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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 82_05_17 Aldershot v. WHU Crosby Test

1981-82 Friendlies

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

81_08_01 Aberdeen Tournament

The Hammers' training schedule began on Monday 20 July - nearly six weeks in advance of their first Division One fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion 29th August 1981. This was a step taken by many clubs, particularly those in the First Division; but in our case it was only a dozen days before the first competitive engagement.

 

Our First Team squad had six " warm up" fixtures in the space of three weeks, and we also fielded seven sides in matches against non-League opposition. It enabled the club to check the form of the entire professional staff prior to getting down to the real " nitty gritty" of competitive League football.

ABERDEEN (Scotland)

SLUG Programme

Aberdeen Tournament - Pittodrie Scotland

1 - 2 August 1981

MANCHESTER UNITED

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

Parkes, Lampard, Brush, Bonds, Martin, Stewart, Barnes, Pike, Cross, Goddard, Brooking

 

0 - 3

1 August 1981

A week-end four-team tournament on Aug 1st-2nd at the 22,000 all-seat Pittodrie Stadium ended in triumph for Aberdeen F.C., who defeated Southampton by 5- 1 in the Final to win the £15,000 first prize; the Saints collected £10.000.

We played the home club in the opening match on Saturday afternoon before an attendance of some 10,000 fans who came to see the double-header Semi-Finals. The Dons had begun training earlier than the English clubs (their League Cup schedule opened three weeks ago), and it proved beneficial to them insofar that they won comfortably by 3-0. Peter Weir put them in front after 19 mins., and second-half goals from Doug Bell and Mark McGhee added to our discomfort.

1 - 0 (Cross)

2 August 1981

As Southampton had beaten Manchester United by 3-1 in their Semi-Final, we played the Old Trafford club for the £5,000 bonus in the third-fourth place play-off. That one ended more to our satisfaction, as a single goal settled the issue in our favour. David Cross was the scorer.

 

CLAPTON : Lee Rackett Memorial Trophy

Old Spotted Dog Ground

3 - 1 (Barnes 2, Schiavi)

4 August 1981

81_08_04 Clapton v. WHU Rackett 81_08_07 Aveley v. WHU Friendly

McAlister (Vaughan)

Keith

La Ronde

Houghton

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Barnes (Schiavi)

Pearson

Morgan

Milton

Burvill

 

 

AVELEY

Mill Field

3 - 0 (Campbell, McPherson, Cottee)

7 August 1981

Vaughan (Hunter)

Keith

La Ronde

Burvill

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Banton

Houghton (Wall)

Milton (Campbell)

Reader

Schiavi (Cottee)

 

 

 

DEN HAAG (Netherlands)

Zuiderpark Stadion

1 - 0 (Goddard)

9 August 1981

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Brush

Barnes

Goddard

Morgan (Neighbour)

Allen

Pike

81_08_09 Den Haag v. WHU Friendly

Our series of pre-season friendlies opened with a visit to Holland. The team flew over on the afternoon of Saturday 8 August, returning the following evening after Sunday afternoon's engagement with Den Haag in The Hague.

 

Due to injuries, etc., there were four absentees from last season's senior squad, but it was still a satisfactory test for both clubs; the homesters were especially pleased as they have a re-constituted side whose average age is a little over 21 years.

 

An interesting game ended 1-0 in our favour. Paul Goddard putting the Hammers ahead after six minutes. Both sides had some near-misses after that, and in particular Ray Stewart earned applause for a tremendous free-kick that hit a post

 

Many Hammers' fans will recall that we met Den Haag in the European Cup Winners Cup in the 1975-76 season, drawing 5-5 on aggregate and winning on away goals. This game brought back memories of that encounter, but not so much excitement! However, the hospitality was splendid, and we thank the Den Haag officials for their kindness to the party and our supporters who made the journey.

 

The match conincided with Den Haag's tenth anniversary.

 

 

 

WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE

Green Pond Road

4 - 1 (Houghton 2, Dickens, Morgan)

10 August 1981

Vaughan

Keith

La Ronde (Ampofo G.)

Houghton

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Banton

Morgan

Milton

Burvill

Schiavi

 

 

 

81_08_10 Walthamstow Avenue v. WHU Friendly 81_08_12 Dover v. WHu Friendly

DOVER

Crabbie

3 - 2 (Houghton, Pearson, Schiavi)

12 August 1981

Vaughan

Wall

Keith

Pearson

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Reader

Houghton

Milton

Schiavi

Burvill

PORTSMOUTH

Fratton Park

2 - 0 (Neighbour, Stewart [pen])

14 August 1981

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Cross

Allen

Pike

81_08_14 Portsmouth v. WHU 81_08_17 Gillingham v. WHU

GILLINGHAM

Priestfield Stadium

0 - 2

17 August 1981

Parkes

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour (Barnes)

Goddard (Morgan)

Cross

Allen

Pike

DUNSTABLE

Creasey Park

2 - 2 (Milton 2)

18 August 1981

McAlister

Cowie

La Ronde

Pearson

McPherson

Keith

Houghton

Morgan

Milton

Burvill

Schiavi

 

 

81_08_18 Dunstable v. WHU 81_08_21 Southend United v. WHU

SOUTHEND UNITED

Roots Hall

2 - 1 (Martin, Cross)

21 August 1981

Att. 7,186

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Allen

Cross

Pearson

Barnes (Barnes)

 

 

 

EASTBOURNE UNITED

The Oval

5 - 0 (Banton 4, Morgan)

20 August 1981

McAlister

Keith (Wall)

La Ronde

Burvill

Ampofo C.

Cowie

Wettering (Campbell)

Pearson (Dickens)

Morgan (Cottee)

Banton

Reader

 

ORIENT : Reserves

Wanstead

4 - 2 (Houghton 2, Banton, Schiavi)

22 August 1981

Vaughan, La Ronde, Brush, Burvill, McPherson, Cowie, Banton, Houghton, Milton ,Wettering, Schiavi

NO PROGRAMME PRODUCED

WEYMOUTH UNITED : John Clarke Testimonial

Recreation Ground

5 - 2 (Banton, Houghton, Van Der Elst, Orr, Goddard)

23 March 1982

Parkes

Cowie

Lampard

Orr

Martin

Devonshire

Neighbour

Goddard

Van Der Elst

Allen

Barnes

 

Playing subs: McAlister, Banton, Houghton

We sent a squad of 15 players to play Weymouth United a fortnight ago. They all participated in the Testimonial Match arranged for the Seasiders' long-serving John Clarke, and ended 5-2 winners on an evening when 3,000 fans turned up.

 

The homesters scored first, but we countered with goals from Dale Banton, Francois van der Elst, Ray Houghton, Neil Orr and Paul Goddard. The match was arranged by ex-Hammer Stuart Morgan, now manager of the successful side which t present occupies fifth place in the Alliance Professional League and are finalists against Enfield in the APL Cup.

81_08_20 Eastbourne United v. WHU

Image courtesy of Nigel Turner

82_03_23 Weymouth v. WHU Clarke

ALDERSHOT : Malcolm Crosby Testimonial

Recreation Ground

4 - 3 (Barnes 2, Banton, Allen)

17 May 1982

McAlister

Stewart

La Ronde

Orr

Martin

Pike

Neighbour

Banton

Morgan

Allen

Barnes

 

 

Playing subs: Houghton, Cowie, Burvill

82_05_17 Aldershot v. WHU Crosby Test

THURROCK XI : J.I.A. Memorial Fund

Tilbury FC

7 - 2 (Pike 2, Cross, Holland, Kinsella, Mahoney, Morgan)

19 May 1982

82_05_19 Thurrock v. WHU Memorial Fund 82_05_21 Gillingham v. WHU Richardson Test

GILLINGHAM : Damien Richardson Testimonial

Priestfield Stadium

2 - 3 (Houghton, Morgan)

21 May 1982

VALE RECREATION (Guernsey) Golden Jubilee Celebration Match

Corbet Field

0 - 1

24 May 1982

82_05_24 Vale Recreation v. WHU 82_04_07 England v. Poland SLUG Programme

Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground

ENGLAND v. POLAND

UEFA Under-21 Championsip (Quarter-Final : Second leg)

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Hateley 2)

7 April 1982

England win 4-3 agg:

I.Hesford,

R.Ranson,

Gary Mabbutt,

N.Reid,

M.Proctor,

T.Caton,

A.Peake,

A.Ritchie,

Mark Hateley,

G.Bannister (V.Hilaire),

P.Davis (M.Smith).

FC TWENTE (Netherlands) Pool B Group Match

21 May 1982

2 - 0 (Schiavi, Cottee)

SCHALKE 04 (West Germany) Pool B Group Match

21 May 1982

2 - 0 (Cottee 2)

RWD MOLENBEEK (Belgium) Pool B Group Match

22 May 1982

4 - 0 (Ampofo C., McNeil, Cottee 2)

MIDDLESBROUGH Final

22 May 1982

1 - 0 (Cottee)

Vaughan, Reader, Parris (Wilson), Donald, Ampofo C., Allen, Barnes, Reader, Cottee, Campbell (Wright), Schiavi

 

SLUG Programme

14th Daventria Youth Tournament : Netherlands

21 - 23 May 1982

82_05_21 Daventria Tournament

Vaughan, Reader, Parris, Donald, Ampofo C., Allen, Barnes, Dickens, Cottee, Campbell, Schiavi

 

Vaughan, Donald, Reader, Matthews, Ampofo C., Allen, Wright, Dickens, Cottee, McNeil, Schiavi

Vaughan, Reader, Parris, Donald, Ampofo C., Allen, Barnes, Dickens, Cottee, McNeil, Schiavi

81_08_21 Southend United v. WHU

Our next " away friendly" was at Fration Park on Aug. 14, where we opposed Portsmouth.

 

The Third Division side made a good fight of it, but conceded a goal in each half. Jimmy Neighbour net-led the first, and was brought down after the interval to earn us a penalty-award ; it was duly converted by Ray Stewart. It was a game in which our team gave a most satisfying performance.

 

The game v Gillingh;im at Priestfield Stadium on Aug. 17 ended in a shock result. The Gills narrowly escaped relegation to the Fourth Division last season, but on this form they should have no such worries in 1981-82. They won 2-0, through a goal in each half. Between these we missed a penalty, as in the absence of Ray Stewart deputy spot-kicker Geoff Pike had his shot saved. Nevertheless, the Hammers put on a disappointing display.

We gave a more convincing performance in our concluding First Team engagement, winning by 2-1 v Southent United (Aug 21). This was our third successive pre-season visit to Roots Hall, and the attendance of 7,186 was the highest so far. Last season's Fourth Division champions had a first-minute shock when Alvin Martin put the Hammers in the lead, but they levelled the count in the eighth minute with a well-taken header.

David Cross scored a great goal with a tremendous shot on the run midway through the second half, and we hoped to add to our margin when awarded a penalty. Ray Stewart hit a hard along-the-ground shot, but Mervyn Cawston made his sixth successive penalty-save to keep his side in the game. Indeed, the Shrimpers nearly gained an equaliser some five minutes from time when a clever effort bounced off our woodwork.

Parkes

Cowie

La Ronde

Orr

Lampard

Holland

Neighbour

Banton

Cross

Morgan

Pike

 

Playing subs: Burvill, Keith

Season 1981-82 1980-81 Friendlies 1982-83 Friendlies

The Hammers played in the 13th Daventria Tournament in East Netherlands last year and ended in fourth place after a penalty shoot-out.

This time they were completely successful, winning all four games. The Group matches were against Schalke 04 (West Germany), F.C. Twente (Holland) and R.W.D. Molenbeek (Belgium).

Middlesbrough won their Group, and we met the North-Easterners in the Final. A second-half goal by Tony Cottee was the only score, so the Hammers came back with the magnificent trophy - and a permanent memento.

 

The under-19 squad included:

Paul Allen, Chris Ampofo, Bobby Barnes, Gregory Campbell, Tony Cottee, Alan Dickens, Warren Donald, David Matthews, Nigel McNeil, George Parris, Wayne Reader, Mark Schiavi, John Vaughan, Paul Wilson and Alfie Wright.

Parkes

Brush

Pearson

Orr

Holland

Pike

Neighbour

Cross

Morgan

Robinson

Kinsella

 

Playing sub: Mahoney

Parkes (McAlister)

CowieLa Ronde

Lampard

Martin

Neighbour

Houghton

Holland

Morgan

Banton

Pike

 

Playing sub: Keith