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1966-67 Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination Cup

FULHAM : Football Combination Cup

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Eadie 2, Dear, Bennett)

27 August 1966

Craven Cottage

2 - 2 (Dawkins, Minor)

31 August 1966

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination Cup

Upton Park

4 - 4 (Dear 3 [1 pen], Bloomfield),

17 September 1966

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination Cup

The Dell

1 - 2 (Bennett)

24 September 1966

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Dear, Howe)

1 October 1966

LEYTON ORIENT : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

Brisbane Road

0 - 1

3 October 1966

READING : Football Combination

Upton Park

6 - 0 (Dear 2, Bennett, Bovington, Howe, Redknapp)

15 October 1966

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

White Hart Lane

2 - 2 (Bennett, [og])

22 October 1966

COVENTRY CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Byrne 2 {1 pen}, Dear, [og])

29 October 1966

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football Combination

City Ground

2 - 4 (Sealey 2)

5 November 1966

FULHAM : Football Combination

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Dear, Hartley, Presland)

12 November 1966

GILLINGHAM : Football Combination

Preistfield Stadium

3 - 1 (Bennett, Dear, Hartley)

19 November 1966

NORTHAMPTON TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Dear 2, Dawkins, Hartley)

26 Novemeber 1966

READING : Football Combination

Elm Park

2 - 1 (Dear, Presland)

30 November 1966

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Brooking, Hartley, Sealey)

17 December 1966

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Highbury

0 - 1

20 December 1966

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

Filbert Street

2 - 3 (Sealey, Hartley)

31 December 1966

There were a lot of changes in the Football Combination this season, nine clubs from the Second Division of that competition having decided to resign and re-form the old London Mid-Week League.

Norwich City and Cardiff City were relegatedfrom Division I together with Shrewsbury Town (who subsequently also dropped out of the tournament) and in their place Reading and Gillingham have been promoted to make up the First Division up to 17 clubs (one less than last season). In view of the depleted fixture-list it was decided to revive the Combination Cup competition, and this will now be played on the League principle in eight sections (consisting of threee, fours and fives). The section winners will play on a knock-out basis during the latter part of the season.

The Cottagers’ new young goalkeeper – Seymour from Tonbridge – kept us out for 20 minutes with some good saves, but he eventually capitulated to a header by Scottish triallist Doug Eadie who met Brian Dear’s centre. The score remained at 1-0 until the second half when in turn Eadie got another and Dear scored from Peter Bennett’s through pass. The visitors reduced the arrears, but Bennett then made the final score 4-1 by diverting Dear’s free-kick. Alan Sealey came on as a substitute five minutes from the end when Dave Bickles was hurt

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles (Sealey)

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Dear

Bennett

Eadie

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins (Bennett)

Brown

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Minor

Dear

Sealey

Dickie

Presland

Lampard

Dawkins

Bickles

Miller

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Brooking

Sealey

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

66_08_27 WHU v. Fulham FCC 66_08_31 Fulham v. WHU FCC

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Sealey

Dear

Eadie

Mackleworth

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

(Heffer)

Bickles

Bovington

Redknapp

Bloomfield

Bennett

Dear

Sealey

Mackleworth

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bovington

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Sealey

Dear

Eadie

Mackleworth

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Bovington

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Sealey

Howe

Dickie

Presland

Howe

Dawkins

Heffer

Bovington

Redknapp

Bennett

Hartley

Dear

Eadie

Mackleworth

Presland

Lampard

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett

Sealey

Dear

Hartley

Dickie

Presland

Bickles

Charles J.

Howe

Dawkins

Sealey

Brooking

Redknapp

Byrne

Dear

Dickie

Presland

Lampard

Dawkins

Bickles (Minor)

Howe

Redknapp

Brooking

Sealey

Dear

Hartley

Mackleworth

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Redknapp

Bennett (Andrew)

Hartley

Dear

Eadie

Mackleworth

Presland

Burkett

Dawkins

Bickles

Howe

Sealey

Bennett

Hartley

Dear

Redknapp

Dickie

Burnett

Burkett

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Sealey

Bennett

Hartley

Dear

Walker

Dickie

Burnett

Presland

Dawkins

Bickles

James

Eadie

Bennett (Llewelyn)

Dear

Howe

Hartley

Dickie

Lampard

Burkett

Dawkins

Andrew

Howe

Redknapp

Sealey

Hartley

Brooking

Eadie

Dickie

Burnett

Burkett

Dawkins

Andrew

Miller

Redknapp

Bennett (Bickles)

Hartley

Howe

Eadie

66_09_17 WHU v. Southampton Reserves 66_09_24 Southampton v. WHU FCC 66_10_01 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves 66_10_03 Leyton Orient v. WHU LCC 66_10_15 WHU v. Reading Reserves 66_10_22 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 66_10_29 WHU v. Coventry City Reserves 66_11_05 Nottingham Forest v. WHU Reserves 66_11_12 WHU v. Fulham Reserves 66_11_19 Gillingham v. WHU Reserves 66_11_26 WHU v. Northampton Town Reserves 66_11_30 Reading v. WHU Reserves 66_12_17 WHU v. Swindon Town Reserves 66_12_20 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 66_12_31 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves

Goals by Trevor Dawkins and Karl Minor gave us an interval advantage of 2 -0, but the home side came back at us strongly in the second half to snatch a point by forcing a 2 2 draw. Dawkins went off ten minutes from time with an injury and was replaced by Peter Bennett

A penalty by Brian Dear, an individual effort from Jimmy Bloomfield and a header by Dear put us three ahead befor ethe vistors found the net to make it 3-1 at half-time. Dear completed his hat-trick during a goalmouth melee, and we may well have increased the margin had we been rightfully awarded a penalty. However, from this incident the Saints went upfield to reduce the margin and added another through a defensive error. Even then we looked likely to take full spoils, only for the southerners to equalise after an apparent handling offence. A 4-4 draw with the Hampshire club means that the Second string must win against the Sainst next week at The Dell to qualify for the knock-out Quarter-Finals of the Combination Cup.

Our Reserves were eliminated from the Football Combination Cup competition when they were defeated 2-1 by the Saints at The Dell. Brian Dear hooked a ball back from the bye-line for Peter Bennett to put us 1-0 ahead before the interval, and it seemed likely that we would gain the win to qualify us for the Quarter-Finals, Unfortunately we again frittered away our chances (as on the previous Saturday when we were held to a 4-4 draw by the Saints after leading 4-1), and .the home side got a couple of second-half goals to put the issue beyond doubt. Paul Heffer made his second Combination appearance when he substituted for Trevor Dawkins 20 minutes from time.

This opening game in our First Division schedule in the Combination ended in a disappointing 2-3 defeat, and again we saw points slip away through defensive lapses after the team had worked hard for its two goals. The Gunners were the first to score, but counters by Brian Dear and Bobby Howe put us on top before Arsenal once more levelled it up at 2-2 before the interval. The North Londoners' 'keeper was perhaps fortunate to block a couple of oar goal attempts., but even so we could well have ensured a success; however, the opportunity was missed, and one more from the visitors settled the issue.

A single goal 26 minutes from time put us out of the London Challenge Cup at Brisbane Road. The ball rebounded off our cross bar and Terry Price bundled it in to put Ley ton Orient Into the Heavy rain during the day had not drained off the ground before nightfall, and there were small pools here, and there in the grass that made the ball heavy and difficult to move at times. Nevertheless there were quite a lot of useful movements and the end-to-end play eventually roused notable enthusiasm among the 2,100 attendance. The even, balance of the XFs made it appear likely that the first to score in the closing stages would win, and this proved to be so.

One report in Tuesday morning's papers stressed the strength of our side (which admittedly included nine with First Division experience) and another mentioned that Orient were using " First Team tactics devised by their manager," However, they completely omitted the fact that in the home lineup were seven of last Saturday's side which played against Swansea Town in a Third Division game; we do not offer this as an excuse for defeat, but simply to put the record straight.

Three goals in each half brought us a brace of points by a six clear goals' margin, an all-round steady display being competent rather than spectacular. Brian Dear Jed the scorers with a couple (the first and last counters), and between these Bobby Howe, Peter Bennett, Harry Redknapp and Eddie Bovington also found the net

We took a lead about four minutes after the start when Peter Bennett neatly converted Brian Dear's through pass, but the Spurs levelled the count almost immediately afterwards. Then just before half-time Alan Sealey did some good work down the flank before crossing a low, hard centre which was turned into his own goal by a defender to make it 2-1 in our favour. The home side had what appeared to be a good goal disallowed before we regained our lead, but they were consoled late in the second half by being awarded a penalty when a Spurs' player drove the ball against Frank Lampard's arm; this was converted to make the final score 2-2.

This was the first point dropped by the North Londoners, but we might well have taken both from them.

During the first period we kept the play too much in our own ha]f to be really effective, but eventually went ahead from a penalty which had to be twice taken by Johnny Byrne ; the linesman's reason for flagging the disallowing of the first effort was not apparent, but as both shots went into Ihe net it made little difference! Coventry got an equaliser before the interval.

We regained our advantage through an "own goal" after the resumption, then the best goal of the match made it 3-1: Brian Dear's centre was effectively placed wide ot: the 'keeper by Byrne on this occasion, and with1 a couple of minutes left for play Dear headed one himself to complete the scoring. Trevor Brooking gave a very good showing in his first Combination game this season.

A game of swaying fortunes ended in a 4-2 win to Forest, although we had to admit disappointment in conceding most of the opposing goals through errors which provided the homesters with opportunities to score. We went ahead in the fourth minute when Alan Sealey took a pass from Brian Dear and made a good run before netting, but the Midlanders retaliated to secure a 2-1 lead. A ball squared back from the by-line by Trevor Dawkins found Sealey making the interval score 2-2 through a strong 20-yard drive, but Forest regained the advantage after the resumption to annex the spoils.

David Bicklcs had to go off in the first half with an eye cut which needed three stitches, his place being taken by Karl Minor. However, within ten minutes Minor also cut his eye - and off he went!

Two good goals from the Cottagers gave them a big half-time advantage, but we struck back after the interval to net three times in ten minutes and gain a 3-2 win. This was a good performance considering earlier set-backs. The first of our goals was scored by Trevor Hartley from Brian Dear's centre, and Dear got the equaliser from Dave Sickles' pass; Eddie Presland then scored the winner (his first goal this season).

Taking the heavy conditions into consideration, the Hammers played very well after conceding a goal in the fourth minute. The equaliser was netted by Trevor Hartley, who converted a centre from Alan Sealey after good work on the right flank. We then took the lead when Harry Redknapp made a good run and crossed the ball for Brian Dear to hit it home from the 18-yard line, and went in at the interval 2-1 up. The final count rose to 3-1 after Trevor Dawkins had lofted a centre into the Gillingham penalty-area for Peter Bennett to head home from six yards.

Our second-string continued its good form  by soundty defeating the Midlanders,  whose solitary goal   came a little  before  the  final  whistle. Earlier we had pounded the Cobblers' goal and there were times (especially in the second half) when sheer luck kept us from making it almost a rout. Brian Dear set the seal on a good performance with a couple of goals and gave the opposing 'keeper a hot time on many more occasions; other counters were netted by Trevor Dawkins and Trevor Hartley to make the final score 4-1 in our favour.

Bottom-of-lhe-table Reading put up a good fight but we were well deserving of the points in our 2-1 victory. The goals were netted by Brian Dear (his 13th in the Combination this season) and Eddie Presland (his second in the space of three weeks). David Llewellyn had hK first Reserve Team appearance when substituting for Peter Bennett, and the 17-year-old youngster showed up quite usefully.

The final score of 3-0 in our favour indicates a comfortable win, and it would be quite true to say that this was so. Much of the credit goes to a most pleasing performance by Trevor Brooking, who in his third Combination appearance worked extremely hard and had a hand in every goal.

The first was netted before the interval when Alan Sealey beat the 'keeper with a very strong shot, Brooking got the second soon after the resumption and the third was well taken by Trevor Hartley from his team-mate's " floating" cross which beat the defence. Swindon did not offer great opposition, which rather surprised us in view of their then runners-up position in the table.

A single goal midway through the second half sufficed to give the Gunners both points and bring them well into the honours race. We might well have held them to a draw, but our good football in midfield was nullified by lack of finish up front Peter Bennett jarred his back at the end of an hour's play and had to leave the field; Dave Bickles substituted and went into the attack in an effort to add more punch, but the homesters proved equal to the task and on the whole merited success.

Both sides played very good football on a heavy pitch. City finally gained the points with a goal five minutes from time, after they had seen a 2-0 first-half lead pulled back by the Hammers.

Alan Dickie (who made several good saves) had no chance with City's successful shots in a game that had lots of end-to-end movement, Our first goal came on the rebound from a Leicester attack; Trevor Brooking collected the ball just inside the homesters' half and chipped it over the Blues' defence to Trevor Hartley who in turn laid it back for Alan Sealey to net. That made it 1-2 at the interval, and our leveller came when Hartley ran to hit home a well-taken goal from another quick break. However, a long-range "grounder" through a crowd of players in the penalty-area brought the decider.