1935 - 1940

April 27, 1935
Football League Division Two
Burnden Park
Bolton Wanderers 3 West Ham Utd 1

Twelve years after that historical Wembley final, the Trotters again walked all over Charlie Paynter's promotion-chasing Hammers.
Having been relegated from division one in 1932 West Ham had gone perilously close to a second successive drop.
But after rallying during the mid-30s, they met title rivals Bolton for the penultimate game of a campaign that saw them with a fantastic chance of a return to the big time. But the absence of Southampton-bound record scorer Vic Watson had been a big blow during the run-in.
And although Len Goulden briefly kept West Ham's hopes alive, Wanderers' 3-1 win ironically clinched that coveted second promotion place on goal average.
It was the closest heartbroken Hammers were to get to Division one for the next 23 years.
WHU: Conway, Chalkley, A. Walker, E. Fenton, Barrett, Cockcroft, Morton, Marshall, Mangall, Goulden, Ruffell.

June 8, 1940
Wembley Stadium
Football League War Cup Final
West Ham United 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

Hammers ended their first season of war-time football victorious, as Charlie Bicknell lifted the League Cup.
West Ham had accounted for Chelsea, Leicester City, Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City and Fulham on their way to the Twin Towers.
Following an even start that saw action at each end, it was ambulance-builder Sam Small who 'pocketed the leather' in the 34th-minute.
Stan Foxall and Len Goulden linked up well and when 'keeper Jim Barron failed to hold George Foreman's punchy shot, Small pounced.
Referee Dutton was a busy man as the game warmed up, while Bob Pryde proved the lynchpin of the Rovers' defence, constantly thwarting Archie Macaulay's searching dribbles. Blackburn had their moments too in a series of goalmouth scrambles, but in the end Small's strike was enough to bring some war-time Cockney cheer.
WHU: Conway, Bicknell, C. Walker, E. Fenton, R. Walker, Cockcroft, Small, Macauley, Foreman, Goulden, Foxall