West Ham United: John Morton

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Born: Sheffield (26-2-1914)

Signed: 1931

Position: Left Winger

Appearances: 275

Goals: 57

Left: 1939

Internation Caps: 1

Died: March, 1986

John Morton joined West Ham from Gainsborough Trinty for £600 in 1931. He was a automatic choice on the left-wing for the next eight years. In 1937 he joined his club colleague, Len Goulden, in the England team playing Czechoslovakia at White Hart Lane. Morton scored one of his country's goals in their 5-4 victory. An injury kept him out of the next game and he never played for England again. After retiring he worked as a bookmaker in London.


Family club Edit

Since the founding of West Ham United in 1900 as a Limited company and then a Public limited company, until the sale to an Icelandic consortium in 2006, they were known as a "family owned" club. Martin Cearns, chairman from 1990 until 1992 and a board member until 2006, was the third member of the family to be chairman. [1] His family had been associated with West Ham since its 1900 foundation. J.W.Y (Jimmy) Cearns worked for Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company and was a founding member, and director (1900–1904, 1907–1934) of the club until 1934. His son, W.J. Cearns was chairman from 1935 until 1950. [2] W.J. Cearns' son, L.C. (Len) Cearns, was a director from 1948, vice-chairman from 1950 and chairman from 1979 until 1990. [3] [4]

Len Cearns elder brother W.F. (Will) Cearns was a director from the death of their father in 1950. Will and Len's younger brother Brian R. Cearns was a director from 1962. Another member of the board which sold the club in 2006, Charles Warner, is the great grandson of club founder, Arnold Hills. [1] The majority shareholder under the limited company with 1100 of the 4000 shares issued was Arnold Hills and on his death his descendants. Two unsuccessful attempts by the board were made to buy the shares in 1927 on Hills' death and in 1948 from his family. From 1924 until 1961, 1142 shares remained unsold giving the statutory five man board with only 403 shares between them the ability to consolidated their position dictating who would be sold shares and elected to the board as there was no interference from Hills or his descendants. In 1961 the board members each bought 200 of the unsold shares and 142 were sold to newly elected director R G Brandon at face value. [5] Jack Petchey was a director at from June 1978 until 1989. [6]

Terry Brown Edit

Terry Brown joined the board in November 1990 and was chairman from May 1992. [7] Brown was criticised by some sections of the fans (including pressure group Whistle specifically formed for this purpose) due to a perception of financial and staff mismanagement. [8] In 2006 he made £33.4m after selling the club for £85m to an Icelandic consortium. [9]

Icelandic consortium Edit

In 2006 Eggert Magnússon and Björgólfur Guðmundsson bought the club. [10] On 18 September 2007, Magnússon stepped down as executive chairman [11] but would still retain the role as club non-executive chairman overseeing a new management structure, and would keep his stake in the club. [12]

On 13 December 2007, Magnússon left West Ham and his 5% holding was bought by club majority owner Björgólfur Guðmundsson. [13]

On 8 June 2009 during the 2008–2012 Icelandic financial crisis, Icelandic CB Holding which is 70% owned by Straumur-Burdaras bank and 30% owned by Icelandic-based banks Byr and MP [14] took over Hansa Holding, which had West Ham United as their only asset and filed for bankruptcy protection. Straumur was one of Hansa Holding's largest creditors. Straumur appointed one of their directors, Andrew Bernhardt, as the new chairman of CB Holding, a company set up to manage the affairs of West Ham United. [15]

David Sullivan and David Gold Edit

In January 2010, David Sullivan and David Gold acquired a 50% share in West Ham, from CB Holding, giving them overall operational and commercial control. [16] At the end of May 2010 David Gold and David Sullivan purchased a further 10% stake in the club at a cost of £8million (£4m to CB Holding, £4m towards club debts). Taking their controlling stake to 60%, they announced that in the near future they may open up shares for fans to purchase. [17] On 9 August 2010, Gold and Sullivan increased their shares up to 30.6% each with "minority investors", (which included former owner Terry Brown, purchasing a further 3.8% of the club at a cost of around £3-4million) leaving Straumur Bank owning 35% of the club. [18]

On 2 July 2013, it was announced David Sullivan had acquired a further 25% of shares from CB Holdings (owned by the Icelandic bank), after restructuring the debt of the club, leaving Straumur Bank with just 10%. [19] In order to clear club debts before a move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, in December 2014 David Sullivan announced the availability for sale of 20% of the club. [20] The clearing of club debts, given in July 2013 as £70m, is pre-condition to moving to the Olympic Stadium. [21]

Chairmen Edit

He became vice-chairman on Terry Brown becoming chairman in May 1992

West Ham were taken over by asset management company CB Holding following Guðmundsson's bankruptcy
caused by the 2008–2012 Icelandic financial crisis. [38] [39] [40]


The Best Irish Players in Premier League History

The English Premier League has a deep-rooted history of Irish talent that has graced the pitch. Between the beloved fan-favourites to living legends, we can safely say the historic moments captured in English football would not be the same without some Irish presence. With that said, let us preview some of Ireland’s greatest EPL icons.

Roy Keane – Manchester United

Career Highlights: Seven Premier League titles.

Roy Keane is the most iconic Irish-born player to ever play football, let alone inside the EPL . Keane played a massive role in one of Alex Ferguson’s most successful Manchester United squads. Besides being one of the most accomplished midfielders of his era, Keane had no qualms in kicking the opposition just as hard as the ball if it meant gaining possession for his squad.

Keane led the Red Devils to their historic treble in 1998/99, but this treble was just three of the 17 trophies he achieved at the club and will remain one of the greatest ever to step foot inside Old Trafford.

Robbie Keane – Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa

Career Highlights: Highest-scoring Irishman of all time in the Premier League.

Despite the circulating myth, Robbie and Roy Keane are no relation even though they share a surname, place of birth and historic football career.

Robbie Keane enjoyed 126 goals whilst competing at the highest level of English football this puts him at the top of the Irish scoring goal charts in the EPL. The star striker was first spotted at Coventry City, as his talents led him to bigger and better clubs, including Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa.

During his professional career, the lack of trophies is almost unbelievable – winning just one League Cup during his time spent in England.

Denis Irwin – Manchester United

Career Highlights: 7 English Premier League titles.

Leeds United must regret selling a young Denis Irwin because their overlooked talent became one of Alex Ferguson’s most significant signings. The left-back joined the Manchester United squad in 1990 and, to this day, remains as one of the greatest defenders the division has ever had the pleasure of watching.

Alongside Roy Keane, Irwin raised seven Premier League titles, countless trophies and proved himself as one of the best young signings in the Red Devils history.

Damien Duff – Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea & Newcastle

Career Highlights: Seven Premier League titles.

Mr Duff’s legendary career was a fast-rising one, and he became a hot prospect after spending his first two years at Blackburn Rovers. It did not take long before huge offers for his services were incoming, and a move to Chelsea saw the winger claim two EPL titles.

Once the glory days at Chelsea were finished, he went on as a valuable player for Newcastle United and Fulham, eventually ending his career in the sunshine with a move to Australia in 2014.

John O’Shea – Manchester United

Career Highlights: Five Premier League titles.

We simply cannot ignore the accomplishments of John O’Shea, and again, yet another Irish marksman who flourished at Manchester United. When making the best footballing free sports picks for Irish soccer, O’Shea probably does not come to mind for most fans, but his career should not be undervalued.

Making 445 appearances in the Premier League is an accomplishment itself (more than any outfield player in Ireland’s history), whilst capturing five Premier League titles at Manchester United.

Shay Given – Newcastle United, Manchester City & Aston Villa

Career Highlights: Seven Premier League titles.

Holding six more appearances than our previous outstanding Irish player, Shay Given managed to crush attackers dreams with his long stature and goal stopping ability whilst topping the appearance record with 451 games played in the English Premier League.

The former goalkeeper was one of the league’s most impressive performers during his stay at Newcastle United, regularly featuring in the Team of the Year, before eventually joining the likes of Manchester City, where he continued to deliver the goods. During the end of his career, Shay Given played for Aston Villa until his eventual retirement.


West Ham United on This Day: History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year

West Ham United On This Day revisits all the most magical and memorable moments from the club's rich history, mixing in a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable claret-and-blue diary. From the club's Victorian formation to the Premier League era, there's an entry for every day of the year. …mehr

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People Associated with Ashton under Lyne

This page contains links to information about well-known or interesting people who came from or are associated with Ashton under Lyne.

Geoff Hurst

Born in Ashton in 1941, Geoff Hurst grew up in nearby Denton. He became a footballer who played for West Ham, Stoke City and England. He scored three goals in the 1966 World Cup Final and so helped England to win the World Cup 4-2 against Germany. He is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final. He scored 252 goals for West Ham and 37 for Stoke.

Arthur Brooke

Born in Ashton in 1845, Arthur Brooke worked in his father's tea business, distributing tea throughout the area. In 1869 Arthur opened a shop in Manchester selling packaged tea under the name Brooke Bond and Co. There wasn't any Mr Bond - that was added to make the company's name sound better! The Brooke Bond company now makes PG Tips tea.

Hannah Mitchell

Hannah Mitchell was born on a farm in Derbyshire in 1871, but lived in Elizabeth Street, Ashton, from 1900 to 1910. She campaigned to widen the horizons available to women at that time. In 1895 she married Socialist Gibbon Mitchell and was active in the Women's Social and Political Union and the Women's Freedom League. As a pacifist she opposed involvement in the First World War. In 1924 she was elected to the Manchester City Council.

Margaret Beckett

Margaret Beckett was born in Ashton in 1943. As a child she lived on Wilshaw Grove and attended St Mary's School. She studied Metallurgy at the University of Manchester. In 1974 she became MP for Lincoln and later for Derby South. She became Deputy Leader of the Labour Party during opposition, standing in as Leader of the Opposition for three months, following the death of John Smith, until Tony Blair was elected as Labour Party leader. She has held government posts such as Leader of the House of Commons, Trade and Industry Secretary and Foreign Secretary.

Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury was a well-known and respected Egyptologist. She was born in Dukinfield in 1854. At the age of 28 she moved, with her parents and younger siblings, into Riversvale Hall, Ashton-under-Lyne, on the banks of the River Medlock in what is now part of Daisy Nook Country Park.

She collected ancient Egyptian artefacts, studied hieroglyphics and accompanied her friend, Amelia Edwards, on lecture tours, delivering the lectures herself when Amelia became ill. In 1896, at the age of 42, Kate married Francis Llewellyn Griffith, a lecturer on ancient Egyptian language, and they lived at Riversvale along with her father, Charles, and his second wife. Kate helped Francis to translate ancient Egyptian texts.

After just five years of married life, Kate was taken ill and underwent an unsuccessful operation. She and Francis went to live at Silverdale on the Lancashire coast in an attempt to aid her recovery but she died in 1902 at the age of 48.

George Formby Senior

George Formby Senior, father of the world-famous ukulele-playing George Formby, was born in Ashton in 1875 as James Booth. He was a successful comedian and music-hall star in his own right. He chose the name Formby after seeing a train with that destination.

Brian Wilde

Actor Brian Wilde was born in Ashton in 1927, but moved away and went to school in Hertfordshire. He played the prison warder "Barraclough" in the Ronnie Barker series Porridge. He also played "Foggy" in Last of the Summer Wine, alongside "Clegg" and "Compo", for 9 years. He died in March 2008.

Elyes Gabel

Although born in London and spending a couple of years in Canada, actor and musician Elyes Gabel grew up in Ashton and Stalybridge, attending St Ann's and St Damian's schools. He played Doctor "Guppy" Sandhu in BBC's Casualty for 3 years as well as parts in other series, such as Waterloo Road. He plays the starring role of Walter O'Brien in the popular American TV drama series Scorpion.

Ronald Fraser

Ronald Fraser was born in Ashton in 1930. He was a well-known actor who appeared in many films and television series (including Swallows and Amazons, Pygmalion and The Flight of the Phoenix).

Amanda Barrie

Amanda Barrie was born in Ashton in 1935 as Shirley Anne Broadbent. She is a film and television actor, having appeared in Coronation Street, Bad Girls, Doctors, Carry on Cleo, etc.

A J Harris

Andrew Harris was born in Ashton in 1973. He was a professional cricketter, playing for Derbyshire and England, taking more than 400 wickets in over 120 matches.

Mark Robins

Mark Robins was born in Ashton in 1969. He played football for Manchester United from 1986 to 1992. He then played at other clubs, including Norwich, Leicester, Walsall, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday. He went on to manage Rotherham and then Barnsley.

Eli Whalley

Eli Whalley lived on Currier Lane and had a factory at the side of the Ashton Canal at Whitelands, which was the last to produce Donkey Stones. These were bars of scouring material used in mills to give a non-slip surface on greasy steps. It became fashionable for women to give their front doorsteps the same treatment. The blocks were made from sandstone, cement, bleach and water, mixed to a paste then allowed to harden. The materials were originally brought to the factory by canal boat. Eli Whalley produced his "Lion Brand" stones on the site until 1979.

Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson, born in Preston in 1859, was a renowned poet, known as 'the poet of Catholicism'. He lived on Stamford Street in Ashton between 1864 and 1885. Read more about Francis Thompson.

H V Morton

Henry Vollam Morton was born in Ashton in 1892 but moved at a young age to Birmingham, where his father became editor of the Birmingham Mail. Henry followed his father into journalism, at first in Birmingham, later working for the Daily Express. He became famous for his reports on the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb, even though another journalist had supposedly been given exclusive rights. He later gained popularity as a travel writer, with around 40 books to his name. He went to live in South Africa in his 50s and died in 1979.

Read about Henry Vollam Morton's mother, Constance, who was known by the name "Cousin Maggie" and, for a while, was a well-known character in the town. Click here to read.

Simone Perotta

Simone Perotta was born in Ashton in 1977 where his father, Franco, ran a wine bar. Simone attended St Ann's Primary School for a short time before his parents returned to Italy. He was a member of the Italian team that won the football World Cup in 2006.

Prophet John Wroe

John Wroe, a self-styled "Prophet" from Bradford, founded the Christian Israelite Church. He announced that Ashton under Lyne was going to become "The New Jerusalem, where the chosen would gather at the Apocalypse. In 1825 he Church erected four buildings to be "gatehouses" of the New Jerusalem. One of the is thought to have been the former Odd Whim public house on Mossley Road, now converted to apartments. In 1831 Wroe fled from Ashton after a scandal involving seven virgins. He went to Wakefield and later to Australia, where the Christian Israelite Church is still active.

Bill Sowerbutts

Bill Sowerbutts was born in 1911 in a house on Ashton Moss and became a market gardener, with a stall in Ashton Market. In 1947 he was a panellist in the first programme in the long-running radio show "Gardeners' Question Time", which was recorded in the Broadoak Hotel. Bill was one of the regular panellists for around 30 years and became a household name, taking part in over 1500 programmes.

Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon was MP for Ashton under Lyne for 37 years from 1964 to 2001. He was at one time the Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was a Privy Councillor from 1977 and was the much-respected Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1983 to 1997. He became Baron Sheldon, of Ashton-under-Lyne following his retirement from the House of Commons. Ashton's new northern by-pass is named "Lord Sheldon Way" after him.

Simon Hoggart

Simon Hoggart was born in Ashton in 1946. He was well known as a broadcaster and journalist, writing for the Guardian and the Spectator. He was chairman of the Radio 4 programme "The News Quiz" and appeared on BBC TV's "Grumpy Old Men". He died in January 2014.

Stuart Hall

Radio and television presenter Stuart Hall was born in Ashton on Christmas Day, 1929, the son of a baker, and lived in Hyde and Glossop. He presented BBC TV's Look North/North West Tonight for 25 years. He presented "It's A Knockout" with Eddie Wareing and was also the first host of TV's "A Question Of Sport". For many years has been a football reporter. He claims that, in 1958, he made up a radio commentary on a game between Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City because the fog was too thick for him to see the players! In 2013 he was imprisoned for sexual offences and stripped of the OBE awarded to him the previous year.

Raymond Ray-Jones

Raymond Jones was born in Ashton in 1886 and attended St Ann's School. He later studied at the Heginbottom School of Art (now the Central Library, Ashton) before going to the Royal College of Art in London. In 1911 he joined the Studio at the Academie Julian in Paris. He travelled around Europe and, while visiting Venice, his drawings of buildings were so accurate that he was arrested as a spy! From 1913 he exhibited his work as Raymond Ray-Jones. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1914. After his sudden death in 1941, his work was shown for the last time in 1943 and he has now fallen into obscurity.

Henry Cockburn

Born in Ashton in 1921, Henry Cockburn was a professional footballer who played for Manchester United and England. He represented his country 13 times.

Trevor Ross

Born in Ashton in 1957, Trevor Ross was a professional footballer who playing for a variety of teams, including Arsenal, Everton, Sheffield United, Bury, Hyde United and Altrincham. He briefly managed Ashton United.

Gordon Taylor

Born in Ashton in 1944, Gordon Taylor was a professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers. He went on to become Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association.

Bert Whalley

Bert Whalley was born in Ashton in 1913. He was a professional footballer at Manchester United. Under Matt Busby, he became first team coach at United. He was killed in the 1958 Munich air disaster.

Harrington Lees

Born in Ashton in 1870, Harrington Lees became an Anglican priest. In 1921 he was appointed Archbishop of Melbourne, Australia.

Visit the Local History index page to find out about more about places and events in Ashton.


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The definition of a journeyman, Robbie Keane played for six different clubs in the Premier League during his long career that also took him to Italy, the United States and India.

Keane was at his best during his time with Tottenham, scoring 80 league goals in six season during his first spell with the club. A dream move to Liverpool in 2008 didn't live up to the big fee.


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The Biggest Criminals Of The West

Prisons like these held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, bandits who took full advantage of the Wild West's lawless ways.

Among the most notable outlaws — whose mugshots are featured in the gallery above — are the Younger Gang. This band of crooked siblings made up of Cole (the eldest), Bob, and Jim Younger achieved infamy by committing a string of robberies in states like Missouri, Texas, and the surrounding area.

They soon teamed up with another pair of outlaw brothers, Frank and Jesse James, to form the infamous James-Younger Gang and execute a daring batch of robberies and evade authorities for years.

Jesse James, the leader of the alliance, penned letters to sympathetic newspaper editors and painted his gang of outlaws as American Robin Hoods who stole from the greedy rich to disperse wealth to the poor.

But their reign of terror largely ended with a botched bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota, in September 1876. They ended up outnumbered and targeted by armed civilians of the town who managed to drive the robbers away.

While the James brothers successfully escaped the angry town mob to continue their lives of crime crime, the Younger brothers were captured by a group of the townspeople in the woods.

After the posse captured Jim Younger, he was still bloody from the beating the locals had given him when he was dragged in front of the jailhouse camera for his mugshot.

That mugshot, like so many others that survive from the Old West, paints a unique picture of a largely lawless land where criminals could make a killing and cops could often deal with those they did capture however they pleased.

Although the hard-knock days of the Old West are now long gone, the remarkable outlaw tales from that time live on in the period's striking mugshots that survive to this day.


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