West Ham United
Born: New Cummock, Scotland (1875)
Signed: 1900 (Bristol City)
Left: 1902 (Bury))
Hugh Monteith developed a reputation as a fine goalkeeper while playing for Glasgow Celtic. He was persuaded to move to England and became a successful recruit at Bristol City. In 1900 Arnold Hills decided to bring in some experienced players to his new West Ham side. The club made several new signings that year including Monteith, Fergus Hunt (Arsenal), Freddie Fenton (Gainsborough), George Radcliffe (Grimsby Town), James Reid (Port Vale), Albert Kaye (Chatham) and Billy Grassam (Port Vale). In the previous season West Ham let in 45 goals. Monteith's acrobatics helped reduce this to 28. Seven of these were scored when Monteith was unable to play. In the 1901-02 season West Ham again restricted their opponents to 28 goals and finished in 4th place in the league. His growing reputation meant that he was a target for the top clubs. At the end of the season Monteith moved to Bury, one of England's best teams. In 1903 Monteith won a FA Cup winners medal when Bury beat Derby County 6-0.