West Ham Charity Cup

The West Ham Charity Cup was an annual amateur football tournament which was contested by teams from West Ham and the surrounding area, an area of Essex that is now part of London. Only players that lived locally were eligible to compete.[1] The competition was founded as the West Ham Hospital Cup in 1885 by George Hay, Mayor of the County Borough of West Ham, to raise funds for the local hospital, and ran until 1931.[2]

In March 1893, Castle Swifts faced Barking Woodville in the final, held at Clapton's Old Spotted Dog Ground in Upton Lane. The Swifts were two goals down before coming back to win the tie 4–2, with the goals coming from outside-right Grundy, inside-forwards Mitchell and Taylor and an own goal. A local newspaper made the following account of the final:

"After the match the crowd made a rush to the Grand Stand where the Mayor presented the large silver cup to the captain of the Castle Swifts and Mr. Comerford of the Cup Committee announced that ‘the medals had not yet come to hand, but they would be forwarded to the winners as soon as possible’. With that the captain was lifted on to the shoulders of several of his followers and carried from the ground."[3]

Three of the teams in the 1895–96 tournament were Barking, Park Grove and Thames Ironworks, who would later become West Ham United. In a semi-final in Plaistow, Thames Ironworks beat Park Grove 1–0. Park Grove protested a technicality and forced a replay at Beckton Road, which The Ironworks won 3–0. Thames Ironworks faced Barking in the final on 21 March 1896 at the Old Spotted Dog Ground, drawing 2–2. They rematched a week later, and again drew, 0–0. The final was replayed a final time on 20 April 1896 and the Irons won 1–0.[4]

Three of the teams in the 1896–97 tournament were Manor Park, West Ham Garfield and the defending champions, Thames Ironworks, who beat Manor Park in the semi-final, and lost the 20 March 1897 final 0–1 to Garfield.[5] Thanes Ironworks later became West Ham United.

In April 1902, Clapton Orient won the tournament by beating Clapton 1–0.[6]

Clapton have won the competition six times.[7]

The tournament was not held between 1915 and 1918.[8]

Tournament historyEdit

West Ham Charity Cup finals
Season Winners Score Runners–up Venue Ref
1887–88 Ilford 3-0 Woodville Old Spotted Dog Ground [9]
1888–89 Ilford 1-1
Replay: 2-1 aet
Clapton Old Spotted Dog Ground [10]
1889–90 Clapton 1-0 Ilford Old Spotted Dog Ground [11]
1890–91 Ilford 2-1 Clapton Old Spotted Dog Ground [12]
1891–92 Ilford 4–0 Upton Park Old Spotted Dog Ground [13]
1892–93 Castle Swifts 4–2 Woodville Old Spotted Dog Ground [14][15]
1893–94 Woodville 1–0 St Lukes [16]
1894–95 Woodville 4–2 St Lukes Old Spotted Dog Ground [17]
1895–96 Thames Ironworks 2-2
Replay: 0-0
2nd replay: 1-0
Barking Old Spotted Dog Ground (2x),
St. Luke's F.C. ground (2nd replay)
[18][19][20]
1896–97 West Ham Garfield 1-0 Thames Ironworks Old Spotted Dog Ground [5]
1897–98 West Ham Garfield 1-0 Ilford [21]
1898–99 Ilford 4-0 West Ham Garfield Old Spotted Dog Ground [22]
1899–1900 Woodford 3-0 Ilford Leytonstone ground [23]
1900–01 Woodford 1-0 Leyton [24][25]
1901–02 Clapton Orient 1-0 Clapton Old Spotted Dog Ground [26]
1902–03 Clapton 2-0 aet Clapton Orient Old Spotted Dog Ground [27]
1903–04 Clapton 3-0 Woodford Old Spotted Dog Ground [28]
1904–05 Romford 2-0 Clapton Old Spotted Dog Ground [29]
1905–06 Wanstead 2-0 Clapton Old Spotted Dog Ground [30]
1906–07 Clapton 2-1 Leytonstone Old Spotted Dog Ground [31]
1907–08 Clapton 4-3 aet Romford Old Spotted Dog Ground [32]
1908–09 Romford 4-1 Leytonstone Old Spotted Dog Ground [33]
1909–10 Leytonstone 4-0 Romford United [34]
1910–11 Romford United 3-2 Leytonstone Old Spotted Dog Ground [35]
1911–12 Custom House 2-0 Romford Town Old Spotted Dog Ground [36]
1912–13 Leytonstone 3-2 Custom House Old Spotted Dog Ground [37]
1913–14 Leytonstone 4-1 Clapton Old Spotted Dog Ground [38]
1914–15 Leytonstone 1-0 Clapton Res. Old Spotted Dog Ground [39]
1915–1918 three-year gap [40]
1918–19 Leytonstone ?-? Clapton Leytonstone ground [41]
1919–20 Barking Town 4-1 Leytonstone Leytonstone ground [42]
1920–21 Barking Town 6-1 Leytonstone Old Spotted Dog Ground[43] [44]
1921–22 Barking Town 2-1 Great Eastern Railway Old Spotted Dog Ground[45] [46]
1922–23 Custom House 1-0 Barking Town [47]
1923–24 Clapton[a] 4-1 Custom House Old Spotted Dog Ground [48]
1924–25 Clapton[b] 2-1 Barking Town Old Spotted Dog Ground[49] [50]
1925–26 Clapton v Barking Town[c] 0-0 [51]
1926–27 ? ? [52]
1927–28 ? ? [53][54]
1928–29[d] Leytonstone 3-1 Custom House [55]
1929–30[e] Leyton 3-0 Leytonstone [56]
1930–31[f] Leyton Res. 1-0 Clapton Res. Leyton[57] [58]
  1. ^ Postponed until 6 September 1924
  2. ^ Postponed until at least 22 September 1925
  3. ^ Postponed until October 1926
  4. ^ Played on 16 September 1929
  5. ^ Played on 1 September 1930
  6. ^ Played on 3 October 1931

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