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George Hilsdon: West Ham United


George Hilsdon dilahirkan di Donald Street di Bromley-by-Bow pada 10 Ogos 1885. Semasa kecil dia pergi ke Marner Street School bersama Billy Bridgeman. Pada tahun 1897 keluarga Hilsdon berpindah ke East Ham dan dia bersekolah di Plashet Lane School. Sebagai pemain bola sepak yang berbakat, dia dijadikan kapten pasukan sekolah.

Hilsdon bermain di babak tengah untuk East Ham Boys di Corinthian Shield, pertandingan antara daerah yang diperkenalkan oleh Persatuan Bola Sepak London Schools '. The South Essex Mail melaporkan bahawa: "George Hilsdon, bahagian tengah retak Plashet, adalah salah satu pemain terbaik yang tampil dalam Pertandingan Korintus. Dia telah melakukan kerja yang luar biasa untuk pasukan East Ham, yang dipimpinnya dengan cara yang luar biasa .. . Dia mengatasi tanpa rasa takut, dan menempatkan tepat ke depannya. George sangat menyukai tembakan cepat, dan telah mencetak gol di setiap pertandingan di Korintus. "

Sebagai Colm Kerrigan, pengarang Gun Gatling George Hilsdon (1997) telah menunjukkan: "Tidak ada yang diketahui tentang George Hilsdon dalam tiga setengah tahun antara meninggalkan sekolah beberapa waktu selama 1900 dan penampilan pertamanya yang diketahui dalam bola sepak tempatan sekitar awal tahun 1904." Pada tahun itu dia menyertai pasukan bola sepak Boleyn Castle. Tidak lama kemudian, dia dilihat bermain dalam pertandingan Liga Minggu oleh Syd King. Pemain berusia 18 tahun itu menandatangani kontrak dengan West Ham United pada November 1904.

Hilsdon menjaringkan gol dalam permainan pertamanya untuk kelab pada 11 Februari 1905. Dia bergabung dengan pasukan yang merangkumi Charlie Simmons, Herbert Bamlett, William McCartney, Jack Flynn, John Russell, Jack Fletcher, Billy Bridgeman, Christopher Carrick, George Hilsdon, Matt Kingsley , David Gardner, Len Jarvis dan Tommy Allison.

Hilsdon juga menjaringkan hatrik dalam permainan Liga Barat menentang Bristol Rovers. The East End News melaporkan: "Perlawanan itu cukup kemenangan bagi penyerang tengah West Ham yang baru, yang bertanggung jawab atas tiga dari setengah lusin gol, dan mengalahkan penjaga gawang seperti Cartlidge tiga kali dalam satu perlawanan adalah pencapaian yang lebih tua tangan yang mungkin dibanggakan oleh Hilsdon. Dengan sedikit pengalaman lagi, dia pasti akan berkembang menjadi pemain kelas pertama. "

Pada 17 April 1905 Hilsdon cedera dalam perlawanan menentang Fulham. Dia tidak dapat bermain untuk sepanjang musim ini. Namun, catatannya dengan empat gol dalam tujuh perlawanan, merupakan permulaan yang baik untuk karier bola sepaknya.

Hilsdon tidak berada dalam pasukan pertama pada awal musim 1905-06. Namun, setelah tiga kekalahan berturut-turut Hilsdon mendapat peluang menentang Brentford pada 30 September 1905. Walaupun dia tidak menjaringkan gol, Hilsdon membantu West Ham United menang 2-0. Dia juga bermain dalam perlawanan berikutnya melawan Norwich City, tetapi terulangnya kecederaan musim sebelumnya bererti dia keluar dari pasukan selama enam minggu ke depan.

Hilsdon kembali ke pasukan pertama dalam perlawanan menentang Fulham pada 25 November. Dia mengekalkan tempatnya dan menjaringkan gol dalam dua perlawanan berikutnya menentang Queen's Park Rangers dan Bristol Rovers. Namun, setelah hanya satu permainan lagi dia digantikan dengan pemain baru Harry Stapley. Dia juga menghadapi persaingan yang kuat dari Billy Bridgeman dan Billy Grassam. Hilsdon dibawa kembali ke pasukan pertama pada 14 April 1906 dan sekali lagi dia menjaringkan gol dan pada akhir musim dia telah menjaringkan gol tiga kali dalam sembilan perlawanan.

Pada bulan Jun 1906, John Tait Robertson, memujuk Syd King untuk membiarkan Hilsdon bergabung dengan Chelsea dengan pertukaran percuma. Colm Kerrigan, pengarang Gun Gatling George Hilsdon (1997) berpendapat bahawa: "Sulit untuk memahami mengapa Syd King yang cerdik itu bersedia membiarkannya melakukan perpindahan percuma. Mungkin dia telah putus asa dari George yang berjaya mengatasi kecederaannya. Atau mungkin, dengan Stapley melakukannya dengan baik sebagai penyerang tengah dan dengan perlindungan yang kompeten dalam bentuk Bridgeman dan Billy Grassam yang baru kembali, dia mungkin tidak melihat tempat untuknya dalam rancangan pasukan masa depannya. "

Chelsea ketika itu berada di Bahagian Kedua Liga Bola Sepak. Mereka juga memiliki banyak pengikut dan permainan menentang Manchester United musim sebelumnya kelab telah menarik lebih dari 60,000 penonton ke Stamford Bridge, yang terbesar dalam pertandingan liga pada masa itu. Terdapat juga rancangan untuk memberi lebih banyak ruang pada musim itu untuk 20,000 penonton lagi.

Hilsdon bermain untuk kelab barunya untuk pertama kalinya menentang Glossop pada 1 September 1906. The Fulham Observer menggambarkannya sebagai "debut sensasi" ketika Hilsdon menjaringkan lima gol dalam kemenangan Chelsea 9-2. Hilsdon sekarang adalah orang yang terkenal dan akhbar tempatan melaporkan bahawa dalam pertandingan menentang Fulham Hilsdon "mendapat tuduhan hebat setelah sekitar sepuluh minit, dan untuk selebihnya permainan berkeliaran, bayangan bekas dirinya. Di bilik persalinan di separuh masa dia berkerut dan berpusing menahan kesakitan. "

Colm Kerrigan berpendapat dalam Gun Gatling George Hilsdon bahawa Hilsdon sentiasa mendapat rawatan kasar pada musim itu. The Fulham Observer melaporkan bahawa dalam pertandingan menentang Nottingham Forest Hilsdon "merasa sukar untuk melakukan apa-apa, kerana secara langsung bola datang ke arahnya tiga lawan berada di landasannya".

Pada tahun 1906 George Hilsdon mengahwini Katherine Kelly, anak perempuan pendatang Ireland yang tinggal di Whitechapel. Pasangan ini tinggal di Fulham Palace Road. Seorang anak lelaki, juga bernama George, dilahirkan setahun kemudian. Kemudian dia mempunyai seorang anak perempuan Kathleen.

Hilsdon mendapat reputasi untuk menembak pantas dan sukar. The West London Press menyifatkan gol yang dijaringkannya melawan Leicester City di liga: "Hilsdon membuat gerakan sampingan yang membingungkan yang hanya sekejap-sekejap tidak melancarkan dua pemain Leicester di sekelilingnya, tetapi dalam ruang singkat itu Hilsdon telah melayangkan bola melewati Lewis yang mengagumkan. Ia adalah tembakan tanpa unsur spekulasi sedikit pun. Itu adalah gol Hilsdon. "

Pada bulan November 1906 program kelab itu memuatkan potret kartun Hilsdon yang berjudul "Gatling-Gun George". Artikel yang disertakan menunjukkan bahawa nama panggilan berasal dari penembakannya "yang tidak dapat dihentikan dan yang bergerak seperti tembakan dari pistol."

George Hilsdon menjaringkan 27 golnya musim ini dalam kemenangan Chelsea 4-1 ke atas Gainsborough Trinity di Stamford Bridge. Kemenangan ini menjamin promosi Chelsea ke Divisyen Pertama. S. B. Ashworth, menulis di Surat Harian, meramalkan bahawa Hilsdon akan segera terpilih untuk tim Inggris: "Dia memerintah bola dengan luar biasa, memiliki konsep yang baik tentang tugas pusat, dan di atas semua, adalah tembakan mematikan."

Hilsdon kekal dalam keadaan baik pada musim berikutnya. Dia mencipta satu lagi rekod untuk kelab itu ketika dia menjaringkan enam gol dalam pertandingan Piala FA menentang Worksop Town. 25 gol liga Hilsdon musim itu meletakkannya di kedudukan kedua dengan Sandy Turnbull dari Manchester United dan Enoch West dari Nottingham Forest. Namun, Chelsea berjuang di Divisi Pertama dan hanya mengelakkan penyingkiran.

Hilsdon memenangi cap antarabangsa pertamanya untuk England menentang Ireland pada 15 Februari 1907. Pasukan pada hari itu termasuk Joe Bache, Tim Coleman, Bob Crompton, Sam Hardy dan William Wedlock. Hilsdon gagal menjaringkan gol dalam kemenangan 1-0 dan digugurkan dari pasukan. Colm Kerrigan berpendapat bahawa "George mengalami permainan yang buruk, cacat oleh cedera kaki. Dikabarkan bahawa ia ditahan melalui percubaan sengaja oleh Irlandia untuk mengeluarkannya dari permainan." Namun, Hilsdon kemudian mendakwa bahawa dia telah menggerakkan otot kakinya untuk menembak.

Hilsdon memulakan musim 1907-08 dalam bentuk yang baik dengan menjaringkan gol dalam perlawanan tuan rumah menentang Bury. The Fulham Observer melaporkan: "Sangat tepat bahawa Hilsdon harus meletakkan gol pertama di Stamford Bridge sebagai penghargaan kepada Chelsea, dan betapa hebatnya tembakan yang menjaringkan sudut atas gawang." Minggu berikutnya dia menjaringkan gol hebat menentang Sheffield United. Akhbar yang sama melaporkan bahawa Hilsdon memperlakukan orang ramai "dengan salah satu aksi cemerlang menerusi pertahanan dan gol yang seterusnya."

Hilsdon dipilih untuk percubaan untuk pasukan England pada bulan Mac 1908. The Athletic News terkesan dengan cara Hilsdon dan Vivian Woodward bermain bersama dalam pasukan Selatan yang seri 4-4 dengan Korea Utara. Akhbar itu mengulas bahawa "gabungan hebat ini membolehkan George Hilsdon menembak keempat-empat gol." Dia terpilih untuk bermain menentang Ireland dan menjaringkan dua gol dalam kemenangan 3-1 England. Ini diikuti dengan paluan Wales 7-1. Sekali lagi Hilsdon menjaringkan dua gol.

Pada 6 Jun 1908, Hilsdon menjaringkan dua gol lagi dalam kemenangan England 6-1 ke atas Austria. Ini diikuti oleh empat gol menentang Hungary (7-1) dan dua menentang Bohemia (4-0). Dia kini telah menjaringkan 12 gol dalam 7 antarabangsa. The Fulham Observer melaporkan bahawa Hilsdon "kini merupakan penyerang tengah terhebat di England dan telah memperoleh ketepatan gol yang mungkin tidak dapat ditandingi oleh mana-mana pemain hebat hari ini."

Hilsdon bermain menentang Ireland pada 13 April 1909. Walaupun telah menjaringkan dua gol, dia dikritik oleh Athletic News kerana "sangat kekurangan tewas di dekat gawang". Beberapa wartawan mendakwa bahawa Bert Freeman pantas menggantikan Hilsdon dalam pasukan England. Pemilih bersetuju dan dia digugurkan dari pasukan England menentang Wales. Hilsdon yang telah menjaringkan 14 gol yang menakjubkan dalam 8 perlawanan antarabangsa, tidak pernah bermain untuk negaranya lagi.

Pada 20 November 1909, Vivian Woodward, bekas rakan sekerja antarabangsa Hilsdon, dipindahkan ke Chelsea. Musim itu Hilsdon tidak begitu produktif dan Chelsea akhirnya diturunkan dari Divisi Pertama.

Wartawan bola sepak mula menghidupkan Hilsdon. Fulham Observer melaporkan setelah satu pertandingan: "Hilsdon hanya melakukan sedikit ke depan dengan pengecualian dari satu gol yang dijaringkannya. Mungkin dia tidak dapat menumpukan perhatian pada permainan." Reg Groves mendakwa: "Dia menjadi terlalu ramah, terlalu ceroboh dengan kekuatan dan kekuatannya". Dikhabarkan bahawa Hilsdon mengalami masalah minuman serius dan dia digugurkan dari pasukan pertama.

Setelah menjaringkan 107 gol dalam 164 perlawanan untuk Chelsea, dia dibenarkan kembali ke West Ham United pada bulan Jun 1912. The Fulham Observer melaporkan: "Dalam keadaan biasa, mereka (Chelsea) mungkin menginginkan hampir empat angka sebelum menyetujui pemain antarabangsa itu pergi ke tempat lain, tetapi peliknya, Chelsea memperoleh Hilsdon dari West Ham sama sekali tanpa sebarang bayaran, dengan syarat bahawa jika dia dipindahkan ke kelab lain sebahagian daripada bayaran perpindahan harus pergi ke West Ham ... Selama dua musim terakhir dia dalam bentuk penurunan ... dia mungkin akan lebih gembira di West Ham. "

The East Ham Echo melaporkan bahawa semasa permainan pertamanya di rumah, Hilsdon "harus menjalankan tantangan dari beberapa ucapan yang sangat tidak baik dari bahagian pendirian". Hilsdon bermain di sebelah kiri, dengan Fred Harrison di bahagian tengah-tengah dan Danny Shea di sebelah kanan-kanan. Gabungan itu bermain dengan baik bersama. Seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh East Ham Echo: "Baik seperti yang pernah dilakukan Shea, dia 20 persen lebih baik sejak diperkenalkannya Hilsdon."

Pada 15 Februari 1913 West Ham United bermain Southampton. The East Ham Echo melaporkan bahawa: "Hilsdon sekali lagi menjadi otak utama serangan itu, dan akan sukar untuk memperkirakan perannya dalam menempatkan Hammers di tempat kelima di meja Liga Selatan musim ini berbanding kedua belas pada periode yang sama tahun lalu. . "

West Ham menamatkan musim 1912-13 di tempat ke-3 di Liga Selatan. George Hilsdon akhirnya menjaringkan gol terbanyak dengan 17 gol dalam 36 perlawanan piala dan liga. Albert Denyer juga berjaya dengan 12 dalam 33 perlawanan. Namun, mereka jelas terlepas gol Danny Shea pada separuh masa kedua musim ini.

Hilsdon menjaringkan gol menentang Millwall pada pembukaan musim 1913-14. Richard Leafe dibawa ke pasukan untuk perlawanan seterusnya menentang Swindon Town dan menjaringkan dua gol dalam kekalahan 3-2. Leafe terus menjaringkan gol dalam tiga perlawanan berikutnya.

Pada 22 November 1913, Syd Puddefoot, anak tempatan, dibawa ke pasukan menentang Gillingham. West Ham menang 3-1 dan Puddefoot menjaringkan salah satu gol. Seperti yang ditunjukkan oleh John Northcutt dan Roy Shoesmith dalam buku mereka, West Ham United: Sejarah Tergambar (1994): "Syd Puddefoot yang berusia 19 tahun tiba dan dia menjaringkan 13 gol dalam 11 perlawanan pertamanya." Bentuk Puddefoot mengakibatkan Hilsdon digugurkan dari pasukan.

Dan Bailey, juga dalam keadaan baik dan Hilsdon mendapati dirinya berada di luar pasukan pertama. Kecederaan terhadap Richard Leafe dan Syd Puddefoot membawanya kembali ke pasukan dan dia menjaringkan dua gol menentang Millwall pada 14 April 1914. The East Ham Echo melaporkan bahawa Hilsdon menjaringkan "dengan salah satu tembakan hebat yang dia terkenal, tetapi yang kami ada terlalu lambat. "

West Ham United menduduki tempat ke-6 pada musim 1913-14. Richard Leafe adalah penjaring terbanyak dengan 21 gol. Syd Puddefoot menduduki tempat kedua dalam senarai dengan 16 dalam 20 piala dan permainan liga. Hilsdon hanya menjaringkan 6 gol dalam 17 perlawanan.

Walaupun tercetusnya Perang Dunia Pertama, Liga Bola Sepak memutuskan untuk membiarkan musim 1914-15 berlanjutan. West Ham mempunyai harapan yang tinggi agar mereka dapat memenangi Liga Selatan untuk pertama kalinya. Di Syd Puddefoot mereka mempunyai penjaring gol muda yang paling menjanjikan di negara ini.

West Ham memenangi enam daripada 12 perlawanan pertama mereka. Syd Puddefoot mendapat sembilan gol dalam 12 perlawanan ini. George Hilsdon dan Richard Leafe juga dalam keadaan baik dan mendapat 7 gol antara mereka. Sekali lagi West Ham mencabar gelaran Liga Selatan.

Pada bulan Oktober 1914, Setiausaha Negara, Lord Kitchener, mengeluarkan panggilan untuk sukarelawan untuk menggantikan mereka yang terbunuh dalam pertempuran awal perang. Pada 12 Disember William Joynson Hicks menubuhkan Batalion Perkhidmatan (Bola Sepak) ke-17 Rejimen Middlesex. Ini dikenali sebagai Batalion Bola Sepak. Beberapa pemain bola sepak teratas menyertai batalion ini. Ini termasuk Frank Buckley, Walter Tull, Vivian Woodward dan Evelyn Lintott. Buckley, bekas tentera, menjadi komander batalion.

Persatuan Bola Sepak meminta semua pemain bola sepak profesional yang belum berkahwin, untuk bergabung dengan angkatan tentera. Beberapa surat khabar menyatakan bahawa mereka yang tidak bergabung "menyumbang kepada kemenangan Jerman." The Athletic News menjawab dengan marah: "Keseluruhan kegelisahan itu tidak lain adalah percubaan oleh kelas pemerintah untuk menghentikan rekreasi pada satu hari dalam minggu massa ... Apa yang mereka peduli dengan sukan orang miskin itu? Orang miskin memberi hidup mereka untuk negara ini dalam ribuan. Dalam banyak kes, mereka tidak mempunyai apa-apa lagi ... Ini seharusnya, menurut sebilangan kecil orang sombong yang jahat, akan kehilangan satu gangguan yang mereka alami selama lebih dari tiga puluh tahun. "

Frederick Charrington, anak dari pembuat bir kaya yang telah menubuhkan Tower Hamlets Mission, menyerang pemain West Ham kerana menjadi bos dan pengecut kerana dibayar untuk bermain bola sepak sementara yang lain bertempur di Front Barat.

Pemain West Ham menyahut seruan ini untuk bergabung dengan angkatan tentera. Jack Tresadern bergabung dengan Royal Garrison Artillery. Tiga anggota Jawatankuasa Perekrutan Parlimen mengunjungi Upton Park dan membuat rayuan untuk sukarelawan selama separuh masa. Joe Webster, penjaga gawang West Ham United, adalah salah satu dari mereka yang bergabung dengan Batalion Bola Sepak sebagai hasil dari rayuan ini. Hilsdon terus bermain dalam pasukan dan menjaringkan 5 dalam 20 permainan pada musim 1914-15.

Kehadiran pada perlawanan liga turun secara mendadak pada separuh kedua musim ini kerana kesan dari Perang Dunia Pertama. Diputuskan bahawa Liga Selatan tidak akan beroperasi pada musim 1915-16. Oleh kerana pemain bola sepak hanya mempunyai kontrak untuk bermain untuk satu musim pada satu masa, mereka kini tidak bekerja. Dianggarkan bahawa sekitar 2.000 daripada 5.000 pemain bola sepak profesional Britain kini bergabung dengan angkatan tentera. Ini termasuk George Hilsdon yang bergabung dengan Rejimen Surrey Timur. Dia bertugas di Front Barat, harus mengalami serangan gas mustard di Arras pada tahun 1917. Ini merosakkan paru-parunya dengan teruk dan walaupun dia bermain sebentar untuk Chatham Town setelah perang. Dia menjaringkan 14 gol dalam enam perlawanan pada tahun 1919 tetapi dia akhirnya terpaksa mengundurkan diri dari permainan.

Pada tahun 1924 Hilsdon bergabung dengan Fred Karno's Troup, sebuah aksi vaudeville yang popular. Salah satu kaedah untuk mempublikasikan syarikat itu semasa mengembara ke seluruh negara adalah dengan mengadakan pertandingan bola sepak amal antara pemeran pertunjukan dan beberapa organisasi tempatan.

Menurut Colm Kerrigan, pengarang Gun Gatling George Hilsdon (1997) berpendapat: "Berjaya bertahun-tahun tidak melemahkan semangat kelangsungan hidupnya di East East, dan dia mengikis kehidupan dengan pelbagai cara, semuanya, sejauh yang diketahui, di sisi kanan undang-undang - tetapi kadang-kadang hanya adil. Salah satu jalan keluarnya, dalam masa yang suram, adalah berkeliling beberapa pub East End, membawa sekotak coklat, tetapi mengatur agar hadiah dimenangkan oleh isterinya setiap kali. "

George Hilsdon meninggal di Leicester pada 10 September 1941. Hanya empat orang menghadiri pengkebumiannya (anak lelaki, anak perempuan, menantu dan cucunya). Pengebumian dibayar oleh Persatuan Bola Sepak.


จอ ร์ จ ฮิ ล ส์ ดัน

Dia ditandatangani sebagai penyerang dari West Ham United pada tahun 1906 tetapi pengurus John Tait Robertson yakin bahawa Hilsdon berpotensi untuk bermain sebagai penyerang tengah. Dia betul.

George membuat permulaan yang luar biasa untuk kariernya di Chelsea, menjaringkan lima gol dalam debutnya, kemenangan 9-2 ke atas Glossop North End. Ini adalah persembahan yang membuatnya mendapat julukan 'Gatling Gun.' Pada musim pertamanya dia menjaringkan 27 gol dan membantu kelab menjayakan promosi pertama kami.

George hampir sama produktif musim depan, menjaringkan 26 gol liga dan menambah enam dalam satu perlawanan, kemenangan Piala FA ke atas Worksop Town. Enam gol dalam satu permainan oleh seorang pemain kekal sebagai rekod kelab. Selepas tiga tahun, dia telah menjaringkan 86 gol dalam 106 penampilan. Sekarang dia adalah pemain antarabangsa England dan menjaringkan 14 kali dalam lapan antarabangsa termasuk lapan dalam lawatan pertama ke luar negara di England.

Walaupun begitu, karier George di Chelsea dihancurkan oleh kecederaan dan alkoholisme walaupun jumlah 108 gol terakhirnya menjadikannya kesembilan dalam senarai kelab sepanjang masa. Tiga tahun kemudian pada tahun 1912 dia diizinkan bergabung kembali dengan West Ham United di mana kariernya diakhiri dengan tercetusnya Perang Dunia Pertama.

Hilsdon diabadikan di Stamford Bridge oleh baling-baling cuaca yang merupakan ciri di tanah.

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George Hilsdon

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

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

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

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

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

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


1904-05 Liga Selatan: Bahagian Pertama

Reginald Arthur Wade menandatangani kontrak profesional untuk Hammers pada tahun 1929, setelah memperoleh pingat pemenang Piala Amatur A.S. dengan Ilford F.C. pada Final tahun itu menentang Leyton di Highbury. Melangkah ke tahap profesionalisme, dia membuat debut Divisyen Pertama di posisi bek kiri dalam kemenangan 4-1 ke atas Liverpool di Upton Park pada 18 Januari 1930. Larian terbaiknya dalam Pasukan Pertama adalah pada tahun 1930- 31 musim ketika dia membuat 28 penampilan. Dia berpindah ke Aldershot pada tahun 1932. Juga mempunyai mantra dengan Millwall yang dia bergabung dari Barking pada tahun 1925, tetapi gagal membuat pasukan pertama.

GEORGE HILSDON membuat debut Hammersnya menentang NEW BROMPTON di Upton Park

JOHN DOWSEY (1926-27) Dilahirkan pada hari ini Willington, Co. Durham

Pemain sayap merapatkan pemain dari Newcastle United setelah menjaringkan 54 gol untuk rentetan kedua Magpies selama dua musim di Liga Timur Laut. Kejayaan yang sukar dicapai di Upton Park, hanya membuat satu penampilan Divisi Pertama menentang Sheffield Wednesday di Hillsborough dengan keputusan 0-1 pada 6 September 1926. John menyertai Carlisle United ketika meninggalkan West Ham pada bulan Ogos 1927. Dia meneruskan ke Sunderland pada tahun 1928, Notts County pada tahun 1929 dan bersama Northampton Town antara tahun 1931 dan 1934.

SIDNEY SMITH membuat debut Hammers menentang PORTSMOUTH di Upton Park

WILLIAM WILDMAN menandatangani dari EVERTON gaji mingguan sebanyak £ 4.00

Tanda FRED BLACKBURN dari BLACKBURN ROVERS

Tanda HARRY HINDLE dari NELSON

Tanda LIONEL WATSON dari BLACKBURN ROVERS

FREDERICK GAMBLE (1931) Dilahirkan pada hari ini Charing Cross, London

Frederick Charles Gamble memulakan kariernya dengan Southall, Frederick Gamble menandatangani borang profesional untuk Brentford sebelum bergabung dengan West Ham pada tahun 1931. Frederick adalah penyerang tengah yang dibina dengan megah yang rangka enam kaki mampu mengganggu pertahanan terkuat. Namun, di Upton Park, Fred mempunyai persaingan paling ketat untuk tempat Pasukan Pertama di Vivian Gibbins dan Victor Watson, dan walaupun dia menjaringkan gol dalam kedua penampilan Divisi Pertama di Leicester City dengan keputusan seri 1-1 4 April 1931 dan Bolton Wanderers, dia tidak pernah diberi kesempatan untuk menunjukkan bakat yang tidak diragukan kepada peminat Boleyn di tingkat tertinggi, dia kemudian diizinkan untuk bergabung kembali dengan bekas rakan sepasukannya di Griffin Park.

DAVID BAILLIE (1925-1929) Dilahirkan pada hari ini Ilford, Essex

Lahir sepakan gol yang panjang di Ilford yang berdekatan pada hari ini pada tahun 1905, musim yang sama West Ham United berpindah ke Boleyn Ground. Pemikiran bersih memulakan kariernya dengan Croyton FC bukan liga sebelum menandatangani West Ham pada tahun 1925 sebagai pelajar Ted Hufton yang hebat. Malangnya kerana kehilangan rekod semasa Perang Dunia Kedua, tidak diketahui permainan Reserve Combination yang kompetitif Baillie melakukan debutnya pada musim 1925-26 pertama. Yang diketahui ialah dia membuat debut awal bermain dengan tujuan untuk 'Possibles' pada musim pembukaan Praktik perlawanan dengan profesi yang lebih senior di kelab itu 'Probables'. Para profesional menang 5-0 di Upton Park pada 15 Ogos 1925. Dia kekal bersama West Ham selama enam musim tetapi hanya membuat 17 penampilan pasukan pertama dalam semua pertandingan - 16 di Divisi Satu dan satu di FA. Baillie membuat debut senior Hammers dalam kekalahan Divisi Satu di rumah 3-2 oleh Huddersfield Town pada 28 November 1925. Tidak diragukan lagi saat terbaiknya dalam kemeja West Ham berlaku pada 7 Mac 1927, ketika dia adalah sebahagian daripada pasukan yang mengalahkan Arsenal 7- 0 di Boleyn Ground. Hebatnya, dia kemudian mengakui tujuh dalam kekalahan Divisi Satu 7-0 di Everton pada 27 Oktober tahun yang sama. Dengan gol terbang di semua tempat pada tahun 1920-an, Baillie terlibat dalam beberapa perlawanan dengan skor tinggi semasa waktunya di West Ham, termasuk kekalahan 4-5 di rumah oleh Middlesbrough pada 26 November 1927 dan kemenangan 4-3 ke atas Blackburn Rovers pada 31 Mac 1928. Baillie berpindah ke Chester pada tahun 1929 sebelum kembali ke Boleyn Ground untuk mengambil peranan sebagai penolong landasan.


George Hilsdon: West Ham United - Sejarah

Walaupun piala F A 1913 mempunyai banyak kelebihan, ia tetap menghasilkan final piala yang belum pernah dilihat antara pasukan & # 160tua yang telah bertarung dalam Kejuaraan Liga. Naib juara liga, Aston Villa membalas dendam kerana kehilangan gelaran juara kepada Sunderland dalam pertemuan dengan perangai buruk di mana penalti gagal dijumpai buat kali pertama di final. Final dua piala teratas tidak akan diulang selama tujuh puluh tiga tahun lagi.

Bristol Rovers 2-0 Notts County

Pusingan pertama: 11 Januari 1913

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

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

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

Pejuang Liga Selatan, Bristol Rovers, mereka menghadapi tiga perlawanan utama sepanjang dekad sebelumnya dan kalah tipis pada setiap kesempatan. Kali ini mereka berhadapan dengan pasukan Notts County yang tampil jauh di liga akhirnya akan memastikan penyingkiran mereka sementara piala menyaksikan mereka direndahkan dalam musim berturut-turut oleh Southern League Swindon. Rovers bukan Swindon tetapi, pada suatu hari ketika & # 160selapan ikatan pusingan pertama jatuh ke cuaca, dan & # 160six yang lain harus ditinggalkan, mereka lebih dari sekadar pertandingan bagi pelawat. Harold Roe dengan rapi menuju ke rumah untuk menghantar mereka dalam perjalanan tetapi dalam hujan berpasukan, Eastville tetap menjadi tempat yang tegang sehingga sudut lain disambut oleh James Shervey yang tembakannya kelihatan melebar sehingga Bert Morley yang malang membantunya masuk ke gawang. Larian piala Rover diteruskan pada pusingan kedua dengan kekalahan rakan bukan liga Norwich tetapi pada pusingan ketiga mereka dikalahkan oleh Everton, dengan ketinggalan 0-4.

Huddersfield Town 3-1 Sheffield United

Pusingan pertama: 15 Januari 1913

& # 160 Bahagian kedua Huddersfield tidak pernah melepasi pusingan pertama sebelum ini dan rekod itu kelihatan masih tersisa ketika mereka memasuki sepuluh minit terakhir pusingan pertama mereka mengalahkan United 1-2. Kemudian sifat ibu melangkah masuk dan keadaan badai salju, yang berlaku di seluruh negeri menjadi cukup buruk sehingga memaksa pengadil meninggalkan pertandingan. Empat hari kemudian Huddersfield, yang diketuai oleh bekas bintang Scotland dan Newcastle, Jimmy Howie, mengagumkan menyingkirkan United. & # 160Sebuah umpan Armour memberi Mann peluang untuk membuka jaringan & # 160 sebelum Jee dengan malangnya melepaskan peluang untuk menggandakan kedudukan sebelum selang ketika dia menyerang palang palang. Tom Elliott memberi mereka permulaan yang sempurna untuk babak kedua ketika dia bertarung terus melalui tendangan yang menjadikannya dua nol. Sandy Mutch memberikan garisan penyokong bahagian pertama ketika dia menjatuhkan bola di kaki Gillespie tetapi kebangkitan United tewas ketika Elliott mendapat permainan kedua. Town kecewa dengan Liga Selatan Swindon pada pusingan kedua tetapi benih ditaburkan untuk pasukan yang akan menguasai awal dua puluhan dengan Sandy Mutch dan Frank Mann memperoleh pingat pemenang piala pada tahun 1922.

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

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

West Bromwich Albion 0-3 West Ham United

Babak pertama, ulangan kedua: 22 & # 160Januari 1913

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

West Ham telah pergi dari pasukan London timur yang kurang dikenali dua tahun sebelumnya ke salah satu pasukan paling terkenal di ibu kota, terima kasih sedikit pun kerana mereka telah memenangi empat kepingan bahagian pertama dalam pertandingan dua piala terakhir. Ikatan ini dengan finalis piala musim lalu, Albion menjadi mangsa cuaca Artik pada hari Sabtu tetapi dimainkan dua hari kemudian, berakhir dengan keputusan seri. & # 160 Harapan tinggi dengan kelebihan tuan rumah dalam ulangan tetapi Albion & # 160 memaksa 2- 2 draw with the FA opting, a little surprisingly to stage the second replay at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, rather than opting for a neutral city venue. The Southern League side got off to a great start through George Hilsdon and two well timed goals either side of half time sealed Albion's fate. The Hammers thus earned a trip to title chasing Aston Villa in the second round where they went down 0-5, the Villains going on to win the cup. George Hilsdon had started out at Upton Park before being virtually given to Chelsea nine years earlier. The man who became known as "Gattling gun" Hilsdon scored the goal which propelled the Stamford Bridge outfit into the top flight and earned him international honours with England. Hilson began to lose form though and there were rumours that he was battling with alcoholism by the time Chelsea sold him back to West Ham to replace their previous hero Danny Shea who had moved on to Blackburn. Like so many of his colleagues, the war virtually ended Hilsdon's career as he suffered lung damage when gassed at Arras in 1917. His existance was a meagre one after that, at one time being part of the famous Fred Karno troupe while he also ran a pub lottery scam in which the prize, sually a box of chocolates was always won by his wife. Hilsdon died in 1941, almost forgotten by all who saw him in his playing days with just four relatives attending his funeral in an unmarked grave.

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

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

Reading 1-0 Tottenham Hostpur

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

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

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

Third round: 22nd February 1913

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

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

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

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

Burnley 3-1 Middlesbrough

Third round: 22nd February 1913

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

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

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

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

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Burnley

Quarter final: 8th March 1913

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

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

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


Who is Chelsea's all-time top scorer?

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

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

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

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

Frank Lampard (211)

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

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

(Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Bobby Tambling (202)

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

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

Kerry Dixon (193)

Coming in a close third is the legendary Kerry Dixon.

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

(Photo by Trevor Jones/Allsport/Getty Images)

Didier Drogba (164)

A man who needs no introduction to the Blues faithful.

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

Roy Bentley (150)

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

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

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

Peter Osgood (150)

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

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

Jimmy Greaves (132)

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

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

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

George Mills (125)

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

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

Eden Hazard (110)

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

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

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

George Hildson (108)

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

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

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


Thursday, 14 August 2008

The Strange Case of George Hilsdon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Academy of Football

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

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


Match Preview: West Ham v Chelsea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goalkeepers: Craig Forrest and Harry Medhurst.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


West Ham United under Gianfranco Zola

2008-Present

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

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

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

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

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

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