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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1965-66 Metropolitan League 'A'

Four new clubs joined the league for the 1965-66 campaign, Barnet Reserves, Brentwood Town, Hatfield Town and Sheppey United. The clubs who left the competition at the end of last season include Guildford City Reserves, Romford Reserves, Cambridge City Reserves, Luton Town 'A' and Bexley United. The only other notable change is that Dunstable Town have joined the Southern League and will be replaced with their Reserve side for this season's campaign.

Manager: Jimmy Barrett

WIMBLEDON RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Clements P., Howe, Smith T.)

28 August 1965

Dickie, Bond, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Clements P., Clements T., Byrne, Barrett, Brabrook

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Metropolitan League

Woolwich Stadium

1 - 2 (Kitchener)

15 September 1965

65_10_02 Dartford v. WHU Metro

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Hartley

Andrew

James

Miller

Smith T.

Byrne

Cross

Dryden

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Stonecross Road

4 - 0 (Scott 2, Cross, Miller)

18 September 1965

Death

Glozier

Lampard

Deadman

Andrew

James

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Cross

Scott

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Hartley)

25 September 1965

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Metropolitan League

Cheshunt

0 - 2

29 September 1965

Mackleworth

Bond

Kitchener

Hartley

Andrew

James

Miller

Smith T.

Simmons

Cross

Dryden

DARTFORD : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

3 - 1 ( Barrett, Cross, Smith T.)

2 October 1965

Mackleworth

Glozier

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

Lampard

Miller

Smith T.

Hartley

Cross

Barrett

65_10_09 Sheppey United v. WHU MCC2

SHEPPEY UNITED : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Third Round)

Botany Road

1 - 2 (Cross)

9 October 1965

Mackleworth

Bond

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

Lampard

Miller

Clements

Dear

Cross

Barrett

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 2 (Burkett, Heffer, Miller)

16 October 1965

Mackleworth, Lampard, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Clements, Miller, Lansdowne, Heffer, Burkett

CHERTSEY TOWN : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Second Round)

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Miller, Smith T.)

23 October 1965

Mackleworth, Lampard, Kitchener, Lansdowne, Andrew, James, Clements, Miller, Heffer, Smith T., Walker

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Cross 2, Smith T.)

27 October 1965

Mackleworth, Lampard, Kitchener, Brooking, Andrew, James, Miller, Heffer, Hartley, Cross, Smith T.

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 4 (Hartley 2)

30 October 1965

Mackleworth, Kirkup, Kitchener, Dawkins, Andrew, James, Ahlfeld, Miller, Hartley, Cross, Smith T.

65_11_20 St Neots Town v. WHU Metro

CHATHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Maidstone Road

4 - 1 (Smith T. 2, Clements P., Cross)

6 November 1965

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

Langston

Clements P.

Miller

Dear

Cross

Smith T.

CHATHAM TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

13 November 1965

Mackleworth, Presland, Kitchener, Brooking, Andrew, Deadman, Clements, Miller, Dear, Smith T., Dryden

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Brooking, Dryden, Walker)

17 November 1965

Mackleworth, Bond, Presland, Brooking, Andrew, James, Dryden, Miller, Simmons, Cross, Walker

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

0 - 1

20 November 1965

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

James

Ahfield

Miller

Hartley

Cross

Walker

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Hartley)

27 November 1965

Mackleworth, Burkett, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Clements, Miller, Hartley, Bennett, Walker

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

4 - 3 (Hartley 2, Burkett, Kitchener)

3 December 1965

Mackleworth

Burkett

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

James

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Walker

66_01_01 Bury Town v. WHU Metro

BARNET : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

11 December 1965

Mackleworth, Bond, Presland, Brooking, Andrew, James, Deadman, Miller, Hartley, Smith T., Walker

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 0 (Cross 3, Smith T.)

18 December 1965

Mackleworth, Presland, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Redknapp, Smith T., Hartley, Cross, Dryden

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kings Road Ground

1 - 1 (Hartley)

1 January 1966

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 0 (Clements 2 Hartley 2  Smith T.)

8 January 1966

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Clements)

15 January 1966

Mackleworth, Presland, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, Dawkins, Clements, Boyce, Hartley, Bennett, Dryden

BRENTWOOD TOWN : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Third Round)

The Hive

22 January 1966

66_02_05 Wimbledon v. WHU Metro

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR "A" : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 4 (Miller)

29 January 1966

Dickie, Presland, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Clements, Miller, Smith T., Dear, Sealey

WIMBLEDON RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Plough Lane

4 - 0 (Hartley 2, Sealey, Smith T.)

5 February 1966

Dickie

Lampard

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

James

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Sealey

66_02_12 Woodford Town v. WHU Metro

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Snakes Lane

3 - 0 (Clements, Miller, Sealey)

12 February 1966

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

Howe

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Sealey

BARNET RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Underhill

4 - 1 (Hartley, Kitchener, Miller, Smith T.)

19 February 1966

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Brooking

Andrew

Deadman

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Sealey

SHEPPEY UNITED : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

5 - 0 (Clements, Hartley, Howe, Millar, Sealey)

26 February 1966

Mackleworth, Howe, Kitchener, Deadman, James, Brooking, Clements, Milller, Hartley, Sealey, Smith T.

66_03_12 Brentwood v. WHU Metro

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

London Colney

2 - 0 (Hartley, Smith T.)

5 March 1966

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

James

Clements

Milller

Hartley

Smith T.

Dryden

BRENTWOOD TOWN : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (Third Round)

The Hive

0 - 2

12 March 1966

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

James

Sealey

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Dryden

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Imber Court

1 - 1 (Cross)

19 March 1966

66_03_19 Metropolitan Police v. WHU Metro

CHERTSEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Alwyns Lane

1 - 0 (Miller)

26 March 1966

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Deadman

Heffer

James

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Cross

Sealey

66_04_08 Chelmsford City v. WHU Metro

SHEPPEY UNITED : Metropolitan League

Botany Road

1 - 1 (Smith T.)

28 March 1966

Mackleworth

Glozier

Kitchener

Howe

Andrew

James

Heffer

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Dryden

STEVENAGE TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

3 - 2 (Hartley, Smith T., [og])

2 April 1966

Mackleworth, Lampard, Kitchener, Howe, Andrew, James, Clements, Miller, Hartley, Smith T., Dryden

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

New Writtle Street

3 - 0 (Andrew, Cross, Simmons)

8 April 1966

Mackleworth

Glozier

Lampard

Andrew

Heffer

Brooking

Dryden

Miller

Simmons

Cross

Smith T.

66_04_11 Brentwood Town v. WHU Metro

BRENTWOOD TOWN : Metropolitan League

The Hive

1 - 3 (Clements)

11 April 1966

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Andrew

Heffer

James

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Smith T.

Dryden

CHERTSEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Sealey [pen])

23 April 1966

Mackleworth, Glozier, Lampard, Miller, Heffer, James, Clements, Sealey, Minor, Cross, Walker

BRENTWOOD TOWN : Metropolitan League

The Hive

0 - 2

30 April 1966

Mackleworth, Presland, Kitchener, Brooking, Andrew, Howe, Clements, Miller, Hartley, Smith T., Sealey

(HOME game played Away)

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Miller)

4 May 1966

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

Howe

Clements

Miller

Hartley

Dryden

Ainscough

66_05_04 WHU v. Bury Town Metro

Mackleworth, Bond, Kitchener, Deadman, Bickles, Lampard, Miller, Hartley, Barrett, Cross, Dryden

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Deadman

Heffer

James

Clements

Boyce

Hartley

Cross

Walker

Dickie, Presland, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Clements, Miller, Hartley, Cross, Smith T.

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Deadman

Heffer

James

Clements

Miller

Sealey

Cross

Walker

66_01_22 Brentwood post

Image Courtesy of Nigel Turner

1964-65 Metro 1966-67 Metro Season 1965-66

No programmes issued for West Ham's Home League games at Chadwell Heath

STEVENAGE TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Broadhall Way

6 - 0 (Hartley 3, Russell 2, Heffer)

4 September 1965

Mackleworth

Lampard

Glozier

Deadman

Heffer

James

Clements T.

Clements P.

Russell J.

Barrett

Hartley

 

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Brewers Hill Road Ground

4 - 1 (Clements P. 2, Simmons, [og])

21 August 1965

Although making allowances for the comparatively below-standard opposition, we could be pleased with this performance by a Hammers' XI which could by no means be considered of high experience. We missed some opportunities earlier on but settled down to be two up at half-time, and carried on the good work in the second half. Two tallies from Paul Clements, one from Barry Simmons and an " own goal" made the final score 4-1 to our side.

Mackleworth

Lampard

Kitchener

Deadman

Andrew

James

Clements T.

Clements P.

Simmons

Smith T.

Hartley

Against a strong Wimbledon contingent we built up a 3-1 interval lead, and retained this margin until the final whistle in a second half which was evenly-contested. Paul Clements, Bobby Howe and Tony Smith each scored once, and David James contributed a very good performance for the Hammers.

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

4 - 1 (Byrne 2, Andrew, Clements P.)

11 September 1965

Dickie, Bond, Kitchener, Deadman, Andrew, James, Clements P., Clements T., Byrne, Barrett, Brabrook

Image courtesy of Simon Lord

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MATCH POSTPONED

Frozen Pitch : rearranged for 12 March 1966

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Trevor Hartley particularly distinguished himself on this occasion, for he scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 win against a team which had won two of its opening four games. Apart from "veteran" Jim Barrett who was a late "deputy," the senior member of the team was 18-year-old Colin Mackleworth, so we could really claim full accord for our youngsters in a sterling performance in which they netted three times in each half. John Russell (a triallist from the Southend area) scored twice and Paul Heffer (in his first Metropolitan League appearance) got the other.

With a number of senior members " trying out" after injury we had too much experience for a St Neot's team which proved very strong and hard to beat. Indeed, this was their first reverse, and we are of the opinion that they will have a good season.

Following their usual practice in mid-week games the Athletic fielded what amounted to their normal Saturday reserve team, and it was not exactly surprising that their greater experience contributed to our first defeat in the competition. The exchanges were generally even and interesting (despite the rutted playing-surface and over-long grass), and the final score of 2-1 was a fair reflection. Billy Kitchener was our scorer.

In contrast to the surroundings of the previous Wednesday we found the Hatfield ground to be of a high standard, and it was very pleasant to play there for the first tune; the Hertfordshire club moved out from the Greater London League this season (they were runners-up in 1964-65) and although they have so far taken only two points from half-a-dozen games will undoubtedly be an asset to the Metropolitan League.

Our victory was rather easily gained but nevertheless pleasing, the majority of the line-up being players available for this season's Youth Cups. We were three up at half-time and added another in the second half to win 4-0, the scorers being Tony Scott (2), Keith Millar and Roger Cross. Trevor Hartley had another good game.

The Metropolitan Police club has this season been granted the right to field former professional ("permit") players in its Metropolitan League side, and they have considerably improved their standard as a result. This precludes them entering for the FA. Amateur Cup and other amateur tournaments, but their entry has been accepted for the F.A. Cup and they play in a preliminary round of that competition next Saturday. Our "A" Team which beat them by 1-0 had a really hard fight, for the "Bobbies" maintained a nine-man defence which was not penetrated until well into the second half when Trevor Hartley scored the goal that mattered. However, this put us into third place in the table.

The Spurs' training-ground at Cheshunt is set in delightful surroundings, and on a fine afternoon they made us very welcome in every way. However, they were rather less benevolent on the playing-field, and notched both points with a goal in each half. We might well have shared the spoils, but the greater experience of the home side was a telling factor.

This was a very hard game, and the Hammers did extremely well to gain full points from their Southern League opposition. The Kent club netted the first goal, but we equalised before half-time and scored twice in the second half to win by 3-1. Trevor Hartley led the line well, and our goals were shared by Jim Barrett, Roger Cross and Tony Smith.

A penalty conversion gave the Kent club an interval lead, but this was equalised by Roger Cross to send the game into extra time. homesters gained the lead once again during this period, and though we fought hard to again draw level the ex-League professionals in the opposing line-up used their resources to hold us off.

Brian Dear donned our colours for the first time this season, having been injured during our German tour in August He came through the test satisfactorily, and we hope that this will be the prelude to a complete recovery for another of our successful 1964-65 line-up.

Jack Burkett had a run-out in an unusual position, and celebrated his return to our colours after injury by having a hand in all three goals. Paul Heffer put us away to a good start by netting hi the first minute, and Burkett made it 2-0 before the visitors got into the game. A penalty award helped the City to draw level, but five minutes from time Keith Millar notched the decider to bring us the points by a 3-2 margin. Amateur Paul Clements also put on a fine performance.

We missed a penalty before the Surrey club took the lead, and were in arrears until ten minutes from time when Tony Smith equalised. A rousing finish to a very good game found Keith Millar again netting the winning goal with only two minutes left for play.

Our young side gave a great performance to beat the League leaders by 3-1 in splendid conditions, Roger Cross (2) and Tony Smith being our scorers.

The visitors avenged the 3-1 defeat which we inflicted upon them earlier in the month by a 4-2 margin on this occasion. They mastered the conditions better than the Hammers to annex the points, although Trevor Hartley netted a couple of good goals for us. Making his first appearance in our colours was Bob Ahlfeld, a Scot who is working in the Civil Service in London.

We were held to 1-1 at the interval, but gained complete mastery in the second half to end as 4-1 victors. Tony Smith (2), Roger Cross and Paul Clements got our goals, the latter doing particularly well.

After losing to us by 1-4 on their own ground on the previous Saturday the Chatham team adopted a completely defensive policy, invariably having nine men in their own penalty area. We tried very hard to break through, but a disappointing game ended in a goalless draw.

The Athletic have been reported as contemplating leaving the Metropolitan League owing to difficulty in raising a team through shortage of staff. On this occasion they fielded what was virtually their Combination side, and our XI (containing several from the Youth Team) did very well to deservedly win 3-1 after being a goal down at the interval. Trevor Brooking, John Dryden and Barry Simmons were our scorers.

Frank Lampard's goal was the only counter of a very close match, and this enabled us to complete a double over the Bedfordshire club who had so far" been defeated' by only one other team this season.

Trevor Hartley got the only goal of a close-fought match in which we deserved the eventual victory.

This game was played on Friday evening at the request of the home club whose First XI had a Second Round F.A. Cup tie at Brighton on the following day; we congratulate the Bedfordshire club on reaching the Third Round by defeating the Seasiders in a replay.

In our game there was also quite a lot of excitement, and we got home by the odd goal in seven; Trevor Hartley led the line well to net twice, and our full-backs (Burnett and Kitchener) moved up well to get one each.

As Barnet's First XI were without a Southern League fixture their team in this game appeared to be strengthened, and we did quite well to hold them to a goalless draw in an even contest.

Our 4-0 win against Woodford Town at Chadwell Heath and Arsenal "A's " 2-3 home defeat by Bury Town has brought a complete reversal of the position at the top of the Metropolitan League table. With 30 points from 18 games we are now a point ahead of the Gunners and a game in hand. However, Bury's win maintains their challenging run and they have dropped onlv two points in their twelve fixtures to date, while Spurs "A" hold third place with 26 points from 17 matches.

A 1-1 draw was a good result for the Hammers, for against an unbeaten side which had conceded only five goals in twelve League games we certainly had an edge. Trevor Hartley's second-half goal seemed likely to bring the homesters' initial reverse, but the Suffolk club fought back to equalise in the closing stages after the floodlights came on.

Bottom-but-one of the League, the Hertfordshire club were an easy target for our youngsters and went down by five clear goals. Amateur Paul Clements and Trevor Hartley each scored twice, with Tony Smith netting the remaining counter.

Ground conditions were a great leveller in this game, and both sides found it hard to make progress in smooth fashion. The Bedfordshire club surprised us by taking the lead in the first half through a defensive error, but we got on terms with a goal by Paul Clements before the interval. Some narrow escapes were sustained by both defences, but the second half remained scoreless to bring a final result of one each.

A big interest in this game was the first appearance in our colours this season of Alan Sealey, and as he came through in a satisfying manner we were very happy on that account. Unfortunately the game proved less satisfactory, and a trio of bad defensive errors put us three down at the interval. A goal by Keith Miller brought us back into the running for a while, but we missed more chances and then conceded another goal to succumb by 4-1.

Trevor Hartley (2), Tony Smith and Alan Sealey were our scorers in a fine 4-0 success. The Hammers were well on top from start to finish, and Alan Sealey made another step forward towards his return to the senior grades; Alan took his goal very well and showed plenty of his old dash.

Alan Sealey again showed up well, and had a hard test on a very sticky surface. The first half ended with no score, Billy Kitchener shining among our defence, but after the re-start the play was nearly all in the home half. Stamina was quite a decisive factor, and we got three good goals through Paul Clements, Keith Miller and Alan Sealey.

Our third-string played very well to build up a 3-0 interval lead. The home side reduced this margin after the resumption, but we restored our advantage with another good goal to make the final count 4-1 in our favour. Trevor Hartley, Bill Kitchener, Keith Miller and Tony Smith each netted once.

A goal each by Paul Clements, Trevor Hartley, Bobby Howe, Keith Miller and Alan Sealey brought a convincing 5-0 victory over the team which earlier in the season knocked us out of the League Cup. Our main pitch at Chadwell Heath was very much "under water," but fortunately we were able to switch this game to one of the pitches that is usually used for practice and junior games.

The Metropolitan League fixture v Arsenal "A" was played at London Colney during the morning, thus releasing the respective third-strings to see their seniors during the afternoon. The Hammers ended the day with a lot more to be pleased about than the Gunners, for the North Londoners not only lost in the morning but had a disappointing goalless draw at Highbury to follow.

We created a lot of chances but only converted one of these in the early stages when Keith Miller scored with an overhead kick. However this solitary counter was sufficient to annex full spoils.

Although the Brentwood fixture was listed as a home game we actually played them on their own enclosure — The Hive. We lost 0-2, but were a trifle unlucky to go under.

Our final match of the season was played at Upton Park. Keith Miller scored our goal in a 1-1 draw against championship contenders Bury Town.

65_08_21 Dunstable Town v. WHU Metro 66_03_26 Chertsey Town v. WHU Metro