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1 July 1976

RIGOBERT SONG (2001-2002) Born this day Nkenlicock, Cameroon

 

Clubs: Metz, Salernitana, Liverpool, West Ham United, 1. FC Koln, Lens, Galatasaray, Trabzonspor

International: Cameroon (138 caps, five goals)

Cameroon international defender Rigobert Song spent a year-and-a-half as a Hammers player following a November 2000 move from Liverpool to make West Ham the second club he represented in the Premier League. Song played 24 league games for the Club, to add to the 34 he played for Liverpool. He joined the Hammers following Rio Ferdinand's departure to Leeds United, but struggled to make the desired impact and was transferred to French side Lens after a loan spell in Germany with 1. FC Koln. He later played in Turkey for Galatasaray and Trabzonspor, winning the league with the former and the cup with both clubs. Internationally, Song appeared in four FIFA World Cups for his country, during a career which saw him win a record 138 caps.

1976-77 Football League : First Division

GREENWOOD and LYALL LAMPARD Frank ROBSON and TAYLOR

Keith Robson and Tommy Taylor relax during a training break

Manager: John Lyall

NEW RULES

GOAL DIFFERENCE - NOT AVERAGE

There has been one major change in respect of compiling Football League tables this season; goal difference will replace goal average when deciding the precedence of clubs with the same number of points.

 

DISCIPLINE

The total number of penalty points which will bring a club before the F.A. Disciplinary Commission has been raised from 100 to 150.

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

76_09_21 Charlton Athletic v. WHU FLC3

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

76_12_11 Derby County v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

There was an opening-day shocker as the Hammers lost 4–0 away at Aston Villa. Following on from that was a 1-0 home win against Queens Park Rangers, which raised hopes. However, there were no victories in the next 10 games as the team slumped to the bottom of the league. The League Cup brought victories against Barnsley and Charlton Athletic, but another cup run ended as Queens Park Rangers triumphed 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground.

A home thriller with Tottenham Hotspur ended 5-3 to West Ham and the first away win came with a fine 2-0 victory at Manchester United. There were three new signings made, with midfielders Alan Devonshire and Anton Otulakowski joined by veteran forward John Radford from Arsenal. Bolton Wanderers were the visitors in the FA Cup and were beaten 2-1, which set up a trip to Aston Villa where the home side won 3-0.

In February there were three successive wins, moving the side up to eighteenth place, but a week later fellow relegation candidates Sunderland beat the Hammers 6-0 at Roker Park. In the remaining 13 games there was only one defeat with three wins and nine draws, and on the last day of the season the supporters went away happy after seeing the 4-2 win over Manchester United which ensured seventeenth place and First Division survival.

SONG Rigobert

BILL GREEN makes his Hammers debut against Aston Villa at Villa Park

76_08_21 Aston Villa v. WHU

Villa Park

0 - 4

21 August 1976

Att: 39,012

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Taylor T.

Green

Bonds

Taylor A.

Paddon

Holland

Brooking

Curbishley

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Paddon)

23 August 1976

Att: 31,885

Day

Coleman

Lampard

Holland

Green

Bonds

Taylor T.

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Curbishley

76_08_23 WHU v. QPR

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 0

28 August 1976

Att: 24,960

Day

Coleman

McGiven

Holland

Green

Bonds

Taylor T.

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Jennings

76_08_28 WHU v. Leicester City 76_09_01 WHU v. BARNSLEY FLC 2 76_08_21 Aston Villa v. WHU 76_08_23 WHU v. QPR 76_08_28 WHU v. Leicester City

BARNSLEY : Football League Cup (Second Round)

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Holland 2, Paddon)

1 September 1976

Att: 17,889

Day

Coleman

McGiven

Holland

Green

Bonds

Taylor T.

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Jennings

26 August 1976

IAN MOORE (1997) Born this day Birkenhead

 

An addition to the Hammers squad - although only a temporary one - was the loan signing of Nottingham Forest striker Ian Moore 26th September 1997. Nottingham Forest's £1 million signing from Tranmere Rovers made his Hammers debut as a substitute in the 0-3 defeat against Southampton at The Dell on the 4th October 1997. This was to be Ian's one and only outing for the Hammers and was despatched back to the City Ground. Ian however enjoyed a more permanent move to Stockport County. Later playing for Burnley.

MOORE Ian

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

Victoria Ground

1 - 2 (Taylor A.)

4 September 1976

Att: 19,131

Day

Coleman

Lampard

McGiven

Green

Bonds

Taylor T. (Jennings)

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Holland

76_09_04 Stoke City v. WHU 76_09_11 WHU v. Arsenal

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 2

11 September 1976

Att: 31,965

Day

Coleman (Orhan)

Lampard

Bonds

Green

McGiven

Taylor T.

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Holland

8 September 1976

TREVOR BROOKING 13th ENGLAND cap

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 1-1

Eng 1976 489 BROOKING Trevor - England

BRISTOL CITY : Football League First Division

Ashton Gate

1 - 1 (Taylor A.)

18 September 1976

Att: 28,535

Day

Coleman

Lampard (McGiven)

Bonds

Green

Taylor T.

Jennings

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Holland

76_09_18 Bristol City v. WHU 76_09_21 Charlton Athletic v. WHU FLC

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football League Cup (Third Round)

The Valley

1 - 0 (Taylor A.)

21 September 1976

Att: 34,000

Day

Coleman

McGiven

Bonds

Green

Taylor T.

Jennings

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Lock

76_09_18 Bristol City v. WHU 76_09_04 Stoke City v. WHU

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Jennings)

25 September 1976

Att: 24,319

Day

Coleman

Lock

Bonds

Green

Taylor T.

Jennings

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

McGiven

76_09_25 WHU v. Sunderland

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

Maine Road

2 - 4 (Taylor A., Doyle (og))

2 October 1976

Att: 37,795

Day

Coleman

Lock

Bonds

Green

Taylor T.

Jennings

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

McGiven

76_10_02 Manchester City v. WHU 76_10_06 WHU v. Leeds United 76_10_16 WHU v. Ipswich Town

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Jennings)

6 October 1976

Att: 21,909

Day

Coleman

Lock

Bonds

Green

Taylor T.

Jennings

Paddon

Taylor A.

Brooking

Ayris

13 October 1976

TREVOR BROOKING 14th ENGLAND cap

 

FINLAND World Cup Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 2-1

489 BROOKING Trevor - England Eng Finland 1976

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 2

16 October 1976

Att: 24,534

Day

Coleman

Lock

Bonds

Green

Taylor T.

Jennings

Paddon

Taylor A. (Ayris)

Brooking

Robson B.

76_10_23 Everton v. WHU 76_10_27 WHU v. QPR 76_10_30 WBA v. WHU

BRYAN ROBSON returns to West Ham United and makes his second Hammers debut against Ipswich Town at Upton Park

EVERTON : Football League First Division

Goodison Park

2 - 3 (Bonds, McNaught [og])

23 October 1976

Att: 23,163

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Curbishley

Green (Lock)

Taylor T.

Orhan

Paddon

Robson B.

Brooking

Robson K.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League Cup (Fourth Round)

Upton Park

0 - 2

27 October 1976

Att: 24,565

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Curbishley

Lock

Taylor T.

Orhan

Paddon

Devonshire

Brooking

Robson K.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

The Hawthorns

0 - 3

30 October 1976

Att: 20,396

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Curbishley

Lock

Taylor T.

Devonshire

Paddon

Robson B.

Brooking

Robson K. (Orhan)

ALAN DEVONSHIRE makes his Hammers debut against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park

2 November 1976

DANI DA CRUZ CARVALHO (1996) Born this day Lisbon, Portugal

 

Portuguese international. Began his footballing career in the Sporting Lisbon youth section, released on A £130,000 loan deal to the Hammers in the middle of the 1995-96 season because of Sporting's financial difficulties. Made his League debut as substitute against Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 victory 3rd February 1996. He became an instant hit with the Hammers' fans as he made 9 first-team appearances, 6 as substitute, scoring the winner against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane 12th February. Dani's brief but eventful flirtation with the Premiership finally ended in tears just 24 hours before Hammers' match at relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers. For when he failed to show for Friday morning training at Chadwell Heath, it was definitely 'game off' as far as Harry Redknapp was concerned. "He just didn't report in and that's not the first time that's happened. Dani's a nice kid, but he must decide if he wants to be a footballer or a playboy". Played his last game for West Ham against Sporting Lisbon in Hammers Centenary Friendly which ended in a 1-4 reverse. Dani later played for Ajax in the Dutch league, then joining Benfica before settling down at Atletico Madrid.

DANI 76_10_02 Manchester City v. WHU 76_10_23 Everton v. WHU 76_10_27 WHU v. QPR FLC4

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

Upton Park

5 - 3 (B.Bonds, Brooking, Curbishley, Jennings, Robson B.)

6 November 1976

Att: 28,997

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Curbishley

Lock

Taylor T.

Devonshire

Pike

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

76_11_06 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 76_11_10 Norwich City v. WHU

NORWICH CITY : Football League First Division

Carrow Road

0 - 1

10 November 1976

Att: 24,092

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Curbishley

Lock (Coleman)

Taylor T.

Devonshire

Pike

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League First Division

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Robson B.)

20 November 1976

Att: 21,324

Day

Bonds

Lampard

Curbishley

Lock

Taylor T. (Robson K.)

Devonshire

Pike

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

76_11_20 WHU v. Newcastle United 76_11_27 Manchester United v. WHU 76_12_04 WHU v. Middlesbrough

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Old Trafford

2 - 0 (Brooking, Jennings)

27 November 1976

Att: 55,366

Day

Lock

Lampard

Otulakowski

Taylor T.

Bonds

Devonshire

Pike

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

Five different West Ham United players got on the scoresheet as the Hammers won an eight goal thriller against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground. The goals flowed at both ends, but John Duncan, Glenn Hoddle and Keith Osgood's strikes for Tottenham Hotspur were rendered irrelevant by the Hammers' attacking prowess. For the hosts, Billy Bonds, Alan Curbishley, Billy Jennings, Trevor Brooking and Bryan 'Pop' Robson all hit the target as West Ham ended a six-match losing run. The Hammers would go on to end the season in 17th place whilst Tottenham suffered the ignominy of finishing bottom of the table and being relegated.

11 November 1976

 

GRAHAM PADDON joins NORWICH CITY for £110,000

Paddon  joined West Ham United from Norwich City in December 1973. Board minutes revel he was valued at £155,000  in a deal which saw Ted MacDougall move the other way. After 152 League and Cup appearances and 15 goals for the Hammers, Paddon rejoins the Carrow Road club.

17 November 1976

TREVOR BROOKING 15th ENGLAND cap

 

ITALY World Cup Qualifier Stadio Olimpico, Rome 0-2

489 BROOKING Trevor - England 76_11_27 Manchester United v. WHU

MIDDLESBROUGH : Football League First Division

Upton Park

0 - 1

4 December 1976

Att: 20,453

Day

Lock

Lampard

Otulakowski

Taylor T.

Bonds

Devonshire

Pike

Jennings (Curbishley)

Brooking

Robson B.

DERBY COUNTY : Football League First Division

Baseball Ground

11 Decmber 1976

 

76_12_11 Derby County v. WHU Post

MATCH POSTPONED

Unfit pitch : rearranged for 27th April 1977

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Brooking, Jennings

18 December 1976

Att: 24,175

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Robson K.

Radford

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

76_12_18 WHU v. Liverpool 76_12_27 Birmingham City v. WHU 76_12_29 WHU v. Coventry City Post ORHAN Signed

19 November 1976

 

WAYNE QUINN (2003-2004) Born this day Truro, Cornwall

Attack-minded left-back who arrived at Upton Park from Newcastle United on a month’s loan initially as cover for the injured Rufus Brevett. The Turo born 26-year-old began his career at Sheffield United, making 167 appearances for the Blades and scoring 5 goals, before moving to St James’ Park in January 2001. He went on to record 24 appearances for the Magpies, but struggled to make an impact on Bobby Robson’s first-team. Wayne made his Hammers debut against Reading in a 1-0 victory 13th September 2003. Quinn’s one-month loan period was extend and in all he made 27 appearances. With the return to fitness of Rufus Brevett Wayne was allowed to return to Newcastle at the end of the season. Later played for Penzance in Cornwall and in 2008 along with his father, Colin, were part of the managerial set up at New Hayle F.C.

QUINN Wayne PADDON Graham

ANTON OTULAKOWSKI makes his Hammers debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford

West Ham had suffered eight defeats out of nine games before they journeyed to Old Trafford lying in a precarious 22nd place in the league. Billy Jennings and Trevor Brooking were the heroes in claret and blue as they eased the mounting pressure on the Club. By the end of the season the Hammers had managed to stabilise and finished the campaign in 17th place.

14 December 1976

 

JOHN RADFORD signs from London rivals ARSENAL for £80,000

Radford made his Football League first-team debut for Arsenal against West Ham United on 21 March 1964. The Highbury striker made 481 appearances and scored 149 goals for the Gunners before signing for West Ham in a £80,000 deal.

RADFORD John

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

Upton Park

29 Decmber 1976

 

MATCH POSTPONED

Unfit pitch : rearranged for 4 May 1977

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

St Andrews

0 - 0

27 December 1976

Att: 39,978

Day

Lock

Lampard

Green

Taylor T.

Bonds

Robson K.

Radford

Jennings

Brooking

Robson B.

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

JOHN RADFORD makes his Hammers debut against Liverpool at Upton Park

West Ham were bottom of Division One when they welcomed reigning champions Liverpool to the Boleyn Ground on this day in 1976. Despite the odds being firmly stacked in the visitors favour, goals from Trevor Brooking and Billy Jennings sent the home fans happy with a well-deserved victory to toast.

76_11_10 Norwich City v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

76_09_25 WHU v. Sunderland 76_12_18 WHU v. Liverpool Radford insert

Image courtesy of Thomas Kern