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FULHAM : Les Barrett Testimonial
5 - 2 (Pike 2, Brooking, Otulakowski, Robson B.)
23 November 1976
ALL IN THE GAME
17 - 18 July 1976
July 1976 saw the world introduced to a new friendly football skills competition, devised by the then Bristol City manager, Alan Dicks. Clubs from England and Scotland, including West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers, St Mirren, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Hearts, sent their very finest players to go head-to-head, with an impressive £2,000 at stake for the winning team. It lasted for two series, Derby and Norwich competing in the first final, Manchester City and Leicester meeting in the second.
SANDAKERNS SK (Sweden)
2 - 1 (McDowell, Taylor A.)
29 July 1976
FK BODO/GLIMT (Norway)
1 - 1 (Taylor A.)
2 August 1976
SORRY NO IMAGE
SK BRANN (Norway)
1 - 0 (Robson)
4 August 1976
SORRY NO IMAGE
COMBINED XI VALERENGEN - FRIGG
3 - 1 (Brooking, McDowell, Paddon)
5 August 1976
Prince Felipe Tournament : Estadio El Sardinero
Estadio El Sardinero
1 - 1 (Jennings)
11 August 1976
Day, McDowell, Coleman, Holland, Green, Bonds, Taylor T., Paddon, Jennings, Brooking, Robson
REAL RACING CLUB der SANTANDER (Spain)
Estadio El Sardinero
3 - 2 (Paddon 2, Ferguson)
12 August 1976
Day, McDowell (McGiven), Coleman, Holland, Green, Lock, Taylor T., Paddon,
Jennings (Ferguson), Brooking, Robson
West Ham United are Tournament Winners
DAGENHAM : Denis Moore Testimonial
2 - 5 (Ayris, Jennings)
9 September 1976
MARLOW : Sewll, Stone, Page Testimonial
Alfred Davis Ground
? - ?
5 October 1976
HARWICH and PARKESTON : Eric Armstrong Memorial Match
? - ?
20 October 1976
FULHAM : Frank Lampard Testimonial
3 - 1 (Brooking, Lampard, Robson K.)
2 November 1976
1 - 3 (Orhan)
26 February 1977
Haarlem Youth Tournament
28 - 30 May 1977
28 May 1977
0 - 1
28 May 1977
1 - 2 (Lansdowne)
29 May 1977
0 - 0 (lost on penalties)
R.W. MOLENBEEK (Belgium)
29 May 1977
1 - 2 (Morgan) 1 - 1 at full time
Internationale Jugendbegegnung FV Olympia Laupheim 1904
TURKISH NATIONAL YOUTH
0 - 0
FC COLOGNE (West Germany)
1 - 0 (Morgan)
FV OLYMPIA LAUPHEIM 1904 (West Germany)
1 - 0 (Lansdowne)
HADJUK NK SPLIT (Yugoslvia)
0 - 1
Paddon (Robson K.)
Robson B. (Devonshire)
Taylor T. Lock
Our party left London on Tuesday 27 July for a match in Sweden, to be followed by three games in Norway. The players making the trip were:
Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking. Keith Cole-man, Alan Curbishley, Mervyn Day. Bobby Ferguson, Bill Green, Pat Holland, Billy Jennings, Frank Lampard. Kevin Lock, John McDowell, Graham Paddon, Keith Rohson, Alan Taylor and Tommy Taylor.
The accompanying officials were: W. F. Cearns (Director), Ron Greenwood (Manager), John Lyall (Team Manager), Rob Jenkins (physiotherapist) and Albert Walker.
The opening fixture was at Umea against Sandakerns SK, a Swedish Third Division club were strengthened by three " guest" players (two internationals. A groin strain ruled Billy Bonds out of this game and the next. John McDowell opened the scoring, but after only 20 minutes Frank Lampard sustained a thigh strain which meant his early return to England for treatment. The Swedes equalised before the interval, but we were then deprived of the services of new signing Bill Green who pulled a hamstring and did not return for the second half. However, Alan Taylor scored two minutes from time to make us 2-1 winners.
On the following Tuesday we opened our Norwegian schedule against Bodo Glimt. They won the national cup last season as a Second Division club, and are at present topping the table and look likely to be promoted.
Alan Taylor netted an early goal, but injury again struck us each side of the interval with Keith Robson sustaining a back injury and Kevin Lock ricking his ankle. With our reserves stretched to the limit, we were forced to use Mervyn Day as an outfield substitute, but he made some good running as an attacker. Bodo gained their equaliser just before the end. Trevor Brooking skippered the team. Alan Taylor also wrenched his knee and this kept him out of the last two games.
Our third fixture provided our strongest test. It was played at Bergen against SK Brann, last season's runners-up in the Norwegian First Division. Billy Bonds was back in the line-up on this occasion. The Norwegians held us to a goalless first half, but Keith Robson netted after the interval to make the final count 1-0 in our favour. It could have been two, but we were disallowed an additional one for orfside - a decision with which we did not entirely agree.
The concluding engagement took place on the following day in Oslo. The opposition was a combined XI from Valerengen (third in the 1975 First Division but eleventh in 1976) and S.K. Frigg. (The latter are also strong contenders for promotion).
The pitch was pretty "tight," but the Hammers performed very well to win 3-1. Graham Paddon opened the scoring, but the opposition levelled before half-time. Second-half goals were netted by John McDowell and Trevor Brooking. In the absence of Alan Taylor, Tommy Taylor occupied his striker position for the second match in succession.
Our group was off again on the following Monday to play in the Prince Felipe Tournament organised by Racing Santander. Santander were twelfth in last season's Spanish First Division of 18 clubs, taking 32 points from their 34 matches. Ernie Gregory was added to our list of travelling officials on this occasion, but there were changes in the playing-squad. Frank Lampard remained at Upton Park for further treatment, and Mick McGiven took the place of Alan Curbishley, who also stayed at home for attention to his hamstring. The doubts whether Alan Taylor's injury would keep him out of action were confirmed, so he also did not travel. The draw for the " round robin" tournament paired Santander with Belenenses of Portugal for the first match on the Tuesday, the host club winning 2-1. Eelenenses finished third in the Portuguese League last season.
In our match against the Portuguese on Wednesday, we led at half-time by Billy Jenn.ngs' goal, but the opposition equalised during the second half when we were a man short; the Spanish referee awarded a free-kick against Billy Bonds for a handling offence, and dismissed him; this barred Billy from our second fixture.
We met the Spaniards on the following evening in the deciding match of the tournament. Graham Paddon put us ahead, but Santander equalised before the interval. John McDowell went off injured midway through the first half and was replaced by Mick McGiven. Santander then took the lead, but we fought back tremendously well and haddon netted his second. With twelve minutes to go Billy Jennings was also injured, and our only available substitute - Bobby Ferguson - took his place. Bobby proved to be the "hero of'the hour" as he scored in the last minute to win the game 3-2. Our three points took us to the top of the table to win the trophy.
Bobby Ferguson with the Prince Felipe trophy and match ball following his last minute strike which won the game for the Hammers
We played a "return" agiinst Fulham, the occasion being the Les Barrett Testimonial Match. This followed the Cottagers' visit to Upton Park three weeks previously on Frank Lampard's similar occasion.
It was unfortunate that various circumstances only produced a 5,431 gate for a very loyal servant of the West London club. Les was entitled to be rather disappointed at the poor support.
The game ended in a comfortable 5-2 victory for the Hammers. Geoff Pike netted two of our goals. Trevor Brooking, Anton Otulakowski and Bryan Robson one each; John Mitchell got both of Fulham's.
It was not exactly a happy debut for Fulham's "on loan" 'keeper from Chelsea, but Steve Sherwood performed creditably and gave hopes that he will adequately deputise for the injured Peter Mellor.
Statistically, our visit to Holland for the Haarlem F.C. Youth Tournament at the end of May was not a success; it was our poorest showing in these competitions for many a year. But hospitality-wise the Dutch folks were wonderful hosts, and generous with their praise for the Hammers' standard of soccer; they considered that we deserved to do better, but conceded that lack of finish discounted most of our ability shown in approach-work. However, there was some consolation insofar that David Danson won the "Goalkeeper of the Tournament" trophy. The eight teams were divided into two groups of four; matches were of 30 minutes each way.
The Hammers' squad was :
David Danson, John Holmes, Pat Creasey, Tommy Horan, Alan Curbishley, Alvin Martin, Paul Brush, Brian Thomson, Terry Hurlock, Nicky Morgan, Anton Otulakowski, Billy Lansdowne, Clive Beauchamp, Paul Curbishley, Maurice Devlin and Alan Shirley.
Ron Boyce, Bill Lansdowne, Stan Burke and Dave Gladstone (physiotherapist) were the Hammers' officials. They were accompanied by Jack Helliar (Programme Editor).
The Belgians scored first, but Nicky Morgan equalised; that brought extra time of five minutes each way. A minute from the end they netted the decider, so we were left with the "wooden spoon."
Linfield beat Haarlem in the penalty decider of our group. They played Stoke City in the Final, but lost their chance of glory in another spot-kick series after a goalless draw. Other placings (third to sixth): Feyenoord, Haarlem, Sheffield United, Telstar.
The Hammers opened the schedule on Saturday morning against Haarlem. The homesters netted the only goal of the match after 25 minutes and they appeared surprised with their win.
Linfield of the Irish League were the next opposition. It was their first European tour at this level. They had a number of youth internationals in their team, but although we went ahead in the eleventh minute through a goal by Billy Lansdowne, the Irishmen showed their ability by fighting back to win 2-1.
Our third group match on Sunday morning ended goalless, and left Sheffield United and ourselves level with one point each - the Blades also having been twice defeated. The Northerners won the penalty play-off, leaving us to meet R.W. Molenbeek and decide seventh and eighth place.
David Danson receives his trophy
Alan Curbishley sizes up a pass
Half - time drinks
Stoke City celebrate their win
Keeper John Holmes
collects for the Hammers
Image cortesy of Mark Waight