Top-flight dream slips away

27 April 1935
Division 2
Burnden Park
Bolton Wanderers 3-1 West Ham United

Twelve years after that historical Wembley final, the Trotters again walked all over Charlie Paynter's promotion-chasing West Ham United.

Having been relegated from the top-flight in 1932, West Ham United had gone perilously close to a second successive drop. But after rallying during the mid-30s, they met title rivals Bolton Wanderers 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 the heartbroken Hammers fans were to get to the first division for the next 23 years.

West Ham United: Conway, Chalkley, A. Walker, E. Fenton, Barrett, Cockcroft, Morton, Marshall, Mangall, Goulden, Ruffell.