Farewell Boleyn: Ron Greenwood arrives


IMG_12581961 and Ron Greenwood, here standing in front of the North Bank, arrived at the Boleyn to take over from Ted Fenton.

Ron was only the fourth manager to run the club since its formation in 1900 and he is the first to have had no previous links to West Ham.

His previous employment was with Arsenal where he was coaching the reserves but Ron was also a coach with the junior national set up where he had encountered a young Bobby Moore.

Ron had said that one of the attractions of joining West Ham was the chance to work full time with Bobby.

Malcolm Musgrove is far left, and with him is Ken Brown. Next to Moore is John Dick and then John Bond is far right. 

All those after their playing days went into coaching or management, Musgrove at one point was assistant manager at Manchester United in the post Busby era, Brown worked closely with John Bond at Bournemouth and Norwich and when Bond left the Canaries to take over at Manchester City.

Brown stayed and eventually led the Canaries to win a trophy in beating Sunderland in the 1985 league Cup Final. 

Bobby Moore managed Southend for a period while John Dick trained youth players at West Ham, also John Dick became the first West Ham player to play internationally for Scotland. 

Words and pics from lifelong supporter Nigel Kahn with grateful thanks

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • COYI247 says:

    WOW! What a picture! What a West Ham moment! So began the era according to Ron the Great! In all my years, I’ve never seen a picture of the Northbank before it was covered…The Northbank where I used to stand in the 70’s as a boy, bringing a milk crate to stand on….Once a Hammer, always a Hammer! Massive thanks to Claret + Hugh via Nigel Kahn for this. Publish a book, Nigel!

  • Dean C says:

    Wow,fantastic picture.Too young to have seen UP as it was then.Amazing,thanks for sharing these pictures Nigel.Really interesting.

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