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George Hilsdon: West Ham United

George Hilsdon: West Ham United


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George Hilsdon nasceu na Donald Street em Bromley-by-Bow em 10 de agosto de 1885. Quando menino, foi para a Marner Street School com Billy Bridgeman. Em 1897, a família Hilsdon mudou-se para East Ham e ele estudou na Plashet Lane School. Jogador de futebol talentoso, foi nomeado capitão da equipa da escola.

Hilsdon jogou no meio-campo dos East Ham Boys no Corinthian Shield, a competição inter-distrital apresentada pela London Schools 'Football Association. O South Essex Mail relatou que: "George Hilsdon, o craque zagueiro de Plashet, é um dos melhores rapazes na competição do Corinthian. Ele fez um trabalho esplêndido para a equipe do East Ham, que lidera de maneira admirável. . Ele opõe-se sem medo e acerta com precisão seus atacantes. George tem grande predileção por arremessos instantâneos e marcou em todas as partidas do Corinthian. "

Como Colm Kerrigan, o autor de Gatling Gun George Hilsdon (1997) observou: "Nada se sabe sobre George Hilsdon nos três anos e meio entre deixar a escola em algum momento durante 1900 e sua primeira aparição conhecida no futebol local por volta do início de 1904." Naquele ano, ele se juntou ao time de futebol Boleyn Castle. Logo depois, ele foi flagrado jogando uma partida da Liga de Domingo por Syd King. O jovem de 18 anos assinou contrato com o West Ham United em novembro de 1904.

Hilsdon marcou em seu primeiro jogo pelo clube em 11 de fevereiro de 1905. Ele se juntou a um time que incluía Charlie Simmons, Herbert Bamlett, William McCartney, Jack Flynn, John Russell, Jack Fletcher, Billy Bridgeman, Christopher Carrick, George Hilsdon, Matt Kingsley , David Gardner, Len Jarvis e Tommy Allison.

Hilsdon também marcou um hat-trick em um jogo da Liga Ocidental contra o Bristol Rovers. O East End News noticiou: "A partida foi um grande triunfo para o novo centroavante do West Ham, que foi responsável por três de meia dúzia de gols, e vencer um goleiro como Cartlidge três vezes em uma partida é uma conquista mais antiga mão do que Hilsdon pode se orgulhar. Com um pouco mais de experiência, ele sem dúvida se desenvolverá em um jogador realmente de primeira classe. "

Em 17 de abril de 1905, Hilsdon se machucou em um jogo contra o Fulham. Ele não pôde jogar pelo resto da temporada. No entanto, seu recorde de quatro gols em sete jogos, foi um excelente início de sua carreira no futebol.

Hilsdon não estava na equipe titular no início da temporada 1905-06. No entanto, após três derrotas consecutivas, Hilsdon teve sua chance contra o Brentford em 30 de setembro de 1905. Embora não tenha marcado, Hilsdon ajudou o West Ham United a vencer por 2-0. Ele também jogou no jogo seguinte contra o Norwich City, mas a recorrência da lesão da temporada anterior o deixou fora do time pelas próximas seis semanas.

Hilsdon voltou à primeira equipe no jogo contra o Fulham em 25 de novembro. Ele manteve seu lugar e marcou nos próximos dois jogos contra Queen's Park Rangers e Bristol Rovers. No entanto, depois de apenas mais um jogo, ele foi substituído pelo novo contratado Harry Stapley. Ele também enfrentou forte concorrência de Billy Bridgeman e Billy Grassam. Hilsdon foi trazido de volta para o time principal em 14 de abril de 1906 e novamente ele marcou um gol e no final da temporada ele havia acertado a rede três vezes em nove jogos.

Em junho de 1906, John Tait Robertson persuadiu Syd King a deixar Hilsdon ingressar no Chelsea em uma transferência gratuita. Colm Kerrigan, o autor de Gatling Gun George Hilsdon (1997) argumentou que: "É difícil entender por que o astuto Syd King estava disposto a deixá-lo ir em uma transferência gratuita. Talvez ele tenha se desesperado com a possibilidade de George conseguir superar sua lesão. Ou talvez, com Stapley indo tão bem como centroavante e com cobertura competente disponível na forma de Bridgeman e do recém-retornado Billy Grassam, ele pode não ter visto nenhum lugar para ele em seus planos futuros de equipe. "

O Chelsea estava na época na Segunda Divisão da Liga de Futebol. Eles também tiveram um grande número de seguidores e no jogo contra o Manchester United na temporada anterior, o clube atraiu mais de 60.000 espectadores a Stamford Bridge, o maior jogo de todos os tempos para uma liga. Também havia planos para fornecer mais espaço naquela temporada para mais 20.000 espectadores.

Hilsdon jogou pelo seu novo clube pela primeira vez contra o Glossop em 1 de setembro de 1906. O Fulham Observer descreveu como "uma estreia sensacional" com Hilsdon marcou cinco gols na vitória do Chelsea por 9-2. Hilsdon era agora um homem marcado e o jornal local noticiou que em um jogo contra o Fulham Hilsdon "recebeu uma carga terrível após cerca de dez minutos e, durante o resto do jogo, vagou, uma sombra do que era antes. No vestiário do na metade do tempo ele estava se contorcendo e se contorcendo de dor. "

Colm Kerrigan argumenta em Gatling Gun George Hilsdon que Hilsdon constantemente recebeu tratamento duro naquela temporada. O Fulham Observer informou que em um jogo contra o Nottingham Forest Hilsdon "achou difícil fazer qualquer coisa, já que a bola veio diretamente em sua direção, três adversários estavam em seu caminho".

Em 1906, George Hilsdon casou-se com Katherine Kelly, filha de imigrantes irlandeses que viviam em Whitechapel. O casal foi morar em Fulham Palace Road. Um filho, também chamado George, nasceu um ano depois. Mais tarde, ele teve uma filha Kathleen.

Hilsdon tem uma reputação de atirar rápido e forte. O West London Press descreveu um gol que ele marcou contra o Leicester City na liga: "Hilsdon fez um movimento lateral desconcertante que apenas por um segundo ou mais confundiu os dois jogadores do Leicester ao seu redor, mas naquele breve espaço Hilsdon passou a bola além do Lewis surpreendente. Foi um chute sem o menor elemento de especulação. Foi um gol de Hilsdon. "

Em novembro de 1906, o programa do clube incluiu um retrato de Hilsdon intitulado "Gatling-Gun George". O artigo que acompanhou apontou que o apelido derivou de seus tiros "que são simplesmente imparáveis ​​e que viajam como tiros de uma arma".

George Hilsdon marcou seu 27 gol da temporada na vitória de 4 a 1 do Chelsea sobre o Gainsborough Trinity em Stamford Bridge. Esta vitória garantiu a promoção do Chelsea à Primeira Divisão. S. B. Ashworth, escrevendo no Correio diário, previu que Hilsdon seria em breve selecionado para a seleção da Inglaterra: "Ele comanda a bola maravilhosamente, tem uma boa concepção das funções de um centro e, acima de tudo, é um chute mortal."

Hilsdon manteve-se em boa forma na temporada seguinte. Ele criou outro recorde para o clube ao marcar seis gols na eliminatória da FA Cup contra o Worksop Town. Os 25 gols de Hilsdon na liga naquela temporada o colocaram em segundo lugar, com Sandy Turnbull do Manchester United e Enoch West do Nottingham Forest. No entanto, o Chelsea lutou na Primeira Divisão e apenas evitou o rebaixamento.

Hilsdon conquistou sua primeira internacionalização pela Inglaterra contra a Irlanda em 15 de fevereiro de 1907. A equipe naquele dia incluía Joe Bache, Tim Coleman, Bob Crompton, Sam Hardy e William Wedlock. Hilsdon não conseguiu marcar na vitória por 1-0 e foi retirado da equipe. Colm Kerrigan argumenta que "George teve um jogo ruim, prejudicado por uma lesão no pé. Corria o boato de que foi devido a uma tentativa deliberada dos irlandeses de colocá-lo fora do jogo". No entanto, Hilsdon mais tarde afirmou que havia contrariado os músculos de seu pé ao chutar para o gol.

Hilsdon começou a temporada 1907-08 em boa forma, marcando em casa contra o Bury. O Fulham Observer relatou: "Foi apropriado que Hilsdon marcasse o primeiro gol em Stamford Bridge para o crédito do Chelsea, e que chute magnífico foi aquele que acertou o canto superior da rede." Na semana seguinte, ele marcou um grande gol contra o Sheffield United. O mesmo jornal noticiou que Hilsdon deu à multidão "um de seus brilhantes arrancos pela defesa e um gol consequente".

Hilsdon foi selecionado para o teste para a equipe da Inglaterra em março de 1908. O Athletic News ficou impressionado com a forma como Hilsdon e Vivian Woodward jogaram juntos na equipe do Sul que empatou 4-4 com o Norte. O jornal comentou que esta "combinação excelente permitiu a George Hilsdon marcar todos os quatro gols." Ele foi escolhido para jogar contra a Irlanda e marcou dois gols na vitória da Inglaterra por 3-1. Isso foi seguido por uma martelada de 7-1 no País de Gales. Mais uma vez Hilsdon marcou dois gols.

Em 6 de junho de 1908, Hilsdon marcou mais dois gols na vitória da Inglaterra por 6-1 sobre a Áustria. Seguiram-se quatro golos contra a Hungria (7-1) e dois contra a Boémia (4-0). Ele já tinha marcado 12 gols em 7 partidas internacionais. O Fulham Observer relatou que Hilsdon era "agora o maior avançado-centro reconhecido da Inglaterra e adquiriu uma precisão de pontaria provavelmente inigualável por qualquer grande jogador da atualidade".

Hilsdon jogou contra a Irlanda em 13 de abril de 1909. Apesar de ter marcado dois gols, ele foi criticado pelo Athletic News por ser "muito deficiente em letalidade perto do gol". Alguns jornalistas afirmaram que Bert Freeman merecia substituir Hilsdon na seleção inglesa. Os selecionadores concordaram e ele foi retirado da seleção da Inglaterra contra o País de Gales. Hilsdon, que marcou 14 gols em 8 jogos internacionais, nunca mais jogaria pelo seu país.

Em 20 de novembro de 1909, Vivian Woodward, ex-colega internacional de Hilsdon, foi transferida para o Chelsea. Naquela temporada, Hilsdon não foi tão prolífico e o Chelsea acabou sendo rebaixado da Primeira Divisão.

Jornalistas de futebol começaram a se voltar contra Hilsdon. O Fulham Observer relatou após um jogo: "Hilsdon fez muito pouco como avançado-centro, com excepção de um golo que marcou. Talvez não consiga se concentrar no jogo." Reg Groves afirmou: "Ele se tornou muito sociável, muito descuidado com sua força e vitalidade". Correram rumores de que Hilsdon tinha um sério problema com bebida e ele foi retirado do time principal.

Depois de marcar 107 gols em 164 jogos pelo Chelsea, ele foi autorizado a retornar ao West Ham United em junho de 1912. O Fulham Observer relatou: "Em circunstâncias normais, eles (o Chelsea) provavelmente gostariam de quase quatro dígitos antes de consentir que o internacional fosse para outro lugar, mas por mais estranho que possa parecer, o Chelsea adquiriu Hilsdon do West Ham sem qualquer taxa, com a estipulação de que se ele fosse transferido para outro clube, uma proporção da taxa de transferência deveria ir para o West Ham ... Durante as duas últimas temporadas ele declinou na forma ... ele provavelmente será mais feliz no West Ham. "

O East Ham Echo relatou que, durante seu primeiro jogo em casa, Hilsdon "teve que enfrentar algumas observações muito pouco elogiosas de parte da arquibancada". Hilsdon jogou na esquerda, com Fred Harrison no centro -avante e Danny Shea na direita. A combinação funcionou bem juntos. Como o East Ham Echo apontou: "Bom como Shea sempre foi, ele está 20 por cento melhor desde a introdução de Hilsdon."

Em 15 de fevereiro de 1913, o West Ham United jogou contra o Southampton. O East Ham Echo relatou que: "Hilsdon foi mais uma vez o mestre do ataque, e seria difícil estimar sua participação na colocação dos Hammers em quinto lugar na tabela da Liga Sul nesta temporada contra o décimo segundo no mesmo período do ano passado . "

O West Ham terminou a temporada 1912-13 em terceiro lugar na Liga sul. George Hilsdon acabou como o artilheiro com 17 gols em 36 jogos da copa e da liga. Albert Denyer também se saiu bem com 12 em 33 jogos. No entanto, eles claramente perderam os gols de Danny Shea na segunda metade da temporada.

Hilsdon marcou um gol contra o Millwall na abertura da temporada 1913-14. Richard Leafe foi trazido para a equipe para o jogo seguinte contra o Swindon Town e marcou os dois gols na derrota por 3-2. Leafe passou a marcar em seus próximos três jogos.

Em 22 de novembro de 1913, Syd Puddefoot, um rapaz local, foi trazido para a equipe contra Gillingham. O West Ham venceu por 3-1 e Puddefoot marcou um dos gols. Como John Northcutt e Roy Shoesmith apontam em seu livro, West Ham United: uma história ilustrada (1994): "O jovem de 19 anos Syd Puddefoot chegou e encontrou a rede em 13 ocasiões nos seus primeiros 11 jogos." A forma de Puddefoot resultou na eliminação de Hilsdon da equipe.

Dan Bailey também estava em boa forma e Hilsdon saiu do time principal. Lesões em Richard Leafe e Syd Puddefoot trouxeram-no de volta à equipe e ele marcou dois gols contra o Millwall em 14 de abril de 1914. O East Ham Echo relatou que Hilsdon marcou "com um daqueles chutes incríveis pelos quais é famoso, mas que temos visto muito poucos ultimamente. "

O West Ham United terminou em 6º lugar na temporada 1913-14. Richard Leafe foi o artilheiro com 21 gols. Syd Puddefoot ficou em segundo lugar na lista, com 16 em 20 jogos da copa e da liga. Hilsdon marcou apenas 6 gols em 17 jogos.

Apesar da eclosão da Primeira Guerra Mundial, a Football League decidiu permitir que a temporada 1914-15 continuasse. O West Ham tinha grandes esperanças de vencer a Liga Sul pela primeira vez. Em Syd Puddefoot eles tiveram o jovem artilheiro mais promissor do país.

O West Ham venceu seis de seus primeiros 12 jogos. Syd Puddefoot marcou nove gols nesses 12 jogos. George Hilsdon e Richard Leafe também estavam em boa forma e conseguiram 7 entre eles. Mais uma vez, o West Ham estava lutando pelo título da Southern League.

Em outubro de 1914, o Secretário de Estado, Lord Kitchener, fez um apelo a voluntários para substituir os mortos nas primeiras batalhas da guerra. Em 12 de dezembro, William Joynson Hicks fundou o 17º Batalhão de Serviço (Futebol) do Regimento Middlesex. Isso ficou conhecido como Batalhão de Futebol. Vários jogadores de futebol de ponta se juntaram a este batalhão. Isso incluiu Frank Buckley, Walter Tull, Vivian Woodward e Evelyn Lintott. Buckley, um ex-soldado, tornou-se comandante do batalhão.

A Federação de Futebol apelou a todos os jogadores de futebol profissionais que não eram casados ​​que se juntassem às forças armadas. Alguns jornais sugeriram que aqueles que não aderiram estavam "contribuindo para a vitória alemã". O Athletic News respondeu com raiva: “Toda a agitação não é nada menos do que uma tentativa das classes dominantes de interromper a recreação em um dia da semana das massas ... O que eles ligam para o esporte do pobre? Os pobres estão dando suas vidas por este país aos milhares. Em muitos casos, eles não têm mais nada ... Estes deveriam, de acordo com um pequeno grupo de esnobes virulentos, ser privados da única distração que eles tiveram por mais de trinta anos. "

Frederick Charrington, filho do rico cervejeiro que fundou a Missão Tower Hamlets, atacou os jogadores do West Ham por serem efeminados e covardes por serem pagos para jogar futebol enquanto outros lutavam na Frente Ocidental.

Os jogadores do West Ham responderam a este apelo para ingressar nas forças armadas. Jack Tresadern juntou-se à Royal Garrison Artillery. Três membros do Comitê de Recrutamento Parlamentar visitaram Upton Park e fizeram um apelo por voluntários durante o intervalo. Joe Webster, o goleiro do West Ham United, foi um dos que ingressou no Batalhão de Futebol como resultado desse apelo. Hilsdon continuou jogando na equipe e marcou 5 em 20 jogos na temporada 1914-15.

O comparecimento aos jogos da liga caiu drasticamente durante a segunda metade da temporada por causa do impacto da Primeira Guerra Mundial. Foi decidido que a Liga Sul não atuaria na temporada 1915-16. Como os jogadores de futebol só tinham contratos para jogar uma temporada de cada vez, eles estavam desempregados. Estima-se que cerca de 2.000 dos 5.000 jogadores profissionais de futebol da Grã-Bretanha ingressaram nas Forças Armadas. Isso incluiu George Hilsdon, que se juntou ao Regimento de East Surrey. Ele serviu na Frente Ocidental, teve que suportar um ataque de gás mostarda em Arras em 1917. Isso danificou gravemente seus pulmões e, embora ele tenha jogado brevemente para Chatham Town após a guerra. Ele marcou 14 gols em seis jogos em 1919, mas acabou sendo forçado a se retirar do jogo.

Em 1924, Hilsdon se juntou a Fred Karno's Troup, um show popular de vaudeville. Um método de divulgar a empresa durante as viagens pelo país era organizar uma partida de futebol beneficente entre o elenco do show e alguma organização local.

De acordo com Colm Kerrigan, o autor de Gatling Gun George Hilsdon (1997) argumentou: "Anos de sucesso não diminuíram seu espírito de sobrevivência no East End, e ele conseguiu sobreviver de várias maneiras, todas elas, até onde se sabe, do lado certo da lei - mas às vezes apenas de forma justa. Uma de suas escapadas, durante um período sombrio, foi percorrer vários pubs do East End, rifando caixas de chocolates, mas fazendo com que o prêmio fosse ganho em todas as ocasiões por sua esposa. "

George Hilsdon morreu em Leicester em 10 de setembro de 1941. Apenas quatro pessoas compareceram ao funeral (filho, filha, genro e neto). O funeral foi pago pela Associação de Futebol.


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Ele foi contratado como atacante do West Ham United em 1906, mas o técnico John Tait Robertson estava certo de que Hilsdon tinha potencial para jogar como atacante. Ele estava certo.

George teve um início espetacular em sua carreira no Chelsea, marcando cinco vezes em sua estréia, uma vitória por 9-2 sobre o Glossop North End. Foi uma performance que lhe rendeu o apelido de 'Gatling Gun'. Em sua primeira temporada ele marcou 27 gols e ajudou o clube a nossa primeira promoção.

George foi quase tão prolífico na temporada seguinte, marcando 26 gols na liga e adicionando seis em um jogo, uma vitória da FA Cup sobre Worksop Town. Seis gols em um jogo de um jogador continuam sendo um recorde do clube. Depois de três anos, ele marcou 86 gols em 106 partidas. A essa altura, ele era um internacional da Inglaterra e marcou 14 vezes em seus oito jogos internacionais, incluindo oito na primeira turnê internacional da Inglaterra.

Depois disso, porém, a carreira de George no Chelsea foi marcada por lesões e alcoolismo, embora seu total final de 108 gols o tenha classificado em nono na lista de todos os tempos do clube. Três anos depois, em 1912, ele foi autorizado a voltar ao West Ham United, onde sua carreira foi encerrada com a eclosão da Primeira Guerra Mundial.

Hilsdon é imortalizado em Stamford Bridge pelo cata-vento que é uma característica do solo.

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George Hilsdon

George Richard „Gatling Gun” Hilsdon (ur. 10 sierpnia 1885 w Wielkim Londynie, zm. 10 września 1941 w Leicester) - angielski piłkarz grający niegdyś na pozycji napastnika. Nosił przydomek Metralhadora z powodu zdolności do częstego zdobywania bramek. Jego brat, Jack Hilsdon, w ówczesnych czasach również był piłkarzem i występował w West Ham United.

Hilsdon do Chelsea trafił w 1906 roku z West Ham United w którego barwach rozegrał w lidze 16 meczów i strzelił siedem goli. W swoim debiucie w drużynie Os Azuis zdobył pięć bramek w wygranym 9: 2 spotkaniu z Glossop North End. 11 stycznia 1908 roku sześciokrotnie trafiał do siatki Worksop Town F.C. w spotkaniu Pucharu Anglii. Ten wynik jest niepobitym do dziś rekordem Chelsea, jeśli chodzi o gole strzelone w jednym meczu. W jednym z programów meczowych został opisany jako „żywy dowód na to, że nie trzeba się urodzić na północ od rzeki Tweed aby stać się wspaniałym piłkarzem”.

W swoim pierwszym sezonie spędzonym na Stamford Bridge Hilsdon strzelił 27 goli czym w znacznym stopniu przyczynił się do pierwszego w historii awansu Chelsea do First Division. W przeciągu następnych trzech lat zaliczył 75 trafień w 99 spotkaniach. Jego późniejsza kariera w Os Azuis była hamowana przez częste kontuzje oraz życiowe problemy (walka z alkoholizmem), jednakże w sezonie 1910/11 zdołał strzelić 19 goli. Hilsdon został pierwszym graczem Os aposentados który zdobył ponad 100 bramek, zaś występy w Chelsea zakończył ze 107 trafieniami w 164 grach i na liście najskuteczniejszych zawodników Os Azuis zajmuje obecnie dziewiąte miejsce.

Dobre występy w klubie spowodowały, że Hilsdon był powoływany do reprezentacji swojego kraju, w której często grał ze swoim klubowym kolegą, Jimmym Windridgem. W kadrze zadebiutował 16 lutego 1907 w spotkaniu z Irlandią. Łącznie strzelił 14 goli, w tym cztery w meczu z Węgrami latem 1908 roku. Ostatni występ w barwach narodowych zaliczył w lutym 1909 roku, kiedy para zagrał w pojedynku z Irlandią. Zdobył wówczas dwie bramki które dały Anglikom zwycięstwo 4: 0.

W 1912 roku Hilsdon powrócił do swojego macierzystego klubu, West Hamu i w sezonie 1912/13 został jego najlepszym strzelcem w wynikiem 17 goli w 36 grach. C Młotach występował przez trzy lata, po czym w 1915 roku zakończył swoją karierę.

Gdy wybuchła wojna Hilsdon nie zamierzał iść do wojska. Jego pasją niezmiennie pozostawała piłka, w którą wciąż grywał we wschodnim Londynie. Policja zaprowadziła go jednak siłą do ośrodka poboru i wówczas został wcielony do armii. Po wojnie definitywnie zakończył swoją karierę i zajął się prowadzeniem pubu. Zmarł w Leicester w 1941 roku, um na jego pogrzeb przybyły zaledwie cztery osoby. Nie doczekał się swojego nagrobka, żaden kamień nie zdobi jego grobu. Tylko powietrzny wiatraczek uformowany w sylwetkę piłkarza i umieszczony na wschodniej trybunie Stamford Bridge przypomina, że ​​niegdyś występował tam taki zawodnik.


1904-05 Southern League: Primeira Divisão

Reginald Arthur Wade assinou como profissional pela Hammers em 1929, depois de ganhar uma medalha de vencedores da Copa Amador F.A. com o Ilford F.C. na final daquele ano contra Leyton em Highbury. Dando um passo à frente no profissionalismo, ele fez sua estreia na Primeira Divisão como lateral-esquerdo com uma vitória de 4 a 1 sobre o Liverpool em Upton Park em 18 de janeiro de 1930. Sua melhor corrida na Primeira Equipe foi em 1930- 31 temporada, quando fez 28 aparições. Ele se transferiu para Aldershot em 1932. Também teve um período com Millwall, a quem se juntou a partir de Barking em 1925, mas não conseguiu entrar no time principal.

GEORGE HILSDON faz sua estreia no Hammers contra NEW BROMPTON em Upton Park

JOHN DOWSEY (1926-27) Nasceu neste dia em Willington, Co. Durham

O atacante atacante do Newcastle United marcou 54 gols pela segunda seqüência dos Magpies durante duas temporadas na Liga Nordeste. O sucesso foi difícil em Upton Park, tendo feito apenas a única aparição da Primeira Divisão contra o Sheffield Wednesday em Hillsborough em uma derrota de 0-1 em 6 de setembro de 1926. John juntou-se ao Carlisle United quando deixou o West Ham em agosto de 1927. Ele mudou-se para Sunderland em 1928, Notts County em 1929 e esteve com Northampton Town entre 1931 e 1934.

SIDNEY SMITH faz sua estreia no Hammers contra PORTSMOUTH em Upton Park

WILLIAM WILDMAN assina da EVERTON com um salário semanal de £ 4,00

Sinais FRED BLACKBURN de BLACKBURN ROVERS

Sinais de HARRY HINDLE da NELSON

Sinal LIONEL WATSON de BLACKBURN ROVERS

FREDERICK GAMBLE (1931) Nasceu hoje em Charing Cross, em Londres

Frederick Charles Gamble começou sua carreira no Southall, Frederick Gamble assinou formulários profissionais para Brentford antes de ingressar no West Ham em 1931. Frederick era um atacante-central magnificamente construído, cujo quadro de quase dois metros era capaz de desequilibrar as defesas mais fortes. Em Upton Park, no entanto, Fred teve a competição mais acirrada possível pela vaga na Primeira Equipe em Vivian Gibbins e Victor Watson, e embora ele tenha marcado em ambas as aparições na Primeira Divisão em Leicester City um empate 1-1 em 4 de abril de 1931 e Bolton Wanderers respectivamente, ele nunca teve a oportunidade de mostrar aos fãs do Bolena seu talento inquestionável ao mais alto nível, mais tarde ele foi autorizado a reunir-se com seus ex-companheiros de equipe no Griffin Park.

DAVID BAILLIE (1925-1929) Nasceu hoje em Ilford, Essex

Nasceu neste dia de 1905, na mesma época em que o West Ham United mudou-se para o Boleyn Ground, em um chute de golo longo nas proximidades de Ilford. O goleiro começou sua carreira no Croyton FC, fora da liga, antes de assinar pelo West Ham em 1925 como substituto do grande Ted Hufton. Infelizmente, devido à perda de registros durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, não se sabe contra qual jogo competitivo de Combinação de Reserva Baillie fez sua estreia naquela primeira temporada de 1925-26. O que se sabe é que ele fez sua estreia jogando na baliza dos ‘Possíveis’ nas temporadas iniciais Jogo de treino contra as profissões mais seniores do clube ‘Prováveis’. Os profissionais venceram por 5-0 em Upton Park em 15 de agosto de 1925. Ele permaneceu no West Ham por seis temporadas, mas fez apenas 17 partidas pela primeira vez em todas as competições - 16 na primeira divisão e uma na FA. Baillie fez sua estréia no Hammers sênior na derrota em casa por 3-2 na primeira divisão para o Huddersfield Town em 28 de novembro de 1925. Sem dúvida, seu melhor momento com a camisa do West Ham ocorreu em 7 de março de 1927, quando fazia parte do time que derrotou o Arsenal por 7- 0 no Boleyn Ground. Surpreendentemente, ele sofreu sete na derrota por 7 a 0 na primeira divisão no Everton, em 27 de outubro do mesmo ano. Com gols voando por todos os lados durante a década de 1920, Baillie se envolveu em algumas partidas de grande pontuação durante sua passagem pelo West Ham, incluindo uma derrota em casa por 4-5 para o Middlesbrough em 26 de novembro de 1927 e uma vitória em casa por 4-3 sobre o Blackburn Rovers em 31 de março de 1928. Baillie mudou-se para Chester em 1929 antes de retornar ao Boleyn Ground para assumir o papel de assistente de jardinagem.


George Hilsdon: West Ham United - História

Embora a taça F A de 1913 tenha tido seu quinhão de transtornos, ela ainda produziu uma final de copa nunca vista antes entre as duas equipes que lutaram pelo Campeonato da Liga. O Aston Villa, vice-campeão da liga, se vingou por ter perdido a disputa pelo título para o Sunderland em um confronto mal-humorado, no qual um pênalti foi perdido pela primeira vez em uma final. Uma final das duas primeiras copas não se repetiria por outros setenta e três anos.

Bristol Rovers 2-0 Notts County

Primeira rodada: 11 de janeiro de 1913

Artilheiros: & # 160Harold Roe <30>, Bert Morley

Bristol Rovers: 1 :, 2 :, 3 :, 4 :, 5 :, 6:, & # 1607: Billy Peplow, & # 1608: James Shervey, 9: Harold Roe, 10: Phillips, 11: Bill Palmer

Notts County: 1: Albert Iremonger, 2: Bert Morley, 3: Alf West, 4: Billy Flint, 5: Arthur Clamp, 6: Dick Allsebrook, 7: Bill Hooper, 8: Albert Waterall, 9: Dai Williams, 10: Freddie Jones , 11: Horace Henshall

Os lutadores da Southern League, Bristol Rovers, enfrentaram adversários da primeira divisão durante a década anterior e perderam por pouco em todas as ocasiões. Desta vez, eles enfrentaram uma equipe do Notts County cuja forma fora de casa na liga garantiria o rebaixamento, enquanto a copa os viu humilhados em temporadas consecutivas pelo Southern League Swindon. Os Rovers não eram um swindon, mas, em um dia em que o "oitavo dos primeiros rounds" os empates caíram com o tempo e os seis outros tiveram que ser abandonados, eles foram mais do que páreo para os visitantes. Harold Roe cabeceou habilmente para um canto para mandá-los embora, mas sob a chuva forte, Eastville permaneceu tenso até que outro canto foi recebido por James Shervey, cujo chute parecia ir longe até o infeliz Bert Morley ajudar na rede. A corrida de Rover na copa continuou na segunda rodada com a derrota do Norwich, que não estava na liga, mas na terceira rodada eles foram derrotados pelo Everton, perdendo por 0-4.

Huddersfield Town 3-1 Sheffield United

Primeira rodada: 15 de janeiro de 1913

& # 160 O Huddersfield da segunda divisão nunca havia passado da primeira rodada antes e esse recorde parecia que restava quando eles entraram nos dez minutos finais de seu empate na primeira rodada perdendo para o United 1-2. Em seguida, a mãe natureza entrou em cena e as condições de nevasca, que prevaleciam em todo o país, tornaram-se ruins o suficiente para obrigar o árbitro a abandonar o empate. Quatro dias depois, Huddersfield, liderado pelo ex-astro da Escócia e Newcastle Jimmy Howie, afastou de forma impressionante o United. & # 160O cruzamento de Armour deu a Mann a chance de abrir o placar & # 160 antes que Jee infelizmente perdesse a chance de dobrar a vantagem antes do intervalo, quando acertou o barra. Tom Elliott deu a eles o início perfeito para o segundo período, quando ele lutou para abrir caminho direto do chute inicial para fazer dois a zero. Sandy Mutch deu ao time da primeira divisão uma tábua de salvação ao deixar a bola cair aos pés de Gillespie, mas o renascimento do United foi morto quando Elliott conseguiu seu segundo jogo. O Town ficou chateado com o Southern League Swindon no segundo turno, mas as sementes estavam sendo plantadas por um time que dominaria o início dos anos 1920, com Sandy Mutch e Frank Mann ganhando as medalhas de vencedores da taça em 1922.

Huddersfield Town: 1: Sandy Mutch, 2: Charles Dinnie, 3: Fred Bullock, 4: Simon Beaton, 5: Fred 'Tiny' Fayers, 6: James Dow, 7: Andrew Armor, 8: Tom Elliott, 9: Jimmy Howie, 10 : Frank Mann, 11: Joe Jee

Sheffield United: 1: Joe Mitchell, 2: Bill Cook, 3: Bob Benson, 4: Bill Brelsford, 5: Bernard Wilkinson, 6: Albert Trueman, 7: Jim Simmons, 8: Joe Kitchen, 9: Billy Gillespie, 10: Wally Hardinge , 11: Bobby Evans

West Bromwich Albion 0-3 West Ham United

Primeira rodada, segundo replay: 22 e # 160 de janeiro de 1913

Artilheiros: Gorge Hilsdon <8, 44>, & # 160Bertie Denyer (49>

O West Ham deixou de ser um time pouco conhecido do leste de Londres dois anos antes para se tornar um dos times mais célebres da capital, em grande parte graças ao fato de ter conquistado quatro escalpos da primeira divisão nas duas últimas competições. Neste empate com os finalistas da copa da temporada passada, Albion foi vítima do clima ártico no sábado, mas voltou a jogar dois dias depois, terminando em empate. 2 draw with the FA opting, a little surprisingly to stage the second replay at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, rather than opting for a neutral city venue. The Southern League side got off to a great start through George Hilsdon and two well timed goals either side of half time sealed Albion's fate. The Hammers thus earned a trip to title chasing Aston Villa in the second round where they went down 0-5, the Villains going on to win the cup. George Hilsdon had started out at Upton Park before being virtually given to Chelsea nine years earlier. The man who became known as "Gattling gun" Hilsdon scored the goal which propelled the Stamford Bridge outfit into the top flight and earned him international honours with England. Hilson began to lose form though and there were rumours that he was battling with alcoholism by the time Chelsea sold him back to West Ham to replace their previous hero Danny Shea who had moved on to Blackburn. Like so many of his colleagues, the war virtually ended Hilsdon's career as he suffered lung damage when gassed at Arras in 1917. His existance was a meagre one after that, at one time being part of the famous Fred Karno troupe while he also ran a pub lottery scam in which the prize, sually a box of chocolates was always won by his wife. Hilsdon died in 1941, almost forgotten by all who saw him in his playing days with just four relatives attending his funeral in an unmarked grave.

West Bromwich Albion: 1:Len Morwood, 2:Joe Smith, 3:Arthur Cook, 4:Frank Waterhouse, 5:Fred Buck, 6:Bobby McNeal, 7:Claude Jephcott, 8:Howard Gregory, 9:Fred Morris, 10:Sid Bowser, 11:Ben Shearman  

West Ham United: 1:Joseph Hughes, 2:James Rothwell, 3:Harry Forster, 4:Dan Woodards, 5:Fred Harrison, 6:Tom Randall, 7:Herbert Ashton, 8:George Butcher, 9:Bertie Denyer, 10:George Hilsdon, 11:Jack Casey

Reading 1-0 Tottenham Hostpur

Reading fans had been waiting twelve years for revenge over Tottenham in the cup as their faithful hadn't forgotten Tottenham defender, Sandy Tait punching the ball off the line during their 1-1 draw in the 1901 competition. The referee missed it, Reading didn't get the late penalty that would surely have taken them into the semi finals, and Tottenham won the replay. To make matters worse Spurs then also destroyed a hapless West Bromwich Albion side in the semi final and went on to win the cup. Reading fans remained convinced that if justice had been served in the quarter final then their heroes would have achieved the same results against Albion and Sheffield United. Tottenham fans however could rightly point to the trophy itself which has thier name inscribed upon it in 1901 and say that the rest is all just ifs buts and maybes. They couldn't begrudge Reading's tiny moment of revenge however with this cup upset as Reggie Pinfield settled a largely uneventful tie at Elm Park in which the first leaguers dominated for seventy minutes without ever troubling the Reading defence. Strangely Reading's best spell of the game came only after they had been effectively reduced to ten men with Jack Smith manfully playing on despite having broken a rib. Reading got the perfect draw in round three as they welcommed League Champions Blackburn to Elm Park and for a time another shock was on when Joe Bailey put them in front but Rovers quickly levelled and ground Reading down to win the tie in the second half.

Lendo: 1:Rab Bernard, 2:Jack Smith, 3:Charlie Stevens, 4:, 5:, 6:Ted Hanney, 7:J Morris, 8:Joe Bailey, 9:Reggie Pinfield, 10:Max Seeburg, 11:A Burton

Tottenham Hotspur: 1:Tommy Lunn, 2:Charlie Brittan, 3:Fred Webster, 4:Findlay Weir, 5:Charlie Rance, 6:Arthur Grimsdell, 7:Wally Tattersall, 8:Billy Minter, 9:Jimmy Cantrell, 10:Bobby Steel, 11:Bert Middlemiss

Third round: 22nd February 1913

Scorers: : Jimmy Smith <20>, David Howie <51>, : Sam Kirkman

The only club in the history of the Football League to have the name of their ground in brackets in their name. Officially though the club were always referred to as simply Bradford by the press while the club known by that moniker today were always referred to as Bradford City, much like the Dundee clubs today. Bradford lived in the shadow of their neighbours across the city, a task made more difficult by the fact that soccer in general lived in the shadows in a rugby league hotbed. Bradford's progress to their first ever appearance in the third round had all been on home soil, knocking out Lancashire Combination side Barrow in a replay, having bought home advantage after being held in the first game before second division Wolves were easily sent packing in round two. The visit of Sheffield Wednesday would be only the second time a top flight club had visited Park Avenue, the previous being neighours City who had left victorious by the only goal in the previous year's competition. Wednesday were flying in the top flight though, tied with three other teams at the top of the table and really fancying their chances of the league and cup double. Bradford dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Spoors was caught flat footed by Smith, who fired home. And it should have been two before soone after but for the referee not being sharp enough to notice that Teddy Davison carried the ball over the line when stoppng Tommy Little's shot. Bradford looked like they would be made to pay for that when Sam Kirkman levelled but the home side weren't to be outdone and in a blistering second half netted the winning goal through David Howie. Few Bradford fans were too upset when Aston Villa easily despatched them in the next round.

Bradford: 1: Bob Mason, 2: Sandy Watson, 3: Sam Blackham, 4: George Halley,م: Herbert Dainty,ن: Jack Scott,ه: Willie Kivlichan, 8: Dan Munro, 9: Tommy Little, 10: David Howie, 11:Jimmy Smith

Sheffield: 1: Teddy Davison, 2: Ted Worrall, 3: Jimmy Spoors, 4: Tom Brittleton, 5: Bob McSkimming, 6: Jimmy Campbell,ه: Sam Kirkman,و: Teddy Glennon, 9: David McLean, 10: Andy Wilson, 11: George Robertson

Burnley 3-1 Middlesbrough

Third round: 22nd February 1913

Scorers:  Teddy Hodgson <30>, Bert Freeman <59>, <80>: Edmund Eyre

Promotion chasing Burnley's contest with Middlesbrough had the football specials rolling into the town all morning and when the Clarets fell behind midway through the first half the travelling Boro fans thought that it was job done. Bert Freeman was the difference as the ex Everton man set up the equaliser for Teddy Hodgson before scoring twice in a heated and frantic second half to set up a dream trip to local rivals and defending League champions Blackburn in the quarter finals.

Burnley: 1:Jerry Dawson, 2:Tom Bamford, 3:David Taylor, 4:Willie McLaren, 5:Tommy Boyle, 6:Billy Watson, 7. 8:Dick Lindley, 9:Bert Freeman, 10:Teddy Hodgson, 11:William Husband

Middlesbrough: 1:Tim Williamson, 2. 3:Jimmy Weir, 4:Joe Crozier, 5:Andrew Jackson, 6:Malcolm George, 7:Jock Stirling, 8:Jackie Carr, 9:George Elliott, 10: Jimmy Windridge 11:Edmund Eyre

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Burnley

Quarter final: 8th March 1913

At Ewood Park, a fortnight after the victory over Middlesbrugh, Burnley pulled off a huge result against their local rivals, and League Champions Blackburn. Unsurprisingly Rovers had by far the better of things but the crucial goal came from Tommy Boyle on the half hour before Jerry Dawson took on a man of the match role. The Burnley keeper repeatedly foiled the Rovers front line with the best chance coming right at the death when Jock Simpson had a great chance only to get his feet tangled. To the delight of the travelling Burnley contingent, who outnumbered the home fans and cheered wildly as the shot went out for a throw.Burnley held the champions elect Sunderland to a replay in the semi final before losing a cracker of a replay 2-3. Promotion was achieved at the end of the season and Burnley returned to Ewood Park for a league encounter on New Year's day 1914 where they left with a point, while Middlesbrough took revenge for their cup exit at Turf Moor in April. Not that the Burnley fans cared that much as Bertie Freeman scored the winner against Liverpool later that month in the cup final with Bamford, Taylor, Boyle and Lindley also picking up winner's medals.

Burnley: 1:Jerry Dawson, 2:Tom Bamford, 3:David Taylor, 4. 5:Tommy Boyle, 6:Willie McLaren, 7:Billy Watson, 8:Dick Lindley, 9:Bert Freeman, 10:Teddy Hodgson, 11:William Husband

Blackburn: 1:Alfred Robinson, 2:Bob Crompton, 3:Arthur Cowell, 4:Albert Walmsley, 5:Percy Smith, 6:Billy Bradshaw, 7:Jock Simpson, 8:Eddie Latheron, 9:Danny Shea, 10:Wattie Aitkenhead, 11:Walter Anthony


Who is Chelsea's all-time top scorer?

Chelsea certainly boast an illustrious list when it comes to the subject of all-time top scorers.

Many iconic names have featured for the Blues across the years.

But only a select few have smashed a century of goals for the club.

Here are the top ten marksmen in Chelsea’s history.

Frank Lampard (211)

Frank Lampard’s legacy will echo around Stamford Bridge until football ceases to exist (which nearly happened thanks to the Super League).

211 goals in 648 appearances cements him as Chelsea’s record goal scorer, surpassing Bobby Tambling’s tally in 2013.

(Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Bobby Tambling (202)

Up until Lampard smashed home against Aston Villa, Tambling was the Blues highest goal getter for over 40 years.

He netted on his debut in 1959 and didn’t stop until he left to join Crystal Palace in 1970.

Kerry Dixon (193)

Coming in a close third is the legendary Kerry Dixon.

In his first season with Chelsea, he scored 34 goals and was swiftly up to 70 in 101 games with another fine haul the following year.

(Photo by Trevor Jones/Allsport/Getty Images)

Didier Drogba (164)

A man who needs no introduction to the Blues faithful.

Didier Drogba arrived in 2004 from Marseille as a highly rated striker. He left South West London as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever forwards. Plus he scored that header in Munich…

Roy Bentley (150)

Very few players can manage one campaign as the club’s top scorer. Roy Bentley did it consecutively seven times after joining Chelsea in 1948.

Bentley sadly passed away in 2018, but memories of his footballing excellency will live on forever.

UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 01: Roy Bentley, Chelsea’s captain of the 1955 title-winning side (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC Via Getty Images)

Peter Osgood (150)

Tied with Bentley in fifth place is the oh so good Peter Osgood.

Another Chelsea great who tragically left us in 2006, a statue outside the Bridge was erected of Osgood for his iconic services to the team.

Jimmy Greaves (132)

Here’s a stat for you. Jimmy Greaves scored 114 goals for the Blues youth side before becoming a senior pro.

Unfortunately, that didn’t count towards his final sum, which rests at 132.

circa 1960: British footballer Jimmy Greaves of Chelsea. (Foto por Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

George Mills (125)

A special place in the heart of Chelsea fans will always be reserved for George Mills.

He was the first man to score a century of league goals for the club and was the last player for the Blues to score a hattrick against Liverpool.

Eden Hazard (110)

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Eden Hazard moved to Real Madrid in 2019.

The Brilliant Belgian bagged 110 goals across a sensational seven-year period. You’re always welcome back at the Bridge, Eden.

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

George Hildson (108)

George Hilsdon’s name is one for the history books.

He was the first centurion goal scorer for Chelsea, netting 27 goals in his maiden season to help the Blues to their inaugural league promotion.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.


Thursday, 14 August 2008

The Strange Case of George Hilsdon

On another thread I have written about how West Ham have always sold their best young players in order to make a profit for the club owners. However, in June 1906, Syd King, gave away one of West Ham's best ever prospects, George Hilsdon, to Chelsea. It is difficult to explain this action unless King received a backhander.

Hilsdon, who was 18 years old at the time, signed for West Ham United in November 1904. Hilsdon scored in his first game for the club on 11th February, 1905. Hilsdon also scored a hat-trick in a Western League game against Bristol Rovers. The East End News reported: "The match was quite a triumph for the new West Ham centre-forward, who was responsible for three of the half a dozen goals, and to beat a goalkeeper like Cartlidge thrice in one match is an achievement an older hand than Hilsdon might be proud of. With a little more experience, he will doubtless develop into a really first class player."

On 17th April 1905 Hilsdon was injured in a game against Fulham. He was unable to play for the rest of the season. However, his record of four goals in seven games, was an excellent start to his football career. In June 1906, John Tait Robertson, persuaded Syd King to let Hilsdon join Chelsea on a free transfer. Colm Kerrigan, the author of Gatling Gun George Hilsdon (1997) has argued that: "It is difficult to understand why the shrewd Syd King was willing to let him go on a free transfer." De fato. At the same time, King gave away another extremely promising player, Billy Bridgeman, to Chelsea. As it happens, both Hilsdon and Bridgeman played football for Marner Street School. Bridgeman went on to play 160 games for Chelsea.

Hilsdon played for his new club for the first time against Glossop on 1st September 1906. The Fulham Observer described it as "a sensational debut" as Hilsdon scored five goals in Chelsea's 9-2 victory. Hilsdon was now a marked man and the local newspaper reported that in a game against Fulham Hilsdon "got a terrific charge after about ten minutes, and for the rest of the game wandered about, a shade of his former self. In the dressing room at half-time he was writhing and twisting with pain."

Colm Kerrigan argues in Gatling Gun George Hilsdon that Hilsdon constantly received rough treatment that season. The Fulham Observer reported that in a game against Nottingham Forest, Hilsdon "found it difficult to do anything, as directly the ball came in his direction three opponents were on his track".

Hilsdon got a reputation for fast and hard shooting. The West London Press described a goal he scored against Leicester City in the league: "Hilsdon made a bewildering side movement which just for a second or so nonplussed the two Leicester players around him, but in that brief space Hilsdon had flashed the ball past the astounding Lewis. It was a shot without the slightest element of speculation. It was a Hilsdon goal."

In November 1906 the club programme included a cartoon portrait of Hilsdon entitled "Gatling-Gun George". The accompanying article pointed out that the nickname derived from his shooting "that are simply unstoppable and which travel like shots from a gun."

George Hilsdon scored his 27 goal of the season in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Gainsborough Trinity at Stamford Bridge. This win guaranteed Chelsea promotion to the First Division. S. B. Ashworth, writing in the Daily Mail, predicted that Hilsdon would soon be selected for the England team: "He commands the ball wonderfully, has a fine conception of a centre's duties, and above all, is a deadly shot."

Hilsdon remained in good form the following season. He created another record for the club when he scored six goals in a FA Cup tie against Worksop Town. Hilsdon's 25 league goals that season placed him equal second with Sandy Turnbull of Manchester United and Enoch West of Nottingham Forest.

Hilsdon won his first international cap for England against Ireland on 15th February 1907. Hilsdon failed to score in the 1-0 victory and was dropped from the team. Colm Kerrigan argues that "George had a poor game, handicapped by a foot injury. It was rumoured that it was sustained through a deliberate attempt by the Irish to put him out of the game." However, Hilsdon later claimed that he had jarred the muscles of his foot shooting for goal.

Hilsdon was selected for the trial for the England team in March 1908. The Athletic News was impressed with the way that Hilsdon and Vivian Woodward played together in the South team that drew 4-4 with the North. The newspaper commented that this "superb combination enabled George Hilsdon to shoot all the four goals." He was selected to play against Ireland and scored two goals in England's 3-1 victory. This was followed by a 7-1 hammering of Wales. Once again Hilsdon scored two goals.

On 6th June 1908 Hilsdon scored another two goals in England's 6-1 victory over Austria. This was followed by four goals against Hungary (7-1) and two against Bohemia (4-0). He had now scored 12 goals in 7 internationals. The Fulham Observer reported that Hilsdon was "now England's acknowledged greatest centre-forward and had acquired an accuracy of aim probably unequalled by any great player today."

Hilsdon played against Ireland on 13th April 1909. Despite scoring two goals he was criticised by the Athletic News for being "very deficient in deadliness near the goal". Hilsdon who had scored an amazing 14 goals in 8 international games, was never to play for his country again.

Football journalists began to turn on Hilsdon. The Fulham Observer reported after one game: "Hilsdon did very little at centre-forward with the exception of the one goal he scored. Perhaps he is unable to concentrate on the game." Reg Groves claimed: "He had become too sociable, too careless with his strength and vitality". It was rumoured that Hilsdon had a serious drink problem and he was dropped from the first-team.

After scoring 107 goals in 164 games for Chelsea he was allowed to return to West Ham United in June 1912. The Fulham Observer reported: "Under normal circumstances, they (Chelsea) would probably want nearly four figures before consenting to the international going elsewhere, but strange as it may seem, Chelsea acquired Hilsdon from West Ham without any fee at all, the stipulation being that if he were transferred to another club a proportion of the transfer fee should go to West Ham. During the last two seasons he has declined in form. he will probably be happier at West Ham."

The East Ham Echo reported that during his first home game Hilsdon "had to run the gauntlet of some very uncomplimentary remarks from part of the stand". Hilsdon played at inside-left, with Fred Harrison at centre-forward and Danny Shea at inside-right. The combination played well together. As the East Ham Echo pointed out: "Good as Shea has always been, he is 20 per cent better since the introduction of Hilsdon."

On 15th February 1913 West Ham United played Southampton. The East Ham Echo reported that: "Hilsdon was once more the master-mind of the attack, and it would be difficult to estimate his share in placing the Hammers fifth in the Southern League table this season as against twelfth at the same period last year."

West Ham finished the 1912-13 season in 3rd place in the Southern League. George Hilsdon ended up top scorer with 17 goals in 36 cup and league games. However, the following season he began hitting the bottle and he lost his form and his place in the team.

In October 1914, the Secretary of State, Lord Kitchener, issued a call for volunteers to both replace those killed in the early battles of the war. On 12th December William Joynson Hicks established the 17th Service (Football) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. This became known as the Football Battalion.

The Football Association called for all professional footballers who were not married, to join the armed forces. Some newspapers suggested that those who did not join up were "contributing to a German victory." The Athletic News responded angrily: "The whole agitation is nothing less than an attempt by the ruling classes to stop the recreation on one day in the week of the masses . What do they care for the poor man's sport? The poor are giving their lives for this country in thousands. In many cases they have nothing else. These should, according to a small clique of virulent snobs, be deprived of the one distraction that they have had for over thirty years."

Frederick Charrington, the son of the wealthy brewer who had established the Tower Hamlets Mission, attacked the West Ham players for being effeminate and cowardly for getting paid for playing football while others were fighting on the Western Front.

It was decided that the Football League would not operate in the 1915-16 season. As football players only had contracts to play for one season at a time, they were now out of work. It has been estimated that around 2,000 of Britain's 5,000 professional footballers now joined the armed forces. This included George Hilsdon who joined the East Surrey Regiment. He served on the Western Front, had to endure a mustard gas attack at Arras in 1917. This badly damaged his lungs and although he played briefly for Chatham Town after the war. He scored 14 goals in six games in 1919 but he was eventually forced to retire from the game.

In 1924 Hilsdon joined Fred Karno's Troup, a popular vaudeville act. One method of publicizing the company as it travelled round the country was to arrange a charity football match between the cast of the show and some local organization.

According to Colm Kerrigan, the author of Gatling Gun George Hilsdon (1997) argued: "Years of success had not dampened his East End spirit of survival, and he scraped a living in various ways, all of them, insofar as is known, on the right side of the law - but sometimes only just. One of his escapades, during a bleak period, was to go around several East End pubs, raffling boxes of chocolates, but arranging for the prize to be won on every occasion by his wife."

George Hilsdon died in Leicester on 10th September, 1941. Only four people attended his funeral (son, daughter, son-in-law and grandson). The funeral was paid for by the Football Association.


The Academy of Football

The club promotes the popular idea of West Ham being "The Academy of Football", with the moniker adorning the ground's new stadium façade. The comment predominantly refers to the club's youth development system which was established by manager Ted Fenton during the 1950s, that has seen a number of international players emerge through the ranks. [ 69 ] Most notably the club contributed three players to the World Cup winning England side of 1966 including club icon Bobby Moore, as well as Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst who between them scored all of England's goals in the eventual 4–2 victory. Other academy players that have gone on to play for England have included Trevor Brooking, Alvin Martin, Tony Cottee and Paul Ince.

Since the late 1990s Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Glen Johnson began their careers at the club and all are playing for one of the "Big Four" clubs. Most recently the likes of first team midfield regulars Mark Noble and Jack Collison and younger stars Freddie Sears, Junior Stanislas, James Tomkins, Josh Payne, Jordan Spence and Zavon Hines have emerged through the Academy. Frustratingly, for the fans and managers alike, [ 70 ] the club has struggled to retain many of these players due to (predominantly) financial [ 71 ] reasons. West Ham, during the 2007–08 season, had an average of 6.61 English players in the starting line up, higher than any other Premier League club, [ 72 ] which cemented their status as one of the few Premier League clubs left that were recognised to be bringing through young English talent and were recognised as having 'homegrown players'. Between 2000 and 2011, the club produced eight England players, as many as Manchester United and one fewer than Arsenal. [ 73 ] Much of the success of The Academy has been attributed to Tony Carr who has been West Ham youth coach since 1973. [ 74 ]


Match Preview: West Ham v Chelsea

2nd May 1988 – with S-Express at number one with ‘Theme from S-Express’ and Wall Street in UK cinemas, West Ham United met Chelsea for the final game at Upton Park of the 1987/88 season in front of 28,521.

Prior to kick-off, Stewart Robson was named Hammer of the Year, with Billy Bonds runner-up. The Irons, needing a win to secure top flight survival, broke the deadlock in the 16th minute – Mark Ward found Leroy Rosenior (pictured) who swivelled and fired beyond Kevin Hitchcock from just inside the area. The pair were involved again for the second goal 20 minutes later, Ward producing excellent work in his own half before sending Rosenior clear with a delightful ball in behind the Chelsea rearguard, the striker slotting past Hitchcock to double the lead.

Hammers defender Paul Hilton scored the third on 57 minutes after Tony Dorigo had blocked Rosenior’s header following Tony Gale’s flick-on from a corner. Rosenior turned from hero to villain when he lashed out at future West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke and was sent off. Substitute Colin West reduced the arrears for Chelsea from a corner but Tony Cottee restored the three-goal advantage, making it 4-1 with a late header from a Ward cross. Cottee would be the club’s top scorer in 1987/88 with 15 goals from 44 matches. The goals, and end-of-season presentations, can be viewed in my video below.

The Hammers would finish 16th in 1987/88 while Chelsea would finish 18th. Liverpool won the league title and Wimbledon won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Tom McAlister, Steve Potts, Paul Hilton, Tony Gale, Julian Dicks, Mark Ward, Stewart Robson, Alan Dickens, George Parris, Leroy Rosenior, Tony Cottee.

Chelsea: Kevin Hitchcock, Gareth Hall, Steve Clarke, Steve Wicks, Tony Dorigo, John Bumstead, Micky Hazard (Colin West), Joe McLaughlin, Pat Nevin, Gordon Durie, Kerry Dixon.

Conexões de clube

A decent number of players have represented both West Ham United and Chelsea. Victor Moses spent the 2015/16 season on loan with the Hammers and has proved a key player in recent seasons for the Blues. Others to have worn the colours of both clubs include:

Goalkeepers: Craig Forrest and Harry Medhurst.

Defenders: Tal Ben Haim, Scott Minto, Wayne Bridge, Ian Pearce, Joe Kirkup, Glen Johnson and Jon Harley.

Midfielders: Bill Jackson, Frank Lampard Junior, Andy Malcolm, Syd Bishop, Peter Brabrook, Alan Dickens, George Horn, Eric Parsons, Robert Bush, Scott Parker, Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole, Jim Frost and John Sissons.

Strikers: David Speedie, Len Goulden, Billy Bridgeman, Demba Ba, Joe Payne, Clive Allen, George Hilsdon, Carlton Cole, Billy Brown, Jimmy Greaves, Pop Robson, Billy Williams, Ron Tindall and Bob Deacon.

Gianfranco Zola played for Chelsea and managed West Ham, while Sir Geoff Hurst and Dave Sexton both played for the Hammers and managed the Blues. Bobby Gould played for West Ham and went on to be assistant and caretaker manager of Chelsea. Avram Grant has managed both clubs.

Today’s focus is on a former Chelsea defender who went on to manage West Ham United. Ron Greenwood was born on the 11th November 1921 in Worsthorne, Burnley but moved to London as a child during the 1930s Depression. He was educated at the Wembley County Grammar School, which now forms part of Alperton Community School in Middlesex, leaving at the age of 14 to become an apprentice sign-writer – a centre-half, Greenwood initially joined Chelsea as an amateur whilst serving his apprenticeship. He served with an RAF mobile radio unit in France during World War Two. Greenwood joined Bradford Park Avenue in 1945 and made 59 league appearances over the next four seasons. In 1949, he moved to the club he supported as a boy, Brentford, his £9,500 fee breaking the club’s incoming transfer record. He made 147 appearances and scored one goal. Greenwood was never capped for his country, though he did make a single ‘B’ team appearance for England whilst at Brentford, in a 1-0 victory in the Netherlands on 23rd March 1952.

The 30-year-old Greenwood joined Ted Drake’s Chelsea in October 1952. He made his debut in a 2-1 home win over Tottenham on 25th October 1952 and made 11 First Division appearances as Chelsea avoided relegation by one point. He played a bigger role in 1953/54, making 34 appearances in all competitions as the Blues improved to finish eighth in the top flight. Greenwood made 21 appearances as Chelsea won the First Division title in 1954/55, the first major trophy in their history. His final appearance for the club came on Christmas Day 1954 in a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.

After 66 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, the 33-year-old Greenwood moved to Fulham, where he made another 42 league appearances before retiring at the end of the 1955/56 season. At the end of his playing career in 1956, Greenwood became an active freemason attending the Lodge of Proven Fellowship No. 6225, but resigned in 1977.

After retiring Greenwood moved into coaching. He coached Eastbourne United in the Metropolitan League, Oxford University (where he came to the attention of Sir Harold Thompson, a future Chairman of the FA) and the England Youth and Under-23 teams. He combined the England Under-23 post with being the assistant manager at Arsenal under George Swindin, having moved to Highbury in December 1957. He remained there until April 1961, when he was selected by chairman Reg Pratt to replace Ted Fenton as manager of West Ham United. Em sua autobiografia Yours Sincerely, Greenwood revealed how the appointment came about, starting when he was approached by Arsenal’s club secretary Bob Wall:

“’Mr Pratt, the West Ham chairman, has been on’, he said, ‘and he’s wondering if he can approach you with a view to you becoming their manager’. I told him I thought my future was with Arsenal and asked him if George Swindin knew about the offer. ’Well…. yes’ he replied, and then added: ‘You know, I think this job may be of interest to you’. He was painting a glowing picture of Mr Pratt and it was obvious he knew him well. I got the message loud and clear. ‘All right’ I said. ‘I’ll pop across to see him’. I drove across to West Ham on the Tuesday morning and met Reg Pratt and his vice-chairman, Len Cearns, members of two families who were West Ham. We talked in a little private room just off the old Upton Park Boardroom, and I must confess that when I sat down I did not have any firm notions about the job or the club. They came straight to the point and said they wanted me to become West Ham’s manager-coach. I was perfectly frank with them and said I was enjoying my job with Arsenal and the England Under-23 side, and that the decision facing me was a difficult one. ‘But if I do take the job’, I added, ‘I would want full control of all team matters and no interference’.”

Greenwood was offered an annual salary of £2,000, revealing he was ‘more interested in the possibilities of the job than the money’ and how he ‘started thinking about the many promising young West Ham players’ he had met. Greenwood steered the Hammers to a 16th-placed finish in 1960/61 after his first few weeks at the club. He signed Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne from Crystal Palace in March 1962 and handed a debut to Martin Peters a month later – immediate improvement was seen as the Hammers finished 1961/62 in eighth position. 1962/63 saw the Hammers drop to 12th but Greenword had switched Geoff Hurst to a central striking role a move which would pay long-term dividends.

The Irons finished 14th in 1963/64 but won the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history, beating Manchester United in the semi-final at Hillsborough before defeating Preston 3-2 at Wembley. The Hammers climbed to ninth in the First Division in 1964/65 and beat TSV 1860 Munich to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, in another Final staged at Wembley. West Ham finished 12th twice and 16th once in the following three seasons before rising to eighth in 1968/69. Greenwood sold Peters to Tottenham in 1969/70 and the Hammers finished 17th. The club finished 20th, one place above the relegation places in 1970/71 but finished 14th the following year. Greenwood claimed his highest league placing in 1972/73 as West Ham finished sixth, inspired by the goalscoring exploits of Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson.

The Hammers dropped dramatically the following season, finishing 18th. Greenwood took the decision to become General Manager of the club, with assistant John Lyall taking over. My video below tells the story of Ron Greenwood’s time as manager at West Ham United, in his own words, taking in Wembley wins in the FA Cup (1964) and the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1965) to his thoughts on key players such as Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking and Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, as well as his replacement John Lyall.

Greenwood remained at the club until 1977 when he replaced Don Revie as England manager. The Three Lions had not qualified for a major tournament for ten years when Greenwood led his country to Euro 1980 and then the 1982 World Cup. England did not lose a game in Spain but could not progress beyond the second group stage. Greenwood retired from football after the World Cup and went on to be a regular analyst on BBC Radio. Ron Greenwood died on 9th February 2006, aged 84, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sunday’s referee will be Mike Dean 2018/19 is Dean’s 19th as a Premier League referee. Since West Ham United achieved promotion back to the top flight in 2012 Dean has refereed 21 of our league matches, officiating in nine wins for the Hammers, six draws and six defeats.

Dean refereed our final match at the Boleyn when we famously triumphed 3-2 over Manchester United. His decision to send off Sofiane Feghouli just 15 minutes into our 2-0 defeat to the Red Devils in January 2017 was later rescinded. Dean’s three Hammers appointments last season were the 3-2 win over Tottenham in the League Cup fourth round at Wembley in October, the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City in December and, most recently, our 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham in January.

Possíveis escalações

West Ham United are without Winston Reid, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Chicharito and Andy Carroll, while Marko Arnautovic is a doubt. West Ham are seeking consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since January 2017. The Hammers have won three of their last four home games against Chelsea in all competitions.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be without Marco van Ginkel, while left-back Emerson is a doubt. Mateo Kovacic and Pedro are both likely to be available. Jorginho has attempted 505 passes and completed 461, the most in the top flight this season prior to the weekend matches.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku Rice, Obiang, Noble Yarmolenko, Anderson Perez.

Possible Chelsea XI: Kepa Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.


West Ham United under Gianfranco Zola

2008-Present

Despite a very shacky start under Zolas reign, the Hammers were able to finish comfortably midtable in his first season with the club. Although from the outset, Zola had already got a number of factors going against him unlike previous managers at the club. West Ham as a whole were close to financial ruin due to crash of formal sponsor XL.com and the Icelantic banks. Not to mention shabby dealings in the market with massive wages for injury prone players (Kieron Dyer).

Zola faced many difficulties when it came to try and strengthen his already injury prone squad. Dean Ashton looked set to retire from the game, Craig Bellamy was not replaced and "new star" Savio was sent packing after several poor outings. This left Zola at the start of his first full season in charge with only Carlton Cole as his only experienced and tested option in attack. Help from Sponsors SBOBET allowed the club to fund the transfer of attacking option Diamanti whilst it was claimed Scott Duxbury funded himself, along with Nani, the deal to bring in Franco to make sure the Hammers had something for the new season.

Despite a good start against newly promoted Wolves (2 v 0 away win), the club went on to struggle badly in the first 12 games, picking up just 1 more win and finding themselves in the relegation mix around November 2009.

News of a possible takeover to save the Hammers was announced at the end of October, with an American group made up of West Ham fans ready to launch a £100 million bid whilst former Birmingham co owner Gold (West Ham fan and previous share holder of club) also announced he would to be interested in taking control of the East London outfit with a rumoured bid of around £80million being offered.

Come December 2009, no takeover had happened, and the current owners held creditors meetings to try and get the banks to give them more time to raise vital funds. Results on the pitch improved slightly with November finishing with 2 wins, 1 draw and a defeat, but Zola's men were given a swift reminder of the up hill battle they faced to survive at the hands of Manchester United, as they lost 4 v 0 at home, many were beginning to doubt Zola's abilities, even comparing him to former boss Glenn Roeder. More bad luck followed with the loss of top goal scorer Carlton Cole for 2 months to injury along with young Zavon Hines with a knee injury leaving Zola over the Christmas break with just Franco and Nouble up front. West Ham also lost Behrami for most of December along with facing a scare with Goalkeeper Robert Green who went off early during the Manchester United game. This since proved to be just down to illness rather than injury.


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