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23 September 1971

SIMON CLARKE (1991-1993) Born this day Chelmsford, Essex

 

Clarke never managed to play a full 90 minutes in a West Ham shirt, made his debut for the last 60 seconds against Watford in a Second Division clash at Vicarage Road which resulted in a 1-0 victory on the 12th January 1991. Playing the full second half (in place of Mike Small) at Manchester City in April 1992, his third and final substitute appearance was against Millwall at The Den in November 1992. Simon's substitute appearances were all made away from Upton Park. Simon was not retained for the 1993-94 season and slipped into non-league football with Kettering Town where he was a regular goalscorer.

Coker Ade 05

1971-72 Football League : First Division

71_12_27 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 71_08_14 WHU v. WBA 71_08_18 Derby County v. WHU 71_08_21 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 71_08_23 WHU v. Ipswich Town 71_08_28 WHU v. Everton 71_09_04 Newcastle United v. WHU 71_08_30 WHU v. Coventry City 71_09_08 WHU v. Cardiff City FLC 2 71_09_11 WHU v. Chelsea 71_09_18 Manchester United v. WHU 71_09_22 Cardiff City v. WHU FLC 2R Replay 71_09_25 WHU v. Stoke City 71_10_02 Leeds United v. WHU 71_10_06 WHU v. Leeds United FLC3 71_10_09 WHU v. Leicester City 71_10_16 WBA v. WHU 71_10_20 Leeds United v. WHU FLC 3R Replay 71_10_23 WHU v. Wolverhampton 71_10_27 WHU v. Liverpool FLC4 71_10_30 Crystal Palace v. WHU 71_11_06 WHU v. Sheffield United 71_11_13 Huddersfield Town v. WHU 71_11_17 WHU v. Sheffield United FLC5 71_11_20 WHU v. Manchester City 71_11_27 Liverpool v. WHU 71_12_04 WHU v. Arsenal 71_12_08 Stoke City v. WHU FLC Semi 71_12_11 Southampton v. WHU 71_12_15 WHU v. Stoke City FLC Semi-Final 71_12_18 WHU v. Newcastle United 71_12_27 Tottenham Hotspur v WHU CONTINUE 2

30 October 1971 ON THIS DAY :

ADEWUNMI “Ade” COKER makes his Hammers debut against CRYSTAL PALACE at Selhurst Park

SECOND-HALF

71_08_28 WHU v. Everton 71_09_08 WHU v. Cardiff City FLC 2 71_09_18 Manchester United v. WHU 71_10_06 WHU v. Leeds United FLC 3 71_10_16 West Bromwich Albion v. WHU 71_11_06 WHU v. Sheffield United 71_11_20 WHU v. Manchester City 71_11_27 Liverpool v. WHU 71_12_18 WHU v. Newcastle United

Upton Park

0 - 1

14 August 1971

Att: 27,420

Baseball Ground

0 - 2

18 August 1971

Att: 30,583

City Ground

0 - 1

21 August 1971

Att: 17,185

Upton Park

0 - 0

23 August 1971

Att: 25,714

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Best)

28 August 1971

Att: 26,878

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Best 2, Hurst, Robson)

30 August 1971

Att: 28,176

St James' Park

2 - 2 (Hurst, Robson)

4 September 1971

Att: 31,972

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Bonds)

8 September 1971

Att: 24,420

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Best 2)

11 September 1971

Att: 36,866

Ninian Park

2 - 1 (Hurst 2)

22 September 1971

Att: 30,100

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Best, Moore)

25 September 1971

Att: 29,193

Elland Road

0 - 0

2 October 1971

Att: 30,942

Upton Park

0 - 0

6 October 1971

Att: 35,890

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Hurst)

9 October 1971

Att: 31,060

The Hawthorns

0 - 0

16 October 1971

Att: 20,620

Elland Road

1 - 0 (Best)

20 October 1971

Att: 26,504

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Best)

23 October 1971

Att: 33,883

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hurst, Robson)

27 October 1971

Att: 40,878

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Robson)

6 November 1971

Att: 36,593

Leeds Road

0 - 1

13 November 1971

Att: 14,177

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Robson 3, Best 2)

17 November 1971

Att: 38,834

Upton Park

0 - 2

20 November 1971

Att: 33,694

Anfield

0 - 1

27 November 1971

Att: 43,399

Upton Park

0 - 0

4 December 1971

Att: 35,155

Victoria Ground

2 - 1 (Best, Hurst [pen])

8 December 1971

Att: 36,400

The Dell

3 - 3 (Best, Bonds, Brooking)

11 December 1971

Att: 20,506

Upton Park

0 - 1

15 December 1971

Att: 38,771

Upton Park

0 - 1

18 December 1971

Att: 21,991

White Hart Lane

1- 0 (Best)

27 December 1971

Att: 53,868

Leeds 1971 71_10_30 Crystal Palace v. WHU

Ticket courtesy of Richard Miller

71_08_18 Derby County v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

GREENWOOD Ron Bells manager of the month

Ron Greenwood receives the Bell's Scotch Whisky "Manager of the Month" award for October

Photo: Arthur Wilson

71_11_13 Huddersfield Town v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

71_10_02 WHU v. Leeds United

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

A poor start to the campaign saw the Hammers with no wins and no goals from the opening four games. It was a vast improvement when the next 11 games only yielded one defeat at Manchester United. Clyde Best was the player in form as he scored twice against both Coventry City and Chelsea. Following a 1-1 home draw with Cardiff City in the League Cup, the Hammers won the replay 2-1, with both goals being scored by Geoff Hurst. Leeds United were the next opponents in the League Cup, which saw Clyde Best score the winner in a 1–0 win at Elland Road. Despite losing four league games during November, the League Cup journey progressed with a 2-1 home win over Liverpool and a 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield United, which saw Bryan Robson score a hat-trick. At Southampton in December West Ham were leading 3-0 only to draw 3-3. The League Cup semi-final with Stoke City became a saga played out over four games. The first leg at Stoke was won 2-1, with goals from Best and Hurst. There was drama in the second leg as, with Stoke winning 1-0 with just four minutes left, Hurst stepped up to take a penalty – if he scored the Hammers would be at Wembley.

Unfortunately for the Hammers Gordon Banks made a wonder save and the tie went to a replay at Hillsborough. That game resulted in a 0–0 stalemate, which meant a second replay at Old Trafford. This next tie, for twists, turns, upheavals and sheer football drama, was one of the great cup ties of the 1970s. On 13 minutes goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson went off for lengthy treatment, to be replaced in goal by Bobby Moore. Later Stoke were awarded a penalty, which Moore saved, but the ball rebounded to Mike Bernard who scored for Stoke. The Hammers ten men then rallied, with goals from Bonds and Brooking putting them 2-1 ahead. Ferguson, still concussed, then returned to play in goal, only to concede goals from Dobing and Conroy, which saw Stoke reach the cup final.

After beating Luton Town in the FA Cup the next round brought a trip to non-league Hereford United. It was a tense 0-0 affair; the replay, however, saw Geoff Hurst score a hat-trick as the gallant non-leaguers lost 3-1. Cup hopes were dashed at Huddersfield Town as the Yorkshire side knocked the Hammers out 4-2. After their cup exertions the league form fell away, with the team winning just four of their final 16 fixtures to leave them in a disappointing fourteenth.

2 August 1971

MICHAEL HUGHES (1994-1997) Born this day Larne, Northern Ireland

 

Following an 18-month loan spell which began in December 1994, Hughes finally took full advantage of the Bosman ruling and joined Hammers on a free transfer from French club Racing Club De Strasbourg in July 1995.  Originally the diminutive Ulsterman was on the books of Carrick Rangers as a youth, before crossing the Irish Sea to start his career in England with Manchester City. But after 26 league outings at Maine Road he switched across the Channel to join the French outfit in July 1992 for £500,000. The appointment of a new coach left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over his French future. A chance remark to fellow Northern Ireland international Keith Rowland led to a rest-of-season loan period at Upton Park. Made his Hammers debut against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Roads in a 1-2 defeat on the 4th December 1994. Michael subsequently returned to France where he almost signed for the all-conquering Paris St Germain during the summer break. But the deal fell through and he returned on-loan to West Ham for another season-long spell, after which he  made the move permanent on 4th July 1996 by taking advantage of the Bosman ruling. Scintillating one day, anonymous the next, the enigmatic Irish wide boy infuriatingly blew hot n' cold during his time at West Ham. After being dropped at the start of the 1997-98 campaign, 'Hughesie' severed his association with the Hammers. Joined Wimbledon September 1997, a £1.6m transfer that Joe Kinnear claimed was his best-ever deal.

Manager: Ron Greenwood

6 August 1971

SCOTT MINTO (1999-2003) Born this day Heswall, Cheshire

 

Signed from Portuguese giants Benfica in a  £1 million deal, with the aim of proving a suitable long-term replacement for the soon-to-be-retiring Julian Dicks. However the former Charlton and Chelsea defender endured a miserable start to his Hammers career, that began with a humiliating 4-0 debut defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday 16th January 1999, and when history repeated itself against Arsenal next time out at Upton Park, the crowd wanted "Scottie" beamed back to Portugal. But the attacking defender showed a lot of character to bounce back during the next dozen games to prove he was well worth the million pounds Harry Redknapp paid for him. Ruled out for almost the entire 2000-01 season, he did eventually enjoy a comeback though, making his one and only appearance on the final day of the campaign at Middlesbrough under Glen Roeder’s caretaker reign. Failed to budge Nigel Winterburn from the left back spot and was considered unlucky not to be featured more in the starting line-up the following season. The arrival of Vladimir Labant in 2002 further dented Scott’s first team hopes. But when the Slovakian failed to live-up to his reputation and was loaned back to his formed club Minto was given the chance to show what he could do. Despite not letting the side down when called upon, didn’t manage to see off the challenge of Nigel Winterburn or Rufus Brevett.

6 August 1971

MATTHEW RUSH (1990-1995) Born this day Dalston, London

 

Powerful and pacy wide man who progressed through the Upton Park youth ranks before making his League debut in the Second Division clash against Hull City at Upton Park as a 75th minute substitute for Kevin Keen in the 7-1 thrashing of the Tigers. Showed encouraging signs so-much-so that the Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton put his faith in the strong, pacy right-winger by capping him twice in the European Under-21 Championships. Matthew hit the headlines with two stunning first half goals, both with his head from identical positions against Norwich City in April 1992. Matthews fortunes changed after he was placed on the transfer list in September 1993 and a subsequent loan spell took him to Swansea, West Ham recalled him towards the end of the 1993-94 campaign, scoring on his return. "Rushey" signed for Norwich City the day before the start of the 1995-96 season for £330,000 plus an additional sum after a certain number of appearances for the Canaries. But soon after sustained serious knee ligament damage. After trying to resurrect his career with Oldham Athletic, he sadly retired at aged just 27.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

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DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

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IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

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EVERTON : Football League First Division

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COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

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NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

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CARDIFF CITY : Football League Cup (Second Round)

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1 September 1971

KEITH ROWLAND (1993-1998) Born this day Portadown, Northern Ireland

 

Crossed the Irish Sea as a teenager to play under Harry Redknapp at Bournemouth. Teamed up with his old boss again, along with Paul Mitchell, just a week before the start of the 1993-94 season in a £110,000 move. Rowland's first season in the Premiership was one of contrasting fortunes. Broke into the side early on, making his debut against Wimbledon at Upton Park on the 14th August 1993 in a 1-3 reverse, but he found the campaign punctuated by injuries and, at times, struggled to regain his place. On a positive note, he won his first senior cap for Northern Ireland when appearing as substitute against Latvia in September 1993. Keith could play at right back and in midfield, but he found his opportunities limited by the return of Julian Dicks. Fearing lack of first team soccer would harm his international chances, Rowland asked to go after failing to break into the side at the start of the 95-96 campaign. His request fell on deaf ears, though, and West Ham reportedly turned down a subsequent seven-figure bid from champions Blackburn Rovers. The Northern Ireland international was eventually allowed to join Queens Park Rangers, January 1998 in search of a regular first-team place. Keith was valued at only £200,000 in the same transfer deal that saw Iain Dowie also going to the Loftus Road club with Trevor Sinclair moving the other way.

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

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Each club has taken only six points from their opening seven First Division fixtures, but the attraction of a London "derby" was reflected in the attendance of 36,866. Brian Robson's 13th minute header that bounced downwards off the visitors' bar brought divergencies of opinion from nearby photographers - some said "over the line," others "on the line." Referee Peter Walters was a yard away, and stated afterwards that the ball was only three-quarters over the line, so he waved play on. However, Clyde Best put us in front on the hour after John Phillips had made several good saves, and the Hammers appeared to have no real problems from thence onwards. But those hopes were temporarily dashed as John Hollins netted a '"gift" equaliser with 16 minutes left on the clock - only for the game to turn our way again as Best got his second eight minutes from time. A great game, marred only by the fact that John Ayris had subsequently to spend some days in hospital after sustaining a bruised chest in a collision with an opposing defender.

HUGHES Michael MINTO Scott RUSH Matthew ROWLAND Keith

Old Trafford

2 - 4 (Best, Brooking)

18 September 1971

Att: 52,731

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

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CARDIFF CITY : Football League Cup (Second Round Replay)

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STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

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West Ham triumphed in the replay thanks to goals from a familiar source. City nearly gained a Third Round place, a goal by Brian Clark in the 14th minute keeping them ahead until only nine minutes remained. However, justice (on the balance of play) prevailed: Geoff Hurst took control by scoring twice in three minutes to put the Hammers ahead and ensure the visitors passage into the next round.

CLARKE Simon

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

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JOE DURRELL makes his Hammers debut against STOKE CITY at Upton Park

After a midweek enthralling Cup episode against Cardiff City three days earlier our home game v Stoke City was rather more mundane. Two subsequent press quotes make interesting reading: Alun Rees of the Sunday Tele¬graph: "West Ham have a singular taste for the unexpected. Having taken a deserved lead, they lost it in a moment of passive ludicrousness. then settled the match with a goal of monumentally freakish proportions." Vincent Hanna of the Sunday Times was less complimentary: "For all West Ham's flair, they are brittle in depth, looking something like a string of claret-and-blue washing strung between shaky poles." But the tailpiece came from com¬edian Arthur Askey, who said: "Wasn't it worth coming for ? I didn't see the details of course, my eyes aren't too good; maybe I should be a football writer." The "monumental freak goal" was Bobby Moore's winner, which cannoned off a defender and left goalkeeper Gordon Banks wrong-footed. Gordon had been unsighted for our first goal (scored by Clyde Best), but he had a clear view of another of Clyde's efforts that hit an upright at a speed which would have beaten any 'keeper.

30 September 1971

ANDY IMPEY (1997-1998) Born this day Hammersmith, London

 

Signed from Queens Park Rangers for £1.25m on 26 September 1997. Originally sent back to Rangers during the summer of '97 after a medical revealed an ironically-named ‘Hammers Toe’ condition, before being given the all clear to rejoin West Ham. Left as controversially as he arrived, having made 34 goalless appearances he joined Premiership Leicester City in controversial circumstances for a £1.6m fee on 25 November 1998. Manager Harry Redknapp had intended to select the player for his team to play against Derby County at Pride Park on 22nd November 1998. But with the Foxes' offer having been accepted by the Board of Directors, he was asked by Chief Executive Peter Storrie to withdraw Impey from the travelling squad. "My main concern was trying to win three points," insisted Redknapp, who aired his frustrations on camera before and after the Sky televised game. "I'm disappointed with the way things have been handled, "he complained. Storrie responded by explaining: "Harry and I agreed with the board that we would sell a player by the end of November to balance the books after investing over £3m on five new players in the previous summer. Played 152 games for the Foxes and later played for Nottingham Forest, Millwall (loan) and in September 2005 joined Coventry City on non-contract terms, leaving the club in 2006 and subsequently retiring. In 2015, he joined Queens Park Rangers as an Academy Coach.

IMPEY Andy

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Cup (Third Round)

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LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

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Leicester City snatched a point after Geoff Hurst had netted for the Hammers with only five minutes to go; Graham Cross equalised two minutes afterwards to make the final score 1-1. 31,060 fans turned up to see us maintain our mid-table position; Leicester were pleased with their point — they had taken only seven from the preceding 22.

13 October 1971

 

BOBBY MOORE 90 and GEOFF HURST 46 ENGLAND caps

SWITZERLAND European Championship Qualifier St Jakob Park, Basle 3-2

456 SWITZERLAND

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

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LEEDS UNITED : Football League Cup (Third Round Replay)

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20 October 1971

PAUL MITCHELL (1993-1996) Born this day Bournemouth, Dorset

 

Joined West Ham in the summer of 1993 along with Keith Rowlands from AFC Bournemouth for a fee of £40,000, where they had both previously played under Harry Redknapp. Can play either full-back or midfield. "Mitch" Hammers' career was hampered by injury soon after arriving in East London. Paul made his Premiership debut some eight months later as substitute - six minutes from time in the 1-2 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on the 27 April 1994. Eventually handed a free transfer that enabled him to return to Dean Court. Subsequently moved to Torquay United and later Ilkeston Town.

22 October 1971

ADRIAN WHITBREAD (1994-1995) Born this day Epping, Essex

 

Arrived from newly-relegated Swindon Town in August 1994 for £500,000, just before the start of the season, in part-exchange for the beleaguered Joey Beauchamp valued at £800,000 who was relieved to be heading for the Wiltshire club without even making a competitive appearance for Hammers. For this powerful central defender it was a case of returning to his East London roots. Adrian began his promising career with near-neighbours Leyton Orient, whom he captained at the age of 21 and made 125 League appearances prior to his £500,000 transfer to Swindon Town in July 1993. Made his Hammers debut in the last 21 minutes of the opening home game versus Leeds United in a 1-1 draw on the 20th August 1994, and made his first full appearance in the 2-0 League Cup, second round (second leg) win over Walsall at Upton Park, collecting the sponsor's man-of-the-match award in the process. With central defenders in abundance, however, Adrian found his first team opportunities few and far between. He went to Portsmouth on loan in November 1995 and eventually joined them on a permanent basis in October 1996 for £225,000. Later played for Luton Town, Reading and Exeter City. Went into football management as an assistant first with Barnet, then with Brentford, MK Dons and Leicester City. Whitbread qualified for the UEFA Pro Licence in 2008 and was named Assistant Coach of the Puerto Rico National Team and Puerto Rico Islanders holding both positions. In 2013 he was appointed head coach of Antigua Barracuda FC. In April 2014 and appointed as the Bahrain U23 & Olympic Head Coach. Whitbread re-joined Barnet as a first-team coach in the summer of 2015.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

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LIVERPOOL : Football League Cup (Fourth Round)

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The Liverpool encounter was described as a wonderful cup - tie, although it ended on a note of controversy. The Reds went ahead somewhat against the run of the play in the 31st minute, but Geoff Hurst put the Hammers on equal terms again three minutes from half-time. Liverpool stamped their authority on the exchanges from the re-start, but we kept well in the running and, with six minutes to go, "Pop" Robson made it 2-1. Bill Shankly and others protested in after-match comments that we were fortunate to win; but for once we had gained the edge over the Mersey-siders, and capitalised on the success by progressing to the Final.

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football League First Division

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West Ham made it ten games unbeaten in all competitions with a resounding win in front of over 40,000 fans at Selhurst Park. Clyde Best, Ade Coker and Billy Bonds chipped in with the goals as the Hammers moved up to ninth place in the table. By the end of the season Crystal Palace had avoided relegation by four points whilst West Ham were comfortable in 14th place.

MITCHELL Paul WHITBREAD Adrian

5 November 1971

ROB JONES (1999) Born this day Wrexham, Wales

 

Former England international came to Upton Park on trial after being released by Liverpool at the end of 1998-99. Missed the whole of that season through injury after a knee operation went wrong and was never given a chance by new Reds manager Gerard Houlier to prove himself. Harry Redknapp attempted to sign him before the March deadline but Liverpool refused, only to allow him a free transfer under the 'Bosman' ruling at the end of the season. Rob was given the chance to prove his fitness in pre-season with West Ham and made his debut in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 3rd round against FC Jokerit, a 1-1 draw on the 24th July 1999. After only the one game for the Hammers ge was forced to retire from football after failing to recover from the serious knee injury. The 27-year-old right back had undergone four operations to mend a tendon in his left knee but finally told by surgeons that he can no longer continue in the game.

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

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HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League First Division

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10 November 1971

 

BOBBY MOORE 91 and GEOFF HURST 47 ENGLAND caps

SWITZERLAND European Championship Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 1-1

1971 Switzerland

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Cup (Fifth Round)

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MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

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LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

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A Bryan Robson hat-trick fired Ron Greenwood's West Ham United into the last four of the League Cup, as they eased past Sheffield United on this day in 1971. Robson's haul, in addition to a Clyde Best double, proved plenty to book a semi-final tie against Stoke City.

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

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STOKE CITY : Football League Cup (Semi-Final 1st leg)

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SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

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STOKE CITY : Football League Cup (Semi-Final 2nd leg)

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1 December 1971

 

BOBBY MOORE 92 and GEOFF HURST 48 ENGLAND caps

GREECE European Championship Qualifier Karaiskakis Stadio, Athens 2-0

The visit of Arsenal to the Boleyn Ground  ended in a goalless draw. The opening 30 minutes was a first-rate advertisement for London soccer, the pace from both sides was incredible; the skills and passing accuracy at times were almost unbelieveable, how it ended goalless was a testament to the two goalkeepers.

In the first of what would be four instalments between West Ham and Stoke City in the 1971/71 League Cup semi-final, the Hammers secured a narrow victory. A goal from Clyde Best and a penalty from Geoff Hurst set the visitors on their way to a first leg lead to defend in the second leg at the Boleyn Ground.

Battling Saints fought back to share six goals with West Ham in this thriller at The Dell. Billy Bonds gave the visitors the lead after 12 minutes and Clyde Best doubled their advantage nine minutes later. Trevor Brooking scored West Ham's third goal in the 27th minute but the turning point came shortly afterwards. Tom Jenkins was felled by Tommy Taylor after a mazy run from the halfway line and Jimmy Gabriel clawed a goal back from the resultant penalty. Mick Channon scored Saints' second with a near-post header on 34 minutes after Terry Paine beat Brooking to cross. Channon rounded Bobby Moore to set up Paine's 77th minute equaliser.

 

458 Greece

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

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29 December 1971

NICLAS ALEXANDERSSON (2003) Born this day Halmstad, Sweden

 

An attack-minded midfielder, who also liked to operate as an out an out winger, Alexandersson signed on a one month load deal from Everton on 12 September 2003. Swedish international with 68 full caps to his name. Began his career with home town club Halmstads, before moving  to one of Sweden’s leading clubs, IFK Gothenburg in January 1996. Scoring 13 goals in over 50 appearances from midfield, Premiership Sheffield Wednesday paid £750,000 to bring him to England in May 1997. Niclas was one of the few success stories at Hillsborough over the next few seasons. Unfortunately, it was not enough to prevent the Owls decline and the Yorkshire outfit were relegated in May 2000, sparking intense speculation about his future. That summer he joined Everton for £2 million, where he made over 50 appearances, mainly as a right-sided midfielder or winger. The 31-year-old travelled to Japan and South Korea for the 2002 World Cup Finals, where he scored Sweden’s equalising goal against England as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the opening group game. Alexandersson made his Hammers debut as a 54th minute substitute for Anton Ferdinand against Reading at Upton Park in a 1-0 victory 13 September 2003. Returned to Everton at the end of his one month spell. Later played 124 games and scoring 19 goals for Swedish club IKK Goteborg.

ALEXANDERSSON Niclas

Selhurst Park

3 - 0 (Best, Bonds, Coker)

30 October 1971

Att: 41,540