A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1967-68 First League : First Division

68_04_01 WHU v. Arsenal

BURNLEY : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

FULHAM : Football League First Division

STOKE CITY : FA Cup (Fourth Round)

SHEFFIELD UNITED : FA Cup (Fifth Round)

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

EVERTON : Football League First Division

1966-67 First XI 1968-69 First XI Season 1967-68

9 July 1968

PAOLO DI CANIO (1998-2003) Born this day Rome, Italy

Clubs: Lazio, Juventus, Napoli, Milan, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, Lazio, Cisco Roma

 

The unpredictable Italian signed from Sheffield Wednesday in January 1999 and would remain at the Boleyn Ground for an eventful four-and-a-half years.

In his first full season, Di Canio notched 16 Premier League goals in just 29 league starts, an impressive return that saw him voted Hammer of the Year. Among those 16 strikes was a stupendous volley against Wimbledon, one that was subsequently voted Goal of the Season.

Though he would struggle to reach those same goalscoring heights in the following three seasons, there was certainly no shortage of drama where the

Italian was concerned. He would famously and sportingly stop play in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on 16 December 2000, so that stricken Everton

goalkeeper  Paul Gerrard could receive medical attention. Two years thereafter and the Hammers No10 saved his very best for a trip to Stamford Bridge.

At the time, Glenn Roeder's men were rock bottom and winless after six, before Di Canio took matters into his own hands, teeing himself up and then unleashing the most outrageous of volleys to put the Hammers 2-1 up. Incidentally, the Italian also struck the winner with just six minutes left!

Though Di Canio's time in east London would ultimately end in the disappointment of relegation, he did at least sign off at the Boleyn Ground with

the winner in a crucial 1-0 triumph over Chelsea.  Di Canio departed to join Alan Curbishley's Charlton Athletic having scored 51 times in

141 appearances in claret and blue.

1 January 1968

DAVOR SUKER (2000-2001) Born this day Osijek, Croatia

 

In the summer of 1999 Hammers tried in vain to sign the talented Suker from Real Madrid, he moved to Arsenal instead, where he slipped in quietly behind the trail of Arsenal's record capture at the time, Thierry Henry. Sadly for the Croatian striker though, behind the trail of Henry was where he remained for the entire campaign. Suker was handed only seven league starts, yet still managed to hit seven goals, and in all competitions 10 goals from 14 starts. Signed from the Gunners as a "free" just weeks after Nigel Winterburn had made an identical move, at 32 years of age the Hammers had acquired the services of a natural goalscorer the like not seen at the club since the departure of Tony Cottee. Davor made his West Ham United bow in the opening game against London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which resulted in 2-4 reverse on the 19th August 2000. Unfortunately for Davor he suffered the same fate as at Highbury becoming a bit-part player and never lived-up to his goalscoring reputation. Reclined to take-up the option of a one-year extension to his contract and returned to his native Croatia to start up the Davor Suker Soccer Academy, with training camps in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb. Later played for Munich 1860 in the German Bundesliga, in two seasons the striker clocked up 30 league and cup appearances scoring eight goals. Today Suker is the president of the Croatian Football Federation.

Old Trafford

1 - 3 (Brooking)

6 January 1968

Att: 59,516

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Brabrook

68_01_06 Manchester United v. WHU

Our first match in the New Year was at Old Trafford, where we went under by 3-1, The teams were level at half-time, Trevor Brooking being our scorer. Manchester United's Bobby Charlton had celebrated his 400th League game by netting for the Reds, but the Ham¬mers were well in the running until the closing minutes, when George Best and John Aston settled the issue with a goal apiece. 59,516 spectators saw United stretch their unbeaten home run to 36 games.

68_01_13 WHU v. Sunderland

Upton Park

13 January 1968

MATCH POSTPONED

Poor Ground Conditions : rearranged for 24 April 1968

14 January 1968

MARC KELLER (1998-2000) Born this day Colmar, France

 

A talented and elegant attacking midfielder whose technical skills earned him seven caps for France, Keller started his career with Mulhouse before appearing for Strasbourg and German club Karlsruher, where he just post¬dated Slaven Bilic. Keller then emulated Bilic's move by joining West Ham United in 1998, going on to make 57 appearances in Claret and Biue over a span of a little more than two seasons. Keller scored important goals in Premier League wins over Derby County, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough as the Hammers finished a record-high of fifth in the Premier League in 1998/99. An erudite speaker, Keller having finished his career with Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers before becoming a pundit and interviewer for French broadcaster Canal+.

68_01_20 Wolves v. WHU

Molineux

2 - 1 (Dear, Hurst)

20 January 1968

Att: 32,273

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

Turf Moor

3 - 1 (Peters 2, Dear)

27 January 1968

Att: 23,452

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

68_01_27 Burnley v. WHU FAC3

West Ham were at Molineux for a First Division fixture against lowly Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Midlanders had lost five in a row, and the Hammers added to their discomfort by making it six. Although the first-half was scoreless, Wolves had the edge with Derek Dougan being a constant menace in the air. Two minutes after the interval a corner from John Sissons was headed home by Brian Dear. Four minutes later another Sissons corner was headed into the net by the unmarked Geoff Hurst. In midfield Martin Peters and Trevor Brooking were in control. With three minutes to go Dougan pulled a goal back but it was too little and far too late to stop the happy Hammers winning 2-1.

West Ham emerged victorious after these two First Division sides played out an entertaining cup tie at Turf Moor. The home fans were pleased when Casper put them into an early lead. Burnley nearly added another, but we netted a deserved equaliser when Brian Dear headed home his ninth goal in seven games. Ten minutes after the interval Martin Peters put us ahead from a free kick, and five minutes later a move between John Sissons and Billy Bonds came to a successful conclusion when Peters headed in to make the score 3-1 to send the Hammers marching into the fourth round. Their cup run was ended with a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United in the fifth round.

Upton Park

7 - 2 (Brooking 2, Hurst 2, Dear, Moore, Peters)

3 February 1968

Att: 31,248

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

68_02_03 WHU v. Fulham

7 February 1968

BRIAN DEANE (2003-2004) Born this day Leeds, Yorkshire

 

Veteran striker signed by Alan Pardew on a free transfer from Leicester City to add some much needed experience to the Hammers forward line 31st October 2003. Began his career at Doncaster Rovers in 1985, before moving to Sheffield United three years later where he scored 83 goals in 198 League appearances. A £2.9m move to then League champions Leeds United followed in 1993. Brian scored 32 goals in 138 League games for the Elland Road outfit before returning to Sheffield United in 1997. He spent the majority of the following year playing for Portuguese giants Benfica before returning to England to join Middlesbrough for £3m in October 1998. Brian then switched to Leicester City in 2001, where he fired 13 First Division goals to take them back to the Premiership. Deane made his Hammers debut against Coventry City at Highfield Road in a 0-0 draw 1st November 2003. Scored a last minute equalizer against Wigan Athletic on the final day of the 2003–2004 season. This goal sent Crystal Palace to the division one play-offs who ironically beat West Ham in the final. When Brian was brought on as a substitute in the match he received a standing ovation by both sets of fans. After the play-off final Brian was released by the club 3rd June 2004 and ended up returning for a second spell at Leeds United. Later played for Sunderland, Perth Glory and Sheffield United.

A London Derby at the Boleyn Ground with Fulham attracted an attendance of 31,248. The Cottagers were second to bottom in the league but took a shock lead on 18 minutes when Steve Earle hit the opener. On 30 minutes the Hammers equalised  through Brian Dear. Four minutes later Trevor Brooking got a touch to Dear’s cross  and West Ham were ahead. A minute later a flick from Geoff Hurst set up the third goal for Brooking. Only three minutes into the second half when Bobby Moore nodded in the Hammers' fourth from a John Sissons cross. West Ham's marksman Geoff Hurst got in the act when he outstripped the defenders  and hit home the fifth. Then came the sixth goal when Hurst chipped to the far post  and Martin Peters met it with a headed glance into the net. Fulham broke the sequence after 68 minutes with a 20 yard drive and goal from Allan Clarke. Minutes later Hurst restored the balance with a fine seventh. The fans went away happy basking in a 7-2 victory.

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Elland Road

1 - 2 (Dear)

10 February 1968

Att: 41,814

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Bennett

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

68_02_10 Leeds United v. WHU

After thrashing Fulham by 7-2 a week earlier at Upton Park, we succumbed by a 2-1 margin to Leeds United at Elland Road. In some respects it might have been considered a good performance, as the Yorkshire club had not lost at home for nearly twelve months (playing over 30 games, including cup-ties in that period). Indeed, the opposition were so worried about conceding us an opportunity of equalising that they used time-wasting methods in the corner of the pitch to hold on to what they had; it was not the sort of tactics that endeared manager Don Revie to Hammers' fans among the 36,704 attendance, but it kept his team in runners-up spot. Brian Dear netted his tenth in eight successive League matches (he only missed out in one game during that spell). Indeed, although we had only 24 points from 29 fixtures, three players had reached double figure - Hurst 17, Dear 11 and Peters 10. Unfortunately we had conceded the same number as we had scored - 57; a touch of the Heinz about those statistics !

Victoria Ground

3 - 0 (Sissons 2, Hurst)

17 February 1968

Att: 36,704

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Bennett

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

68_02_17 Stoke City v. WHU FAC4

Ron Greenwood's Hammers swatted Stoke aside as they strode into round five of the FA Cup with a comprehensive win, although it was not until the closing minutes that we were able to settle the issue beyond doubt. The first goal came 84 seconds after the kick-off, when Billy Bonds' centre was struck by John Sissons ; the ball rebounded from Gordon Banks, and the young Hammer beat the City 'keeper to stab it in. From thence onwards we should have made it safe on several occasions. After one penalty had been disallowed, Geoff Hurst hit the bar from a spot-kick in the 35th minute and should have been awarded another chance when persistent foul¬ing went unpenalised. However, 13 minutes from time Sissons got his second, after Brian Dear had back-headed Trevor Brooking's cross-pass. With three minutes to go Hurst dummied past Alan Bloor and immaculately flashed a 25-yarder wide of Banks.

24 February 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 57th, GEOFF HURST 18th and MARTIN PETERS 16th ENGLAND caps

SCOTLAND European Championship Qualifier Hampden Park, Glasgow 1-1

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

Victoria Ground

0 - 2

26 February 1968

Att: 16,093

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Bennett

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

8 March 1968

PETER GROTIER signs professional forms

68_02_26 Stoke City v. WHU

A Monday evening visit to the Victoria Ground to play Stoke City io a First Division fixture. Nine days earlier we had won by 3-0 on the same ground in the F.A. Cup. This time it could have been a repeat, for we outplayed the home¬sters and had two penalty - awards disallowed in the first half. Then Peter Dobing and John Mahoney netted in the space of a minute, and we found ourselves back in the relegation-zone, only four points ahead of bottom-place Fulham. The attendance was 16,093 - less than half of that for the cup-tie !

68_03_09 WHU v. Sheffield United FAC5

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Dear)

9 March 1968

Att: 38,440

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Bennett

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

Sheffield United were the opponents for the Hammers in round five of the F.A. Cup but proved too strong, running out 2-1 winners at the Boleyn Ground, with a goal from Brian Dear the only consolation for the Hammers.

 

10 March 1968

PAVEL SRNICEK (2004) Born this day Ostrava, Czech Republic

 

A close friend of Hammers favourite ‘keeper Ludo Miklosko they both came from the northern mining town of Ostrava in Czechoslovakia and came into top class football with hometown Banik Ostrava. Jumped at the chance to become the third Czech goalkeeper in English League football when he signed for Newcastle United for £350,000 in February 1991. Srnicek, tall, agile, with lightning reflexes and an adventurous style became first choice in the Tyneside’s promotion side. Won his first international cap for the Czech Republic in 1994 against Malta. In the summer of 1998 he left St James’ Park after eventually losing his place to his good friend Shaka Hislop returning home to Banik Ostrava. Returned to English football a year later to join Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer. Making 52 appearance before once again returning home. Pavel then spent three years in Italy with Serie A side Brescia, moving back to the UK in September 2003 when Harry Redknapp took him to Portsmouth on a Bosman free transfer as cover to Shaka Hislop. Joined West Ham on a one-month loan 19 February 2004 as cover to Stephen Bywater. Made an unexpected debut for the Hammers against London rivals Millwall as a substitute for Matthew Etherington on 21 March 2004 in a 4-1 defeat, known as the "Mothers' Day Massacre", at The Den, following the sending-off of first-choice goalkeeper. At the end of his loan deal Srnicek signed on a free transfer until the end of the season. He started two matches in Bywater's absence, against Derby and Crystal Palace, but the team took just one point from the two games. He played no further games for West Ham and left the club at the end of the season. Later played for Portuguese side Beira-Mar and Newcastle United before hanging up his gloves to run his Srnicek school of Goalkeeping in Czech Republic.

12 March 1968

ALAN STEPHENSON signs from CRYSTAL PALACE for £80,000

The Dell

0 - 0

16 March 1968

Att: 27,734

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

ALAN STEPHENSON makes his Hammers debut against SOUTHAMPTON at The Dell

68_03_16 Southampton v. WHU

Upton Park

0 - 1

23 March 1968

Att: 36,301

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

A hard ground and high wind made ball control difficult at The Dell, and the considerable value of the points at stake added to the teams' anxieties." A draw at the end of 90 minutes was a satisfactory result, although the Hammers were guilty of the most lapses in attack. Apart from that, the main interest was Alan Stephenson's First Division debut.

68_03_23 WHU v. Chelsea 68_03_29 WHU v. Arsenal

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Brooking)

29 March 1968

Att: 34,077

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking

Dear

Sissons

3 April 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 58th and MARTIN PETERS 17th ENGLAND cap

SPAIN European Championship Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 1-0

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Brooking 3, Sissons 2)

6 April 1968

Att: 27,681

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking

Dear

Sissons

68_04_06 WHU v. Newcastle United

Trevor Brooking bagged the match ball for the first and only time in his illustrious career as Newcastle United were put to the sword at the Boleyn Ground on this day in 1968. 19-year-old Brooking, in his first senior campaign, netted for a second successive Division One outing, after scoring in a 1-1 home draw with Arsenal a week earlier. The Barking-born Hammer's triple was added to by forward John Sissons, who completed the 5-0 rout with two goals of his own. It was the beginning of a woeful end to the season for the Magpies, as they proceeded to lose five of their final seven outings, including a 6-0 reverse at Old Trafford. That said, they would still finish three points and two places above the Hammers, as the clubs stood tenth and 12th in the top tier respectively.

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Dear 2, Sissons)

12 April 1968

Att: 36,589

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking

Dear

Sissons

68_04_12 WHU v. Nottingham Forest 68_04_12 WHU v. Forest Pirate

The first of a three-game Easter sched¬ule began with a home game on Good Friday against Nottingham Forest. The morning fixture attracted a 36,589 attendance for a vital fixture in our anti-relegation struggle, and they were well-entertained by our 3-0 victory. John Sissons set us on the road with a fourth-minute goal, and Brian Dear netted twice in the ten minutes following the interval; it might have been more but for some great goalkeeping by Forest's Trevor Williamson. So skipper Bobby Moore celebrated his birthday and we had our biggest gate of the season.

68_04_13 Manchester City v. WHU

Maine Road

0 - 3

13 April 1968

Att: 38,755

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking (Charles)

Dear

Hurst

68_04_16 Nottingham Forest v. WHU

Following our 3-0 success the day before we travelled to Maine Road. A team-change was necessary as John Sissons had been incapacitated against Forest, but Geoff Hurst was able to return after missing three games through injury. However, Manchester City made short work of their task, and goals by Neil Young (12, 57 mins.) and Mike Doyle (82 mins.) saw them comfortably to a 3-0 victory before a 38,755 gate. The Citizens thus completed the double over us, having won by 3-2 at the Boleyn Ground earlier in the season.

City Ground

1 - 1 (Peters)

16 April 1968

Att: 22,189

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Hurst

Dear

Sissons

The return Easter game against Forest brought another switch in our line-up. This time it was Trevor Brooking out of action, but as John Sissons was now fit he returned to our starting XI. There was a lot of good Football, Martin Peters scoring his first goal in eight games to equalise 20 minutes after the Midlanders had taken the lead. We were a little disappointed with the 1-1 draw, but at the end of the day had climbed to 15th place in the First Division standings

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Peters)

20 April 1968

Att: 33,164

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Dear

Hurst

Sissons

68_04_20 WHU v. Liverpool 68_04_24 WHU v. Sunderland

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Dear)

24 April 1968

Att: 29,153

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Brooking

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Dear

Hurst

Sissons

Bramall Lane

2 - 1 (Hurst 2)

27 April 1968

Att: 19,530

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard (Dear)

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

68_04_27 Sheffield United v. WHU 68_05_01 WBA v. WHU

The Hawthorns

1 - 3 (Peters)

1 May 1968

Att: 25,686

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

68_05_04 WHU v. Coventry City

Upton Park

0 - 0

4 May 1968

Att: 30,181

Ferguson

Bonds

Howe

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Dear

Hurst

Sissons

68_05_11 WHU v. Everton

8 May 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 59th and MARTIN PETERS 18th ENGLAND cap

SPAIN European Championship Qualifier Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid 2-1

9 May 1968

NEIL RUDDOCK (1998-2000) Born this day Wandsworth, London

 

The club crooner, Neil likes to "get the players going" by singing his old London songs before a match. Unfortunately it just gets them going out of the changing room as quickly as possible. Along with his one-time tormentor Ian Wright, Neil added a real buzz to the Hammers camp when he was signed to add steel to the Hammers defence, and help bring on the youngsters. "Razor" as he's known, spent five stormy years at Liverpool before joining West Ham on the same day the club clinched the services of Chilean international Javier Margas, 30th July 1998. Signed for a £300,000 fee, for 3 years, and payments based on appearances.  Neil played 152 games for the Merseysiders, scoring 12 goals. Won a solitary England cap while with the Reds, against Nigeria at Wembley in 1995.  Neil's League debut for the Hammers came against Sheffield Wednesday 15th August 1998 in a 1-0 victory at Hillsborough. Physical presence and a power in the air are Razor's strong points. Stayed just the two campaigns before being released to Crystal Palace in July 2000 for an undisclosed fee. Later played for Swindon Town 2001-2002.

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Peters)

11 May 1968

Att: 28,319

Ferguson

Bonds

Howe

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking

Dear

Sissons

2 May 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 60th, GEOFF HURST 19th and MARTIN PETERS 19th ENGLAND cap

SWEDEN International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 3-1

 

 

1 June 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 61st and GEOFF HURST 20th ENGLAND cap

WEST GERMANY International Friendly Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover 0-1

5 June 1968

MARC RIEPER (1994-1997) Born this day Rodovre, Denmark

 

Powerful central defender once likened to Superman by Harry Redknapp, who originally signed him on loan from Bronby IF at the end of 1994. Made his Hammers debut against Leeds United at Elland Road in a trilling 2-2 draw on the 10th December 1994. A string of Viking-like displays in Hammers' successful relegation battle impressed several clubs, including champions elect Blackburn Rovers and big spending Turks, Fenerbahce. Knowing he had to act quickly, the wily Redknapp outwitted them both to capture the commanding Dane for £1.1 million on the final day of the 1994-95 campaign 14th May 1995. Rieper briefly found himself out of favour during Hammers' rocky start to the following season, before regaining his form and eventually securing a place in the new look back five alongside Bilic and Dicks. At international level "The Grimm Reaper" remained one of the linchpins of the Danish defence. With the popular Rieps' expiring contract set to make him a Bosman, Harry acted swiftly to salvage some cash by agreeing the £1.5m transfer to Celtic in September 1997.

5 June 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 62nd and MARTIN PETERS 20th ENGLAND cap

YUGOSLAVIA European Championship Finals (Italy) Semi-Final Florence 0-1

 

 

8 June 1968

 

BOBBY MOORE 63rd, GEOFF HURST 21st and MARTIN PETERS 21st ENGLAND cap

USSR European Championship Finals (Italy) 3rd Place Play-Off Rome 2-0

68_03_09 WHU v. Sheffield United FAC5

Ticket dated 1st April 1968