A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1978-79 Football League : Division II

NEWPORT COUNTY : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

79_01_06 Newport County v. WHU FAC3 79_01_06 Newport County v. WHU FAC 3

BURNLEY : Football League Division II

79_01_13 WHU v. Burnley Post

Upton Park

13 January 1979

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football League Division II

79_01_20 Bristol Rovers v. WHU

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

79_02_03 Sheffield United v. WHU Post

Bramall Lane

3 February 1979

SUNDERLAND : Football League Division II

79_02_10 WHU v. Sunderland

MILLWALL : Football League Division II

The Den

17 February 1979

79_02_24 WHU v. Oldham Athletic

OLDHAM ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

79_02_26 Luton Town v. WHU

Kenilworth Road

4 - 1 (Cross 2, Devonshire, Robson)

26 February 1979

Att: 14,205

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Curbishley

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

STOKE CITY : Football League Division II

PHIL PARKES makes his Hammers debut against OLDHAM ATHLETIC at Upton Park

79_03_03 Stoke City v. WHU

Victoria Ground

0 - 2

3 March 1979

Att: 24,912

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Curbishley

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football League Division II

79_03_10 WHU v. Brighton & Hove Albion

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League Division II

79_03_17 Preston North End v. WHU

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League Division II

79_03_24 WHU v. Newcastle United 79_03_31 WHU v. Leicester City

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

79_04_02 Sheffield United v. WHU Supplement 79_04_07 Cambridge United v. WHU

CAMBRIDGE UNITED : Football League Division II

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

79_04_09 WHU v. Luton Town

ORIENT : Football League Division II

79_04_14 Orient v. WHU

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

79_04_16 WHU v. Cardiff City

29th March 1979 ON THIS DAY : ANTON OTULAKOWSKI joins SOUTHEND UNITED

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

79_04_21 Charlton Athletic v. WHU

BURNLEY : Football League Division II

79_04_24 WHU v. Burnley 79_04_28 WHU v. Wrexham

WREXHAM : Football League Division II

NICKY MORGAN makes his Hammers debut against LUTON TOWN at Upton Park

BILLY LANSDOWNE Jnr. makes his Hammers debut against WREXHAM at Upton Park

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

79_05_05 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 79_05_11 Cardiff City v. WHU 79_05_14 Millwall v. WHU Supplement

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

PHIL BRIGNULL makes his Hammers debut against CARDIFF CITY at Ninian Park

MILLWALL : Football League Division II

The Den

1 - 2 (Robson)

14 May 1979

Att: 11,968

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

Supplement issued with Postponed programme

dated 17 February 1979

Somerton Park

1 - 2 (Robson)

6 January 1979

Att: 14,124

Day

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

McDowell

Taylor A.

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

79_04_07 Cambridge United v. WHU 79_04_14 Orient v. WHU 01 79_04_21 Charlton Athletic v. WHU

Abbey Stadium

0 - 0

7 April 1979

Att: 11,406

Parkes

Lampard (Pike)

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

McDowell

Robson

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Carr [og])

9 April 1979

Att: 25,398

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Morgan

Pike

Robson

West Ham stretched their promotion nerves to the limit before scrambling back towards the First Division with an own goal. John Lyall's lads were slipping out of the dog-fight until they squeezed that goal after 90 minutes of frantic pressure. There was nothing pretty about Luton defender David Carr's own goal but it keeps West Ham involved in the six-club race at the top of the Second Division. Their usual immaculate attacking style had long been abandoned when Alan Devonshire threaded his way through the mud to send Geoff Pike clear on the right. Pike's low cross confused Luton's overworked defence and Carr, under pressure from Devonshire and Pat Holland, turned the ball into his own net. There was relief all around Upton Park and Carr, I'm sure, will never score a more important goal In his career!

As Luton manager David Pleat said: "It was the only way West Ham were going to score." West Ham are too tense and too predictable without the injured Trevor Brooking to risk putting your money on for promotion. Lyall said: "Trevor starts training tomorrow and may play on Easter Monday. We need his experience."

Devonshire, who tried desperately to open up the. Luton defence all night, should have put Hammers out of their misery in the tenth minute. Pop Robson sent Devonshire clean through only far the shot to go wide of Jake Findlay's far post. Another Devonshire run produced a chance for Nicky Morgan, making his debut for Injury-hit Hammers, and his header was held at the second attempt by Findlay

Bramall Lane

0 - 3

2 April 1979

Att: 17,702

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

McDowell

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Pike

Robson

Supplement issued to accompany original programme issued for the Postponed game 3 February 1979

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Holland, Martin, Robson)

24 February 1979

Att: 26,052

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Curbishley

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

79_03_17 Preston North End v. WHU 79_01_20 Bristol Rovers v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

79_05_11 Cardiff City v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

The calling-off of matches at comparatively short notice causes difficulties that are not always apparent.

At ten o'clock on the morning of Saturday 13 January there was every prospect of the League fixture v Burnley taking place at Upton Park. The pitch was in fair shape, and the sunny aspect promised excellent " watching conditions " for spectators. Unfortunately the sunshine had contrary effects, and brought out the frost from below the surface to form icy patches. At 12.30, referee Clive Thomas's inspection ended in a definite " thumbs down," so there was no alternative but to call it a day.

We immediately advised the agencies of this decision, but it obviously took time for the news to filter through to radio and TV. By then, many would-be spectators had arrived and the supporters club caravans had already opened for programme sales.

There was little else we could do, although we obviously sympathise with those who incurred travelling expenses to a postponed match.

1977-78 First XI 1979-80 First XI Season 1978-79 79_04_28 WHU v. Wrexham 79_04_16 WHU v. Cardiff City 79_02_17 Millwall v. WHU Post

Eastville

1 - 0 (Robson)

20 January 1979

Att: 12,418

Day

McDowell

Brush

Curbishley

Martin

Bonds

Taylor A.

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

Upton Park

3 - 3 (Cross 2, Robson)

10 February 1979

Att: 24,998

Day

McDowell

Brush

Curbishley

Taylor T.

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson (Jennings)

Upton Park

0 - 0

10 March 1979

Att: 35,802

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Curbishley

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

McDowell

Robson

Deepdale

0 - 0

17 March 1979

Att: 15,380

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

McDowell

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Robson

Upton Park

5 - 0 (McDowell 2, Devonshire, Lampard, Robson)

24 March 1979

Att: 24,650

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

McDowell

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking (Pike)

Robson

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Robson)

31 March 1979

Att: 23,992

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

McDowell (Curbishley)

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Pike

Robson

Brisbane Road

2 - 0 (Holland, Pike)

14 April 1979

Att: 17,517

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Pike

Robson

Upton Park

Score

Date

Att:

F

The Valley

0 - 0

21 April 1979

Att: 22,816

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Pike

Jennings (Lampard)

Upton Park

3 - 1 Bonds, Cross, Robson)

24 April 1979

Att: 24,139

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Pike

Robson

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Bonds)

28 April 1979

Att: 28,865

Parkes

McDowell

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Pike (Lansdowne)

Robson

Ewood Park

0 - 1

5 May 1979

Att: 7,585

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

McDowell (Taylor A.)

Robson

Ninian Park

0 - 0

11 May 1979

Att: 13,124

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Taylor T.

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

McDowell (Brignull)

Morgan

MATCH POSTPONED

Icy Patches on Pitch : rearranged for 24 April 1979

MATCH POSTPONED

Unfit Pitch : rearranged for 2 April 1979

7 February 1979

 

TREVOR BROOKING wins his 26th ENGLAND cap

NORTHERN IRELAND a European Championship Qualifier at Wembley Stadium, London 4-0

MATCH POSTPONED

Icy Conditions : rearranged for 14 May 1979

22 February 1979

PHIL PARKES becomes the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he signs for West Ham United

from Queens Park Rangers for a £565,000 fee

 

Queens Park Rangers sold goalkeeper Phil Parkes to London rivals West Ham for a staggering £565,000 — against the advice of manager Steve Burtenshaw. Only hours after Parkes had made the move down a division and down the Thames to Upton Park, Burtenshaw revealed that the record deal for a keeper had been completed over his head. He said: "I wasn't prepared to transfer Phil and I'm disappointed the directors didn't take my advice. " How can a manager sell a player of his class — especially at this time of the season” I felt it was my job to advise the board of my feelings. But in the end they decided t go ahead and sell. I'm sick about it but I've got to forget it.”

The first move in the deal which makes Parkes British soccer’s most costly goalkeeper – and the second most expensive player after Trevor Francis. West Ham chairman Reg Pratt said: “It was much more than we could afford but what’s money these days if you do use it.” Parkes arrival at Upton Park looks like the beginning of the end for West Ham goalkeeper Mervyn Day and Bobby Ferguson

A home game with Oldham Athletic in the Second Division. The Latics belied their lowly placing in the early stages but West Ham took the lead on 21 minutes. The goal stemmed from a John McDowell free kick, David Cross leapt to head the ball down and Pat Holland hooked the ball past Oldham keeper Peter McDonnell. Just a minute from half time Phil Parkes who was making his debut made a great save to keep out a header from Alan Young. In the 59th minute the Hammers made it two. Trevor Brooking curled in a centre which young centre-half Alvin Martin headed in. Eight minutes from time Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson headed in Brookings centre to score his 19th league goal of the season. The 3-0 victory kept the Hammers in fourth place and on course for promotion.

The Hammers travelled to Luton Town on this day in 1979 looking to extend their unbeaten run to a fourth game and maintain their promotion push from the second tier. They had beaten Oldham Athletic 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground just two days previously so were in good spirits for their journey to Kenilworth Road and that was reflected in the scoreline. The majority of the 14,205 in attendance were to be left disappointed as a David Cross brace provided the cornerstone for the Hammers' victory. Alan Devonshire and Bryan Robson were also on target as the visitors smashed in four goals with just one coming in reply for Luton. The victory lifted West Ham up to third in the table, but a run of one win in the next seven saw their promotion bid stall and they ended up in fifth place with 50 points, six behind Sunderland in that vital third spot.

John Lyall's Hammers ended a three-game goal drought in spectacular fashion as they thumped Newcastle United 5-0 at the Boleyn Ground on this day in 1979. In the previous 3-weeks, West Ham United had succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, before being held to successive goalless draws against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Boleyn Ground and Preston North End at Deepdale. Fortunately, goals were not in short supply on this occasion, as the Hammers moved to within three points of the promotion places with this comprehensive win. Right-back John McDowell was the afternoon's unlikely hero, as he bagged a brace in the 37th and 51st minutes for the first and only time in his 303-game stint at the Boleyn Ground. They were to prove his last goals in claret and blue, as McDowell made the switch to Norwich City in August that same year. Alan Devonshire started the glut in the 20th minute after collecting the ball on the edge of the penalty area from McDowell and left two defenders sprawling before firing past goalkeeper Steve Hardwick. Prolific goalscorer Bryan Robson plundered his 24th league goal of the season two minutes later against his old-team-mates as he blasted the ball from a penetrating pass by Trevor Brooking. The Sunderland-born forward ended his seventh and final season in east London with 26 goals to his name, a tally only bettered by the 28 he netted in 1972-73. Also on the scoresheet, Frank Lampard senior popped up with a goal in the 34th minute when Newcastle failed to clear a corner. Hardwick seemed to have his 20-yard ground shot covered until it took a savage deflection off Peter Withe and into the net for only his third goal of the campaign. The Hammers cemented themselves in fifth spot in the table, where they would ultimately end the campaign.

27 March 1979

HAYDEN MULLINS (2003-2009) Born this day Reading, Berkshire

 

Hayden Mullins became Alan Pardew's first new signing when he arrived on loan from Crystal Palace on 21 October 2003. Making his Hammers debut on the same day he signed against Nottingham Forest at Upton Park in a 1-1 draw. He had been at Selhurst Park since signing on as a trainee in 1996 and played over 200 games for Palace. He impressed Pardew enough to earn a permanent move and had been a regular in the West Ham side since, playing an important part in their promotion campaign. Hayden’s darkest day came when he was sent off against Liverpool in a league game which ruled him out off the F.A. Cup Final also against Liverpool which was hailed as one of the most memorable in F.A. Cup history. At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, West Ham completed the signing of Argentine international Javier Mascherano who, like Mullins, was a defensive midfielder. However, after a brief period on the bench, Mullins re-established himself in the first team. Mullins joined Portsmouth on a three and a half year contract in January 2009. Played for the Fratton Park outfit in the 2010 FA Cup Final against Chelsea. Later played for Reading (loan). Mullins on 21st April 2012 became one of very few players in history to be relegated and promoted from the same division (The Championship) in the same season. Experiencing relegation with parent club Portsmouth and also promotion with on loan club Reading.

29 March 1979

ANTON OTULAKOWSKI joins SOUTHEND UNITED

 

West Ham United career: (1976-1979) Appearances: 17, Goals 0

18 April 1979

MATTHEW UPSON (2007 - 2011) Born this day Suffolk

 

Highly-rated central defender signed from Birmingham City for an initial fee of £6million on deadline day in the January 2007 transfer window. A deal that could rise to a club record £7.5million depending on appearances, the 27-year-old England international agreed a four-and-a-half year contract at Upton Park to become Alan Curbishley's sixth signing during the transfer window. Matthew was spotted by Luton Town as a youngster and joined the Hatters as a trainee, but made just one senior league appearance for the club - as a 17-year-old against Rotherham United in August 1996 - before Arsenal paid £2million the following year to acquire his services. After waiting patiently for his big chance under Arsene Wenger, the 6ft 1in central defender won a Premiership title medal in 2001-02, but continued to find first-team opportunities limited at Highbury, and headed out for loan spells with Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading, before Birmingham City paid £1million to make him a permanent signing in January 2003.The former England under-21 international played a key role as Blues retained their newly-acquired Premiership status at the end of the campaign, and he was then rewarded with a call-up to the full national team, making his debut in a friendly against South Africa in Durban on May 22, 2003. He went on to win seven full caps under Sven-Goran Eriksson, the last of which came in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Spain at the Bernabeu stadium in November 2004, and has been a key performer for Birmingham City during the past four years, making almost 130 league and cup appearances and helping the club into the automatic promotion positions this season in their bid to return to the Premiership. Sadly, his Hammers debut ended in disappointment, as a calf injury forced him off after just 28 minutes of our 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa 3 February 2007. On 29 December, Upson scored for the first time in West Ham colours when he headed in the winning goal against Premier League champions Manchester United. In July 2008, Upson's squad number of 6 was retired by the club in memory of Bobby Moore, after which he took the number 15 shirt. Following West Ham's relegation from the Premier League in May 2011, Upson left the club when his contract expired. Later played for Stoke City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leicester City and MK Dons before retiring from playing in 2016.

23 May 1979

TREVOR BROOKING 27th ENGLAND cap

WALES (sub) in the Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 0-0

 

 

26 May 1979

TREVOR BROOKING 28th ENGLAND cap

SCOTLAND Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 3-1

 

 

6 June 1979

TREVOR BROOKING 29th ENGLAND cap

BULGARIA European Championship Qualifier Vasil Levski Stadion, Sofia 3-0

 

 

10 June 1979

TREVOR BROOKING 30th ENGLAND cap

SWEDEN (sub) in an International Friendly Rasunda Fotbollsstadion, Solna 0-0

 

 

13 June 1979

TREVOR BROOKING 31st ENGLAND cap

AUSTRIA International Friendly Praterstadion, Vienna 3-4

20 June 1979

BRYAN “Pop” ROBSON rejoins SUNDERLAND for a second spell for a £45,000 fee

West Ham United career: (1970-1974 and 1976-1979) Appearances: 255, Goals: 104

Individual honours: Hammer of the Year (1973), Adidas Golden Boot Award 1978-79