1932-33 West Ham United F.C. season

West Ham United
1932–33 season
ChairmanWilliam White
ManagerSyd King/Charlie Paynter
StadiumBoleyn Ground
First DivisionFirst Division 22nd
FA CupSemi-Final
Top goalscorerLeague:
Vic Watson (24)

All:
Vic Watson (28)

Season summary[]

The 1932–33 season was West Ham's first season back in the Second Division following their relegation in the previous season. The club were managed at the start of the season by Syd King.[1] Two days after losing their ninth game of the season, on 7 November King was sacked. He was replaced by Charlie Paynter.[2] King who was reputed to have had problems with alcohol and had previously turned up at board meetings drunk and had taken West Ham's relegation the previous season badly such that it had affected his mental health. A month after his sacking, King committed suicide by drinking alcohol laced with a "corrosive substance". An inquest into his death concluded that he had been suffering from paranoia and that he had taken his life "whilst of unsound mind".[2]

In the league, they finished in 20th place just one place above a relegation spot having not been higher than 16th all season.[3] Their defence was the poorest in the league ranking 22nd letting in 93 goals at an average of 2.21 goals every game.[3] A run of four wins in their last five games moved them out of the relegation places with one game of the season remaining.[3] This included their only away win of the season, at Old Trafford against Manchester United. The winning goal in a 2-1 victory was scored by Arthur Wilson who many years later recalled the goal; "It was a real belter from 30 yards. The ball hit the underside of the bar and struck the goalkeeper on the back of the neck before crossing the line. The force of the shot knocked him to the floor".[2] The players were promised a continental tour if they managed to beat relegation. This did not materialize.[2]

The club's top scorer was Vic Watson with 28 goals; 24 in the league and four in the FA Cup.[4]

West Ham reached the semi-final of the FA Cup before losing to Everton whose goals were scored by Dixie Dean and Ted Critchley.[2][5] Everton went on to contest, and win, an all Lancashire final against Manchester City.[6]

Second Division[]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Stoke City 42 25 6 11 78 39 2.000 56
2 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 15 7 96 51 1.882 55
3 Fulham 42 20 10 12 78 65 1.200 50
4 Bury 42 20 9 13 84 59 1.424 49
5 Nottingham Forest 42 17 15 10 67 59 1.136 49
6 Manchester United 42 15 13 14 71 68 1.044 43
7 Millwall 42 16 11 15 59 57 1.035 43
8 Bradford Park Avenue 42 17 8 17 77 71 1.085 42
9 Preston North End 42 16 10 16 74 70 1.057 42
10 Swansea Town 42 19 4 19 50 54 0.926 42
11 Bradford City 42 14 13 15 65 61 1.066 41
12 Southampton 42 18 5 19 66 66 1.000 41
13 Grimsby Town 42 14 13 15 79 84 0.940 41
14 Plymouth Argyle 42 16 9 17 63 67 0.940 41
15 Notts County 42 15 10 17 67 78 0.859 40
16 Oldham Athletic 42 15 8 19 67 80 0.838 38
17 Port Vale 42 14 10 18 66 79 0.835 38
18 Lincoln City 42 12 13 17 72 87 0.828 37
19 Burnley 42 11 14 17 67 79 0.848 36
20 West Ham United 42 13 9 20 75 93 0.806 35
21 Chesterfield 42 12 10 20 61 84 0.726 34
22 Charlton Athletic 42 12 7 23 60 91 0.659 31

Results[]

West Ham United's score comes first[4]

Legend[]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
27 August 1932 Swansea City A 0-1 15,247
29 August 1932 Bradford City H 2-4 10,964 Pollard, Mills
3 September 1932 Notts County H 1-1 10,656 Puddefoot
7 September 1932 Bradford City A 1-5 17,137 Watson
10 September 1932 Port Vale A 0-4 9,582
17 September 1932 Millwall H 3-0 25,496 Watson (2), Morton
24 September 1932 Southampton A 3-4 11,636 Watson, Morton (2)
1 October 1932 Bury A 0-1 12,848
8 October 1932 Lincoln City A 0-6 9,887
15 October 1932 Oldham Athletic H 5-2 13,161 Norris (3), Watson, Morton
22 October 1932 Preston North End A 1-4 8,525 Mills
29 October 1932 Burnley H 4-4 12,009 Watson (3), Morton
5 November 1932 Bradford Park Avenue A 0-3 14,861
12 November 1932 Grimsby Town H 5-2 11,481 Yews, Watson, Wilson (2), Jacobson (og)
19 November 1932 Stoke City A 0-0 11,225
26 November 1932 Charlton Athletic H 7-3 18,347 Barrett, Yews, Watson (2), Wilson (2), Morton
3 December 1932 Nottingham Forest A 2-2 7,399 Watson, Wilson
10 December 1932 Manchester United H 3-1 13,435 Watson (2), Wilson
17 December 1932 Tottenham Hotspur A 2-2 45,129 Morton, Whatley (og)
24 December 1932 Plymouth Argyle H 2-2 21,312 Barrett, Morton
26 December 1932 Fulham A 2-4 26,932 Watson, Puddefoot
27 December 1932 Fulham H 1-1 32,237 Watson
31 December 1932 Swansea City H 3-1 16,876 Barrett, Watson (2)
7 January 1933 Notts County A 0-2 11,437
21 January 1933 Port Vale H 5-0 13,908 Barrett, Watson (2), Wilson (2)
31 January 1933 Millwall A 0-1 4,063
4 February 1933 Southampton H 3-1 16,521 Watson, Wilson (2)
11 February 1933 Bury A 1-6 7,516 Barrett
6 March 1933 Preston North End H 1-1 8,648 Puddefoot
11 March 1933 Burnley A 0-4 10,771
13 March 1933 Oldham Athletic A 2-3 7,159 Mills, Wood
20 March 1933 Bradford Park Avenue H 2-1 7,258 Watson (2)
25 March 1933 Grimsby Town A 1-2 8,546 Wilson
27 March 1933 Lincoln City H 0-0 9,836
1 April 1933 Stoke City H 1-2 19,104 Barrett
8 April 1933 Charlton Athletic A 1-3 21,487 Barrett
14 April 1933 Chesterfield A 0-1 11,974
15 April 1933 Nottingham Forest H 4-3 16,925 Barrett, Wood, Goulden, Morton
17 April 1933 Chesterfield H 3-1 18,394 Pollard, Watson, Morton
22 April 1933 Manchester United A 2-1 14,958 Morton, Wilson
29 April 1933 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-0 31,706 Wilson
6 May 1933 Plymouth Argyle A 1-4 10,444 Hardie (og)

FA Cup[]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 14 January 1933 Corinthians A 2-0 16,421 Pollard, Watson
R4 28 January 1933 West Bromwich Albion H 2-0 37,222 Wilson, Watson
R5 18 February 1933 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2-2 32,310 Musgrave, Watson
R5 Replay 22 February 1933 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-0 36,742 Morton
R6 4 March 1933 Birmingham City H 4-0 44,242 Pollard, Wilson, Morton, Barkas (og)
Semi-Final 18 March 1933 Everton Molineux 1-2 37,936 Watson

Squad[]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England DF Jim Barrett
England MF Albert Cadwell
England DF Alfred Chalkley
England DF Joe Cockroft
England DF Jimmy Collins
England FW Dickie Deacon
England DF Bob Dixon
England DF Alfred Earl
England FW Ted Fenton
England DF William Fryatt
England DF Reg Goodacre
England FW Len Goulden
England FW William Johnson
Scotland GK Pat McMahon
No. Position Player
Scotland FW Hugh Mills
England FW Jackie Morton
England MF Joe Musgrave
England MF Fred Norris
England FW Walter Pollard
England FW Syd Puddefoot
England FW Jimmy Ruffell
England MF Wally St Pier
England DF Albert Walker
England GK George Watson
England FW Vic Watson
England MF Arthur Wilson
England FW Jim Wood
England MF Tommy Yews

References[]

  1. ^ John Maguire. Bolton Wanderers vs. West Ham United 1923 F.A. Cup Final. John Maguire. pp. 36–. GGKEY:R1SC1JQTSTC.
  2. ^ a b c d e Blows, Kirk (2000). The Essential History of West Ham United. Swindon: Headline Book Publishing. pp. 67–70. ISBN 0747270368.
  3. ^ a b c "West Ham United 1932-1933 : Home". www.statto.com. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics 2nd Division 1932-33". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  5. ^ whu 1933 cup semi final. British Movietone.
  6. ^ "Days news in brief". Aberdeen Journal. 20 March 1933. Retrieved 22 January 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).