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1974-75 Football Combination

London Challenge Cup

The London Football Association has terminated its Challenge Cup competition to which entry was compulsory for the profressional clubs affiliated to the County Association. It was customary for London member clubs of the Football League to field reserve-strength teams in the tournament, although in the early years it was a regognised First Team competition. In recent seasons, a number of amateur clubs were also invited to enter, and this was a keenly sought after honour.

The tournament is being replaced by a new one which will still include non-Football League clubs, plus others who are eligible under the amended rulings in which the "amateur" tag will disappear from such competitions as the Isthmian League and similar organisations.

 

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

AFC BOURNEMOUTH : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

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QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

SORRY NO IMAGE

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Brush)

17 August 1974

Ferguson

Pook D.

Domfe

Smith

Stott

Tuddenham

Orhan

Curbishley

White

Pike

Brush

Kenilworth Road

1 - 3 (Gould)

21 August 1974

Ferguson

Coleman

Domfe

Pike

Stott

Tuddenham

Brush

Curbishley

Gould

White

Orhan

Carrow Road

1 - 1 (White)

24 August 1974

Ferguson Pook

Domfe

Smith

Stott

Tuddenham

Hill

White

Orhan

Pike

Brown

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Egbuniwe)

27 August 1974

Ferguson

Smith

Domfe

Hill

Stott

Tuddenham

Pike

White

Lutton  (Egbuniwe)

Brown

Orhan

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Orhan)

31 August 1974

Ferguson

Pook

Domfe

Tuddenham

Stott

Wooler

Egbuniwe

Smith

Coker

Curbishley

Orhan

Stamford Bridge

0 - 1

4 September 1974

Ferguson

Smith

Domfe

White (Egbuniwe)

Stott

Wooler

Curbishley

Tuddenham

Coker

Ayris

Orhan

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Gould 3, Coker, Robson)

14 September 1974

Ferguson

Coleman

Domfe

White

Stott

Wooler

Coker

Pike

Gould

Lutton

Robson

Filbert Street

0 - 3

21 September 1974

Ferguson

Coleman

Wooler

White

Stott

Tuddenham

Coker

Pike

Best

Lutton

Sussams (Smith)

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Pike)

28 September 1974

Danson

Coleman

Wooler

White

Stott

Tuddenham

Orhan

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Lutton

Dean Court

1 - 2 (Best)

5 October 1974

Ferguson

Coleman

Lutton

White

Stott

Wooler

Ayris

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Best

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Orhan)

12 October 1974

Ferguson

Smith

Tuddenham

Ayris

White

Stott

Best

Curbishley

Orhan

Pike

Lutton

Craven Cottage

1 - 1 (Ayris)

22 October 1974

Ferguson

McDowell

Coleman

Ayris

White

Wooler

Orhan

Holland

Coker

Pike

Best

Upton Park

0 - 1

26 October 1974

Ferguson

Smith

Tuddenham

Ayris

Stott

Wooler

Orhan

Best

Coker

Curbishley

Sussams

Manor Ground

1 - 3 (Pike)

31 October 1974

Ferguson

White

Sussams

Holland

Stott

Wooler

Ayris

Coker

Best

Curbishley

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Coker, Wooler)

9 November 1974

Ferguson

McDowell

Wooler

Pike

Stott

White

Orhan

Curbishley

Sussams

Best (Tuddenham)

Coker

Ashton Gate

1 - 3 (McDowell)

16 November 1974

 

Ferguson

McDowell

Wooler

Pike

White Stott

Ayris

Curbishley

Coker

Best

Sussams

Upton Park

0 - 4

30 November 1974

Danson

McDowell

Domfe

Ayris

Martin

Wooler

Taylor A.

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Bes

Loftus Road

1 - 2 (Orhan)

7 December 1974

Ferguson

White

Domfe

Ayris

Stott I.

Wooler

Orhan

Curbishley

Coker

Holland

Sussams

Eastville

4 - 1 (Best, Curbishley, Taylor, White)

14 December 1974

Ferguson

Tuddenham

Domfe

White

Stott I.

Wooler

Taylor A.

Curbishley

Orhan (Sussams)

Holland

Best

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Best, Orhan, Smith)

19 December 1974

Ferguson

Smith

Sussams

Ayris

White

Wooler

Taylor A.

Holland

Orhan

Best

Fraser

Manager: Bill Lansdowne

CHELSEA : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 5 (Orhan, Wooler)

28 December 1974

Ferguson

Tuddenham

Domfe

White

Martin A.

Wooler

Pike

Curbishley

Orhan

Smith

Sussams

74_08_17 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Reserves 74_08_21 Luton Town v. WHU Reserves 74_08_24 Norwich City v. WHU Reserves 74_08_27 WHU v. Luton Town Reserves 74_08_31 WHU v. Southampton Reserves 74_09_04 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves 74_09_14 WHU v. Swindon Town Reserves 74_09_21 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 74_09_28 WHU v. Birmingham City Reserves 74_10_05 Bournemouth v. WHU Reserves 74_10_12 WHU v. Ipswich Town Reserves 74_10_22 Fulham v. WHU Reserves 74_10_26 WHU v. Arsenal Reserves 74_10_31 Oxford United v. WHU Reserves 74_11_09 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle Reserves 74_11_30 WHU v. Crystal Palace Reserves 74_12_14 Bristol Rovers v. WHU reserves 74_12_19 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves 74_12_28 WHU v. Chelsea Reserves

Bristol Rovers Reserves took an early lead in the Football Combination fixture at Upton Park; the successful shot was from close range following a corner, an easy opportunity accepted with alacrity.

The scores were levelled ten minutes before the interval. Our marksman was new apprentice Paul Brush, his shot from just inside the penalty-box giving the 'keeper no chance. Unfortunately our hopes of improvement were short-lived, as Rovers regained their margin within two minutes ; a misplaced back-pass was intercepted and we went 2-1 down.

The second-half was evenly-contested and both sides had their chances. One of our best efforts was a fine run by David Pook (an amateur triallist from Plymouth); it highlighted a promising first appearance in our Reserve side.

Incidentally, the XI which we fielded included only one player with First Division experience - Bobby Ferguson - and six are still eligible for our Youth XI We also included a second amateur — Ian Stott, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

The new stand at Stamford Bridge toward over a virtual non-event atmosphere. The distance of the pitch from the spectators has always made it one of the "lonelier" arenas from the players' viewpoint, and a Wednesday afternoon is hardly the time to attract many fans for a Combination fixture!. The exchanges appeared to have brought an almost inevitable goalless draw until five minutes from time, when the West Londoners broke away to score and gain full spoils.

Foot-of-the-table opposition Swindon Town had conceded 14 goals in their last five previous games without scoring once. The reasons for the Robins lack of success soon became apparent on this occasion, and within a quarter-hour of the start they were already two down through well-taken goals by Bobby Gould and Ade Coker. Keuth Robson then netted his first in the Hammers' colours and the Wiltshire club's record was further dented when Bobby Gould added two more.

However, despite the poor quality of the opposition, it wasa most encouraging performance by a Reserve Team which was noticeably stronger than in its opening fixtures, and this first victory could well be the prelude to a successful run as confidence increases.

Leicester City Reserves to some extent avenged the heavy defeat of their seniors by putting three goals into our net without reply at Filbert Street. They scored only one of these during the first half, and we were in with a chance until they got their second after about an hour's play; but from thence onwards the homesters were in for vitory. Paul Sassams made his first competitive appearance of teh campaign after undergoing a leg operation during the close season. He came successfully through the test, but we decided to substitute him with 20 minutes to go as he was naturally feeling a little tired after some unaccustomed activity.

The Reserves collected a welcome couple of points by winning 1-0 against Birmingham City. The decider came late in the game, Geoff Pike being the scorer but we could have made victory doubly sure had the same player not missed a penalty almost immediately afterwards. Overall it wasn't a great match, but ground-conditions were a little difficult. Although the pitch had somewhat recovered froma deluge which fell upon it earier in the week, groundsman George Izatt had some qualms as to the damage which it would suffer if played upon.

Our Reserves made a very good start to their fixture against AFC Bournemouth Reserves at Dean Court. Clyde Best opened his scoring account and we looked set for a couple of points. However, the Cherries succeeded in equalising before half-time and then scored again. Meanwhile the Hammers were fading out of the picture, and we ended with a disappointing 1-2 reverse.

At the interval of our home fixture versus Ipswich Town Reserves we had every hope of gaining a couple of points, as we held a 1-0 lead through a goal scored by Yilmaz Orhan and had the better of the exchanges. Unfortunately, we faded in the second half; although conceding an equaliser we still looked good for a share of the spoils, but even a solitary point was denied us when Town got a second a couple of minutes before the end.

Our Reserves are having a lean spell this season, and have quite a lot of leeway to make up on the clubs just ahead of them.

Apart from one burst of scoring against Swindon Town reserves, we have been disappointing up front, and our second-string has lost six of its matches by the odd goal.

the mid-week engagement versus Fulham reserves at Craven Cottage the West Londoners opened the score, but John Ayris levelled the count before the interval. We gained complete ascendancy over the Cottagers during the second half, but failure to finish and a near-miss that hit the post brought no further score, and only one point instead of the two which were ours for the taking.

 

The only goal of this Reserve fixture at Upton Park arrived midway through the second half. Arsenal Reserves were the opposition on this occasion, and this solitary counter just about summed up the margin of their victory.

We had a mid-week engagement at the Manor Ground v Oxford United Reserves on October 31. After being a goal down at half-time we equalised when Geoff Pike netted from the penalty-spot. However, the homesters soon recovered their advantage, and ended as 3-1 winners.

In the fixture at Upton Park against Plymouth Argyle Reserves went two up before Ade Coker opened our account. The Pilgrims' Steve Davey got another after the interval to complete his hat-trick, but Alan Wooler put us back in the game with his first goal of the season. However, we continued to miss opportunities, and our chances of gaining a point faded into a 2-3 defeat. Tony Tuddenham went on as sub after an hour's play in place of Clyde Best, who received a knock.

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Queens Park Rangers Reserves went two up in the first half at Loftus Road, but we pulled back some of the deficit before the interval through a goal by Yilmaz Orhan. An improved performance as compared to the previous Saturday found us righting back well after the resumption, and we might well have earned a point, but the homesters held on to secure full spoils without further scoring.

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Our Reserves produced some of their best form of the season at Eastville on December 14. Bristol Rovers Reserves defeated us here on the opening day of the season by 2-1, but we more than avenged this by running up a 4-1 margin. Clyde Best, Alan Taylor and Tony White put us three up before we conceded an "own goal" but we were comfortably ahead when the interval arrived. A further goal by Alan Curbishley completed the rout. These were the first Combination goals netted by Taylor and Curbishley.

 

Another two welcome points went into the bag on Thursday afternoon in the re-arranged fixture against Cardiff City Reserves at Upton Park. Clyde Best opened our score, but the Bluebirds drew level before half-time. Then Chris Smith and Yilmaz Orhan made it 3-1, but although City staged a rally to score again we were the deserving winners by 3-2.

Chelsea Reserves gave our second-string a drubbing in the Combination game at Upton Park on December 28. Both line-ups showed several enforced changes, but the Blues still had the edge in experience, and this was to be decisive.

An Alan Wooler header following a corner-kick put us ahead early on, but within a minute a run and centre from ex-Hammer John Sissons led to the equaliser. Chelsea netted again before half-time, and after the resumption increased their margin to 4-1 before Yilmaz Orhan ended a spectacular run with his fifth goal of the season. Another by the opposition made the final score 5-2.