A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1979-80 Football Combination

Although a number of new applications were received, it was decided to re-elect Luton Town and Orient to membership of the Football Combination for this season

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

ORIENT : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS: Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

HEREFORD UNITED : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

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BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

CARDIFF CITY : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

0 - 1

18 August 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

McGiven

Keith

Brignull

Hibbert

Cowie

Lansdowne

Morgan

Holt

Stamford Bridge

1 - 2 [og])

22 August 1979

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

McGiven

Brignull

Hibbert

Lansdowne

Morgan

Banton

Holt (Barnes)

Craven Cottage

0 - 4

25 August 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

Keith

Barnes

Lansdowne

Hibbert

Houghton (La Ronde E.)

McGiven

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Morgan 2)

1 September 1979

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Barnes

Houghton

Morgan

Banton

Hibbert

Highbury

0 - 4

8 September 1979

Baker

Wright (Banks)

Smith M.

La Ronde E.

Brignull

Keith

Cowie

Houghton

Ferguson

Hibbert

Barnes

Brisbane Road

0 - 0

15 September 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

McGiven

Brignull

Houghton

Hibbert

Lansdowne

Allen

Barnes (Keith)

The Dell

3 - 0 (Holt 2, Hibbert)

18 September 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven (Keith)

Pike

Lansdowne

Morgan

Holt

Hibbert

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Lansdowne)

22 September 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

Keith

Barnes

Allen

Lansdowne

Hibbert

Holt

Kenilworth Road

2 - 2 (Houghton, Pike)

29 September 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Keith

Hibbert

Barnes

Houghton

Morgan

Pike

Holt

Edgar Street

2 - 1 (Cowie, Morgan)

6 October 1979

Ferguson

Wright

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Brignull

Hibbert

Barnes

Houghton

Morgan

Pike

Holt

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Morgan 2, Cowie)

10 October 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Lampard

Cowie

Brignull

Hibbert

Barnes

Houghton

Morgan

La Ronde E.

Burvill

Upton Park

4 - 4 (Cowie, Houghton, Morgan, Pearson)

13 October 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

Hibbert

Barnes

Houghton

Morgan

Pearson

La Ronde E.

Filbert Street

0 - 2

20 October 1979

Ferguson

Wright

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

Hibbert

Barnes

Pearson

Morgan

La Ronde A.

Houghton

Upton Park

0 - 3

22 October 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Houghton

Brignull (Keith)

Hibbert

Barnes

Pearson

La Ronde E.

Cowie

La Ronde A.

Upton Park

0 - 1

27 October 1979

Moseley

Wright

La Ronde E.

Houghton

Brignull

Hibbert

McGiven

Devonshire (Barnes)

Milton

Burvill

La Ronde A.

White Hart Lane

0 - 0

3 November 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Hibbert

McGiven

Houghton

La Ronde E.

Milton

Burvill

La Ronde A. (Barnes)

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Milton 3, Barnes, Houghton, Morgan)

10 November 1979

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Hibbert

Brignull

McGiven

Barnes

Houghton

Milton

Burvill

Morgan

Ashton Gate

2 - 0 (Brignull, Wright)

17 November 1979

Moseley

Wright

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Brignull

Hibbert

Banton

McGiven

Pearson

Morgan

Houghton

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Brush)

1 December 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Banton

Lansdowne

Morgan

Pike

Brush

St Andrews

2 - 2 (Houghton, Morgan)

8 December 1979

Moseley

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Banton

Houghton

Lansdowne

Morgan (La Ronde E.)

Brush

Player / Coach: Mick McGiven

79_08_18 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 79_08_22 Chelsea v. WHU 79_08_25 Fulham v. WHU Reserves 79_09_01 WHU v. Crystal Palace 79_09_08 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 79_09_15 Orient v. WHU Reserves 79_09_18 Southampton v. WHU Reserves 79_09_22 WHU v. QPR 79_09_29 Luton Towm v. WHU Reserves 79_10_06 Hereford United v. WHU Reserves

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

Upton Park

15 December 1979

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

County Ground

1 - 3 (Morgan)

18 December 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

Brush

Banton

Morgan

Lansdowne

Houghton

La Ronde A.

FULHAM : Football Combination

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Barnes, Houghton, Lansdowne)

29 December 1979

Ferguson

Wright

Smith M.

Cowie

Brignull

McGiven

Barnes

Houghton

Morgan

Lansdowne

La Ronde A

MATCH POSTPONED

Heavy Rain : rearranged for 25 February 1980

79_10_10 WHU v. Chelsea 79_10_13 WHU v. Oxford United 79_10_20 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 79_10_22 WHU v. Norwich City 79_10_27 WHU v. Ipswich Town 79_11_03 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 79_11_10 WHU v. Reading 79_12_01 WHU v. Cardiff City 79_12_08 Birmingham City v. WHU Reserves 79_12_15 WHU v. Bristol Rovers Post 79_12_18 Swindon Town v. WHU Reserves 79_12_29 WHU v. Fulham

Following a narrow defeat by Spurs in their opening fixture, our Reserves appeared set for a victory in the midweek away game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Hammers led 1-0 at half-time; although this was due to an "own goal," it was a deserved lead and we should have gone on to win. However, the Blues were more determined after the interval, and a couple of goals secured them the brace of points.

The Reserves next away engagement was at Craven Cottage on 25 August. Fulham have adopted morning kick-offs for several of their games, and it evidently suited them on this occasion, as they ended comfortable 4-0 winners. There is little to add, except to say that the Cottagers scored twice in each half; those statistics summed it up !

There was a definite improvement from the Hammers second-string, as we collected our first Combination points at the expense of Crystal Palace in the match at Upton Park. A 2-0 victory was the outcome of some hard work in the second half when Nicky Morgan netted both counters.

A spate of injuries at senior level left our Reserves under strength for the visit to Highbury. The more experienced Arsenal team were held to one goal at the interval by our rearguard action, but they added three counters in the second half to end the afternoon 4-0 ahead. We thought it was only 3-0, but the referee awarded a goal when the ball hit our bar and appeared to rebound into play.

Queens Park Rangers Reserves completed a double for their club by winning at Upton Park. A goal netted by Billy Lansdowne put them in arrears early on, but Rangers then piled on the pressure to score four times without further reply from our second-string.

The game at Kenilworth Road went very much in our favour for the first hour, and there was every prospect of a victory as Ray Hough-ton and Geoff Pike netted each side of the interval. However, a very determined Luton Town side fought on hard, and a couple of late goals enabled them to get away with a point from a 2-2 draw.

 

Our team of mainly under-20's had first-half opportunities to go in with an interval lead in the match at Filbert Street a fortnight ago. These missed chances eventually cost us the points, as Leicester City took the lead soon after the restart; they added another a quarter-of-an-hour before time to win 2-0.

A Monday evening home engagement against Norwich City, and the Hammers' went in arrears after only ten minutes' play. Luck went against us during the remainder of the half, for Stuart Pearson was injured shortly before the interval, and could not resume for the second half; he had earlier struck a post with a good shot. Between these incidents a late tackle took Phil Brignull out of the game, so we had only ten men for the second half. This proved too great a handicap, and despite a good fight from our side the Canaries comfortably ended winners by 3-0.

Although they were again held scoreless at Upton Park, our second-string deserved better than to lose by a second-half goal against an Ipswich Town side that had advantages of experience. We welcomed the return of player-manager Mick McGiven, and it was pleasing to see Alan Devonshire in action for 80 minutes.

Although held scoreless for their fourth successive match, our Reserves did extremely well to hold Spurs to a draw at White Hart Lane on 3 November. The Combination leaders and our own XI created chances, but the defences each held firm in an interesting tussle - although we might well have won. Anthony la Ronde had to go off after only 15 minutes with a twisted ankle.

The home game against Reading could well have ended with a "cricket-score," as our foot-of-the-table opponents offered little resistance in the first half and were four down at the interval. They rallied somewhat in the closing session, so the eventual tally was 6-2 in our favour. 16-year-old Steve Milton had a great game. recording his first hat-trick in our colours.

The victory against Bristol City at Ashton Gate was always on the cards, as we held the upper hand from the start. Although the interval arrived with a blank score-line, Phil Brignull had already hit the post and Nicky Morgan the cross-bar. However, Brignull was soon on the mark, as within five minutes of the resumption he put us ahead from a corner-kick. Our second was the outcome of a speculative centre by Jason Wright, which eluded the opposing "keeper to make the final count 2-0. Altogether a pleasing performance.

The home fixture against Cardiff City had a very disappointing ending, as we lost by 2-1. This was a real set-back, as the side has shown improved form during the preceding three games. The only consolations were that Dale Banton and Paul Brush returned to action after being absent through injury for several weeks, and it was Brush who scored our goal in the first half.

Nicky Morgan opened the scoring a few minutes after the start of the match at St. Andrew's on 8 December, but left the field with concussion in the 15th minute, his place being taken by Everald La Ronde. Despite the setback we should have added to the lead before half-time, but had to be content with one from Ray Houghtpn after the interval. Even though Birmingham City reduced the margin we appeared to have gained a victory, but the homesters equalised in literally the last second to save a point.

Conditions underfoot were good at Swindon Town's County Ground on the evening of 18 December, although it rained throughout the match. We took a lead in the 21st minute through Nicky Morgan, but the homesters immediately equalised and then went in with a 2-1 interval lead. The Hammers had dominated the first half, but missed opportunities cost us the chance of both points and Town put the issue beyond doubt by scoring a third.

Our Combination side was due to play three matches over the holiday period, but eventually had to be content with one fulfilment. The engagements versus Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on 21 December and against Southampton at Upton Park on 2 January have to be re-arranged.

 

In the match that did take place, we hammered Fulham by 3-0 on the morning of Dec. 29 at the Boleyn Ground. The first goal was especially worthy of mention. Ray Hough ton fastening on to a through pass and blasting the ball home from around 25 yards. We netted twice after the interval, Billy Lansdowne and Bobby Barnes each rounding the 'keeper to seal an excellent performance.

79_08_18 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 79_09_01 WHU v. Crystal Palace SECL Div2 79_09_08 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 79_09_15 Orient v. WHU Reserves 79_09_22 WHU v. QPR Reserves 79_10_13 WHU v. Oxford United Reserves 79_10_22 WHU v. Norwich City Reserves 79_11_03 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU Reserves 79_12_01 WHU v. Cardiff City Reserves 79_12_29 WHU v. Fulham Reserves