A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

Copyright © 2019 All rights reserved

theyflysohigh logo

1971-72 Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

CHELSEA : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : London Challenge Cup (Second Round)

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

SORRY NO IMAGE

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

St Andrews

2 - 3 (Brooking, Coker)

14 August 1971

Grotier

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Lock

Howe

Redknapp

Brooking

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Llewelyn, Taylor A.)

16 August 1971

Grotier

Watson

Howe

Taylor A.

Marchant

Lock

Barnes

Boyce

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Taylor A.)

21 August 1971

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Eustace

Stephenson

Lock

Redknapp

Taylor A.

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Portman Road

3 - 1 (Llewelyn, Coker, Durrell)

24 August 1971

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Boyce

Stephenson

Lock

Redknapp (Barnes)

Eustace

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Carrow Road

3 - 4 (Eustace [pen], Llewelyn, Taylor A.)

28 August 1971

Marsh

Watson

Fulton

Eustace

Stephenson

Boyce

Taylor A.

Barnes

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Coker, Llewelyn)

4 September 1971

Grotier

Watson

Howe

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Redknapp

Boyce

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Eastville

1 - 3 (Wallace)

11 September 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C. (Marsh)

Barnes

Stephenson

Kinnear

Redknapp

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Durrell, Eustace)

13 September 1971

Grotier

Watson

Howe

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Redknapp

Boyce

Wallace (Coker)

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Taylor A. 2, Wallace 2, Durrell)

18 September 1971

Grotier

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Pointer

Taylor A.

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

Home Park

2 - 1 (Wallace, [og])

21 September 1971

Grotier

Watson

Fulton

Barnes

Lock

Eustace

Wallace

Taylor A.

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Stamford Bridge

1 - 2 (Barnes)

25 September 1971

Grotier

Watson

Fulton (Lock)

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Pointer

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Gregory

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Eustace [pen])

27 September 1971

Grotier

Llewelyn

Howe

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Pointer

Boyce

Coker

Wallace

Gregory

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Llewelyn 3, Wallace)

2 October 1971

Grotier

Heffer (Coker)

Howe

Barnes

Stephenson

Lock

Pointer

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Vetch Field

0 - 0

9 October 1971

Marsh

Howe

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Lock

Heffer

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 1

11 October 1971

Marsh

Howe

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Pointer

Boyce

Wallace (Coker)

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Barnes, Stephenson)

16 October 1971

 

Marsh

Howe

Charles C.

Barnes

Stephenson

Eustace

Pointer (Heffer)

Boyce

Coker

Wallace

Durrell

Craven Cottage

0 - 0

23 October 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Heffer (Brown)

Stephenson

Eustace

Ayris

Holland

Wallace

Llewelyn

Barnes

Upton Park

0 - 3

30 October 1971

Marsh

Heffer

Howe

Barnes

Eustace

Lock

Ayris

Boyce

Wallace

Taylor A.

Durrell

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Llewelyn 2, Wallace 2)

13 November 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Lock

Howe

Ayris

Holland

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 2

27 November 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Eustace

Heffer

Barnes

Holland

Boyce

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

Manager: Ernie Gregory

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Eustace [pen], Holland)

11 December 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Heffer

Howe

Ayris

Holland

Wallace

Eustace

Durrell

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

White Hart Lane

2 - 3 (Eustace [pen], Llewely)

18 December 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Eustace

Heffer

Boyce

Holland

Barnes

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

READING : Football Combination

Upton Park

0 - 1

27 December 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Barnes

Heffer

Boyce

Holland

Pointer

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

71_08_14 Birmingham City v. WHU

The Hammers scored first at the St. Andrew's Ground, Ade Coker opening our account against Birmingham City Res. The Midlanders came back to equalise before half-time, but the scores remained level until after the interval when we went behind fay 1-3 through defensive slips. However, we reduced the arrears when Trevor Brooking shot home from near the penalty-spot, and were a trifle unfortunate not to again draw level.

71_08_16 WHU v. Bristol City

We made a few changes for Monday evening's duel with Bristol City Reserves, but still included a large proportion of the players who made up last season's Youth Team.

The Hammers had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 18th minute when awarded a penalty for a foul, but Barry Barnes' shot rebounded from an upright. Nine minutes later we had another chance (this time when a visiting player was possibly harshly — adjudged to have handled); Alan Taylor accepted the nomination on this occasion, and effectively deceived the 'keeper to put us one up.

Seven minutes after the interval John Watson overlapped down the right and crossed for Dave Llewelyn to head home, and we held the margin until six minutes from time when persistency earned the Ashton Gate men a worthy " consolation." We ended 2-1 ahead.

The form of our youngsters was a pleasing feature, and although conceding age advantage they acquitted themselves well on both occasions.

71_08_21 WHU v. Swansea City Reserves

The game against Swansea City Reserves at Upton Park was not as entertaining as that on the previous Monday when we defeated Bristol City Res. by 2-1. In fact we were in arrears at half-time and had to fight back to salvage a point with a 1-1 draw.

Our goal was netted by Alan Taylor, who scored with a first-time shot from Peter Eustace's headed pass.

71_08_24 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 71_08_28 Norwich City v. WHU Reserves 71_09_04 WHU v. Swindon Town Reserves

The Reserves had an easy passage against Swindon Town Reserves at Upton Park, and it was "one way traffic" from start to finish. The eventual margin was 2-0, but we could - and should - have had a lot more goals.

The first of our couple came from a lay-back by Ade Coker, Dave Llewelyn connecting first-time for his fifth of the season. The second-half net-finder was Coker, his shot inside the penalty box giving the 'keeper no chance and the young Nigerian his third counter of the campaign.

Peter Grotier returned after a shoulder injury but had a quiet time in goal; Ron Boyce skippered the side in his usual efficient manner.

71_09_13 WHU v. Bournemouth Reserves 71_09_18 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 71_09_21 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU Reserves 71_09_25 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves 71_09_27 WHU v. Chelsea LCC1 71_10_02 WHU v. Birmingham City Reserves

David Llewelyn began the afternoon as a striker, netting two goals against Birmingham City Reserves and helping to lay on the chance for Ken Wallace to put us three up. At this stage it was decided that Paul Heffer should come off (having had a sufficient "try out" following his cartilage operation), so Dave went into the " back four."

Then as goalkeeper Peter Grotier was carried off with an ankle knock, Dave moved further back " between the sticks." This would have made an interesting enough item of news, but the "story book ending" came when we were awarded a penalty. Dave was called the length of the field to take the spot-kick, which he promptly netted to complete his hat-trick and a memorable occasion.

SORRY NO IMAGE

Our Reserves fought out a goalless draw with Swansea City Reserves at Vetch Field. Despite the lack of goals the game was not without interest, but with the defences holding the upper hand for most of the time from start to finish, there was not a great deal upon which to comment.

71_10_11 WHU v. QPR LFA2

Our interest in this season's competition ended against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park. A single goal did it, this being netted by Mick Leach six minutes after the interval. The 2,272 spectators saw a series of splendid saves by visiting 'keeper Alan Spratley, which even drew applause from the referee on some occasions ! We put a lot of pressure on the Rangers' rearguard during the first half, and despite those "last ditch" efforts could have capitalised on enough chances early on to have won our way into the Semi-Final.

71_10_16 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle Reserves

The Hammers faced lowly-placed Plymouth Argyle Reserves at Upton Park. The Pilgrims had previously conceded 33 goals in twelve games, and we could well have further spoiled their " average." However, we contented ourselves with two, Alan Stephenson and Barry Barnes netting each side of half-time.

Our Reserves kept the opposition scoreless for the fourth game in succession when they visited Craven Cottage to meet Fulham Reserves.

Three of our recent "casualties" John Ayris, Paul Heffer and Pat Holland all played in this game, and the trio came through without mishap. We also provided Jimmy Brown with his first Combination appearance when he went on as substitute ten minutes from time. The game itself was an even contest and brought a fair result.

SORRY NO IMAGE

71_10_30 WHU v. QPR Reserves

Our Reserves' performance against Queens Park Rangers Reserves was very disappointing, even allowing for the fact that the West Londoners are at present top of the Combination table. The Rangers found some noticeable gaps in our rearguard, and after being one up at half-time they added two more in the second half to end 3-0 ahead.

71_11_13 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves

The Reserves put on one of their best performances of the season; twin "strikers" Dave Llewelyn and Ken Wallace had a field-day, netting two each to put us 4-0 ahead of Arsenal at the end of our game at Upton Park.

Wallace got his two in the first-half, both from headers; the first after a Joe Durrell centre, the second following a free-kick taken from 40 yards by Clive Charles. Llewelyn also headed home a cross on the bye-line for his first, his second coming with a hard drive in the second half.

This puts us fifth in the table with 20 points from 17 games and a 34-22 goal average.

71_11_27 WHU v. Oxford United Reserves 71_12_11 WHU v. Southampton Reserves

The match against Southampton Reserves at Upton Park produced a very even and goalless first half. However, we asserted ourselves after the interval, netting twice through Pat Holland and Peter Eustace (from a penalty). The visitors came back to reduce the arrears, but we were good winners by 2-1.

Pat Holland wss making his second appearance after a lengthy absence due to a cartilage operation, and looks well on his way back to full fitness.

71_12_18 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves

Our Reserves took some time to settle down against Spurs Res. at White Hart Lane. Though without a number of their regulars (due to First Team calls following an injury-ridden U.E.F.A. Cup tie in Bucharest), the deputies helped build a two-goal lead. However, we rallied well, and after Dave Llewelyn had reduced the margin we got on level terms before the interval when Peter Eustace converted a penalty. It seemed likely that we would gain a point during an evenly-balanced second half, but seven minutes from time the homesters netted from the spot to win by 3-2.

71_12_27 WHU v. Reading Reserves

The home game against Reading Reserves was pretty unsatisfactory, for a misplaced back-pass let in the opposition for a goal just before the interval, and the bottom-of-the-table Biscuitmen held on to this advantage to win by that margin. A well-saved spot-kick added to our troubles, and it was certainly not a very good afternoon's work.

Our Reserves gained their first away points of the season when they visited the Portman Road ground. This possibility was unlikely at half-time as Ipswich Town were a goal up and playing well.

However, the Hammers played especially well in the second-half, and after equalising through Dave Llewelyn we went on to win by 3-1.

Ade Coker headed the second goal and Joe Durrell capped the lot with the "crusher".

In defence we were well-served bu goalkeeper Paul Marsh and Ray Fulton, both youngsters distinguishing themselves against an XI which included several with senior experience.

Barry Barnes came on ten minutes from time after Harry redknapp had sustained a cut ankle, and in this brief spell he laid on a couple of chances with right-wing runs.

We visited East Anglia again, but on this occasion did not fare as well against Norwich City Reserves. In fact it was rather a disappointment after our previous success, as we really had enough opportunities to make it a double.

The Canaries were the first to score, but we came back to take the lead whenn Dave llewelyn and then Peter Eustace (from a penalty) found the net. However, the homesters "took their turn," and after gaining an interval lead increased their margin to 4-2. We reduced our arrears through Alan Taylor almost on the stroke of time, but then it was too late to recover the deficit.

At Eastville we held a half-time lead through a goal by Ken Wallace, and with just over ten minutes to go appeared likely to inflict another defeat on Bristol Rovers Reserves who had so far failed to gain a victiry. But a spirited rally by the homesters proved too much for our defence, and we conceded late goals to go under by 3-1.

We had to re-shuffle our team in the first minute when Clive Charles sustained a leg-injury, and Paul Marsh had the unusual experience of playing "out in the field" instead of in goal - he being the only available substitute owing to late "call offs" bu other players.

The Cherries showed quite a lot of ability in a goalless first half, and turned it on immediately after the interval to net twice in six minutes after splitting our defence widee open.They seemed likely to hold tis advantage, but were quickly jolted when Ade Coker came on as substitute and put Joe Durrell away on the left for the winger to run 30 yards or more before hitting home a great shot. It was then the Seasiders' turn to become rattled, and we drew on level terms as Peter Eustace converted a twice-taken penalty awarded for haands (the keeper dived before the ball left the spot on the first occasion). The game ended ina 2-2 draw that was a fair result.

The Hammers ranriot during the second half of the home fixture against Leicester City Reserves. After being 2-1 ahead at the inerval, our second-string netted three more to gain a most convincing 5-1 victory. Joe Durell hit a great volley to put us ahead and Ken Wallace made it 2-0 with a header at the far post. City reduced the arrears but we soon retaliated after the resumption, Alan Taylor getting a couple of godd goals to put the game on ice. A long ball from Peter Grotier was chased up the middle by Wallace, who then beat the opposing 'keeper to net his second counter of the afternoon.

Foot-of-the-table Plymouth Argyle Reserves gave our second-string an early shock at Home Park. The Pilgrims went ahead after only 12 minutes and their efforts to increase this lead wer foiled by some good saves from Peter Grotier, and the home side were further disappointed when an "own goal" enabled us to get on level terms. This spurred the Hammers to maintain pressure, and with 20 mintues to go Ken Wallace netted to make it 2-1 for our side to return with full spoils.

We played very well in the firsst half against Chelsea Reserves at Stamford Bridge and deserved more than our one-goal half-time lead; the counter came from Barry Barnes who netted from just inside the penalty-box during a melee. However we faded after the interval, and the home side came back at us to net twice and win 2-1.

It was a busy day for Kevin Lock, who after playing for te Youth XI in the morning came on as substitute for Ray Fulton 20 minutes from time in this game.

A penalty goal decided our First Round tie against Chelsea at Upton Park. It came in the 32nd minute, after Ade Coker had intercepted a back pass to the goalkeeper, who was adjudged to have brought him down around ten yards out from an open goal. Peter Eustace made the conversion, and this proved to be the only counter of the game.

Torrential rain shortly before the kick-off made conditions heavier than anticipated, and here and there pools of water appeared among the grass. This considerably slowed down play after the interval, when many attacks faded on the edage of the penalty box.

Before that we were well served by our reguard, with Peter Grotier dealing confidently with anything that got through. Alan Stephenson and Peter Eustace blocked the middle and Bobby Howe worked unemittingly to produce overlaps.