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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1981-82 Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

HEREFORD UNITED : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

 

Played at

Chadwell Heath

WATFORD : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

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CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Banton)

6 January 1982

McAlister

Allen

La Ronde E.

Burvill

Cowie

McGiven

Van der Elst

Houghton

Banton

Milton (Hollingsworth)

Barnes

Portman Road

1 - 3 (Banton)

23 January 1982

McAlister

Cowie

La Ronde E.

Donald

Keith

Orr

Hollinsworth (Barnes)

Banton

Milton

Burvill

Houghton

Edgar Street

3 - 2 (Barnes 2, Banton)

27 January 1982

McAlister

Wall

La Ronde E.

Burvill (Milton)

Keith

Cowie

Barnes

Houghton

Pearson

Donald

Banton

Upton Park

3 - 1 (La Ronde, Parris, Pearson)

6 February 1982

McAlister

Cowie

La Ronde E.

Parris

Keith

Burvill

Barnes

Milton

Pearson

Houghton

Banton

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Milton)

9 February 1982

McAlister

La Ronde E. (Ampofo C.)

Lampard

Allen

Keith

Cowie

Barnes

Houghton

Milton

Burvill

Banton

Cheshunt

1 - 2 (Banton)

13 February 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Parris

Cowie

Keith

Houghton

Barnes

Allen

Milton

Pearson

Banton

Chadwell Heath

1 -0 (Pearson)

17 February 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Parris

Cowie

Keith

Houghton

Barnes

Allen

Milton (Donald)

Pearson

Banton

Upton Park

6 - 2 (Barnes 2, Milton 2, donald, Schiavi)

20 February 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

Houghton (Wright)

Barnes

Donald

Milton

Allen

Schiavi

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Barnes)

27 February 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Wall

Keith

Dickens

Barnes

Banton

Milton

Donald

Schiavi (McPherson)

Elm Park

9 - 1 (Pearson 3, Dickens 2, Houghton 2, Barnes, Milton)

13 March 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Martin

Keith

Barnes

Dickens

Pearson

Milton

Houghton

Home Park

6 - 0 (Banton 3, Barmes, Houghton, Martin)

17 March 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Martin

Keith

Neighbour

Houghton

Pearson

Banton

Barnes (Milton)

Eastville

2 - 0 (Barnes[pen], Pearson)

27 March 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E. (McPherson)

Martin

Keith

Houghton

Barnes

Banton

Pearson

Cowie

Milton (La Ronde E.)

Craven Cottage

0 - 0

31 March 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Wall

Cowie

Keith

Houghton

Barnes

Pearson

Milton (McPherson)

Dickens

Banton

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Schiavi)

3 April 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

Dickens

Barnes

Milton

Banton

Donald

Schiavi

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Houghton)

7 April 1982

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Keith

Barnes

Neighbour

Houghton

Milton (McPherson)

Donald

Banton

Manor Ground

2 - 0 (Barnes, Houghton)

10 April 1982

 

McAlister

Burvill

La Ronde E.

Donald

Keith

Cowie

Barnes

Dickens

Milton

Schiavi

Houghton

Upton Park

0 - 0

17 April 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Reader

McPherson

Keith

Houghton

Barnes

Banton

Milton (Parris)

Donald

Pike

Vicarage Road

3 - 0 (Houghton 3)

20 April 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Parris

McPherson

Keith

Houghton

Barnes

Donald

Milton

Banton

Pike

Filbert Street

2 - 0 (Barnes, Cottee)

24 April 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Brush

McPherson

Ampofo C.

Parris

Barnes

Milton

Schiavi (Cottee)

Banton

Dickens

Selhurst Park

0 - 1

29 April 1982

McAlister

Reader

Burvill

Donald

Ampofo C.

Brush

Barnes

Banton

Milton

Houghton

Schiavi (Cowie)

MATCH VOID

Hereford United resigned from the league before the end of the season, this result expunged from the records

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Keith)

1 May 1982

McAlister

Keith

Burvill

Donald

Ampofo C.

Brush

Barnes

Banton

Milton (Campbell)

Dickens

Parris

ORIENT : Football Combination

Brisbane Road

3 - 1 (Houghton, Matthews, Milton)

4 May 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Lampard

Wilson

Cowell

Keith

Matthews

Banton

Milton

Houghton

McNeil

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

Kenilworth Road

2 - 1 (Banton [pen], Cottee)

8 May 1982

McAlister

Reader

Burvill

Ampofo C.

Keith

Parris

Holland

Banton

Milton

Houghton

Cottee

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Martin)

15 May 1982

McAlister

Burvill

Reader

Ampofo C.

Keith

Martin

Holland (Donald)

Houghton

Milton

Banton

Schiavi

82_01_06 WHU v. Luton Town Reserves Unofficial 82_01_23 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 82_02_06 WHU v. Norwich City 82_02_09 WHU v. Southampton 82_02_20 WHU v. Birmingham City 82_02_27 WHU v. Chelsea 82_03_17 Plymouth Argyle v. WHU Reserves 82_03_31 Fulham v. WHU Reserves 82_04_03 WHU v. Swindon Town

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Played at

Chadwell Heath

82_04_10 Oxford United v. WHU Reserves 82_04_17 WHU v. Fulham 82_04_20 Watford v. WHU Reserves 82_04_24 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 82_04_29 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves 82_05_01 WHU v. Arsenal 82_05_15 WHU v. Ipswich Town

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

We were able to re-arrange a previously-postponed home fixture against Luton Town Reserves to take place at Chadwell Heath on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 January. This also provided us with an opportunity to play Francois van der Elst for the first time in a Hammers' jersey, and he showed up well in the 1-1 draw. Our goalscorer was Dale Banton.

 

The match v Ipswich at Portman Road was scoreless at half-time, and it is reasonable to report that from the number of chances created we had every opportunity to emerge with at least a point. However, our only goal came from the penalty-spot, Dale Banton making the conversion. The Blues netted three in reply, thus providing a lop-sided score-line that did not reflect the game in general.

Neil Orr made his first appearance in Hammers' colours when he played at Ipswich.

 

The match at Edgar Street on January 27 ended in a welcome 3-2 victory. The lowly-placed Hereford United side put up a good fight, and twice equalised. The homesters included some experienced players in their line-up, but the youngsters in our own XI matched them well. The half-time score was 1-1, and our scorers were Bobby Barnes (2) and Dale Banton.

 

The home game against second-in-the-table Norwich City ended in a praiseworthy victory. George Parris made his Combination debut and scored one of the goals that gave us a half-time lead, Everald la Ronde also getting on the score-sheet for the first time this season. Stuart Pearson made it 3-0 during the second half, and with the Canaries netting a consolation counter it was 3-1 at full time.

 

Tuesday afternoon's home match v Southampton was not so enjoyable from our angle, and the Hammers were very disappointing. Two up at half-time, the Saints strengthened their challenge for honours by winning 4-1. Our goal was scored by Steve Milton.

 

Bobby Barnes scored the only goal of last Saturday's fixture at Upton Park, and our position in the Combination table was slightly improved as a result of the victory over the better-placed Chelsea team. We took the lead after half-an-hour, and might have added more except that the visiting defence were uncompromising to the extent of having three defenders booked for late tackles. In the circumstances it was a very good victory.

 

The Eastville pitch was rather hard and somewhat bumpy for the match on March 27, but Bristol Rovers and ourselves produced an interesting contest. Bobby Barnes converted a penalty in the first half and Stuart Pearson made the final score 2-0 after the interval.

 

After their six successive victories our Reserves were held to a goalless draw by Fulham in a re-arranged fixture at Craven Cottage on March 31. The pitch was bumpy and not conducive to good football. We finished with ten men; Steve Milton was replaced by Keith McPherson a quarter-hour from the end, and two minutes later Stuart Pearson went off injured.

 

We resumed our winning ways but it was not a very impressive performance against Swindon Town at Upton Park, but we held the 1-0 interval advantage until the end. Our goal followed a free-kick move begun by Glen Burvill and Warren Donald, the ball eventually running loose for Mark Schiavi to score.

 

Our Reserves kept a clean defensive sheet for the fifth match in succession when they defeated Crystal Palace Res. in a re-arranged fixture at our Chadwell Heath Ground on Wednesday 7 April. For the second time in a row a single goal sufficed to give the Hammers victory, Ray Houghton scoring in the second half.

 

Three days later we kept the Oxford United attackers scoreless at their Manor Ground, and netted-twice ourselves to collect our nineteenth point from ten games. Houghton brought his Combination total to ten for the season, and Bobby Barnes counter was also his tenth in 1981-82. The final tally in our favour could have been many more than two against Oxford.

 

 

We did not concede a goal in the home game against Fulham, but neither did we score; so the goalless draw was a repeat of our meeting at Craven Cottage on the last day of March, although the Cottagers' goalkeeper (and the woodwork!) were mainly responsible for their defence holding out.

 

Our second string won 3-0 at Vicarage Road against Watford Reserves  who then held fourth place in the table. All three goals were netted by Ray Houghton; a 15 yard drive (30 mins.), a left-foot shot (halfway through the second half) and a 20-yard pile-driver ten minutes from time. A great performance by "Scotty" and his teammates - including a second appearance by Geoff Pike after his recent absence through injury. However, the Hertfordshire club came near to breaking our "clean sheet" record, as they twice hit the woodwork.

 

To play nine successive competitive matches without conceding a goal is a remarkable achievement, and is possibly a record as far as our Reserve Team is concerned. The record ninth was achieved against Leicester City on April 24.

We netted one goal in each half, Bobby Barnes scored the first a couple of minutes before the interval, and Tony Cottee netted his first Combination counter when he came on as substitute during the second half.

 

 

The Reserves' run of success came to an end at Selhurst Park on Thursday 29 April. For the first time in ten matches they conceded a goal, Crystal Palace scoring in the first half. It was sufficient for the Glaziers to take the points, though we had opportunities to make the end-result different

 

Our Reserves fared better than their seniors when they met Arsenal's second-string at Upton Park. The contest ended in a 1-1 draw after a goalless first half. The Gunners scored first, and then contributed to our equaliser when a header by Adrian Keith was diverted by a defender into his own net. It was a fair result.

 

The Hammers returned to a winning vein last Tuesday afternoon at Brisbane Road, defeating Orient by 3-1 The O's were one down at the interval, and we had the better of the second half, scoring twice to move into seventh place in the table.

We had some injury problems to overcome, and some players turned out to fill he gaps although not one-hundred-per-cent fit; we also included three amateurs from our youth squad. Thankfully, the game did not prove too strenuous.

Our goalscorers were Ray Houghton Steve Milton and David Matthews (his first for our Combination side).