mini-revival in December with a fine 4–2 win at Blackburn Rovers and a week later Jimmy Ruffell scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 home win over eventual champions Everton.

The FA Cup began with a 2–1 win at Charlton Athletic but ended in the next round as for the second year running the Hammers were knocked out by Chelsea, who won 3–1 at Stamford Bridge. Inside-forward Vivian Gibbins left to join Brentford and was later replaced after a ten-year absence by former favourite Syd Puddefoot. Despite a string of poor performances, by mid-March the team stood fifteenth in the table. Then came trouble as defeats at Sheffield Wednesday (6–1), bottom of the table Blackpool (7–2) and Everton (6–1) sent West Ham plummeting down the league. The final game of the season saw the Hammers travel to Chelsea, where they played badly and lost 3–2. They finished bottom of the league, having conceded 107 goals, and were relegated to the Second Division.


Rule Change:


Goalkeeper's Steps: In possession of the ball, a goalkeeper is permitted to take four instead of two steps.


BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division


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Burnden Park

1 - 0 (Watson)

29 August 1931

Att: 15,740


Hufton

Earl

Chalkley

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


ALFRED CHALKLEY and ANTHONY WELDON both make their Hammers debut against BOLTON WANDERERS AT Burnden Park


CHELSEA : Football League First Division


31_08_31 WHU v. Chelsea 01

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Norris, Watson, Weldon)

31 August 1931

Att: 28,338


Hufton

Earl

Chalkley

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Pollard

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division


31_09_05 WHU v. Middlesbrough 01

Upton Park

0 - 2

5 September 1931

Att: 23,129


Hufton

Earl

Chalkley

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Pollard

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division


31_09_07 Sheffield United v. WHU

Bramall Lane

0 - 6

7 September 1931

Att: 11,055


Hufton

Earl

Chalkley

Norris

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division


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Leeds Road

1 - 3 (Watson)

12 September 1931

Att: 11,986


Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Collins

Yews

Pollard

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division


31_09_19 WHU v. Newcastle United 01


Upton Park

2 - 1 (Ruffell, Watson)

19 September 1931

Att: 21,558


Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Collins

Yews

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division


31_09_21 WHU v. Sheffield United 01

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Ruffell)

21 September 1931

Att: 12,075


Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Collins

Wood

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division


31_09_26 Aston Villa v. WHU

Villa Park

2 - 5 (Wood, Tate [og])

26 September 1931

Att: 39,619


Dixon

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Collins

Wood

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


Image courtesy of Andrew Conway


LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division


31_10_03 WHU v. Leicester City 01

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Gibbins)

3 October 1931

Att: 20,196


Hufton

Earl

Cox

Norris

Barrett

Collins

Earle

Watson

Gibbins

Weldon

Ruffell



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Ted Hufton punches clear


LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division


31_10_10 Liverpool v WHU

Anfield

2 - 2 (Gibbins, Weldon)

10 October 1931

Att: 23,819


Hufton

Earl

Wade

Norris

St Pier

Collins

Wood

James

Gibbins

Weldon

Ruffell


MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division


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Maine Road

1 - 0 (Ruffell)

17 October 1931

Att: 18,310


Hufton

Goodacre

Wade

Collins

St Pier

Norris

Wood

Earle

Gibbins

Weldon

Ruffell


PORTSMOUTH : Football League First Division


31_10_24 WHU v. Portsmouth 01

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Gibbins 2)

24 October 1931

Att: 18,092


Hufton

Goodacre

Wade

Collins

St Pier

Norris

Wood

Pollard

Gibbins

Weldon

Ruffell


DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division


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Baseball Ground

1 - 5 (Watson)

31 October 1931

Att: 10,424


Hufton

Goodacre

Wade

Collins

St Pier

Norris

Wood

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


GRICE MIke

3 November 1931

MIKE GRICE (1955-1961) Born this day Woking, Surrey


Member of the 1958 promotion - winning side, this blond-haired flying winger made a big contribution to that success. A maker, rather than a taker, of goals, he provided the perfect complement to his opposite flankman, Mal Musgrove. Signed from Colchester United for £8,500, he made his Hammers debut along with Roy Smith in a 0-3 defeat against Stoke City 2nd April 1956 at the Victoria Ground. He moved to Coventry City for the 1961-62 season and returned to Layer Road the following year to end his League days with the Essex club.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division


31_11_07 WHU v. WBA Vn2

Upton Park

1 - 5 (Ruffell)

7 November 1931

Att: 20,685


Hufton

Goodacre

Cox

Collins

St Pier

Barrett

Wood

Earle

Watson

Weldon

Ruffell


ARSENAL : Football League First Division


31_11_14 Arsenal v. WHU

Highbury

1 - 4 (Watson)

14 November 1931

Att: 41,028


Hufton

Goodacre

Earl

Collins

St Pier

Barrett

Wood

Weldon

Watson

James

Ruffell


Image courtesy of Andrew Conway



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BLACKPOOL : Football League First Division


31_11_21 WHU v. Blackpool 01 Vn2

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Ruffell)

21 November 1931

Att: 14,800


Dixon

Earl

Wade

Collins

Barrett

Cox

Wood

Earle

Gibbins

Weldon

Ruffell


BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division


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Ewood Park

4 - 2 (Barrett, Gibbins, Phillips, Watson)

28 November 1931

Att: 8,426


Dixon

Earl

Chalkley

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Phillips

Gibbins

Weldon

Ruffell


WILF PHILLIPS makes his Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Ewood Park


EVERTON : Football League First Division


31_12_05 WHU v. Everton 01

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Ruffell 3, Wood)

5 December 1931

Att: 34,109


Dixon

Earl

Chalkley

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Phillips

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell


Image courtesy of Stephen Holt


31_12_05 WHU v. Everton

Everton:

Sagar, Williams,Cresswell,Clark, Gee, Thomson, Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein



Everton (H)

Western Daily Press


WEST HAM’S GREAT DAY

So well did West Ham United play at Upton Park that they beat Everton by four goals to two, and so repeated their victory of a week before at Blackburn which came after more than a month of disappointing work. The League leaders came to London five points ahead of all rivals, having dropped only one point – at Huddersfield – out of a possible 18. Away from home the Everton team had not in recent games done any exceptional scoring of the kind marking their efforts at Goodison Park, but the 41,000 people at the Boleyn Castle ground must have been astonished. Everton really were outplayed for about half an hour during which they conceded three goals. Bad tactics in defence accounted for their overthrow. Cresswell usually played so far back that Watson was able to keep well up the field, and as Gee, the centre half, chosen for England next Wednesday, seemed quite out of form, the West Ham leader of attack repeatedly found openings to break away. Williams, the other Everton back was not fast enough to hold Ruffell, and Watson made clear chances for the left flank man, who enjoyed the distinction of scoring three times in succession. Three goals actually came in the course of twelve minutes. Dean , the Everton leader, scarcely received a good pass, and was too closely watched to be able to distinguish himself.

The Spanish international team were guests of the West Ham club at the match.

The Yorkshire Post : December 7, 1931


284 JAMES Wilf - Wales

5 December 1931

WILF JAMES 2nd WALES cap


NORTHERN IRELAND Home Championship Windsoor Park, Belfast 0-4


BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division


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St Andrews

1 - 4 (Watson)

12 December 1931

Att: 19,725


Dixon

Earl

Chalkley

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Phillips

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell


SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division


31_12_19 WHU v. Sunderland 01

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Barrett [pen], Watson

19 December 1931

Att: 6,505


Dixon

Earl

Chalkley

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Phillips

Watson

Gibbins

Ruffell


GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League First Division


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Blundell Park

1 - 2 (Watson)

25 December 1931

Att: 15,132


Dixon

Earl

Chalkley

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Wood

Phillips

Watson

James

Ruffell


GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League First Division


31_12_26 WHU v. Grimsby Town 01 Vn2

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Ruffell 2, Watson)

26 December 1931

Att: 23,859


Dixon

Earl

Chalkley

Collins

Barrett

Cadwell

Yews

Phillips

Watson

James

Ruffell


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