WEST HAM UNITED
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2 - 1 (Cross 2)
30 July 1979
The first of our encounters with senior clubs was against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on July 30. We had much the better of the first half, and two goals from David Cross gave us an interval lead. Pompey had already played a couple of fixtures, and they combined well in the later stages to make it 2-1 at the final whistle. The attendance was 6,100.
1 - 1 (Pike)
1 August 1979
1 - 2 (Barnes)
6 August 1979
La Ronde E.
Crabble Athletic Ground
1 - 1 (Holt)
8 August 1979
La Ronde E.
8 - 1 (Cross 2, Holland 2, Banton, Brush, Jennings, Lansdowne)
7 August 1979
Parkes (Ferguson), Brignull, Brush, Bonds, Martin, Pike (Allen), Holland, Banton, Cross (Cowie), Brooking, Jennings (Lansdowne)
3 - 1 (Cross 2, Pike)
9 August 1979
Spotted Dog Ground
1 - 1 (Banton)
11 August 1979
Green Pond Road
0 - 2
15 August 1979
BARKING : Special Centennial Match for Bobby Makin's Testimonial
4 - 3 (Pike 2, Flanagan, Lampard)
12 May 1980
SOUTHALL & EALING BOROUGH
Western Road Ground
2 - 2 (Cross, Martin)
15 May 1980
AVELEY GUESTS XI : Joe O'Sullivan & Tony White Benefit
1 - 3 (Smith M.)
16 May 1980
Two days later we visited Southend United at Roots Hall. It was not so good a game as the former one, but filled its purpose by providing more match practice. The Shrimpers took the lead in the first half, and Geoff Pike levelled the scores after the interval.
The remaining engagements were fulfilled by mainly reserve and youth squad players.
The first, at Aveley on August 6. ended in favour of the Isthmian League side, who nelted once in each half. Our single reply was from Bobby Barnes when the Hammers made a late rally.
SORRY NO IMAGE
Our visit to Dover two days later ended 1-1, both goals being netted in the first half; Kay Holt was our scorer. It was a pleasing performance against a team which was short of a couple of regulars who had gone down with food poisoning after a previous home fixture v Southend United.
We had a short journey to the Spotted Dog Ground on Saturday 11 August to meet Clapton of the Isthmian League. Dale Ban ton scored for us in the second half and then the home side obtained an equaliser for the draw.
Fifteen players plus officials were in the party which left Heathrow on the morning of Friday 3 August ; after an easy flight they arrived around midday at their Hotel in Erskine on the Clyde.
The playing squad consisted of :
Paul Allen, Dale Banton, Billy Bonds, Phil Brignull, Trevor Brooking, Paul Brush, David Cross, Bobby Ferguson, Pat Holland, Billy Jennings. Frank Lampard, Billy Lansdowne, Alvin Martin, Phil Parkes and Geoff Pike.
We were short of Alan Devonshire due to injury. Manager John Lyall was absent on " transfer business," so Ernie Gregory took charge of the team, accompanied by Albert Walker and Rob Jenkins. Three Directors made the journey over the Border - Messrs. W. F. Cearns (Vice-Chairman), B.R. Cearns and J. Petchey.
Friday evening's Tournament schedule began with Kilmarnock defeating Brighton & Hove Albion 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
GLASGOW RANGERS (Scotland) : Semi-Final
2 - 3 (Cross, Jennings)
3 August 1979
Parkes, Lampard, Brush, Bonds, Martin, Pike, Holland (Lansdowne), Banton, Cross, Brooking, Jennings
Our opening match against Rangers followed Kilmarnock, Brighton game and brought a goal for each side in the first 17 minutes. Rangers scored with a tremendous 25-yarder by Watson after 14 minutes, but we were on terms again as Billy Jennings diverted Trevor Brooking's pass which followed a left-flank run. The 10.000 attendance continued to enjoy some good soccer; but although the Hammers contributed their fair share, it was (he Scots who went in with a half-time lead, a long ball over our defence being headed home at five yards' range by Smith. Rangers struck again two minutes after the resumption. Smith netting his second with a left-foot shot which found the net from the corner of the penalty-box. They hit the upright soon after this, but suddenly found themselves pulled back to a one-goal margin. Dale Banton making his first full senior appearance back-headed Paul Brush's centre and David Cross finished off the move. We persisted until the final whistle, and Billy Jennings had two good efforts forestalled by the home 'keeper. Overall, it was a worthy performance and we were generally pleased.
Rangers had another game the following afternoon, and several of our party went to Hampden Park to see them defeat Celtic 3-1 in the Final of the Drybrough Cup. It was an experience to be at one of these traditional local derbies.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : 3rd - 4th Play-off
1 - 3 (Jennings)
5 August 1979
Parkes, Lampard, Brush, Bonds, Martin, Pike (Lansdowne), Holland, Banton, Cross, Brooking, Jennings
On Sunday afternoon we played Brighton & Hove Albion to decide third and fourth place. Unfortunately the Hammers' performance was well below par, and although the Seagulls did not impress as First Division potential this season they ended comfortable winners by 3-1.
We held our own in the early stages. but the Seasiders scored after 20 minutes. It appeared unlikely that there would be any more goals from either side; but although this proved correct for the remainder of the first half the Hammers succeeded in levelling the count when Billy Jennings converted a long pass from midfield by Geoff Pike six minutes after the restart. Albion restored their advantage in the 69th minute through a defensive lapse, and four minutes later put the issue on ice by converting a spot-kick. From then on the Seasiders were content to play out time, and we could not raise our game to the required standard.
HAMMERS IN SCOTLAND
The party left Glasgow on Monday around noon, the flight to Aberdeen being followed by a 60-mile coach ride through the Grampian Mountains to Buckie. where the party was divided between two hotels. The team had a training-session on a nearby golf-links. Tuesday's match was at Dingwall. which involved a two - hour coach journey in each direction via Inverness to the north coast of the Moray Firth.
The Victoria Ground of Ross County F.C. is set against a background of the Western Highlands, and the turf was in beautiful condition on a pleasant evening that followed heavy showers en route north.
The Hammers netted at fairly regular intervals to be 8—I victors. Five of our goals came during the first half. MacKay scoring his side's reply when they were four down. We made four substitutions during the second half. so all 15 players had a run-out The squad included George Cowie. who had been on holiday in his native Buckie.
Thursday's match was v Buckie Thistle, whose arena is also known as the Victoria Ground.
Buckie had played in the First Round of the Highland League Cup on the previous evening (defeating Rothes 1-0), but despite overnight rain they had worked hard on the pitch and it was in fine condition. Thistle conceded three goals before the interval, but played well during the second half and reduced their arrears. The eventual score was 3 -1 in our favour.
Baker, Wright, Smith M., Burvill, Keith, Hibbert, Barnes, Houghton, Milton, La Ronde A., Cowie
The same line-up was used in each game
3 May 1979
2 - 1 (La Ronde A., Milton)
3rd May 1979
0 - 0
HAGUE SELECT (Netherlands)
4 May 1979
3 - 0 (Barnes 2 [1 pen], La Ronde A.)
VUC (Netherlands) : Final
4 May 1979
6 - 0 (Barnes 3 [1 pen], Milton 2, Houghton)
DEN HAAG HOLLAND 1980 WINNERS MEDAL
Medal courtesy of Mark Smith
Although defeated through a penalty-decider in the Final of the ADO Tournament at The Hague in May 1979, our Youth Team created an excellent impression ; and the entire party enjoyed such popularity that an invitation to return twelve months later was accepted with alactrity.
The Algerian National Team which beat us in 1979 was also there as holder of the trophy, and as they and the Hammers were in separate qualifying groups there was the prospect of again meeting them in the Final. As events turned out, the Algerians ended third in their four-team group, and there was a pleasant surprise for the Netherlands' fans when VUG another club from The Hague - also held off the challenges of Eintracht Frankfurt and Feyenoord to become Finalists.
After being two goals in arrears at the interval of the two 25-minute periods, FC Volendaam came back to reduce the margin and make us fight hard to hold the 2—1 lead at the finish of the Saturday morning game. Tony La Ronde and Steve Milton were our scorers.
Our Dutch friends opinioned that we had already defeated the best team in our group, but there were some considerable doubts about this when we met the host club the same afternoon. Their last line of defence - who earned the "goalkeeper of the tournament" award - kept a clean sheet, and eventually we had to be content with one point from a goalless draw.
ADO and the Hammers thus had three points each, and if both teams won their Sunday morning fixture the qualifiers for the Final would be decided on goal difference. ADO duly won their third game, and we were left with the task of defeating Hague Select by at least two goals.
Although two up at the interval the Hammers did not relax their pressure, and another counter near the finish made certain that we were to play VUC that afternoon. Bobby Barnes netted a penalty and another goal, Tony La Ronde scoring the third. ADO's consolation was to win the third-fourth place play-off against their compariots Feyenoord; the game was drawn, but ADO were 5-3 up in the penalty shoot-out.
The Final was to prove the most dramatic match of the Tournament although eventually somewhat of an anti-climax. VUC were very much in the game of 35 minutes each way until around seven minutes before half-time. We were then awarded an undisputed penalty for a foul - converted by Bobby Barnes - and in the space of six more minutes the Dutch conceded three further goals, one by Barnes, and two by Milton.
That more-or-less ended the contest, but the spectators were treated to the spectacle of Barnes completing his hat-trick and Ray Houghton making it 6-0, after a run from the halfway line that ended wjth a shot from the edge of the penalty-area.
The traditional presentation of trophies took place in continuing sunshine, and Bobby Barnes repeated Phil Brignull's performance of 1979 by being nominated "Player of the Tournament."
"Player of the Tournament"
Skipper Mark Smith with the
Match action from the
A.D.O. TOURNAMENT FINAL
Bobby Barnes nets one of his hat-tricks. Steve Milton is on the right
The first goal against V.U.C. folowed this incident, as Ray Houghton was pulled down, penalty
THE WINNING SQUAD
Back row: George Cowie, Tony La Ronde, Adrian Keith, Gary Moseley, Steve Baker, Mark Smith, Everald La Ronde, Robert Wall, Alan Banks
Front row: Bobby Barnes, Steve Milton, Steve Hibbert, Jason Wright, Glen Burvill, Ray Hughton, Wayne Reader
ADO (The Hague) Youth Tournament
2nd - 4th May 1980
The Tennent Caledonian Cup
3rd - 5th August 1979
Second Variation Cover