World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Dick Walker (footballer)

Article Id: WHEBN0008645173
Reproduction Date:

Title: Dick Walker (footballer)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: West Ham United F.C., Richard Walker, List of West Ham United F.C. players
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Dick Walker (footballer)

Richard Walker (22 July 1913 – February 1988) was an English footballer who played for West Ham United.

He was born in Hackney, London.

Dick Walker's three decade association with West Ham began during the 1932-33 season. Playing for Becontree Athletic on Sunday mornings, Walker was spotted by a club scout and given a trial. He played for the club in the London Midweek League, but moved to west London club Park Royal for the following season.

After a home clash against Park Royal, West Ham re-signed the player and he made his first-team debut as right-half against Burnley on 27 August 1934. After featuring in a number of defensive positions, he finally settled into centre-half as replacement for Jim Barrett in 1936.

During World War II, Walker served with an infantry battalion who fought from El Alamein to Italy and was several times mentioned in dispatches. He played football for the Army whilst on duty in the Middle East and also took leave to play occasional games for West Ham. Upon his return from action, he took the captaincy and played league football with the club until his final game on 18 February 1953, against Plymouth Argyle at Upton Park. He totalled 292 league appearances for the club, scoring two goals. The following four years would see Walker play more than 200 further reserve and A team games until the end of the 1956-57 season when his playing contract was not renewed by Ted Fenton and he was offered a job cleaning players boots at £4 a week. He received a testimonial in October 1957 against Sparta Rotterdam.

Walker went on to become coach to Dagenham and later joined Spurs as a scout.

References

  • Richard Walker, westhamstats.info, last accessed 20 January 2007

External links

  • Dick Walker Photographs


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.