A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1971-72 Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE ATHLETIC: Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

County Ground

2 - 5 (Howe, Pointer)

1 January 1972

Marsh

Heffer

Charles C.

Eustace

Lock

Howe

Ayris

Pointer

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

8 January 1972

Ninian Park

2 - 1 (Holland, Wallace)

12 January 1972

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Eustace

Heffer

Barnes

Holland

Pointer

Wallace

Llewelyn (Marchant)

Durrell

Ashton Gate

1 - 2 (Wallace)

22 January 1972

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Heffer

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Wallace

Pointer

Durrell

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Llewelyn 2, Wallace 2)

29 January 1972

Marsh

Heffer

Watson

Eustace

Stephenson

Lock

Ayris

Holland (Barnes)

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Coker, Llewelyn)

21 February 1972

Marsh

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Pointer

Holland

Coker

Llewelyn

Gregory

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Llewelyn 2)

26 February 1972

Marsh

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Pointer

Holland

Coker

Llewelyn

Gregory

Highbury

0 - 0

4 March 1972

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Pointer

Holland

Wallace

Eustace

Durrell

Loftus Road

1 - 1 (Holland)

7 March 1972

Grotier

Watson

Llewelyn (Barnes)

Eustace

Stephenson

Lock

Holland

Pointer

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 1

11 March 1972

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Heffer

Holland

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Filbert Street

0 - 0

1 March 1972    (Programme dated 11 March 1972)

Grotier

Heffer (Taylor A.)

Charles C.

Watson

Stephenson

Lock

Barnes

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Boyce, Durrell, Wallace)

25 March 1972

Grotier

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Stephenson

Lock

Redknapp

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Elm Park

1 - 1 (Llewelyn)

29 March 1972

Day

Llewelyn

Fulton

Barnes

Lock

Boyce

Ayris

Taylor A.

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Durrell)

10 April 1972

Day

Llewelyn

Fulton

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Coker

Wallace (Taylor A.)

Durrell

Manor Road

2 - 1 (Ayris, [og])

12 April 1972

Ferguson

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Llewelyn [pen])

17 April 1972

 

Day

Watson

Llewelyn

Barnes

Batchelor

Lock

Ayris

Taylor A.

Coker

Durrell

Gregory

Selhurst Park

0 - 0

22 April 1972

Grotier

Heffer

Watson

Barnes

Stephenson

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Llewelyn

Taylor A.

Gregory

Dean Court

0 - 0

25 April 1972  (Programme dated 5 April 1972)

Grotier

Heffer

Watson

Barnes

Eustace

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Llewelyn

Taylor A.

Gregory

The Dell

1 - 3 (Holland)

29 April 1972

Grotier

Heffer

Watson

Barnes

Lock

Eustace

Ayris

Holland

Llewelyn

Taylor A.

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Llewelyn)

2 May 1972

Day

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Batchelor

Kinnear

Ayris

Heffer

Llewelyn

Taylor

Gregory

Oates

1970-71 Reserves 1972-73 Reserves Season 1971-72

MATCH POSTPONED

Poor Pitch Conditions : rearranged for 2 May 1972

Our Reserves sustained their third successive Combination defeat when they lost their away match to Swindon Town Res. on New Year's Day. The Hammers began well enough, but later found themselves facing an avalanche of goals, being powerless to prevent the Wiltshire club hitting the net on five occasions. We got two " consolations," but the final count of 2-5 against us made it an unhappy afternoon.

 

72_01_01 Swindon Town v. WHU Reserves 72_01_08 WHU v. Norwich City Reserves Post 72_01_12 Cardiff City v. WHU Reserves

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72_01_29 WHU v. Ipswich Town Reserves 72_02_21 WHU v. Fulham Reserves 72_02_26 WHU v. Crystal Palace Reserves 72_03_04 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 72_03_07 QPR v. WHU Reserves 72_03_11 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Reserves 72_03_18 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 72_03_25 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves 72_03_29 Reading v. WHU Reserves 72_04_10 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves 72_04_12 Oxford United v. WHU Reseves 72_04_17 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 72_04_22 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 72_04_25 Bournemouth v. WHU Reserves 72_04_29 Southampton v. WHU Reserves 72_05_02 WHUv. Norwich City Reserves

After a run of four successive defeats our Reserves collected a couple of useful points at Ninian Park against Cardiff City.

A goal down at half- time, we equalised when Joe Durrell centred for Ken Wallace to head home. Durrell also had a big share in the winning goal, for he beat two men before going to the bye-line to lay on the pass from which Pat Holland made it 2-1. It was a good win, especially in that we had to make tactical switches when Dave Llewelyn went off with an ankle injury

In the early stages of the game against Bristol Rovers at Ashton Gate the Hammers looked by far the better side; a centre from Pat Holland which was headed on by Barry Barnes for Ken Wallace to head into the net brought a merited lead, and we had hopes of a successful afternoon. However, a pre-interval equaliser put the home side back into the game, and the City were sufficiently enthusiastic to get another after the resumption to secure the points with a 2-1 win.

The Hammers second-string showed much better form against second-in-the-table Ipswich Town at Upton Park, and built up a three-goal lead by half-time. Dave Llewelyn ran well to cross the ball for Ken Wallace to open the scoring, and then himself headed home a pass from John Ayris for the second. Llewelyn got another before the inerval, but although the Town reduced the margin after the resumption Wallace heded his second to make it 4-1. Ipswich got a late one to leave it 4-2 at the end.

Although conditions underfoot were bad at Upton Park, we succeeded in play ing-off our deferred match against Fulham Reserves. It took the Hammers until late in the second half to score the two goals which brought victory, Ade Coker getting the first and Dave Llewelyn the second. However, we were comfortable winners, and in general played very well.

 

We entertained Crystal Palace when the Glaziers visited Upton Park for Combination match. Like their seniors the Reserves also succeeded in collecting a point, the final score being 2-2. At one time the Palace led by 2-0, but Dave Llewelyn got a goal each side of the interval to level it up.

Our Reserves put on a useful performance at Highbury forcing a goalless draw against Arsemal Reserves in an interesting game. Both teams had their opportunities to score, but overall the score reflected a fair result in which defences dominated most of the exchanges during a dour tussle.

The Reserves earned another away point by securing a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers Reserves at Loftus Road. Conditions of both weather and playing-surface were unpleasant, but each team played some good soccer. Pat Holland put us ahead during the second half while rangers were down to ten men, but when the homesters' keeper returned they fought back to equalise ten minutes from time.

As was the case for the previous fixture, the match againsy Bristol rovers at Upton park might have been postponed but for the fact that we wished to keep ourselves clear of further arrears of fixtures. In the circumsatnces it could hardly be expected that the standard of play would be very high, and this was fulfilled in a disappoinring game where Rovers netted a solitaty goal in the first half to take full points.

The goalless draw which our Reserves shared with Leicester City Res. at Filbert Street on March 18  was reflective of the game in general, where defences were always predominant and neither side appeared likely to be able to gain the ascendancy. We had a second-half re-shuffling when Paul Heifer went off with a leg knock to be replaced by Alan Taylor.

Our second-string was able to gain revenge for their  seniors'  defeat  at Stamford Bridge by beating Chelsea Res. 3-2 at Upton Park all five goals being recorded before the interval. The  Blues scored first, but then went in arrears as Joe Durrell and Ken Wallace each found the net. The visitors got an equaliser, but a further counter by Ron Boyce (his first of the season) put us in front again. The second-half proved less enthralling, but provided plenty of good soccer.

A succession of postponements has left our Reserves with a backlog of fixtures. One such game was fulfilled with an "Easter prelude" at Elm Park, Reading when we visited the foot-of-the-table Biscuitmen. We fielded several youngsters, among whom Meryvn Day made his Combination debut, and when Dave Llewelyn put us in fron with te minutes to go, there was every likelihood of a happy ending. However, the homesters seized a last-minute opportunity for the equaliser, and we had to be content with a point.

The re-arranged fixture against Cardiff City Reserves at Upton Park. Joe Durrell put us ahead in the opening minutes, and in the end this was sufficient for us to collect full spoils from an interesting game.

We visited Headington to meet Oxford United Reserves and gained a well-deserved 2-1 success. A goal by John Ayris and another from the opposition. It was also an opportunity for Bobby Ferguson to "try out" after missing four First Team games and prove his fitness.

For the re-arranged fixtuire with Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park we fielded most of our Youth Team line-up against a club which had already won the Combination championship. The North Londoners also had several of their regulars absent owing to UEFA Cup tie commitments in Milan, so in a way it was a meeting of potential talent, Spurs took the lead early on, but we evened it up when Dave llewelyn netted from the penalty-spot seven minutes from time.

Another re-dated fixture took place against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The result was a goalless draw, very reflective of the exchanges which were almost completely dominated by the defences.