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1977-78 Friendlies

The senior squad made two visits to the Continent for pre-season matches. They were in Norway from 1st - 6th August and in Majorca from 8th - 14th August

The party which left Heathrow on Monday 1st August comprised :

Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Paul Brush, Alan Curbishley, Mervyn Day, Alan Devonshire, Bill Green, Frank Lampard, Kevin Lock, John McDowell, Mick McGiven, Anton Otulakowski, John Radford, Bryan Robson, Alan Taylor. W. F. Cearns (Director), John Lyall (Team Manager), Rob Jenkins (Physiotherapist), Albert Walker (Attendant).

Departure for Norway

Some of the players embarking by coach to London Airport

(left to right) Brooking, McGiven, Taylor, Lock, Green, Day, McDowell, Robson, Bonds, Brush, Lampard, Curbishley, Otulakowski

SK BRANN (Norway)

Brann Stadion

3 - 2 (Curbishley 2, Radford)

2 August 1977

Day, McDowell, Lampard, Curbishley, Green, McGiven, Taylor A., Robson B., Radford, Brooking, Deveonshire (Otulakowski)

The opening fixture was on the day after our arrival. The opponents were SK Brann, winners of the Norwegian Cup this year; they have a background of experience in European competitions. They held us to 1-1 at the interval, but we got on top in the second half to win 3-2. Alan Curbishley netted twice, and John Radford the other. Billy Bonds missed this match owing to calf injury; he came back here on the following day for treatment. Another casualty was Alan Devonshire. He went off after an hour's play in the first game with a twisted ankle, and did not play in the two concluding games.

SORRY NO IMAGE

MOSS (Norway)

Mellos Stadion

4 - 1 (Brooking, Curbishley, Otulakowski, Taylor A.)

3 August 1977

Day, McDowell (Brush), Lampard, Curbishley, Green, McGiven, Taylor A., Robson B., Radford, Brooking, Otulakowski

SORRY NO IMAGE

The second match was against Moss, a newly-promoted First Division side. We led by a single goal at half-time, but went on to make it 4-1 by the finish. Our goals were shared by four players scoring one each. Paul Brush went on a quarter-hour from the end to make his senior debut.

SELECT XI (Norway)

Korsgard Stadion

5 - 0 (Robson B. 2, Brooking, Green, Radford)

5 August 1977

Day

Lampard (McDowell)

Brush

Curbishley

Green

McGiven

Taylor A.

Robson B.

Radford

Brooking

Otulakowski

The concluding match was at Askin on Friday against a local Select XI. Two up at half-time, we added another three after the interval to win comfortably by five clear goals. Kevin Lock was due to play in this fixture, but hurt his knee on the previous day and was ruled out.

The four-team tournament organised by the home club was spread over three days. The semi-finals paired us with Real Mallorca; the other tie was between Real Betis and J.K.S. (champions of Algeria). Nearly 10,000 watched our first match, and this attendance was doubled for the Final. Our opening game was against the home club, and after leading 1-0 at half-time through Alan Curbishley's goal we went to 4-0 at the finish. A free-kick was knocked down by Frank Lampard for Alan Devonshire to centre; John Radford's volley made it 2-0. Then Bill Green started a move in his own half, and following upfield to hit the ball on the run he gave the 'keeper no chance. Majorca fell victims of an upfield foray when Kevin Lock intercepted a pass to put Alan Taylor away for a solo counter. Unfortunately we sustained two injuries. John McDowell went off with an ankle knock after half-an-hour's play (Paul Brush taking over). Then a thigh knock put Mick Mc-Given out for the remainder of the tour; Kevin Lock went on, and he and Brush played in the Final. The Final was against the Seville club Real Betis the game ended in a goalless draw. Both sides netted its first five penalties of the decider, but after Betis had converted the first of the "second series" their 'keeper made a great save, to win the trophy for his side after a fine game. John Radford had a painful ear infection prior to the Final. He decided to play, but had to come off after an hour's play; Anton Otulakowski replacing him upfront.

REAL MALLORCA (Spain)

REAL BETIS (Spain)

Estadio Luis Sitjar

4 - 0 (Curbishley, Green, Radford Taylor A.)

11 August 1977

Estadio Luis Sitjar

0 - 0 (lost 5 - 6 on penalties)

13 August 1977

Day

McDowell (Brush)

Lampard

Curbishley

Green

McGiven (Lock)

Taylor A.

Robson B.

Radford

Brooking

Devonshire

Day

Brush

Lampard

Curbishley

Green

Lock

Taylor A.

Robson B.

Radford (Otulakowski)

Brooking

Devonshire

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN YOUTH

(Away)

? - ?

6 August 1977

Parmentor

Williams

Devlin

Brignull

Sheehan

Banton

Morgan

Cowie

O'Connor

Horan

Sanson

Adleman

Pre Season Norway Spain 77_08_11 Mallorca Tournament 01 77_08_06 Bognor Regis Town v. WHU Youth

AVELEY

Mill Field

? - ?

10 August 1977

CLAPTON

77_08_13 Clapton v. WHU Friendly 77_08_16 Walthamstow v. WHU

WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE

Old Spotted Dog Ground

1 - 1

13 August 1977

Green Pond Road

? - ?

16 August 1977

Upton Park

7 - 1 (Jennings 4, Brooking, Robson, Taylor A.)

15 September 1977

KUWAIT XI

BILLERICAY TOWN

77_09_28 Billericay Town v. WHU

New Lodge

2 - 1 (Radford 2)

28 September 1977

ENGLAND XI : Trevor Brooking Testimonial

77_10_31 WHU v. England XI Brooking Test 77_11_07 Telford United v. WHU

TELFORD UNITED

Bucks Head Ground

5 - 5 (Brooking 2, Hales, Lansdowne, Taylor T.)

7 November 1977

BOBBY MOORE XI : Victor Railton Memorial Match

78_05_03 Yeovil Town v. WHU Cotton Test

YEOVIL TOWN : Terry Cotton Testimonial

Huish Park

3 - 1 (Brush 2, Devonshire)

3 May 1978

SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

78_04_20 Essex v. Inner London - London Cup 78_04_25 Top Ten XI v. Newham Police

ESSEX v. INNER LONDON : London Cup Final

Upton Park

3 - 0

20 April 1978

TOP TEN XI v. NEWHAM POLICE INVITATION XI : Charity Match

Upton Park

? - ?

25 April 1978

Upton Park

5 - 4 (Brooking, Cross, Ferguson, Lansdowne, Martin)

2 May 1978

Day, Lampard, Brush, Curbishley A. (Holland), Taylor T., Lock, Taylor A. (Pike), Robson B., Jennings, Brooking, Devonshire

(Played behind Closed-doors)

The Kuwait national team which recently played several matches in Britain were guests behind closed doors at Upton Park. The Middle-East squad had previously beaten Brentford and Fulham, and also drew with the Welsh national side 0-0 in a full-scale fixture.

However, they found us in a rampant mood although the visitors scored first. We then rattled seven past a bemused defence. Billy Jennings got a quartet, Trevor Brooking, Bryan Robson and Alan Taylor adding one each; it was 4-1 at half-time. Unfortunately, Alan Taylor received a knee injury in the second half, and this kept him out of of our line-up v Queens Park Rangers on the following Saturday.

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Hales 3, Pike, Brooking, Robson B.)

31 October 1977

Day (Ferguson)

McDowell

Brush

Bonds

Taylor T.

Pike

Devonshire

Robson B. (Curbishley A.)

Radford (Hurst)

Brooking

Hales

78_05_02 WHU v. Bobby Moore XI Railton

Day (Sproul)

Lampard

Brush

Holland

Taylor T.

Martin

Pike

Otulakowski

Taylor A.

Brooking

Radford

 

Lansdowne came on as sub, not sure who he replaced?

The charity match at Billericay Town was a considerable success and over £1,400 was raised for the "Talking Books" Fund for the Blind.

The local Town club were very pleased with the outcome, as before the match they sold around 3,500 tickets for the very worthy cause. The home side put up a good show against the Hammers XI, which included many of our First Team squad, the score ended 2-1 in our favour.

SLUG Programme

IX Trofeo International Tournament

Ciudad de Palma de Mallorca

11 - 13 August 1977

77_08_10 Aveley v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

77_08_05 Select XI v. WHU

Image courtesy of Simon Lord

Season 1977-78 1976-77 Friendlies 1978-79 Friendlies Real Betis v. WHU

Kevin Lock, Bryan Robson and Bill Green

Day

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Taylor T.

Pike

McDowell

Curbishley (Martin)

Lansdowne

Brooking

Hales

Telford United:

Bebb, Harris, Britton, Mallender, Galley J., Clarke, McLaren, Draycott, Galley K., Gavin, Dangerfield

Hurst Brooking Bonds

Telford manger Geoff Hurst chats with his former team-mates, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds

Ferguson

Bonds

Lampard

Martin

Taylor T.

Green

Curbishley

Holland

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

77_08_13 Real Betis v. WHU