A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1981-82 Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

ORIENT : Football Combination

WATFORD : Football Combination

NORWCH CITY : Football Combination

HEREFORD UNITED : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

BRISTOL CITY : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

The Dell

0 - 2

29 August 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E.

Brush

Cowie

McPherson

Keith

Burvill (Parris)

Houghton

Milton

Banton

Schiavi

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Brush, Houghton)

1 September 1981

McAlister

Keith

Brush

Cowie (Milton)

McPherson

La Ronde E.

Banton

Pearson

Houghton

Burvill

Brooking

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Barnes, Brooking)

5 September 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E. (Reader)

Smith M.

Cowie

McPherson

Keith

Barnes

Banton

Milton

Brooking

Burvill

Carrow Road

0 - 1

12 September 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E.

Brush

Cowie

Keith (Ampofo C.)

Smith

Burvill

Pearson

Milton

Brooking

Houghton

Upton Park

8 - 0 (Houghton 4, Milton 2, Barnes [pen], Cottee)

19 September 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E.

McPherson

Cowie

Keith

Smith

Barnes

Pearson

Milton (Cottee)

Brooking

Houghton

St Andrews

2 - 4 (Barnes [pen], Pearson)

26 September 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E.

Smith M.

Cowie

Keith

Burvill

Barnes

Houghton

Pearson

Milton

Banton (Campbell)

Loftus Road

0 - 2

29 September 1981

Vaughan

La Ronde E.

Brush

Cowie

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Barnes

Houghton

Pearson

Burvill

Schiavi

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Cowie)

3 October 1981

Vaughan

Keith

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Barnes

Burvill (Schiavi)

Pearson

Milton

Banton

Stamford Bridge

2 - 2 (Banton, Barnes)

13 October 1981

Vaughan

La Ronde E.

Brush

Burvill

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Barnes

Houghton

Milton (Holland)

Pearson

Banton

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Houghton)

17 October 1981

Vaughan

Keith

La Ronde E.

Cowie

Ampofo C.

McPherson

Banton

Pearson

Milton

Houghton

Burvill (Holland)

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Allen, Milton, Pearson)

24 October 1981

Vaughan

Houghton (Burvill)

La Ronde E.

Keith

Cowie

McPherson

Barnes

Allen

Milton

Pearson

Banton

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Houghton 2, Banton, Pearson)

7 November 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E.

Smith M.

Cowie

McPherson

Burvill

Barnes

Houghton

Pearson

Milton

Banton

County Ground

0 - 3

14 November 1981

McAlister

Keith

Smith M.

Burvil

lMcPherson

Cowie

Barnes

Houghton

Pearson

Banton

Milton (La Ronde E.)

Ashton Gate

5 - 0 (Barnes 2 [1 pen], Banton, Houghton, Pearson)

4 November 1981

McAlister

La Ronde E.

Smith M.

Pearson

McPherson

Cowie

Barnes

Houghton

Banton

Allen

Brush

Upton Park

3 - 4 (Houghton, Milton, Schiavi)

24 November 1981

McAlister

Keith

La Ronde E.

Cowie

McPherson

Burvill (Dickens)

Houghton

Banton

Milton

Schiavi

Donald

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Banton, Burville, Cowie, McPherson, Milton)

28 November 1981

McAlister

Keith

La Ronde E.

Cowie

McPherson

Brush

Banton

Houghton

Milton

Burvill

Schiavi

Highbury

1 - 1 (Wright)

5 December 1981

McAlister

Keith

La Ronde E.

Burvill

McPherson

Brush

Schiavi

Houghton

Milton

Cowie

Wright

Coach: Mick McGiven

MATCH VOID

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

The fixture against Hereford United at Upton Park was extremely one-sided. It was virtually one-way-traffic all the way; we were five up at half-time, so that gives an indication of our team's superiority. Star of the match was Ray (" Scotty") Houghton, who netted four times; the other scorers were Steve Milton (two), Bobby Barnes (from a penalty) and Tony Cottee (who came on as sub a quarter-hour from the end to make his Combination debut). Trevor Brooking had another test on his injured leg and came through satisfactorily.

MATCH VOID

Bristol City resigned from the league before the end of the season, this result expunged from the records

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The Reserves opened their schedule with a visit to The Dell on August 29. The Southampton side which they opposed had the advantage of experience, and put our XI under a lot of pressure during the first half. The Saints went in with a two-nil lead at the interval, but the Hammers made a better showing in a goalless second half.

81_09_01 WHU v. Orient 81_09_05 WHU v. Watford 81_09_12 Norwich City v. WHU 81_09_19 WHU v. Hereford United Post 81_09_26 Birmingham City v. WHU Reserves 81_10_03 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 81_10_13 Chelsea v. WHU 81_10_17 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle 81_10_24 WHU v. Reading 81_11_07 WHU v. Bristol Rovers 81_11_24 WHU v. QPR 81_11_28 WHU v. Leicester City 81_12_05 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves

We picked up a couple of points against Orient on the afternoon of Tuesday 1 September. The Hammers' side was a mixture of experienced pros and young talent, and was generally too strong for the visitors. We missed a penalty-kick after Paul Brush had opened the scoring, but made the game safe when Ray Houghton finished off a fine team-move with a strong shot. It ended 2-0 in our favour.

A side-line (or touchline) feature of the match was that owing to the delayed arrival of a linesman, apprentice Alan Dickens occupied that position for the first half-hour. He proved a capable deputy.

The home match v Watford was a story of missed chances and defensive errors which allowed the visitors to go into a three-goal lead soon after the interval; they had scored twice before half-time. We rallied after those reverses, and Bobby Barnes was able to reduce the lead with a good effort. However, we had to wait until five minutes from the end to score again, this being netted by Trevor Brooking who was having a further test following injury. Unfortunately there was not enough time left to salvage a point, and we went under by 3-2.

The match at Carrow Road was rather disappointing, although the eventual score against the Hammers was only 0-1. The Canaries' solitary counter was netted during the second-half, and was one of the few bright sports in a dual that did nor create a great deal of enthusiasm.

Our Reserves took an early lead at St. Andrew's on September 26 when Bobby Barnes converted a penalty. However, their play overall was disappointing in both areas, and Birmingham City capitalised on that to net one before half-time and three after the interval; two of the Blues' goals came from set-piece corner-kicks. A short free-kick laid on the opportunity for Stuart Pearson to reduce the margin, but we eventually surrendered the points by 4-2.

A mid-week engagement on the afternoon of September 29 gave us the first opportunity of trying-out Q.P.R.'s new pitch at Loftus Road. Our team wore boots designed for slippery and icy surfaces, but experienced difficulties on parts which appeared to be more wet than others. This is not intended as an excuse for the 0-2 defeat, as we missed several opportunities that would have earned us a point. Rangers scored both their goals in the second half (the first from a penalty).

The Hammers put Spurs under a lot of early pressure at Upton Park, but following a breakaway the North Londoners gained a corner and went into the lead; they added another before half-time. After the interval the exchanges continued in our favour, but although George Cowie scored with a fine header we continued to miss chances and failed to gain even a point when we might have had both. It completed a trio of disappointing reverses.

 

The Reserves showed improved form in their afternoon match v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Oct. 13. After three successive defeats, they succeeded in gaining a point against a useful Blues' line-up. We were one down at half-time ; but goals by Dale Banton and Bobby Barnes gave us the lead, before Chelsea levelled the final count at two-all.

A pleasing feature of the game was that Pat Holland went on for the last twenty minutes, and came through successfully. It was his first appearance in our colours since 17 January 1980, when he was injured whilst scoring a goal v Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Pat Holland had another half-hour's test in the home game v Plymouth Argyle on October 17. He emerged with continuing success.

Unfortunately that was one of the few bright spots, as we lost by 3-1. Several chances were missed before Argyle opened their account, and the visitors then added another before half-time. Ray Houghton made it 2-1, but the West Country side settled the issue with a third goal.

 

Having won 5-0 away to Bristol City three days earlier, our Reserves completed a double over Bristol clubs by defeating Rovers 4-0 at Upton Park on November 7. The Hammers went ahead in the tenth minute as Stuart Pearson converted a centre from the left wing, and the scorer had a hand in the next counter when he participated in a move that ended with Ray Houghton putting us two up. Houghton made it three before the interval from George Cowie's pass. Rovers did better in the second half, but conceded the fourth goal after a fine one touch move down the left flank, that ended with Dale Banton netting with a first-time shot. Overall, a very satisfactory performance.

After a spell of success, the Reserves had a set-back, losing 0-3 to Swindon Town at the County Ground. All the homesters' goals were scored in the first half, but although the Hammers' form improved after the interval we could not make any real penetration against a determined opposition.

The Reserves had no fixture on October 31, but visited Ashton Gate to meet Bristol City.

At the request of the home club the match was put back a day. However, they may well have wished it was not so, as the Bristol side sustained a heavy defeat. Three up at half-time, the Hammers did not ease up in the second half, and won by five clear goals. Bobby Barnes (two, one a penalty), Dale Banton, Ray Houghton and Stuart Pearson were our scorers in a convincing victory.

From the spectators' viewpoint the home match v Queens Park Rangers last Tuesday afternoon was very entertaining insofar that seven goals were scored. We were hardly of that opinion, as three of Rangers' four were literally gifted away. We opened well enough, and Mark Schiavi put us ahead, but the visitors then recorded two each side of half-time to go 4-1 in front. A late rally brought us goals from Steve Milton and Ray Houghton, but the final count was 3-4 against the Hammers.

 

The Reserves had a very good win last Saturday, although Leicester City maintained a firm challenge until some time after the interval.

Steve Milton opened our score in the second minute, but the Filberts equalised to be level at half-time. After the interval Dale Banton hit the bar, and then Tom McAIister saved well to keep us on level terms. From thence onwards fortunes swung the Hammers' way; we made it 3-1 as Keith McPherson slid one home and Glen Burvill added another from inside the penalty-area. Banton's persistence was rewarded when he netted a rebound after his shot had been charged down, and our final counter came from a George Cowie header after a free-kick. 5-1 was a fitting finale to a creditable performance.