Vic Glover

Horace (Vic) Glover was born in Ashford, Kent in 1883. An architect's assistant he played amateur football for Ashford Town and Hastings United before joining Southampton in 1906. A left-back, he was made captain in 1909 and over a five year period played in 174 league and cup games for the club.

Syd King, the manager of West Ham United, signed Glover and he made his debut against Reading on 23rd September 1911. He joined a team that included Herbert Ashton, Fred Blackburn, George Butcher, Tommy Caldwell, Bob Fairman, Fred Harrison, William Kennedy, Frank Piercy, Tommy Randall, Danny Shea and George Webb.

Once again West Ham United had a good run in the FA Cup defeating Gainsborough Trinity 2-1 on 3rd January 1912. George Webb and Fred Harrison got the goals. Harrison was also on target in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park. In the replay at Upton Park West Ham won with goals from Harrison and Herbert Ashton. This was a great achievement as Middlesbrough was sitting high in the First Division at the time.

West Ham played Southern League rivals, Swindon Town, in the next round. After a 1-1 draw at Upton Park, Swindon won the replay 4-0. Vic Glover had the misfortune to score two own goals in this game.

Glover only played 29 games for West Ham United before leaving to play for Bournemouth. He worked as an architect in Southampton but continued to play as an amateur in the lower leagues.

Vic Glover died in Winchester on 28th January 1967.