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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1972-73 Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

72_08_12 WHU v. Birmingham City 72_08_21 WHU v. Swansea City

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

72_08_26 WHU v. Swindon Town 72_08_30 WHU v. Arsenal 72_09_02 Norwich City v. WHU 72_09_04 WHU v. Southampton

CHELSEA : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

72_09_09 WHU v. Chelsea 72_09_23 WHU v. Bristol Rovers

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

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ORIENT : London Challenge Cup (First Round)

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

72_09_27 Orient v. WHU LCC1 72_09_27 Orient v. WHU LCC1 back 72_10_07 WHU v. Ipswich Town

Brisbane Road

1 - 2 (Llewelyn)

27 September 1972

Ferguson

Charles C.

Nusum

Barnes

Marchant

Lock (Egbuniwe)

Oates

Smith

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

Filbert Street

1 - 2 (Coker)

30 September 1972

Vetch Field

0 - 5

3 October 1972

Day

Smith

Tuddenham

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce (Oates)

Ayris

Pike

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

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FULHAM : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

72_10_21 WHU v. QPR 72_10_28 Crystal Palace v. WHU

Image courtesy of Paul Dunn

Craven Cottage

0 - 3

14 October 1972

Day

Smith

Llewelyn

Barnes

Marchant

Lock

Ayris

Boyce

Coker

Mossa

Durrell

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

72_11_11 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle 72_11_18 Bristol City v. WHU

READING : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

72_11_25 WHU v. Oxford United

Elm Park

1 - 1 ([og])

22 November 1972

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

AFC BOURNEMOUTH  : Football Combination

72_11_29 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU 72_11_29 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU back 72_12_09 WHU v. Bournemouth Post

Upton Park

9 December 1972

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

72_12_16 Southampton v. WHU 72_12_30 WHU v. Reading

Day

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Smith

Marchant

Boyce

Barnes

Lock

Coker

Brown

Durrell

72_11_22 Reading v. WHU Reserves CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

72_10_14 Fulham v. WHU Reserves

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Charles, Durrell)

12 August 1972

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Heffer

Marchant

Lock

Ayris

Holland

North

Egbuniwe

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 2

21 August 1972

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Heffer

Marchant

Lock

Ayris

Boyce

North (Alesinloye)

Holland

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Boyce)

26 August 1972

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Domfe

Marchant

Batchelor

Ayris

Boyce

Alesinloye

Egbuniwe

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Alesinioye)

30 August 1972

Day

Smith

Charles C.

Llewelyn

Marchant (Oates)

Lock

Ayris

Barnes

Coker

Alesinloye

Durrell

Carrow Road

0 - 2

2 September 1972

Day

Smith

Charles C.

Llewelyn

Lock

Tuddenham

Oates

Barnes

Egbuniwe

Mann

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Charles [pen]

4 September 1972

Ferguson

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Boyce

Nusum

Lock

Barnes

Smith

Coker

Mann

Durrell

Ninian Park

1 - 1 (Charles [pen])

13 September 1972

Ferguson

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Boyce

Marchant

Lock

Ayris

Barnes

Coker

Pike

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 2

23 September 1972

Ferguson

Llewelyn

Nusum

Barnes

Marchant

Lock

Pike

Tuddenham (Domfe)

Coker

Egbuniwe

Durrell

Day

Smith

Llewelyn

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Ayris

Pike

Coker

Egbuniwe (Tuddenham)

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 3

7 October 1972

Ferguson

McDowell

Llewelyn

Smith

Marchant

Batchelor

Ayris

Barnes

Coker

Egbuniwe (Mann)

Durrell

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Coker)

21 October 1972

Ferguson

Smith

Charles C.

Boyce

Marchant

Llewelyn

Pike

Barnes

Coker

Durrell

Oates

Selhurst Park

1 - 1 (Durrell)

28 October 1972

Grotier

Smith

Domfe

Boyce

Marchant

Lock

Pike

Barnes

North (Oates)

Coker

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 1

11 November 1972

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Llewelyn

Marchant

Boyce

Orhan

Barnes

Coker

Mann

Durrell

Ashton Gate

0 - 2

18 November 1972

Grotier

Llewelyn

Domfe

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Pike (Smith)

Pepper

Coker

Lock

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 0

25 November 1972

Grotier

Llewelyn

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Ayris

Smith

Coker

Brown

Durrell

Home Park

1 - 2 (Marchant)

29 November 1972

Grotier

Smith (Tuddenham)

Charles C.

Barnes

Marchant

Boyce

Ayris

Pike

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

The Dell

0 - 2

16 December 1972

Grotier

Smith

Charles C.

Barnes

Watford

Marchant

Coker

Tuddenham (Pike)

North

Llewelyn

Oates

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Orhan)

30 December 1972

Grotier

Smith

Charles C. (Mann)

Domfe

Marchant

Llewelyn

Tyler

Orhan

Coker

Barnes

Durrell

Upton Park

0 - 1

9 September 1972

Ferguson

Smith

Charles C.

Llewelyn

Marchant

Boyce

Ayris

Barnes

Coker

Mann

Durrell

Our Reserves went off with a flying start, netting twice in the opening 17 minutes against Birmingham City. Clive Charles got the first in the fifth minute when he chipped in a free-kick; the second was netted after a cross from the right wing eluded all but Joe Durrell.

The Blues got one back a quarter-of-an-hour after the interval when a through pass found a gap in our defence some eight yards out, but although there were further near-misses at both ends neither side was able to score again as the game faded from its earlier promise.

Making their Combination debut were two of our new youngsters Bobby North who will be 18 next month and Manny Egbuniwe who is not 16 until November; both did well.

The match against Swansea City Reserves brought a series of misfortunes to the Hammers. An untidy contest was not helped by a series of mystifying decisions, and all in all it was most unsatisfactory.

An ankle injury put Bobby North out of action at the end of half-an -hour, his place being taken by triailist Martin Alesinloye. Then Paul Heffer was carried off in the 40th minute, so we were down to ten men. The Swans took advantage of this to net twice (a 25-yarder in the 58th minute and an excellent solo-run ended with a good goal 13 minutes from time). Meanwhile we saw three great headers from Ron Boyce; the first grazed the upright, the second was headed off the line and the 'keeper made a fine save to stop the third. It wasn't to be our night . . . and the opposition's two counters were sufficient for them to gain the full spoils.

Our Reserves had a comprehensive fixture-list to start the season, with this the thirs of four home fixtures. A number of injuries brought about the influx of several young players into the side, and although inexperience has sometimes proved a handicap it is to be hoped that "early blooding" will bring its eventual reward.

A newcomer to the line-up v Swindon Town Reserves was John Domfe, who will not be 16 until December; he did very well in the No. 4 jersey, although ending on the losing side. After a goalless first half the Moonshiners took the lead; this was equalised by a goal from Ron Boyce, but the visitors scored again before the finish.

The home fixture against Arsenal Reserves also had a disappointing ending, for we went under after leading at half-time through a goal by 16-year-old triallist Martin Alesinloye. An injury to Tony Marchant necessitated a re-shuffling of the line-up, and a mishap to John Ayris eventually reduced us to ten men. The Gunners took advantage to equalise, after some good saves by Mervyn Day, and piled on pressure to net three further goals in the closing stages.

MATCH POSTPONED

Ground conditions : rearranged for 17 April 1973

The team which travelled to Norwich included five apprentice professionals. These five youngsters played very well, but once again experience was the decisive factor in deciding the eventual issue. The Canaries netted once in each half to win 2-0.

With two home matches in the Combination within a week injuries presented selection problems, but we were able to fill the vacancies by calling upon our apprentices.

The match against Southampton Reserves at Upton Park was not very exciting, and it was surprising to find that the Saints were less impressive than their top-of-the-table position indicated. After a series of rather desultory exchanges the game appeared certain lo end in a goalless draw, but the Hammers secured both points when Clive Charles converted a penaity-award five minutes from time after a "hairline" decision on a handling offence. A newcomer in the No. 5 shirt was John Nusum from Bermuda.

The Combination game against Chelsea was very even in the first half and a blank score-line reflected the exchanges. After the interval the Blues proved to be rather stronger, and they got the decisive goal to snatch the points.

We were summarily dismissed from the London Challenge Cup when Orient defeated us 2-1 at Brisbane Road in a First Round tie. Both clubs fielded teams of reserve-strength, and this was our first and only meeting this season with the second-string of  our local rivals, as they compete in the Mid - Week League, whilst the Hammers appear in the Football Combination.

The O's netted both their counters in the first half. Dave Llewelyn reduced the margin after the interval, but the homesters held out to be worthy winners.

During our visit to Leicester City the homesters took a half-time lead and added to their margin after the interval. Ade Coker reduced the arrears, but the Filberts emerged as 2-1 winners.

Mervyn Day played well in goal, and Chris Smith was among the better of our younger players.

Many of the Swansea City team which opposed us at Vetch Field were current First Team squad men, and their overall experience enabled them to "rule the roost" in the second half. We lost the services of Ron Boyce just before half-time when we were one down, and then conceded four more after the interval to lose 0-5.

The fixture at home against table-topping Ipswich Town Reserves. The leaders retained their position with a comfortable 3-0 victory, and from our angle there was obviously not much upon which to comment favourably.

The Reserves collected a welcome point at Selhurst Park against the second-string of Crystal Palace. The Glaziers scored in the first half, but Joe Durrell levelled it up for the Hammers after the interval. We had three 15-year-olds in the line-up, and our two young full-backs John Domfe and Chris Smith did well. We were also pleased that Bobby North was in action again.

Although they conceded a goal in each half to lose 0-2, our Reserves were really deserving of a point in their match v Bristol City Reserves at Ashton Gate. They played particularly well after the interval, and it was an encouraging performance despite the result.

The match against Reading Reserves at their Elm Park Ground on November 22 was remarkable inasmuch that both sides scored through an "own goal." These were the only tallies in a desultory encounter, and the 1-1 score was a reasonable reflection of the 90 mins.

The lack of finishing power among our second string was underlined again when we failed to net against Oxford United Reserves at Upton Park. However, our rearguard stood firm, and was largely responsible for the point we gained by holding the opposition scoreless.

We had no Combination fixture on December 2, but three days earlier had a mid-week engagement at Home Park where we led Plymouth Argyle Reserves by a Tony Marchant goal at half-time. The Pilgrims hit back after the resumption, and ended by taking the points in a 2-1 win.

We had a very young XI in the field at The Dell against Southampton Reserves on December 16, including seven professional teenagers and triallist Malcolm Watford from West Molesey. One of the youngest 16-year-old Tony Tuddenham sustained a gashed leg a quarter-of-an-hour after the kick-off so on came another 16-year-old Geoff Pike as substitute.

Although the Hammers held the Saints scoreless at half-time, experience and stamina made their impression after the interval, and we lost by two clear goals.