Enoch James West (31 March 1886 – September 1965) (nickname Knocker) was an English footballer who played as a Centre Forward for Nottingham Forest and Manchester United before being banned for match fixing.
|Full name||Enoch James West|
|Date of birth||31 March 1886|
|Place of birth||Hucknall Torkard, England|
|Date of death||1965|
|Playing position||Centre Forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
West scored 14 league goals in his first season (1905/06) as Forest were relegated to the Second Division on goal average. In his second season (1906/07) Forest finished top of the Second Division partly due to West's 14 league goals.
In the 1907/08 season he got 4 First Division hat-tricks including all 4 goals in the game against Sunderland on 9 November 1907. The other hat-tricks were against Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and Everton.
On 13 March 1909 West became the first ever player to be sent off for Nottingham Forest while playing against Derby County in the FA Cup 4th Round by referee T. Kirkham.
West's last game for Notttingham Forest was on 30 April 1910 away to Bristol City.
In 1910, he transferred to Manchester United]. He helped the club win the 1911 league medal. He scored 80 goals in his Manchester United career, his most successful season being the 1911-12 season when he scored a total of 23 goals; 17 in the league and six in the FA Cup, although United failed to win either of these competitions.
In 1915, he was banned for life by the Football Association, along with three other United players and four Liverpool players after being found guilty of match fixing. West protested his innocence, but his ban was not lifted until 1945. His suspension, which lasted 30 years, was the longest in Football League history. As he was 59 by the time his ban was lifted, he was never involved in football again.
West died in 1965, at the age of 79.
|Sheffield United||1903–04||First Division||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nottingham Forest||1905–06||First Division||35||14||4||3||39||17|
|Manchester United.||1910–11||First Division||35||19||3||1||38||20|
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- Nordic, Chris. "The 100 goal Club". Nottingham Forest Gazzette. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
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