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Match Preview: West Ham v Charlton

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Blast from the past

West Ham United have met Charlton Athletic on three previous occasions in the League Cup. The Hammers currently hold a 100% record over the Addicks in the competition having prevailed in 1960, 1976 and 1980.

Today’s focus takes us back almost exactly 60 years, to the club’s first ever League Cup tie on 26th September 1960. Ricky Valance (who sadly passed away three months ago) was number one with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, Stanley Baker was in UK cinemas in The Criminal, and Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participated in the first televised debate to be President of the United States. The First Division Hammers, meanwhile, welcomed their Second Division south London neighbours for this League Cup first round tie in front of 12,496 on a Monday evening at Upton Park.

Ted Fenton’s West Ham went into the game in 16th place in the First Division and without a win in their previous four games. Jimmy Trotter’s Charlton took advantage of the Hammers’ poor run of form and took the lead through South African centre-forward Stuart Leary but John Dick levelled for the hosts. Outside-left Malcolm Musgrove gave the Irons the lead four minutes into the second half before a landmark moment arrived in the 65th minute when 19-year-old Bobby Moore (pictured below) scored his first Hammers goal, crashing home a strike from 25 yards to seal a 3-1 win.

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West Ham United: Brian Rhodes, John Bond, John Lyall, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Derek Woodley, Johnny Cartwright, Dave Dunmore, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.

The Hammers would lose their second round tie 3-2 at Fourth Division Darlington. Aston Villa went on to win the League Cup Final of 1961, beating Rotherham 3-2 on aggregate over the two-legged Final.

Aside from this first round win in 1960, West Ham’s remaining League Cup record against Charlton is as follows:
1976 – Charlton 0-1 West Ham (3rd round)
1980 – Charlton 1-2 West Ham (3rd round)

Club Connections

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer had two spells as a player with the Hammers having started his career at The Valley. Irons midfielder Josh Cullen welcomes the team who he has spent the previous two seasons playing for on loan, while West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph could play against the club where he started his career. A multitude of personnel join the trio in representing both clubs:

Goalkeepers: Stephen Henderson, Joseph Hughes, Noel Dwyer, Sasa Ilic.

Defenders: Malcolm Allison, Mark Bowen, Jack Burkett, Christian Dailly, Tal Ben Haim, Paul Konchesky, Roger Johnson, Harry Cripps, Lewis Page, Frank Burton, Jonathan Spector, Scott Minto, Carl Jenkinson, Simon Webster.

Midfielders: Hogan Ephraim, Ralph Milne, Diego Poyet, Shaun Newton, Alou Diarra, Scott Parker, Kyel Reid, Matt Holmes, Alex Song, Rob Lee, Mark Robson, Derek Woodley, Stephen Smith.

Strikers: Carlton Cole, Paolo Di Canio, Wilf James, Benny Fenton, Steve Jones, Frank Burrill, Derek Hales, Billy Lansdowne, Paul Kitson, Leroy Rosenior, Bill Robinson, Frank Nouble, Ricardo Vaz Te, Harry Lane, Svetoslav Todorov, Mike Small.

Billy Bonds played for both clubs and managed West Ham, while both Andy Nelson and Iain Dowie played for the Hammers and managed the Addicks. Alan Curbishley played for and managed both clubs. Chris Powell played for both clubs and managed Charlton; Alan Pardew played for Charlton and managed both clubs.

Today’s focus though is on a player who played for West Ham before turning out for Charlton. Born in East Ham on 26th June 1893, Dan Bailey (pictured) joined the Hammers from Custom House and made his debut in a goalless draw with Northampton at Upton Park on 15th March 1913. An inside-right, Bailey endeared himself to the faithful by scoring his first goal for the Irons in a 3-1 win at Millwall in front of a bumper 24,000 crowd in the Southern League First Division on 5th April 1913. The 19-year-old followed that up with his first goal at Upton Park three weeks later, in a 2-1 win over Portsmouth.

Bailey would score nine goals from 23 appearances in his first full season, 1913/14, including his first two-goal haul in a 2-0 FA Cup second round win over Crystal Palace in front of 18,000 at Upton Park on 31st January 1914. He had taken over Danny Shea’s inside-right position when the legendary Irons forward moved to Blackburn for a record £2,000. For a trip to Watford in November 1914, Bailey was switched to the centre-forward berth in the absence of another West Ham legend Syd Puddefoot – Puddefoot would be the Irons’ top scorer for the 1914/15 season with 18 goals in 37 appearances, while Bailey would bag five goals from 20 appearances.

Bailey’s career was badly disrupted by World War One but he returned from service in Egypt to feature for West Ham in the Second Division after the club’s election to the Football League in 1919; he scored ten goals in 30 appearances in 1919/20 as the Hammers finished in a very respectable seventh position. Only the 26-goal Puddefoot scored more in that debut campaign in the Football League for the Irons. Bailey (pictured) notched six goals in seven games in March and April of 1920, culminating in his last goal for the club, scored in a 2-1 home win over Hull on 24th April 1920. Bailey’s final match for the Hammers came in a 1-0 home win over Bristol City on 5th March 1921. After scoring 27 goals in 95 appearances in all competitions for West Ham United, he departed for Charlton later that year.

The 28-year-old Bailey made 33 appearances for Charlton in the Third Division South, scoring eight goals, before joining Clapton Orient in July 1922 – he made 19 league and cup appearances in the 1922-23 season, scoring four goals, after which he joined Margate. Dan Bailey died at the age of 73 in April 1967.


The referee on Tuesday will be Andre Marriner; the 49-year-old failed to send off Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for an elbow on Winston Reid in August 2016, with the Hammers trailing 2-1 with 14 minutes remaining. The Argentine was retrospectively charged with violent conduct and suspended for three matches, a decision which did nothing to benefit West Ham. Marriner did, however, show leniency that day towards the visitors by failing to issue Arthur Masuaku with a second yellow card on more than one occasion.

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Since we achieved promotion back to the top flight in 2012 the Birmingham-based official has been far from a good omen for West Ham – he has refereed 20 of our league matches, officiating in only three wins for the Hammers, six draws and 11 defeats. He officiated the Irons for our 2-0 defeat at Wolves last December, our 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day and, most recently, for our 1-1 home draw with Everton in January.

Possible line-ups

David Moyes is likely to hand a start to former Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Former Hammers midfielder and current Charlton manager Lee Bowyer takes on West Ham for the first time as a manager.

Possible West Ham United XI: Randolph; Johnson, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku; Soucek, Wilshere; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.

Possible Charlton Athletic XI: Amos; Barker, Oshilaja, Pratley, Purrington; Lapslie, Forster-Caskey, Gilbey; Doughty, Washington, Bonne.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!

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Match Preview: West Ham v Newcastle

Blast from the past

Saturday 24th March 1979 – Gloria Gaynor was number one with ‘I Will Survive’, Every Which Way But Loose topped the UK box office and Porridge star Richard Beckinsale had passed away five days earlier at the tragically young age of 31. Meanwhile, Newcastle made the long trek south to take on the Hammers in front of 24,650 at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham went into the game having failed to score in their previous three Second Division matches but took the lead after 20 minutes when John McDowell’s break through midfield saw the ball end up at the feet of winger Alan Devonshire, who brilliantly beat two men with nimble footwork and sublime close control before calmly slotting the ball past Steve Hardwick. It was 2-0 soon after when Trevor Brooking’s inch-perfect pass found Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson in the clear and the former Newcastle man finished with unerring ease.

The Irons had a third when Frank Lampard’s shot from distance was deflected in before the 27-year-old McDowell (pictured) made it 4-0 before half-time, finishing left-footed with a first-time strike from Pat Holland’s cross. Brooking’s afternoon ended early due to injury but McDowell scored his second, and the Hammers’ fifth, in the second half, snapping up a loose ball in midfield before cracking home a low left-footed strike into the far corner of Hardwick’s goal – it was his first (and only) two-goal haul for the club and proved to be his last ever goal in claret and blue before a move to Norwich later that year. By the time he transferred to Carrow Road he had made 303 appearances for West Ham United, scoring nine goals. All the goals from this game can be viewed in my video below.

Newcastle’s Kenny Wharton made his debut as a substitute in this match, replacing Nigel Walker – Gateshead-born Walker sadly passed away in 2014, from cancer at the age of 54.

John Lyall’s Hammers, who had been relegated at the end of the previous season, went on to finish in fifth place in the 1978/79 Division Two season, while Bill McGarry’s Newcastle ended up eighth. Crystal Palace topped the Second Division, Liverpool won the league title and Arsenal won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Phil Parkes, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds, Alvin Martin, Paul Brush, Pat Holland, John McDowell, Trevor Brooking (Geoff Pike), Alan Devonshire, David Cross, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson.

Newcastle United: Steve Hardwick, Irving Nattrass, John Bird, Kenny Mitchell, John Brownlie, Terry Hibbitt, Nigel Walker (Kenny Wharton), Mick Martin, John Connolly, Alan Shoulder, Peter Withe.

Club Connections

West Ham United and Newcastle United have shared a multitude of personnel over the years. Stuart Pearce and Kevin Nolan played for both clubs and the pair are now on the Hammers’ coaching staff. Andy Carroll could play for the visitors against his old club. A brief run-through of others who have represented both clubs is best served by dividing them by playing position.

Goalkeepers: Shaka Hislop, Pavel Srnicek and Ike Tate.

Defenders: Tommy Bamlett, Abdoulaye Faye, Wayne Quinn, Dave Gardner, Dickie Pudan and James Jackson.

Midfielders: Scott Parker, Lee Bowyer, Rob Lee, Mohamed Diame, Nolberto Solano, Kieron Dyer and Franz Carr.

Strikers: James Loughlin, Paul Goddard, Les Ferdinand, John Dowsey, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, Justin Fashanu, Demba Ba, Marlon Harewood, David Kelly, Keith Robson, Vic Keeble, Craig Bellamy and Paul Kitson.

Chris Hughton also played for the Hammers and managed the Magpies while Sam Allardyce has managed both clubs. Glenn Roeder also played for Newcastle and managed both clubs.

This week’s focus though is on another man who has managed both clubs. Alan Pardew was born in Wimbledon on 18th July 1961 – a former glazier, Pardew signed for Crystal Palace from non-league Yeovil in 1987 at the age of 25 and remained at the club for four years. He signed for Charlton in 1991 and scored the winning goal against West Ham in August 1992. He had a brief loan spell at Tottenham in the summer of 1995, featuring for them in the InterToto Cup, before moving to Barnet.

Pardew moved into management with Reading, first as caretaker manager in March 1998 before landing the job permanently a year later after the departure of Tommy Burns. Having lost the 2001 Second Division Play-Off Final, Pardew took Reading up automatically the following season and followed that up with another play-off position finish in the First Division in 2003.

Following the sacking of Glenn Roeder in August 2003, West Ham courted Pardew’s services but were given short shrift by Reading chairman John Madejski who, when Pardew resigned his position, enforced a period of gardening leave on his former employee. With Trevor Brooking steering the ship capably in a caretaker role, the 42-year-old Pardew eventually became West Ham’s tenth permanent manager in October 2003. He drew his first game at home 1-1 against Nottingham Forest, with Jermain Defoe’s header equalising Andy Reid’s long-range effort. He had to wait until his eighth game in all competitions for his first win, which arrived on 29th November 2003 against Wigan who were thrashed 4-0. An impressive comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Sunderland a month later kept the Hammers’ promotion push alive.

Pardew lost Defoe to Tottenham in January 2004 but ensured Bobby Zamora came to the Boleyn as part of the deal. Zamora joined fellow Pardew signings Hayden Mullins, Brian Deane and Harewood in east London, while three new faces would arrive from Wimbledon in the shape of Nigel Reo-Coker, Adam Nowland and Jobi McAnuff. Andy Melville arrived from Premier League Fuham, with Ian Pearce moving to Craven Cottage. England goalkeeper David James departed for Manchester City.

Pardew’s men dumped Premier League Wolves out of the FA Cup at Molineux in the fourth round courtesy of goals from Deane, Harewood and David Connolly but would be defeated in a fifth round replay by Fulham. The Irons finished fourth in the First Division, 12 points behind the automatic promotion places, but would defeat Ipswich in the Play-Off Semi-Final second leg at a raucous, rocking, revitalised Upton Park – Matthew Etherington and Christian Dailly scoring the goals on a night few who were there will ever forget. Pardew’s interest in the psychology of the crowd played a part in building the atmosphere before kick-off. After such a wonderful display against Ipswich, the Play-Off Final was a damp squib, Crystal Palace defeating the Hammers 1-0 in Cardiff.

The Hammers started 2004/05 in the newly-named Championship with England international Teddy Sheringham added to their ranks but Michael Carrick was to move to Tottenham. Jimmy Walker, Malky Mackay, Chris Powell, Luke Chadwick, Shaun Newton, Carl Fletcher, Gavin Williams and Sergei Rebrov also joined the club that season. Pardew also put his faith in youth, handing a debut to a young Mark Noble and finishing the campaign with Academy products Anton Ferdinand and Elliott Ward as his first-choice centre-back pairing.

The Hammers endured a difficult campaign, although along the way they won at eventual title winners Sunderland through Harewood and Sheringham strikes and also tore up Ipswich’s unbeaten home record on New Year’s Day, Harewood again scoring alongside Etherington. Premier League Norwich were also knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round before Sheffield United defeated the Irons on penalties in the next round. West Ham sneaked into the Play-Offs with a final-day win at Watford, ending the season in sixth place just ahead of Pardew’s former club Reading. A Zamora-inspired 2-0 win at Ipswich in the second leg of the Play-Off Semi-Final ensured a 4-2 aggregate triumph and the Hammers weren’t to be denied a second time, securing promotion in Cardiff with a 1-0 win over Preston with Zamora notching the winner.

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A ninth-placed Premier League season followed, Pardew’s boys starting with a 3-1 comeback win at home against Blackburn before Aston Villa were downed by a Harewood hat-trick. New signings Roy Carroll, the returning Shaka Hislop, Danny Gabbidon, Paul Konchesky and Yossi Benayoun were settling in nicely, Benayoun rounding off the aforementioned win over Villa with the fourth goal in a 4-0 win. Pardew again showed his eye for a goalscorer by breaking the club’s transfer record to sign Dean Ashton in January 2006 and the Hammers enjoyed a run to the FA Cup Final for the first time in 26 years, beating Norwich, Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester City and Middlesbrough along the way before Liverpool agonisingly defeated the Hammers on penalties in Cardiff. League wins at Highbury and against Tottenham to deny Spurs a place in the Champions League (helped in some small part by a dodgy lasagne) made 2005/06 a season to remember. Pardew was mere minutes away from lifting the FA Cup which had also eluded him as a Crystal Palace player in 1990.

The summer of 2006 saw quantity but a lack of quality arrive at the club with Tyrone Mears, Jonathan Spector and John Paintsil all signed to contest the right-back spot. Rob Green was an inspired signing in goal, George McCartney and Carlton Cole would serve the club well and Lee Bowyer added experience in midfield. The astonishing signings of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez, alongside a takeover of the club by Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and Eggert Magnusson, destabilised the club however. The Hammers went seven games without a goal and 11 without a win in all competitions, being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Palermo and the League Cup by lowly Chesterfield. The crowd showed their support for the manager by chanting ‘Alan Pardew’s Claret and Blue Army’ before a 2-1 win over Blackburn, while a late 1-0 win over Arsenal in November 2006 saw Pards and Arsene Wenger have a much-publicised spat on the touchline.

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Pardew was sacked during the week after a 4-0 defeat at Sam Allardyce’s Bolton on 9th December 2006. He was replaced by former Hammer Alan Curbishley. Pardew was appointed manager of former club Charlton on Christmas Eve but, despite a 4-0 win over Curbishley’s West Ham in February 2007, could not keep the Addicks in the top flight. He went on to manage Southampton before making a Premier League return at Newcastle in December 2010 at the age of 49, replacing former Hammer Chris Hughton. His new side beat Liverpool 3-1 at St James’ Park in his first game and, a month later, defeated the Hammers 5-0 on Tyneside. He led them to a 12th placed finish, while Avram Grant’s West Ham would be relegated. Pardew made impressive progress with the Magpies, securing a fifth-placed finish in 2011/12 and winning the Premier League Manager of the Season Award and the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year Award.

Newcastle slumped to 16th the following season but improved to finish tenth in 2013/14. The Magpies made a difficult start to 2014/15 but, despite fan protests, Pardew led the club to six consecutive victories before deciding to move to former club Crystal Palace. Newcastle would be relegated the following season, while the Eagles were safe in 15th and made the FA Cup Final, which Pardew would again lose. He took over as manager at West Brom in November 2017 but could not halt the Baggies’ slide to the Championship and he left The Hawthorns in April 2018. Now 59, Pardew was most recently manager of Dutch club Den Haag for a spell last season.


The referee on Saturday will be Stuart Attwell. The Birmingham-based official will take charge of a West Ham game for the twelfth time – he has sent off a Hammers striker in two of his other 11 games officiating the Irons. He refereed our 1-0 victory at Wigan in March 2009 and our 3-1 win at Blackpool in February 2011. The 37-year-old sent off the Latics’ Lee Cattermole for a shocking challenge on Scott Parker, while the Hammers’ Carlton Cole also received his marching orders during the aforementioned win at Wigan. Even Latics boss Steve Bruce criticised the decision to dismiss the Irons striker. Attwell also issued a first-half red card to Andy Carroll in our 1-1 draw at Burnley in October 2017.

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Attwell also awarded an infamous ‘phantom’ goal for Reading in a Championship match against Watford in September 2008. He was the youngest-ever Premier League referee but was demoted from the Select Group in 2012. He refereed the Hammers in August 2018 in our 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth, when he awarded the Irons a penalty which was converted by Marko Arnautovic, and in our 3-1 League Cup home defeat to Tottenham in October 2018. Attwell awarded a dubious match-winning penalty to Manchester City at the Etihad in February 2019 and also refereed our 3-0 home win over Southampton three months later. His Hammers appointments last season were our 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in September 2019, our 3-2 home defeat to today’s opponents Newcastle last November and, most recently, in our 1-0 FA Cup fourth round defeat to West Brom in January.

The VAR Official is Peter Bankes.

Possible line-ups

West Ham United are set to hand debuts to the grand total of zero new signings on the opening day of this new Premier League season. Manuel Lanzini is a doubt but Tomas Soucek has been passed fit. The Hammers have scored two or more goals in each of their past five Premier League games against the Magpies, although they failed to win either of last season’s meetings. Declan Rice is set to play his 100th Premier League match.

Newcastle United are without Martin Dubravka, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett, Matthew Longstaff and Dwight Gayle. Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Fraser are doubts. The Magpies could give debuts to new signings Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick, the aforementioned Fraser and Callum Wilson – former Bournemouth striker Wilson has scored seven goals in eight top-flight matches against West Ham.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Noble, Fornals; Antonio.

Possible Newcastle XI: Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis; Hayden, Shelvey; Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Saint-Maximin; Wilson.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!


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Crossed Hammers & Three Lions: 'Big Jim' Barrett

Welcome to the latest in a series of articles designed for international matches – a look back at former Hammers players who wore the Three Lions of England.

Today, as England prepare to face Denmark in the League A Group 2 Nations League match in Copenhagen, we look back at a former Hammers and England defender – Jim Barrett. Jim was born in West Ham on 19th January 1907 – he had a brother and two sisters, and his father was an iron founder in the docks. The family lived at 29 Folkestone Road in West Ham and Jim attended Abbey School but, as they had no football team, he transferred to the renowned Park School. He also represented Fairbairn House Boys’ Club, which also produced future Hammers player and manager Ted Fenton. Jim first played at Upton Park for West Ham Boys when they met Liverpool in the 1920/21 English Shield Final – the Duke of York (later George VI) was a member of a then-record attendance at the Boleyn Ground.

A schoolboy boxing champion, Jim signed professional forms with West Ham United in 1923 and made his debut for Syd King’s Hammers at the age of 18 in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham in front of 35,000 at White Hart Lane on 28th March 1925. Just short of 6’ tall and weighing in at 14st 2lbs, the barrel-chested, lionhearted defender made five appearances as the Irons finished 13th in the First Division in 1924/25. Jim scored his first goal for the club in the corresponding fixture the following season, although the Hammers would this time be defeated 4-2 at Spurs on 7th November 1925.

Mainly a centre-half who admirably rose to the challenge of succeeding the great George Kay, Barrett’s all-round ability actually saw him play in every position for the club during his distinguished one-club career. This adaptability was never better displayed than when he scored five goals in three games whilst playing at centre-forward, including his first goals at Upton Park – a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Leeds on 30th January 1926. At the end of the season, Jim married Elsie in June 1926; they had a daughter, Marie, that year.

The Hammers had finished 18th in 1925/26, with Barrett making 43 appearances and scoring six goals; the following campaign would see the club rise to a sixth-placed finish, with Barrett scoring once in 45 matches. 1927/28 saw the Irons drop again, down to 17th, and the club finished in the same position the year after. It was in the 1928/29 campaign that Barrett won his only England cap – it came in a 2-1 win over Ireland at Goodison Park on 22nd October 1928, with Arsenal’s Joe Hulme and Everton’s Dixie Dean netting for the Three Lions. Unfortunately for Barrett, his match was over within eight minutes – he twisted his left knee when clearing the ball and had to leave the field, with his side forced to play the majority of the match with ten men. He never played for England again. To this day, Barrett holds the record for the shortest international career of any player who has started a game for England.

Barrett scored a joint career-high tally of eight goals in 1929/30 as West Ham finished seventh but the rise again proved temporary as they fell to 18th the next season. ‘Big Jim’ and Elsie welcomed son Jim Junior in November 1930 – he would emulate his dad, going on to score 26 goals in 91 games for the Hammers between April 1950 and December 1954 before joining Nottingham Forest.

West Ham’s regular flirtations with the lower reaches of the First Division came to a head in 1931/32 when the club were relegated in bottom position. Charlie Paynter would soon take over from King, who would commit suicide in February 1933. The turbulence led to another difficult season, with the club one point and one place away from a second consecutive relegation – Barrett’s eight goals in 46 appearances helped stave off that particular threat and the club did reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Hammers rallied to finish seventh in 1933/34 and only missed out on promotion on goal average in 1934/35, finishing third; Barrett made 40 and 43 appearances in those seasons respectively, scoring five goals in each. Another 42 appearances, and two goals, followed in 1935/36 as the Irons finished fourth, three points off promotion. Big Jim was a larger than life character who was hugely popular, loved and admired amongst supporters – during a club tour of the Netherlands, he deliberately aimed a long-distance shot at a clock behind the goal and found his target, putting the clock out of action!

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1936/37 saw Barrett make just 11 appearances, the first time he hadn’t made 40 or more appearances in a campaign since 1928/29 – West Ham finished sixth. Only eight appearances followed the next season as the Hammers’ gradual slip from the promotion picture continued, finishing ninth in 1937/38 – Barrett’s last league goal came in a 3-3 draw with Norwich at Upton Park on 28th December 1937.

Barrett’s final league match in claret and blue was as a 31-year-old in a 4-2 win at Manchester City on 7th September 1938. Big Jim Barrett had scored 53 goals in 467 appearances for West Ham United in league and FA Cup. A week after his final match, Jim and Elsie had a third addition to their family when daughter Jennifer was born. By this time the family was living at 75 Claude Road in Upton.

The outbreak of World War Two saw Barrett appear 86 times for West Ham in wartime fixtures, scoring 17 goals – these included games in the Wartime League South, the London League, the League South Cup, the London War Cup and the Football League War Cup. Barrett even played as a goalkeeper in one of these matches. These wartime fixtures took Barrett’s totals with the club to 70 goals in 553 appearances. His last goal for the club when counting these matches came in a 6-2 win over Watford on 16th December 1944; his last appearance for the club came at the age of 37 and was in a 5-4 victory over Brighton on 13th January 1945.

After retiring in 1945, ‘Big Jim’ had a spell in charge of the West Ham United ‘A’ team – he actually lined up alongside his son, the aforementioned Jim Junior, in a game for the Hammers ‘A’ team. Jim’s later life was beset by ill health. Following a long stay in hospital, Jim Barrett Senior passed away on 25th November 1970 at the age of 63.

Denmark v England

England face Denmark this evening in League A Group 2 of the 2020/21 Nations League – it will be the 20th meeting between the two nations. A previous meeting between the pair in Copenhagen resulted in a 4-3 win for the Three Lions in front of 47,600 at Idraetsparken on 20th September 1978. 10cc were number one with ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, Grease was in UK cinemas and Keith Moon had died less than a fortnight earlier.

West Ham’s Trevor Brooking, who had recently suffered relegation with the Hammers, was at the centre of all that was good about Ron Greenwood’s England on this autumn evening in the Danish capital. Brooking’s 17th-minute free-kick from the right was nodded home by Kevin Keegan; the lead was doubled five minutes later when Brooking’s free-kick from the left this time was met by Dave Watson and Keegan notched his second with a brave diving header. England were dealt a swift blow seconds later when Phil Neal brought down his man and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Allan Simonsen halved the arrears from the penalty spot. Ajax’s Frank Arnesen – who would later be Director of Football at Tottenham and Chelsea – made it four goals in ten minutes when he equalised with a powerful drive past Ray Clemence.

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England regained the lead six minutes into the second half when Brooking’s cross eluded Keegan but was turned home at the far post by Everton’s Bob Latchford. Neal (pictured above) made amends for conceding the penalty in the first half by wrapping the game up with a rasping 84th-minute drive, although there was still time for a Danish consolation through Werder Bremen’s Per Rontved a minute later. Coach Don Howe later described the game as “the most exciting international match I’ve ever seen” – the action can be viewed in the video below.

Denmark: Birger Jensen (Club Brugge), Flemming Nielsen (Odense), Per Rontved (captain, Werder Bremen), Henning Munk Jensen (Frederikshavn fI), Carsten Nielsen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Frank Arnesen (Ajax), Flemming Lund (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Soren Lerby (Ajax), Allan Simonsen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Benny Nielsen (Anderlecht), Jorgen Kristensen (Naestved).

Sub: Allan Hansen (Tennis Borussia Berlin) for Benny Nielsen.

England: Ray Clemence (Liverpool), Phil Neal (Liverpool), Dave Watson (Man City), Emlyn Hughes (captain, Liverpool), Mick Mills (Ipswich), Steve Coppell (Man Utd), Ray Wilkins (Chelsea), Trevor Brooking (West Ham), Peter Barnes (Man City), Kevin Keegan (Hamburg), Bob Latchford (Everton).

The previous articles in the series are:

Vic Watson
Jack Tresadern
Billy Moore
Jackie Morton
Ken Brown
Bobby Moore
Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne
Sir Geoff Hurst
Martin Peters
Frank Lampard Senior
Sir Trevor Brooking
Alan Devonshire
Alvin Martin
Paul Goddard
Rio Ferdinand
Stuart Pearce
Frank Lampard Junior
Joe Cole
David James
Kieron Dyer
Robert Green
Scott Parker
Stewart Downing
Joe Hart

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West Ham's Danish Connections: Part One

With England playing Denmark in the Nations League tomorrow, Part One of my look at West Ham’s Danish Connections focuses on a former Hammers right-back.

Lars Jacobsen was born in Odense, Denmark, on 20th September 1979 and began his professional career with local club Odense in the 1996/97 season. After 112 league appearances, and having won the Danish second tier title in 1999 and the Danish Cup in 2002, the right-back moved to Hamburg in the summer of 2002. He returned to Denmark in January 2004, signing for Odense’s rivals FC Copenhagen. Whilst in the Danish capital, he won the title in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and also made his full international debut for Denmark in a 2-0 friendly victory against Israel in 2006. He returned to Germany in the summer of 2007, signing for Nurnberg with whom he had an injury-hit spell.

After one season, the 28-year-old Jacobsen was on the move again, this time to England. He joined David Moyes’ Everton on a free transfer in late August 2008, turning down moves to France, Norway and Spain. He dislocated his shoulder whilst on international duty and did not make his debut for the Toffees until 21st March 2009, in a 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. His only full 90 minutes came in a 3-1 win over West Ham on 16th May 2009, a game which saw Radoslav Kovac score his first goal for the Hammers. Two weeks later, Jacobsen made his last appearance for Everton as a half-time substitute in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea, a match the Toffees would lose 2-1. He made six appearances for Everton, without scoring.

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After spending the 2009/10 season at Blackburn, the 30-year-old Jacobsen signed for Avram Grant’s West Ham United on summer transfer deadline day in 2010 and made his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park on 11th September 2010. Jacobsen had joined a struggling West Ham side and played 12 consecutive matches which yielded only one win – albeit against Tottenham – and two clean sheets. A heel injury kept Jacobsen out for two months either side of Christmas – by the time he returned the Hammers were in trouble that they ultimately couldn’t escape from. Jacobsen made his final appearance in claret and blue as a substitute under caretaker manager Kevin Keen in a 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland on 22nd May 2011, with the Irons already relegated. After 26 appearances for West Ham United, Jacobsen was released following the Hammers’ relegation to the Championship and he returned to FC Copenhagen in the summer of 2011.

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Jacobsen netted his only international goal in a 4-1 European Championship qualifying win in Cyprus in October 2011. He had been part of Denmark’s squad at the 2010 World Cup and was also in the Danes’ Euro 2012 squad. He won 81 caps in total for his country between 2006 and 2015. He won the Danish Cup for a second time in 2012 and the Danish league title for a fourth time in 2013. Jacobsen moved to France in the summer of 2014, signing for Guingamp. Jacobsen, now 40, retired from football in the summer of 2016.

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