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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1965-66 Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

NORTHAMPTON TOWN : Football Combination

SHREWSBURY TOWN : Football Combination

COVENTRY CITY : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

PETERBOROUGH UNITED : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

Highbury

2 - 3 (Britt 2)

1 January 1966

Dickie

Burnett

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Britt

Dear

Dryden

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Britt 2, Bennett, Bloomfield, [og])

8 January 1966

Mackleworth

Burnett

Burkett

Boyce

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Bloomfield

Dryden

Upton Park

22 January 1966

County Ground

3 - 4 (Clements, Dear, Dryden)

25 January 1966

Dickie

Kirkup

Charles

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Clements P.

Bennett

Hartley

Dear

Dryden

Gay Meadow

4 - 2 (Bennett 3, Hartley)

29 January 1966

Mackleworth

Kirkup

Charles

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Boyce

Hartley

Bennett

Dryden

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Bloomfield 2, Dear)

5 February 1966

Mackleworth

Presland

Charles

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Byrne

Dear

Boyce

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Byrne 2 [1 pen])

7 February 1966

Mackleworth

Kirkup

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Bennett

Boyce

Byrne

Dear

Boyce

Filbert Street

0 - 2

19 February 1966

Dickie

Kirkup

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

James

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Dear

Dryden

Upton Park

26 February 1966

White Hart Lane

1 - 2 (Britt)

5 March 1966

Dickie

Kirkup

Charles

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Bloomfield

Sealey

Upton Park

0 - 1

19 March 1966

Dickie

Presland

Charles

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Smith T.

Dryden

The Dell

0 - 3

26 March 1966

Dickie

Presland

Charles

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Smith T.

Dryden

 

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Sealey)

9 April 1966

Dickie

Presland

Kitchener

Howe

Andrew

James

Clements P.

Sealey

Hartley

Smith T.

Dryden

Selhurst Park

1 - 1 (Smith)

13 April 1966

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Brooking

Bickles

Howe

Bennett

Smith T.

Hartley

Cross

Dryden

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Dear 3)

18 April 1966

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Andrew

Bovington

Redknapp

Dear

Bennett

Bloomfield

Dryden

Carrow Road

2 - 1 (Dear, Redknapp [pen])

23 April 1966

 

Dickie

Howe

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Brooking

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Dear

Dryden

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Clements, Smith)

7 May 1966

Mackleworth

Lampard

Burkett

Brooking

Brown

Howe

Clements

Bloomfield

Dear

Smith T.

Sealey

London Road

1 - 4 (Dryden)

7 May 1966

Dickie

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Heffer

James

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Cross

Dryden

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Dryden 2)

9 May 1966

Dickie

Lampard

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Dear

Dryden

66_01_01 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves

MATCH POSTPONED

Weather conditions : rearranged for 7 February 1966

66_01_08 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle Reserves 66_01_22 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves Postponed 66_01_25 Northampton v. WHU Reserves

SORRY NO IMAGE

MATCH POSTPONED

Unfit pitch : rearranged for 7 May 1966

2 Reserve games played on the same day

Conditions were bad underfoot, as the Highbury surface cannot be "spiked" owing to the underground heating. In consequence there was a lot of water on top, but nevertheless both teams played some good football which was interesting to watch.

Brian Dear and Martin Britt were involved in both of the Hammers' goals; for the first Dear made the through pass which Britt converted, and the second came a little after the interval when Britt followed up to run the ball in aftsr Dear's free-kick was parried out by the opposing 'keeper. Between these the Gunners had netted two quick goals to gain a 2-1 interval lead, and they gained the spoils through a late "own goal."

After his successful "trial" with the "A" Team a week earlier, Ron Boyce moved up to test his fitness in a higher grade; he again came through well, and we hope that in the not-too-distant-future he will be back to First XI standard.

Thir game proved to be an easy one for our second-string and we ended as comfortable 5-0 winners. Peter Bennett and Martin Britt netted first-half goals, and after the interval Britt doubled his quota before an " own goal" and one by Jimmy Bloomfield ended the scoring,

Although we scored three very good goals we ended up as losers of a game in which six goals came in the second half.

Northants netted the only pre-interval counter, but a great individual effort by amateur Paul Clements brought our equaliser soon after the re-start. The Cobblers went ahead again before our next goal, which started as a Trevor Dawkins - Peter Bennett move and ended with a conversion from Brian Dear. We were getting on top then, but the harsh award of a penalty when the ball struck John Charles' hand set us back again, and the Midlanders went on to make it 4-2. A late tally by John Dryden ended the scoring.

The result was thus against the Hammers, but we could claim to have played very well in a keen duel. Particularly pleasing was the showing of Clements in has first outing at this level, and he was later selected to participate in an England amateur trial during next week.

Peter Bennett scored the first of his three goals to give us an early lead which the Town levelled up before half-time; but almost from the re-start we maintained heavy pressure and went 4-1 ahead (Trevor Hartley being our other scorer) before the homesters got their second and final counter.

It was one of our best displays this season, with Trevor Dawkins doing very well and Ron Boyce coming through his try-out without mishap.

The Blues took a lead early on, but we went on to score three good goals, limmy Bloomfield getting two and Brian Dear the other. City netted once more before the end, but we merited our 3-2 victory that brought us level with the Midlanders in the table.

The weather in the early part of the evening was quite amenable, and an attendance of over 5,500 was here for the kick-off. Unfortunately it turned to drizzling ram in the later stages of the game, but an excellent duel maintained interest until the end and the broadcasted news of our First Team's win at Villa Park sent everybody home in a happy mood.

A 2-2 draw was a fair result and reflection of the exchanges, with the Hammers slightly on top in the first half and the Blues (or rather "yellows") having the edge after the interval. A great crossfield punt by Brian Dear put Johnny Byrne away for a fine opening goal in the 39th minute and " Budgie " got his second with a penalty-shot five minutes from the end when a visiting defender's attempted charge was made a little harder than intended.

Chelsea's equaliser came at the end of an hour's play through a "floater" which our defenders misjudged to present an easy chance, and they went ahead at the end of an hour's play through a shot deflected into the net after hitting one of our rearguard.

 

A very good young Leicester side scored one goal each side of the interval to secure a 2-0 victory to lift them above us in the table. The Midlanders earned their success with an overall higher standard than our XI.

With the Spurs' senior side engaged in an F.A Cup tie away from home we re-arranged a Combination game with their Reserves to take place at White Hart Lane.

This was Alan Sealey's first game in our Reserves since he resumed playing a few weeks ago, and he came through the test very well against keen opposition.

The Hammers held the advantage in the first half and went ahead when Martin Britt converted Joe Kirkup's centre for the best goal of the afternoon. Unfortunately it proved to be our only counter, and a couple from the homesters gave them a 2-1 final margin and a boost to second place in the table. Nevertheless we were pleased' with a good showing and an interesting tussle.

Our Reserves' only fixture during the past couple of weeks was against Fulham Reserves at Upton Park.

The middle of March may seem a little too early to talk about "typical end-of-the-season games," but this would be fair comment on this match.

The Cottagers scored the only goal to annex the spoils, but even though we missed the greater number of chances, two penalty-kicks in the closing minutes should have ensured us gaining a winning margin. The first of these was successfully converted only to be disallowed for an infringement by two of our own players - and then the re-take was shot outside. The second was saved by Tony Macedo who got away to something like a "flying start" - and that was that!

Southammpton had little difficulty in winning this game by 3-0, and they were on top almost from start to finish.

With 27 points from their first 30 games our Reserves are now likely to end in a mid-table position.

In this fixture versus Norwich City Reserves at Upton Park they gained a comfortable 3-0 win, Brian Dear netting a "hat trick" and Jimmy Bloomfield having a fine game on a greasy top surface that had a lot of rain on it earlier hi the day.

Having defeated Norwich City Reserses by 3-0 on the previous Monday at Upton Park, our Reserves made it a double by winning the return at Carrow Road. On this occasion the score was tighter, for the Hammers prevailed only by the odd goal in three; but we were again generally in command, with Billy Kitchener and Trevor Dawkins playing well in a sound defence.

We missed a penalty early on, but Brian Dear scored to give us an interval lead. Another penalty, this time converted by Harry Redknapp, made the final count 2-1.

We are fielding two Reserve Teams, although these will in effect be a combination of our more-or-less regular second and third strings. One XI will be at home to Cardiff City Res. (3 p.m.) and the other will visit Peterborough United Reserves.

 

For Saturday's home game v Cardiff City Res. the Hammers line-up was: Mackleworth. Lampard, Burkett, Brooking, Brown, Howe, P. Clements, Bloomfield, Dear, Smith, Sealey. We ended as 2-1 winners. our scorers being Paul Clements and Tony Smith.

 

On the same afternoon we sent the following team to meet Peterborough Utd. Res. at their London Road Ground : Dickie, Presland, Kitchener, Dawkins, Heffer, James, Redknapp, Bennett, Hartley, Cross, Dryden. We lost 1-4, our scorer being Johnny Dryden in the first half.

2 Reserve games played on the same day

For Monday night's home game versus Spurs, we fielded the following XI against the side which had already won the championship: Dickie. Lampard, Kitchener, Dawkins, Andrew, Howe, Redknapp, Bennett, Hartley, Dear, Dryden.

This was Bobby Howe's 35th Combination game this season, he being absent on only one occasion. The Young Hammers* side did very well to win 2-1, both our goals being netted by John Dryden.

1964-65 Reserves 1966-67 Reserves Season 1965-66 66_02_05 WHU v. Coventry City Reserves 66_02_07 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves 66_02_19 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 66_02_26 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves post 66_03_05 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 66_03_19 WHU v. Fulham Reserves 66_03_26 Southampton v. WHU Reserves 66_04_09 WHU v. Nottingham Forest Reserves 66_04_13 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 66_04_18 WHU v. Norwich City Reserves 66_04_23 Norwich City v. WHU Reserves 66_05_07 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves 66_05_09 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Reserves

Image courtesy of Simon Lord

66_05_07 Peterborough v. WHU Reserves