Sunday, 11 April 2010

FORGOTTEN FOOTBALL - EAST HAM UNITED AND BECKTON UNITED


Like numerous historical London non-league grounds, The Manorway, where East Ham United played was demolished and is now another housing estate. Great memories are now long forgotten amongst the semi-detached and terraced dwellings that are now built in the area.

Like their Football League neighbours East Ham were known as The Hammers and actually played in the heart of Beckton with their local rivals United playing just up the road at the Sports and Leisure club in the shadow of the Beckton Alps ski-slope. United's ground is still associated with the beautiful game, West Ham United have a floodlit artificial pitch and facilities used by the local community all through the year.

East Ham United, formed in 1933, completed their last campaign in the Essex Senior League in 2000/01 season winning 12 of their 30 games finishing in 11th place of 16 clubs. This was the season prior to Enfield Town's formation and acceptance into the the ESL. The club moved a short distance East on the A13 to join up with Barking FC to form 'Barking and East Ham United' who existed until 2006 when the club reformed solely as Barking. East Ham United's best finish in the ESL was in the 1979/80 season when they were 5th out of 16 clubs. In the 1976/77 season they had a run of glory in the FA Vase beating East Barnet Old Grammarians, Dartford Glentworth, Basildon United, Edgware Town, Alma Swanley and Epping Town in a replay before losing at home 0-4 to Sheffield in the Quarter Final. Sheffield went on to the final losing to then ESL side Billericay Town.

Beckton United were formed as Cleevor FC in 1966 becoming Beckton United in 1975 and regular members of the London Spartan League up until 1996 when the club unfortunately folded. In 1985 they enjoyed a run to the Third Round of the FA Vase beating Eastbourne United, Romsey Town and Gorleston being losing to Stevenage Borough at home.

Beckton United played in the Premier Divsion of the London Spartan League in the 91/92 season alongside Barkingside, Cheshunt and Waltham Abbey to name a few. Division One of the league at the time was Intermediate level and contained Ilford (making their way back up the Pyramid after being reformed), Leyton County and Walthamstow Trojans amongst others. United played in Green and White diagonal striped shirts with black shorts and green socks.

*Pen-Pictures of the 1991/92 Beckton United Squad.

The area is now represented by London APSA (formed 1993) whose roots lie in the Asian community of the East Ham area and play at the near-by Terrance MacMillan Stadium in Plaistow. APSA have averaged a crowd of just 18 this season in their ESL fixtures.

The Newham borough is also represented at non-league level by Clapton in the ESL and three clubs in the Essex Olympian League. Canning Town who share with APSA at the TM Stadium in the Premier Division, Cranes United who paly at Clapton FC's Spotted Dog ground in Forest Gate and Newham United in the Third Division whose pitch is a stone's throw from The Boleyn Ground.


* Local press article from 2000 regarding East Ham's Manorway ground.

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16 comments:

  1. Beckton started out as 'Geevor' not Cleevor.
    I played for them from 1968 until 1979...we bacame Beckton United in 1972, not 1975.
    Contact me if you want any more info.

    Tony

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    1. do you remember who played in goal for geevor

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    2. I can remember two Geevor goalkeepers.
      Clive Smith and Curt Josephs.

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    3. i played in goal for geevor in the 60s when we were in the stock exchange league before going to the barking and district league players t iverson b lamb j weir

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    4. did you ever play against pendeen in cornwall

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  2. Hello could you provide me with the date/newspaper of the article re flytipping at East Ham United. I am doing some research and need a copy of the article with these details on.

    Thanks
    Lucy

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  3. is this the tony quinlan who I played a handfull of games with at beckton, before i wrecked my knee playing against the london fire brigade.You may remember me as I was out for nearly 18 months with the injury. John West was our captain and Bobby Broomfield was our manager. I can still remember the team that day and I think the game was around late October 1975. You and Ronnie Allen along with Greig Lawrence were the strikers.

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  4. Yes it's me mate....shame you never said who you were!
    Email me at footballpunter@gmail.com
    :-)

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  5. i am jon wiggins and playe for east ham. i also played in the fa cup first round

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  6. Names from the past there....all good mates of mine in the 60's and 70's.
    Barry Lamb, Terry Iverson, John Weir, Jimmy Quayle, Johnny West and many more.
    Sadly, Johnny Weir and his brother Steve (who also played for Geevor and Beckton) have both died in the last 4 years...both aged 58.

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  8. malcolm phillips30 October 2013 21:39

    i playerd many times with all the names mentiond sad to hear about the weir bros

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  9. I married Denny Bowhill in 1981. Sadly he passed away 7th February this year. Sadly missed. X

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    1. So very, very sorry to hear that Pamela.

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    2. Some other old names from the Geevor and Beckton days that I can remember:

      Alan Russell
      Mickey Coe
      Danny Heron
      Johnny West
      Donny Duffield
      Georgie Coldham
      Clive Sinclair
      Brendan Hoare

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  10. My father Harry Fisher was a trainer for the East Ham United football club..They converted a football pitch by the old Beckton Gas Works that was many years ago now.

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