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)

15th 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)

22nd August 1970

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

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Imber Court

0 - 2

29th 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)

31st 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)

5th September 1970

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

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League Autumn Shield

Stonecross

1 - 4 (Aylott)

12th 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)

19th 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)

26th 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

3rd 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)

10th 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)

17th 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)

24th 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.)

31st 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

7th 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)

14th November 1970

Day

Watson

Fulton

Aylott

Marchant

Kinnear

Brown

Wallace

Dear

Richardson

Gregory

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Gill [pen], Wallace)

21st 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

Chelsfield Road

0 - 2

28th November 1970

Marsh

Kinnear

Watson

Heffer (Barnes)

Marchant

Lock

Gill

Sutton

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

WOODFORD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

5th December 1970

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

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Imber Court

0 - 4

12th December 1970

Marsh

Kinnear

Charles C.

Pointer

Aylott

Scales

Wallace

Sutton

Coker

Gill

Durrell

 

EPPING TOWN : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 2

19th 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

9th 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)

16th January 1971

Pye

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Gill

Holland

Coker

Sutton

Durrell

 

BURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kings Road Ground

0 - 2

23rd January 1971

Day

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Coker

Sutton

Heffer

Gill

Durrell

BLETCHLEY : Metropolitan League

Manor Fields

0 - 6

30th January 1971

Marsh

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Keary

Gill

Sutton (Kinnear)

Heffer

Wallace

Durrell

BLETCHLEY : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

6th 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)

13th Febraury 1971

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

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Pointer, Wallace)

20th Febraury 1971

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

HATFIELD TOWN : Metropolitan League

Stonecross

2 - 2 (Gill, Wallace)

27th 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)

1st March 1971

Marsh

Rands

Charles C.

Aylott

Keary

Scales

Havicon

Best

Wallace

Llewelyn

Gill

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

New Writtle Street

0 - 3

6th 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)

9th 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)

13th March 1971

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

ROMFORD RESERVES

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Lock)

20th March 1971

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

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

27th March 1971

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

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

The Eyrie

1 - 2 (Durrell)

7th April 1971

Grotier

Watson

Scales

Barnes

Keary

Lock

Ayris

Sutton

Wallace

Gill

Durrell

EPPING TOWN : Metropolitan League

Stowards Hill

1 - 4 (Gill[ [pen])

12th March 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 Professional Cup (Final 2nd leg)

Upton Park

1 - 2

28th April 1971

SHEPPEY UNITED : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

2 - 2 (Ayris, Taylor)

1st May 1971

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

CRAY WANDERERS : Metropolitan League

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

5th May 1971

Manager: John Lyall

70_08_31 Epping v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

1969-70 Metro Season 1970-71

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.