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1973-74 Football League : First Division

NORWICH CITY : Football League First Division

 

HEREFORD UNITED : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

74_01_01 WHU v. Norwich City 74_01_05 WHU v. Hereford United FAC 3

HEREFORD UNITED : F.A. Cup (Third Round Replay)

 

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

 

74_01_09 Hereford United v. WHU FAC 3 Replay 74_01_12 WHU v. Manchester United

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

 

74_01_19 Newcastle United v. WHU 74_02_02 WHU v. Birmingham City

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

 

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

 

74_02_05 Ipswich Town v. WHU 74_02_09 Leicester City v. WHU

EVERTON : Football League First Division

 

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

 

74_02_23 Burnley v. WHU 74_02_16 WHU v. Everton

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

 

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

 

74_03_02 WHU v. Chelsea 74_03_09 Derby County v. WHU

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

 

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

 

74_03_16 WHU v. Coventry City 74_03_23 Sheffield United v. WHU

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

 

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

 

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

 

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

 

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

 

74_03_30 WHU v. Leeds United 74_04_06 Arsenal v. WHU 74_04_12 WHU v. Southampton 74_04_13 WHU v. Wolverhampton 74_04_15 Southampton v. WHU 74_04_20 Manchester City v. WHU 74_04_27 WHU v. Liverpool 74_02_16 WHU v. Everton Complimentary 74_01_05 WHU v. Hereford United FAC 3 74_03_23 Sheffield United v. WHU 74_03_30 WHU v. Leeds United Complimentary 74_04_06 Arsenal v. WHU 74_04_20 Manchester City v. WHU 74_04_27 WHU v. Liverpool

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Paddon 2, Brooking, Gould)

1 January 1974

Att: 32,259

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Holland)

5 January 1974

Att: 23,087

Edgar Street

1 - 2 (Best)

9 January 1974

Att: 17,423

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Bonds, Holland)

12 January 1974

Att: 34,147

St James' Park

1 - 1 (Holland)

19 January 1974

Att: 27,217

Upton Park

0 - 0

2 February 1974

Att: 27,948

Portman Road

3 - 1 (Best, McDowell, Mills [og])

5 February 1974

Att: 25,734

Filbert Street

1 - 0 (Best)

9 February 1974

Att: 27,032

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Best 2, Bonds, Paddon)

16 February 1974

Att: 29,374

Turf Moor

1 - 1 (Paddon)

23 February 1974

Att: 18,258

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Bonds 3)

2 March 1974

Att: 34,143

Baseball Ground

1 - 1 (Bonds)

9 March 1974

Att: 24,683

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Bonds 2)

16 March 1974

Att: 26,502

Bramall Lane

0 - 1

23 March 1974

Att: 19,467

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Best, Brooking, Robson)

30 March 1974

Att: 38,416

Highbury

0 - 0

6 April 1974

Att: 37,865

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Best 2, Robson 2)

12 April 1974

Att: 34,163

Upton Park

0 - 0

3 April 1974

Att: 29,488

The Dell

1 - 1 (Best)

15 April 1974

Att: 26,515

Maine Road

1 - 2 (Gould)

20 April 1974

Att: 29,700

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Brooking, Lampard)

27 April 1974

Att: 36,160

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McDowell

Holland

Paddon

Gould

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

Holland

McDowell

Paddon

Gould

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven (Gould)

McDowell

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

McDowell

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

McDowell

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

McDowell

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

McDowell

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

Robson

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

Day

McDowell

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

Moore

McGiven

Paddon

Gould

Brooking (Coleman)

Best

Day

McDowell

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

Moore (Holland)

McGiven

Paddon

Gould

Coker

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

Wooler

McGiven

Paddon

Lutton

Holland

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

Wooler

McGiven

Paddon

Lutton

Holland

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

Brooking

McGiven

Paddon

Gould (Lutton)

Holland

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Bonds

Taylor T.

McGiven

Holland

Paddon

McDowell

Brooking

Best

1972-73 First XI 1974-75 First XI Season 1973-74 74_01_09 Hereford United v. WHU FAC 3R

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

74_02_05 Ipswich Town v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

74_01_19 Newcastle United v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

74_01_12 WHU v. Manchester United

Image courtesy of Conrad Heath

As the country was still in the throes of "power cuts", our home game against Norwich City in the First Division was brought forward from an evening to an afternoon kick-off, as we were not allowed to use floodlights. Both teams in trouble at the foot of the First Division table. The East Anglian club were managed by our former full-back John Bond and in their line up they fielded ex-Hammers John Sissons and Ted McDougall. To add to the reunion ex-Norwich man Graham Paddon was in our midfield. First half goals from Bobby Gould and Paddon gave the Hammers a 2-0 interval lead but McDougall pulled a goal back for the Canaries minutes into the second half. The game was all over when West Ham scored two more goals in the space of four minutes around the hour-mark through Paddon and Brooking. There was still time for a consolation last-minute goal from McDougall to give a 4-2 final scoreline. West Ham then went on a ten-match unbeaten run and finished the season in 18th place, while Norwich were relegated.

2 January 1974

TOMAS REPKA (2001-2005) Born this day Slavicin Zlin, Czech Republic

 

Czech international defender who endured a nightmare start to his Hammers career when he was sent off on his debut for the club against Middlesbrough on 15 September 2001 and then suffered the same fate in only his third outing - the humiliating 7-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on 14th October. The former Fiorentina star had completed his move from the cash-strapped Italian club just 24 hours earlier for a club record fee of £5.5m – eclipsing the previous record of £5m paid for Don Hutchison just weeks before. Tomas had originally been reluctant to leave Florence, where he and his family were happily settled but, with the Serie A giants eager to ease their crippling debt by cashing in on their most valuable defender, he was finally persuaded to put pen to paper at Upton Park after being tracked by Glenn Roeder for more than a month. One helpful factor in the transfer was the presence of goalkeeping coach Ludek Miklosko, who assured his fellow countryman that a move to East London would be in his best interests. Tomas originally started his career at the same club that Miklosko left to join West Ham – Banik Ostrava in the Czech Republic, before moving to the country’s biggest club, Sparta Prague. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 1998 and earned a reputation as one of the league’s most solid and consistent defenders, helping the Florence club into the Champions’ League. Tomas has 46 full caps for the Czech Republic to his name and played for his country at France 98 and Euro 2000. After relegation at the end of the 2002-03 season, the appointment of Alan Pardew as manager saw Repka move to right back. In the summer of 2005, after the club had regained their Premiership status, he was re-signed by Pardew on a two-year contract, albeit on reduced terms, but left the club on 23 January 2006 to return to the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague to be with his family. He played his final game for them on the previous night against Fulham in what was an emotional swansong for the Czech hardman. To chants of Super-Tom from the West Ham faithful, he left the field in tears.

Because of power restrictions the kick-off was at 1.45 p.m., but 23,087 fans turned up. A 21st-minute goal by Eric Redrobe gave the visitors a deserved interval lead, but soon afterwards Bobby Moore went off injured; Pat Holland took his place in the 30th minute, but then we were again reduced to ten men as John McDowell was also hurt. The Hammers were hard put to keep in the game, but nevertheless forced Hereford to defend remorsefully from time to time. In their turn the Third Division side kept our rearguard working hard, and with a few minutes to go nearly made it 2-0. However, with what was described as "one of the goals of the season, Pat Holland gained the equaliser and made it a memorable re-run on TV that evening.

Having drawn 1-1 at Upton Park four days earlier. The replay drew a 17,423 attendance, again in the afternoon. With eight on the injured list we had some changes from the XI that began the first meeting; Keith Coleman for McDowell; Alan Wooler for Moore; Bertie Lutton for Gould; Pat Holland for Coker. We held a lead for two minutes, as after Clyde Best netted in the 33rd minute Tommy Naylor equalised two minutes later. Hereford won the tie when Alan Jones scored with 17 minutes left on the watch, and that was another "cup-tie upset" for the record books.

18 January 1974

STEVE LOMAS (1997-2005) Born this day Hanover, Germany

 

A pacy, hard working midfielder, Steve was signed via an eleventh-hour deadline day fax from Northern Ireland's training HQ from Manchester City  27th March 1997 for a fee in the region of £1.6m. Hammers' tireless, copper-topped, Duracell-like skipper started his career with Irish club Coleraine before being spotted by the Maine Road club. His consistent play has also earned him the captaincy of the Northern Ireland team. Lomas made his Premiership debut for the Hammers against  Middlesbrough at Upton Park 9th April 1997 in a 0-0 draw. The £1.6m fee paid to City looked a bargain in the light of reported £4m-plus bids from both Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers a year later. The Northern Ireland international was again a wanted man, January 2001 this time by his former club "City" and Everton but choose to stay at Upton Park. Steve was released at the end of Hammers successful promotion campaign back to the Barclays Premiership and joined Queens Park Rangers in August 2005. After two seasons with the “Hoops”, Steve joined Gillingham in July 2007.

The long journey north to St. James's Park was rewarded by a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United, where 27,217 fans saw these line-ups take the field in a gale-force wind: We were able to welcome the re-appearance of Trevor Brooking and Bobby Gould. Unfortunately, Bobby got another early knock, and after 28 minutes was replaced by Bertie Lutton. By then, we were a goal down, Malcolm Macdonald putting the Magpies ahead after a quarter-hour's play. Pat Holland netted his second League goal of the season six minutes after the interval to bring us on level terms, and the eventual sharing of the spoils was considered a fair result. Nevertheless, each side later missed a very easy chance of tipping the scales their way.

POWER CUTS

 

Off the field it was a period of crisis nationally, insofar that industry was on a three-day working week because of the fuel crisis. It became a struggle for survival, and soccer clubs were still feeling the effects due to matches being re-arranged owing to floodlight unavailability and other facilities on Saturday match-days in some areas. It also brought about the innovation of making the draw for the FA Cup ties earlier than usual; instead of the traditional "Monday noon" ceremony it was advanced to Saturday evening in order to meet the demands of pools promotions and their printers. Fortunately, good sense and traditional good-will and service were factors that enabled soccer to survive a sticky period; but one might well reflect on what would be the reactions if a similar situation arose today.

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8 February 1974

BOBBY FERGUSON signs on loan to SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY for one month

9 March 1974

 

BOBBY MOORE plays his final game in a West Ham shirt, a reserve game against PLYMOUTH ARGYLE at Upton Park

14 March 1974

 

BOBBY MOORE West Ham United and ENGLAND captain joins FULHAM for £25,000

West Ham United Career: (1958-1974) Appearances: 647, Goals: 27

 

The most famous Hammer of them all, and the finest defender in the world at the peak of his career. A blond colossus at the heart of West Ham's defence for over a decade, he represented his country at every level and played 647 League and Cup games for his club. Making his League debut against Manchester United on the 8 September 1958 in a 3-2 victory, he was a surprise selection for the England  World Cup squad which went to Chile in 1962, his greatest achievement in the international arena was to lift the World Cup after England's Final victory over West Germany in 1966. He went on to make a record-breaking 108 appearances for his country, which was eventually overhauled by Peter Shilton. Transferred to Fulham in 1973, he played against his former colleagues in the Cockney F.A. Cup Final of 1975.

Apparently the only person who found it easy to write about our match was the referee Clive Thomas. He put four names on his crime-sheet, and by so doing provided most of the "plot" for the script of a game that would otherwise have had little to be remembered by. Mr Thomas found time to award us a penalty amongst the mayhem. Chasing a John McDowell through ball, Pat Holland was bowled over by goalkeeper Gary Sprake. Sprake was booked for arguing. After a delay of more than two minutes Billy Bonds shot wide from the penalty spot and there were no goals in 90 minutes of under-par entertainment for the near 28,000 attendance.

Three days after a lack-lustre goalless home draw against Birmingham City we travelled in hope to play at Portman Road against Ipswich Town. Statistically the odds were against us, as in the 14 preceding Division One meetings we had been unsuccessful in clashes with the Suffolk club, and had not beaten them since the 1962-3 campaign. Ipswich had defeated Southampton by 7-0 on the previous Saturday, and their gate for our visit went up by 5,000 to 25,734. Alas for the Blues' fans it all went wrong, and manager Bobby Robson's after-match comment was: "How on earth can we be a team of world-beaters in one match and then so bad the next?" Robson had cause for concern as his side went under by 3-1, but our performance was summarised by these words in "The Sun" report: "With football like this around there's simply no question of West Ham going down. With McGiven's stability and assurance at the back, Hammers simply murdered the same side who rammed in seven against Southampton." Mick Mills put us on our way to success with an own goal in the 32nd minute, and John McDowell made it two nil five minutes after that. Bryan Hamilton got Town's goal with 21 minutes to go, but the homesters' hopes were raised for only a couple of minutes before Clyde Best made sure of the points for us.

Clyde Best’s 58th minute counter against Leicester City at Filbert Street earned us two more valuable points and our second successive away win. The attendance of 27,032 saw a game that did credit to both sides, but ex-Hammer Jimmy Bloomfield (then manager of the Midlanders) afterwards commented: "That was a terrible goal to concede. We had two men plus our goalkeeper (Peter Shilton) against one of their men, and he was allowed to score." At our end, Keith Coleman twice cleared off the line, but in the end it was a well-deserved step towards eventual safety for our team.

A thrilling game which saw the teams exchange seven goals. Everton had surged to a 2-0 lead with a brace from Telfer after five minutes and 20 minutes. Clyde Best, under fire from some critics, headed down for Graham Paddon to pull the Hammers back into the game after 33 minutes. Best then scored twice himself either side of half-time, with goals in the 41st and 49th minutes, to give West Ham the lead. Harvey equalised for Everton with 73 minutes gone to leave the home fans deflated. But West Ham ultimately triumphed, with Billy Bonds clinching the victory by heading Paddon's corner past Lawson.

The Hammers scored a super 3-0 victory in a Boleyn Ground London derby with Chelsea. Ron Greenwood's men were fighting against relegation from the top flight when the Blues travelled over to the other side of the capital, but there was little evidence of the Hammers' plight as they roared to victory. With Bobby Moore still side-lined because of injury, Billy Bonds continued in his role as acting captain and notched his first hat-trick, the goals coming in the 24th, 38th and 59th minutes to see off Chelsea, who themselves were down at the wrong end of the table. The two point haul lifted West Ham four places clear of the bottom three and they were to remain there for the rest of the campaign, ending up a point above the drop zone in 18th place.

8 March 1974

 

DYLAN TOMBIDES (2012-2014) Born this day Perth, Australia

 

An all-round centre-forward blessed with pace, power and superb finishing ability, Dylan Tombides was born in the city of Perth in Western Australia. As a youngster, he played Football before moving with his family to Hong Kong. The amiable Australian joined West Ham United at the age of 15 after being spotted playing youth Football in Hong Kong and his family moved with him to London to help him fulfil his ambition of playing professional Football. After impressing at Under-18 and reserve-team levels, Tombides was included in the first-team squad for the first time when he was named as an unused substitute for the Barclays Premier League home fixture with Sunderland on 22 May 2011. The same month, he was named Academy Player of the Year. Tombides appeared and scored for Australia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico in June 2011. Illness curtailed the striker's progress during the 2011-12 season, but his first-team debut arrived as a late substitute in the 4-1 home Capital One Cup third-round defeat by Wigan Athletic on 25 September 2012. On the 18 April West Ham United announced the sad news that Dylan had passed away at the age of 20 following his brave battle with cancer.

After a Billy Bonds hat-trick against Chelsea the previous week, we visited Derby County at the Baseball Ground and Billy Bonds was again the scorer. In the 73rd minute he converted a centre from Frank Lampard to counter Bruce Rioch's penalty conversion that took place ten minutes previously. It was a well-earned point, although the Rams stretched their unbeaten run to eleven games. The Hammers had taken eleven points out of 14 since the start of the year. The performance earned manager Ron Greenwood the Bell's Whisky "Manager of the Month" award for February.

Our run of ten games without defeat had ended with a 2-3 reverse against Coventry City at Upton Park.

 

16 March 1974

 

BOBBY FERGUSON after his one month loan to Sheffield Wednesday ends, Ferguson signs on loan to LEICESTER CITY

A frustrating match at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United, it appeared likely that we would resume our unbeaten trail, but our hopes were dashed when the Blades netted the only goal of this First Division match eight minutes from time. The scorer was Tony Field, who nodded home after a free-kick had been headed to him from a set-piece move. This was Field's first senior appearance, and his fellow-debutant - Jim Brown - also had a big share in his team's victory by keeping a clean sheet between the posts.

 

MOORE Bobby

29 March 1974

CLIVE CHARLES joins CARDIFF CITY on one month loan

This First Division match at Upton Park; the attraction of the top-of-the-table Leeds United side in a "four-pointer" duel with relegation-threatened Hammers drew a 38,416 attendance. The visitors had been undefeated in their opening 29 League matches that season (to set a new record), and led the standings with 52 points out of a possible 70. They appeared set to add to that total when "Sniffer" Clarke put them ahead in the 32nd minute, and manager Don Revie was obviously happy when they retained that margin at half-time. However, within five minutes of the restart Clyde Best put us level, and after another further eleven minutes "Pop" Robson made it 2-1 in our favour. The atmosphere was tremendous, but with only six minutes to go Trevor Brooking put the issue beyond doubt with his fifth League goal of the season.

3 April 1974

 

TREVOR BROOKING18th Hammer to represent ENGLAND

PORTUGAL an International Friendly Estadio da Luz, Lisbon 0-0

There was a bumper attendance of 34,163 but some disappointment for all but the Saints' fans when the Hampshire club went ahead in the 24th minute as Mike Channon converted a penalty. The visiting contingent's joy was short-lived, as "Pop" Robson equalised within a couple of minutes, and from thence onwards the opposing defence began to wilt under our attackers' onslaught. It kept us at bay until after the interval, but further goals by Clyde Best (49 mins.) and Robson (53 mins.) made the remainder of the proceedings somewhat of a formality. Best added his second counter with eight minutes to go, and the Hammers' supporters went home to Good Friday lunch (or to the "local") with happy hearts. It is unlikely that the Southampton squad looked back upon the morning's events with any satisfaction.

The sun shone brightly on the East Stand that afternoon, but a chill east wind made it less enjoyable for those in the West Stand who were among the 29,488 0 gate. Unfortunately the game never appeared likely to reach expectations. Each side struck the woodwork once, and the goalkeepers had some fairly routine work; but overall the press had really nothing to enthuse about. We had expected to see a higher standard from the League Cup holders, but were sadly disappointed that they appeared to be content to share the points from the goalless draw.

We travelled to the Dell on Easter Monday for the return engagement with Southampton, and 26,515 turned up for what was described as an "eyeball to eyeball" confrontation. We had a real set-back in the 27th minute when Mick McGiven sustained an injury that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season, Bobby Gould took Mick's place in a re-shuffled XI. and a remarkable angle on that event was that Bobby was making his 12th successive appearance as a substitute. Clyde Best scored a minute before the interval, but eight minutes after the resumption Bobby Stokes put his team back on level terms. It remained at 1-1 until the end. The point proved invaluable to the Hammers, as we finished the season with a total of 37 whilst the Saints had an eventual total of 36. They went down under the new ruling of "three to be relegated" whilst we stayed up. Such was the margin between failure and success, especially as we had only two more games left after the Easter session.

Our concluding match of the season was against Liverpool at Upton Park 36,160 fans were here for a fixture in which the points at stake were not of great consequence. The visitors were in second place, but could not catch already-champions Leeds United or be passed by either third-place Ipswich Town, fourth-place Derby County or fifth-place Burnley (a trio whose First Division careers were to undergo drastic changes in subsequent years). The Hammers had ensured their safety from relegation by taking seven points from the preceding half-dozen games (two wins, three draws and a loss). The Merseysiders on the other hand were due in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on the following Saturday, so that provided our team with an extra incentive to end the season on a successful note.. . . and they nearly did, as with just a minute to go the Hammers were 2-1 ahead. Frank Lampard had given us an interval lead with a goal in the 32nd minute. That was equalled by John Toshack's 58th minute reply, but Trevor Brooking restored our advantage nine minutes later. However, the contest was enthralling enough lo keep the "early leavers" down to a minimum, and their reward for remaining until the final whistle was an equaliser by Kevin Keegan in the closing seconds. A great finish . . . and Liverpool went on to defeat Newcastle by 3-0 in the Cup Final.

7 May 1974

IAN PEARCE (1997-2004) Born this day Bury St Edmunds

 

Pearce started his career at Oxted & District FC then moved to Chelsea during the 1991–92 season. He played just four games in three seasons before moving onto Blackburn Rovers in October 1993 for a fee of £300,000. A strong, versatile defender who gained England Youth honours at Blackburn and was a member of Rovers' championship-winning squad of 1994-95. The young central defender joined West Ham United on 16 September 1997 in a £2.3m deal and made his debut four days later against Newcastle United at Upton Park. Pearce can play in defence or attack and he gained the reputation of one of the game's outstanding prospects. Powerful in the air and skilful on the ground, Ian was a member of the Under-19 England World Cup squad 1992-93. Runner-up to Shaka Hislop in the Hammer-of-the-Year award 1998-99. The following season he tore cruciate ligaments in the opening game against Tottenham Hotspur and was forced to undergo 14 months of gruelling rehabilitation. 2000-01 campaign saw him back to his best. An attacking crisis at Upton Park in December 2002 saw Ian leading the attack in which he scored against Middlesbrough in his second game in that position. Ian signed for West London rivals Fulham 20 January 2004. Having played 57 games for the Cottagers he was loaned out to Southampton for one game before retiring from the professional game to play for Oxted & District where he began his career in September 2008. Pearce signed for Kingstonian on 21 August 2009 as an attacking midfielder and forward and made his competitive debut for the club against Aveley. He left the club on 27 September. On 9 October 2009, in addition to his contract as assistant manager, Pearce signed a playing contract with Lincoln City. On 17 October, Pearce made his playing debut for Lincoln, coming on as a substitute in their 1–0 away defeat to Northampton Town. He was sent off as an unused substitute in a match against Cheltenham Town on 14 November 2009. He later had brief spells at Kingstonian and Lingfield.

22 May 1974

 

TREVOR BROOKING 2nd ENGLAND cap

ARGENTINA International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 2-2

 

 

29 May 1974

 

TREVOR BROOKING 3rd ENGLAND cap

EAST GERMANY International Friendly Zentralstadion, Leipzig 1-1

31 May 1974

 

CLIVE CHARLES joins CARDIFF CITY on a permanent basis after an intial loan period with the Bluebirds

West Ham United Career: (1971-1974), Appearances: 15, Goals: 0, Individual honours: England Youth (5 caps)

1 June 1974

 

TREVOR BROOKING 4th ENGLAND cap against BULGARIA

International Friendly Vasil Levski Stadion, Sofia 1-0

3 June 1974

 

SERGEI REBROV (2004-2005) Born this day Gorlovka, Ukraine

Ukrainian Sergei Rebrov started with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine's industrial east, the teenager caught the attention of the country's biggest club, Dynamo Kyiv during the inaugural 1992 season of the Ukrainian Premier League. Having switched to the capital, Rebrov formed a formidable partnership with Andriy Shevchenko, with the pair plundering goals both at home and in Europe. With 28 goals in 60 European appearances he was one of the top marksmen who had won everything that there was to win in the domestic game in Ukraine, at least until he signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2000. Unfortunately, his £11m move did not work out for either the player or the club. The Ukrainian failed to settle in north London, and with only 10 goals in 60 appearances he went out on loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2003. On the 27 July 2004, the striker moved to West Ham United on a one-year contract. Rebrov made his Hammers debut against Leicester City in a 0-0 draw at the Walkers Stadium on 7 August 2004. Just like his time at White Hart Lane, he struggled to regain his goal-scoring form at the Boleyn Ground, netting just twice in 32 league and cup appearances in claret and blue. In May 2005, he played his final game for the club, coming on as a substitute for Shaun Newton in the 2-2 home Championship play-off semi-final draw against Ipswich Town. On 3 June 2005, Rebrov returned to Dynamo Kyiv and immediately rediscovered the form that had made him a star, scoring 20 goals in 55 games. Then, even more impressively, the veteran forward picked up a Russian League winner's medal in 2008 after performing superbly for FC Rubin Kazan in a new midfield role.

5 June 1974

 

TREVOR BROOKING 5th ENGLAND cap

YUGOSLAVIA International Friendly Stadion Crvene Zvezde, Belgrade 2-2

8 June 1974

 

VLADIMIR LABANT (2002) Born this day Zilina, Slovakia

 

Ukrainian Sergei Rebrov started with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine's industrial east, the teenager caught the attention of the country's biggest club, Dynamo Kyiv during the inaugural 1992 season of the Ukrainian Premier League. Having switched to the capital, Rebrov formed a formidable partnership with Andriy Shevchenko, with the pair plundering goals both at home and in Europe. With 28 goals in 60 European appearances he was one of the top marksmen who had won everything that there was to win in the domestic game in Ukraine, at least until he signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2000. Unfortunately, his £11m move did not work out for either the player or the club. The Ukrainian failed to settle in north London, and with only 10 goals in 60 appearances he went out on loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2003. On the 27 July 2004, the striker moved to West Ham United on a one-year contract. Rebrov made his Hammers debut against Leicester City in a 0-0 draw at the Walkers Stadium on 7 August 2004. Just like his time at White Hart Lane, he struggled to regain his goal-scoring form at the Boleyn Ground, netting just twice in 32 league and cup appearances in claret and blue. In May 2005, he played his final game for the club, coming on as a substitute for Shaun Newton in the 2-2 home Championship play-off semi-final draw against Ipswich Town. On 3 June 2005, Rebrov returned to Dynamo Kyiv and immediately rediscovered the form that had made him a star, scoring 20 goals in 55 games. Then, even more impressively, the veteran forward picked up a Russian League winner's medal in 2008 after performing superbly for FC Rubin Kazan in a new midfield role.