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1979-80 Football League Division II

WREXHAM : Football League Division II

79_08_18 Wrexham v. WHU 79_08_20 WHU v. Chelsea

CHELSEA : Football League Division II

79_08_25 WHU v. Oldham Athletic 79_08_28 WHU v. Barnsley FLC 2R 1L

OLDHAM ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

BARNSLEY : Football League Cup (Second Round ~ First leg)

79_09_01 Watford v. WHU 79_09_04 Barnsley v. WHU FLC 2R 2L 79_09_08 Preston North End v. WHU

BARNSLEY : Football League Cup (Second Round ~ Second leg)

WATFORD : Football League Division II

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League Division II

79_09_15 WHU v. Sunderland Neighbour Debut 79_09_22 QPR v. WHU

SUNDERLAND : Football League Division II

Jimmy Neighbour signed Debut programme

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League Division II

79_09_25 WHU v. Southend United FLC 3 79_09_29 WHU v. Burnley Allen Debut

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football League Cup (Third Round)

BURNLEY : Football League Division II

Racecourse Ground

0 - 1

18 August 1979

Att: 13,036

Referee: D. Clarke

Upton Park

0 - 1

20 August 1979

Att: 31,627

Referee: A. Robinson

Parkes

Lampard

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Bonds

Martin

Holland

Pike

Pearson (Banton)

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Paul Allen signed Debut programme

79_10_01 Southend United v. WHU FLC 3R 79_10_06 WHU v. Newcastle United

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football League Cup (Third Round Replay)

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League Division II

79_10_08 WHU v. Southend United FLC3 2R 79_10_13 Leicester City v. WHU 79_10_20 WHU v. Luton Town

SOUTHEND UNITED : Football League Cup (Third Round ~ Second Replay)

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Division II

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

79_10_27 Notts County v. WHU 79_10_31 Sunderland v. WHU FLC4 79_11_03 WHU v. Wrexham 79_11_05 WHU v. Sunderland FLC4R

NOTTS COUNTY : Football League Division II

SUNDERLAND : Football League Cup (Fourth Round)

WREXHAM : Football League Division II

SUNDERLAND : Football League Cup (Fourth Round Replay)

79_11_10 Fulham v. WHU 79_11_14 Chelsea v. WHU 79_11_17 WHU v. Swansea Town 79_11_24 WHU v. Cardiff City 79_12_01 Charlton Athletic v. WHU

FULHAM : Football League Division II

CHELSEA : Football League Division II

SWANSEA CITY : Football League Division II

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

79_12_04 WHU v. Nottingham Forest FLC 5 79_12_08 WHU v. Bristol Rovers 79_12_12 Nottingham Forest v. WHU FLC 5R 79_12_15 Shrewsbury Town v. WHU

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Cup (Fifth Round)

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football League Division II

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Cup (Fifth Round Replay)

SHREWSBURY TOWN : Football League Division II

79_12_21 WHU v. Cambridge United 79_12_26 WHU v. Birmingham City Postponed 79_12_29 Oldham Athletic v. WHU Post

CAMBRIDGE UNITED : Football League Division II

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

OLDHAM ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

80_05_10 Arsenal v. WHU FA Cup Final 80_05_12 Sunderland v. WHU

SUNDERLAND : Football League Division II

ARSENAL : F.A. Cup Final

STUART PEARSON makes his Hammers debut against WREXHAM at The Racecourse Ground

DALE BANTON makes his Hammers debut against CHELSEA at Upton Park

RAY STEWART makes his Hammers debut against BARNSLEY at Oakwell

JIMMY NEIGHBOUR makes his Hammers debut against SUNDERLAND at Upton Park

PAUL ALLEN makes his Hammers debut against BURNLEY at Upton Park

MARK SMITH makes his Hammers debut against SOUTHEND UNITED at Upton Park

Upton Park

26 December 1979

Boundary Park

29 December 1979

CONTINUE 2

Manager: John Lyall

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Pike

Martin

Bonds

Holland

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Pearson

 

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Holland)

25 August 1979

Att: 18,319

Referee:

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Pike

Morgan

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

SECOND-HALF

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Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

 

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Brooking, Cross, Pearson)

28 August 1979

Att: 12,320

Referee:

79_10_13 Leicester City v. WHU Vn2

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

A player exodus saw Bryan Robson, Mervyn Day and Tommy Taylor all leave, while new signings were full-back Ray Stewart and winger Jimmy Neighbour. It was a poor start to the season, with just two wins in seven games leaving the side in nineteenth place. Barnsley and Southend United were beaten in the League Cup, with young Billy Lansdowne claiming a hat-trick in the 5-1 Southend win. November was a good month as all three Welsh clubs, Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham, were beaten at home without conceding a goal, and after a replay West Ham beat Sunderland 2-1 in the League Cup. The team was struggling on their travels with 3-0 defeats at Shrewsbury and in a League Cup replay at Nottingham Forest.

On New Year’s Day there was a good 4-0 win at neighbours Orient and the FA Cup trail started with a 2-1 home win against West Bromwich Albion. Orient were next in the FA Cup and the Hammers advanced, winning 3-2. During February the three league wins moved the team to within a point of the leaders and, now in top form, Swansea were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 home win. Just one win in March saw the team drop down to eighth in the league, but the FA Cup brought a 1–0 victory against Aston Villa thanks to a goal from Ray Stewart in the last minute.

Two home defeats in April brought the promotion dream to an end as the Hammers looked for FA Cup success. Everton were the opponents in the semi-final and following a 1-1 draw West Ham won the replay 3-1 at Elland Road. The FA Cup final was an all-London affair as the Hammers faced cup-holders and favourites Arsenal. On 13 minutes Trevor Brooking scored with a rare headed goal and for the remainder of the match the Hammers sat back, marshalled by Bonds and Martin, and held out to win 1-0 .

The final league match at Sunderland had to be delayed until after the cup final. A tired Hammers team lost 2-0, which ensured the Wearsiders promotion and left West Ham in seventh place.

11 July 1979

ALAN CURBISHLEY joins BIRMINGHAM CITY for £225,000

West Ham United Career: (1974-1979) Appearances: 96

International: England Youth (6 caps)

 

 

12 July 1979

MERVYN DAY joins LEYTON ORIENT for £100,000

West Ham United Career: (1973-1979) Appearances: 237

Individual honours: FA Cup Winner (1975), PFA Young Player of the Year (1975), FA Charity Shield Runner-up (1975),

European Cup Winners Cup Runner-up (1976)

13 July 1979

CRAIG BELLAMY (2007-2009) Born this day Rumney, Cardiff, Wales

 

Welsh international captain signed from Liverpool in a then club record £7.5m deal on the 10 July 2007. Bellamy begin his career with Norwich City, making his debut in March 1997. In the summer of 2005, he earned a £5m move to Coventry City. With the Sky Blues’ demise he was the target of serveral Premier League clubs and, in June 2001, Newcastle United swooped to sign him for £6m and formed a potent strike-force alongside Alan Shearer. Following the arrival of Graeme Souness as manager in August 2004, his Magpie career hit a rocky patch which led him joining Celtic on loan. July 2005 Mark Hughes paid £5m to take him to Blackburn Rovers scoring 17 goals in 32 outings for the Ewood Park club, a stike-rate that convinced Liverpool to splash out £6m for his services just 12 months later. The Anfield arrivals of Fernando Torres, Ryan Babel and Vndrei Voronin meant Craig was suddenly surplus to requirements on Merseyside and that was the cue for Alan Curbishley to swoop with a club record bid. Made his Hammers debut against Manchester City in a 0-2 reverse at Upton Park 11 August 2007. Injury blighted Bellamy's first season with the Hammers and managed only 9 games, scoring 4 goals and in February 2008 was ruled out of action until the beginning of season 2008-09. Bellamy was reported to have attracted the attention of several clubs, and in the 2009 January transfer window he was linked to several clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Manager Gianfranco Zola was reportedly unhappy with the way he felt Tottenham had tried to approach Bellamy, although he denied reports that Bellamy had gone on strike in protest at not being allowed to move - after Bellamy stormed out of training in protest. Two offers from Manchester City were rejected before a third on 18 January 2009 for an undisclosed bid, purported to be around £14 million was accepted by West Ham from City.

8 August 1979

DANIEL GABBIDON (2005-2011) Born this day Cwmbran, Wales

 

Danny began his career at West Bromwich Albion before joining Cardiff City in September 2000. He quickly established himself as a mainstay at Ninian Park where he made 217 appearances for the Bluebirds. Joined Barclays Premiership new-boys West Ham United in July 2005 along with fellow countryman and former club mate James Collins in a £3m deal. Made his Hammers bow against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park 13th August 2005 in a 3-1 victory. The cultured defender has been one of the outstanding success stories in their first season back in the Premiership. On 24 July 2011, Gabbidon signed a one-year contract with Queens Park Rangers (QPR) after impressing on trial with the club. Following the sacking of manager Neil Warnock. Gabbidon rarely played under new manager Mark Hughes and he was released at the end of the 2011–12 season. On 18 September 2012 Gabbidon signed for Crystal Palace and playing 38 games in all competitions, scoring twice. Joined Cardiff City on a one-year player/coach contract. In September 2014 he was appointed as interim manager of the club following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

BELLAMY Craig GABBIDON Daniel 79_12_01 Charlton Athletic v. WHU

9 August 1979

JOHN McDOWELL joins Norwich CITY for £20,000

West Ham United career: (1970-1979) Appearances: 303, Goals: 9

International: England Under-23 (13 caps), England Youth (1 cap)

Individual honours: FA Cup Winner (1975), FA Charity Shield Runner-up (1975), European Cup Winners Cup Runner-up (1976)

 

 

11 August 1979

BILLY JENNINGS joins LEYTON ORIENT for £100,000

West Ham United career: (1974-1979) Appearances: 125, Goals: 39

Individual honours: FA Cup Winner (1975), FA Charity Shield Runner-up (1975), European Cup Winners Cup Runner-up (1976)

 

 

16 August 1979

ALAN TAYLOR "Sparropw" jouns NORWICH CITY for £90,000

West Ham United career: (1974-1979) Appearances: 124, Goals: 36

Individual honours: FA Cup Winner (1975), FA Charity Shield Runner-up (1975)

28 August 1979

PAUL ALLEN signs professional forms

30 August 1979

RAY STEWART “Tonka” signs from Scottish club DUNDEE UNITED for a £430,000 fee

Vicarage Road

0 - 2

1 September 1979

Att: 23,329

Ref:

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Pike

Pearson (Lansdowne)

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Oakwell

2 - 0 (Cross 2)

4 September 1979

Att: 15,898

Ref:

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Stewart

Holland

Pike

Banton

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Deepdale

1 - 1 (Cross)

8 September 1979

Att: 10,460

Ref:

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Stewart

Holland

Pike

Banton

Cross

Brooking

Morgan

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Cross, Pearson)

15 September 1979

Att: 24,021

Ref:

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Stewart

Neighbour

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Loftus Road

0 - 3

22 September 1979

Att: 24,692

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Stewart

Neighbour

Pike (Holland)

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Cross)

25 September 1979

Att: 19,658

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Lansdowne

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Lansdowne, Stewart [pen])

29 September 1979

Att: 18,327

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Allen

Neighbour

Lansdowne

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Roots Hall

0 - 0

1 October 1979

Att: 22,497

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Lansdowne

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Upton Park

1 - 1 Cross)

6 October 1979

Att: 23,206

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Allen

Neighbour (Holland)

Lansdowne

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Lansdowne 3, Holland, Stewart [pen])

8 October 1979

Att: 19,718

Parkes

Stewart

Smith

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Lansdowne

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Filbert Street

2 - 1 (Cross, Martin)

13 October 1979

Att: 22,472

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Lansdowne

Cross

Brooking

Neighbour

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Allen)

20 October 1979

Att: 25,049

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Lansdowne

Cross

Pike

Neighbour

Meadow Lane

1 - 0 Holland

27 October 1979

Att: 12,256

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pike

Cross

Brooking

Neighbour

Roker Park

1 - 1 (Pike)

31 October 1979

Att:30,302

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pike

Cross

Brooking (Lansdowne)

Devonshire

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Pike)

3 November 1979

Att: 20,595

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pike

Cross

Devonshire (Lansdowne)

Neighbour

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Cross, Martin)

5 November 1979

Att: 24,454

Ferguson

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pike

Cross

Devonshire

Lansdowne

Craven Cottage

2 - 1 (Cross, Stewart [pen])

10 November 1979

Att:16,478

Ferguson

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pike

Cross

Devonshire

Lansdowne

Stamford Bridge

1 - 2 (Holland)

14 November 1979

Att: 31,573

Ferguson

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen (Lansdowne)

Cross

Devonshire

Brooking

Neighbour

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Brooking, Cross)

17 November 1979

Att: 21,210

Parkes

Stewart

Smith

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Devonshire

Cross

Brooking

Lansdowne

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Stewart 2 [2 pens], Cross)

24 November 1979

Att: 20,292

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

The Valley

0 - 1

1 December 1979

Att: 19,021

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland (Neighbour)

Allen

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Upton Park

0 - 0

4 December 1979

Att: 35,856

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Holland

Allen

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Cross 2)

8 December 1979

Att: 17,763

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Allen

Neighbour

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

City Ground

0 - 3 aet

12 December 1979

Att: 25,462

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Pike

Allen

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Devonshire

Gay Meadow

0 - 3

15 December 1979

Att: 8,512

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Pike

Allen

Pearson

Cross

Brooking

Neighbour

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Neighbour, Pearson, Stewart)

21 December 1979

Att: 11,721

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Allen

Pearson

Cross (Pike)

Brooking

Neighbour

25 August 1979

MARLON HAREWOOD (2003-2007) Born this day Hampstead, London

 

Marlon Harewood was a graduate of the Nottingham Forest youth system who spent time on loan at Ipswich in 1999 prior to breaking into the Forest side on a regular basis. He played almost 200 times for them before the pacy striker moved to West Ham in November 2003 for £500,000. A regular for the Hammers after making his debut in the 1-1 draw against Wimbledon 25 November 2003 at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes. Marlon finished by scoring 22 goals in his initial 2004-05 promotion campaign. Harewood collected an FA Cup runners-up medal with West Ham after they lost on penalties following a 3-3 draw with Liverpool in May 2006. He was also the club's top Premiership goalscorer with 15 league goals. In May 2007 following a torrid run of results for West Ham, Harewood confirmed that he would leave the Boleyn Goround in the summer after falling out of favour at the club. About to sign for Wigan Athletic when he got a phone call from Martin O’Neill at Villa asking him to join. Marlon agreed a three-year deal and was transferred to Aston Villa 17 July 2007 for a reported £4.5m fee.

12 September 1979

 

TREVOR BROOKING 32nd ENGLAND cap

DENMARK European Championship Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 1-0

12 September 1979

JIMMY NEIGHBOUR signs from Norwich City for a £100,000 fee

20 September 1979

LARS JACOBSEN (2010-2011) Born this day Odense, Denmark

 

A consistent right-back who was first-choice for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lars Jacobsen is a decorated defender. Having starred for his hometown club, Odense Boldklub, Jacobsen has played with distinction in Denmark, Germany and England, winning three Danish Superliga titles with FC Copenhagen and reaching the FA Cup final with Everton. The full-back joined West Ham United on transfer deadline day on 31 August 2010 on a one year cointract, with the move being formally ratified on 1 September, at 5.05pm due to paperwork issues between the two football clubs. On 31 August 2010 transfer deadline day, Jacobsen made his debut for West Ham on 11 September in a 3–1 home defeat to Chelsea at Upton Park. Jacobsen was released by West Ham in June 2011. At the end of the 2010–11 season, West Ham United were relegated. During the season, Jacobsen had spoken about West Ham's need to improve and because of it the club deserved to be bottom in the Premier League. Following his release by the Hammers, Jacobsen was linked with several club around Europe, keen to move back to the Danish Superligaen he joined former club F.C. Copenhagen on 13 September 2011.

5 September 1979

JOHN CAREW (2011-2012) Born this day Lorenskog, Norway

 

Carew was born in Lørenskog, Akershus and began his footballing career with his local club Lørenskog, a minor club within the Akershus region. He was considered to be a highly talented youngster and had gained some media attention before he was picked up by Vålerenga in 1997. During the summer of 1999, Carew joined the Norwegian football's most successful club of the past decade and champions league mainstays Rosenborg. After a string of impressive displays in the Champions League, he moved to Spanish club Valencia in a €8.5 million transfer, where Carew managed to win the La Liga title twice. On 22 January 2007, Carew signed for Aston Villa in an exchange deal with Lyon for Milan Baroš. Carew penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Birmingham-based club and went on to record 37 goals in 113 league appearances. In January 2011 Villa signed Darren Bent for £18 million, Carew's first team opportunities were reduced and on 6 August 2011 Football League Championship side West Ham United announced the signing of Carew as a free agent. He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 2–2 draw with Crystal Palace on 1 October 2011 and two weeks later scored his last against Blackpool at Upton Park. On 23 May 2012, Carew was released after his contract expired.

Starting the day in a perilous 19th position in the table, the Hammers eased their early season struggles with a solid home win against Sunderland. Jimmy Neighbour and David Cross scored the decisive goals as the home side kept a clean sheet at the other end. West Ham would ultimately go on to finish the season in seventh whilst Sunderland celebrated promotion after claiming the runners-up spot.

26 September 1979

JON HARLEY (2004) Born this day Maidstone, Kent

 

Harley joined Chelsea as a trainee in 1996 having attended the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall and made his Premiership League bow the following season in a 1-0 victory over Derby County as a left-sided midfield player. Made two further appearances that season but wasn’t called upon again until the 1999-2000 campaign when he appeared in 17 of the Blues Premiership games. Added another 10 games to his record the following year when he was loaned out to Wimbledon and in the summer of 2001 Fulham paid £3.5m for his registration. Made his Fulham debut against Manchester United at left-back in August 2001 and won international caps for England at Youth and Under-21 levels. Fulham loaned Jon out to Sheffield United for two loan periods. The Cottage club agreed to loan him to the Hammers initially on a month’s loan in January 2004. Made a scoring debut for the Hammers in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane 17 January 2004, a match which also saw Andy Melville make his debut. After a total of 16 games for West Ham, Sheffield United signed him on a free transfer 21st June 2004. Later played for Burnley, Watford, Notts County, Rotherham United and Portsmouth. On 13 March 2013 Harley signed for his hometown club Maidstone United on a non-contract basis, combining his time with the semi-professional club with working as a youth coach for the Chelsea Academy.

West Ham recorded a valuable win against Burnley at the Boleyn Ground. A Ray Stewart penalty and a goal for Billy Lansdowne Jnr secured a victory in front of 18,327 fans. Lansdowne's goal was one of four he scored for the club in 14 appearances before departing for London rivals Charlton Athletic. The Hammers suffered only two defeats at home that season on their way to a seventh place finish.

10 November 1979

RAGNVALD SOMA (2001-2002) Born this day Byrne, Norway

 

Norwegian defender who signed for the club on the same day as Christian Dailly, after a long period of protracted negotiations and speculation.  Originally starred on trial for the reserves, but it seemed he would never be able to complete his £800,000 move from tiny Norwegian club Bryne. Since making his debut for Bryne at the age of 17, Ragnvald has earned a reputation as one of the most promising young defenders in Norway, winning the Player of the Year at his club in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and making 19 appearances for the Norway under-21's. Ragnvald made his Hammers debut against mighty Manchester United a 1-0 FA Cup victory at Old Trafford on the 28th January 2001. Naturally left-footed, he can play as a full-back, but prefers to think of himself as a central defender. Ragnvald’s stay at Upton Park lasted just over one and a half years, during which time made only 3 starts before returning to Bryne on a free transfer. Later played for SK Brann and Viking FK.

27 November 1979

RADISLAV KOVAC (2009 - 2011) Born this day Prague, Czech Republic

 

Experienced Czech Republic international joined the Hammers on loan from Russian club Spartak Moscow on 30th January 2009. The versatile 29-year-old, can slot comfortably into both the defensive midfield and central defensive roles. Kováč joined Sigma Olomouc as a teenager, making his first team debut at the age of 17 and progressing to the Czech Under-21 side. After spending six years with Sigma the tall, blonge player made the switch to Gambrinus League giants Sparta Prague in the summer of 2003. Kováč’s full international debut was ina 1-0 win over Romania in October 2004. In July 2005 he moved to Spartak Moscow where he played in both the UEFA Cup and Champions League and helping Spartak to runners-up spot in the Russia League in both 2006 and 2007. The tenacious midfielder has been a regular in the Czech squad and joined West Ham United on loan for an undisclosed fee until the end of the 2008-09 season with a view to a possible permanent transfer. Radoslav made his first-team bow in the F.A. Cup tie against Middlebrough at the Riverside Stadium 1st March 2009 which resulted in a 0-2 reverse. Seemingly unable to impress Gianafranco Zola the Czech man headed back to Russia to rejoin Spartak Moscow June 2009, but by the following month he was to sign a three year deal for an undisclosed fee. At the end of the 2010/2011 season, with twelve months left on his contract and after 62 league and cup appearances, Kováč left West Ham United in July 2011 to join Swiss Super League champions F.C. Basel for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract. Later played for Slovan Liberec and Sparta Prague.

30 November 1979

ROBBIE STOCKDALE (2003-2004) Born this day Redcar, Yorkshire

 

Tough-tackling right-back who joined the Hammers on an initial one-month loan from Middlesbrough and made his debut in the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City 25 October 2003. The 24-year-old began his career at Boro as a trainee in August 1997 and made over 70 Premiership appearances for his hometown club, and also played on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. The arrival of England international Danny Mills on Teeside severely restricted Robbie¹s chances of first-team football, and when Alan Pardew came calling the Scottish international, who has five senior caps to his name, was happy to move south and join the Hammers. Pulled a hamstring in just his second game In the Carling Cup at Tottenham Hotspur. As a result his loan period was extended for a further month to give Robbie a fair chance of being offered a full-time contract with the Hammers. In his absence, Pardew elected to deploy Tomas Repka at right-back and Stockdale made just seven more appearances for the Hammers before returning to the Riverside in February 2004 and then joined Rotherham United after a successful loan spell with the Yorkshiremen. Midway through the 2004-05 season he signed for League One side Hull City and played at the season. A troubled 2005-06 campagin when he failed to make an appearance he signed a two-year contract with Tranmere Rovers and later played for Grimsby Town where he would end his playing career. His coaching career started with The Mariners before going to Sunderland and then Scottish side Hiberian in February 2019.

17 October 1979

 

TREVOR BROOKING 33rd ENGLAND cap

NORTHERN IRELAND European Championship Qualifier Windsor Park, Belfast 5-1

Stamford Bridge’s biggest crowd of the season, 31,573 saw the Blues’ come from behind and defend well to hold on to the lead. Pat Holland scored for West Ham after 25 minutes but four minutes later Frost beat Ferguson with a first-time 25-yard shot. The turning point of the match came when Borota made a world-class save from David Cross, and three minutes later (76 mins) Fillery forced the ball in at the near post after Walker had broken clear. The victory completed the season's double over the Hammers. ...

Having defeated fellow Welsh side Swansea City the previous week, the Hammers made it two from two against opponents from the Principality. Two Ray Stewart penalties did most of the damage, while David Cross was also on target for the home side. The win left West Ham seventh in the table - the same place in Division Two they occupied at the end of the campaign.

Goalless draws can often be dull and boring affairs, but there must be exceptions to any rule. The  match against Nottingham Forest at Upton Park was one of those occasions, and no fan who paid to see the League Cup tie against Nottingham Forest could have begrudged his admission money. The unfortunate ones were those 2,000 or so who were unable to get in, as the gates had to be closed just after kick-off. They missed a classic cup-tie which went from end to end with astonishing speed and consequent excitement.

A game of two halves would be a fair description of the match at Gay Meadow. It was our first-ever visit to the Shrewsbury Town ground for a First Team fixture, and is not one we are likely to easily forget. Last season's Third Division champions appeared to approach the opening exchanges with a feeling of trepidation, and there were opportunities for us to take the lead before the home side had really settled down to the job in hand. That we did not do so was a spur to the opposition, who gained in confidence as the game wore on. By the time the interval arrived we could look back upon 45 minutes of general superiority—but no goals. The second session was little short of a disaster, although we were still on level terms during the first 13 minutes. It was then that Shrewsbury scored their first goal, an event that probably surprised the home fans as much as it did our XI. Having gained that lead, the Town valiantly held on, defying every effort we made to level the scores. Then as a crowning blow they netted twice in the last five minutes to inflct a second successive 3-0 defeat on a Hammers' team which had experienced a most disappointing week.

MATCH POSTPONED

Bad Weather Conditions : rearranged for 22 April 1980

MATCH POSTPONED

Bad Weather Conditions : rearranged for 29 April 1980

Cambridge United were the opponents who were sent packing from the Boleyn Ground with nothing to show for their efforts as West Ham recovered from a defeat by Shrewsbury in the previous game. Ray Stewart, Jimmy Neighbour and Stuart Pearson were the men on target in front of an 11,721 crowd. The Hammers and Cambridge ended the campaign seventh and eighth respectively, although John Lyall's men did secure the honour of winning the FA Cup.

79_08_20 WHU v. Chelsea 79_08_25 WHU v. Oldham Athletic 03 79_09_01 Watford v. WHU 79_09_15 WHU v. Sunderland 79_09_22 QPR v. WHU 01 79_09_25 WHU v. Southend United FLC 3 79_10_06 WHU v. Newcastle United 79_10_08 WHU v. Southend United 2nd Replay 79_10_20 WHU v. Luton Town 02 79_11_03 WHU v. Wrexham 79_11_05 WHU v. Sunderland FLC4R 79_11_10 Fulham v. WHU 79_11_14 Chelsea v. WHU 79_12_04 WHU v. Nottingham Forest FLC 5 02 79_12_08 WHU v. Bristol Rovers 79_12_12 Nottingham Forest v. WHU FLC 5 Replay 79_10_01 Southend United v. WHU FLC3R 79_10_31 Sunderland v. WHU FLC4

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

14 August 1979

STUART PEASON "Pancho" signs from MANCHESTER UNITED