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1967-68 Football League : First Division

Anfield

1 - 3  (Peters)

14 October 1967

Att: 46,951

Manager: Ron Greenwood

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Three summer signings were made to strengthen the defence, the most significant and shrewdest ever for West Ham came when Ron Greenwood captured the signature of right-back Billy Bonds from Charlton Athletic for £49,500. Also arriving was Scotland international goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson from Kilmarnock, at £65,000 a record fee for a British goalkeeper and fellow Scot, John Cushley a centre-half from Glasgow Celtic. The new look defence were taking time to settle and recorded only one win in the first six games. Results improved with two 5-1 away victories at Sunderland and Walsall. Defensive frailties continue, leading 3-0 against Stoke City at home there was a complete collapse, as The Potters scored four goals in seven minutes to win 4-3. The Hammers best period came during the festive break, Frank Lampard cements his place in the back four as the side win three consecutive matches, Tottenham were beaten at home 2-1, followed by back-to-back 4-2 victories over Leicester City. With the defence continuing to leak goals manager Greenwood signs England under-23 international Alan Stephenson from Crystal Palace, for a new club record fee of £80,000. After a run of five league games without a win a young Trevor Brooking scores his one and only hat-trick for West Ham in the 5-0 Upton Park demolition of Newcastle United on 6 April. After occupying the bottom-half of the table for most of the campaign, there were mixed results in the remaining games as the Hammers climbed to a respectable mid-table place in the final standings.

Rule Change:

Goalkeeper rule change introduced this season which limits the keepers to four steps when carrying the ball - after which they must part with it. The F.A. gave clarification which apparently included dribbling, but now stresses that FIFA have emphasised that the goalkeeper is permitted to dribble the ball within the penalty-area, but should this be interpreted by the referee as "time wasting" the player concerned should be penalised accordingly.

 

11 July 1967

KENNY BROWN Jnr. (1991-1997) Born this day Barking, Essex

 

Signed initially as a stop-gap in August 1991 when West Ham were badly hit by pre-season injuries, Kenny soon earned a contract with the club where his dad, Ken, was an F.A. Cup and European Cup medal winner in the mid-60's. Made his Hammers debut along with Mitchell Thomas and Mike Small in the home fixture against Luton Town which resulted in a 0-0 draw on the 17th August 1991. Although recognised mainly as a tigerish right-back, he liked nothing more than to surge forward and link with the midfield and attack, and he netted one of the goals of the season with a thunderbolt in the home win over Aston Villa. It was after that great strike that his move to the Boleyn became permanent, with the Hammers paying Plymouth Argyle £175,000 plus another £60,000 after his 50th league game. Kenny stayed at Upton Park for six years, but found it very hard to command a regular first team place. After five loan spells in his last 18 months, which saw him travel to Huddersfield Town, Reading, Crystal Palace, Reading again, Kenny eventually joined Birmingham City under the leadership of Trevor Francis in a £100,000 deal. Later played for Millwall, Gillingham, Portadown and Barry Town. He has also managed Barry Town, CD Javea, and Tooting & Mitcham United and been assistant manager with Grays Athletic and Chelmsford City.

17 July 1967

JOHN CUSHLEY signs from GLASGOW CELTIC

 

West Ham United sign centre-half John Cushley for £25,000. The Blantyre-born defender made his name with Glaswegian giants Celtic, forming part of the squad that travelled to Lisbon for the 1967 European Champion Clubs' Cup success.

CUSHLEY John BROWN Kenny

24 July 1967

JOHN McDOWELL signs apprentice forms

67_08_19 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday Bonds 67_08_21 WHU v. Burnley

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Hurst, Peters)

19 August 1967

Att: 29,609

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Bovington

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Peters

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

BILLY BONDS, BOBBY FERGUSON and JOHN CUSHLEY all make their Hammers debut against SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY at Upton Park

Opening day of a season and it started badly as we lost at home by 2-3 against Sheffield Wednesday. John Fantham put the Owls one up at half-time, but   Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters scored in the space of a couple of minutes to send us ahead. How¬ever, John Ritchie equalised and then Jim McCalliog got the  winner with only three minutes to go.

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Hurst 2, Peters, Redknapp)

21 August 1967

Att: 30,414

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Dear

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

White Hart Lane

1 - 5 (Sissons)

26 August 1967

Att: 55,831

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Hurst

Dear

Sissons

67_08_26 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

Burnley went ahead on 25 minutes when Irvine headed into an open goal. The Hammers rallied in the second half to score four times in 26 minutes. The first came when Ron Boyce laid the ball off to Martin Peters, who hit a long-range shot past Thomson. Two minutes later Harry Redknapp crossed for Geoff Hurst to make it 2-1. The Clarets equalised on 58 minutes when Caskey scored past Bobby Ferguson. Just five minutes later the Hammers were ahead again when Hurst flicked the ball home from a John Sissons cross. The left winger was in fine form and on 79 minutes he found Harry Redknapp to complete a 4-2 victory in front of 30,414 spectators.

The second Saturday of the season brought us a crushing 5-1 reverse at While Hart Lane. It was Spurs' 31st successive game without defeat, and it so happened that we had been the last team to beat them. We held them scoreless for 36 minutes, but after that the 55,831 fans saw the homesters go two up by half-time. Their scorers were Jimmy Greaves (2), Cliff Jones, Alan Mullery and Frank Saul; John Sissons got our single reply.

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

Turf Moor

3 - 3 (Hurst, Moore, Peters)

29 August 1967

Att: 16,625)

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Brooking

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

TREVOR BROOKING makes his Hammers debut against BURNLEY at TURF MOOR

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Peters)

2 September 1967

Att: 36,562

Ferguson

Bonds (Brooking)

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Dear

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

EVERTON : Football League First Division

Goodison Park

0 - 2

5 September 1967

Att: 46,762

Ferguson

Charles J.

Kitchener

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Brooking

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Roker Park

5 - 1 (Hurst 2, Moore, Peters, Redknapp)

9 September 1967

Att: 39,772

Standen

Charles J.

Kitchener

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Brooking

Hurst

Boyce

Brabrook

WALSALL : Football League Cup (Second Round)

Fellows Park

5 - 1 (Peters 2, Brabrook, Hurst [pen], Evams [og])

13 September 1967

Att: 17,755

Standen

Charles J.

Kitchener

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Hurst)

16 September 1967

Att: 30,752

Standen

Charles J.

Kitchener

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

FULHAM : Football League First Division

Craven Cottage

3 - 0 (Hurst, Moore, Sissons)

23 September 1967

Att: 29,234

Ferguson

Bovington

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 0

30 September 1967

Att: 29,760

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Bovington

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Hurst

Peters

Brabrook

67_08_29 Burnley v. WHU Brooking

Ron Greenwood's West Ham United played out an entertaining draw with Burnley. The Hammers had already taken on Burnley eight days earlier - triumphing 4-2 at the Boleyn Ground - so with this match ending 3-3, the goals certainly flowed when these sides met. All three of West Ham's World Cup heroes - Martin Peters, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst - were on target at Turf Moor, just as Peters and Hurst were in the Boleyn Ground match a week earlier. This was West Ham's fourth game of the season, during which they had scored ten and conceded 13! Inconsistent form would remain a feature of the Hammers' play that campaign, as they finished in twelfth place.

67_09_02 WHU v. Manchester United 67_09_05 Everton v. WHU

6 September 1967

 

IGOR STIMAC (1999-2001) Born this day Metkovic, Croatia 

 

A vastly experienced defender, Igor started his football career for Croatian club Hajduk Split before moving to Spain to play for Cadiz. Won a bronze medal with Croatia in the '98 World Cup Finals held in France. Jim Smith the Derby County manager persuaded him to join the Rams. After a successful stint with Derby, the big centre-back decided West Ham were a better bet for silverware and Igor finally made the switch to the Hammers in a £600,000 deal in September 1999. A commanding figure at the heart of the Hammers defence he quickly established himself at Upton Park, making his Premiership debut against Watford in a 1-0 victory at the Boleyn on the 11th September 1999. Starred in West Hams emphatic 6-1 aggregate victory in the Intertoto Cup against NK Osijek, the Croatian club lodged an official complaint to UEFA after it was revealed that Stimac should have been serving a suspension dating back to his days with Hadjuk Split in the mid 90's, an oversight by UEFA meant that he was not listed among the suspended players. However, the big defender served his two game suspension against Hammers next opposition Romanian club Steaua Bucharest. Igor was allowed to leave Upton Park on compassionate grounds, due to his daughter's health problems, Dea suffered from asthma which was aggravated whilst living in London. The big Croatian rejoined his first club Hajduk Split on a free transfer in July 2001.

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

3 - 4 (Hurst 2, Peters)

7 October 1967

Att: 24,469

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Bovington

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Hurst 4 [1 pen])

11 October 1967

Att: 20.510)

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

67_09_09 Sunderland v. WHU

The vagaries of “Football form" were amply illustrated by the result of our visit to Roker Park. Sunderland 1, West Ham United 5; that was the scoreline that shocked 39,772 fans at the North Easterners' ground. Bobby Moore gave away an early "own goal," but then made amends by netting at the other end. Geoff Hurst scored a couple, Martin Peters and Harry Redknapp one each. Until then we had won only one of our first six games, but gave an astonishing encore on the following Wednesday in thrashing Walsall in the League Cup at Fellows Park by the same score.

67_09_13 Walsall v. WHU FLC2

After last weeks 5-1 away win at Sunderland in the league, the Hammers’ were at it again; this time in the League Cup, Second Round tie at Fellows Park. A 17,755 attendance watched us speedily run up a 3-0 lead. Both sides scored from a penalty; Geoff Hurst got ours, the other Hammers to find the net being Martin Peters (2) and Peter Brabrook; an own goal completed our total.

15 September 1967

 

DOUG EADIE joins ORIENT on loan for 3 months

We sustained our second successive home defeat, Derek Dougan completing a pair of goals three minutes from time, to send Wolves back to the Midlands with a 2-1 advantage. The inevitable Hurst had previously equalised for us!

20 September 1967

EAMONN DOLAN (1987-1991) Born this day Adrahan, Galway, Republic of Ireland

 

Played schools football for Chelmsford and Essex County and was an England Schoolboy traillist before signing as an apprentice July 1984. Republic of Ireland under-17 international youth player who scored a hat-trick against Northern Ireland in Belfast in January 1985. The youngster signed a professional contract with the Hammers in March 1985. A prolific goalscorer for the South East Counties League and Reserve sides. A studious, intelligent youngster, dubbed "The Professor" for achieving 12 ‘O’ Levels and one ‘A’ Level and made his First Division debut from the substitutes bench in the 2-0 defeat of Manchester City at Upton Park 9 May 1987. A loan period to Bristol City in February 1989 was followed a year later with an interest from Birmingham City, the striker joined in July 1990 but dislocated his shoulder in training with the Blues and the Third Division side sent him back to Upton Park as the transfer forms had not been completed. City renewed their interest in Dolan and the young striker finally made the move to St. Andrews when his £30,000 transfer was completed on 28 December 1990, his stay lasted less than a year when he transferred to Exeter City in September 1991, and marked the beginning of a 13-year association with the club, although he only managed 26 league appearances for the club as his career was cut short when he developed cancer. He survived the condition, and continued to serve the Grecians as football in the community officer, youth coach, caretaker manager, and finally full-time manager. left the Devon club in September 2004 to join Reading as academy manager.

67_09_16 WHU v. Wolves 67_09_23 Fulham v. WHU

20 September 1967

CRAIG FOREST (1997-2003) Born this day Vancouver, Canada

 

Signed for the Hammers from Ipswich Town on 23 July 1997 for £500,000. The big Canadian international joined the Suffolk club from Vancouver as an apprentice and made over 300 first team appearances in 13 years with the Portsman Road club. His position in the Ipswich first team which was under threat and lack of Premiership action did not help his World Cup campaign with Canada, Craig jumped at the chance to return to the big-time when offered a contract at the Boleyn as understudy to Miklosko. However, injury to the towering Czech gave Craig his chance, made his Hammers debut against Aston Villa in a Coca-Cola cup tie at Upton Park 15 October 1997 which resulted in a 3-0 victory,  embarked on a run of 13 League appearances before he too succumbed to injury and was forced to give way to French 'keeper Bernard Lama. Lost the top spot when Shaka Hislop signed on from the start of the 1998-99 campaign, but agreed to remain with the club as his understudy. Gold Cup 2000 will probably go down as the most cherished memory of a long and successful career. For, against all odds, a Canadian team ranked 85th in the world, stepped out of the football shadows during February 2000 to win a Concacaf Gold Cup winner's medal. Beating Colombia 2-0 in the Final at the Los Angeles Coliseum to capture the continent's equivalent of Euro 2000. Craig was to face the biggest challenge of his life so far when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer which he finally beat, but sadly the tough Canadian announced his retirement from the game in August 2002 when he could no longer maintain the fitness levels necessary for professional football.

Bobby Moore scored his third goal of the season, Geoff Hurst brought his tally to eight in nine games and John Sissons completed the scoring in this 3-0 victory over Fulham. This early season result at The Cottage didn’t help their cause as they were relegated in last spot at the end of the season. There were 29,234 to see a game marred by an injury to George Cohen.

67_09_30 WHU v. Leeds United 67_10_07 WHU v. Stoke City

After three successive away wins (two by 5-1 and the other by 3-0), we had hopes of improving our home record, which to date had showed only one victory and three defeats. Unfortunatsly the match against Leeds United produced another tedious encounter with the Elland Road club, although Don Revie was probably pleased with his team's goalless draw; a subsequent match report remarked that "the visitors showed their obvious determination to return home undefeated"; it also added that a capable referee (Roger Kirkpatrick) maintained firm control!

The Hammers sustained a defeat against Stoke City at Upton Park, to make our home record to date: won 1, drawn 1, lost 4, goals 11-14. Away from home we had five points from five games (goals 12-11), plus a 5-1 League Cup win. The reverse against the Potters was incredible. 24.469 happy fans saw us three up by half-time. Hurst scoring twice and Peters once. Then City netted four in the space of eight minutes (Burrows 65, 72 and Dobing 67, 73). It was the visitors' first win in 18 away games, and the after-match reports were echoed by one press commentator: "I've torn up all I wrote about Wesi Ham in the first half.''

67_10_11 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers FLC3 67_10_14 Liverpool v. WHU

21 October 1967

 

BOBBY MOORE 54th, GEOFF HURST 15th and MARTIN PETERS 13th ENGLAND caps

WALES European Championship Qualifier Ninian Park, Cardiff 3-0

Upton Park

0 - 1

23 October 1967

Att: 32,541

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Bovington

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

30 September 1967

ALAN SEALEY joins PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

West Ham United Career: (1960-1967) Appearances: 128, Goals: 26, Individual honours: European Cup Winners Cup (1965)

 

 

DAVE BICKLES joins CRYSTAL PALACE on a free transfer

West Ham United Career: (1963-1967), Appearances: 28, Goals: 0, International: England Youth (2 caps)

3 October 1967

TREVOR DAWKINS joins CRYSTAL PALACE on a free transfer

West Ham United Career: (1964-1967), Appearances: 6, Goals: 0, International: England Youth (1 cap)

21 October 1967

PAUL INCE (1986-1989) Born this day Ilford, Essex

 

Brought into the side after Hammers disastrous start to the 1986-87 campaign, making his initial debut against Chelsea in the Full Members Cup at Upton Park on the 23 November 1986 in a 1-2 defeat by our West London neighbours. Paul established himself as sweeper over the next 20 games before being taken ill at the team's hotel prior to the game at Chelsea. Came back to score the glorious winner against Newcastle. "Incey" has skill and vision to make long-range passes accurately. Although very competent either at sweeper or full-back, Paul plays mostly midfield where he likes to run with the ball at opponents. Possesses a fierce shot and can score spectacular goals, as demonstrated in the 1988-89 season against Aston Villa away, and Liverpool in the Littlewoods Cup, at the end of that campaign the Hammers were relegated to the Second Division and John Lyall was sacked as manager, Paul declaring that he would never pull on a West Ham shirt for any other manager. Paul was pictured in a national newspaper wearing a Manchester United shirt while still under contract to the Hammers, and the well publicised On/Off/On transfer saga to Old Trafford due to his pelvic injury, lead the Hammers to set-up one of the strangest transfer fees ever known, an £800,000 down payment, with United paying £5,000 for every game Ince plays, a £2,000,000 fee in total. Paul became the first black player to captain an England side in June 1993.

A Monday evening First Division fixture v. Southampton drew 32,541 fans to Upton Park. Unfortunately, the Hammers' sup¬porters went away sadly disappointed, a goal by Terry Paine in the eleventh minute being sufficient to give the visitors victory. It was our third successive defeat, leaving us near the foot of the table with only eight points from 13 matches.

67_10_23 WHU v. Southampton

Stamford Bridge

3 -1 (Dear, Hurst, Peters)

28 October 1967

Att: 40,303

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Burkett

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Dear

67_10_28 Chelsea v. WHU

After two successive defeats things took a temporary turn for the better against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A change of tactics and a determined approach earned our third away vic¬tory of the campaign. Brian Dear, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters each netted once in a 3-1 success. Peter Osgood scor¬ing the Chelsea goal. The attendance was 40,303 and the win took us above the Blues on goal average.

Leeds Road

0 - 2

1 November 1967

Att: 17,729

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Burkett

Boyce (Redknapp)

Brabrook

Hurst

Dear

67_11_01 Huddersfield Town v. WHU FLC4 67_11_04 WHU v. WBA Postponed

After winning a First Division match at Chelsea on the previous Saturday, we travelled to Huddersfield for a League Cup tie at the Leeds Road ground. Victory would have put us in the last eight, but we failed to clear this hurdle against a moderately- placed Second Division outfit. The match report said: "19~year-old Frank Worthington headed his first goat in senior soccer in the second minute . . . a 30-yarder from Chris Cattlin 20 minutes from lime put the issue beyond doubt." The gate was 17,729.

Upton Park

4 November 1967

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

MATCH POSTPONED

Unfit Pitch due to Continual Rain : rearranged for 11 December 1967

St James' Park

0 - 1

11 November 1967

Att: 32,869

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Burkett

Charles J.

Cushley

Peters

Brabrook

Brooking

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

67_11_11 Newcastle United v. WHU

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Hurst, Peters)

18 November 1967

Att: 25,495

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Lampard

Burkett

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

67_11_18 WHU v. Manchester City

FRANK LAMPARD makes his Hammers debut against MANCHESTER CITY at Upton Park

19 November 1967

JEROEN BOERE (1993-1995) Born this day Amhem, Netherlands

 

Self-confident Dutchman who was signed from Go Ahead Eagles for £165,00 on 22 September 1993. The tall striker didn't make the best of starts for the Hammers after coming on as an 65th minutes substitute, he was sent off after a second bookable offence in the 89th minute against Newcastle United at St James's Park in a 0-2 defeat on the 25 September 1993. Making just 18 starts and netting seven times, he could claim that he was never given a real run in the side, while Harry argued that his off-field 'refuelling' did him few favours. March 1994 saw him go on loan to Portsmouth followed by a spell at West Bromwich Albion. Headed to Crystal Palace along with some £200,000 as Iain Dowie moved the other way - September 1995. After a subsequent spell at  Southend United, Boere headed for Japan where his career hangs in the balance following a nightclub stabbing incident that saw him lose an eye.

22 November 1967

 

BOBBY MOORE 55th, GEOFF HURST 16th and MARTIN PETERS 14th ENGLAND

NORTHERN IRELAND European Championship Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 2-0

Highbury

0 - 0

25 November 1967

Att: 42,029

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Burkett

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Redknapp

Brabrook

Hurst

Boyce

Sissons

67_11_25 Arsenal v. WHU

25 November 1967

COLIN MACKLEWORTH joins LEICESTER CITY for £4,000

West Ham United Career: (1966-67) Appearances: 3 Goals: 0, International: England Youth (1 cap)

MACKLEWORTH Colin

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Sissons 2, Brabrook)

2 December 1967

Att: 22,711

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

Standen

Bonds

Burkett

Peters

Heffer

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

67_12_02 WHU v. Sheffield United

6 December 1967

 

BOBBY MOORE 56th, GEOFF HURST 17th and MARTIN PETERS 15th ENGLAND cap

USSR International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 2-2

Highfield Road

1 - 1 (Hurst)

8 December 1967

Att: 28,077

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Charles J.

Burkett

Peters

Bonds

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst

Sissons

A foot-of-the-table clash against Sheffield United. The Blades were rock-bottom with eleven points from 18 games, and we were only two points and a couple of places better off. The visitors were eventually relegated by a one-point margin. This was materially augmented by our 3-0 victory, which was gained without much difficulty, despite two late "call offs" in our XI. Gastroenteritis put Bobby Ferguson out of action, and his fellow-Scot - John Cushley - joined him through influenza. Paul Heffer came in for his first League appearance of the season, and Jim Standen deputised in goal; Jim went off to a standing ovation, as he was to depart to the U.S.A. shortly afterwards. John Sissons (5, 62 mins) and Peter Brabrook (33 mins) were our scorers.

67_12_08 Coventry City v. WHU

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Brabrook, Hurst [pen])

11 December 1967

Att: 19,018

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Charles J.

Burkett

Peters

Bonds

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brabrook

Hurst (Bennett)

Sissons

67_12_11 WHU v. WBA

West Bromwich Albion were the visitors for this Monday evening rearranged fixture, the original First Division clash was deferred from 4 November, when continual rain had made the Upton Park pitch unplayable. The programme notes mentioned that "the deferment had its compensations, inasmuch that but for this game taking place we should have been without a home League fixture for three weeks." The "compensations" turned out to be non-existent, as only 19,018 were at the match and we also lost 3-2. The advantage swayed from one side to the other, the score-chart reading: Hurst (7 mins., penalty); Krzywicki (50), Astle (78), Brabrook (85), Hope (87, penalty). It was our seventh home defeat in ten League games, and as it was followed by a 1-4 reverse at Hillsborough we were back in the bottom four of the table.

Hillsborough

1 - 4 (Dear)

16 December 1967

Att: 23,590

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Charles J.

Burkett

Bonds

Cushley

Bovington

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

67_12_16 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Bonds, Dear)

23 December 1967

Att: 32,122

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

67_12_23 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

The lowly Hammers scored a morale boasting victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in front of 32,122. Early on there was honest toil from both sides but it was not a classic. On 27 minutes skipper Billy Bonds sped 30 yards unchallenged and hit a rasping shot past Pat Jennings. It was his first ever goal for West Ham. Three minutes later Geoff Hurst crashed a shot into the net but unfortunately it was ruled out for offside. Spurs were level seven minutes before the break when Jimmy Robertson prodded home a loose ball. After the interval the Hammers raised their game with Jennings producing fine saves from Brian Dear and Johnny Sissons. An effort from Martin Peters was headed out from under the bar by Cyril Knowles. After 71 minutes Bonds crossed and Brian Dear was on hand to happily hook the ball home. The 2-1 victory gave the home supporters something to celebrate over the Christmas period.

 

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Dear 3, Brooking)

26 December 1967

Att: 26,539

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

67_12_26 WHU v. Leicester City

Filbert Street

4 - 2 (Dear 2, Brooking, Sissons)

30 December 1967

Att: 24,589

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Cushley

Moore

Dear

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

 

29 December 1967

BILL KITCHENER joins TORQUAY UNITED after his intial loan period was made permanent

West Ham United career: (1966-1968) Appearances: 12 Goals: 0

67_12_30 Leicester City v. WHU

Leicester City were welcomed by a 26,539 attendance for the morning kick-off. Both clubs were in the lower half of the table, the Hammers with 16 points from 22 games. It looked bad for us when Frank Large (8 mins) and Jack Sinclair (12 mins) put the Filberts two up, and they nearly made it three as a shot bounced off a post. However, Trevor Brooking scored his first League goal to put us level at the interval, after Brian Dear had reduced our arrears in the 32nd minute. Dear completed his hat-trick in the second half, making the final count 4-2 in our favour.

Four days previously we beat The Foxes by the same 4-2 scoreline at Upton Park with Brian Dear bagging a hat-trick. This time around at Filbert Street, Dear netted another two, Trevor Brooking also did a "repeat," and John Sissons got our fourth. Peter Shilton who had succeeded Gordon Banks as the Blues' keeper - was City's "man of the match" on both occasions.

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