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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 81_04_25 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU 81_03_18 WHU v. Dinamo Tbilisi Home Edition 81_03_18 Dynamo Tbilisi ECWC - Eddie Chapman

1980-81 Football League Division II

81_01_03 WHU v. Wrexham FAC3 81_01_06 Wrexham v. WHU FAC3R 81_01_10 Swansea City v. WHU

WREXHAM : FA Cup (Third Round)

WREXHAM : FA Cup (Third Round Replay)

SWANSEA CITY : Football League Division II

81_01_17 Notts County v. WHU

NOTTS COUNTY : Football League Division II

81_01_12 Wrexham v. WHU FAC3 2R

WREXHAM : F.A. Cup (Third Round ~ 2nd Replay)

Racecourse Ground

0 - 1 (after extra time)

19 January 1981 (programme dated 12th)

Att: 14,615

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Allen (Neighbour)

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

81_01_27 Coventry City v. WHU FLC Semi 81_01_31 WHU v. Preston North End 81_02_07 Shrewsbury Town v. WHU 81_02_10 WHU v. Coventry City LC Semi

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Cup (Semi-Final ~ 1st leg)

PRESTON NORTH END : Football League Division II

SHREWSBURY TOWN : Football League Division II

COVENTRY CITY : Football League Cup (Semi-Final ~ 2nd leg)

81_02_14 WHU v. Chelsea

CHELSEA : Football League Division II

2 covers issued for this match

81_02_21 WHU v. Cambridge United 81_02_28 Watford v. WHU 81_03_04 WHU v. Dinamo Tbilis 81_03_07 WHU v. Newcastle United 81_03_14 Liverpool v. WHU LC Final

CAMBRIDGE UNITED : Football League Division II

WATFORD : Football League Division II

DINAMO TBILISI : European Cup Winners Cup (Quarter-Final ~ 1st leg)

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Football League Division II

LIVERPOOL : Football League Cup (Final)

81_03_18 Dinamo Tbilsi v. WHU ECWC 3R 81_03_21 WHU v. Oldham Athletic

JOHN LYALL protests to referee CLIVE THOMAS about LIVERPOOL’S goal which earns him a severe reprimand by the FA.

DINAMO TBILISI : European Cup Winners Cup (Quarter-Final ~ 2nd leg)

OLDHAM ATHLETIC : Football League Division II

81_03_28 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 81_04_01 Liverpool v. WHU FLC Final Replay 81_04_04 WHU v. Bristol Rovers

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League Division II

LIVERPOOL : Football League Cup (Final Replay)

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football League Division II

81_04_11 Grimsby Town v. WHU

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Blundell Park

5 - 1 (Cross 4, Pike)

11 April 1981

Att: 17,924

GRIMSBY TOWN : Football League Division II

81_04_18 Orient v. WHU 81_04_21 WHU v. QPR

ORIENT : Football League Division II

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football League Division II

81_04_25 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU 81_05_02 WHU v. Wrexham 81_05_06 Cardiff City v. WHU 81_05_08 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU Supplement

WREXHAM : Football League Division II

CARDIFF CITY : Football League Division II

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League Division II

1979-80 First XI 1981-82 First XI Season 1980-81

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Stewart [pen])

3 January 1981

Att: 30,137

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Holland

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Racecourse Ground

0 - 0

6 January 1981

Att: 13,643

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Holland

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Vetch Field

3 - 1 (Brooking, Cross, Pike)

10 January 1981

Att: 22,160

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Holland

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

1 January 1981

 

TREVOR BROOKING

Awarded O.B.E. Queen’s New Year’s Honour List – elevated to Commander of same Order (CBE) in 1999, and knighted in 2004

1 January 1981

MLADEN PETRIC (2013) Born this day Dubrave,  Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Petric was born in the village of Dubrave near Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, he later moved with his family to Swizerland where he holds Swiss citizenship. During his early career, he played for Swiss side FC Baden before joining Grasshopper Club Zurich in the summer of 1999 where he stayed for five years. He then joined FC Basel in 2004 recording 38 goals in 72 appearances, he finished the 2006–07 league season with Basel as the top goalscorer with 19 goals. On 11 June 2007, Petric signed for German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund. He also appeared in the Euro 2008 finals for his country Croatia. He scored 13 goals in 29 games for Dortmund before Hamburger SV captured his signature in August 2008. After four seasons he was released at the end of the 2011–12 campaign, he had scored 38 goals in 99 league appearances. Petric signed a one-year deal with Fulham and scored 5 goals in 23 appearances for the Cottagers. West Ham United announced the arrival of Croatia international on 10 September 2013 in a deal until the end of the 2013-14 season. The Croatian international made his West Ham debut from the subs bench in the 63rd minute against Everton in a 3-2 defeat at Upton Park. He was plagued with injuries in his short period with the Hammers and in total made just 4 appearances all from the bench On 4 January 2014 his loan period was terminated by mutual agreement and four days later he signed for Greek side Panathinaikos on a one-and-a-half-year deal with "The Greens."

PETRIC Mladen & Steve PETRIC Mladen

16 January 1981

BOBBY ZAMORA (2004-2008) Born this day Barking, Essex

 

Zamora joined Bristol Rovers as a trainee in August 1999 and had loan spells with Bath and then Brighton - where he scored six goals in six games before joining the Seagulls permanently in August 2000, many clubs showed interest in the young star, who arrived at the Withdean Stadium following a £100,000 move from Bristol Rovers in 2000. Since then he went on to attract rave reviews after scoring 63 goals in two seasons - helping the Seagulls win promotion

two years running. Having been watched for much of the previous two seasons by the then manager Glenn Hoddle, Zamora moved to Tottenham Hotspur for

a £1.5 million fee in July 2003. However, he struggled to gain a consistent first-team place at White Hart Lane, making only 18 cup and league appearances, eleven as substitute, and scoring a single goal, knocking West Ham United out of the League Cup in October 2003. Unfortunately, his career did not take off

at White Hart Lane and subseqently transferred to West Ham United on 2 February 2004 in the deal which took Jermain Defoe to Spurs. Made his Hammers debut as substitute against Bradford at Valley Parade on the 7 February 2004 in a 2-1 victory. After a mixed start to life at Upton Park and came close to moving to Stoke City early on in 2004-05. Luckily for the Hammers, he stayed on to score four crucial goals in the play-offs, including the winner against Preston North End that sent them back into the Barclays Premiership. By the end of the 2007-08 season he and fellow club-mate John Paintsil had joined Fulham in a combined £6.3m deal. Later had a spell with Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and returned to Brighton in August 2015.

Meadow Lane

1 - 1 (Holland)

17 January 1981

Att: 13,745

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Holland (Allen)

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Highfield Road

2 - 3 (Bonds, Thompson [og])

27January 1981

Att: 35,468

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Allen

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Devonshire 2, Goddard, Lampard, Pike)

31 January 1981

Att: 26,398

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Gay Meadow

2 - 0 (Cross, Devonshire)

7 February 1981

Att: 9,303

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard (Barnes)

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Goddard, Neighbour)

10 February 1981

Att: 36,551

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Brooking 2, Cross, Devonshire)

14 February 1981

Att: 35,247

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Stewart 2 [1 pen], Devonshire, Goddard)

21 February 1981

Att: 36,032

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Vicarage Road

2 - 1 (Cross 2)

28 February 1981

Att: 20,776

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Cross)

4 March 1981

Att: 34,957

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire (Allen)

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Cross)

7 March 1981

Att: 27,174

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Allen

Neighbour

Goddard (Pearson)

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Wembley Stadium

1 - 1 (Stewart [pen]) aet: 0-0 at 90 mins

14 March 1981

Att: 100,000

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard (Pearson)

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Dynamo Stadion

1 - 0 (Pearson)

18 March 1981

Att: 80,000

Parkes, Stewart, Lampard, Bonds, Martin, Brush, Neighbour, Goddard (Pearson), Cross, Brooking, Pike

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Goddard)

21 March 1981

Att: 24,416

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Brush

Pearson

Goddard (Barnes)

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Burden Park

1 - 1 (Brooking)

28 March 1981

Att: 13,271

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin (Pearson)

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Villa Park

1 - 2 (Goddard)

1 April 1981

Att: 36,693

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard Cross

Brooking

Pike (Pearson)

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Goddard, Pike)

4 April 1981

Att: 23,444

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Brush

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Brisbane Road

2 - 0 (Neighbour, Pike)

18 April 1981

Att: 14,592

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Pearson (Barnes)

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Goddard 3)

21 April 1981

Att: 24,599

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Brooking (Barnes)

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Stewart [pen])

2 May 1981

Att: 30,515

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard (Pearson)

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Ninian Park

0 - 0

6 May 1981

Att: 10,535

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Morgan

Cross

Brooking

Pike

Hillsborough

25 April 1981

 

The attacking trio of David Cross, Trevor Brooking and Geoff Pike grabbed a goal each as West Ham won this top of the table clash. Over 22,000 fans packed into Vetch Field to watch as the Hammers secured an important away win in their charge for promotion. West Ham finished the season as champions after hitting the top of the table in mid-November, Swansea were also promoted after they finished third in the league.

21 January 1981

SHAUN BYRNE (2000-2004) Born this day Chesham, Buckinghamshire

 

Republic of Ireland youth captain although Buckinghamshire-born, Shaun qualified through his father and was very much a part of the Irish set-up. A member

of Tony Carr's all-conquering youth side of '99 made his first team debut as a substitute in West Ham United's first match of the new Millennium against Newcastle United at Upton Park which resulted in a  2-2 draw 3rd January 2000. Has suffered largely with injuries before making his Premiership bow, Shaun was loaned out to Bristol Rovers for the remainder of the campaign to gain more experience. The following campaign again saw him loaned out, this time to Cambridge United. Shaun finally signed for Swansea City 28 January 2004. He later moved to Dublin City in 2004. After only 4 games with Dublin City he quit the team, citing the difficult transition from London to Dublin as the reason. Once free from multiple transfer binds, he trialed at various teams and then moved to Chesham United, initially on trial before joining permanently. He later played for Burnham and before transferring to Hemel Hempstead in March 2006 and Slough Town on 7 March 2009.

27 January 1981

YANIV KATAN (2006) Born this day Kiryat Ata, Israel

 

A fast raiding striker who can play through the middle or wide on the wing, Yaniv joined Maccabi Haifa at the age of nine and he quickly emerged as a special talent finishing as the club's leading scorer in every year as he worked his way up through the junior ranks. Such was his progress that Yaniv - which means ‘small' in Hebrew but a name not born out by his developing physique - had become a regular in the Club's senior squad by the time he was 16-years-old, making 32 appearances in his first season 1998-99 and scoring one goal. Recommended to Alan Pardew by Yossi Benayoun, who has played with him for Israel, the Hammers beat a host of European clubs who were showing interest in the striker, signing him for a bargain £100,000 fee on a four-year contract

from Maccabi Haifa when the January 2006 transfer window opened. Katan made his Hammers debut as an 80th minute substitute in the 2-1 victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road in FA Cup Third Round 7th January 2006. Unable to make an impression at Upton Park he was allowed to re-join Maccabi

Haifa at the end of the season.

Fresh from reaching the League Cup final four days earlier, West Ham kept the feel good factor going with a comprehensive win against London rivals Chelsea. A 2-0 win on the same ground against Coventry City earned the Hammers their final place with a 4-2 aggregate win and there were more goals for the taking against the Blues. Mercurial playmaker and crowd favourite Trevor Brooking scored twice, while there was a goal each for David Cross and Alan Devonshire. Whilst the home side went onto lose the League Cup final to Liverpool, they were crowned champions of Division Two by 13 points.

West Ham United were already well on the way to securing the Division Two title when they made the short journey to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on the last day of February in 1981. In the first half goalkeeper Phil Parkes kept the Hornets at bay, ensuring a 0-0 score line at half time. After the interval, David Cross scored twice in a five-minute spell. His first involved a seven-pass move which ended with a Trevor Brooking cross being hammered home by Cross. Minutes later, the striker bettered the effort by scoring with a long-range curler. There were anxious moments when a clash of heads resulted in Alvin Martin having to have five stitches. After this, Malcolm Poskett reduced the arrears but the Hammers held on for a fine victory on their way to being champions.

West Ham were at home to Soviet Cup winners Dynamo Tbilisi in the quarter final of the European Cup Winners' Cup. The home fans were shocked as the visitors totally outclassed West Ham in a 4-1 victory. The Georgians were 2-0 up at half-time through goals from Alexandre Chivadze and Vladimir Gutsaev. David Cross pulled one back with a header, only for Ramaz Sengelia to net twice more for Dinamo. To the credit of the 35,000 West Ham fans in attendance, they gave the outstanding victors a standing ovation as they left the field.

All East London stopped as the Hammers went to Wembley for the Final of the Football League Cup. The mediocrity of some or the Football in the first 90 minutes was soon forgotten as the controversy that highlighted the final five minutes of extra-time became the talking point for the next few weeks. With two minutes to go, the Reds scored via Alan Kennedy with a linesman flagging for offside against his team¬mate Sammy Lee who was lying down on the penalty-spot in the Hammers goalmouth. Referee Clive Thomas considered he was not interfering with play and let the goal stand. In the ensuing melee of West Horn protests tempers flared but on the stroke of full-time Ray Stewart cracked home a penalty to cairn the situation and justice was done.

Although the 1-4 home defeat in the first-leg had virtually sealed who would progress to the semi-finals the Hammers regained much of their pride with a solitary Stuart Pearson goal win after a 26 hour journey via Moscow to get to the Georgian capital.

Three days after their gruelling 26 hour midweek trip to Georgia in the European Cup Winners Cup clash with Dinamo Tbilisi the tiredness from their exploits showed as they gave a scratchy performance that enabled relegation candidates Oldham Athletic to grab a point in a draw at Upton Park. Paul Goddard scoring for the Hammers.

25 March 1981

 

TREVOR BROOKING 41st ENGLAND cap

SPAIN International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 1-2

A Trevor Brooking goal had earned another point to keep John Lyall's side nine points clear at the top of the table.

In spite of going behind to a Paul Goddard header, Liverpool fought back brilliantly to score twice in three minutes before half-time and thus lifted the one domestic trophy that had eluded them for so many years.

This results confirms West Ham United are promoted to the First Division

The Hammers blew away the disappointment from their shattered Football League Cup Final replay defeat three days earlier against Liverpool. A 2-0 home win against Bristol Rovers guaranteed their promotion back to the top flight after a three year absence.

 

This results confirms West Ham United as Second Division Champions

Having clinched the Division Two title the previous week, West  Ham travelled to Grimsby Town. After six hours of continuous rain the pitch was waterlogged down the centre but this did not stop the Hammers going ahead on 32 minutes. A long punt from Phil Parkes found David Cross, who slammed the ball into the net. Just before half-time Grimsby skipper Joe Waters equalised from the penalty spot, but the Hammers did not let the Mariners off the hook for long. On 48 minutes Cross made it 2-1 from Alan Devonshire's cross before Geoff Pike made it three with nine minutes to go. With Grimsby flapping at the back. Cross completed his hat-trick on 85 before thumping in his fourth of the day to make the final score 5-1.

The Hammers' march to the Division Two title continued unabated as they completed a league double over fellow east Londoners Orient on this day. West Ham had topped the table ever since November and this victory over the O's was the third in a run of five straight wins. Jimmy Neighbour and Geoff Pike - a league ever-present that season - were the goalscorers as the visitors notched a 25th maximum-point haul of the campaign. John Lyall's side would go on to claim the title by a huge 13-point margin in the era of two points for a win, having dropped only 18 points all season.

MATCH POSTPONED

Snow : rearranged for 8 May 1981

27 April 1981

WARREN DONALD signs apprentice

29 April 1981

GEORGE McCARTNEY (2006-2008) Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Northern Ireland international defender signed from Sunderland in a deal worth £1million on 8 August 2006. Hammers paid the Black Cats £600,000 and

added Clive Clarke to the package to secure the services of the 25-year-old left-back, who progressed through the youth ranks at the Stadium of Light to become club captain. Born in Belfast, George had 19 international caps to his name at the time of his signing. He left Sunderland having made almost 150 league and cup appearances for the Black Cats. Made his debut in the 1-2 defeat to Chesterfield in the Carling Cup at Saltergate 24 October 2006.

After initially spending most of his time as substitute, he eventually became a first team regular under Alan Curbishley and his strong forward runs played a crucial role in helping the Hammers to win their battle against relegation in 2006-07 and was voted Hammer of the Year runner-up at the end of the following campaign, having played in all 38 Premiership games. McCartney rejoined former club Sunderland on 1 September 2008 signing a five-year contract for a reported £4.5m fee after his family couldn’t settle in the south. McCartney's ability was recognised at international level and he has won 34 caps for Northern Ireland. However, on 10 August 2011 he re-joined West Ham United on a season-long loan from the Weirside club which was made permanent on 1 July 2012. McCartney went on to make a further 72 appearances before retiring from the game in the summer of 2014.

29 April 1981

 

TREVOR BROOKING 42nd ENGLAND cap

ROMANIA World Cup Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 0-0

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League Division II

Hillsborough

1 - 0 (Morgan)

8 May 1981

Att: 21,319

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

(Brush)

Devonshire

Neighbour

Morgan

Cross

Brooking

Pike

11 May 1981

TONY COTTEE signs apprentice forms

15 May 1981

PAUL KONCHESKY (2005-2007) Born this day Barking, Essex

 

A left-sided defender holds the honour of being the youngest player ever to make a Charlton Athletic first-team appearance during the 1997/98 season

when only 16 years 93 days old. Made his England Under 21s debut in February 2002. Started the 2002/03 season in explosive form, scoring against

Chelsea before being controversially sent off. A Hammers fan and former member of the West Ham United Academy, Paul made his full England debut at Upton Park in a friendly against Australia in February 2003. He then struggled to hold down a regular place in the Addicks team, despite some impressive performances, grew frustrated with not being allowed to play left-back. In the summer of 2003, he handed in a transfer request, saying that he needed to get regular first team football in his favoured position to help him push his way into the England squad. On the final day of the summer transfer window he moved

to Tottenham Hotspur on an initial one-month loan deal, with Spurs defender Chris Perry moving to the Valley. Both players were keen to make the move

more permanent, but the managerial situation at Spurs and the closed transfer window make that a difficult possibility. However he was recalled just before Christmas as Charlton's injury problems meant Alan Curbishley needed him as cover. He featured in almost every single one of the Addicks' remaining games of the season, and despite being linked with a move away from The Valley, Alan Curbishley wanted to hang on to the defender. Konchesky transferred from

the Addicks to West Ham United, the team he had supported as a child, in July 2005 for a fee of £1.5 million on a long-term deal. “Konch” made his Hammers debut against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park 13th August 2005 in a 3-1 victory. He made 45 league and cup appearances in the 2005-06 season, helping West Ham to ninth place in the Premier League and to the 2006 FA Cup Final, where he scored when his cross went straight into the net but later had a spot kick saved as West Ham went down to Liverpool on penalties after drawing 3-3 after extra time. He lost his place in the first team during the 2006-07 season, making only 25 appearances, as West Ham slipped into the relegation places and only secured their place in the Premier League on the final day of the season. After leaving West Ham, Konchesky fired a parting shot at manager Alan Curbishley claiming that he made the players unhappy. Konchesky signed

for Fulham on 13th July 2007 for a fee that could rise to £3.25m

16 May 1981

 

RAY STEWART 2nd Hammer to represent SCOTLAND

WALES Home Championship Vetch Field, Swansea 0-2

 

 

19 May 1981

 

RAY STEWART 2nd SCOTLAND cap

NORTHERN IRELAND Home Championship Hampden Park, Glasgow 2-0

22 May 1981

TOM McALISTER “Milk Tray Man” signs from SWINDON TOWN on a free transfer

23 May 1981

 

ALVIN MARTIN 2nd ENGLAND cap

SCOTLAND (Sub 46 mins) Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 0-1

 

RAY STEWART 3rd SCOTLAND cap

ENGLAND Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 1-0

26 May 1981

RAZVAN RAT (2013-2014) Born this day Piatra-Olt, Romania

 

Full-back who started his career with hometown club Rapid Piatra-Olt before playing schoolboy and youth-team football for Universitatea Craiova,

Constuctorul Craiova, Sporting Pitesti and Cetatea Targu Neamt. In 1998, the 17-year-old joined Rapid Bucharest, quickly establishing himself at the

Romanian Premier League outfit. Made his European debut for Rapid Bucharest in a UEFA Cup qualifying in August 2000. After a six-month loan spell with smaller Romanian club FCM Bacau during the 2000-01 season, returned to Bucharest, winning the Romanian Cup in 2002 and the Romanian Premier

League title the following year. Moved to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in summer 2003 and enjoyed an illustrious spell of success with Shakhtar Donetsk, lifting a total of 15 trophies, including seven Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukranian Cups and lifted the UEFA Cup in 2009, as well as totting up

57 outings in the UEFA Champions League. Having racked up more than 85 appearances for his country and 300 appearances for Shakhtar Donestk the

left-back arrived with a mightily impressive CV. On 21 May 2013 West Ham announce that the experienced Romania international would join the Hammers

on an initial one-year deal starting 1 July 2013, following the expiry of his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk. On his arrival, he was quickly nicknamed 'Roland' by his team-mates in honour of the 1980s TV character Roland Rat. The defender made his West Ham United debut in the 3-2 Capital One Cup win over

Cheltenham Town at the Boleyn Ground on 27 August 2013 and his Barclays Premier League debut as a second half substitute in the 0-0 draw at Southampton on 15 September 2013. With the club struggling at the wrong end of the table and following the signing of Pablo Armero from Napoli, the club announced on 31 January 2014, that Rat was released from his contract and would be leaving by mutual consent.

6 June 1981

 

TREVOR BROOKING 43rd ENGLAND cap

HUNGARY World Cup Qualifier Nepstadion, Budapest 3-1

ZAMORA Bobby ZAMORA Bobby & Steve BYRNE Shaun KATAN Yaniv McCARTNEY George Spain 1981 COTTEE Tony KONCHESKY Paul 539 STEWART Ray - Scotland Wales 1981 Northern Ireland 1981

12 May 1981

 

ALVIN MARTIN 20th Hammer to make his ENGLAND debut

BRAZIL International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 0-1

Brazil 1981 532 MARTIN Alvin - England england scotland 1981 RAT Razvan Romania 1981 81_01_03 WHU v. Wrexham FAC 3 - 01 81_01_17 Notts County v. WHU 81_01_13 Coventry City v. WHU FLC Semi (MILLER) 81_02_10 WHU v. Coventry City FLC Semi - 01 81_02_28 Watford v. WHU 81_03_04 WHU v. Dynamo Tbilisi ECWC Vn2 81_03_14 FLC Final Ticket 81_04_01 Liverpool v. WHU FLC Final Replay 81_04_18 Orient v. WHU - 02 556 Hungary

Note: The original 25 April postponed programme was re-issued with a supplement insert for the 8 May fixture

2 covers issued for this match

81_02_07 Shrewsbury Town v. WHU 81_02_21 WHU v. Cambridge United Vn2

Image courtesy of Graham Bryan

Image courtesy of Graham Bryan

81_02_14 WHU v. Chelsea Vn2