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What does the name West Ham United stir in the memory of club historian John Fennelly? We find out.

1 ARTHUR GRIMSDELL

We met West Ham in league and cup in 1919/20 with our legendary captain Arthur Grimsdell scoring in two of the games.

The versatile Grimsdell joined us in 1912 and soon settled into a halfback role that saw him blossom into one of the best players of his time. He also skippered England and led us to our 1921 FA Cup success.

It was the season that saw the domestic game return to its national format following the First World War and we would top that season’s Division Two table.

Grimsdell scored at the Lane in our 3-0 FA Cup win in January. Next a penalty when we lost 2-1 at Upton Park in March. We won the Lane return 2-0.

2 JOHN LAYBOURNE

John Laybourne was playing for the Oxbridge side Pegasus and had just helped them win the 1953 Amateur Cup, when their coach and former Spurs player Vic Buckingham recommended him to Tottenham boss Arthur Rowe.

A free-scoring centre-forward, John was playing for Cambridge University and made his debut for us on trial in a friendly at West Ham in April 1953. It was the first match to be played under floodlights at Upton Park.

He subsequently signed on as an amateur at White Hart Lane in the following June but did not play for us again.

Durham-born Laybourne led the line for Corinthian Casuals in the 1956 Amateur Cup, the same year that he represented Great Britain in the Melbourne Olympic Games. He scored a hat-trick in GB’s opening game – a 9-0 victory against Thailand – but they were then knocked out by Bulgaria in the next round.

He also won four England amateur caps.

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