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Frank Piercy : West Ham United

Frank Piercy : West Ham United

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Frank Piercy was born in Haverton Hill in 1880. After leaving school he became a blacksmith who played amateur football in the Teesiders Minor League.

In 1899 he joined Middlesbrough and two years later became a full-time professional. However, he only played four games in the first-team during his time at the club.

Syd King persuaded Piercy to join West Ham United in 1904. He joined a team that included Charlie Simmons, Herbert Bamlett, William McCartney, Jack Flynn, John Russell, Jack Fletcher, Billy Bridgeman, Christopher Carrick, George Hilsdon, Matt Kingsley, David Gardner, Len Jarvis and Tommy Allison. In his first season Piercy played in 33 of the 34 Southern League games.

West Ham finished up in 11th place in the Southern League in the 1905-06 season Top scorer was Harry Stapley with 9 goals in 13 games. Other scorers included Lionel Watson (7), Billy Bridgeman (5), Fred Blackburn (5), George Kitchen (4) and Billy Grassam (3).

West Ham United looked a much better balanced team in the 1906-1907 season. The defence that included Piercy, George Kitchen, David Gardner, Len Jarvis, Tommy Allison and Bill Wildman, only conceded 41 goals in 38 games.

Syd King appointed Frank Piercy as the new captain of West Ham United in 1907. He replaced David Gardner who had retired at the end of the 1906-07 season. The team now included Tommy Allison, Fred Blackburn, Arthur Featherstone, Billy Grassam, Alfred Harwood, Len Jarvis, George Kitchen, James Lindsay, Tommy Randall, Danny Shea, Harry Stapley, Archie Taylor, Lionel Watson, Bill Wildman and Robert Young.

The first game of the season was at home against Swindon Town. During the game Frank Piercy got involved in a fist fight with the veteran centre-half Charlie Bannister. This is how the Stratford Express described what happened between the two men: "Most of the spectators must have been made angry by the game which took place between West Ham and Swindon at Upton Park on Monday evening. Incidents which reflected discredit on those taking part were frequent, and eventually the game resolved itself into a scramble. One incident - a very regrettable one - will be enough to indicate the kind of game it was. In the second-half Swindon were leading by two goals. One of the Swindon defenders handled the ball, and a penalty was given by the referee. Grassam, in semi-darkness, converted the kick. A West Ham player was walking towards the centre of the field, after the penalty goal had been scored. A Swindon man, who was following him, either accidentally or purposely trod on his heels. The West Ham player - most likely without thinking - turned round and retaliated with his fist. The Swindon man required the services of the trainer before the game proceeded. It is a pity that such unseemly conduct should prevail amongst players of the great national game, for nothing will do more to jeopardise its popularity. And this was not the only incident which occurred; the players were not always particular about their methods of tackling. While everybody likes to see a vigorous display, it is not well to be too vigorous. Whether the matter will go any further it is impossible to say, but it certainly should."

The Football Association agreed with the reporter from the Stratford Express. The referee cautioned Frank Piercy and Charlie Bannister during the game. However, the FA thought this was too lenient and Piercy was banned for four weeks. Bannister, who started the trouble, received a six week suspension.

Frank Piercy was in trouble again when the club played Millwall on 26th October, 1907. Piercy's tackle resulted in Charlie Comrie, Millwall's left-half, being carried from "the field in an unconscious state". Piercy was sent off and suffered his second suspension of the season.

Frank Piercy became the first West Ham United player to appear in 200 games for the club when he played against Southampton on 17th April 1911.

Tommy Randall replaced Frank Piercy as West Ham's captain at the beginning of the 1911-12 season. On 20th January 1912 Piercy was injured playing against Plymouth Argyle. After playing 214 games for the club he decided to retire from the game. Piercy was then appointed assistant trainer under Charlie Paynter.

Frank Piercy died in 1931.

At the Boleyn Castle ground on Monday, the home team won by one goal to love. The game was of a vigorous character, and fouls were frequent. Watson and Blackburn were prominent but the visitor's defence, Stevenson and Aitkin, never made a mistake. Dean was seriously hurt in a tussle with Jarvis which caused the Millwall player to retire. This caused a deal of feeling between the sides. West Ham had the best of the play, but at half-time nothing had been scored. After crossing over Comrie had to retire for some minutes for repairs. West Ham were having the best of the play and Stapley forced a corner which proved abortive... Then a penalty against the visitors enabled Kitchen to give West Ham the lead. Comrie retired and Millwall continued to the end with only nine men. Playing the one back game the visitors kept their opponents in hand and nothing further was scored.

Most of the spectators must have been made angry by the game which took place between West Ham and Swindon at Upton Park on Monday evening. Whether the matter will go any further it is impossible to say, but it certainly should.

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League record

Titles in total: 0
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1920-1921

All seasons

Season League Position Points Notes
2018-19 Championship 1 94 Promoted
2017-18 Championship 14 60
2016-17 Championship 8 70
2015-16 Premier League 19 34 Relegated
2014-15 Championship 3 86 Promoted
2013-14 Premier League 18 33 Relegated
2012-13 Premier League 11 44
2011-12 Premier League 12 47
2010-11 Championship 2 84 Promoted
2009-10 League One 1 95
2008-09 Championship 22 46
2007-08 Championship 17 55
2006-07 Championship 16 57
2005-06 Championship 9 62
2004-05 Premier League 19 33 Relegated
2003-04 1st Division 1 94 Promoted
2002-03 1st Division 8 69
2001-02 1st Division 6 75
2000-01 1st Division 15 54
1999-00 1st Division 12 57
1998-99 1st Division 9 62
1997-98 1st Division 15 55
1996-97 1st Division 13 63
1995-96 1st Division 16 57
1994-95 Premier League 20 43 Relegated
1993-94 Premier League 12 53
1992-93 Premier League 3 72
1991-92 1st Division 18 45 Promoted
1990-91 1st Division 15 45
1989-90 1st Division 10 53
1988-89 1st Division 4 62
1987-88 1st Division 14 45
1986-87 1st Division 5 68
1985-86 2nd Division 1 84 Promoted
1984-85 1st Division 20 49 Relegated
1983-84 1st Division 14 51
1982-83 1st Division 14 54
1981-82 2nd Division 3 71 Promoted
1980-81 1st Division 20 33 Relegated
1979-80 1st Division 12 40
1978-79 1st Division 16 37
1977-78 1st Division 13 40
1976-77 1st Division 16 37
1975-76 1st Division 10 42
1974-75 2nd Division 3 53
1973-74 1st Division 22 29 Relegated
1972-73 1st Division 20 32
1971-72 2nd Division 1 57 Promoted
1970-71 2nd Division 10 44
1969-70 2nd Division 11 43
1968-69 2nd Division 13 40
1967-68 2nd Division 9 43
1966-67 2nd Division 11 40
1965-66 2nd Division 13 39
1964-65 2nd Division 6 47
1963-64 2nd Division 17 35
1962-63 2nd Division 13 42
1961-62 2nd Division 17 39
1960-61 2nd Division 4 49
1959-60 3rd Division 2 59 Promoted
1958-59 3rd Division 4 57
1957-58 3rd Division S 8 53
1956-57 3rd Division S 24 31
1955-56 3rd Division S 7 51
1954-55 3rd Division S 12 46
1953-54 3rd Division S 7 51
1952-53 3rd Division S 4 60
1951-52 3rd Division S 3 61
1950-51 3rd Division S 2 64
1949-50 3rd Division S 11 42
1948-49 3rd Division S 10 44
1947-48 3rd Division S 21 34
1946-47 3rd Division S 21 28
1939-46 - - - WWII
1938-39 2nd Division 21 31 Relegated
1937-38 2nd Division 14 39
1936-37 2nd Division 17 36
1935-36 2nd Division 11 43
1934-35 2nd Division 14 39
1933-34 3rd Division S 1 61 Promoted
1932-33 3rd Division S 3 57
1931-32 3rd Division S 10 46
1930-31 3rd Division S 21 28
1929-30 3rd Division S 8 46
1928-29 3rd Division S 17 34
1927-28 3rd Division S 17 36
1926-27 3rd Division S 16 35
1925-26 3rd Division S 16 39
1924-25 3rd Division S 12 41
1923-24 3rd Division S 11 40
1922-23 3rd Division S 18 36
1921-22 3rd Division S 15 37
1920-21 3rd Division 16 36

Note. The 1939-40 season was abandoned after three rounds and is therefore excluded.

Premier League by Gunnar Persson
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Frank Lampard started his footballing career at West Ham United. Lampard joined West Ham, where his father was the assistant coach, as an apprentice in July 1994 as part of their youth system, and signed his professional forms a year later. He was loaned to Division Two team Swansea City in October 1995, and debuted in a 2-0 win over Bradford City. Lampard made nine league appearances for Swansea before returning to West Ham in January 1996, with whom he played his first match at the end of the month against Coventry City F.C., and spent the remainder of the season as a reserve.

The next year, a broken leg suffered in a March game against Aston Villa prematurely put an end to Lampard's 1996-97 season after thirteen appearances. He had to wait until the '97-98 campaign to score his first goal for West Ham, which came in a road victory over Barnsley F.C. He became a regular starter in 1998-99 season and appeared in every match as West Ham finished fifth in the Premiership standings.

Following the sale of teammate and friend Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United after the 2000-01 season, simultaneously with the departures of his father Frank Lampard Sr. and uncle Redknapp, Lampard followed suit and left West Ham, but chose to stay in London by joining Chelsea for a £11 million fee.

On 24th July, a deal was agreed with New York City FC which would transfer Frank to the team on 1st July.

Lampard made his debut for Chelsea on August 19 2001. He was a crucial first team player at Chelsea till the time he played there.

Lampard lived in Surrey with his Spanish fiancé Elen Rives and their two daughters Luna and Isla until they separated. Lampard is married to The One Show host Christine Bleakley. Lampard still sees his 2 daughters regularly.

Atlanta United 2 name ex-West Ham midfielder Jack Collison as head coach

Atlanta United have hired former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison as head coach of their reserve side that competes in the USL Championship, it was announced Thursday morning.

Collison takes charge of Atlanta United 2 after joining as the club’s U-17 academy head coach in August 2019. His coaching career began in 2015 with Peterborough United’s academy, while he’s also coached in the youth ranks for Premier League side West Ham.

“Jack has done a tremendous job with our academy teams since joining the organization and he will make a seamless transition to ATL UTD 2,” Atlanta United VP and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a release. “He’s quickly proven to have a bright future in the managerial world.”

The Five Stripes’ reserve side was previously led by Stephen Glass, who steered the first team on an interim basis after they mutually agreed to part ways with Frank de Boer last summer. Glass is now leading Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen FC, while Tony Annan also led ATL UTD 2 on an interim basis. Annan, Atlanta’s longtime academy director, is now the head coach for the University of South Carolina’s men’s soccer team.

“I’m really excited and honored to be given this opportunity and would like to thank the club for putting their faith in me,” Collison said in a release. “Having spent the last two seasons in the academy, it has given me a real understanding of what it is to be a part of this incredible club. I am looking forward to the challenge and cannot wait to get started.”

Before entering the coaching ranks, Collison made 121 appearances for West Ham United in the Premier League and Championship. He also earned 17 caps for Wales on the international stage.

Collison officially takes charge of ATL UTD 2 for their Sunday match against Louisville City FC. They’re part of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division for the 2021 USL Championship season.

Frank Lampard

Frank James Lampard was a British footballer who was born on June 20, 1978 in Romford, London. Lampard was a midfielder and is regarded as one of the best midfielders in football. Lampard is the leading goal scorer for the Premier League club Chelsea till date and has made 163 consecutive appearances for this team.

Frank Lampard is the son of footballer Frank Richard Lampard and it was obvious for him to join football. He started his professional career at the age of 14 by joining the West Ham United. He was a youth player for the club in the 1994-95 season. His football skills were so well that he used to take most of the penalty kicks in the game.

Lampard made his U21 debut for England on November 13, 1997 and continued to play in 19 of their matches with 9 goals to his name. His senior debut came in the year 1999 against Belgium where the team won by a 2-1 score. Lampard made his first FIFA goal against Croatia in 2003.

Rise to Glory

Lampard played a vital role in England's journey through the 2004 Euro Cup, which was his first international tournament. He scored three goals against France, Croatia and Portugal.

This performance made him a regular player in the national team and he went on to play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He scored 5 goals in the tournament before England was eliminated in the Quarterfinals.

Lampard also helped England to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by hitting two goals in the qualification match against Croatia. But here too, Lampard couldn't prevent the elimination of England at the hands of Germany in Quarterfinals.

As a player, Lampard was low on several occasions with the most prominent being the 2008 Euro Cup qualifiers. He couldn't help England qualify and thus was criticised heavily. He also invited the wrath of fans when he failed at several crucial occasions like missing the penalty in the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals and also in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals. He couldn't perform in 2014 World Cup and retired shortly thereafter.

Club Career

Lampard was the member of West Ham United until 2001 where he played 148 matches and scored 24 goals. But after switching over to Chelsea, he remained there until 2014 with making 429 appearances and scoring 147 goals. This made him the highest scorer for Chelsea. His associations with Manchester United and New York City FC in his later days didn't go too well for a player like him.

Lampard Lampard was one of the greatest midfielders of his time and has a number of records to his name. His major set of awards came during his association with Chelsea, such as the FA Cup (4 times), UEFA Champions League in 2011-12 and the Europa League in 2012-13.

He is also a 3 time Chelsea Player of the Year, the 2008 UEFA Midfielder of the Year and winner of 2005 FIFA Player of the Year Silver Cup. In addition to these, he has various other awards as well including an Officer Award from the British Empire.

Lampard announced his retirement from international football in 2014 and a complete retirement in 2016. Post retirement, he appears as a football expert on sports shows. He is now a children's writer who writes about the adventures of a fictional footballer, Lampardie with his magic football. He had also published his autobiography, Totally Lampard back in 2006.

Ethan Ampadu, Sheffield United

While Sheffield United did not go down with the lowest points tally in Premier League history, as looked possible when they went 17 games without a win at the start of the campaign, their second season in the top tier did not go to plan. They would have stood a better chance of beating the drop if Ethan Ampadu had featured more prominently. The 20-year-old has only started 23 of their games so far, but he was present for four of their five wins. He has a better WhoScored rating than any of his Sheffield United teammates and his parent club, Chelsea, will be keen for him to garner more playing time in the Premier League next season.

5 of the best West Ham academy graduates ever

While West Ham’s days aren’t as good as they used once used to be some decades ago, the Hammers have succeeded in establishing themselves as a regular top-flight club over the past few seasons. And while the club is still a largely recognisable one in the country, it has obviously lost its shine in the global arena.

Despite that, the club still hasn’t lost its knack for producing quality English players by making perfect use of its famed youth academy. The East Londoners have handed loads of youngsters the right platform to grow, including the great World Cup winner Bobby Moore, who was at the club for 18 years during the glittering career.

It’s not just him that West Ham have produced with excellence par none. And we run the rule over players who have been the Hammers’ best academy graduates in recent times.

#5 Jermain Defoe

Having recently joined Bournemouth on a free transfer following Sunderland’s condemnation to the Championship, this would be Defoe’s second stint at Dean Court with the previous one coming being a loan spell back in the 2000-2001 campaign. It came when Defoe was a West Ham player, but the spell at Bournemouth saw the Englishman make a breakthrough for the very first time.

Defoe plied his trade with the Hammers from 1999 to 2004 and ended up making as many as 93 appearances, finding the back of the net 29 times after having joined as a 16-year-old. The earlier spell at Bournemouth saw Defoe became the club’s highest goal-getter for that season and convinced many into believing that the Hammers had a proper player on their hands.

The platform allowed by West Ham allowed Defoe to seal a move to Premier League giants Tottenham, where he went onto play twice and enjoyed the best of his career at White Hart Lane. The Englishman also helped Spurs to qualify for the Champions League in the 2009-10 campaign.

Who are the Outlaws?

  • The Outlaws, or American Outlaw Association, are the dominant outlaw motorcycle club in Florida, and one of the “Big Four” biker clubs in the United States (the others are Hells Angels, the Pagans and the Bandidos). They are classified as a violent gang by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Biker culture started to emerge after World War II. The Outlaws formed in Chicago in 1959 and now have chapters in over two dozen countries. Most of the members can be found throughout the United States, Germany, Australia and England.
  • Florida has been home to various Outlaw chapters since the 1960s, and the gang has been active in Tampa as early as the ’70s. The most well-documented Outlaw activity in the state has taken place in Key West and other parts of South Florida.
  • Outlaws are identified by “Charlie,” the red and black logo of a skull over crossed pistons, which appears on member’s uniforms. To be initiated a patched member, prospective Outlaws must go through a probation period that includes coming to meetings, also known as attending church.
  • According to Times archives, the Outlaws logo is protected “like a valuable trademark.” One Florida-based member, Stephen Lemunyon, was even accused of beating a man nearly to death for falsely claiming association with the logo.
  • Club membership is limited to men who ride cruiser-stye motorcycles with engines of 1,000 ccs or more, such as Harley Davidsons. Women are seen as property. Outlaws have been known to trade female supporters for items like drugs and force them into prostitution or topless dancing.
  • The club’s motto is “God forgives, Outlaws don’t.”

‘West Ham fans would love him’: Pundit hails £40m ace, thinks Arsenal could sign him

Trevor Sinclair believes Tammy Abraham would be a big hit at West Ham United while telling talkSPORT (28 April, 12.30pm) Arsenal could also make a move for the £40 million Chelsea striker.

At this stage, no-one expected to see a talented England international appear in the starting XI ahead of Chelsea’s biggest game of the season – the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.

That statement alone shows how far Abraham has fallen under Thomas Tuchel – from first-choice number nine to bench-warming afterthought.

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The academy graduate has started just two of a potential 22 games since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in late January – and he was hooked at half-time in both.

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea won’t stand in Abraham’s way if they receive a bid in the region of £40 million this summer, with West Ham, Southampton, Aston Villa and Newcastle all interested (TEAMtalk).

And, for Sinclair, two clubs stand out as obvious destinations for a physical, penalty-box poacher capable of surviving on scraps and dining out on close-range tap-ins.

“I think he’d be a great match for the (Hammers). It’s what they want and it’s what they need. I think the West Ham fans would love him,” says Sinclair, the former England and Irons ace.

“Another team that’s slightly off-piste, I think Arsenal could do with him. A London club. (Alexandre) Lacazette is getting older. (Abraham) would bring something slightly different with his height.

“He’s mobile, he’s got good feet. I think he could be a good pick for Arsenal. He’s obviously a talented player. I’m a big fan and I just want him to play football.

“There will be plenty in the queue for (his) signature.”

Despite a paucity of game time, Abraham has still scored 12 goals this season, adding to his tally of 18 from the previous campaign.