West Ham Charity Cup
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The West Ham Charity Cup was an annual amateur football tournament, held between 1895 and 1902. It was contested by teams from West Ham and the surrounding area, an area of Essex that is now part of London.
Three of the teams in the first 1895-96 tournament were Barking, Park Grove and Thames Ironworks, who would later become West Ham United. In a semi-final in Plaistow, Thames Ironworks beat Park Grove 1-0. Park Grove protested a technicality and forced a replay at Beckton Road, which The Ironworks won 3-0.
Thames Ironworks faced Barking in the final on 21 March 1896 at The Spotted Dog Ground in Upton Lane, drawing 2-2. They rematched a week later, and again drew, 0-0. The final was replayed a final time on 20 April 1896 and The Irons won 1-0.
Three of the teams in the 1896-97 tournament were Manor Park, West Ham Garfield and the defending champions, Thames Ironworks, who beat Manor Park in the semi-final, and lost the 20 March 1897 final 0-1 to Garfield.
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