A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

73_01_20 WHU v. Norwich City

County Ground

0 - 4

6 January 1973

Day

Smith

Llewelyn

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Tuddenham

Orhan

Mann

Domfe

Durrell

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

73_01_27 Chelsea v. WHU 73_02_03 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

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St Andrews

0 - 6

23 January 1973

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

73_02_17 Bristol Rovers v. WHU 73_02_21 WHU v. Cardiff City 73_02_24 WHU v. Leicester City

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

AFC BOURNEMOUTH : Football Combination

AFC BOURNEMOUTH : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

73_03_03 Ipswich Town v. WHU 73_03_10 WHU v. Fulham 73_03_17 QPR v. WHU 73_03_24 WHU v. Crystal Palace 73_04_14 Bournemouth v. WHU 73_04_17 WHU v. Bournemouth 73_04_21 WHU v. Bristol City 73_04_23 Arsenal v. WHU 73_05_03 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 1971-72 Reserves 1973-74 Reserves Season 1972-73

1972-73 Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Durrell)

20 January 1973

Grotier

Smith

Llewelyn

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Orhan

Cossey

North

Domfe (Tuddenham)

Durrell

Day

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Ayris

Tyler

Coker (Smith)

North

Durrell

Stamford Bridge

0 - 3

27 January 1973

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Watson

Boyce

Orhan

Lutton

Coker

Lock

Durrell

White Hart Lane

0 - 1

3 February 1972

Day

Smith

Charles C.

Pike

Marchant

Boyce

Orhan

Lutton

Coker

Llewelyn

Mossa (Oates)

Eastville

1 - 3 (Llewelyn)

17 February 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Lock

Tyler

Boyce

Coker

Llewelyn (Mann)

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 0

21 February 1973

Grotier

Marchant

Charles C.

Barnes

Lock

Boyce

Tyler

Llewelyn

Coker

Lutton

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 3

24 February 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Barnes (Pike)

Marchant

Boyce

Coker

Llewelyn

Orhan

Oates

Durrell

Portrman Road

2 - 3 (Orhan 2)

3 March 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Boyce

Marchant

Lock

Ayris

Orhan

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 3

10 March 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Lutton

Marchant

Llewelyn

Ayris

Orhan

Coker

Tyler

Durrell

Loftus Road

0 - 3

17 March 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Pike

Marchant

Llewelyn

Tyler

Orhan

Coker

Lutton (Oates)

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Llewelyn)

24 March 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Tyler

Ayris

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Manor Ground

2 - 1 (Ayris, Byrne)

26 March 1973

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Lutton

Marchant

Boyce

Bonner

Ayris

Byrne

Llewelyn

Tyler

Dean Court

1 - 1 (Durrell)

14 April 1973

Day

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Tyler

Ayris

Coker

Sussams

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Durrell)

17 April 1973

Day

Barnes

Charles C.

Lutton

Llewelyn

Boyce

Tyler

Ayris

Coker

Sussams

Durrell

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Llewelyn, Sussams)

21 April 1973

Day

Smith

Oates

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Orhan

North

Sussams

Llewelyn

Durrell

Highbury

1 - 1 (Durrell)

28 April 1973

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Tyler

Orhan

Coker

Sussams

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 1

3 May 1973

Danson

Barnes

Charles C.

Boyce

Marchant

Whatford

Orhan (Oates)

Llewelyn

Coker

Sussams

Durrell

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We were holding Swindon Town Reserves to a goalless draw at half-time in our visit to the County Ground on January 6, but were swamped in an after-the-interyal onslaught by the Robins who piled in to win 4-0. It would have been more but for goalkeeper Mervyn Day, who saved a penalty-kick apart from producing several other good saves.

There was a game full of incident at Upton Park; the goal which defeated Norwich City Reserves came in the 70th minute, when Yilmaz Orhan laid on the pass which enabled Joe Durrell to beat his man and hit the ball past the opposing 'keeper. Earlier Dave Llewelyn had three "near misses," and Peter Grotier had to be on good form to keep the Canaries scoreless. Mark Cossey made his Combination debut, and after haif-an-hour the injured John Domfe was replaced by Tony Tuddenham (substituting after playing for the Youth XI in the morning). Altogether an eventful afternoon, and a welcome win for skipper Ron Boyce and his "youngsters."

Our Reserves had three fixtures during the past couple of weeks, but have secured only one point. Unless we can make a late recovery it seems likely that we might have to apply for re-election for the first time in 51 years of membership.

In the match at Eastville on February 17 we scored first but Bristol Rovers levelled before half-time; David Llewelyn was our scorer, but had to come off when he was injured. The Bristolians then netted twice in the second half, and ended 3-1 winners.

The twice - deferred home Fixture against Cardiff City Reserves was eventually played off on February 21. Defences predominated in the exchanges, and a goalless draw very much reflected a generally unexciting 90 minutes.

The home game against Leicester City appeared to hold prospects of us breaking a bad run, but a defensive error in the 17th minute put us in arrears. However, we succeeded in holding the visitors until near the end, when they scored twice in the last ten minutes to well and truly annex the spoils. Unfortunately, also, Barry Barnes dislocated his elbow during the second half, which means he will be out of action for some time; he was substituted by Geoff Pike, who thus made his second appearance of the day, having played for the Youth Team in the morning.

In their visit to top-of-the-table Ipswich Town Reserves on March 3 our Reserves broke away from their low-scoring habits by netting a couple of goals for the first time since the opening day of the season. They were holding this 2-0 margin midway through the second half, but then conceded a late hat-trick to go under by 3-2.

A goal down at the interval at home to Fulham Reserves, we went on to conced two more in the second half, and were resoundingly beaten 0-3 for a third successive defeat.

We included two triallists in the Reserve Team which won its away game against Oxford United Reserves. Billy Byrne, a former Leytonstone and Ilford player now with Southern League club Wealdstone, netted the 89th-minute winner; and Colin Bonner, of Spartan League side Hoddesdon Town, created the chance which led to John Ayris scoring our first goal. Between these counters, the homesters converted a penalty which put them level at the interval.

A goal scored by Joe Durrell after six minutes put us in the lead agaisnt AFC Bournemouth Reserves at Dean Court; but the Cherries equalised before half-time, to improve their chances of not having to apply for re-election to the Combination next season.

We met Bournemouth Reserves for the second time in the space of four days when we played them at Upton Park on Tuesday 17 April. On the previous Saturday we had drawn 1-1 at Dean Court, and on this occasion the score was repeated. The Cherries scored their goal soon after the interval, but the Hammers came back well to equalise through Joe Durrell.

 

Triallist Paul Sussams opened the scoring six minutes after the start in the home game against Bristol City Reserves, but the West Countrymen levelled, from a penalty before half-time. The score remained at 1-1 for most of the second half, until Dave Llewelyn netted ten minutes from time to make it a useful win for a team including several of our Youth squad.