A Pictorial History



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1977-78 Football League : First Division

Manager: John Lyall

Vouchers for "ALL TICKET" Games

Government departments and other authorities have instructed all First Division clubs that their home matches against Chelsea and Manchester United during the 1977-78 season shall be "all ticket."

Tokens will be printed in programmes of all First Team home League, League Cup and F.A. Cup matches played at Upton Park (including mid-week matches).

These tokens must be cut out and pasted in the appropriate square on a special sheet which will be issued in next Saturday's programme. Tickets for "special" occasions will be issued only on production of a token sheet, and will be conditional upon an appropriate (minimum) number of tokens being affixed to the sheet. These details would be announced in an issue of our programme prior to the match concerned. Nevertheless, NO GUARANTEE can be given that EVERY applicant fulfilling the conditions can be supplied with a ticket.

Token sheets will be marked as necessary by the Club when issuing tickets, and returned to the Holder for future use. However, it may be necessary for us to retain the token sheet if tickets are issued in the event of the Club reaching the F.A. Cup Final.

NORWICH CITY : Football League First Division

77_09_17 Bristol City v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

The Football Association has invited Ron Greenwood to act as England Team Manager for the next three internationals until December 1977, and he has now accepted the position.

Ron is on leave of absence until December, and it was his request that he be temporarily released from his duties with the Club. The Board of Directors was more than happy to assist the Football Association; it has been agreed that when Ron ends his temporary appointment he will return as Manager of West Ham United F.C.

It is a great honour for Ron (and for the Hammers) that the choice has fallen upon him. We wish him every success in his new post, and hope he will achieve the desired results.

Ron Greenwood's New Post

The first three games brought three defeats and even at this early stage there was a threat of relegation. Morale was even lower following a 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. There was a surprise 3-2 win at Newcastle United but it would be a further nine games before another victory. Striker Derek Hales had been signed from Derby County and he scored twice against Ipswich Town in the 2-0 away win in October. The home form improved with successive wins against Manchester United, Birmingham City and Leicester City, and to add to the firepower centre-forward David Cross was bought from West Bromwich Albion.

The New Year began with a 1-0 win against Watford in the FA Cup but progress was halted in the fourth round with a disastrous replay at Queens Park Rangers that ended in a 6-1 defeat. Poor results during February and early March, ending with a 4-1 loss at Aston Villa, left the Hammers twentieth. At Easter the team gave their supporters a glimmer of hope as David Cross scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Ipswich Town, and the following day there was a 3-1 home victory over Chelsea. After a further four wins in April the Hammers looked set to repeat their Houdini act and avoid relegation.

They needed to win their final game of the season at home to Liverpool. Before a season’s best crowd of 37,448 the Merseysiders cruised to a 2-0 victory and the Hammers’ 20-year stay in the First Division was over.