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Departing for Norway
The travelling party left London on Monday 22nd July. Their headquarters were at the Royal Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, the matches being played in three coastal towns.
The opening game was against Norway's First Division champions - Viking of Stavanger. The Scandinavians scored a goal in each half to gain a deserved victory, although we were pressing for the equaliser when the opposition netted their second counter. The second fixture took place at Kristiansund, some fifty miles north of Stavnger against the Second Division club Start, who appear likely to be promoted next season. This was a much easier task, and we should have bee more than one ahead at the interval. However, the Hammers had a most convincing second-half to end 5-0 in front. For the final match of the tour we again met First Division opposition, the hosts being Vard F.C. at Haugesund (about 100 miles south-east of Stavanger). A single goal decided the issue in our favor. The party returned to London on Friday 26th July.
Keith Coleman, John McDowell, Kevin Lock, Mervyn Day, Tommy Taylor, Bobby Ferguson, Mick McGiven, Geoff Pike, Pat Holland, Bobby Gould, Graham Paddon, Frank Lampard, Clyde Best
0 - 2
25 July 1974
5 - 0 (Best 3, Gould, McDowell)
29 July 1974
Day (Ferguson), Coleman, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, McGiven, McDowell (Pike), Paddon, Gould, Brooking, Best
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VARD F.C. (Norway)
1 - 0 (McDowell)
1 August 1974
Day, Coleman, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, McGiven, McDowell, Paddon, Gould, Brooking, Best (Ayris)
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0 - 1
3 August 1974
1 - 2 (Orhan)
6 August 1974
0 - 0
9 August 1974
0 - 1
12 August 1974
BISHOP'S STORTFORD : Centenary Match
1 - 1 (Best)
5 November 1974
CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Peter Reeves Testimonial
1 - 0 (Brooking)
12 November 1974
MILLWALL : Billy Neil Testimonial
EPPING TOWN : Opening of Floodlights
3 - 2 (Best, Taylor, Wooler)
12 December 1974
4 - 3 (Taylor A. 2, Brooking, Robson K.)
3 December 1974
WALLY ST. PIER TESTIMONIAL
4 West Ham United Teams
NORWICH CITY : Dave Stringer Testimonial
Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground
TOP TEN XI v. ALL STAR POLICE XI
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24 April 1975
5 May 1975
1964 F.A. Cup Winners v. 1975 F.A. Cup Winners
1963 F.A. Youth Cup Winners v. 1975 F.A. Youth Cup Winners
1 - 1 (Lampard)
9 May 1975
ISRAEL SELECT XI : Exhibition Match
National Stadium, Tel Aviv
2 - 2 (Taylor A., Lock)
???? May 1975
We went to Israel a few days after the F.A. Cup Final, and were originally due to play an exhibition match (here against fellow-finalists Fulham. However, the Cottagers were unable to make (he trip, so we played one game against a Selected XI, mostly members of the current national team.
Ernie Gregory was our official-in-charge on this occasion, but Billy Bonds was unable to go owing to injury. The party stayed in Tel Aviv for eight days, and our F.A. Cup win ensured that the national stadium would be filled to its 22,000 capacity.
An exciting game ended in a 2-2 draw, the home side equalising with virtually the last kick of the match. Our scorers were Alan Taylor and Kevin Lock.
Day, McDowell, Lampard, Holland, Taylor T., Lock, Taylor A., Paddon, Jennings, Brooking, Robson K.
Youth Tournament Urach, West Germany
STUTTGART KICKERS (West Germany)
Second Group 1 - 1
SPANDAUER SV (West Germany)
Second Group 4 - 0
The Youth Section won the Tournament which took place in Urach, West Germany, from May 17-19 (Whitsun). Urach is situated near Stuttgart, and FC Urarch 1954 stages an annual tournament which was won last year by Vardar Skopje of Yugoslavia.
The holders competed again this season, but with four points were only able to finish second in their group to Schweinfurt 05 (five pts.); MSV Duisburg and SSV Reutlingen were the other competitors in that section.
Our first result in the second group was a 1-1 draw v Stuttgart Kickers, but we then defeated Spandauer SV by 4-0 and Rot-Weiss Ludenscheid by 1-0 to total five points in these three matches of 20 minutes each way.
The 40-minutes-each-way Final v Schweinfurt 05 was pretty even until the interval, when we were one goal up. However, we outpaced the West Germans in the second half and gained an easy 5-0 margin to win the trophy.
ROT-WEISS LUDENSCHEID (West Germany)
Second Group 1 - 0
SCHWEINFURT 05 (West Germany)
Final 5 - 0
3 - 1 (Cross 2, Howe) (Pike)
0 - 0
Wally St. Pier had a Testimonial Match two days after the 1975 F.A. Cup Final, and there was an attendance of 25,074 at Upton Park for that special occasion.
Two matches were played between four teams of Past and Present Hammers. In the first of these the F.A. Youth Cup winning side of 1963 defeated the F.A. Youth Cup Finalists by 3-0, and the second ended in a goalless draw between the F.A. Cup Winners of 1964 and the F.A. Cup Winners of 1975.
Vetrans of the 1964 and 1965 Wembley Finals XI's
Back row: Peter Brabrook, Jack Burkett, Ken Brown, Martin Peters, John Bond, Bobby Moore, Jim Standen
Front row: Geoff Hurst, Johnny Byrne, Eddie Bovington, Ron Boyce
Alan Taylor - scorer of two goals in the 1975 FA Cup Fnal is rather overshadowed by heavyweight "Budgie Byrne"
Image courtesy of Nigel Turner
Image courtesy of Nigel Turner
Playing Subs: Coker, Wooler, Ayris
Image courtesy of Richard Miller
Norwegian Pre-Season Tour
As part of the pre-season preparations, our First Team squad visited Norway to play three matches and continue the training schedule which commenced on July 15. The travelling party was Clyde Best, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Keith Coleman, Mervyn Day, Bobby Ferguson, Bobby Gould, Pat Holland, Frank Lampard, Kevin Lock. John McDowell, Mick McGiven, Graham Paddon, Geoff Pike and Tommy Taylor, together with Mr. W. F. Cearns (Director), Ron Greenwood, John Lyall and Rob Jenkins.
Headquarters were at the Royal Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, the matches being played in three coastal towns.
The opening game on the Thursday after our arrival, was against Norway's First Division champions — Viking of Stavanger. The Scandinavians scored a goal in each half to gain a deserved victory, although we were pressing for the equaliser when the opposition netted their second counter.
Monday's fixture was against Start, a Second Division club which appears likely to be promoted next season. This was a much easier task, and we should have been more than one ahead at the interval. However, the Hammers had a most convincing second-hall' to end 5-0 in front. This took place at Kristiansund, some fifty miles north of Stavanger. On the following Thursday we again met First Division opposition in the concluding fixture, the hosts being Vard F.C. at Haugesund (about 100 miles south-east of Stavanger). A single goal decided the issue in our favour.
1963 Youth Team:
Mackleworth (Grotier), Glozier, Kitchener, Heffer, Charles J., Howe, Redknapp, Lindsay, Britt, Cross, Hartley
1975 Youth Team:
Danson, Smith C., Tuddenham, Fraser, Martin, Domfe, Hill, Creasey, Sharpe, Pike, Brush
1964 FA Winners:
Standen (Dickie), Bond, Burkett (Kirkup), Bovington, Brown, Moore, Brabrook (Sealey), Boyce, Byrne (Dear), Hurst, Peters
1975 FA Winners:
Day, McDowell, Lampard, Gould, Taylor T., Lock, Jennings, Paddon, Taylor, Brooking, Holland