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1976-77 Football League : First Division

1975-76 First XI 1977-78 First XI Season 1976-77

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

White Hart Lane

1 - 2 (Brooking)

1 January 1977

Att: 44,972

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Robson K.

Radford (Otulakowski)

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

77_01_01 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 76_12_11 Derby County v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

77_01_01 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 01

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 0

3 January 1977

Att: 25,236

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Robson K.

Devonshire

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

77_01_03 WHU v. WBA 77_01_08 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers FAC 3 77_01_15 Queens Park Rangers v. WHU Post

BOLTON WANDERERS : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Jennings, Pike)

8 January 1977

Att: 24,147

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Curbishley

Pike

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

3 January 1977

LEE BOWYER (2003 & 2006-2009) Born this day Poplar, London

 

Bowyer signed for West Ham United on an initial six-month contract for a nominal transfer fee, which meant that should West Ham be relegated at the end of the 2002–03 season, the club would not be burdened with a large Premiership salary. The transfer was not popular with a section of West Ham supporters who questioned Bowyer's attitude towards racism. A protest against his signing was held outside Upton Park before Bowyer's introduction to the crowd. Bowyer was hampered by ankle injuries and made only eleven appearances for the Hammers. West Ham were relegated at the end of the season and Bowyer was not offered another contract and joined Newcastle United on a free transfer.

Bowyer rejoined West Ham United, the club he supported as a boy, in June 2006 for an undisclosed fee, declaring that he had "unfinished business" with the club. In January 2009, Bowyer signed for Birmingham City and later played for Ipswich Town.

BOWYER Lee

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League First Division

Loftus Road

15 January 1977

 

MATCH POSTPONED

Ground Conditions : rearranged for 4 April 1977

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 1

22 January 1977

Att: 27,577

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Curbishley

Pike (Devonshire)

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

77_01_22 Aston Villa v. WHU 77_01_22 WHU v. Aston Villa

ASTON VILLA : F.A. Cup (Fourth Round)

Villa Park

0 - 3

29 January 1977

Att: 46,954

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Taylor A.

Radford

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Filbert Street

0 - 2

5 February 1977

Att: 16,201

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Green

Lock

Taylor A.

Radford

Devonshire

Brooking

Robson B.

77_02_05 Leicester City v. WHU 77_02_12 WHU v. Stoke City 77_01_15 QPR v. WHU 77_01_15 QPR v. WHU Vn2 77_01_29 Aston Villa v. WHU FAC 4 77_01_08 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers FAC 3

9 February 1977

TREVOR BROOKING 16th ENGLAND cap

 

HOLLAND International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 0-2

489 BROOKING Trevor - England Eng Holland

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Robson K.)

12 February 1977

Att: 20,106

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Green

Lock

Taylor A.

Radford

Devonshire

Brooking

Robson B. (Robson K.)

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Highbury

3 - 2 (Taylor A. 2, Jennings)

19 February 1977

Att: 38,221

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Green

Lock

Taylor A.

Radford

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

77_02_19 Arsenal v. WHU 77_02_26 WHU v. Bristol City 77_03_05 Sunderland v. WHU 77_02_19 Arsenal v. WHU

BRISTOL CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Bonds [pen], Jennings)

26 February 1977

Att: 29,713

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Green

Lock

Taylor A.

Radford

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

This is a victory certainly not to be forgotten amongst the Claret and Blue fans as Alan Taylor's brace guided the Hammers to an away day win in 1977. Billy Jennings also got himself on the score sheet in the win which gained revenge for a 2-0 loss at home to the Gunners earlier in the season. West Ham legends Alan Devonshire, Frank Lampard Senior, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds all featured, and all played key roles as the Hammers came away from Highbury with maximum points.

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Roker Park

0 - 6

5 March 1977

Att: 35,357

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Green

Lock

Robson K.

Radford

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Robson B.)

12 March 1977

Att: 24,974

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Green (Curbishley)

Lock

Pike

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

77_03_12 WHU v. Manchester City 77_03_22 Ipswich Town v. WHU 77_04_02 WHU v. Everton

10 March 1977

PETER FOX (Goalkeeper) signs on loan from SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

Portman Road

1 - 4 (Robson B. [pen])

22 March 1977

Att: 27,287

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Taylor T.

Lock

Pike

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

EVERTON : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Robson B. 2 [1 pen])

2 April 1977

Att: 22,518

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Otulakowski

Taylor T.

Lock

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League First Division

Loftus Road

1 - 1 (Robson B.)

4 April 1977

Att: 24,930

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

Lock

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire (Otulakowski)

Brooking

Jennings

77_04_04 QPR v. WHU 77_04_08 WHU v. Birmingham City 77_04_09 Coventry City v. WHU

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Jennings, Pike)

8 April 1977

Att: 28,167

Day

Bonds

Coleman

Pike

Taylor T.

Lock

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire (Taylor A.)

Brooking

Jennings

77_04_09 Coventry City v. WHU

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

Highfield Road

1 - 0 (Robson B.)

9 April 1977

Att: 15,755

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Taylor T.

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Jennings

West Ham United were relegation trouble when Division One title-chasers Manchester City arrived at the Boleyn Ground. The Hammers had been thrashed 6-0 in their previous league game at Sunderland the previous weekend - an embarrassing result that saw them drop to 20th place and into the relegation zone. Few supporters would have given John Lyall's men much hope of turning over Tony Book's Manchester City. As so often happens, however, the Hammers turned the table on its head by pulling off a memorable 1-0 victory, with Bryan 'Pop' Robson scoring the only goal of the game. At the other end, the central defensive pair of Kevin Lock and Bill Green kept the likes of Joe Royle, Brian Kidd, Asa Hartford and Dennis Tueart quiet with a determined display. The result would have a massive bearing on both club's fortunes come the end of the season, with Manchester City being pipped to the title by just one point by Liverpool.

31 March 1977

YILMAZ ORHAN joins North American Soccer League side TEAM HAWAII on a free transfer

NORWICH CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Pike)

11 April 1977

Att: 27,084

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

77_04_11 WHU v. Norwich City 77_04_16 Newcastle United v. WHU 77_04_20 Derby County v. WHU

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

St James' Park

0 - 3

16 April 1977

Att: 30,967

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Baseball Ground

1 - 1 (Pike [pen])

20 April 1977

Att: 21,380

Day

Bonds (Jennings)

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

16 April 1977

FREDRIK LJUNGBERG (2007-2008) Born this day Vittsjo, Sweden

 

Clubs: Halmstads BK, Arsenal, West Ham United, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic, Shimizu S-Pulse

Signed by Alan Curbishley on a four-year deal in the summer of 2007, a then 30-year-old Ljungberg ended a trophy-laden nine-year stint at Arsenal to make the switch to east London. The goalscoring midfielder made his debut on the opening day of the campaign, captaining West Ham in a forgettable 2-0 home defeat to Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City. In all, Ljungberg would make 28 appearances in his first and, as it turned out, last season at the Boleyn Ground, scoring twice, in a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham City and a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

Capped 75 times by his native Sweden, Ljungeberg parted company with West Ham in August 2008, before subsequently signing for Major League Soccer outfit Seattle Sounders.  

LJUNGBERG Fredrik ORHAN Yilmaz

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Elland Road

1 - 1 (Robson B.)

26 April 1977

Att: 16,891

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Robson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

77_04_26 Leeds United v. WHU 77_04_29 Middlesbrough v. WHU 77_05_04 WHU v. Coventry City

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

Ayresome Park

1 -1 Robson B.)

29 April 1977

Att: 16,360

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Jennings

Robson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Pike [pen], Robson B.)

4 May 1977

Att: 25,461

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Ronson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

West Ham United earned a valuable point at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park to boost their survival prospects. The Hammers had sat rock bottom at the start of April, but were showing signs of life with just one defeat in their last eight outings prior to this trip to the north-east. Bryan Robson had netted three days earlier in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road and he was at it again here, as John Lyall's troops battled to another 1-1 stalemate. Britain's first half-a-million pound Footballer, David Mills, was on target for Boro.

77_04_29 Middlesbrough v. WHU 77_04_16 Newcastle United v. WHU

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Jennings, Pike)

7 May 1977

Att: 32,079

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Robson B. (Jennings)

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

77_05_07 WHU v. Derby County 77_05_14 Liverpool v. WHU Champs 77_05_16 WHU v. Manchester United

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Anfield

0 - 0

14 May 1977

Att: 54,341

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Jennings

Robson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Robson B. 2, Lampard, Pike)

16 May 1977

Att: 29,904

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Pike

Taylor T.

McGiven

Radford

Robson B.

Devonshire

Brooking

Taylor A.

The Hammers were in the midst of a relegation battle in the top flight, so this maximum-point haul came as welcome relief to majority of the 25,461 in attendance. A Geoff Pike penalty, plus Bryan 'Pop' Robson's goal were enough to see off the Sky Blues, who were also threatened by the drop. Ultimately, both teams would go on to avoid the unwelcome fate of second tier Football the next term, as West Ham earned four points from their final three games to finish in 17th position with 36 points - two more than Sunderland in 20th. Coventry were in a more precarious position, but also survived with their final tally of 35.

10 May 1977

HENRI CAMARA (2007-2008) Born this day Dakar, Senegal

 

The powerful African striker joined West Ham United on a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic just four minutes before the August 2007 transfer window shut. Wolverhampton Wanderers paid £1.5m but faced with an unwelcome stint in England's second-tier, he opted for a season-long loan with Celtic but after scoring eight goals in 20 league and cup outings, he prematurely returned to Wolves, whereupon he was immediately loaned to struggling Southampton.  Harry Redknapp's Saints side were already on the slide and his three goals in ten Premiership outings could not prevent a second successive relegation for Camara. After returning briefly to Wolves, Camara was sold to newly-promoted Wigan Athletic for £3.1m at the start of the 2005/06 campaign. He had made his West Ham debut as a substitute in the 3-1 defeat at Newcastle United on 27th September 2007. Returned to Wigan at the end of his loan period.

CAMARA Henri

19 May 1977

MANUEL ALMUNIA (2011) Born this day Pamplona, Spain

 

On 30 September 2011, Manuel Almunia signed an initial one-month emergency loan deal after West Ham United's Robert Green was ruled out for six weeks with a knee cartilage injury. Almunia made his debut for the Hammers on 1 October 2011 in a 2–2 draw away to Crystal Palace. After four games for West Ham and with the return to fitness of Robert Green, Almunia returned to Arsenal at the end of October 2011.

ALMUNIA Manuel

28 May 1977

TREVOR BROOKING 17th ENGLAND cap

 

NORTHERN IRELAND Home Championship Windsor Park, Belfast 2-1

 

 

 

31 May 1977

TREVOR BROOKING 18th ENGLAND cap

 

WALES Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 0-1

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6 June 1977

DAVID CONNOLLY (2003-2004) Born this day Willesden, London

 

Born in London to Irish parents, the impish striker began his career with Watford in 1994 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Hornets and scoring 62 goals. David broke into the Irish squad at the age of 18. His international form caught the eye of Dutch club Feyenoord, where he moved on a Bosman free transfer in 1997. Had a difficult four years in the Netherlands, and after a spell with the Rotterdam outfit's nursery club Excelsior he returned to England with Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Wimbledon (Milton Keynes Dons) on a free transfer in July 2001. Signed for West Ham from the Don’s 31st July 2003 for a £285,000 Fee. Scored the winning goal on his Hammer’s debut after coming on as a 60th minute substitute in the opening season victory Preston North End at Deepdale 9th August 2003. Unable to command a regular first-team place, David was allowed to sign for Leicester City 20th July 2004 for a £500,000 fee. Connolly kept up his one season appearances by signing for Wigan Athletic in August 2005 for a whopping £2m. Later played for Sunderland, Southampton, Portsmouth, Oxford United and AFC Wimbledon.

CONNOLLY David

23 June 1977

HAYDEN FOXE (2000-2002) Born this day Sydney, Australia

 

Despite signing for the Hammers back in August 2000, Hayden Foxe didn't make his Hammers debut until 31st March, 2001 against Everton at Upton Park in the 0-2 defeat. After joining the Hammers on a free transfer from Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Foxe was denied a work permit by the Department of Employment because his lack of regular international appearances which meant he didn't meet the criteria needed to earn one. After signing Hayden was then immediately loaned to Belgian club Mechelen in order to build up his match fitness. The Australian international had been regularly involved in their Aussies unsuccessful 2002 World Cup qualifying bid. Unable to command a regular place in the Hammers defence under the reign of new manager Glenn Roeder, Hayden took the opportunity to team-up with former Hammers boss Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth’s Fratton Park in the summer of 2002.

Later played for Leeds United, Perth Glory and Sydney FC.

FOXE Hayden

30 July 1977

ROY CARROLL (2005-2007) Born this day Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

 

West Ham United completed the signing of goalkeeper Roy Carroll from Manchester United in June 2005. Carroll had joined United three years earlier from Wigan Athletic. Various injuries to Barthez gave him a number of spells in the first-team at Old Trafford, and he rarely let them down. There were even calls for him to stay as first choice, due to the erratic form of the Frenchman. In 2002/03, he started and finished the season in goal for United, covering for Barthez's injury in August, and replacing him in April and May after poor performances against Real Madrid. However, with the arrival of Tim Howard, Carroll found himself sitting on the bench again the following season, apart from a brief run in the team in 2004. In 2004/05 he was first choice for most of the season after some mistakes by Howard. He was mostly solid, but made some high profile and costly errors, particularly against AC Milan in the Champions League. He was also fortunate when he dropped a long-range shot from Pedro Mendes over the goal-line, as the officials wrongly gave no goal. However, these mistakes plus Carroll's unwillingness to sign a new contract led to him leaving Old Trafford in May 2005, and a month later he joined the Hammers. Making his West Ham debut against Blackburn Rovers 13th August 2005 in a 3-1 victory at Upton Park. With Robert Green confining Carroll to second choice ‘keeper he asked to be released at the end of  2006-07 campaign because he wanted first team football.

Later played for Derby County, Odense BK, OFI Crete, Olmpiacos and Notts County.

CARROLL Roy