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1974-75 Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

AFC BOURNEMOUTH : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

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NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

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Upton Park

4 - 0 (Curbishley, Orhan, Pike [pen], Sussams)

11 January 1975

Ferguson

Smith

Tuddenham

White

Stott I.

Wooler

Ayris

Curbishley

Orhan

Pike

Sussams

Selhurst Park

1 - 0 (Orhan)

15 January 1975

Ferguson

Taylor T.

Tuddenham

White

Martin A.

Wooler

Ayris

Jennings

Orhan

Pike

Sussams

Upton Park

2 - 6 (Coker, Wooler)

8 February 1975

Ferguson

Smith

Sussams

White

McGiven

Wooler

Orhan

Taylor A.

Coker

Curbishley

Gould

Home Park

2 - 1 (Curbishley, Taylor)

15 February 1975

Ferguson

Smith

Wooler

Ayris

Stott I.

McGiven

Taylor A.

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Gould

The Dell

1 - 0 (Sussams)

1 March 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Wooler

Domfe

Stott I.

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Sussams

Taylor A.

Best

Ninian Park

2 - 2 (Best, Gould [pen])

12 March 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Wooler

White

Stott I.

Murphy

Ayris

Gould

Coker

Sussams

Best

Upton Park

0 - 1

22 March 1975

Danson

Smith

Tuddenham

White (Fraser)

Stott I.

Wooler

Hill

Curbishley

Sussams

Pike

Best

Elm Park

2 - 1 (Sussams, Tuddenham)

26 March 1975

Ferguson

Smith

Tuddenham

Holland

Stott I.

Wooler

Ayris

Curbishley

Coker

Sussams

Best

St Andrews

0 - 3

29 March 1975

Ferguson

Smith

Tuddenham

Holland

Stott I.

White

Hill

Domfe

Coker

Sussams

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 6 (Ferguson)

1 April 1975

Spink

Boyling

Murphy

White

Stott I.

Baldwin

Ferguson

Boyce

Coker

Hurlock

Sussams

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Coker 2, Best)

12 April 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Tuddenham

White

Stott I.

Wooler

Ayris

Curbishley (Smith)

Coker

Sussams

Best

County Ground

1 - 3 (Jennings)

16 April 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Tuddenham

Holland

Stott I.

Wooler

Coker

Curbishley

Jennings

Best

Robson

Highbury

1 - 3 (Best)

19 April 1975

Ferguson

Smith

Tuddenham

White

Stott I.

Wooler

Coker

Ayris

Best

Sussams

Robson (Domfe)

White Hart Lane

3 - 2 (Best, Curbishley, Pike)

23 April 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Tuddenham (Hill)

Fraser

White

Martin A.

Pike

Curbishley

Best

Sussams

Brush

Upton Park

0 - 2

26 April 1975

Ferguson

Smith C.

Tuddenham

Fraser

White

Martin A.

Hill

Pike

Sussams

Domfe

Brush

Upton Park

4 -  1 (Best, Curbishley, Hill, Sussams)

1 May 1975

 

Ferguson

Smith C.

Coleman (Pike)

Fraser

Martin A.

Stott

White

Curbishley

Hill

Best

Sussams

Chadwell Heath

2 - 2 (Hill, Smith)

6 May 1975

Ferguson

Smith C.

Tuddenham

Fraser

White

Martin A.

Hill

Pike

Sussams

Domfe

Brush

Chadwell Heath

1 - 3 (White)

8 May 1975

Ferguson

Creasy

Tuddenham

Fraser

Martin

White

Hill

Smith C.

Sussams

Domfe

Pike

Portman Road

0 - 1

9 May 1975

Danson

Tuddenham

Domfe

Fraser

Stott I.

Martin A.

Smith C.

Hill

White

Sussams

Pike

75_01_11 WHU v. QPR Reserves 75_01_15 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 75_02_08 WHU v. Bristol City Reserves
75_03_12 Cardiff City v. WHU Reserves 75_03_22 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 75_03_26 Reading v. WHU Reserves 75_03_29 Birmingham City v. WHU Reserves 75_04_01 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 75_04_12 WHU v. Bournemouth
75_04_23 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 75_04_26 WHU v. Fulham Reserves

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75_05_09 Ipswich Town v. WHU 1973-74 Reserves 1975-76 Reserves Season 1974-75

This home fixture was a pleasing contrast to our last, and this time it was our turn to pile on the goals against Queens Park rangers Reserves. Although only one up at half-time through Alan Curbishley we were always in command; Yilmaz Orhan, Geoff Pike from the penalty spot and Paul Sussams netted in the second-half, but it might have been an even greater margin than the eventual 4-0.

This success lifted us a place in the table on goal-average, and if we can collect a few more points we shall climb out of the "re-election" zone.

have a try-out after recent injury; in addition we were able to include Tommy Taylor, who was also available after missing two First XI games. The Glaziers did well to keep the score-sheet blank at half-time, but a second-half goal by Yilmaz Orhan was sufficient to win us full points.

The weather has played havoc with the Combination schedule during recent weeks, and our Reserves missed two away games due to postponements —that v. Plymouth Argyle on Feb. 1 and a re-arranged date v. Swindon Town on Feb. 4.

Our main interest in this match at Upton Park, was the inclusion of several players who have recently been-on the injured list. The trio concerned were Bobby Gould, Mick McGiven and Alan Taylor, and we are all came through the preliminary test in a satisfactory manner, bearing in mind that each had still some way to go to full fitness.

Unfortunately the match itself was not as encouraging, and our faithful fans were—to say the least— astonished that Bristol City Reserves should run up six goals before we replied. Two late counters by Ade Coker (returning after being on loan to Lincoln City) and Alan Wooler gave the score some respectability, and if we had not missed a penalty and other chances it could have improved matters to some extent. But, all in all, the table-toppers had no difficulty in maintaining their position.

Our Reserves played particularly well during the first halt at Home Park, and although our only score before the interval came from Alan Curbishley, we might have sewn up the points earlier than we did. Alan Taylor was eventually rewarded with a goal after hitting the bar, and the Hammers held on comfortably to a 2-0 lead until ten minutes from time when Plymouth Argyle netted their consolation goal.

Bobby Gould made another reappearance after injury (he had played in a mid-week friendly), but at present has some way to go before being fully match-fit.

We collected two useful points at The Dell by defeating Southampton Reserves. A solitary second-half goal from Paul Sussams was sufficient to gain the full spoils, but had we been in better shooting form the margin would have been more convincing.

The Reserves picked up a useful point in a mid-week afternoon visit to Ninian Park, holding Cardiff City Res. to a 2-2 draw after being twice in arrears. The Bluebirds' interval lead was equalised when Bobby Gould converted a penalty, and an excellent goal by Clyde Best brought the second leveller. John Ayris had a good afternoon in mid-field, and another item of note was that apprentice Lou Murphy made his Combination debut.

The line-up against Leicester City Reserves at Upton Park included six of our Youth Team. The Filberts had a fair amount of First XI experience among their midfielders and front-runners, and thus eventually turned the scales in their favour — although the goal which they scored was due to a bad defensive error in the first half. We had some chances to snatch a draw, but the visitors held out to win 1-0.

A re-arranged match on the Wednesday before Easter ended in us taking two points from Reading Reserves at their Elm Park Ground. Tony Tuddenharn gave us an interval lead, hut although the Biscuitmen equalised in the second half we gained a deserved winner through Paul Sussams a quarter-of-an-hour from the end. A pleasing feature was the re-appearance of Pat Holland after injury; he came through the test, although still short of match-fitness.

The match at St. Andrew's on Easter Saturday was a one-sided affair. Birmingham City Res. were two ahead at the interval, and although only storing once in the second half could have won more easily than by 3-0.

The match against Spurs Reserves originally dated for Easter Monday at Upton Park was re-arranged for the following evening. First Team calls at Leicester the same day and a Youth Cup Semi-Final on the next left us to fill several gaps in the more-or-less regular second-string line-up; apart from four amateurs from the youth squad we also included Ron Boyce. Bobby Ferguson played on the right wing, and scored our only goal after the visitors had quickly gone three up. Another trio of second-half goals made it 6-1 to the North Londoners at the final whistle.

The home game against AFC Bournemouth Reserves was entertaining with five goals to further enliven the proceedings. The Cherries were in the lead by 2-1 at the interval, but we came back strongly in the second half to emerge as deserving victors by 3-2.

 

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Swindon Town Reserves collected an unanticipated couple of points when we visited the County Ground on April 16. With several players with League experience in the line-up, we appeared to be on the way to victory when Billy Jennings opened the scoring. However, the Town came back very strongly, and netted three times to win by 3-1.

Keith Robson played in the team and came through the test and was in the XI which visited Highbury on the following Saturday, having missed eight First Team games. He was substituted at half-time, but did well in subsequent training.

Keith Robson was in the starting XI which visited Highbury, having missed eight First Team games. He was substituted at half-time, but did well in subsequent training.There was no joy from the match v Arsenal Res. A goal up at half-time, the Gunners added two more before Clyde Best converted a rebound that made the final count 3-1 to the homesters.

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1974-75 Combination