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WEST HAM UNITED

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1978-79 Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

78_08_19 Birmingham City v. WHU Reserves

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

78_08_21 WHU v. Leicester City 78_08_26 WHU v. Oxford United

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

78_09_02 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 78_09_09 WHU v. Cardiff City

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

78_09_25 WHU v. Arsenal

ARSENAL : Football Combination

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PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

78_09_30 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

78_10_07 Bristol City v. WHU Reserves

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

78_10_14 WHU v. QPR

READING : Football Combination

78_10_18 Reading v. WHU Reserves

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

78_10_28 WHU v. Southampton

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

78_11_14 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

78_11_11 WHU v. Birmingham City

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

78_11_20 WHU v. Ipswich Town

HEREFORD UNITED : Football Combination

78_11_25 WHU v. Hereford United

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

78_12_02 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

78_12_09 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Post

ORIENT : Football Combination

78_12_19 WHU v. Orient

CHELSEA : Football Combination

As far as we are aware

NO PROGRAMME was issued for this fixture

 

This is an unofficial teamsheet for information only

St Andrews

1 - 1 (Pike)

19 August 1978

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Taylor A.)

21 August 1978

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Jennings 2)

26 August 1978

Portman Road

1 - 1 (Jennings)

2 September 1978

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Jennings 3)

9 September 1978

Craven Cottage

1 - 2 (Lansdowne)

16 September 1978

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Cross 3)

25 September 1978

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Lansdowne 2, Taylor A. 2)

30 September 1978

Ashton Gate

3 - 2 (Taylor A., Lansdowne, Pike)

7 October 1978

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Jennings)

14 October 1978

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Morgan)

28 October 1978

Upton Park

2  - 0 (Banton, Morgan)

11 November 1978

Upton Park

0 - 2

20 November 1978

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Morgan 3, Jennings 2)

25 November 1978

Upton Park

9 December 1978

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Morgan, Smith)

19 December 1978

East Molesey

4 - 2 (Jennings 2, Allen, Otulakowski)

30 December 1978

Elm Park

7 - 0 (Lansdowne, Jennings 3, Morgan 3)

18 October 1978

Selhurst Park

3 - 3 (Jennings 2, Taylor A.)

4 November 1978

Manor Ground

3 - 0 (Jennings 2 [1 pen], Cowie)

18 November 1978

White Hart Lane

1 - 1 (Cowie)

2 December 1978

Ferguson

Wright

Smith

Banton

Lansdowne

McGiven

Thomson

Allen

Jennings

Morgan

Otulakowski

Mosseley

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Martin

McGiven

Lansdowne

Jennings

Otulakowski

Morgan

Thornton

Day

Wright

Smith

Banton

Alderman

Lansdowne

Thomson

Cowie

Jennings

Morgan

Otulakowski

Day

Wright

Smith

Banton

Martin

McGiven

Thomson

Cowie

Lansdowne

Jennings

Otulakowski

Day

Wright

Smith

Pike

Crane

McGiven

Thomson

Jennings

Lansdowne

Morgan

Otulakowski

78_08_26 WHU v. Oxford United Reserves 78_09_30 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle Reserves 78_10_14 WHU v. QPR Reserves 78_10_28 WHU v. Southampton Reserves 78_11_11 WHU v. Birmingham City Reserves 78_11_20 WHU v. Ipswich Town Reserves 78_11_25 WHU v. Hereford United Reserves 78_12_02 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 78_12_19 WHU v. Orient Reserves

A visit to Craven Cottage ended in the first defeat of the season for the Reserves. This need not have happened had our team played as well in the second half as they did prior to the interval; but a largely inept display enabled Ful-ham to get back into the game and wipe out the interval deficit with two goals.

Billy Lansdowne was our scorer, and skipper John McDowell nearly added to this with a bar-rattling free-kick from outside the box. However, the Cottagers gave notice of their intentions by forcing a couple of good saves from Mervyn Day, and they later capitalised on our defects to earn the spoils.

Although our Combination record so far this season is better than average, it will be a long slog if we are to retain the championship; Spurs have made a truly flying start, and are well ahead of the field.

The Bristol City line-up which faced us at Ashton Gate included several experienced players, and two well-balanced teams put on a very good show. The eventual margin in the Hammers' favour was 3-2, the Robins' second being netted from the penalty-spot in the closing seconds.

The homesters opened the goal-count but we drew level by half-time, Alan Taylor being our scorer. Further goal's from Billy Lansdowne and Geoff Pike put us in a commanding situation, and overall we could be very satisfied at the afternoon's work.

The Queens Park Rangers team which visited Upton Park included their early-season £220,000 signing from Orient - Glenn Roeder, together with several players with experience of First Division soccer. Seven of our line-up had no such background, and although they lost by 1-2 the Hammers were unfortunate not to collect a point in an interesting duel. Rangers led by a goal at half-time, but we had missed a great chance jusl before the interval; an equaliser then might have turned the game in our favour. QPR capitalised on the let-off by netting again, but we reduced the margin with a goal from Billy Jennings. Geoff Pike had to go off near the finish with a cut shin

Our Reserves had a runaway win against Reading at their Elm Park Ground in an evening mid-week fixture on 18th October. A goal by Billy Lansdowne was the only counter in the first-half, but both Billy Jennings and Nicky Morgan netted a hat-trick after the interval. The 7-0 score-line is in itself a reflection of what was eventually a one-sided duel !

Incidentally this was not our record away win in the Combination, as we won by 12-1 against Clapton Orient Reserves at Lea Bridge Road in April 1931.

An interesting game against third-place Southampton at Upton Park ended in a 1-1 draw. The Hammers had the better of the first 45 minutes, and led at the interval after Nicky Morgan ended a solo run from midway in the opposing half. However, the Saints gained the initiative after the breather, equalising a few minutes after the restart. In the end, the result was a fair one. Alvin Martin made a re-appearance after missing several matches through injury, and came through the test successfully.

Our visit to the Manor Ground ended in a very comfortable victory over Oxford United. A single-goal advantage at half-time was converted into a 3-0 margin by the linal whistle, but the score in our favour might easily have been doubled. Billy Jennings netted two (one from a penalty) and George Cowie the third. Alvin Martin reappeared after injury and came through the test.

The home match against Ipswich Town on the following Monday evening had no happy ending. Although we held the Suffolk. side until half-time, they proved too strong in the long run and settled the destination of the points with two goals.

The home match against Hereford United was pretty much one-sided, and the 5-1 score in our favour could even have been greater - such was the disparity between the teams. Nicky Morgan opened the score, and it was something of a surprise when Hereford United gained an equaliser. However, a goal by Billy Jennings restored the margin before half-time. After the interval Morgan went on to complete his hat trick, and then Jennings netted his 16th goal this season.

We won this re-arranged match v Orient at Upton Park on by 2-1. A difficult top-surface - due to frosty conditions - did not make the spectators envious of the players' task. However, the Hammers netted goals with fine shots from Nicky Morgan and Mark Smith after conceding an own goal in the early stages. The second half continued to be interesting although goalless.

Day

Wright

Otulakowski

Banton

Martin

McDowell

Thomson

Taylor A.

Lansdowne

Cowie

Pike

Day

Wright

Smith

Thomson (Banton)

Brignull

McGiven

McDowell

Lansdowne

Jennings

Morgan

Taylor A.

Moseley

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Martin

McGiven

Thomson

Lansdowne

Jennings

Morgan

Pike

Moseley

McDowell

Smith

Cowie

Martin

McGiven

Thomson

Jennings

Lansdowne

Morgan

Banton

Moseley

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Martin

Lansdowne

Thomson

Jennings

Morgan

Banton

Pike

Moseley

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Martin

McGiven

Thomson

Jennings

Allen

Morgan

Banton

Day

McDowell

Gilbert

Banton

Crane

McGiven

Thomson

Pike

Lansdowne

Jennings

Otulakowski

Day

McDowell

Gilbert

Pike

Crane

McGiven (Banton)

Thomson

Jennings

Lansdowne

Taylor A.

Otulakowski

Day

McDowell

Wright

Lansdowne

Martin (Banton)

McGiven

Thomson

Taylor A.

Cross

Pike

Morgan

Day

Wright

Smith

Banton

Brignull

McGiven

Thomson

Taylor A.

Lansdowne

Morgan

Cowie (Allen)

Day

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Thomson (Banton)

Taylor A.

Lansdowne

Morgan

Pike

Day

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Banton

Lansdowne

Jennings

Morgan

Pike (Thomson)

Moseley

Brignull

McGiven

Cowie (Thomson)

Martin

Lansdowne

Taylor A.

Banton

Jennings

Morgan

Pike

Moseley

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Thomson

Banton

Lansdowne

Morgan

Pike

Moseley

Wright

Smith

Cowie

Martin

McGiven

Lansdowne

Jennings

Otulakowski

Morgan

Banton

With three matches played in the opening two weeks of the season, our Reserves found themselves heading the Combination table after this victory over Oxford United Reserves at Upton Park by 2-1.

It was a game that might have ended at any score, as our front-runners missed so many chances that the visitors could well have snatched a point after gaining a second-half equaliser. In the end Billy lennings added another to his first-half counter to avoid the travesty of shared points.

A more pleasing feature was the Combination debuts of two 16-year-old Hammers. Mark Smith and Jason Wright did very well, and earned their commendations.

78_11_18 Oxford United v. WHU CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

78_12_30 Chelsea v. WHU Unofficial

Unofficial Teamsheet

Our Reserves opened their season with two matches in three days, and gained three points to make a good start towards retaining the Combination championship.

The opening day fixture against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's, we collecting our first point. It could well have been two, but a linesman's decision that the Blues had beaten our offside trap in the second half enabled the homesters to equalise the pre-interval counter. The Hammers' goal came from a good move; John McDowell centred, Billy Lansdowne headed it on and Geoff Pike tucked it safely away. Included in our line-up was triallist Paul Gilbert from Romford; we were also pleased to see Billy Jennings back in full action after his lengthy injury spell from last season.

 

We could have been a couple of goals up in the opening minutes of the home fixture v Leicester City on 21 August, but allowed the opportunities to slip away. By half-time it was becoming more unlikely that we would successfully terminate the moves which broke down the Filberts' defences, and with only a quarter-hour to go City must have been anticipating a point. Then a foray down the right flank found the centre being headed back across the visitors' goalmouth, and an overhead kick by Alan Taylor brought what proved to be the decider.

A mid-field collision caused the retirement of Mick McGiven in the 25th minute, as he sustained a slight concussion which affected his vision.

 

The Reserves earned their poinl against Ipswich Town at Portmnn Road. The Suffolk club fielded a strong - looking XI, and gained a one-goal advantage by half-time. However, we equalised after the interval when Anton Otulakowski's centre was headed on by Billy Lans-downe for Billy Jennings to net his third goal of the season. We were also served well in defence, and altogether it was good team-work.

 

 

Cardiff City were still seeking their first win of the season when they arrived at Upton Park. The issue was more-or-less settled by half-time, Billy Jennings netting a hat-trick to bring his season's total to six so far in Combination fixtures. However, we did not press our advantage after the interval, and the Bluebirds made the score-line rather more presentable for therrrelves by scoring to make the final count 3-1 for us.

 

MATCH POSTPONED

Ground Unfit : rearranged for Chadwell Heath 1st May 1979

Although a 1-1 draw might not at first appear to be one of the best results of the season, that outcome of the fixture at White Hart Lane on Dec. 2 was highly pieasing to Reserve Team manager Bill Lansdowne. Until then Spurs had dropped only one point in 18 games, and for us to further dent that record on their ground was a meritorious performance.

Indeed, we were in the lead until ten minutes from time, George Cowie having scored in the first half when he moved on to a Billy Jennings' pass after Jason Wright's free-kick to hit home from the edge of the penalty-area.

Our team included five of the XI which had lost here to Spurs earlier in the week in the F.A. Youth Cup — a somewhat surprising turn of events. Another pleasing feature was the return to our colours of Anton Otulakowski, who emerged well - but somewhat tired - from his test after a lengthy absence through injury.