Filed: Friday, 14th September 2012
By: Paul Walker
West Ham has lost it’s oldest player with the passing of Scottish winger Jimmy Andrews this week. That mantle now falls on Frank O’Farrell - his old friend - who will be 85 next month.
Andrews joined from Dundee in 1951 for what was then a big fee of £4,750 and was a key part of the Ted Fenton era, playing for the club until 1956, as West Ham edged their way towards a Second Division title and promotion back to the top flight in 1958.
The famous old picture of the 50s heroes all sitting and chatting about football in Cassetarri’s café in the Barking Road is still the iconic image of that time. Andrews is sitting with Dave Sexton, Noel Cantwell, Malcolm Allison, John Bond, O’Farrell and Malcolm Musgrove. All to become managers later in their careers.
The nearest West Ham got to promotion in Andrew’s time at the club was eighth in 54-55. He played 120 games and scored 21 league goals for the club, but contributed fully to the progress, a revolution in thinking, at our club towards eventual promotion and those great days of the 60s.
His team-mates included Allison, Bond, O’Farrell, John Dick, Andy Malcolm, Ernie Gregory and Ken Brown, key men in our future.
Andrews left in ‘56 to join Orient, playing 35 games and scoring eight goals, before ending his playing career at QPR (82 games, 15 goals). He became a fine coached, and took over as manager of Cardiff when his pal O’Farrell left. He retired from the game after scouting for Southampton, and was living in Cardiff when he passed away this week.
Jimmy Andrews (upper left) atop John Bond practices 'piggyback heading' with Albert Foan
Ron Tindall 1935- 2012
We have also lost another former player this week, striker Ron Tindall. The big front man had less than a year with the club, having been signed by Ron Greenwood from Chelsea in a deal that took Andy Malcolm in the opposite direction.
He scored three goals in 13 games during the 61-62 season, before eventually moving on to Reading. A first class cricketer, he missed the start of the 62-63 season due to his commitments to Surrey, and when he eventually returned to the club he decided to move to Elm Park to ensure first team football.
He then moved to Portsmouth, where he eventually became manager. One of his first signings was former West Ham ‘keeper Jim Standen, who himself was a first class cricketer with Worcestershire, famously winning an FA Cup medal and the county cricket championship in the same season while with the Hammers. Tindall later moved to Australia and settled in Perth.
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