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Something you'd like to know about WHUFC? John Northcutt's your man.


KUMB.com are delighted to announce the arrival of reknowned Hammers historian John Northcutt to the team.

Northcutt, who has been following West Ham United since his first visit to the Boleyn Ground in 1959 has written an incredible eleven books on the club, his first being 'West Ham United: A Complete Record', written in 1987 (and revised six years later).

Further works included 'The Definitive West Ham United FC' (2003), 'Hammers Trivia, History, Facts & Stats' (2007) and most recently, 'West Ham United in the League Cup' (2011) which is available in club shops now.

One of a select few who can legitimately claim to have seen every game, both home and away, of the successful 1963/64 FA Cup and the 1964/65 Cup Winners Cup campaigns - both of which culminated in legendary triumphs under Wembley's twin towers - Northcutt's knowledge of the club is second-to-none.

All of which means we are delighted to welcome him to Knees up Mother Brown, where he will be on hand to answer your questions about the club.

Want to know the club's best sequence of wins? Ask John. Details of specific line-ups from any time in the last 100 years? Ask John. Want to know who's been sent off more times than any other player? You get the hint.

All you have to do is complete the form below and John will reply to you personally by email.

A list of previous questions put to and answered by John may be viewed below the form.



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Previous Questions

The latest 20 questions answered by John Northcutt...

by Robert Green
09:04PM 3rd Dec 2013
Q: John. In 1960 West Ham Boys played Northampton. It was a home game. West Ham won 5-0. I have been searching for records of this game, newspaper articles or anything similar. However, I do not know what date the game was. Could you help with the date and any articles you may know of?
A: Hi Robert. All I can tell you is that the game was played at Upton Park on 21st December 1959. It was a fourth round game in the English Trophy and as you already know, West Ham won 5-0 (and I believe they went on to reach the semi-final).

by Peter Morris
11:52AM 5th Nov 2013
Q: John. Was Ravel Morrison's goal in the League Cup against Cardiff a) the fastest goal ever scored at Upton Park and/or b) the fastest goal ever scored by a Hammer?
A: There is of course some question over the actual timing of these goals but the fastest by a West Ham player is nine seconds (Ken Bainbridge on 27th August 1949 against Barnsley). The fastest from an opponent was also timed at nine seconds and that was Jim Melrose of Charlton In the game on 25th October 1986. We will never know but I believe that the Melrose goal was probably the fastest as I have read reports on the Bainbridge goal that have timed it as 11 seconds.

by Sean Carroll
11:26PM 24th Sep 2013
Q: Did a Barry Gaines play for the youths around the Sixties?
A: Although I do not have extensive records of the youth team I do have a fair amount of line-ups and match programmes to refer to. Unfortunately I have not been able to see a mention of him, though it was a difficult task as you gave me a 10+year span without a particular season to check on!

by mike simonds
12:03PM 19th Sep 2013
Q: John - Please can you settle a minor dispute between myself and my 44-year-old son-in-law, a WHUFC supporter for life! It concerns a friendly between Fulham, my team, that I attended on 18th Feb. 1961 at Craven Cottage. I believe the attendance was around 44,000, but he says not for a friendly. Do you know?
A: You were way out on the attendance as there were only 7,510 at the match! The following Saturday, Fulham were home to Burnley and the attendance was 13,006. The biggest attendance at Fulham that season was 38,000 for the visit of Tottenham.

by thomas andrew
10:56AM 24th Aug 2013
Q: My father is an ex-player of West Ham, unfortunately he passed away many years ago. I am desperate to find out some more information about his playing days. I have tried everywhere to find video footage of him playing but had no luck. his name was George Andrew and played a couple games in 1967, PLEASE HELP!
A: Hello Thomas. Your father played twice for the first team at centre half in the 1966-67 season: 11th February 1967 Home v Sunderland 2-2 25th February 1967 Away v Everton 0-4 I have managed to sort out some items for you which I've sent via email - those are: 1.Copy of line up in the Sunderland match programme 2 Copy of line up in the Everton match programme 3 His obituary in the match programme v Arsenal in November 1993 4 A debut match card of him You might like to know that Bobby Moore was injured for those two game and it was your Dad that took his place. I have been pleased to have been able to help you.

by Ben
07:03PM 9th Jul 2013
Q: I have been collecting WHU programmes for my years and now want to record them season by season. Are you aware of any books etc that detail the club's fixtures per season league, cup and postponed matches? I could then use this to discover the missing programmes from my collection. Regards, Ben
A: I suggest you look at the following web site: http://www.whu-programmes.co.uk as a friend of mine, Steve Marsh, is gradually adding images of every match programme since 1900.

by brian lyall
10:10PM 4th Jan 2013
Q: One of my favourite players was Ray Stewart. How many penalties did he score in his West Ham days and did he ever miss any?
A: Hi Brian. Ray Stewart took 86 and of those 10 were missed. Out of the 10 missed, Ray scored twice from the rebound and Paul Goddard also scored from a rebound.

by Jo
05:58PM 30th Dec 2012
Q: Hi, just trying to track a player from c.1900-1920 called Owen Edward Debney who we believe played for West Ham. Would appreciate any photos or articles you may have also containing this player. Best regards, Jo Hinton.
A: Hello Jo. I can confirm that Owen Debney did not play for the West Ham first team. He may have played for the reserves or a youth side but for the period you mention I do not have reserve records. I also looked at other clubs league player records but cannot find any mention of him.

by Roy Sprague
03:00PM 26th Dec 2012
Q: Where is Brian Dear now?
A: For a few years now he has been with Southend United, first as catering manager and is now working in their commercial department. He often turns up at player functions and once he gets behind the mike gives some interesting talks on his life as a footballer. He loves to tell all about the five goals he scored against West Brom!

by scott swallow
10:52PM 19th Dec 2012
Q: Hi John. Can you tell me how many and which players have played for West Ham, Everton and Tottenham?
A: There has been around 850 players who have played for West Ham and probably the same for Everton and Spurs. Are you asking me to name them all or have I read your question wrong and you are asking me if there have been any players who have played for all three clubs?

by Graeme Cheshire
10:22PM 11th Dec 2012
Q: Hi John. My Grandad took me to my first ever game in the late '60s/early '70s which was the Hammers v Leeds. I am certain that Clyde Best ended up in goal after Bobby Feeguson was injured. Am I right? Have you got more info on this game please? Cheers, G.
A: Hello Graeme. It was on the 19th April 1973 and finished 1-1 after Pat Holland equalised a minute from the end. You were right about Clyde Best, he went in goal on 66 minutes after Bobby Ferguson got injured following a collision with John McDowell. The Hammers team that day was Ferguson, McDowell, Lampard, Bonds, Lock, Moore, Best Holland, MacDougall, Brooking, Robson.

by Rod Pyke
10:52PM 4th Dec 2012
Q: West Ham v Clapton Orient 11th April 1942. My Grandfather John Porter died of a heart attack while watching this match. Is there any mention of this anywhere in West Ham records? Also, are you able to tell me both team's players, the result and the attendance as I would like to put the info in my family historical records. Thanks for any info you can give.
A: Hi Roy. It was a London cup tie against Clapton Orient with the Hammers winning 5-3 before an attendance of 7,000. Scorers for West Ham were Corbett, Wood (2), Foreman (2) with the Orient scorers being Armstrong (2) and Dryden. I do not know the Orient team but West Ham lined up as follows: Gregory, Bicknell, Walker, Corbett, fenton, Attwell, Small, Wood, Foreman, Goulden, Mahon.

by Jax Raymond
08:21PM 20th Nov 2012
Q: Hi John. Was there ever a player for West Ham, called Briggs? Probably around the 1965-70 period, maybe just even a reserve?
A: Hello Jax. I have searched through my records for a player named Briggs and for the period you mention I cannot locate anyone. Sorry.

by Michael Kneller
08:50AM 19th Nov 2012
Q: The first time I saw the Hammers live was a 0-0 draw with Man City at Upton Park. Can you please tell me the line ups for the teams thst day?
A: It was on 21st September 2002. The teams that day were (WHU) James, Schemmel, Minto, Lomas, Repka, Breen, Sinclair, Cole, Kanoute, Di Canio Cisse and (Man City) Schmeichel, Phillips, Jensen Jihai, Howie, Distin, Benarbia, Berkovic, Anelka, Horlock Foe. Looking at the two sides James, Lomas and Sinclair at one time played for Man City and Berkovic, Horlock and Foe all played for the Hammers!

by Ross Ahlfeld
01:17PM 12th Nov 2012
Q: Hi John. As a kid in the '80s my dad (whose name is Ronnie Ahlfeld) used to take me on the train to West Ham games. He was friends with Neil Orr because my dad had been a coach at our local team, Greenock Morton, which was the team West Ham signed Neil Orr from. My dad was very pleased that Neil Orr should move to the Hammers because he himself and spent a short period at West Ham himself as a player on Schoolboy terms in the '60s. Unfortunately, he got injured and returned home to Scotland but remained a West Ham fan. He has a few programmes, newspaper cuttings and team photos but not much else. I'm wondering if there is anywhere I can find more information about reserve/youth team players and appearances in the 1960s?
A: Hi Ross. I have looked through my records to see if I can see your dad mentioned but cannot trace him. Being as he was only a schoolboy at the time I did not think I would find anything; I regret I cannot suggest where else you can search. Sorry!

by robertbarker
08:28PM 25th Oct 2012
Q: Why did Billy Bonds go as manager of West Ham and Harry Redknapp take over?
A: Hello Robert. Both of them have different views on the affair which sadly caused a rift between them which still stands to this day. As I heard it, Billy was asked to be made a Board member and to take on a more Director of Football role which he declined to do and then resigned. Harry then took full control with the blessing of the chairman and managing director Peter Storrie.

by Terry
08:49PM 23rd Oct 2012
Q: Hi John, Can you tell me what the final score was for the first Billy Bonds testimonial game? I believe it was against Tottenham in the 1976-77 season. I recall the game being high scoring but perhaps I have confused this with the league fixture from that same season? Would appreciate if you could also provide the line-ups from the testimonial?
A: Hi Terry. The score was 4-2 with goals from Cross (2), Bonds and Robson; teams as follows. WHU: Day, Lampard, Brush, Holland, T Taylor, Bonds, Curbishley, Devonshire, Cross, A Taylor, Robson; Spurs: Kendall, Gorman, McAlister, Holmes, Lacy, Perryman, Pratt, Villa, Lee, Hoddle, Taylor.

by Paul Caulfield
11:40AM 18th Oct 2012
Q: Hello John. I am trying to track down West Ham reserve programmes from games I was taken to in 1969-70. Would you have a list of results from that season? It might jog my memory sufficiently, so I know which programmes to go for. Many thanks.
A: The 1969-70 season home reserve games you were asking about: Crystal Palace 2-0; Walsall 6-1; Norwich 2-0; Birmingham 1-1; Gillingham 6-0; Oxford 2-2; Ipswich 2-1; Chelsea 6-1; Swindon 1-3; Bournemouth 6-1; QPR 2-1; Luton 2-0. Finally, the game with Cardiff was not played.

by John Rolls
05:28PM 12th Oct 2012
Q: Hi there. Can you tell me what happened to John Ayris? I saw him play at Palace. Also, where did Sammassi Abou go when he left us?
A: Hello John. John Ayris is currently the manager of a leisure centre in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex. As for Samassi Abou, after leaving West Ham he had a few games with Ipswich, Walsall and Kilmarnock before returning to France to play for Ajaccio and later Lorient.

by Steve Kain
12:36PM 8th Oct 2012
Q: Lots of talk about penalty taking records around lately - wondering how many penalties Julian Dicks and Ray Stewart missed for West Ham in their careers?
A: Hi Steve. Ray Stewart scored 76 penalties, missing 10 and Julian Dicks scored 35, missing four.

 
John Northcutt