Billy Williams : West Ham United

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William (Billy) Williams was born in Leytonstone in June 1905. The family moved to East Ham and Williams attended the Central Park School. An extremely talented footballer he was selected to play for England Schoolboys after the First World War.

In 1917-1918 and 1918-1919 Williams was a member of the Central Park team that won the Robert Cook Cup, a competition for schools in Essex. The school team led by Williams also won the London Schools' Championship (Dewar Shield).

After leaving school Williams joined the Fairbairn House Boys' Club. Williams signed for West Ham United in 1921. At 15 he was the club's youngest ever full professional. On 6th May 1922, Syd King selected him to play against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The 16 year-old Williams scored but West Ham lost the game 3-1.

West Ham United won promotion to the First Division in the 1922-23 season. The first-team squad that year included Edward Hufton, Jack Young, Billy Henderson, George Kay, Jack Tresadern, Sid Bishop, George Carter, Billy Brown, Tommy Hodgson, William Thirlaway, Jack Hebden, Dick Richards, Billy Moore, Vic Watson and Jimmy Ruffell. Williams was a striker and was unable to dislodge Moore, Watson or Brown in the first team and only played in one game that year, against Southampton on 14th October, 1922.

West Ham United struggled for goals in the 1923-24 season. However, despite a serious injury to Vic Watson, Williams did not get his first game until 5th January, 1924, against Liverpool. He retained his place in the team against Aberdare Athletic in the first round of the FA Cup. Williams scored one of the goals in the 5-0 victory. Williams also played in the next five league games but after failing to score he was dropped from the team.

Syd King did not recall Williams until 6th December, 1924, against Notts County. Williams scored two of the goals in West Ham's 3-0 victory. He remained in the team until March and by the end of the season he had scored four goals in 21 league and cup games.

In March 1925 Williams was selected to go on a Football Association tour of Australia. He had a successful tour and the FA Handbook commented that Williams "has had a unique experience for so young a player, having had a glorious time in Australia... where he has been finding the net frequently."

Williams remained in the reserves for most of the 1925-26 season. The following season he only played in one game against Sheffield Wednesday before joining Chelsea in June 1927. Williams had scored 8 goals in 43 games at West Ham United.

Williams failed to make an impact at his new club and after only making two appearances he joined non-league Dagenham. He also played for Grays Athletic and Ilford before retiring from football in May 1935.

William Williams, who ran his own haulage business and then a tobacconist and confectioner's shop, died in Ilford, on 8th March 1994.


Billy Williams : West Ham United - History

BOLEYN’S FAREWELL - West Ham United’s Upton Park Swansong - by Danny Lewis

*** 2021 RELEASE ***

When the final whistle was blown at Upton Park on 10 May 2016, it was more than a football match that had ended. West Ham United's victory over Manchester United was the club's spectacular swansong after 112 years at its spiritual home.

The Boleyn's Farewell: West Ham's Final Game at Upton Park delves into one of the club's most historic nights, with insight from players, fans and others who were there. Everything from the atmosphere before the game, Winston Reid's winner and the digitised Bobby Moore switching off the stadium lights, the build-up and aftermath of the game, as well as the on-pitch action are recounted and celebrated within these pages. This was an evening that would come to define a generation and is unforgettable for many West Ham supporters. While the Boleyn Ground no longer stands, memories of the stadium and the Hammers' glorious farewell performance will endure.

The Boleyn's Farewell is the definitive account of one of the most significant matches in West Ham's long history.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danny Lewis is a freelance sports journalist with a wealth of experience in football writing. After graduating from Bournemouth University with a Multimedia Journalism degree, he has written for outlets such as The Athletic, ESPN, Copa90 and These Football Times. This is his first book as a solo author, having contributed to Iberia Chronicles, another Pitch Publishing title.

BOBBY MOORE - THE MAN IN FULL - by Matt Dickinson

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR

Immaculate footballer. Imperial defender. Immortal hero of 1966. Master of Wembley. Captain extraordinary. Gentleman of all time.”

With these words, inscribed beneath the statue of England’s World Cup-winning captain, the nation remembers Bobby Moore. But what do we really know about this iconic figure?

Pelé called him the greatest – and fairest – defender he ever played against. His feats for West Ham United and England are legendary and his technical mastery of the game years ahead of its time. Yet off the pitch, Moore knew scandal, bankruptcy, divorce and drink. He endured a string of business failures and maintained links with the East End underworld. Ignored by the football world post-retirement, this great of the game drifted into obscurity and, famously, was never honoured with a knighthood.

Acclaimed football writer Matt Dickinson traces the journey of this Essex boy who became the patron saint of English football, peeling away the layers of legend and looking at Moore’s life from all sides – in triumph, in failure, in full.

Devastating. No ghosted autobiography can match the nuanced insight of the latest book on Bobby Moore, a hero flawed by alcohol.” - Ian Herbert, Independent

Well-researched and written, this book brings us the real Bobby Moore.” - Matthew Syed, The Times

A tragic tale, admirably researched and poignantly told.” - Nick Pitt, Sunday Times

THE GREATEST ESCAPE - The Craziest Season in West Ham United’s History - Daniel Hurley

*** 2021 RELEASE ***

As a football fan, there are those seasons which remain indelibly inscribed in the memory. Simply unforgettable. The 2006/07 season remains one of those for fans of West Ham United. A season that began with such promise: Alan Pardew signed two genuine world-class players ahead of the kick-off, but little did the Argentinian pair of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano know they joined a season-long relegation battle. Roll forward to the business end, and with nine matches left to play the Hammers looked doomed. Seven wins from those nine made it arguably the greatest escape in English top-flight history.

A season so memorable for all the wrong reasons: going two months without a goal 11 games without a win snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against your biggest rivals. Then having survived, on the final day by winning at Old Trafford, extra-time in the courts, with the rest of football saying you had cheated, and the table did lie.

The Greatest Escape is the story of the highs, lows and controversies that were the 2006/07 season.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Hurley is a lifelong West Ham fan and season-ticket holder, and has been a regular at Upton Park and the London Stadium for the past 27 years. Born and raised in East London, Daniel now lives in Portsmouth, where he flies the Hammers flag proudly along with his two children, Jack and Adam, and partner Kathryn. The Greatest Escape is his first book.

AN IRRATIONAL HATRED OF EVERYTHING - by Robert Banks

An Irrational Hatred of Luton author Robert Banks is back with his latest instalment in West Ham's journey through the football leagues to recount the past fifteen years of his life as a long-suffering Hammers fan.

Picking up where he left off in 2003, Banks charts the varying fortunes of West Ham United alongside the mutable modern nature of the beautiful game in An Irrational Hatred of Everything. Cataloguing a stadium move, an Icelandic banking collapse, takeovers, hirings and firings as well as promotions and relegations, Banks follows West Ham's ups and downs in a refreshingly frank and humorous account of the club's recent history.

Through an interconnected exploration of West Ham's progress and the important moments in his own life, Banks continues along the torturous road of detailing his tumultuous relationship with the club to show how much football can mean to the individual while providing sobering reminders that, at the end of the day, it's only a game.

“Once again 'Banksy' is back doing what he does best, painting a vivid picture of the joy and pain that comes with being a Hammers fan.” - Perry Fenwick, EastEnders actor

“Through a series of irrational, improbable West Ham defeats and even more irrational, improbable West Ham victories, Robert Banks sums up the enigma of being a Hammers fan. It would be frankly irrational not to enjoy this book.” Pete May, author of Goodbye to Boleyn: West Ham's Final Season at Upton Park and the Big Kick-off at Stratford

“They may destroy our home and our heritage, but they will never take away our sense of humour: it's what sets West Ham fans apart. Robert's book is a bittersweet look back on the hard-knock life of a Hammer.” Jeremy Nicholas, writer, broadcaster and voice of the Boleyn Ground 1998-2014

NEARLY REACH THE SKY - A Farewell to Upton Park - by Brian Williams

Success, failure, heroism, stupidity, talent, skulduggery - Upton Park has seen it all. If supporting his club for fifty years has taught Brian Williams one thing it's that football fans defi nitely need a sense of humour - how else would they cope with the trials and tribulations that are part and parcel of cheering on their team? In this frank and funny take on the travails of a die-hard football supporter, Williams takes a nostalgic look back at some of the great players, great triumphs and great calamities that have marked West Ham's time at Upton Park, exploring the club's influence on its fans, the East End and football as a whole over the course of a lifetime.

A Fever Pitch for the Premier League generation, Nearly Reach the Sky is an anecdotal journey through the seminal goals, games, fouls and finals, told with all the comedy, tragedy and irrationality fans of any team will recognise. This is a witty, fond, passionate and poignant tribute to the end of an era at Upton Park, as well as a universal meditation on the perks and perils of football fandom.

“Whichever team you support, Nearly Reach the Sky is a smashing read, beautifully written even if it is about West Ham and I m a Sheffield United fan.” - David Marsh

“Brian Williams is a proper fan, and Nearly Reach the Sky is a proper fan’s book.” - The Guardian

“Part nostalgia trip, part love letter to a soon-to-be departed old friend, it’s an enjoyable account of modern fandom.” - FourFourTwo

“Brian Williams has got in ahead of the crowd, lovingly pouring over every detail of his life as a fan, and the Upton Park match day experience.” - Blowing Bubbles Magazine

A-Z & 1-ELEVEN OF WEST HAM UNITED - by Rob Mason

West Ham United is one of football s most revered institutions.

They are the club of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters England s World Cup winning heroes of 1966. They are also the club of Trevor Brooking, a footballing personality who embodies all that is good within the game.

The Official A-Z & 1-Eleven of the Hammers is not a guide to every famous player, manager, game or incident the club have ever had. Instead it pulls together a host of the many matches, players, managers and stories that have helped shape West Ham United into the truly wonderful football club it is today: a compelling and quirky collection of facts, figures and stories to engage with Irons fans both young and old.

FAREWELL TO UPTON PARK - by Andy Hooper & Lee Clayton

A stunning celebration of West Ham's beloved former ground, Farewell to Upton Park captures what it means to be a West Ham fan, and its evocative photographs are sure to chime with every Hammer.

Containing over 230 beautiful images of Upton Park, from the characters that made the ground great, to nostalgic scenes at the historic Boleyn Tavern and inside the stadium itself, this book is one to treasure for years to come.

Award-winning sports photographer Andy Hooper was given unprecedented access by the Club to bring together this incredible collection of photographs, and together they form a beautiful testament of what it meant to go to a game and be among the fans at this historic stadium.

ANY OLD IRON - by Graham Martin Johnson

Having been endorsed by Tony Cottee (Foreword), Alan Devonshire / Tony Gale (Preface) and playing a combined total of in excess of 1100 Hammers games between them: This 50 year journey takes in Upton Park Boleyn Ground/Stadium Atmosphere, Elation, Home and 'Away' Entertainment, Exhilaration and Woe, attach this to every emotion that you care to imagine and with numerous away travels, this book is also West Ham United and Football Informative.

Jimmy Greaves 1970 London to Mexico car rally and "That Bracelet" Bobby Moore four day house detention, Stoke City League Cup Epic Semi-Finals, No afternoon school Hereford FA Cup, ECWC Eintracht Frankfurt, Anderlecht and Dynamo Tblisi. Promotions-Relegations, Cup Wins-Losses. Hurst, Moore Testimonials, Brooking's last match, The Boys of '86, the Lock outs/Get ins and the Newcastle United St James' Park petrol bomb. "An off the street" supporter, these writings transparently written, give an insight to the author, and along with all that is said, his 'top flight' modern day football views and opinions come without notice.

"The words written in this book are how many of us West Ham fans would love to be able to put in writing. Not only is it a very interesting and enjoyable read, it also invokes so many of my own personal memories following the 'Irons', and this book is a must for any true West Ham Fan.” - Len Herbert, Secretary of the Boys of '86

UP THE HAMMERS! - The West Ham Battallion in The Great War - by Elliott Taylor and Barney Alston

Read the true story of the West Ham Battalion volunteers in the Great War. This is now the Third Edition (Nov 2015), updated to feature even more never-before-published full page photographs as well as newer information and personal anecdotes.

A century ago some of them were employed at the Thames Ironworks while many of them supported their local team with a flat cap passion. All the men came from within West Ham Utd’s traditional areas of support, from Stepney to Silvertown, Leyton to Limehouse, Barking to Bow and everywhere in between. A few of them were underage while many were actually overage but they all stood up in January 1915 and volunteered in the Hammers to defend the things they held dear. Not many of them came home.

Read this exciting story and share in their pride and sadness, the good times and bad – from basic training on Wanstead Flats and route marching along Green Street in 1915 as riots erupted around them, through to the deadly meat-grinder of the Somme in 1916 and finally their epic last stand at Cambrai in 1917 – the same year West Ham Utd were crowned Champions of the the Southern Combination League, ahead of Chelsea and Millwall.

It’s a story every West Ham supporter should know and goes a long way to explain the reasons behind the memorial plaque to the Hammers beside the club shop entrance. Over a decade of research has revealed long forgotten people and memories. It’s a story of local pride, the like of which will never come again. Through official documents, eye-witness accounts, diaries, newspaper reports and more than 60 never before published photographs of the West Ham Battalion you will discover the men, their private and collective battles and their ultimate fate.

FOUNDED ON IRON - by Brian Belton

The genesis of West Ham United Football Club is probably the most fascinating of any professional side. The team that would become the pride of East London and pioneers of the modern game first came into the world as Thames Ironworks.

Its players were the tough hammer-men who burnt and beat rivets into some of the greatest ships ever built, including the mightly Hams Warrior, a seagoing war-machine, which was, like the company that built it and its football club, ahead of its time.

This is a tale of how philanthropy, religious beliefs, Corinthian ethics, entrepreneurial enterprise and the enthusiasm of working people for a game made a sporting institution that would come to embody the culture and history of the Docklands.

BOBBY MOORE - By The Person Who Knew Him Best - by Tina Moore

THE STORY WHICH INSPIRED THE MAJOR ITV DRAMA TINA AND BOBBY.

Bobby Moore s untimely death in 1993, at the age of 51, had a profound impact on the people of this country. As the only English football captain ever to raise the World Cup, he was not just a football icon but a national one.

Yet Bobby was an intensely reserved, almost mysterious personality. Only one person was his true friend and confidante his boyhood sweetheart, Tina, whom he met at 17 and married soon after.

Tina Moore s story of her life with Bobby, the triumphs and crises of his football career, the break-up of their marriage and what happened afterwards, is a moving tribute to a national icon by the person who knew him better than anyone.

“He was my friend, as well as the greatest defender I ever played against.” - Pele

“Bobby Moore was a real gentleman.” - Franz Beckenbauer

GOODBYE TO BOLEYN - by Pete May

West Ham's final season at the Boleyn Ground was always going to be memorable. It featured a new manager in Slaven Bilic, the arrival of a French magician called Dimitri Payet and away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City - not to mention an unexpected tilt at the top four and an epic last game at the Boleyn against Man United.

But a new beginning is around the corner and, as he and his fellow Hammers prepare to swap the gritty East End streets of E13 for the shiny shopping centres of Stratford, lifelong supporter Pete May reflects on the special place the Boleyn Ground has occupied in the hearts of generations of Irons fans.

Whether it's the infamous chants of the Bobby Moore Stand, the pre-match fry-ups at Ken's Café or the joys of sticky carpets, rubbish ale and blokes singing on pool tables in the pubs around Upton Park, Pete's memories are sure to resonate with legions of the claret-and-blue army as they say farewell to the Boleyn and enter a new era at the London Stadium.

“Essex scribe and literary Hammer Pete May writes with humour and eloquence about the most turbulent year of change at the Boleyn since Ken's Café got a tub of Flora.” - Phill Jupitus

“Pete is a lifelong Hammer and it shows. Things change, but West Ham fans do not and this must-buy book for fans is the perfect example of that.” - Newham Recorder

HOME OF THE HAMMERS - by John Dillon

West Ham United's move to the new Olympic Stadium ended an 112-year stay at the Boleyn Ground. The spiritual home of some of football's greatest heroes: Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard were just a few who made their name there, and revelled in its close-knit east London atmosphere. With the club anthem 'Bubbles' ringing around the stands, the Boleyn Ground had a raw flavour of its own.

There were unforgettable afternoons fashioned by the club's two greatest managers, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall fabulous nights under the lights, as the tightly-packed confines of the ground made it the most intense of stadiums wonderful evenings competing against the best in Europe, such as beating Eintracht Frankfurt on a mud-heap of a pitch.

Now it is gone, but the magic, the fervour, the triumphs, the disappointments and the special brand of humour which flourished there is captured here in all its glory. With full access to The Times archives and stunning photographic collection, lifelong Hammers fan John Dillon has penned the definitive history of the Home of the Hammers.

Lavishly illustrated, highly evocative - a rollercoaster ride. Its real strength is the mixture of photographs and newspaper cuttings. Well written, a good value item.” - Programme Monthly

THE CLARET AND BLUE BOOK OF WEST HAM UNITED - by John Northcutt

West Ham United were formed in 1895 as the works team of the Thames Ironworks Shipbuilding Company. From those humble beginnings the club has developed into one of the most famous names in English football. Taking part in the first ever Cup Final played at Wembley in 1923, West Ham have won the famous trophy on three separate ocassions. In 1965 they won the European Cup Winners Cup with an all-English team and a year later provided three players to the England team which won the World Cup.

The Claret & Blue Book Of West Ham United features those memorable matches and the most-famous players to have worn the claret and blue as each decade produced a new Upton Park hero. From the 1920s there's Vic Watson scored an amazing 298 league goals he is the club's all time leading goalscorer. Read about Joe Cockroft, who arrived in 1933 and played in every match for four consecutive seasons. In more recent times Hammers heroes have included Bobby Moore, England s finest captain played in 108 internationals Billy Bonds, the Hammers skipper made a total of 793 appearances for the club and with the influx of several foreign talents the magnificent skills of Italian striker Paolo Di Canio delighted Hammers fans as the new millennium arrived.

Full of fascinating facts, and amazing annecdotes this book will delight West Ham supporters of any age. The book also boasts a unique reference section: including a definitive list including every West Ham first-team player and their complete appearance and goal record. You will find lists, tables, stats in amongst player biographies, match reports and other tales and trivia to read at your leisure.

The club has a special place in the heart of London's East End, and the football world in general and by reading this book you will realise just how much history has been created by the club that began life as Thames Ironworks in 1895.” - Tony Gale, Sky Sports

HOME FROM HOME - by Brian Williams

Before you say anything, let me be the first to admit that relocating from one football stadium to another to watch a bunch of highly paid young men kick a ball about is not the most serious crisis facing humankind in these worrying times. But it is a big issue for me. -- Brian Williams

West Ham United, the object of an irrational affection that has dominated the life of journalist and writer Brian Williams, has moved from its old home to what was the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. It is not a move he welcomed.

It's not just the football itself. The supporters have left behind all the match day rituals that go with the game. A pint in the Denmark Arms, a hot dog in Priory Road, an occasional trip to the wonderful Newham Bookshop. East Ham is a residential area, with all the amenities that go with it. The same cannot be said of the Olympic Park, which surrounds the new stadium. No pubs, no chippies and certainly no mobile phone shops like the one in the Barking Road Brian regularly walked past that proudly announced it also sold baby chickens. All of this has been replaced by a soulless stadium and corporate catering, with not a baby chicken to be had for love or money.

Williams charts the most momentous change in his club's history by comparing the last season at his beloved Boleyn Ground with the first at West Ham's new home. In doing so he delivers a passionate lament for a time when football was the people's game, not a cynical exercise in developing a customer base or building a marketable brand. A crie de coer that will ring true not just for battle scarred Hammers, but with fans of all clubs, great and small.

GOT, NOT GOT - The Lost World of West Ham United - by Derek Hammond & Gary Silke

Got, Not Got: The Lost World of West Ham United is an Aladdin's cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to the Boleyn's fondly remembered 'Golden Age' of mud and magic - as well as a Hammers-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds.

The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days - West Ham stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more - revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent claret and blue.

If you were a Junior Hammer, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks - Peters and Hurst, Best and Brooking, Bonds and Cottee - and the marvels of the Lost World of Football.

FLYING SO HIGH - West Ham’s Cup Finals - by Pete May

West Ham might not reach that many cup finals, but when they do it’s unforgettable, bringing telegenic white horses, six-goal thrillers, European glory, three FA Cups and Play-off Final victory. Lifelong fan Pete May relives ten classic finals when West Ham’s bubbles nearly reached the sky, covering the chants, banners, dodgy hairstyles, celebrations and press reaction. West Ham played in the first ever game at Wembley, the 1923 FA Cup Final against Bolton.

It saw a pitch invasion by 200,000 fans and brought celebrity to Billie the white horse. In 1964 the Hammers beat Preston 3-2 through Ron Boyce’s late winner and Bobby Moore ran round the pitch with a giant hammer. A year later I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles rang round Wembley as Ron Greenwood’s men conquered Europe, beating TSV Munich 1860 through Alan Sealey’s double in a tremendous display of attacking football. Alan Taylor, a former mechanic signed from Rochdale, was the star of 1975 FA Cup Final, scoring twice as West Ham defeated Fulham, captained by former Hammers’ legend Bobby Moore.

The following season they reached the Cup Winners' Cup Final, losing to Anderlecht. In the 1980 FA Cup Final Johnny Lyall’s claret and blue army were in the second division, but beat Arsenal through a rare Trevor Brooking header as Billy Bonds lifted the trophy for a second time. A year later West Ham took Liverpool to a replay in the 1981 League Cup Final, equalising at Wembley through Ray Stewart's dramatic last-minute penalty. When West Ham visited the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the 2006 FA Cup Final, it produced the most memorable final in recent history and a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat after a brilliant 3-3 draw.

The Hammers returned to Wembley in 2012 after an absence of 31 years as Ricardo Vaz Te’s late winner against Blackpool secured promotion in the Championship Play-off Final and resulted in Bobby Moore’s statue being adorned with a claret and blue scarf. Ten great finals that sum up what it means to be a West Ham supporter.


Klopp on finding solutions, Williams progress and West Ham analysis

Jürgen Klopp is ready to solve the latest challenge Liverpool face as they welcome West Ham United to Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds will be without Fabinho, who himself recently moved into central defence following the injury to Virgil van Dijk, when they take on the Hammers in the Premier League.

Academy graduate Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho during Tuesday night&rsquos 2-0 win over FC Midtjylland and is among the candidates to provide a solution for the boss in the backline this weekend.

At his pre-match press conference, Klopp discussed his approach to handling such circumstances, the role of Vitor Matos in Williams&rsquo elevation to the first team, and what he expects from David Moyes&rsquo side.

On whether he enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to problems&hellip

Maybe enjoying is not exactly the right word, but I realised long ago that life is a challenge and this is a challenge, 100 per cent. But, yes, in the moment &ndash how I understand life always &ndash if you overcame the first impression of the incident then it&rsquos all about solutions. Problems are only there to find solutions for. And yes, the solutions I&rsquom excited about them, that&rsquos true. I see the challenge in the situation, yes. I see there&rsquos an opportunity, yes. That&rsquos all true. But still we play football games every three days, so this will stay a challenge. But I&rsquom fine, we are fine, we deal with the situation and we will make the best of it, that&rsquos the plan.

On Williams&rsquo progress over the last few years and whether he is ready to make a Premier League debut on Saturday&hellip

I cannot say too much about his progress in the last few years, to be 100 per cent honest. But I can say a lot about his progress in the last few weeks or months since he was with us [the first team]. This is pretty exceptional, but he was already a really good kid when he arrived here. The situation was one of the benefits of having Vitor Matos in the coaching staff because he made us aware of him and said, &lsquoHe is really good, take him in training.&rsquo So that&rsquos what we did and he looked good. But we still have Billy [Koumetio] the kid and we have Nat Phillips as well, so these are the boys. Billy was not available for some reasons in the last 10 or 12 days but he&rsquos now back and they train all with us, they are all with us and now we have to make decisions.

On the difficulty of preparing tactical changes when there is less time on the training pitch this season&hellip

Yes, it&rsquos more difficult, how you can imagine. Nearly impossible but it&rsquos possible and that&rsquos why we try it and will carry on trying it &ndash maybe not exactly that system [used against Sheffield United last weekend] but other systems. We have to react always. My job is to use the squad in the best possible way and that&rsquos what I try to do obviously. For the Sheffield United game it meant we changed slightly, so that&rsquos obviously possible that we do similar things at the weekend. It depends massively who we have available and what would make sense against a specific opponent on the weekend. It&rsquos a challenge but that&rsquos how it is and we don&rsquot complain about it or whatever, it&rsquos just the situation. Yes, the less time you have available, the more difficult it is.

On Michail Antonio&rsquos availability for West Ham and the other threats the visitors will have at Anfield&hellip

Antonio obviously plays a sensational season so far, he&rsquos in a really good shape. If David [Moyes] would miss him or cannot use him, of course that doesn&rsquot help. It&rsquos like everybody when you have a player who plays usually all the time and you cannot use him, that doesn&rsquot help. But even when you maybe don&rsquot know him that good in England, but [Sebastien] Haller &ndash I know him from Germany and he played an incredible season or two seasons at Frankfurt and was an incredible striker. A different type but good footballer, quick enough as well, and physically, first of all, similarly strong, if not stronger, brilliant in the air and all these kind of things. He could be, but they have different options obviously because West Ham did some smart business in the last one-and-a-half years or so, and even boys who were longer there and were injured are now back. That all looks like it&rsquos now starting to click. David is doing a really good job and that&rsquos a proper fighting unit we will face. And one player less will not make it easier for us, not at all. It will be just a different challenge, not exactly the same maybe. Actually in the moment, I expect him to play if not, then we deal with a different situation.


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But The Sun claim the Hammers have no intention of the 22-year-old England star being part of any transfer conversations in the summer, and will not be bullied by their Premier League counterparts into selling their vice-captain.

The report adds Old Trafford chiefs have considered brokering an £80million package for Rice, with his current club and international team-mate Lingard used as a makeweight in that proposal.

The same outlet adds United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add the Chelsea academy product to the base of his midfield in his bid to make his side capable of challenging for next season's Premier League title.

Moyes has previously said that it would take 'Bank of England' money for a club to sign Rice.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be eyeing Rice as an ideal fit for the base of his midfield

But The Sun claim David Moyes and Hammers chiefs will not be bullied into selling him

Rice has put in some excellent performances for West Ham this season in their push to qualify for next season's Champions League, but will miss the next six weeks with a knee ligament injury.

The Sun also report West Ham may not have it all their own way when it comes to acquiring Lingard on a permanent basis, with London rivals Arsenal also interested.

They claim the Gunners enquired about the 28-year-old's availability prior to his loan move to east London, but add it was knocked back with United expecting Mikel Arteta's men to rival them for a Champions League spot.

The north London side could also meet Lingard's £110,000-a-week wages, while Serie A side Roma - who have former United centre-back Chris Smalling among their ranks - also hold an interest.

Lingard's form since joining the Hammers saw him recalled to the international squad in Gareth Southgate's most recent England squad, for the first time since the summer of 2019.

They also claim Mikel Arteta's Arsenal will rival the Hammers to sign 28-year-old Lingard


Chelsea FC Player Profile: Reg Williams

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Reg Williams made 74 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome AwayAtt
F.A. Cup5th Jan 1946Chelsea11Leicester City39,678
F.A. Cup10th Jan 1946Leicester City02Chelsea25,368
F.A. Cup26th Jan 1946Chelsea20West Ham United65,726
F.A. Cup30th Jan 1946West Ham United10Chelsea35,000
F.A. Cup9th Feb 1946Chelsea01Aston Villa65,307
F.A. Cup12th Feb 1946Aston Villa10Chelsea55,000
League31st Aug 1946Chelsea43Bolton Wanderers62,850
League4th Sep 1946Chelsea03Manchester United27,750
League9th Sep 1946Sheffield United22Chelsea41,545
League14th Sep 1946Chelsea30Leeds United56,484
League18th Sep 1946Manchester United11Chelsea30,275
League21st Sep 1946Grimsby Town21Chelsea21,932
League28th Sep 1946Chelsea22Charlton Athletic63,859
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1947Chelsea22Derby County49,484
League1st Mar 1947Arsenal12Chelsea52,606
League8th Mar 1947Chelsea14Blackpool30,365
League8th Sep 1948Charlton Athletic11Chelsea38,492
League18th Sep 1948Preston North End32Chelsea32,164
League25th Sep 1948Chelsea10Burnley53,193
League2nd Oct 1948Stoke City43Chelsea31,004
League30th Oct 1948Chelsea01Arsenal56,476
League6th Nov 1948Huddersfield Town34Chelsea18,693
League13th Nov 1948Chelsea11Manchester United62,542
League20th Nov 1948Sheffield United21Chelsea29,646
League1st Jan 1949Chelsea20Birmingham City28,850
F.A. Cup8th Jan 1949Bristol City13Chelsea36,454
League22nd Jan 1949Everton21Chelsea52,700
F.A. Cup29th Jan 1949Chelsea20Everton56,671
League5th Feb 1949Chelsea53Preston North End41,483
F.A. Cup12th Feb 1949West Bromwich Albion30Chelsea57,843
League19th Feb 1949Burnley30Chelsea28,754
League4th May 1949Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea19,084
League20th Aug 1949Birmingham City03Chelsea45,068
League24th Aug 1949Chelsea12Arsenal63,196
League27th Aug 1949Chelsea12Derby County59,038
League7th Sep 1949Chelsea31Sunderland40,061
League10th Sep 1949Chelsea11Manchester United61,357
League29th Oct 1949Wolverhampton Wanderers22Chelsea42,008
League5th Nov 1949Chelsea14Portsmouth31,650
League27th Dec 1949Liverpool22Chelsea58,757
F.A. Cup7th Jan 1950Brentford01Chelsea38,000
League4th Feb 1950Chelsea22Stoke City45,097
League18th Feb 1950Burnley12Chelsea23,446
League25th Feb 1950Manchester City11Chelsea32,824
F.A. Cup4th Mar 1950Chelsea20Manchester United70,362
League8th Mar 1950Chelsea13Charlton Athletic26,507
League11th Mar 1950Everton11Chelsea50,328
F.A. Cup18th Mar 1950Arsenal22Chelsea67,752
F.A. Cup22nd Mar 1950Arsenal10Chelsea66,482
League25th Mar 1950Portsmouth40Chelsea28,574
League1st Apr 1950Chelsea31Huddersfield Town32,064
League7th Apr 1950Chelsea11Bolton Wanderers52,985
League8th Apr 1950Aston Villa40Chelsea35,147
League15th Apr 1950Chelsea00Wolverhampton Wanderers30,254
League22nd Apr 1950Blackpool00Chelsea26,006
League29th Apr 1950Chelsea13Newcastle United24,677
League6th May 1950Sunderland41Chelsea21,567
League23rd Aug 1950Arsenal00Chelsea61,166
League13th Jan 1951Chelsea31Newcastle United43,840
League20th Jan 1951West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea30,985
F.A. Cup27th Jan 1951Exeter City11Chelsea20,000
F.A. Cup31st Jan 1951Chelsea20Exeter City46,134
League17th Feb 1951Everton30Chelsea33,005
League3rd Mar 1951Tottenham Hotspur21Chelsea59,449
League17th Mar 1951Sunderland11Chelsea24,270
League23rd Mar 1951Burnley21Chelsea22,266
League24th Mar 1951Chelsea23Charlton Athletic38,196
League31st Mar 1951Manchester United41Chelsea25,779
League7th Apr 1951Chelsea11Aston Villa28,569
League18th Apr 1951Huddersfield Town21Chelsea23,999
League21st Apr 1951Chelsea10Liverpool30,134
League28th Apr 1951Fulham12Chelsea24,897
League25th Aug 1951Chelsea13Liverpool44,055
League29th Aug 1951Arsenal21Chelsea48,768
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Games Won:21
Win Percentage:28.38%
Total Bookings:0
Times Sent Off:0

During his Chelsea career of 74 appearances, Reg Williams played alongside the following 45 players (number of appearances together in brackets)


Nearly Reach the Sky: A Farewell to Upton Park by Brian Williams – review

I remember the moment that determined my future. I was 10 years old, and standing around with a group of boys during break. My best friend said, “Come on, you’ve got to support a team. Just pick one.” “Um,” I replied, “I think I’ll go for West Ham.” And that was it.

There have been a few highs since then, a good deal of enjoyment and a great deal of anguish. But we are stuck. Football supporters are essentially monogamous: like the most hopeless submissive in a dysfunctional relationship, we find it impossible to break our initial bonds. I have lived most of my life as a neighbour of Arsenal, but while I have developed some sympathy for Arsène Wenger’s team, I could never be a fan, and rarely wish them well.

When I began supporting West Ham, the World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were in the team. Rushed as my choice was, I think it was based on my sense that this was a glamorous, stylish side that, on its day, could beat anybody. The frailty that caused the Irons to underachieve may have been part of the appeal. I seem to be drawn to such sportspeople. It’s a predilection that results in many disappointments.

Still, I am largely an armchair fan. Brian Williams is a proper fan, and Nearly Reach the Sky is a proper fan’s book. Williams has been following the Irons – the team began as Thames Ironworks in 1895, before rebranding itself as West Ham in 1900 – for 50 years (“how easy it is to be nutmegged by time,” he nicely reflects), making the fateful choice before the 1964 FA Cup Final, when West Ham beat Preston North End 3-2. It was a deceptive high point. Since then, he has endured, he writes with understandable exaggeration, a “lifetime of emotional pain and misery”.

Williams is not so obsessed as to fail to recognise the flaw in Bill Shankly’s often quoted remark about whether football is a matter of life or death (it’s “more important than that”, Shankly said). He acknowledges that, before his happy marriage, relationships tended to founder on his girlfriends’ inability to appreciate his devotion to an East London football club. Nevertheless, he appears not to appreciate that listening to a match during a wedding service would be frowned on in some circles. (“It takes a good deal of self-control to restrain yourself to a silent fist-pump when your team scores,” he confesses.)

Somewhat unsound on etiquette, Williams ticks every box in the fandom code. Nearly Reach the Sky may not be a book for those who are unaware of, say, what was controversial about the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, but for any football follower, it will strike a chord. There are the players you worship – in Williams’s case, they include Moore, Trevor Brooking, and above all Billy Bonds. There are the players you vilify: Williams picks a team consisting of the all-time worst players to have turned out for West Ham, boasting that “I reckon this lot would be certain to go down before the Christmas decorations even went up.” There are the managers you cannot forgive, particularly the “useless” Avram Grant. There are the rival teams that you cannot forgive: Williams has a long list of dislikes, among them Sheffield Utd and Leeds, based on their perceived slights to his own club. He also has a grudge against Father Christmas, who one year, despite a request that “couldn’t have been clearer”, gave him a Subbuteo team in Juventus’s black-and-white stripes rather than in West Ham’s claret and blue.

Among the many fans’ facts in the book are that West Ham was the last FA Cup-winning club to field an all-English team (1975), and the last club to win the Cup from the second tier of English football (in 1980). Three FA Cups in my lifetime, and a near miss (2006): many people’s teams never win anything. Was not Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch about a mostly miserable era supporting Arsenal, and John Crace’s Vertigo about the misery of supporting Tottenham Hotspur? I doubt, if I think about the possible alternatives, whether I could have made a happier choice, back in 1967. At the end of his book, we find Williams sitting in the Moore stand and enduring a dark afternoon of the soul. What has it all been for? There’s no answer that will satisfy a football sceptic. For the rest of us, this book offers an entertaining stab at it.


Parfitt-Williams & West Ham Still Unbeaten

Djair Parfitt-Williams and his West Ham United teammates continued their unbeaten start to the Barclays Under 18 Premier League season with a 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Satuday [Aug 30].

The official match report said, “The Hammers stormed into an early two-goal lead through Jordan Brown’s deflected shot and Emmanual Onariase’s header, before Joe Pritchard and Luke Amos levelled the score at 2-2 by half-time.

“Spurs then turned the game on it’s head by going ahead when Josh Onomah fired into the corner, but Brown netted his second of the game to grab a point for the home side.

“After a very even opening ten minutes, it was the Hammers that created the better attacking moves, with Djair Parfitt-Williams and Grady Diangana utilising the gaps in the Spurs midfield.

“After half-time, both sides came out determined to gain the upper hand on their opponents. It was Spurs that went closest to pushing themselves ahead on 52 minutes when Hammers goalkeeper Howes acrobatically tipped Pritchard’s header onto the crossbar.

“The visitors began to gain control of the match and grabbed their third goal on 65 minutes when Onomah was again allowed time and space on the edge of the box to rifle a low shot into the corner of the net.

“Just a minute later, however, West Ham pulled themselves level when Brown found space to dig a low shot past Voss, despite Kyle Walker-Peters’ best efforts to clear off the line.

“The draw keeps the Hammers unbeaten in the Southern Division this season after a win and two stalemates. West Ham’s next league fixture is on Saturday 13 September away at Chelsea.”


England U17s skipper enjoys winning senior Hammers debut

The centre-half made his senior bow for the Hammers as they defeated Andorran side FC Lusitans 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground, ensuring they take an hefty lead into the second leg of their Europa League First Round Qualifying tie next week.

Oxford, from Edmonton in north London, become the club's youngest-ever first-team player aged 16 years 198 days, beating Billy Williams's record from 1922 when he appeared aged 16 years 221 days.

The youngster, who helped the Young Lions reach the quarter finals of the European Championship in May and then notched a penalty in the shoot-out victory over Spain to seal England's place at the U17 World Cup in Chile, started the contest in midfield.

Perhaps understandably, Oxford looked a little nervous in the opening exchanges in front of a full house as he was caught in possession and gave away a free-kick. But it did not take long for him and his partner, Diego Poyet, another former Young Lions captain at U17 level, to settle.

Sakho headed West Ham into the lead on 40 minutes

With 12 minutes on the clock he was presented with his first opportunity. So often a threat from set pieces for the national side last term, he once again showed his aerial ability as he rose to meet Matt Jarvis&rsquos corner, but unfortunately for the Upton Park faithful, visiting goalkeeper Gerardo Rubio was able to jump and gather with both hands.

It proved to be an eventful opening to Oxford&rsquos senior career as he received his first caution midway through the half following a late tackle on Aguilar.

Another of England&rsquos young guns, Reece Burke, was in action for the Hammers on the left side of defence. The U19s international and his fellow Hammers were rarely troubled as the the hosts remained firmly in control without finding a breakthrough, Burke often finding himself and captain James Tomkins as a two-man backline with Oxford sat deep as a shield.

With new boss Slaven Bilic watching from the stands (academy manager Terry Westley was in charge of the team for the contest), and with everyone keen to impress, frustrations were starting to grow as half-time approached &ndash but the pressure was relieved courtesy of Diafra Sakho.

Slaven Bilic was introduced to the Boleyn faithful prior to kick-off

The Senegalese striker, who should have opened the scoring earlier when he headed over with the goal gaping, made no mistake on the 40-minute mark as he drove Mauro Zarate&rsquos cross into the top corner with his head to break the deadlock.

The forward, who notched 10 goals in 23 Premier League matches last season, grabbed his second moments later. Morgan Amalfitano showed neat skill to lose his man with a drop of the shoulder before pulling the ball across goal for Sakho to prod home to double the advantage.

West Ham&rsquos dominance continued into the second period and Oxford clearly fancied his chances of grabbing a debut goal &ndash and he came within inches of getting it. Ten minutes after the restart, he collected the ball around 30 yards from goal, looked up and unleashed a piledriver that went narrowly wide of the target.

Reece Burke almost added his name to the scoresheet late on

A third goal did arrive shortly after as Tomkins headed home on 58 minutes, leading to changes in personal for the Hammers as Oxford was dropped back into his more familiar role in the centre of defence.

Despite his assured display at the back, Burke will have been kicking himself that he failed to add his name to the scoresheet. He found himself free inside the Lusitans six-yard box as the ball bounced straight to him following an attempted clearance from a corner, but the 18-year-old headed straight at the keeper with just over 10 minutes remaining.

A fourth goal did not arrive, but what a night to remember for Oxford. Before kick-off he was presented with his match shirt by Bilic and Hammers' co-chairman David Gold, who told him to create his own legacy as a notable West Ham defender.

Westley was pleased with Oxford's debut, but acknowledged that improvements can be made.

He said: &ldquo[Oxford] looked the part but he still has some work to do. We&rsquoll need to go through the clips with him as he was a bit slow to move the ball.

&ldquoBut that&rsquos why we put him in midfield - because you have to move the ball quicker when you're in there, so there was method behind the madness, and that will help him when he moves back into defence."


A.W. Allen (Confectionery) - (AL2-19) Footballers

1925
(AL2-19) Footballers
A.W. Allen (Confectionery) Ltd.
Australia
54 cards (17 football)

A set of 54 footballers, though many of them are rugby players. I've seen reference to 26 footballers in this set, but I can only find 17. 11 were members of the Football Association team that toured Australia in 1925 and 6 were Australian internationals (**). The cards are multi-backed as can be seen above, no cards have more than one back.
The list is incomplete as I have been unable to find card no. 49 nor have I been able to identify A. O'Conner on card no. 21.
UPDATE (10-03-2016): Brian Jukes has kindly provided information about card nos. 14 and 49.

1. T.J. (Tom) Whittaker (Arsenal)
2. H. (Harry) Hardy (Stockport County)
3. J. (Jimmy) Walsh (Liverpool)
4. C. (Cecil) Poynton (Tottenham Hotspur)
5. L. (Len) Graham (Milwall - sic)
6. W.C. (William "Bill") Caesar (Dulwich Hamlet) - "Allen's Quality Kicks the Goals" back
7. F. (Frank) Burge (New South Wales Rugby League)
8. C.S. (Stan) Seymour (Newcastle United)
9. C.W.S. (Charlie) Spencer (Newcastle United)
10. H.G. (Bert) Batten (Plymouth Argyle) - "Allen's Quality Kicks the Goals" back
11. W. (Billy) Sage (Tottenham Hotspur)
12. J.E. (John Edward "Teddy") Davison (Sheffield Wednesday)
13. H. (Herman) Peters (New South Wales Rugby League)
14. H. (Harold) Horder (New South Wales Rugby League) - amended - thanks to Brian Jukes
15. T. McMahon (New South Wales Rugby League)
16. B. (Ben) Gronow (Great Britain Rugby League)
17. J. (Jim) Sigley (Queensland Rugby League)
18. N. (Norm) Potter (Queensland Rugby League)
19. Cec. Broadfoot (Queensland Rugby League)
20. V. (Vic) Armbruster (Queensland Rugby League)
21. A.W. (Alf) O'Connor (New South Wales Rugby League) - updated 28-11-2020 - thanks to Brian (see comments)
22. J. Bennett (Queensland Rugby League)
23. B. (Benny) Wearing (New South Wales Rugby League)
24. P. (Prece) Parcells (Queensland Rugby League)
25. H. (Henry) Waterhouse (New South Wales Rugby League)
26. T. (Tom) Gorman (Queensland Rugby League)
27. H. (Harold) Wagstaff (Great Britain Rugby League)
28. F. (Frank) McMillan (New South Wales Rugby League)
29. C. (Charles) Fraser (New South Wales Rugby League)
30. J.A. (Jim) Bacon (Great Britain Rugby League)
31. G. (George) Cartwright (Australia) **
32. F. (Fred) Gallen (Australia) **
33. C. (Cecil) Williams (Australia) ** - C. Williams on front, G. Williams on back
34. J. (James "Judy") Masters (Australia) **
35. W. (Bill) Maunder (Australia) **
36. H. Spurway (Australia) **
37. W. (Bill) Paten (Queensland Rugby League)
38. C. (Cecil) Aynsley (Queensland Rugby League)
39. D. (Duncan) Thompson (New South Wales Rugby League)
40. J. (Jim) Craig (New South Wales Rugby League)
41. J. (John) Hunt (Queensland Rugby League)
42. W. (William) Ives (New South Wales Rugby League)
43. R. (Reg) Latta (New South Wales Rugby League)
44. John Purcell (Queensland Rugby League)
45. Dally Messenger (New South Wales Rugby League)
46. J. (Jonty) Parkin (Great Britain Rugby League)
47. C. (Cecil Rhodes) Blinkhorn (New South Wales Rugby League)
48. James Purcell (Queensland Rugby League)
49. D. (Cecil) Seddon (New South Wales Rugby League) - added - thanks to Brian Jukes
50. Jim Sullivan (Great Britain Rugby League)
51. Eric Frauenfelder (Queensland Rugby League)
52. W. (Bill) Spencer (Queensland Rugby League)
53. A. (Alf) Blair (New South Wales Rugby League)
54. F. (Frank) Gallagher (Great Britain Rugby League)

** Played for Australia v Canada in the fifth and final test match at Adelaide on 12 July, 1924


West Ham United: Five memorable matches

We look back at five memorable matches.

Ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash between Leeds and West Ham, we look back at five memorable matches between the two sides.

Saturday 3rd November 1973- Leeds United 4-1 West Ham United

Leeds United defeated West Ham emphatically at Elland Road, on route to becoming champions of England for the second time. Mick Bates gave Leeds the lead, finding the bottom corner when the ball popped up to him in the Hammers box. Mick Jones played a lovely one-two with Peter Lorimer to double the lead, before Jones netted a lovely second after the break, lobbing Mervyn Day after latching onto a long ball forward. A fabulous team goal by Leeds wrapped up the win, with Allan Clarke heading home. Ted MacDougall scored what proved to be West Ham’s consolation goal and a dressing room bust up with team-mate Billy Bonds after the match saw him ultimately transferred to Norwich City.

Saturday 17th March, 1990- Leeds United 3-2 West Ham United

A promotion winning season for Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds side, saw a masterclass from the goalscoring Lee Chapman in this fixture. Heading towards the end of the campaign, the Whites needed to keep off the challenge from Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United and did so with this victory. The influence of Gordon Strachan was massive, as he played a key role in allowing Chapman to score a first half double by assisting both. The match was to change within five minutes after half-time though, as a quick goal from Trevor Morley meant the gap was reduced. The tricky Scot wasn’t to see his hard work undone though and he netted the third goal to restore the two goal advantage. Chapman did get on the scoresheet again, but this time at the wrong end with an unfortunate own goal 20 minutes from time. The Whites held on though and continued to lead the way in the division.

Saturday 1st May, 1999- West Ham United 1-5 Leeds United

The Whites dismantled the Hammers at Upton Park, looking to finish their remaining matches of the season on a high. They did just that! It had taken less than a minute for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to open the scoring, finding himself in space to smash home the opener. Then the relative chaos began, with striker Ian Wright being sent off in the 13th minute for two yellow cards. On the stroke of half-time, Alan Smith added a second and sent his side in at the whistle with two goals and a one man advantage. Paulo Di Canio pulled one back just after the restart, but Ian Harte’s penalty restored the two-goal lead after Shaka Hislop became the second Hammer sent off. When Lee Bowyer and Alf Inge Haaland scored within a minute of each other, the 5-1 score was unassailable. However, the drama wasn’t over as Steve Lomas made it a hat-trick of red cards for the hosts, receiving his marching orders with four minutes to go.

Tuesday 1st January, 2002- Leeds United 3-0 West Ham United

On their way to a fifth placed Premier League finish in the 2001/02 season, a crowd close to 40,000 saw Leeds all-but secure victory inside the opening 10 minutes. Mark Viduka volleyed home past David James after just three minutes, finishing from an Alan Smith cross. Just four minutes later, Viduka would get his and the Whites’ second. Danny Mills intercepted a loose pass on the halfway line and picked out Viduka, who again made no mistake, this time heading home past James. After a quick start to the first half, David O’Leary’s side did the exact same at the beginning of the second, with Robbie Fowler making it 3-0 just five minutes after the restart. There was little response from the visitors after this and the points were secure.

26th February, 2005- Leeds United 2-1 West Ham United

The last victory for either side in this fixture was in 2005, with the Whites taking all three points in a 2-1 win during a season in which both teams competed in the Championship. Rob Hulse put Leeds ahead in front of the 34,000 strong crowd at Elland Road following a well delivered Aaron Lennon cross. The visitors drew level with 20 minutes remaining, when Gavin Williams volleyed into the back of the net. With just four minutes left on the clock, Shaun Derry would get Kevin Blackwell’s side all three points by finishing his chance neatly after David Healy’s clever header.


Billy Williams : West Ham United - History

Due to the latest Government Covid19 guidelines we are now able to reopen our shop in Great Yarmouth on Monday 12th April. We look forward to seeing you all again.

Due to the latest Government Covid19 guidelines our shop in Great Yarmouth has to close again until further notice. We are still operating online via this website but only to UK addresses. We thank you for your continued support in these challenging times.

2nd December 2020

We are pleased to confirm that the shop has now been allowed to reopen following the government guide lines. We looking forward to seeing you.

Due to the latest Government Covid19 guidelines our shop in Great Yarmouth has to close on 5th November until at least 2nd December. We are still operating online via this website but only to UK addresses. We thank you for your continued support in these challenging times

Now in stock from recent signings Denis Law, Phil Neville and Wes Brown (Manchester United)

We are pleased to confirm that the shop will reopen on 15th June following the government guide lines. We looking forward to seeing you.


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic our shop in Great Yarmouth is closed until further notice. We are still operating online via this website but only to UK addresses.

1st March 2020

Now in stock from a private signing at the end of February - Ray Graydon (Aston Villa)


Now in stock from recent private signings - Johnny Giles (Leeds Utd). Pat Crerand, John Aston & David Sadler (Manchester Utd).

29th June 2019

Now in stock from signings at the recent Collectormania show at the NEC Birmingham - Alastair Cook & Curtly Ambrose (Cricket), Barry McGuigan, John Conteh & John H Stracey (Boxing), Norman Hunter & Paul Reaney (Leeds Utd), John Hartson (Celtic & Arsenal), Frank McAvennie (West Ham United), Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Gary Mabbutt & Ray Clemence (Tottenham)

Now in stock from signings that took place during January - Lou Macari (Celtic & Manchester Utd), John Lukic (Arsenal & Leeds Utd) & Sammy McIlroy (Manchester Utd & Northern Ireland).

There are a number of signings taking place this month and we will be having items signed by - Billy Bonds (West Ham Utd), Gary McAllister (Leeds Utd), Gordon Strachan (Leeds Utd), Chris Whyte (Leeds Utd), Rod Wallace (Rangers), Mark Hateley (Coventry City & Rangers), Jimmy Nicholl (Manchester Utd), David Hay (Celtic) & George Connelly (Celtic). These should be available early March,

Now in stock from latest signings during November include Mel Sterland, Tony Dorigo, Steve Hodge (all Leeds Utd), Ian Ross (Aston Villa) and Colin Hendry (Blackburn & Rangers)

Signings taking place during October include Willie Wallace (Celtic), Willie Johnston (Rangers), Alan Rough (Partick), Pat Stanton (Hibs), Alex Cropley (Aston Villa) and Geoff Hurst (West Ham United).

A number of new items including signed photos, football shirts and boxing gloves are being added following signings at Collectormania which was held at the NEC Birmingham. Sports personalities including Phil Taylor, Carl Fogarty, Nigel Benn, Frank Bruno, Steve Collins, Daniel Dubois, Geoff Hurst, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Phil Parkes, Trevor Francis, John Barnes, Jan Molby, Kevin Keegan, Michael Owen, Bob Wilson, Peter Marinello, Jon Sammels all signed items for us.

Signings that are taking place at the beginning of May are Bobby Lennox (Celtic), Hugh Curran (Norwich City), Ray Crawford (Colchester Utd & Ipswich Town) & Mick Channon (Norwich City),

Items will soon be added from recent signings with Graham Williams (West Bromwich Albion), John Barnwell (Arsenal), Ted Farmer (Wolves), Alex Elder (Burnley) and Brendon Batson (West Bromwich Albion)

29th September 2017

Items will soon be added from recent signings by Denis Law (Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Huddersfield Town & Scotland), Ian Ure (Arsenal & Manchester Utd), Bobby Lennox (Celtic), Danny McGrain (Celtic) & Jim McCalliog (Southampton)

New items that will soon be added from private signings which took place during December 2016 & January/February 2017 include Paul Mariner (Ipswich), Asa Hartford (West Brom), Roy McFarland, Kevin Hector, Henry Newton, Archie Gemmill (all Derby County), David Nish (Leicester City), Jimmy Rimmer & Frank Carrodus (Aston Villa), Malcolm MacDonald (Arsenal & Newcastle Utd), John Tudor (Newcastle Utd & Sheffield Utd), Eddie Kelly (Arsenal), Tony Book (Manchester City), Derek Temple, Mike Trebilcock & Tony Kay (Everton).

Latest additions include Ted MacDougall West Ham United & Norwich City, Colin Bell, Francis Lee Manchester City, Larry Lloyd Nottingham Forest & Liverpool, Tony Woodcock Nottingham Forest, Frank Stapleton Arsenal all from signings that took place during October 2016

6th August 2016

We are sad to say that in the early hours of Friday 5th August our shop along with others in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth was destroyed by a major fire. All stock within the shop was lost but thankfully no one was hurt.

We are currently only able to sell via the website which has been adjusted with the removal of lost items. Stock levels are currently low but will be increased over the coming weeks


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