After netting four for West Ham in their first Southern League fixture in 1900, Billy Grassam became recognised for his goalscoring exploits in several leading newspapers of the day. He arrived at Bank Street in September 1903 after a brief spell with Celtic and made his debut replacing the popular Alf Schofield on 3rdOctober 1903 against Woolwich Arsenal. Schofield returned for the following game but Grassam had done enough to retain a place in the side.
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