A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1975-76 Football Combination

The decision of Swansea City to withdraw its Reserve Team from the Combination during last season left a vacancy that was filled by the election of Orient at the Annual General Meeting; at the same time Swindon Town were successful in their application for re-election after finishing at the foot of the table.

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

ORIENT : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

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AFC BOURNEMOUTH : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Curbishley, Pike)

16 August 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Domfe

Fraser

Martin

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Orhan

Pike

Brush

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Brush, Coleman, Pike [pen])

18 August 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Domfe

Fraser

Martin

Davy

Ayris

Curbishley

Orhan

Pike

Brush

Selhurst Park

3 - 1 (Orhan 2, Ferguson)

23 August 1975

Danson

Ferguson

Wooler

Fraser

Martin

Domfe (Brush)

Bonds

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Orhan

Home Park

1 - 2 (Curbishley)

27 August 1975

Danson

Fraser

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Wooler

Ayris

Curbishley

Orhan

Pike

Coker

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Coker, Orhan)

30 August 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Wooler

Bonds

Martin

McGiven

Fraser

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Orhan

Kenilworth Road

0 - 5

6 September 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Wooler

Fraser

Martin

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Gould (Coker)

Pike

Orhan

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Orhan 3, Best)

13 September 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Wooler

Fraser

Martin

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Best

Pike

Orhan

Brisbane Road:

1 - 1 (Coker)

20 September 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Wooler

Gould

Martin

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Coker

Pike

Orhan

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Coker 2, Gould, Martin, Orhan)

22 September 1975

Ferguson

Davy

Wooler

Coleman

Martin

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Gould

Coker

Orhan

Upton Park

0 - 1

27 September 1975

Sproul

Coleman

Wooler

Pike

Martin

McGiven

Orhan

Curbishley

Jennings

Coker

Robson

County Ground

9 - 2 (Orhan 4, Coker 3, Curbishly, Jennings)

4 October 1975

Ferguson

Coleman

Wooler

Pike

Martin

McGiven

Ayris

Curbishley

Jennings (Domfe)

Coker

Orhan

Manor Ground

4 - 1 (Orhan 2, Coker, Pike)

15 October 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Wooler

Ayris

Martin

McGiven

Orhan

Coker

Gould

Pike

Robson

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Coker 2, Gould, Orhan, Robson)

18 October 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Wooler

Ayris

Martin

McGiven

Orhan

Coker

Gould

Pike

Robson

Elm Park

2 - 0 (Coker, Jennings)

22 October 1975

Danson

Domfe

Brush

Ayris

Martin

Wooler

Orhan

Coker

Best

Pike

Jennings

Stamford Bridge

3 - 1 (Coker 2, Domfe)

25 October 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Wooler

Ayris

Martin

McGiven

Orhan

Jennings

Coker

Pike

Best

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Jennings 2, Coker, Orhan)

1 November 1975

Danson

Domfe

Wooler

Ayris (Pike)

Lock

McGiven

Orhan

Curbishley

Jennings

Coker

Best

St Andrews

0 - 2

8 November 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Brush

Ayris

Martin

McGiven

Orhan (Pike)

Curbishley

Best

Jennings

Coker

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Pike)

15 November 1975

Ferguson

Domfe

Wooler

Pike

Martin

McGiven

Orhan

Curbishley

Best

Coker

Jennings

Carrow Road

3 - 1 (Coker 2, Wooler)

29 November 1975

Ferguson

Davy

Wooler

Ayris

McGiven

Domfe

Brush

Hurlock

Coker

Pike

Best

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Best)

6 December 1975

Ferguson

Davy

Wooler

Pike

Martin

Domfe

Ayris

Curbishley

Coker

Brush

Best

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CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Best, Davy, Pike, [og])

13 December 1975

Ferguson

Davy

Wooler

Domfe

Martin

McGiven

Orhan

Pike

Coker

Brush

Best

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

Ashton Gate

0 - 1

20 December 1975

Danson

Domfe

Wooler

Davy

Martin (Brush)

McGiven

Orhan

Pike

Coker

Pike

Best

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We began the season with a home fixture against Bristol City Reserves. A good shot by Geoff Pike from inside the penalty-box put us ahead at the interval, and we appeared likely to consolidate this soon after the resumption. However, City got back into the game and threatened to steal a point before we pulled together and scored a second with about a quarter-hour to go Alan Curbishley notched this with a free-kick which appeared to be partially deflected by a defender. But overall, it was a pleasing performance by an XI which included six of last season's F.A. Youth Cup finalists.

It was also encouraging to see Mick McGiven give his best performance since he resumed playing in pre-season matches after a long absence.

After a 2-0 victory in their home game on the opening day of the season, they met Spurs Res. at Upton Park on the following Monday evening; it turned out to be one of the best second-string matches for some time, and it's a pity that not more fans were here to see it. The 3-2 margin in our favour gave a good indication of a close duel, in which we gave a trial to 20-year-old Steven Davy, a defender from the Eastern Counties League club Yarmouth Town; he did well. Geoff Pike netted his second goal of the season, our other two coming from Keith Coleman and Paul Brush.

75_08_16 WHU v. Bristol City Reserves 75_08_18 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 75_08_23 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 75_08_27 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU reserves 75_08_30 WHU v. Southampton 75_09_13 WHU v. Leicester City Reserves 75_09_20 Orient v. WHU Reserves 75_09_22 WHU v. Reading Reserves 75_09_27 WHU v. Ipswich Town Reserves 75_10_04 Swindon Town v. WHU Reserves 75_10_18 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Reserves 75_10_25 Chelsea v. WHU 75_11_01 WHu v. Cardiff City Reserves 75_11_15 WHU v. Bournemouth Reserves 75_11_29 Norwich City v. WHU Reserves 75_12_06 WHU v. Arsenal 75_12_13 WHU v. Crysyal Palace Reserves

A goalless first half at Selhurst Park was followed by a scoring burst after the interval. Crystal Palace Res. opened the account, but Bobby Ferguson (playing in a "striker" role) equalised. From thence onwards it went very much in our favour, and two goals by Yilmaz Orhan gave us a comfortable 3-1 margin at the final whistle. The return of Billy Bonds to our colours was most encouraging, and he came through the test in a satisfactory manner; unfortunately we sustained another casualty, John Domfe taking a gash on the leg which meant his substitution and likely absence for three weeks.

The successful run of three victories came to a salutory end at Home Park in our mid-week engagement against Plymouth Reserves which ended in a 2-1 defeat The Pilgrims were the better side in the first half and deserved their 2-0 advantage, but we came back very well after the interval. Alan Curbishley reduced the arrears, but we could not again penetrate the opposing rearguard - although we were of the opinion that we deserved a point.

The 2-0 home victory against Southampton Reserves might have been by a larger margin, but we must not be too greedy when we are in such a winning mood! A goal in each half emphasised our overall advantage against the Saints, and the afternoon ended well with Ade Coker and Yilmaz Orhan as our scorers. Billy Bonds came through another test and Mick McGiven again appeared after missing a previous match through sickness.

Our Reserves had a shock reverse at Kenilworth Road losing to Luton Town Reserves by five clear goals. It was a day when nothing went right, for after only a quarter-of-an-hour Bobby Gould had to go off with a recurrence of the injury he sustained against Liverpool at Anfield on Aug. 19. A goal just on half-time then put us two down at the interval, and from thence onwards we were always up against it.

The home game v Leicester City Res. was very different. Like our First XI, we shared half-a-dozen goals with City, but on this occasion netted four of them. Clyde Best returned to our colours and scored in the first half; Yilmaz Orhan made it three before City got one back before the interval. Orhan completed his hat-trick after the resumption, and the visitors netted another to end it 4-2.

Although our second-string returned from Brisbane Road with one point, they had every opportunity to take both from the fixture against Orient Res. After going into the lead with a goal by Ade Coker, the Hammers created opening after opening, but failed to capitalise on any. The O's equalised before half-time, and the game ended at 1-1. John Domfe and Bobby Gould returned after injury; John came through completely successfully, but Bobby showed that he had yet to recover full fitness.

Two days after the Orient fixture we did much better against Reading Reserves at Upton Park in an evening match. The Biscuitmen had taken six points from their first five games, but were overwhelmed on this occasion and conceded four in less than half an hour. The second half was a little more placid, but we netted another to win 5-0. Bobby Gould played again and opened our scoring, hut limped off near the end. Our remaining goals were shared by Ade Coker (2), Alvin Martin and Yilmaz Orhan.

In addition to Bobby Gould's knock keeping him out of action last Saturday, we had two goalkeepers injured - Bobby Ferguson and David Danson. We therefore called upon Gary Sproul to make his Comb.nation deout, and he did very well between the sticks against an Ipswich Town Reserve team which contained a lot of experienced players. We also included Billy Jennings and Keith Robson, each having tests after injury; both came through successfully. It was disappointing to lose by 1-0, but we had only ourselves to blame.

The score of last Saturday's match at Swindon Town's County Ground was in itself astonishing, but it was even more unbelievable that our Reserves stopped just short of double figures. The final count of 9-2 in our favour reflected the inexperience of the home side; but the game was so one-sided, that we might well have emulated the 12-1 record away score for a Combination match, set up by the Hammers' second string v Clapton Orient Res. at Lea Bridge in 1931.

On this occasion we were 4-1 ahead at half-time, and continued to create and miss chances as well as netting five after the interval. In the almost one-way traffic Yilmaz Orhan scored four and Ade Coker followed him with a hat-trick ; Alan Curbish-ley and Billy Jennings got one each. Billy was having a try-out after injury, but a knock some quarter-hour from time led to John Domfe substituting for him. The Reserves are now second in the table.

The top-of-the-table clash at St. Andrew's eventually ended in favour of Birmingham City Reserves; but the result could have been to our advantage had we capitalised on chances to score when the Blues were only one ahead after a goalless first half. Unfortunately, we did not take these, and the home side netted another before the end to put the eventual result beyond doubt and take over from us on goal-average.

We went back on top of the table thanks to a 1-0 home win v A.F.C. Bournemouth Reserves, plus the fact that Birmingham City Reserves did not have a match (although they have a game in hand, they are now two points in arrears).

The Cherries put up a hard fight in the first half to maintain a clean sheet, and for a while it looked as if they might hold out until the end. However, Geoff Pike's shot went in off a defender to put us ahead, and from thence on we might have made the margin more convincing. Ex-Hammer Harry Redknapp was in the visiting line-up, and showed much of his characteristic elan.