Henry Hird : West Ham United

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Born: Hartlepool (1874)

Signed: 1897

Position: Right Winger

Appearances: 25

Goals: 8

Left: 1900

Internation Caps:


Henry Hird moved from Stockton on Tees to become a ships plater at the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding company in 1897. A very talented footballer, he immediately went into the company football team. He was the star of the 1897-1898 league winning team. After a game against Queens Park Rangers, the local paper reported: "Ironworks are a well balanced side, solid in defence, with a nippy forward line... Hird is an exceptional player both at dribbling and shooting." On 30th October, 1897, the Irons played a game against Leyton. Hird and Robert Hounsell gave the Irons a two goal lead. However, in the second-half, Leyton was awarded a dubious penalty which they converted. Hird, who was still disputing the decision after the goal had been scored, was sent off by the referee. Hird therefore became the first Hammer to get his marching orders. That season Hird scored five goals but his crosses were responsible for a lot more. Hird made 19 appearances in 1898-1899. It is not known why he only played one more game for the Irons.

The UK 1891 Census

Each householder was required to complete a census schedule giving the address of the household, the names, ages, sex, occupations and places of birth of each individual residing in his or her accommodation. In 1851, householders were asked to give more precise details of the places of birth of each resident, to state their relationship to him or her, marital status and the nature of any disabilities from which they may have suffered.

In 1891, householders were asked how many rooms (if less then five) their family occupied and additional occupational data was collected.

The enumerator then collected the census schedules and these were copied into census enumerators' books. The way these are grouped may mean that a road is split over several folios with other streets in between. In this case the street indexes should list a series of folio references.

Although the original census schedules were destroyed many years ago, the books were kept and eventually moved to the PRO archive. The books were then filmed in 1970 to prevent the increasing usage from destroying these fragile records. You may find the odd torn or mutilated page but in general the records have survived in remarkable condition considering the heavy usage they have had.

Arnold Hills: The Founder of West Ham United

In 1880 Arnold Hills joined the board of his father's company, Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding. He initially lived in the East India Dock Road in Canning Town. He became concerned about the living conditions of the local people. Hills commented that "the lack of recreational facilities was one of the worst deprivations in the lives of West Ham residents". He added "the perpetual difficulty of West Ham is its poverty, it is rich only in its population."

Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding occupied 30 acres of land at West Ham on the Essex side of Bow Creek and was London's last surviving major shipbuilding firm.In 1860 it had employed 6,000 men, but by 1895 it was half that number, and was suffering from serious competition from companies based on the River Clyde and in the North East of England.

On the death of his father, Hills became the managing director of the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Company. Hills established the Thames Ironworks Gazette in 1895. It was a combination between a local newspaper, popular history magazine and company newsletter.

On 29th June, 1895, Hills announced in his newspaper that he intended to establish a football club. The information appeared under the headline: "The importance of co-operation between workers and management". He referred to the industrial dispute that had just taken place and insisted he wanted to "wipe away the bitterness left by the recent strike". Hills added: "Thank God this midsummer madness is passed and gone inequities and anomalies have been done away with and now, under the Good Fellowship system and Profit Sharing Scheme, every worker knows that his individual and social rights are absolutely secured."

The article asked workers interested in joining the Thames Iron Works Football Club to contact Francis Payne, a senior clerk at the company. Charlie Dove, an apprentice riveter with the Thames Iron Works, was one of those who paid an annual subscription of 2/6 (12.5p) to join the club. He was joined by about fifty other colleagues in this new venture. Training took place on Tuesday and Thursday nights in a gas-lit schoolroom at Trinity Church School in Barking Road. Training mainly consisted of Army physical training exercises. They also went for runs along the Turnpike Road (Beckton Road).

Other employees who played in the team included Thomas Freeman (ships fireman), Johnny Stewart (boilermaker), Walter Parks (clerk), Walter Tranter (boilermaker) James Lindsay (boilermaker), William Chapman, George Sage, and William Chamberlain.

The club was financed by members' subscriptions and a generous contribution from the Thames Iron Works. It was run by a club committee made up of "clerks, foreman or supervisors at the Ironworks". As over 50 men had joined the club, it was necessary to find enough matches for two teams.

Home games took place at Hermit Road, Canning Town. It had previously been used by Old Castle Swifts, a company club sponsored by Donald Currie, the owner of the Castle Shipping Line. Old Castle Swifts had been the first professional football club in Essex but it went out of business at the end of the 1894-1895 season.

Francis Payne was appointed as club secretary. The local newspaper praised Arnold Hills for forming a football team: "If this example were only followed by other large employers, it would lead to much good feeling."

Robert Stevenson became captain of the team. He was the Thames Ironworks most experienced footballer and had previously played for Woolwich Arsenal. Other players included John Woods, who also played cricket for Essex and George Gresham, who had been a regular scorer with Gainsborough Trinity. However, the star player was the 17 year old William Barnes.

Thames Iron Works pioneered floodlit football. The pitch was surrounded by light bulbs attached to poles. The football was dipped in pails of whitewash to make it easier to see. The first night match took place on 16th December, 1895. It was later reported that "the occasion was a success". It went onto the say that the generator "met the requirements and worked well" and "ten lights each of 2,000 candle power gave a good view to those present".

Their fourth floodlit game was against Barking Woodville. In his book, Iron in the Blood, John Powles quotes a report in the West Ham Herald: "Boys were swarming up over the fences for a free view when I put in an appearance. And what a smart man the Ironworkers have at the gate. He seemed to think my ticket was a real fraud until he had turned it upside down and inside out, and smelled at it for a considerable time. But he graciously passed me at last." The Irons won 6-2 with Charlie Dove getting a hat-trick.

On 20th March, 1896, Thames Iron Works played a night game against the famous West Bromwich Albion. The club committee arranged for the erection of canvas screens round the moat-ringed pitch, and charged the public for watching the game. WBA won 4-2.

By the end of the season the Thames Iron Works had won 30 of its 46 games. The team also defeated Barking to win the West Ham Charity Cup. The 17 year old, William Barnes, scored the only goal in the deciding game.

Hills continued to take a close interest in the fortunes of the club. In 1896 he sent a message to every member of the team: "As an old footballer myself, I would say, get into good condition at the beginning of the season, keep on the ball, play an unselfish game, pay heed to your captain, and whatever the fortunes of the first half of the game, never despair of winning, and never give up doing your very best to the last minute of the match. That is the way to play football, and better still, that is the way to make yourselves men."

Soon after the start of the 1896-97 season Thames Iron Works were evicted from the Hermit Road ground for violating their terms of tenancy by erecting a perimeter fence and charging admission to matches. Arnold Hills arranged to lease a piece of land in Browning Road in East Ham. This was only a temporary measure and after purchasing land at Canning Town, Hills built what became known as the Memorial Grounds. It cost 㿀,000 to build and was considered to be one of the best stadiums in the country. Hills claimed it could hold 133,000 spectators and applied to hold an FA Cup Final at the Memorial Grounds. This only allowed 16 inches for each person and the Football Association turned the idea down.

As well as a football arena, it also had a cinder running track, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. According to one report, the 100 feet (30.4m) long pool was the largest in England. The Memorial Grounds was opened in June, 1897.

Hills used to organize a New Year party for the children of his employees. For example, this is how a local paper reported the party that brought in 1898. "Professor Anderson gave a few conjuring tricks and the young people were much amused by the comical actions of some of the Thames Ironworks Minstrels. Mr Hills gave a short address, and after nearly two hours had been spent in an enjoyable manner the children were marched out of the hall, each receiving a bun and an orange." The newspaper also reported that members of the Thames Ironworks football team were in attendance.

On 21st June, 1898, a 6,000 ton warship Albion became the first ship to be launched by a member of the royal family at the Thames Iron Works and Shipbuilding Company. The Duke of York, the future George V, and his wife, arrived for the launching ceremony in the early afternoon. Around 30,000 local people also competed to get a good view of this historic event. Over 200 people stood on a workmen's slipway alongside the uncompleted warship. At 2.50 pm the Duchess of York broke a bottle of champagne over the hull of the Albion. The ship entered the water faster than intended. This caused a massive backlash of water like a tidal wave that knocked people standing on the workmen's slipway into Bow Creek.

A total of 38 people died in the accident. This included a brother and sister, Ernest and Kittie Hopkins. Probably the saddest case was of Isabel White. When her body was recovered, her children, Lottie 5, and Queenie 2, were still clinging to her frock.

Arnold Hills was devastated by the accident and arranged to pay all the bereaved families' funeral expenses and personality visited the homes of the victims. Although the coroner criticized the organization of the launch (he recommended that in future accommodation should be provided by specially erected stands) Hills that he "met with no shadow of bitterness, no tone of complaint".

Soon afterwards two other terrible accidents had an impact on the people who lived in the area. An explosion onboard the Manitoba moored in the Albert Dock killed five workmen. This was followed by the loss of the 7,000 ton liner Mohegan on the Cornish coast. An amazing 34 members of the crew who died in the accident lived in West Ham.

It was hoped that the new 1898-1899 season would help take the workers' minds off these terrible events. That season Hills reluctantly accepted the proposal of Francis Payne that the club should recruit some professional players. Although a strong supporter of amateur football he argued it was "necessary to introduce a little ferment of professional experience to leaven the heavy lump". Payne's main argument was that better players would attract larger crowds. With attendances averaging 2,000, the club was being run at a loss and Hills was constantly being asked to subsidize the venture.

Thames Iron Works easily won the Southern League Division 2 in the 1898-1899 season. They obtained 9 points more than their nearest rivals Wolverton and Watford, who tied for second place. Outstanding performers that season included Charlie Dove, Tommy Dunn, Tommy Moore, Henry Hird, George Gresham, Walter Tranter, Jimmy Reid and Roderick McEachrane. The main star was David Lloyd who scored 12 goals in only 11 league appearances.

Arnold Hills, raised doubts about the wisdom of employing highly paid professionals. At the end of the season he wrote: "The committees of several of our clubs, eager for immediate success, are inclined to reinforce their ranks with mercenaries. In our bands and in our football clubs, I find an increasing number of professionals who do not belong to our community but are paid to represent us in their several capacities. Now this is a very simple and effective method of producing popular triumphs. It is only a matter of how we are willing to pay and the weight of our purses can be made the measure of our glory. I have however, not the smallest intention of entering upon a competition of this kind: I desire that our clubs should be spontaneous and cultivated expressions of our internal activity."

In 1899 Francis Payne, the club secretary, was given the task of finding good players for Thames Iron Works first season in the top division of the Southern League. According to one report, Arnold Hills, gave Payne ٟ,000 to find the best players available.

Payne employed an agent and former professional footballer named Charles Bunyan to obtain a player based in Birmingham. Bunyan missed his appointment with the player targeted by Payne. He then approached another player he thought might be interested in joining the club. However, this player reported Bunyan to the Football Association. The FA held an investigation into the matter and as a result, Bunyan was suspended for two years. Payne was also suspended and the Thames Iron Works was fined 㿅. George Neil, who had previously played for the Thames Iron Works, became the new secretary/manager.

In 1900 Arnold Hills decided to expand his business interests by acquiring the engineering firm of John Penn & sons. In order to raise new capital to finance the takeover, he decided to make Thames Iron Works a public company. This meant that in future he would be accountable to shareholders. Hills was no longer in a position where he would be allowed to pump company money into the football club.

As a result of this move, the football club was also reorganized. Thames Iron Works FC became West Ham United FC. Lew Bowen, a clerk at the Iron Works, became the new club secretary. Attendances at games, compared to their close rivals, remained disappointing. One reason for this was no nearby railway station. West Ham began to verge on the edge of bankruptcy and by the end of the 1903-04 season the club only had had the money to pay the wages of one professional player, Tommy Allison, during the summer.

Arnold Hills was also having financial problems and was unwilling to re-negotiate a rental agreement to use the Memorial Grounds that was acceptable to West Ham United. The club was forced to find another sponsor. A local brewery agreed to advance them a loan to help them purchase a new ground. A deal was arranged with the Catholic Ecclesiastical Authorities but the Home Office made it clear that they did not approve of the land being used by West Ham United. Syd King went to see Sir Ernest Gray, an influential Member of Parliament. As King later explained, "through his good offices, subject to certain conditions, we were finally allowed to take possession of Boleyn Castle".

In early 1900 Arnold Hills decided to expand his business interests by acquiring the engineering firm of John Penn & sons. In order to raise new capital to finance the takeover, he decided to make Thames Iron Works a public company. This meant that in future he would be accountable to shareholders. Hills was no longer in a position where he would be allowed to pump company money into the football club.

On 7th March, 1900, the West Ham Guardian reported that: "It is announced that the committee of Thames Ironworks FC are to consider some sort reorganization. A proposal is evidently on the table. For one who has it on authority says it will 'if adopted, undoubtedly be to the club's advantage'. This is good news. Supporters are tired of seeing the club so low down as fourth from the bottom".

A few weeks later the West Ham Guardian reported that the football would be sold. "With regard to next season however, a meeting will be called, and the Mayor of West Ham will be asked to preside, at which gathering the locals will be asked to take up 500 ٟ shares. If this amount be raised Mr A. F. Hills will add to it another 𧺬, and, in addition, grant the use of the Memorial Grounds. Another condition is that all members of the team must be teetotallers. It is probable too, that the name of the club will be changed to Canning Town." The newspaper was wrong about this and the new club was called West Ham United. The idea that all players should be teetotallers was also dropped.

It was hoped that over 2,000 supporters would buy shares in the new club. The West Ham Guardian urged local people to buy shares: "There is little question that the present question of managing small teams is not the right one. For so many clubs get into debt and finally are snuffed out. A shareholder will have everything to gain, by attending the matches, and inducing others to come with him, therefore it seems to me that the nail has been hit right on the head, and the problem of the football world of management is about to be solved."

Hills announced that anyone who purchased just ten shares would be allowed to join the Board of Directors of the club. Despite this offer, a large number of shares remained unsold and the the finances of the new club remained in a poor state. had trouble selling these shares to supporters.

In September, 1900, The Morning Leader reported: "The prospectus of the new limited liability company, to be known under the title of the West Ham Football Club Company Limited is at hand. The primary object will be to encourage and promote the game of football in West Ham and district, and powers have also been taken by the company authorising them at any time to acquire land and other property."

It was also announced that: "The directors propose to make the following charges, to shareholders only, for season-tickets for the football season 1900/01: admission to ground and open stand, 7s 6d, admission to ground, enclosure and grand stand 10s 6d and 12s 6d respectively. Mr. A. F. Hills who will most likely to take up 𧺬 worth of shares, is very keen on playing a teetotal eleven next season, and the experiment is worth trying if only to vindicate the rights of football employers to call their own tune after paying the piper."

The capital of West Ham United was ٠,000 (4,000 shares at 10s each). Arnold Hills purchased 1,000 shares and remained the major influence at the club. However, he was unable to enforce the idea that all players should be teetotallers.

Hills now concentrated on the Thames Iron Works & Shipbuilding Company. Unfortunately, the business went into decline and between 1904 and 1910, the company only received ٟ million of work from the Admiralty. However, the following year, the Thames Iron Works built the world's largest battleship, HMS Thunderer. Hills complained that most of the new orders were going to the northern shipyards of the Tyne and Clyde.

Hills became very ill and developed a wasting disease which left him almost totally paralysed. On 1st January, 1912, Hills attended a protest meeting in Trafalgar Square before visiting the offices of Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty. Hills was carried in on a stretcher and the Daily Mail described him as the "invalid builder of Dreadnoughts".

The Thames Iron Works, the last great shipbuilder on the Thames, was closed down on 21st December, 1912. Although he remained in poor health, Hills did live to see West Ham United play against Bolton Wanderers in the F.A. Cup Final in 1923.

Arnold Hills died at his home "Hammerfield" in Penshurst on 7th March, 1927.

They adopted claret and blue 'uniforms' for the first time. Charlie Dove had got the kits for the club at a very cheap price of £3.10s. They had come from William Belton, who was a professional sprinter, as well as being one of the coaches at Thames Ironworks. During the summer of 1899, Belton had been at a fair in Birmingham, close to Villa Park, the home ground of Aston Villa. Belton had been challenged to a race against four Villa players, who wagered money that one of them would win. He defeated them, and when they were unable to pay the bet, one of the Villa players who was responsible for washing the team's kit offered a complete side's 'uniforms' to Belton in payment of the bet. The Aston Villa player subsequently reported to his club that the kit was 'missing'. Thames Ironworks, and West Ham United would continue to use their previous favoured colours of white, sky blue or navy for their away kit. [1]

To bolster the squad for their first season in Southern League Division One, Arnold Hills supplied a transfer fund of £1,000 [nb 1] to club secretary Francis Payne, who chose to build the team by buying players already familiar with each other. From New Brompton he brought in right-half Alec Gentle and left-back Syd King who would go on to become West Ham United's first manager in 1902. Payne also raided Tottenham for three forward players, bringing in inside-right Kenny McKay, centre-forward Bill Joyce, who was described as having a "few fancy thrills" and left-winger Tom Bradshaw, who was appointed captain of the team. Bradshaw was a former England international, who holds the distinction of being Liverpool's first ever player to achieve international recognition. Players to leave in the club in the summer included the man Bradshaw had replaced in the team, Patrick Leonard, who returned to Manchester City. Walter Tranter was also sold to Chatham but he would return as a West Ham United player just a year later.

Whilst in pursuit of a Birmingham player, Francis Payne was accused by the Midlands club of illegally using an agent to tap up their player, and was charged with poaching by The Football Association. At the tribunal, The Football Association suspended the agent for two years, and Thames Ironworks for two weeks. The club also received a £25 fine. [nb 2] Payne, who was absent from the proceedings, was suspended, and soon resigned his post as club secretary. He was replaced in the position by Irons defender George Neil, thus beginning a history of the team appointing from within.

Thames Ironworks lost their first fixture in the Southern League Division One 1–0 away at Reading on 16 September 1899, but managed their biggest league win of the season only two days later with 4–0 home win against Chatham. [2] The game included two goals apiece for inside-forwards Albert Carnelly and new signing Kenny McKay. [3] The Irons kept up their form for the FA Cup beating the amateur side, Royal Engineers at home 6–0 on 23 September, with a hat-trick from Bill Joyce, and a goal each from McKay, Roddy McEachrane and Jimmy Reid. [4] A week later, Thames Ironworks featured in the next qualifying round of the FA Cup, this time beating Grays United 4–0 away, with goals from Joyce, McKay, Carnelly and centre-half Peter McManus. [5]

During the third league match of season on 7 October, Tom Bradshaw sustained an injury in The Irons 1–0 home win over Bedminster that would begin a series of events that would see the condition of his health spiral downwards.

Thames Ironworks would see their good form continue in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on 14 October, finally claiming the scalp of Sheppey United with a 4–2 home win that included two goals from Carnelly and two from Joyce. The fourth qualifying round followed two weeks later and The Irons recorded their biggest win of the season, trouncing Dartford away 7–0. There were braces for Carnelly and McKay, as well as a goal each for Joyce, McEachrane and Bradshaw.

However, The Irons good form soon ended on 4 November when in a league game they lost 7–0 at White Hart Lane to Tottenham. The indignation was increased by the fact that it was also their highest away attendance that season with 7,000 people at the game. Thames Ironworks managed to steady the ship with a 0–0 home draw against New Brompton on 11 November, in what would be Tom Bradshaw's last league game ever.

Only a week later, The Irons then had to play New Brompton again, this time away and in the next qualifying round of the FA Cup. The teams again served up a 0–0 draw and a replay was scheduled for the following week. On 23 November Thames Ironworks managed to break New Brompton's resolve, winning 2–0 with goals from Carnelly and McKay, setting up a next round tie against arch rivals Millwall Athletic. The clearly ailing Tom Bradshaw was rested for the next two games, in preparation for the tie against Millwall which was to follow 16 days later. The Irons league form continued to be erratic in those next two games with a 1–0 home win over Swindon being closely followed by 0–2 loss away at Bristol City.

The Irons' 9 December FA Cup game at home to Millwall attracted their biggest attendance of the season with 13,000 spectators making the fifth qualifying round tie. Captain Tom Bradshaw, after being absent for the previous two games got the only goal in a 1–2 defeat. This would be his last game for the club. Thames Ironworks lost again at home to Millwall on 23 December, this time in the Southern League and by two goals to nil. Again, another above average crowd of 12/000 were attracted to a game between these two London rivals. This loss was followed two days later by a Christmas Day 0–2 defeat against Queens Park Rangers. Also on 25 December, after lengthy illness, club captain Tom Bradshaw died. His cause of death was recorded as consumption. His passing was remembered by future West Ham manager Syd King, in his brief history of the club:

"The record of 1899–1900, however, would not be complete without some reference to poor Tom Bradshaw, who came from Spurs with Joyce. How well I remember that match with Queens Park Rangers during the Christmas holidays, when Joyce brought over the sad message to the Memorial Grounds that our comrade had died. Poor Tom was one of the cleverest wing forwards I have ever known and he was immensely popular with everybody." – Syd King, 'Book Of Football' (1906)

The disillusioned Thames Ironworks team would record seven successive defeats until 15 January 1900, when they drew away at Bristol Rovers 1–1, with Kenny McKay getting the all important goal. The Irons managed to follow this up with a 3–0 win over Sheppey on 20 January, with goals coming from McKay, Carnelly and Joyce. A further four wins and three draws were just enough for Thames ironworks to avoid bottom place, and much of the credit for that should go to their forwards McKay, Carnelly and Joyce, who between them scored 90% of The Irons' goals.

The Irons won the last three games of the season. The first of these was on 9 April against the previous season's Southern League Division One champions Southampton, who had just reached the FA Cup Final and were sitting in third place in the division. Against the odds, Thames Ironworks recorded a 4–1 win with Bill Joyce's second hat-trick of the season and a goal from right-winger Bob Allan. On 17 April The Irons completed the double over bottom club Sheppey United by a 4–2 margin. This time the goals came from McKay, Joyce, Taylor and an own goal. The last game of the season arrived on 28 April when, at the third time of asking that season, The Irons beat Millwall away 1–0 with a goal from Ken McKay. Thames Ironworks finished 14 out of 15 in the Southern League Division One and would be required to play a Test Match to preserve their divisional status. Only two days later at a game held at Tottenham's White Hart Lane Ground, The Irons faced a Fulham team featuring former centre-forward David Lloyd. Although only 600 fans turned up, Thames Ironworks won 5–1, with Bill Joyce claiming his third hat-trick of the season at his former stomping ground. The other goals came from centre-half Willie Stewart and an own goal. Thames Ironworks had survived their first season in the top division of the Southern League and their reserve team had also begun to gain ground, finishing fourth of ten in the London League Division One.

Bill Joyce and Roddy McEachrane were ever-presents during the 1899–1900 season with 36 appearances each. Bill Joyce, Kenny McKay and Albert Carnelly all scored 8 goals in the Southern League Division One, with Joyce getting a further 10 in FA Cup and Test Match games.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Scott Parker and Mark Noble

Quotes from today's Guardian:

Scott Parker: "Bellers hasn't been on the phone asking me to go up to Manchester and that wouldn't be welcome. Until anyone says any different I see my long-term future at West Ham. I'm playing some really good stuff, I'm in a passing team and it's really pleasing and enjoyable. We've got something really good under the new management. The manager is a really confident person and that's reflected in the way we're playing. We're not scared. Gianfranco Zola's been great for us. I honestly think that, given time, this manager can do something really good with the players we've still got here. We are going to sorely miss Bellers, but we have to forget about Craig now. Other people will come to the fore."

Mark Noble: "I don't think we could do without Scott. He's very important. He gets the play going, makes great tackles and takes responsibility.The gaffer and his staff are fantastic, we work really hard and are much more resilient than before. We've sold a few players but the manager has accepted that and we've pulled together as a team. We're not a massive squad but we are a team."

Every Leeds United F.C. Transfer, Transfer Fee and Netspend

Leeds United F.C. transfer spending like most English Premier League clubs transfer fees and netspend is a subject of interest. Fans really like to know how much money the clubs have spent on players since the English Premier League began in 1992.

Here on the Transferleague.co.uk you can see all of Leeds United Football Club's spending in the transfer market since the beginning of the Premier League.

Every available transfer fee which Leeds United have spent on players in the January transfer window and the Summer transfer window are included. If there is no transfer fee available the players transfer is listed as undisclosed. The netspend for each season is in the right hand column.

For a more detailed look at Leeds United's netspend check out the Transferleague tables tab on the main menu. The next time you are discussing the transfer fees and wish to be fully informed on the up to date transfer fees and netspend for any Premier League or Championship club check out the Transferleague.co.uk.

Leeds United F.C. History

Leeds United Football Club was formed in 1919 as a successor to Leeds City, a club which was disbanded for paying Players which was against teh rules at the time. Leeds United continued to play its home games at Elland Road. In 1920, when the Football League was expanded, Leeds were elected to the Second Division of the Football Leagueand won promotion to the first division for the first time in 1924.

Leeds results were fairly unremarkable until the 60s and the arrival of Don Revie as manager. In 1961 Leeds changed their kit to white shirts, white shorts and white socks – Real Madrid was the model. Since 1934, their dresses had been blue and yellow, and before that white and blue. Not long after securing promotion to the First Division in 1964, Leeds started dominating the local competition. During the next decade, they claimed two League titles and both English cups, while finishing runners-up to Milan in the Cup Winners' Cup. Their biggest loss would come in 1975 when they were defeated by Bayern Munich in the European Cup final noted for some cotroversial refereeing decisions.

Leeds re-emerged as a contenders in the early 90s, under Howard Wilkinson. Wilkinson was successful in bringing a number of skilled players to the club, including future stars such as Gary Speed and Eric Cantona. As a result, Leeds claimed their third League trophy, the last First Division title before the competition was renamed to Premier League. Their time in the spotlight turned out to be short-lived, however following a huge financial meltdown at the turn of the century, Leeds were relegated to the Championship in 2004, where they still reside today. Leeds has no European Cup titles, but was in 2001 only two matches away from lifting the heaviest. After beating Deportivo in the Champions League quarter finals they faced Valencia in the semifinals. But after only 0-0 home, Leeds lost by 0-3 in the second leg.

Out of contract players this summer

For a number of us the season is now as good as over so just looking ahead to the summer what would you do with any out of contract players in your squad?

There is a bit of uncertainty which DC has expressed some dissatisfaction with in terms of a decision from the EFL about squad lists still pending. Apparently Vale are backing the PFA in them opposing the proposed 20 player limit and I imagine we might not be the only club taking that line.

As for Vale we have the following out of contract, some of them are easy decisions but some less so:-

Scott Brown - Keep
Dino Visser - Release
Tom Scott - Keep
Adam Crookes - Keep depending on what comes out of the squad limits
Zak Mills - Release
David Fitzpatrick - Release
Cristiano Montano - Keep but as with Manny below
Leon Legge - This may be a moot point if it's true he has already triggered a years extension but would keep anyway
Shaun Brisley - Release (tough one as he has come in to the team recently and done well but he is what he is at this point and not sure he helps us challenge at the top)
Luke Joyce - Keep but with a view to developing someone under him
Manny Oyeleke - Keep albeit this is pending questions about his injury history
Dan Trickett-Smith - Release
Alex Hurst - Unsure on this one, erring on the side of release
Harry McKirdy - Release
Mark Cullen - Release
Kurtis Guthrie - Release
Tom Pope - Release

*Danny Whitehead is still under contract so would allow him to look for another club if possible also.


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Forget the out of contract ones, what about the ones under contract?

For me if we some how managed to stay up I'd release every single one of them, quite clear none are good enough hence why we are at the bottom of the league.

Anyhow this is how ours appears:

Joe Bunney (wont be playing for us again, prehaps not anyone, seems to have a medical issue unfortunately for him)
Sam Habergham
Luke Hendrie
Elliot Hewitt
Mattie Pollock

Harry Clifton
Giles Coke
Julien Lamy
Luke Spokes

Matt Green
James Hanson
Stefen Payne
Alhagi Touray Sisay

If we stay up, then Hewitt, Clifton and possibly Pollock I wouldn't mind offering new deals too and if we go down then Hendrie, Habergham, Spokes and Coke can have a deal.

Under Contract for 21/22

James Mckeown
Sam Russell (GK Coach)

Luke Waterfall
Duncan Idehen (Not sure when its contract ends, 1st year pro)

Filipe Morais
George Williams
Max Wright
Jack Curran (Not sure when his contract ends, 1st year pro)
Joe Starbuck (Not sure when his contract ends, 1st year pro)
Cameron Painter (Not sure when his contract ends, first year pro)

Montel Gibson
Ira Jackson Jr
Lenell John-Lewis
Sean Scannell

Of those under contract I would look to pay off no matter what league we are in Waterfall, Curran, Starbuck, Painter, Gibson and Scannell. If we stay up then all of them can go, except maybe Wright if he is ever going to be fit again.

Currently on Loan
Jake Eastwood (GK)
Rollin Menayese (Def)
Idris El Mizouni (Mid)
Jay Matete (Mid)
Kyle Bennett (Mid)

Eastwood, Matete, and Menayese I wouldn't mind keeping.


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As Kieran says it depends a lot on the squad cap, 20 is too few and should be 25 IMO, Clarke feels there shouldn’t be one at all but most of all he says he just wants clarity and a decision made now so we can plan.

In terms of our squad, it’s become tricker, in February the view was of cowards let most go but now fitter and organised and back to our best it’s left some debate.

Scott Brown - Keep, one of the best keepers.
Dino Visser - Release, like him but the cap would mean we’d need a young keeper.
Tom Scott - Keep potentially, not featured yet so now safe need to have a look.
Adam Crookes - Keep as he is versatile
Zak Mills - I’d have driven him anywhere in Feb but Clarke got a tune out of him so harder decision, probably need better to progress if Gibbo gets a bad injury again.
David Fitzpatrick - Release, steady but if a cap you’d go Monty and Crookes back up.
Cristiano Montano - if Clarke is confident the new fitness set up would get games out of him i would keep. He’s an excellent player and covers LB and LW.
Leon Legge - Rumours he’s staying considering it looked as though he was Oldham bound on deadline day. Love Leggey and he’s a leader and a beast at the back.
Shaun Brisley - Release, need a younger ball playing centre half really to challenge for a spot with a Legge and Smudge
Luke Joyce - Keep, splits fans, results with and without him speak for themselves though. Needs competition in that role though.
Manny Oyeleke - if we can get fit like Monty you’d keep, he’s a class footballer and our upturn links to his availability.
Dan Trickett-Smith - Release
Alex Hurst - If squad cap is scraped I’d keep, he’s shown promise. Maybe a two year deal and loan to National League for six months would be worthwhile as do think he has something Clarke could develop.
Harry McKirdy - Release most likely, Clarke fancies a crack at taming him but it a cap you can’t carry him whilst he decides if he wants to be a pro footballer.
Mark Cullen - Release, not fit enough
Kurtis Guthrie - Release
Tom Pope - Emotionally tough, he’s a club legend, probably the only one of the 21st century, post war scoring record holder, one of our own. if a cap is scraped I’d keep if he wants to learn coaching, with a cap it’s almost impossible to keep him sadly. Would deserve a testimonial to say bye though.

Ideally we need to release the strikers we have like Pope, Cullen and Guthrie and fork out for a 20 plus hit man, Theo is under contract and has shown improvement, Rodney is a huge talent that’s raw so build on that and maybe a young loan striker to compliment them.

Under contract wise Whitehead might as well go. Hasn’t worked out at all that one.

I assume we will spend the cash, wanted the cap for wages ditching and hopefully the cap for players gets dumped or made higher than it’s set to be.

Interesting summer ahead under DC and Flickers.

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Rovers have Scott Davies, Calum Macdonald, Jay Spearing, James Vaughan and Charlie Jolley under contract next season. Unless there are some decent offers, or Scott Davies' injury proves more serious than reported, all should stay.

We don't know if we'll be in L1 or L2 and whether Keith Hill will remain as manager. I'm hedging my bets on the former and assuming Keith has done enough to stay promotion or not.

GK Joe Murphy Keep if he wants to carry on

DEF Liam Ridehalgh Probably worth another season as cover at left-back/central defence
DEF Peter Clarke As Murphy if he wants to carry on, keep.
DEF Manny Monthe Unsure he wants to stay so release
DEF George Ray Reportedly highest paid player under contract at the club. Unsure he deserves that, but better second season, so keep for defensive continuity
DEF Sid Nelson Very injury prone, whole-hearted when he does play, undecided.
DEF/MID Otis Khan Done better than expected at right-back, though prefer in midfield, keep
MID Paul Lewis Steady season. Keep
MID Kieron Morris Got a goal in him and last season's best player. Apparently unhappy, would like to keep.
MID Corey Blackett-Taylor Head turned with bigger clubs interest not kicked on. Probably worth offering a deal as might get small amount of compensation if moves on
ATT Kaiyne Woolery Pace to burn and more of a goal threat than expected, keep
ATT Danny Lloyd On his day can be a real thorn in the side of defences, but had a number of games where he seems drained from an early stage. Undecided
ATT Jake Burton Youngster, worth another year.

Of the loan players, only Liam Feeney deserves an offer, though KH likes Crawford and might offer him something. The other youngsters Kyle Hayde and George Nugent haven't been seen save the odd sub appearance in the Pizza Cup, so unsure if they'll get new deals.

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Pretty much agree with all of Boz's assessment above, although I would definitely offer Danny Lloyd something. He has definitely had fitness issues in the second half of the season, but is capable of playing in this division or the one above. I think Lee O'Connor has also had a solid season and could merit a deal, although he would not come cheap from Celtic and I am not sure he is good enough for League One.

Paul Lewis is the one player mentioned that might struggle technically in the division above, but deserves an opportunity at that level if we get there based on his performances this season.

Bizarrely enough, given our current form, I think virtually all of our squad are capable of performing comfortably in League One. It is the lack of options up front that are killing us at the moment.

I notice that Boz omitted David Nugent from his list, although that one is probably a no-brainer.


Outs: Marc Bola, Santi Cazorla, Alex Crean, Aaron Eyoma, Ryan Huddart, Chiori Johnson, Huge Keto, Per Mertesacker, Tafari Moore.


Outs: Baily Cargill, Ryan Allsop, Ollie Harfield, Sam Matthews, Patrick O’Flaherty, Joe Quigley, Rhys Wiggins.


Ins: Florine Andone (Deportivo la Coruna, £5.25m), Leon Balogun (Mainz, free).

Outs: David Ajiboye, Jonah Ayunga, Thomas Dallison-Lisbon, Tyler Hornby-Forbes, Uwe Hunemeier (Paderborn, free), Des Hutchinson, Rohan Ince, Mamadou Kone, Tim Krul, Reece Myles Meekums, Rian O&aposSullivan, Liam Rosenior, Steve Sidwell, Jamie Murphy (Rangers).

Outs: Tom Anderson (Doncaster, free), Scott Arfield (Rangers, free), Jordan Barnett, Arlen Birch, Josh Ginnelly (Walsall, free), Bradley Jackson, Sam Layton, Harry Limb, Chris Long, Dean Marney, Khius Metz, Rahis Nabi, Jamie Thomas.

Outs: Mitch Beeney, Isaac Christie-Davies, Cole Dasliva, Matej Delac, Eduardo Carvalho, Jordan Houghton, Renedi Masampu, Wallace, Tushaun-Tyreese Walters.


Outs: Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, Yohane Cabaye, Diego Cavalieri, Andre Coker, Damian Delaney, Victor Fundi, Chung Yong Lee, Bakary Sako, Joel Ward.

Outs: Jose Baxter (Oldham, free), Sam Byrne, Calum Dyson, Conor Grant (Plymouth, free), Louis Gray, david Henen, Joel Robles.


Outs: Jack Boyle, Denilson Carvalho, Dylan Cogill, Luca Colville, Robert Green, Dean Whitehead.


Ins: Ricardo Pereira (Porto, £21.8m)

Outs: Josh Debayo, Robert Huth, Sammie McLeod, Dylan Watts, Cameron Yates.

Ins: Fabinho (Monaco, £45m)

Outs: Emre Can, Toni Gomes, Yan Dhanda, Andrew Firth, Jon Flanagan, Paulo Neves Alves, Mich&aposEl Parker, Jordan Williams.


Outs: Sadou Diallo, Demeaco Duhaney, Will Patching (Notts County, free), Erik Sarmiento Martinez, Pawel Sokol, Yaya Toure, Marcus Wood.


Outs: Michael Carrick, Max Johnstone, Jake Kenyon, Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui, Devonte Redmond, Theo Richardson, Joe Riley (Bradford, free), Charlie Scott.


Outs: Yannick Aziakonou, Kyle Cameron, Yasin Elmahanni, Stuart Findlay, Owen Gallagher, Jesus Gamez Duarte, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex Gillead, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Mackenzie Heaney, Tim Heardman, Jack Hunter, Ben Kitchen, Oliver Long, Lewis McNall, Brendan Pearson, Callum Smith, Liam Smith, Craig Spooner, Daniel Ward, Callum Williams, Paul Woolston.


Outs: Mohamad Richard Bakary, Oliver Cook, Florin Gardis, Armani Little, Olufela Olomola (Scunthorpe, free), Jeremy Pied, Will Wood (Accrington).

Outs: Olusola Ayoola, Stephen Ireland, Glen Johnson, Shola Ayoola, Lewis Banks, Ryan Hill, Eddy Lecygne, Luis Da Silva, Mitchell Allen, Jordan Greenidge, Venancio Monteiro, Connor Russo.


Outs: Ki Sung-yueng, Leon Britton, Angel Rangel, Lewis Thomas, Matic Paljk, Mael Davies, Causso Darame.


Outs: Ryan Loft, Christian Maghoma, Luke O&aposReilly, Joe Pritchard, Nicholas Tsaroulla,

Outs: Brandon Mason, Charlie Rowan, Yazid Kaikay, Reece Stray, Nathan Gartside, Dennon Lewis, Louis Rogers, Max Ryan, David Sesay, Connor Stevens, Carl Stewart, Jubril Adedeji, Jesus Cruz Cabrera, Bradley Empson, Ben Jones, Jamie Lacy.


Outs: Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers, free), Gareth McAuley, Robbie McCourt, James Morrison, Glyn Myhill, Evan Pierce, Ethan Ross (Colchester, free), Claudio Yacob.


Outs: James Collins, Patrice Evra, Korrey Henry, Rosaire Longelo, Rihards Matrevics.

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The Victoria Cross is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of an enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Richard Stannard was awarded the VC on 3 September 1940 by King George VI at Buckingham Palace for his command of the armed trawler HMS Arab at Namsos, Norway. This is his story.

I was born on 21 August 1902 in Blyth, Northumberland, I was the eldest of five, my parents were George and Elizabeth. We were living in Cowpen Quay, Blyth, when my father’s ship, Mount Oswald was lost on a voyage from USA in 1912. Then I was educated at the Royal Naval Merchant School for orphans of merchant seamen in Berkshire.

In 1918 I went to sea as an apprentice and ten year later joined the Orient Line and was appointed sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve. A few year later they promoted me to Lieutenant. In 1928 at West Ham, East London I married Phyllis May, we had two daughters.

I was awarded a VC because of the events between 28 April and 2 May 1940. I was in command of the armed trawler HMS Arab at Namsos, Norway. The vessel was subjected to 31 bombing attacks, during one of them Namsos jetty was hit and set on fire, so I ran Arab’s bows against the wharf and for two hours tried to extinguish the fire. I succeeded in saving part of the jetty which was invaluable in the evacuation of Namsos.

Then I established an armed camp under the shelter of a cliff where off duty seamen could rest with safety. When another trawler was hit and about to blow up, I and two others boarded Arab and moved her 100 yards to safety. We were leaving the fjord when Arab was attacked by a German bomber who ordered me to steer east or be sunk.

I kept on course, and held my fire till the enemy was within 800 yards and then shot the aircraft down. With a damaged rudder, propeller and cracked main engine castings, I sailed back to England.

Richard was also captain of the destroyer Vimy which with the Beverly, sank U18 in the Atlantic 1943. He was also promoted to Commander in 1947 and Captain in 1952. In 1947, he re-joined the Orient Line and in 1955 was appointed Marine Superintendent in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

He became Marine Superintendent of the P&O Orient Lines of Australia in 1960, and until 1973, served on the Council of the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales.

Richard Stannard died on 22 July 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales, and was cremated at the Rookwood Crematorium, Sydney.

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Gloucestershire Regiment during WW2

WW2 Battalions of The Gloucestershire Regiment

1st Battalion:
1942 - 1943: The Battalion in Burma and was attached to the 17th Indian Division

2nd Battalion:
08 May 1940: The Battalion was involved in the Battle of France after Germany's invasion of the Low Countries. It took part in the defensive screen protecting the Dunkirk evacuation.
06 June 1944: It took part in the D-Day landings.
September 1944: It was involved in the North-West Europe campaign.
1945-1946: Were part of the 56th Infantry Brigade.

5th Battalion:
1939: The Battalion was part of the 144th Infantry Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Divison.
1940: Was sent to France to join the British Expeditionary Force
31st May 1940: Evacuated from Beaches of Dunkirk. Once returned to the UK, they were taken to Kington, Herefordshire.
14 January 1941: Became part of the 43rd Reconnaissance Regt.

10th Battalion:
1940: The Battalion was formed.
April 1942: Converted to 159 Royal Armoured Corps Regiment.
December 1942: Arrived in India and joined 32nd Indian Armoured Division.
March 1943: Serving in Burma. It was converted back to 10th Battalion (Infantry)and became part of the 72nd Brigade, attached to 36th Division, led by Major General F.W. Festing. (Also known to the troops as "Front Line Frankie") Formation sign of 36th Division were two interlocking circles, one Red and one White and were worn on the uniforms.
April 1944: 'C' Company of the 10th Battalion had taken a Japanese officer sword during 'Ham Bone', action in Burma.
03 August 1944: The town of Myitkyina fell. They were the first Allied formation to actually enter the town, and the only British Division in Theatre operating under American Command, General Joseph Stilwell (also known as Vinegar Joe)
22 November 1944: The Battalion began its assault at Pinwe after the Artillerys bombardment, a long with an air attack on the enemy. It was an extremely fierce fight.
26 November 1944: They were relieved. Pinwe fell two days later.
January 1945: They crossed the Irrawaddy River and came under the command of the Fourteenth Army. They were involved yet again in extremely fierce fighting that led to the final operation that broke the last Japanese resistance in Burma.
December 1945: Disbanded.



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