A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 69_08_02 Dagenham v. WHU

1969-70 Friendlies

Our Youth Team's close-season tour of Switzerland and Italy commenced with a partial success, but ended in overall disappointment as far as results were concerned.An opportunity to repeat last year's victory in the Martini Whitsun Tournament in Geneva was snatched from our grasp, and we were subsequently eliminated in the preliminaries of the Umberto Caligaris competition of which we reached the Final in 1969. To these setbacks was added an injury in an exhibition match that resulted in Peter Keary being flown home with a broken right leg for treatment at London Hospital.

IN GENEVA

The Hammers' party left London on Friday 15th May, and in addition to the 16 players the group included Wally St Pier, Ernie Gregory, John Lyall and Rob Jenkins. After settling in at a motel some eight miles from the ground on the outskirts of Geneva they prepared for the opening day of "Martini" on the Saturday. A convincing 4-1 victory over the Grasshopper Club of Switzerland gave the Hammers a good start, the strictly defensive-minded MTK Budapest tearn then got away with a goalless draw after heavy pressure in our second 20-minutes-each-way game, but we were in the happy position of only needing a draw from the tie v Standard Liege to finish at the head of our group. Sunday morning's meeting with the Belgians served to establish us as odds-on favourites with the local fans, for the margin could easily have been larger than 2-0. The Final against Sabadell of Spain turned out a complete anti-climax, and the closing stages were difficult to follow due to the pitch being " invaded" by fans watching the taking of a series of penalty-kicks that were to decide the winners.

 There would not have been any necessity for this unsatisfactory "play off" had events taken the apparently destined course in the 30-minutes-each-way Final. The Spaniards' spoiling tactics caused a lot of unpleasantness, and after a name-taking the referee ordered off one of their players on the stroke of half-time. The Hammers kept up the pressure against a packed defence, and with ten minutes to go were awarded a bitterly-disputed penalty-kick that held up play whilst Spanish supporters and officials were cleared from the pitch after one had assaulted the referee. The penalty was well-placed, but the Sabadell 'keeper capped a brilliant performance by saving it, and the game went to extra-time. Even after a further 15 minutes it was still nil-nil and there was no alternative but to take the " best of five " penalty-kicks in turn, with the fans literally " breathing down the necks " of the players. With the score- at 4-3 (including a miss by each side) and one penalty to go, Stephen Aylott kept our hopes alive by levelling the tally. This meant a further quintet apiece, but on the second time around we found ourselves 3-1 down with one to take and that was it!

MARGATE : Public Practice Match

 

70_02_02 WHU v. Slovan Bratislava 69_07_26 Margate v. WHU Friendly

FC COLOGNE

BARNET

 

KARLSRUHE

69_08_00 Bromley v. WHU Friendly

BAYERN MUNICH

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

Hauptkampfbahn Stadion

1 - 4 [og]

29 July 1969

Underhill

2 - 2

29 July 1969

Wildparkstadion

4 - 0 (Bennett 2, Lindsay, Sissons)

1 August 1969

Grunwalder Stadion

0 - 0

2 August 1969

DAGENHAM

Victoria Road:

1 - 1

2 August 1969

BROMLEY

Hayes Lane

? - ?

2 August 1969

ENFIELD

69_08_05 Enfield v. WHU Friendly

Southbury Road

3 - 1 (Cross 2, Llewelyn)

5 August 1969

HARWICH and PARKESTON Select XI : Eric Armstrong Testimonial

Royal Oak

5 - 1 (Wallace 3, Carr, Gill)

7 October 1969

Hartsdown Park

0 - 1

26 July 1969

The First Team's pre-season tour of West Germany ended on a happier note after a disappointing start, for after being well-beaten in the opening game the Hammers recorded an excellent victory and a well-merited draw in the other two fixtures.

In addition to 16 players, the officials in the party were: W. F. Cearns (Director), Ron Greenwood, Rob Jenkins and Albert Walker. Apart from a brief downpour on the last of the eight days there was no rain, and at times the party would have almost welcomed a cooling shower! The heat brought physical complications, but fortunately it cooled a little before the first game and as we became acclimatised conditions were made easier.

Departing on the afternoon of July 27, we flew direct to Cologne and stayed at a hotel near the Cathedral. FC Cologne were West German Cup winners in 1967-68 and placed mid-way in last season's Bundesliga (First Division). One of the strongest sides we have met in recent tours, they were skippered by the brilliant World Cup player Wolfgang Overath. Cologne had much the better of the second half to win 4-1, but we were a little unfortunate to be in arrears at the interval. The attendance was 15,000 - the highest at the many pre-season German-British friendlies.

BARNET

69_11_22 Barnet v. WHU Friendly

Underhill

2 - 2 (Cross, Lay)

22 November 1969

SLOVAN BRATISLAVA (Czechoslovakia) : International Club Friendly

70_02_02 WHU v. Slovan Bratislava

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Best)

2 February 1970

Att: 22,900

Grotier

Bonds

Howe

Peters

Stephenson

Moore

Brooking

Lindsay

Eustace

Hurst

IPSWICH TOWN : Bill Baxter Testimonial

70_04_06 Ipswich Town v. WHU Baxter Test

Portman Road

1 - 2 (Llewellyn)

6 April 1970

BRENTWOOD TOWN : Dai Jones & Billy Dunbar Testimonial

70_04_08 Brentwood Town v. WHU Jones Dunbar Test 70_04_15 Reading v. WHU Spiers Test 70_04_17 Romford v. WHU Gibbs Tapping Test 70_05_04 Bexley United v. WHU McDonalds Test

The Hive

0 - 2

8 April 1970

READING : Dick Spiers Testimonial

Elm Park

3 - 3 (Bonds,Brooking, Greaves)

15 April 1970

ROMFORD : Derek Gibbs / Terry Tapping Testimonial

BEXLEY UNITED : Alan McDonald Testimonial

Ferguson (Grotier), Bonds, Charles J. (Lampard), Boyce, Stephenson, Moore, Redknapp, Lindsay (Howe), Hurst, Sissons, Peters

We flew to Stuttgart on the following morning, travelling 40 miles to Karlsruhe by coach. Three days accomodation was at a motel five miles from the city centre, and training-sessions were held on the ground of a local club - FSV Allemannia Ruppurr - against a background of the Black Forest. Karlsruhe, relegated from the First Division two years ago, were an easier proposition, but our overall performance was much livelier and the 8,000 attendance was well-pleased with a sporting game in which we netted twice in each half and kept our goal intact despite a harsh penalty award.

We ran into travel complications on the Saturday. Departing from our motel at 8.15 a.m. we faced a 200-mile rail journey to Munich, followed by a 35-mile coach-ride. Unfortunately there were delays on the line, and the train arrived in Munich nearly an hour late. This meant a delayed lunch and arrival at Bad Weisse in Bavaria only an hour before the game. However, the Hammers did tremendously well, and the goalless draw against Bayern Munich was really the best of the three results. Bayern were dual League and Cup winners last season, and in the circumstances the odds were in their favour. But our defence had a great time, and a little more fortune up front might well have snatched victory. The 9,000 attendance was certainly well pleased, and the game was very sportingly played against a wonderful background of mountains and lakes.

Grotier

Howe

Lampard

Peters (Hurst)

Stephenson

Moore

Redknapp

Lindsay

Bennett

Brooking

Sissons

Ferguson, Bonds, Charles J., Peters (Howe), Stephenson, Moore, Redknapp, Boyce, Bennett, Hurst, Sissons (Lindsay)

DINAMO ZAGREB (Yugoslavia)

 

 

 

 

AS CASALE (Italy)

GRASSHOPPERS (Switzerland) : Qualifying Match

16 May 1970

4 - 1

Death, McDowell, Charles C., Aylott, Keary, Holland, Ayris, Pointer, Wallace, Gill, Durrell

16 May 1970

0 - 0

Death, McDowell, Charles C., Aylott, Keary, Holland, Ayris, Pointer, Wallace, Gill, Durrell

17 May 1970

2 - 0

Death, McDowell, Charles C., Aylott, Keary, Holland, Ayris, Pointer, Wallace, Gill, Durrell

17 May 1970

0 - 0

Death, McDowell, Charles C., Aylott, Keary, Holland, Ayris, Pointer, Wallace, Gill, Durrell

P.R.O. VERCELLI (Italy) : International Friendly

Casale Monferrato

0 - 0

20 May 1970

Death, McDowell (Charles C.), Watson, Aylott (Keary), Scales, Sutton, Ayris (Durrell), Holland (Pointer), Wallace, Gill, Llewelyn

Casale Monferrato

0 - 1

23 May 1970

Casale Monferrato

4 - 0 (Wallace 2, Holland, McDowell)

26 May 1970

Death, McDowell, Charles C., Aylott, Scales, Holland, Ayris, Pointer, Wallace, Llewelyn (Durrell), Gill

Death, McDowell, Charles C., Pointer, Scales, Holland, Ayris, Sutton, Wallace, Llewelyn, Durrell

Brooklands Sports Ground

1 - 2

17 April 1970

Grotier

Bonds

Lampard

Miller

Bennett

Howe

Holland

Eustace

Brooking

Greaves

Sissons

 

Subs: Aylott, Keary and Lindsay were used  

Grotier

Bonds

Lampard

Cushley

Stephenson

Moore

Holland

Lindsay

Llewellyn

Hurst

Sissons

(Subs: came on Brooking, Pointer, Charles)

Sorry don't know who they replaced?

Earle

Charles C.

Lampard

Heffer

Cushley

Eustace

Redknapp

Lindsay

Llewellyn

Brooking

Durrell

 

SLUG Programme

Martini Whitsun Tournament - Geneva

16 - 17 May 1970

SLUG Programme

14th Umberto Caligaris Tournament

23 - 30 May 1970

69_07_29 Barnet v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

SLUG Programme

Tour to West Germany

27 July - 2 August 1969

69_08_01 Karlsruhe v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Park View Road

? - ?

4 May 1970

The first of our group qualifying matches was against Dinamo Zagreb of Yugoslavia, who had already beaten AS Casale by 2-0. However, we started well enough and despite Hitting the woodwork appeared to have matters in hand; but a break-away by the Yugoslavs and an unfortunate miss-kick ended with them taking the lead, and they then “closed up the shutters” to ensure their place in the Semi-Finals as group leaders.

This made the match against Casale a mere formality; the Hammers netted four without reply and the opposing ‘keeper earned the “man of the match” award, but it was poor consolation for elimination.

 

Death

Glozier

Knowles

Sutton

Morgan

Miller

Llewelyn

Holland (Pointer)

Best

Cross

Lay

69_10_07 Harwich Parkeston - Armstrong Test

Image courtesy of Mark Waight

Season 1969-70 1968-69 Friendlies 1970-71 Friendlies

STANDARD LIEGE (Belgium) : Qualifying Match

MTK BUDAPEST (Hungary) : Qualifying Match

SABADELL (Spain) : Final

Death

Heffer

Lampard

Glozier

Morgan

Miller

Humphreys

Holland

Best

Cross

Llewelyn

After a spell of relaxation on Lac Leman the Hammers flew off to Italy on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th May. Two days later they played a friendly match v P.R.O. Vercelli - not far from their headquarters at Castle Monferrato near Milan. It was an easy run-out, the Italian club being very satisfied with a goalless draw. But it was tragedy for Peter Keary, who went on as "sub" after the interval and broke his leg five minutes later.

70_05_23 Umberto Caligaris Tournament

Image courtesy of Mark Waight

West Ham menu 1

Menu from the Bayern Munich after match function courtesy of Greg Upton

Lineup unknown

Margate:

Auger (Clifton), Yorath, Flanagan, Smith, Swain, Rutley (Houston), Denton, Cochrane, Ray, Harrison (Ellam), Griffiths