A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1965-66 Football Combination

SHREWSBURY TOWN : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

COVENTRY CITY : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

PETERBOROUGH UNITED : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

DAGENHAM : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

BRENTFORD : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

ARSENAL : Football Combination

BRENTFORD : London Challenge Cup (Second Round Replay)

CHELSEA : Football Combination

NORTHAMPTON TOWN : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

Image courtesy of Simon Lord

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

9 - 1 (Byrne 2, Dryden 2, Redknapp 2, Britt, Howe, [og]

21 August 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Redknapp

Byrne

Britt

Howe

Dryden

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Dryden 2, Britt, Smith)

4 September 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

Charles J.

Dryden

Smith

Britt

Howe

Scott

Highfield Road

1 - 2 (Bennett)

7 September 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Brown

Charles J.

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Howe

Dryden

Ninian Park

2 - 2 (Bennett, Britt)

11 September 1965

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Charles J.

Bennett

Smith T.

Britt

Howe

Dryden

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Britt)

18 September 1965

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Brown

Bickles

Brabrook

Howe

Britt

Byrne

Dryden

Craven Cottage

0 - 1

25 September 1965

Standen

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Brown

James

Brabrook

Smith T.

Britt

Howe

Scott

Upton Park

5 - 4 (Brabrook 2, Britt 2, [og])

2 October 1965

Standen

Bond

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

James

Redknapp

Howe

Britt

Dryden

Brabrook

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Britt 2, Hartley 2, Howe)

4 October 1965

Mackleworth

Presland

Kitchener

Dawkins

Andrew

James

Redknapp

Hartley

Britt

Howe

Dryden

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Britt 3, Howe)

9 October 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Brown

James

Dryden

Smith T.

Britt

Howe

Sissons

County Ground

1 - 0 (Dear)

12 October 1965

Dickie

Bond

Presland

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Dear

Smith T.

Dryden

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Presland)

18 October 1965

Dickie

Bond

Presland

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Hartley

Dryden

Upton Park

0 - 4

23 October 1965

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Byrne

Hartley

Dryden

Griffin Park

1 - 2 (Bennett) aet

26 October 1965

Dickie

Bond

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Byrne

Dear

Dryden

Stamford Bridge

0 - 1

30 October 1965

Dickie

Bond

Burkett

Brooking

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Dear

Bennett

Dryden

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Bennett, Dawkins)

6 November 1965

Dickie

Kirkup

Burkett

Brooking

Bickles

Presland

Bennett

Dawkins

Bond

Howe

Hartley

Home Park

2 - 3 (Dear, Redknapp)

16 November 1965

 

Dickie

Kirkup

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Dear

Smith T.

Hartley

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Byrne 5, Dryden)

20 November 1965

Dickie

Bond

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Smith T.

Byrne

Dear

Dryden

City Ground

1 - 2 (Bloomfield)

27 November 1965

Dickie

Bond

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Smith T.

Dear

Dryden

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Bloomfield, Dear)

4 December 1965

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Bennett

Dear

Dryden

Portman Road

2 - 3 (Bickles, Dear)

11 December 1965

Dickie

Burnett

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Britt

Dear

Dryden

CHELSEA : Football Combination

Upton Park

18 December 1965

MATCH POSTPONED

Waterlogged pitch : rearranged for 22 January 1966

65_08_21 WHU v. Shrewsbury Town Reserves 65_09_04 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 65_09_07 Coventry City v. WHU Reserves 65_09_11 Cardiff City v. WHU Reserves 65_09_18 WHU v. Peterborough United 65_09_25 Fulham v. WHU Reserves 65_10_02 WHU v. Southampton Reserves 65_10_04 WHU v. Dagenham LCC1

The Shropshire club held our Combination side at bay for 20 minutes, but we made it 3-0 before the interval and hit four in the space of nine minutes late in the second half. A couple more in between and one by the Town made the final count 9-1 in our favour. All our forward-line found the net, Johnny Byrne, John Dryden and Harry Redknapp notching two apiece, with Martin Britt and Bobby Howe getting one each; the other was an "own goal."

The goal which really stood out was Redknapp's second in the 77th minute when his first-timer from around the 30-yard mark swerved into the top corner for a real " spectacular." Byrne also signalled his return to competitive soccer with well-taken efforts, and the game provided considerable interest for the 2,900 attendance despite a series of heavy showers that made the pitch cut up somewhat.

A sparkling performance gave Hammers' reserves an easy Football Combination victory and continued their good start to the season. The young Hammers could well have hit Leicester even harder, but few can complain about a three-goal win.

Man who did all the damage was left-winger Tony Scott. He had a field day and lai'd on passes for the first three goals Red-haired inside-right Tony Smith opened the home account from a Scott ball in the first half and John Dryden added a couple more again from left-wing centres after the interval.

Leicester pulled back a goal but with West Ham cruising home Martin Britt suddenly set off on a 40-yard run to increase Hammers' lead with the best goal of the game.

Ken Brown made his first appearance of the current season in our colours following the leg injury he sustained during our German tour in early August; he emerged successfully and we expect him to be playing again this afternoon in one of our line-ups.

Unfortunately we sustained another casualty in this game, John Charles getting an ankle-knock during the second half. This hindered our efforts to save at least one point, as we were fighting back after being two goals down. City added. one goal to their 1-0 interval advantage, but when Peter Bennett reduced our arrears we looked in with a chance. However, this was not to be, and we returned home with a 2-1 score against us.

After twice holding the lead, West Ham Reserves left Ninian Park well satisfied with a Football Combination point.

Hammers' very young line-up with Eddie Presland and Dave Bickles the "old men" of the team opened with some attractive attacking play and took only six minutes to take the lead. Les Bennett took possession some 30 yards out and moved in to score a good solo goal.

Cardiff were back on terms later for the teams to turn round level at 1-1. After the interval Hummers never quite recaptured the form they showed in the opening minutes but they took the lead again when Martin Britt forced the ball home during a goalmouth scramble. For a time it seemed this goal would win both points for the visitors but Cardiff equalised again late in the game.

Goalkeeper Colin Mackleworth, having his first reserve team outing this season, made four sound saves.

The Midlanders are well in the hunt for honours this season and they picked up another couple of useful points on this occasion very comfortably. Two goals before the interval put them well on the way to success, and it was not until the last minute that Martin Britt reduced our arrears for the game to end at 1-2 against us.

It was not a very good game, both sides missing opportunities and failing to score until but seven minutes remained for play. Then the Cottagers were awarded a penalty-kick which was capably saved by Jim Standen - only for the referee to order the kick to be retaken as a linesman had signalled that in his opinion pur goalkeeper had not been in position on his line at the time of the original shot The second attempt proved successful, and that was more or less the end of the game as far as we were concerned.

David James made an auspicious showing in his Combination debut and we can be pleased with the progress he has made through our Youth Section and "A" Team since he became a Hammer in July 1963.

Three goals ahead early in the second half, Hammers had to struggle before making sure of both Football Combination points. Man of the match was Peter Brabrook, who scored two and made two from the unfamiliar left-wing spot.

Southampton opened the scoring, but Hammers struck back to build up a convincing interval lead. Martin Britt hit the equaliser from Brabrook's cross and the left-winger headed the visitors into the lead. Putting up his best performance of the season. Brabrook continually cut through the Saints defence and shortly before the interval Bobby Howe finished off one of his moves with West Ham's third goal.

Brabrook continued to play brilliantly after the interval and gave Hammers a three-goal lead with a fine left-footed drive for a grand goal. But Hammers rested on their lead and allowed Southampton to get back in the game with a vengeance.

A penalty gave them the chance fo narrow the lead and they came again to snatch two more goals and level the score at 4-4. But Martin Britt had the last word, heading in a fine goal shortly before the end for the winner.

We met Athenian League amateurs Dagenham F.C. at Upton Park on October 4th in the First Round of the London Challenge Cup.

A gashed leg deprived the Essex club of their centre-forward after eight minutes' play, and from thence onwards the ten-men opposition were hard pressed. They made a magnificent fight of it, and although fortune smiled upon them inasmuch as we struck their woodwork half-a-dozen times, they fully deserved the ovation which they received from the 2,000-odd attendance.

A penalty goal by Trevor Dawkins put us ahead after 19 minutes, but John Ellis equalised with five minutes to go before half-time. We then struck quickly, once each side of the interval, through Martin Britt and Trevor Hartley, but a dogged determination brought its reward and Bert Ashman reduced his side's arrears in the 82nd minute. One again we retaliated, Trevor Hartley ending a fine personal display by netting for the second time four minutes from the end.

65_10_09 WHU v. Ipswich Town Reserves 65_10_18 WHU v. Brentford LCC2 65_10_23 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves 65_10_26 Brentford v. WHU LCC2R 65_10_30 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves 65_11_06 WHU v. Northampton Town Reserves 65_11_16 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU Reserves 65_11_20 WHU v. Crystal Palace Reserves 65_11_27 Nottingham Forest v. WHU Reserves 65_12_04 WHU v. Swindon Town Reserves 65_12_11 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 65_12_18 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves Post

A hat-trick of well-taken goals from centre-forward Martin Britt highlighted this competent Football Combination win by Hammers' Reserves.

The strong young leader, showing signs of regaining the form which made him such a great prospect before a confidence - sapping knee injury last season, scored twice in the first-half to put West Ham in a commanding position. After the interval he completed his hat-trick — two good headers and a shot — and then Bobby Howe rounded-off an efficient home display with the fourth goal.

A goal late in the second-half from the eager-for-action Brian Dear gave West Ham's second string their second Combination victory in four days at Swindon.

It was another sound performance by Hammers, who were down to virtually ten men for over half of the game. They lost inside-man Tony Smith for over ten minutes during the first period and. although he returned to play gamely at centre-forward, a damaged ankle prevented him being more than of nuisance value.

The winning goal came when Dear netted with a cross-shot from around 20 yards out.

Brian Dear took an ankle knock during the opening minutes and this eventually ended in him leaving the field with a quarter-of-an-hour to go after being incapacitated for the majority of the match. We were thus virtually "ten men" from start to finish, and put up a creditable performance against a hard side who has more robustness to offer than technical ability.

The Bees scored first, in the 58th minute through ex-Hammer Joe Gadston (who played for us as an amateur), but after an uphill tussle we levelled the count when Eddie Presland lobbed over the advancing 'keeper after combining well with Bobby Howe.

This was a very poor showing by the Hammers, and after being two up at half-time the Gunners went on to win by four clear goals and thus consolidate their place at the head of the table. The visitors' task was made easier by defensive errors, but the result was never in doubt.

The replay took place at Griffin Park and it was the Hammers who went ahead first on this occasion. Peter Bennett heading home in the 17th minute. An equaliser came from John Fielding and with the score at 1-1 the game went to extra time. However, we were once again down to "ten men," Johnny Byrne going off with another ankle mishap ten minutes from the end of normal time, and with Gadston scoring yet another vital goal we were eliminated after finding the odds rather stacked against us.

A solitary counter during a second-minute goalmouth scramble was the means of the homesters securing both points. The Hammers had a completely frustrating afternoon highlighted by incidents such as a disallowed "penalty" and a post-rattling shot with the 'keeper beaten in each case. Nevertheless, our finishing was atrocious against a defence penned in its own half for most of the game, and our only real consolation was in a promising performance given by Trevor Brooking in his Combination debut

Windy conditions were not conducive to good play, in this game, and it was not until the second half that either side was able to register a score. A cross from John Bond was headed home by Trevor Dawkins for the first counter, but the Cobblers pegged us back with an equaliser. The decisive tally, in an average sort of game came at the end of good work by Trevor Hartley, who made progress through the visiting defence before creating an opening for Peter Bennett to make the final count 2-1.

After Argyle took the lead we equalised before half-time when Tony Smith clipped a ball to the far post that Harry Redknapp headed home. The Devonians again went ahead during the second half (this once more through bad defensive work), but Brian Dear was on the spot to cash in on Redfcnapp's pass and make it two-all soon afterwards. However, yet again the home side went ahead, and this time held on to their advantage to annex the spoils by 3-2.

This game was a personal triumph for Johnny Byrne, who netted five of the goals in a 6-1 victory. The Glaziers scored in the first few minutes and held us to a 2-1 margin at the interval but we rather ran away with things in the second half to secure a convincing margin. Byrne got both of our pre-interval goals; one of his quintet was from a penalty but it was his fourth that proved the " star shot" - a great 25 yarder. John Dryden got our remaining tally.

Jimmy Bloomfield netted his first goal for the Hammers with a 43rd-rninute equaliser; Forest had taken the lead after 22 minutes. We were a little fortunate to come off level at half-time, but paradoxically played better after the interval — only to lose 2-1 when the Reds scored again mid-way through the second-half. David Bicfcles Showed up well in defence.

We went ahead within three minutes of the kick-off when Jimmy Bloomfield scored from close range, and after Brian Dear got our second might well have doubled the tally before half-time. However, a great display by the Railwaymen's 'keeper inspired his team, and though they surrendered both points the Wiltshire club succeeded in reducing the margin to make the final count 2-1 in our favour.

65-10_12 Swindon Town v. WHU Reserves