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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 69_09_20 Insert Team Group Sheffield Wednesday

1969-70 Football League : First Division

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Brooking v. Wolves SISSONS v. Coventry

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

John Sissons beats Coop to score West Ham's second goal

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Highfield Road

2 - 2 (Brooking, Sissons)

11 October 1969

Att: 34,277

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Lindsay

Brooking

Sissons

Best

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe (Hurst)

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Lindsay

Brooking

Sissons

Best

Molineux

0 - 1

18 October 1969

Att: 28,762

REDKNAPP v Liverpool Nov 1969 69_08_25 WHU v. Arsenal 69_08_09 WHU v. Newcastle United 69_08_11 WHU v. Chelsea 69_08_16 Stoke City v. WHU 69_08_20 Chelsea v. WHU 69_08_23 WHU v. WBA

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

69_08_30 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 69_09_03 WHU v. Halifax Town FLC2 69_09_06 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 69_09_13 Everton v. WHU 69_09_20 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday 69_09_23 Nottingham Forest v. WHU FLC3 69_09_27 Manchester United v. WHU 69_10_04 WHU v. Burnley 69_10_06 WHU v. Stoke City 69_10_11 Coventry City v. WHU 69_10_18 Wolves v. WHU 69_10_25 WHU v. Sunderland 69_11_01 Southampton v. WHU 69_11_08 WHU v. Crystal Palace 69_11_15 Liverpool v. WHU 69_11_22 WHU v. Derby County 69_11_29 Ipswich Town v. WHU 69_12_06 WHU v. Manchester City 69_12_13 WHU v. Everton 69_12_17 Leeds United v. WHU 69_12_20 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 69_12_26 WBA v. WHU 69_12_27 WHU v. Nottingham Forest 69_09_03 WHU v. Halifax Town FLC2 69_09_20 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday 69_12_20 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 69_12_26 WBA v. WHU

Manager: Ron Greenwood

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

69-70 Leeds United (A)

Two successive home wins heralded the new season but five defeats and two draws in the next seven games left West Ham near the bottom of the table. The League Cup tie at home to Halifax Town saw the Yorkshire team beaten 4–2, only for the Hammers to bow out in the next round, losing 1–0 at Nottingham Forest. Clyde Best, the 18-year-old from Bermuda, scored twice against Burnley and again two days later against Stoke City. Results away from home were poor, with no wins in the first 11 away games, but to the delight of supporters the first away win came in the 2–0 victory at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in December.

A trip to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup brought another away defeat (2–1). Peter Eustace was signed from Sheffield Wednesday and made his debut against them in a 3–2 victory at Hillsborough. The Hammers struggled throughout February, dropping to seventeenth. A goalscorer was needed and one arrived when a swap deal was arranged with Tottenham in March, as Martin Peters joined Spurs and legendary Jimmy Greaves came to Upton Park.

Greaves made his debut at Manchester City and scored twice in the Hammers 5–1 victory. The acquisition of Greaves sparked a late revival, with just one defeat in the remaining five games helping the team to seventeenth place.

1 August 1969

MATT HOLMES (1992-1995) Born this day Luton, Bedfordshire

 

Talented winger who shrugged off the disappointment of being rejected by his home town club, Luton Town - for being too small! - and teamed up with Harry Redknapp at Bournemouth. Redknapp's subsequent appointment as assistant manager quickly saw Holmes follow his old boss to Upton Park for a bargain £40,000 in August 1992 (with a further £60,000 due after his 60th appearance). Matt broke his nose on his Hammers debut at Newcastle United 29th August 1992 in a 0-2 reverse. Frequently in the wars during his time at Upton Park. But with a huge heart in a pint-sized body, the popular winger just kept coming back for more and was deservedly voted runner-up in the Hammer-of-the-Year poll in 1993-94. A season later was transferred to Kenny Dalglish's Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers for a staggering £1,200,000 the Hammers receiving Robbie Slater and a cash adjustment of £600,000. Ray Harford

took over as manager at Ewood Park. Mattie rarely featured in Harford's plans and later transferred to Charlton Athletic for £250,000. Sustained a broken

leg against Wolves soon after he joined the Addicts which forced him into premature retirement from top flight football. The former Hammers midfielder found

a new lease of life however playing for Dorchester Town in the Dr Martens League.

HOLMES Matt

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Bennett

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Hurst)

9 August 1969

Att: 33,323

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Moore

Boyce

Redknapp

Lindsay

Bennett

Hurst

Sissons

 

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Hurst, Peters)

11 August 1969

Att: 39,003

West Ham United took to the summit of Divsion One with a 2-0 home win over Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground. Two days earlier, Newcastle United had visited us for the season's curtain raiser, with a Geoff Hurst goal settling the contest. Hurst, meanwhile, was on the scoresheet again here, as fellow FIFA World Cup winner Martin Peters also netted, preserving the Hammers' early 100 per cent record. Four points out of four and a second successive clean sheet proved sufficient to take Ron Greenwood's men to the top. Their stay there, however, proved shortlived, with defeat at Stoke City next time out bringing the Hammers back down to earth with a bump.                  

Tonights issue

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Clyde Best / USA Motel

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69_08_23 Action Charles Moore and Howe WBA

Programme Insert : Match Action

69_10_04 Insert BONDS Burnley 69_10_04 Insert HEFFER Burnley

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69_10_06 STEPHENSON Stoke City 69_10_25 SQUAD Sunderland

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69_11_22 CHARLES Derby County 69_12_06 BOYCE Manchester City 69_12_06 PETERS & HURST Manchester City 69_12_13 STEPHENSON with Baby Everton

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Moore

Boyce

Redknapp

Lindsay

Bennett

Hurst

Sissons

 

Victoria Ground

1 - 2 (Lindsay)

16 August 1969

Att: 23,362

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Moore

Boyce

Cross

Lindsay

Bennett

Hurst

Sissons

 

Stamford Bridge

0 - 0

20 August 1969

Att: 43,347

 

Ferguson

Bonds

Charles J.

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Lindsay

Boyce

Bennett

Hurst

Sissons

 

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Hurst)

23 August 1969

Att: 29,156

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard (Howe)

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Best

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Cross

 

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Cross)

25 August 1969

Att: 39,590

CLYDE BEST makes his Hammers debut against ARSENAL at Upton Park

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Best

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Cross (Miller)

 

City Ground

0 - 1

30 August 1969

Att: 27,097

26 August 1969

 

JOHNNY AYRIS, CLIVE  CHARLES and JOHN McDOWELL all sign professional  forms

HALIFAX TOWN : Football League Cup (Second Round)

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Lindsay

Brooking

Hurst

Best

 

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Hurst 2, Best, Lampard)

3 September 1969

Att: 20,717

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Best (Boyce)

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

 

Upton Park

0 - 1

6 September 1969

Att: 40,561

8 September 1969

CHRIS POWELL (2004-2005) Born this day Lambeth, London

 

Started his football career with Crystal Palace before joining Southend United on a free transfer. The former Southend defender had cost £750,00 when he moved from them to Derby County in January 1996. Chris became Charlton Athletics record signing at £825,000 when he became Alan Curbishley’s first recruit after the club were promoted to the Premiership in 1998. Capped by England five times and made his international bow in a 3-0 friendly win against Spain on 28 February 2001. Made more than 200 starts for Charlton, and had just signed a new one-year contract when the Hammers took him on loan

10 September 2004 and later signed on a free transfer 17 December 2004. Made his West Ham debut in a 1-0 victory against Rotherham United at Upton Park Coca-Cola Championship game 14 September 2004. Helped the Hammers back to Premiership status by beating Preston North End in the end of season Play-off Final at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff. Widely expected to agree a new deal with the club after seeing his short-term contract come to an end. However, the arrival of his former Addicts’ team-mate Paul Konchesky pushed him down the pecking order in the left-back spot and rejoined the Addicts on a free transfer 11 July 2005. Later played for Watford, Charlton (again), and Leicester City. In July 2009 Powell signed a contract to be player-manager at Leicester City but retired from playing at the end of that season. Powell’s first managerial career was with Charlton Athletic in January 2011 and in September 2014 took over the reigns at Huddersfield Town.

POWELL Chris

EVERTON : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Howe

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Cross

 

Goodison Park

0 - 2

13 September 1969

Att: 49,052

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Boyce

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Brooking

Hurst

Cross

Peters

 

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Hurst, Redknapp, Branfoot (og)

20 September 1969

Att: 23,487

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Cup (Third Round)

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Boyce

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Brooking

Hurst

Cross

Peters

 

City Ground

0 - 1

23 September 1969

Att: 20,939

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Lindsay

Best

Hurst

Peters

 

Old Trafford

2 - 5 (Hurst 2)

27 September 1969

Att: 58,579

24 September 1969

RUFUS BREVETT (2003-2005) Born this day Derby, Derbyshire

 

Rupis Emanuel “Rufus” Brevett was a fans favourite at Upton Park with his crunching tackles and 100 per-cent commitment. Started his footballing career at Doncaster Rovers before moving to Queens Park Rangers in February 1991 for a fee of £275,000. The attacking full-back played 153 league games for the ‘Hoops’ before moving to Fulham where he made the same left wing-back position his own and clocking up 175 appearances for the Craven Cottage side before moving across London to join the Hammers on transfer deadline day 31 January 2003 for an undisclosed amount. Brevett made his Hammers debu

as a 59th minute sub against Liverpool at Upton Park in a 0-3 reverse 2 February 2003 in what turned out to be West Ham’s relegation season. Restricte

to just 3 senior appearances in 2003-04 season he found it increasingly hard to break back into first team contention. Scored his one and only goal against Crewe Alexandra in August 2004, at the end of the campaign he was out of contract and signed for Plymouth Argyle. Later played one game for Leicester City (loan), before signing for Oxford United on 8 September 2006 on a month-by-month contract which was extended for the full season. In may 2007 Brevett announced his retirement from playing football and briefly became sporting director of Swindon Town. His management career took in Bedford (October 2008) as assistant manager, Arlesey Town manager (November 2013) and later coach with Banbury United (February 2015). He currently teaches physical education at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury, head of football academy.

BREVETT Rufus

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Lindsay

Brooking

Hurst (Sissons)

Best

 

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Best 2, Brooking)

4 October 1969

Att: 26,445

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard (Cross)

Howe

Stephenson

Boyce

Redknapp

Lindsay

Brooking

Sissons

Best

 

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Best, Brooking, Sissons)

6 October 1969

Att: 27,128

JOHNNY AYRIS signs full professional forms

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Best

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Peters)

25 October 1969

Att: 29,191

12 October 1969

PAUL KELLY (1990) Born this day Bexley, Kent

 

Kelly spent two years at the Football Association GM National School at Lilleshall before returning to the Hammers apprentice ranks in 1986. A former

England Schoolboy star he played 11 times for the England Youth side and made his Football League debut as a second-half substitute for Steve Potts in

the 1-2 defeat by Hull City at Upton Park on the 20 January 1990. Paul's first full game came when he was named for the Zenith Data Systems Cup match against Luton Town, which resulted in a 1-5 thrashing by the Kenilworth Road club. Paul was given a free transfer in the summer of 1991, Gillingham gave

him a chance, using him in a pre-season match against the Hammers before the start of 1991-92 campaign but his stay was short lived and he gave up

soccer as a career.

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Best

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

The Dell

1 - 1 (Brooking)

1 November 1969

Att: 26,894

5 November 1969

 

NETHERLANDS v. ENGLAND

International Friendly Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam 1-0

441 MOORE Bobby - England 451 HURST Geoff - England 462 PETERS Martin - England

73 caps

30 caps

31 caps

436 NETHERLANDS

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Best

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Best, Hurst)

8 November 1969

Att: 31,515

After five games without a win West Ham finally scored maximum points when they saw off the Eagles at the Boleyn Ground in front of over 31,515 fans. Alan Stephenson and Trevor Dawkins were each playing against their former club, and the Glaziers' coach was ex-Hammer George Petchey. However two familiar faces got their names on the scoresheet to fire the Hammers to victory, with the prolific Geoff Hurst and Clyde Best netting. A 0-0 draw between the sides later in the season proved crucial to Crystal Palace as they avoided relegation by just a single point.

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Boyce

Brooking

Hurst

Best

Anfield

0 - 2

15 November 1969

Att: 39,168

An interesting  pre-match  statistic  of  our visit to Anfield on this day in 1969 was that we had been the last London club to win there five years earlier! The illness of his recently-arrived son forced Martin Peters to return to London the previous evening, and soon after the start Billy Bonds got a knock that necessitated his leg being strapped up. It was hardly the sort of preparation for a meeting with the Anfielders on their own ground, and although we nearly opened the scoring in the 16th minute the home side went ahead twelve minutes later and from thence onwards kept on the pressure to return to winning ways which have eluded them in recent weeks. The final result was 0-2.

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Best

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Hurst 2, Peters)

22 November 1969

Att: 32,485

There was a 32,485 attendance for the visit of fifth placed Derby County to Upton Park. The TV re-run confirmed that it had been a great game, and there was tremendous satisfaction among all Hammers at the 3-0 victory. Geoff Hurst opened the scoring in the 21st minute, and added another midway through the second half; between these - in the 56th minute - Martin Peters found the net, so we had the points well in the bag with plenty of time to spare.

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Best

Portman Road

0 - 1

29 November 1969

Att: 17,454

The Hammers travelled to Portman Road for a First Division match, a snowstorm began half-an-hour after the kick-off, and the referee temporarily suspended the game for 25 minutes. It only deferred our disappointment, as in the end we lost by the solitary goal.

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Best

Upton Park

0 - 4

6 December 1969

Att: 27,485

There are days when nothing goes right; this was one of them, all four Hammers' Xl's were defeated, with a goal debit of four against 16. For the record, the "A" Team lost 0-3 at Stevenage. the Colts 1-4 against Spurs and the Juniors 3-5 v. Chelsea: the Reserves were without a fixture. The most important encounter of the day was a First Division engagement v. Manchester City at Upton Park. The Mancunians were placed fifth in the table with 26 points from 26 games, but were already nine points in arrears of the leaders - Everton (who went on to win the championship). We had 18 points, but were hopeful of gaining at least one more in a game that attracted 27,485 fans. So much for hopes! Realisation was in the shape of a 4-0 defeat, with City netting three goals in the final 30 minutes. Francis Lee scored on the half-hour to put his side one up at the interval, but we rallied briefly and appeared to be in with a chance. However. Joe Mercer's squad soon dispelled our illusions, and further counters by Ian Bowyer (62 and 74 mins.) and Mike Doyle (three minutes from time) concluded the rout.

EVERTON : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Stephenson (Brooking)

Moore

Sissons

Peters

Boyce

Hurst

Best

Upton Park

0 - 1

13 December 1969

Att: 26,689

10 November 1969

 

ENGLAND v. PORTUGAL

International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 1-0

441 MOORE Bobby - England 462 PETERS Martin - England

74 caps

31 caps

437 PORTUGAL

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Peters

Boyce

Redknapp

Bennett

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

Elland Road

1 - 4 (Hurst)

17 December 1969

Att: 30,699

10 November 1969

PAULO ALVES (1998) Born this day Mateus, Vila-Real, Portugal

 

Portuguese international. Member of Portugal's World Youth Cup-winning team against Nigeria in 1989 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Third best Portuguese

league marksman in 1994-95 with 14 goals. His form in helping Maritimo (Funchal) qualify for the UEFA Cup in '95 attracted offers from both the two big

Lisbon clubs. Paulo appeared bound for Benfica but the deal was held up by contractual problems. Eventually, the transfer was declared invalid and he joined Sporting Lisbon instead. Signed for the Hammers on a three-month deal from Sporting, for who he netted at Upton Park in Hammers Centenary match, the

13-times capped 30-year-old made his West Ham bow as a 71st minute substitute in the 2-1 home win against Aston Villa 29th November 1997.

Paulo returned to Portugal after being unable to gain regular first-team place, making just four appearances all as substitute. With Frenchman Samassi Abou being favoured as a replacement for the injured Paul Kitson, it was subsequently agreed by mutual consent that Alves could depart a month ahead of schedule. Clearly frustrated with his lack of opportunities, Paulo complained "I'm always sitting on the bench, and I could be doing that back home in Lisbon rather than in London".

Programme Insert : Team Group

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Billy Bonds and Paul Heffer

Programme Insert :

Alan Stephenson

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Squad

Programme Insert :

John Charles

Programme Insert :

Ron Boyce and Martin Peters/Geoff Hurst

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Alan Stephenson

Everton were the visitors to Upton Park, watched by 26,689 for this Division One game. A goal by Alan Whittle decided the issue for the Toffeemen who could hardly conceal their embarrassment at taking both points when they really didn't deserve any. It was an afternoon of accidents, a substitute on each side being necessary. Frank d'Arcy took Tommy Wright's place for Everton after 55 minutes; a quarter-hour from time Alan Stephenson was stretchered off with a gashed shin, replaced by our substitute Trevor Brooking.

A mid-week visit to Elland Road brought us no joy, and Leeds United went to the top of the table through their 4-1 victory. With Alan Stephenson and Bobby Moore both out of action, Martin Peters took over the no. 5 jersey. He helped to keep the North¬erners at bay for half-an-hour, but then Peter Lorimer scored twice in nine minutes. Alan Clarke (50 mins) and Johnny Giles (72 mins) added further counters before Geoff Hurst netted our "consolation."

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Moore

Boyce

Redknapp

Peters

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

White Hart Lane

2 - 0 (Hurst, Peters)

20 December 1969

Att: 28,375

The Hammers took the short trip to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Not having won away for nine months, the West Ham supporters were delighted when they took a two-goal lead inside the opening 14 minutes. Martin Peters opened the scoring following a lay-off from Geoff Hurst. Two minutes later. Peters returned the compliment with a header to Hurst, who powered in to volley the second. A minute later, Billy Bonds brought down winger Jimmy Pearce but from the resultant penalty, future Hammer Jimmy Greaves fired wide. Spurs fought back in the second half but Bobby Ferguson was in top form to prevent the home side from getting back into the game and West Ham held on for a welcome 2-0 Division One victory.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Moore

Boyce

Redknapp

Hurst

Bennett

Sissons

Peters

The Hawthorns

1 - 3 (Peters)

26 December 1969

Att: 32,246

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Howe

Peters

Boyce

Redknapp

Bennett

Brooking

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Bonds)

27 December 1969

Att: 31,829

Programme Inserts courtesy of John Northcutt

KELLY Paul 69_08_09 Motel v. Newcastle United 69_08_09 Clyde Best v. Newcastle United

Lowly-placed Sheffield Wednesday (eventually to be relegated that season) sustained a 3-0 reverse at Upton Park. It was made worse for them insofar that our second counter (in the 62nd minute) was an "own goal" from Ian Branfoot. Five minutes later Geoff Hurst sealed our success, Harry Redknapp having opened the scoring in the seventh minute. There were 23,487 present.

We were on the wrong end of a 5-2 score at Old Trafford where 58,579 turned up to see Manchester United have the best of a very entertaining game. Clyde Best returned to our line-up, but was outshone by his namesake – George - who netted twice for the Reds; their other goals were scored by Francis Burns, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd. Geoff Hurst netted both ours.

69_08_20 Chelsea v. WHU