Most programmes have a bit of information from the manager each week, and West Ham post War was no exception. These ‘pieces or information’ are to be found under a heading known as a ‘Strapline’ – the function of these Straplines is to make it easy for the reader to find the ‘piece’ and it is good for the contributing to manager’s egos, mind you in the case of the managers shown below there should have been no need to polish the ego they are all great gentlemen in their own right.
From `Johnnies Jottings` on the left depicting the Great Johnnie Hoskins, the father of Speedway, who joined West Ham from Wembly in the May of 1934 as Director and Manager. Becoming joint promoter with Victor Martin, following the outbreak of war Jonnie Hoskins ran four meetings in 1940. In 1950 a change in promotion saw the return of Johnnie Hoskins to Custom House and the West Ham Hammers.
At the end of World War Two speedway resumed at West Ham under the joint management of the pre-
Jonnie’s place was then ably filled by Ken Brett, another ex-
Throughout the first half of the 1950’s speedway spectator numbers were declining countrywide but West Ham management did their best to keep the spectators spirits up, the programmes including Cartoons, a little mini-
On to the 1960`s and the return in 1964 of speedway to West Ham reopened by a group led by Charles Ochiltree with the Hammers team now led and promoted by Tommy Price, the first English World Champion with his striking column heading `Tommy Talking`. During Tommy’s period as manager the Hammers became amongst the first teams to form the British League.
With a management change in 1966 came a change in team manager and with it a change in Strapline although not a huge change in the graphic style -