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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1979-80 Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

ORIENT : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

HEREFORD UNITED : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

Selhurst Park

2 - 0 (Cowie, Morgan)

12 January 1980

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven (Hibbert)

Barnes

Houghton

Lansdowne

Morgan

La Ronde A.

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Houghton)

26 January 1980

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Holland

Houghton

Morgan

La Ronde A.

Barnes

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Cross 2, Cowie, La Ronde)

2 February 1980

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Holland

Banton

Cross

Morgan (Houghton)

La Ronde A.

Chadwell Heath

2 - 2 (Morgan 2)

9 February 1980

Moseley

Hibbert

La Ronde E.

Houghton

Brignull

McGiven

Holland

Morgan

Lansdowne

Banton

La Ronde A.

Chadwell Heath

3 - 0 (Morgan 2, La Ronde A.)

16 February 1980

Ferguson

Wright

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

McGiven

Holland

Banton

Morgan

Houghton

La Ronde A.

Manor Ground

4 - 0 (Banton, Houghton, Lansdowne, Morgan)

23 February 1980

Moseley

Wright

Hibbert (La Ronde E.)

Cowie

Keith

McGiven

Banton

Mogan

Lansdowne

Houghton

La Ronde A.

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Banton)

25 February 1980

Moseley

Wright

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

McGiven

Banton

Mogan

Lansdowne

Houghton

La Ronde A.

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Milton)

1 March 1980

Ferguson

Wright

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Hibbert

McGiven

Neighbour

Barnes

Milton

Houghton

Banton

Home Park

0 - 3

4 March 1980

Moseley

Wright (La Ronde A.)

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

Hibbert

Neighbour

Banton

Morgan

Houghton

Banton

Portman Road

2 - 3 (Lansdowne, Milton)

8 March 1980

Moseley

Hibbert

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

Lansdowne

Barnes (Burvill)

Houghton

Milton

Banton

La Ronde A.

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Milton 3, Morgan)

15 March 1980

Ferguson

Wright

Hibbert

McGiven

Brignull

La Ronde A.

Neighbour

Houghton

Milton

Morgan

Banton

Elm Park

2 - 3 (Barton, La Ronde)

19 March 1980

Moseley

Wright

Hibbert

McGiven

Brignull

La Ronde A. (Barnes)

Neighbour

Houghton

Milton

Morgan

Banton

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Morgan)

24 March 1980

Ferguson

Wright

La Ronde A.

Cowie

Brignull

Lansdowne

Neighbour

McGiven

Banton

Morgan

Barnes (Houghton)

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Lansdowne, Morgan)

29 March 1980

Moseley

Hibbert

La Ronde A.

Lansdowne

Brignull

McGiven

Burvill

Cowie

Houghton

Morgan

Banton

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Brignull)

8 April 1980

Moseley

Wright

La Ronde A.

Cowie

Brignull

Lansdowne

Neighbour

Houghton

Milton

Banton

La Ronde E. (Barnes)

Ninian Park

3 - 0 (Burvill, Milton, Smith)

16 April 1980

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Burvill

Houghton

Milton

Banton

La Ronde A.

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Banton, Martin, Morgan)

19 April 1980

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Martin

Lansdowne

Banton

Houghton

Morgan

Milton

La Ronde A.

Eastville

1 - 0 (Brignull)

26 April 1980

Moseley

Cowie

Smith M.

Wright

Brignull

Lansdowne

Burvill

Houghton

Banton

Barnes

McGven (La Ronde A.)

Upton Park

0 - 1

28 April 1980

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

Keith

Burvill (La Ronde A.)

Banton

Lansdowne

Houghton

Barnes

Carrow Road

1 - 3 (Milton)

30 April 1980

Baker

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

Hibbert

Burvill

Houghton

Lansdowne

Milton

Barnes

80_01_12 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 80_01_26 WHU v. Southampton

AWAY GAME

Played at Chadwell Heath, No programme issued.

 

Unofficial Teamsheet shown for information only

80_02_02 WHU v. Orient 80_02_09 QPR v. WHU Unofficial 80_02_16 WHU v. Luton Town unofficial

HOME GAME

Played at Chadwell Heath, No programme issued.

 

Unofficial Teamsheet shown for information only

80_02_23 Oxford United v. WHU Reserves 80_02_25 WHU v. Bristol Rovers 80_03_01 WHU v. Leicester City 80_03_04 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU Reserves 80_03_08 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 80_03_15 WHU v. Hereford United 80_03_24 WHU v. Arsenal

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1978-79 Reserves 1980-81 Reserves Season 1979-80

The Reserves had a very good win at Selhurst Park last Saturday, after holding Crystal Palace scoreless in the first half. We went ahead through Nicky Morgan, who turned well on the edge of the penalty-area and fired the ball inside the far post across the 'keeper. The Hammers' second was made by the good anticipation of George Cowie, who collected a pass from Billy Lansdowne and ran between two defenders to finish the move with a strong shot. That concluded the scoring, with the Glaziers well beaten.

We sustained a casualty, Mick McGiven having to be substituted by Steve Hibbert after ten minutes due to a foot injury.

The home match v Southampton on Jan. 26 was one of swaying fortunes. We had a good opening 20 minutes and the opposing 'keeper had to save well on a couple of occasions. However, we then lost control of the exchanges, and the Saints took the lead five minutes or so after the interval. It was then our turn to re-enter the picture, and Ray Houghton shot home from 20 yards to even the count. From thence onwards we generally had territorial advantage, but the visitors held out for the 1-1 draw.

 

Orient's second-string did not provide many problems for the Reserves. They were two down at half-time, but although reducing the margin after the interval conceded two more to- go under by 1-4. The first goal came from Tony La Ronde's right-foot volley after Pat Holland's centre, and David Cross made it two from Nicky Morgan's pass. Dale Banton provided the cross to the far post for George Cowie's goal, and then Pat Holland sent over another centre that Cross again converted. Both Cross and Holland came through their tests-after-injury, and may be in today's First Team squad.

The home fixture v Luton Town was played at Chadwell Heath because of the F.A. Cup tie taking precedence at Upton Park.

The Hatters have been doing well lately, but were hardly a match for our second-string on this occasion. They were two down at half-time, and conceded .another after the interval to be comfortably defeated 3-0. Nicky Morgan netted each of our first-half goals to bring his season's total to 15, and Tony La Ronde scored the second-half counter. Overall it was a most satisfactory performance from our XI.

After a run of nine games without defeat, our Reserves had a heavy reverse v Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

The Pilgrims had taken the opportunity of including five First XI players, but our young side faced up to their task and were well in the game even though the homesters scored after ten minutes. However, some ten minutes later we sustained another blow when Jason Wright went off with a twisted knee. Our misfortunes continued as Nicky Morgan pulled a muscle, virtually reducing us to ten men. From thence onwards it was uphill all the way, and although we created some goal chances the eventual count went to 0-3 against.

We were twice in the lead during last Saturday's match at Portman Road. Billy Lansdowne put us ahead in the first half, and although the homesters equalised after the interval Steve Milton made it 2-1 with only six minutes to go. A quick equaliser through a double "in off" put the Blues on level terms, and they then snatched a last-minute winner through a defensive error.

For various reasons the match v Hereford United was switched from Friday to Saturday, back to Friday and eventually played on Saturday; this was because the Welsh club did not wish to play at our Chadwell Heath Ground as originally announced.

In the end it proved an unsuccessful trip to Upton Park as far as they were concerned ; the Hammers won very comfortably by 4-1 to increase the visitors' possibility of having to apply for re-election. Star of the match was young Steve Milton, who compiled a hat-trick - two goals in the first half and the other after the interval. Nicky Morgan netted our remaining counter from Jimmy Neighbour's centre. Hereford reduced their arrears late in the game.

We sustained an unexpected reverse against Reading at FJm Park on March 19, especially so as we were leading at half-time; Tony La Ronde hit a left-foot shot from outside the penalty-box that appeared likely to put our team on its way to a couple of points. The Royals (as they are now known — instead of the former Biscuitmen) had other ideas, and scored a trio of goals before Dale Banton's 20-yarder reduced the margin; but it ended with the Hammers behind at 2-3.

Our re-arranged match v Arsenal at Upton Park on 24 March went very much in favour of the visitors. They took a 0-2 lead by half-time, and then got another. Nicky Morgan reduced the arrears, but the Gunners scored again almost immediately afterwards. A further counter made it 1-4 against us before the end of a performance which was well below our recent standards.

 

The home game against Bristol City went very much against us during the first hour or so, as Bristol City took a two-nil lead in the second half after being one up at the interval. However, from thence onwards our XI got well into the picture, and it was no surprise when Nicky Morgan reduced the arrears with a 20-yard shot after being put through by Phil Brignull. Then Billy Lansdowne hit the equaliser from 30 yards out, and we might well have won. But the Robins succeeded in stemming the tide, and returned home with a point from the 2-2 draw.

The Tuesday-after-Easter fixture v Plymouth Argyle at Upton Park produced a dour tussle, with a lot of determined tackling by defenders and hard-working midfielders. Both XI's included a preponderance of teenagers, and endeavour often made up for inexperience to produce an evenly-matched encounter. The Hammers eventually gained the edge when Phil Brignull came upfield midway through the second half to hit home a loose ball from just inside the penalty-area for the only goal.

On the afternoon of the day that their seniors reached the F.A. Cup Final - 16 April - a Hammers' "team of the future" also had a very satisfying victory. Ten teen-agers, plus coach Mick McGiven - went to Ninian Park, and defeated Cardiff City Reserves by three clear goals. Glen Burvill opened the scoring by volleying home a centre from Tony La Ronde, and Mark Smith also netted his first Combination goal this season with a left-footer inside the penalty-box. Steve Milton did a solo to beat the 'keeper in the second-half, rounding off a great all-round showing.

Swindon Town scored soon after the start of the match here on 19 April, and held their lead for about an hour. The Hammers had been pegging away to gain an equaliser, and eventually Dale Banton levelled the count. Further goals by Nicky Morgan and Alvin Martin put us 3-1 in front at the final whistle.

For several periods of the match v Bristol Rovers at Eastville on 26 April it was "backs to the wall" for our second-string, but eventually we might well have won by more than the single goal netted by Phil Brignull during the first half. Our youthful line-up played well, and we considered them very good value for their win.

The re-arranged fixture v Birmingham City was played at Upton Park during the afternoon. The Hammers have played worse this season and won, but on this occasion succumbed to an own goal in the second half to lose 0-1. We mainly suffered through lack of penetration up front.

80_03_29 WHU v. Bristol City 80_04_08 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle 80_04_16 Cardiff City v. WHU 80_04_19 WHU v. Swindon Town 80_04_26 Bristol Rovers v. WHU Reserves 80_04_28 WHU v. Birmingham City 80_04_30 Norwich City v. WHU 80_01_12 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 80_01_26 WHU v. Southampton Reserves 80_02_02 WHU v. Orient Reserves 80_04_19 WHU v. Swindon Town Reserves