A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1970-71 Metropolitan League 'A'

The Metropolitan League is now in its twenty-second and final season. Woodford Town joined the league prior to the start of the final season. Clubs who resigned at the end of last season include Wellingborough Town, Stevenage Athletic, Braintree & Crittall Athletic, Oxford United Reserves and Brentwood Town Reserves. The League now has a membership of twelve clubs.

At the end of the season five clubs moved up to the Southern League as it added a new second tier division, splitting the previous Division One into Division One North and Division One South.

BLETCHLEY : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

70_10_10 Bury Town Metro Pro Cup

Manor Field

2 - 2 (Gill, Watson)

15 August 1970

Marsh

Watson

Scales

Aylott

Hook

Lock

Ayris

Sutton

Wallace

Gill

Durrell

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Chadwell Heath

3 - 1 (Wallace 2, Gill)

22 August 1970

Marsh, Watson, Scales, Aylott, Hook, Lock, Barnes, Pointer, Wallace, Gill, Durrell

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Imber Court

0 - 2

29 August 1970

Marsh

Watson

Scales

Aylott

Hook

Sutton

Ayris

Pointer

Coker

Gill

Durrell

 

EPPING TOWN : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Stowards Hill

2 - 3 (Aylott, Gill)

31 August 1970

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Aylott

Lock

Scales

Ayris

Sutton

Coker

Gill

Durrell

BLETCHLEY : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Chadwell Heath

3 - 2 (Gill 2 [2 pens], Ayris)

5 September 1970

Marsh, Watson, Fulton, Marchant, Lock, Aylott, Ayris, Sutton, Coker, Gill, Durrell

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Stonecross

1 - 4 (Aylott)

12 September 1970

Marsh

Scales

Fulton

Aylott

Marchant

Lock

Ayris

Pointer

Coker

Smith M. (Gill)

Durrell

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metroplitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0  (Coker, Gregory)

19 September 1970

Marsh, Marchant, Faulkner, Pointer, Scales, Lock, Taylor A., Sutton (Kinnear), Coker, Gill, Gregory

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Chadwell Heath

2 - 2  (Coker, Wallace)

26 September 1970

Marsh, Marchant, Fulton, Pointer, Scales, Lock, Taylor A., Sutton, Coker, Wallace, Gregory

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

The Eyrie

0 - 2

3 October 1970

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Pointer

Scales

Lock

Taylor A.

Sutton

Coker

Barnes (Yallop)

Gregory

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (First Round)

Kings Road Ground

3 - 2 (Coker, Gill, Wallace)

10 October 1970

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Sutton

Scales

Lock

Gill

Taylor

Coker

Wallace

Gregory

EPPING TOWN : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1  (Coker 2)

17 October 1970

Marsh, Marchant, Watson, Pointer, Scales, Lock, Taylor A., Barnes, Coker, Gill, Gregory

BEDFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Chadwell Heath

5 - 1 (Gill2, Coker, Gregory, [og])

24 October 1970

Marsh, Marchant, Watson, Pointer, Scales, Lock, Barnes, Sutton, Coker (Taylor A.), Gill, Gregory

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Snakes Lane

1 - 1 (Taylor A.)

31 October 1970

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Pointer

Marchant

Lock

Barnes

Taylor A.

Coker (Brown)

Gill

Gregory

BEDFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League Cup (First Round)

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

7 November 1970

Marsh, Howlett (Richardson), Fulton, Yallop, Marchant, Brickell, Aldridge, Taylor A., Brown, Kinnear, French

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

New Writtle Street

2 - 4 (Dear, Kinnear)

14 November 1970

Day

Watson

Fulton

Aylott

Marchant

Kinnear

Brown

Wallace

Dear

Richardson

Gregory

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Gill [pen], Wallace)

21 November 1970

Marsh, Yallop, Fulton, Barnes, Lock, Kinnear, Gill, Taylor A., Coker, Wallace, Gregory

70_11_14 Chelmsford City v. WHU Metro 71_01_30 Bletchley v. WHU Metro League

CRAY WANDERERS : Metropolitan League

Grassmeade

0 - 2

28 November 1970

Marsh

Kinnear

Watson

Heffer (Barnes)

Marchant

Lock

Gill

Sutton

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

5 December 1970

Marsh, Heffer (Yallop), Kinnear, Barnes, Marchant, Lock, Wallace, Taylor A., Coker, Gill, Gregory

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Imber Court

0 - 4

12 December 1970

Marsh

Kinnear

Charles C.

Pointer

Aylott

Scales

Wallace

Sutton

Coker

Gill

Durrell

 

EPPING TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 2

19 December 1970

Day, Yallop, Kinnear (Martin), Keary, Marchant, Lock, Brown, Taylor A., Coker, Gill, Gregory

BEDFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League Cup (First Round Replay)

The Eyrie

1 - 1

9 January 1971

Marsh

Yallop

Fulton

Boyce

Stephenson

Lock

Barnes

Taylor A.

Coker

Gill

Gregory

Gill

 

BEDFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League Cup (First Round Second Replay)

The Eyrie

3 - 5 (Gill, Holland, Sutton)

16 January 1971

Pye

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Gill

Holland

Coker

Sutton

Durrell

 

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kings Road Ground

0 - 2

23 January 1971

Day

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Coker

Sutton

Heffer

Gill

Durrell

BLETCHLEY : Metropolitan League

Manor Fields

0 - 6

30 January 1971

Marsh

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Keary

Gill

Sutton (Kinnear)

Heffer

Wallace

Durrell

BLETCHLEY : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

6 Febraury 1971

Marsh, Watson, Fulton, Heffer (Havicon), Keary, Scales, Pointer, Sutton, Coker, Gill, Durrell

71_03_01 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro

ROMFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Coker)

13 Febraury 1971

Marsh, Watson, Fulton, Barnes, Aldridge (Keary), Lock, Havicon, Sutton, Coker, Wallace, Gill

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Pointer, Wallace)

20 Febraury 1971

Grotier, Charles C., Scales, Aylott, Stephenson, Keary, Pointer, Sutton, Wallace, Havison, Dear

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Stonecross Road

2 - 2 (Gill, Wallace)

27 February 1971

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Aylott

Keary

Scales

Havicon

Pointer

Wallace

Gill

Gregory

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

3 - 1 (Gill, Havicon, Wallace)

1 March 1971

Marsh

Rands

Charles C.

Aylott

Keary

Scales

Havicon

Best

Wallace

Llewelyn

Gill

CHELMSFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League Pro Cup (Semi-Final)

New Writtle Street

0 - 3

6 March 1971

Marsh

Heffer

Fulton

Aylott

Keary

Lock

Barnes

Sutton

Coker

Gill

Gregory

MATCH VOID

71_03_06 Chelmsford City v. WHU Metro Semi

SHEPPEY UNITED : Metropolitan League

Botany Road

2 - 0 (Barnes, Rands)

9 March 1971

Watson

Rands

Fulton

Aylott

Keary

Scales

Barnes

Wallace

Dear

Sutton

Gill

71_04_07 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro Final

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

1 - 2 (Gill)

13 March 1971

Marsh, Rands, Watson, Lock, Keary, Scales, Barnes, Sutton, Wallace, Gill, Gregory

ROMFORD RESERVES

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Lock)

20 March 1971

Marsh, Watson, Fulton, Barnes, Keary, Lock, Taylor A., Sutton, Gill, Durrell, Gregory

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

27 March 1971

Marsh, Watson, Fulton, Barnes, Marchant, Lock, Brown, Taylor A., Coker, Gregory, Durrell

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Pro Cup (Final 1st leg)

The Eyrie

1 - 2 (Durrell)

7 April 1971

Grotier

Watson

Scales

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Ayris

Sutton

Wallace

Gill

Durrell

EPPING TOWN : Metropolitan League

Stowards Hill

1 - 4 (Gill[ [pen])

12 April 1971

Day

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Pointer

Sutton

Coker

Gill

Durrell

71_04_07 Bedford Town v. WHU Metro Final Cover 71_04_28 WHU v. Bedford Town Metro Final

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League Pro Cup (Final 2nd leg)

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Gill)

28 April 1971

SHEPPEY UNITED : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 2 (Ayris, Taylor)

1 May 1971

Marsh, Watson, Fulton, Brown, Marchant, Kinnear, Ayris, Taylor A., Coker, Gregory, Durrell

CRAY WANDERERS : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

5 May 1971

Manager: John Lyall

70_08_31 Epping v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

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No programmes issued for West Ham's Home League games at Chadwell Heath

'A' TEAM DISBANDED

The disbanding of the "A" Team coupled with our withdrawal from the Metropolitan League was a possibility which has been discussed in the past and has been deferred for various reasons; but it was finally agreed upon as the most effective and certain "saving" of expenditure by reducing our playing-staff.

We joined the Metropolitan League in 1952-53, and overall it has helped in developing players from junior to senior soccer, as well as providing regular fixtures for our younger professionals. But the obvious problems which arise when a club is called upon to field five teams each Saturday become most apparent when we had a lengthy injury-list and the strength of line-ups progressively weakened.

In conveying the decision we expressed our thanks to the clubs and officials of the Metropolitan League, and although these were reciprocated they in their turn accepted that it further weakened their strength. In fact, the departure of other clubs from membership eventually led to amalgamation with the Greater London League - so we wish this new competition every success.

The releasing of younger professionals from "A" Team duty should mean a raising in the standard of play of our Youth Teams in the South East Counties League, and we hope that we shall find ourselves placed much higher in both Divisions of a strong tournament for the Under-18's.

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Continuing in their group of the Autumn Shield competition, our "A" Team met Hatfield Town at Chadwell Heath. A side containing several apprentices comfortably disposed of the Hertfordshire club, who were two goals down at half-time, both netted by Ken Wallace. The visitors rallied to reduce the arrears, but a further tally by Stephen Gill settled the issue five minutes from time. This made our record three points from two games.

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The Hammers got little satisfaction out of the "A" Team matches in the Autumn Shield group, losing by 0-2 to Metropolitan Police at Imber Court. The Police got a goal in each half to gain their points.

The Essex club were much the better side in the first half in this engagement, being two up at the interval; we fought back after the resumption, but in the end the Town earned their points.

 

Three points from four games has not been too good a start for our young side in this competition, but we shall be hoping for a better result this afternoon when we meet Bletchley at Chadwell Heath.

Eight of the players available for this season's senior youth competitions were in the "A" Team line-up against Blctchlcy at Chadwell Heath. In the opening half of this Autumn Shield group match a penally converted by Stephen Gill gave us an interval lead. John Ayris made it 2-0 but the visitors reduced this margin almost immediately. Then Gill again scored from the spot — only for Bictchley to net once more. However there was no further scoring, and we gained a deserved win by the odd uoal in live.

 

 

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We continued with the Autumn Shield journey when we travelled to The Eyrie to play Bedford Town Reserves. In the first half we struggled against a strong wind, and although Ade Coker hit the bar with a header in the opening minute we found ourselves two goals in arrears at the interval. In the second half we were unlucky not to score through a number of chance. This 2-0 defeat means that we shall certainly not qualify for the play-offs.

The Hammers made a runaway start in the First Round tie of the Professional Cup at Bury St. Edmunds, being three up at the interval. The Town club buckled down to their difficult task in the second half and scored twice, but our young side held on very well to eam a 3-2 victory against an experienced XI.

Epping Town were surprised to lose their unbeaten record when they visited Chadwell Heath, as until then they had taken twelve points from eight games. They fought back to reduce a two-goal deficit, but ended on the wrong end of a 2-1 score after Ade Coker had netted once each side of the interval. Our youngsters were well pleased with a useful win.

After giving away an early goal against Bedford Town Reserves at Chadwell Heath, we equalised when the opposing left winger scored an own goal from 25 yards ! Adc Coker netted before half-time to put us in the lead, and after the interval Stephen Gill (twice) and Paul Gregory added further goals to bring a comfortable victory in a good game.

 

Victories in their two concluding Autumn Shield group matches has made our "A" Team's overall record up to ten points from the same number of games. We eventually ended in third place in our six-team group of the Autumn Shield preliminaries.

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Our "A" Team resumed its schedule in the League tourney of the Metropolitan League with a visit to Woodford Town. It was not a very good match, and proved somewhat disappointing before the finish. Alan Taylor ended a good move a quarter-of-an-hour after the start, hitting a good shot as he brought the ball forward from around 25 yards out. The Town responded with an equaliser and with no scoring in the second half, the game ended 1-1.

Like our other sides, the "A"' Team's line-up was far from the usual composition. It included four amateurs from our Youth Section and the oldest player in the side was 17 years old. Although Bedford Town Reserves netted several "offside" goals none counted, and to gain a goalless draw against an experienced side was a very useful performance; it gives us the chance to qualify for the Second Round of the League Cup if we win the replay.

As Chelmsford City were without a Southern League game on November 14, they took the opportunity to include a quartet of First Team regulars against us in a Metropolitan League match on their ground. In the circumstances we did well to be twice in the lead and hold a 2-1 margin at half-time, but experience told in the second-hall' and our "A" Team went under by 2-4. Brian Dear had a try-out in this game following a spell oil after injury, and he netted one of the goals; Chris Kinnear got the Hammers' other counter.

We did much better in a home game against Hatfield Town, although the Hertfordshire club held us scoreless at half-time. However, we mastered the difficult conditions after the interval and goals by Ken Wallace and Stephen Gill (from a penalty) turned it into 2-0.

Against Cray Wanderers at the "Grasmeade" Ground our "A" Team had a very hard fixture. Paul Heffer had a try-out after his recent knee injury but had to be substituted after half-an-hour when he had a recurrence of the trouble. John Watson was unlucky with two good shots which went close, but the home side gained the spoils with two goals in the last fifteen minutes.

The troublesome injury which has been bothering Paul Heffer recurred again last Saturday when he played against Woodford Town at Chadwell Heath; it cropped up about ten minutes after the kick-off, and although he persevered until about ten minutes after the interval, we had to pull him out of the game. The effort of playing "a man short" had taken some of the steam out of our side, and the visitors eventually got a goal and held that margin to take the spoils. We now have five points from six games.

Our "A" Team never really got under way against Metropolitan Police at Imber Court on December 12, and two goals each side of the interval brought a 0-4 defeat. It was a low standard performance by the Hammers, and the report is necessarily brief.

 

At half-time in last Saturday's home game we were a goal down and called upon to replace Chris Kinnear as the latter had twisted his ankle; but it could have been a happier story if we had not missed some vital chances before the break. The second half told much the same tale, as two good efforts by Stephen Gill were cleared from the line — and then Epping Town got another goal to annex the points.

After a couple of blank Saturdays the "A" Team resumed its schedule with a visit to Bedford Town Res. for a First Round replay in the League Challenge Cup last week. It turned out to be a lengthy duel, for after a goalless 90 minutes the game went to extra time. Bedford scored and we equalised within minutes of the start of the additional period, but with no further goals arriving we have to meet yet again this afternoon !

We met Bedford Town Reserves for the third time in the Challenge Cup on January 16, previous away-and-home encounters having ended in drawn games. It was a ding-dong tussle up to the interval on this occasion; Bedford opened the scoring, we went ahead by 2-1, and then the Eagles equalised on the stroke of half-time. After the resumption, the homesters netted three, and a late reply made the final count 3-5 against us.

Ground conditions for our visit to Bury Town on January 23 were better than expected, and the spectators enjoyed good entertainment. We conceded a penalty at the end of an hour to go one down, and another goal ensured the Suffolk club of the points. Our team consisted entirely of Youth Section players with the exception of Paul Heffer who was having a run-out after injury; he came through satisfactorily.

The only real consolation that we got from last Saturday's League game at Bletchley was that Alan Stcphensoii made another appearance in our lineup as a step towards full fitness. The score-line showed the homesters scoring six goals without reply on a day when they played extremely well.

After our 0 6 reverse at Bletchley on the previous Saturday we did much better in the return game at Chadwell Heath on Feb. 6. This time the margin against the Hammers was a solitary goal, but had they taken the opportunities to convert some of Joe Durrell's excellent centres our youngsters could have picked up the poinls.

Another unhappy feature of the afternoon was that Paul Hetfer's leg injury again proved troublesome, and he had to be substituted 20 minutes from time. We wish Paul better luck and a return to complete fitness.

After failing to score in three successive games our third string got a single counter against Romford Reserves in a League game at Chadwell Heath. It was sufficient to gain full spoils, as the visitors were comfortably held by our defence. The first half had been goalless, and when we missed a penalty it appeared that we were destined for another blank day. especially as chances had been frittered away. However Ade Coker finally found the net to raise our spirits. Peter Keary came on as half-time substitute, and showed he is recovering from the injury which had kept him out for most of the season.

The Metropolitan Police side has a leavening of experienced ex-professionals in its line-up and is a hard side to beat. However, they met their match last Saturday when a strong-looking Hammers' XI scored a goal in each half to win by 2-0. It was quite an interesting game, but overall we were generally on top to be convincing winners.

After an even first half our "A" team changed over at one-each against Hatfield Town at Stonecross Road. A further goal gave the Hammers a second-half lead, but with four minutes to go we conceded a simple goal and the homesters were able to snatch a point.

We had a strong side of youngsters out for the visit to Bedford on Monday, but the Southern Leaguers included some of their seniors in what was for them a Reserve Team engagement. The Hammers thus did very well to win by 3-1.

Dismissal from the Pro Cup at Chelmsford on March 6 has ended the majority of our interest in the Metropolitan League, as we have no more cup ties and are not in a position to gain honours in the league tourney.

 

Our "A" Team did far better than the 0-3 score indicated when losing to Chelmsford Res. In the first place the Essex club fielded nine of their First Team which is at present challenging for Southern League honours, their fixture that day being postponed; and secondly, the tally was only 0-1 in their favour until three minutes from time.

Having received an injury on the previous Saturday against Chelmsford Res., Paul Marsh was not fit enough to play in goal against Sheppey United on March 9 at Botany Road. At short notice John Watson became our hist line of defence, and after an uneasy start settled down excellently.

We opened the scoring in the first half when Ken Wallace moved down the left wing and centred from the bye-line to Barry Barnes who netted with a first-time shot. After the interval we ensured the points when Len Rands moved upfield to score with a solo effort from just inside the penalty-area.

We entertained Bury Town at Chadwell Heath, the visitors took an early lead, and we had to wait until ten minutes before the interval to equalise through Stephen Gill, who won the ball in a tackle as Bury were bringing the ball out of defence. However, ten minutes after the restart we conceded a free-kick and from it the visitors scored to take both points.

 

The announcement that Bletchley, Bury Town, Metropolitan Police and Woodford Town are to join the Southern League next season will considerably deplete the present ranks of the Metropolitan League. It is also likely that we shall be leaving the competition, as we expect to disband our "A" Team this year.

A Barry Barnes free - kick was headed in by Kevin Lock to put us one uo at the interval against Romford Reserves at our Chadwell Heath Ground on March 20. The visitors equalised during the second half to earn a deserved draw on a heavy ground that cut up towards the end.

 

The line-up at Chadwell Heath consisted entirely of players from our Youth Section. They had the better of the exchanges for most of the game against a side containing experienced players, and could have ended in front. However, Bedford Town Res. took one of the few chances offered to them, this second-half goal being the only score.

We had an unexpected fixture, this being the first leg of the Final of the League Professional Cup v Bedford Town Reserves at The Eyrie. We were eliminated in the Semi-Final of this competition by Chelmsford City Reserves, but it was subsequently discovered that the Essex club had fielded an ineligible player; they were therefore disqualified, and we got a " free" passage to the Final.

 

The first leg took place on the Wednesday before Easter. After a goalless first half, we took the lead when Joe Durrell charged down a clearance, went past an opponent and scored from an angle. However, the Eagles fought back, and scored twice to gain a margin for the second leg.

Incidentally, these two games will bring our total of meetings with Bedford this season to nine; there were two each in the League and Autumn Shield and three in the League Cup (due to a couple of replays).

There was only one match over last week-end, a visit to Eppjng Town on Easter Monday. The Essex club were leading the league prior to our visit, and consolidated this with a convincing 4-1 victory, although we missed a number of chances of making the margin closer. Stephen Gill netted a penalty in the second half to bring his total to 15 in Metropolitan League matches this season.

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Keary

Scales

Ayris

Sutton

Coker

Gill

Durrell

Pye, Yallop, Kinnear, Keary, Rands, Aylott, Brown, Smith M., Paris T., Scales, Oates

1970-71 Metro