Wally St Pier

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Wally St Pier
Personal information
Full name Stanley Walter St Pier
Date of birth (1904-10-08)8 October 1904
Place of birth Beacontree Heath, Dagenham, England
Date of death 1989 (aged 84–85)
Place of death Daventry, England
Playing position Centre-half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–1929 Ilford
1929–1933 West Ham United 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stanley Walter (Wally) St Pier ( 8 October 1904 – 1989) was an English footballer and scout.


St Pier arrived at West Ham United from Ilford in April 1929 making his senior debut in October 1929 against Leicester City. Spending most of his time as understudy to Jim Barrett, St Pier managed only 24 appearances for The Hammers before retiring from playing in 1932.[1] St Pier was appointed club chief scout by manager Charlie Paynter and was responsible for the discovery of John Lyall,[2] Bobby Moore,[3] Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters,[4] Pat Holland,[5] Frank Lampard, Paul Brush and Alan Curbishley,[6] amongst others, through his scouting network. Given a testimonial in May 1975, he retired in 1976 after 47 years service to West Ham.[7]


St Pier died in 1989.[7]


  • Powell, Jeff (1976). Bobby Moore. Everest Books Limited. ISBN 0-905018-20-6. 
  • Hogg, Tony (1995). West Ham United Who's Who. Independent UK Sports Publications. ISBN 1-899429-01-8. 
  • Hogg, Tony (1986). West Ham United Who's Who 1900-1986. Helliar and Sons. 


  1. ^ Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Wally St Pier
  2. ^ John Lyall www.independent.co.uk
  3. ^ Bobby Moore. p. 180. 
  4. ^ Graham Kelly: Respect for supporters will revive the West Ham way www.independent.co.uk
  5. ^ Issue 14 www.ex-hammers.com
  6. ^ West Ham United Who's Who 1900-1986. p. 73. 
  7. ^ a b West Ham United Who's Who. p. 195.