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1982-83 Football League : First Division

TONY COTTEE scores on his debut against TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR at Upton Park

83_01_01 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Cottee

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

83_01_04 WHU v. Luton Town

LUTON TOWN : Football League First Division

83_01_15 Nottingham Forest 2nd 83_01_15 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 83_01_08 Manchester United v. WHU FAC 3

MANCHESTER UNITED : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

Two cover versions of the matchday programme was issued

83_01_18 Liverpool v. WHU MC5

LIVERPOOL : Milk Cup (Fifth Round)

83_01_22 WHU v. West Bromwich Albion

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

83_02_05 Birmingham City v. WHU

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

83_02_12 WHU v. Arsenal

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Upton Park

12 February 1983

83_02_26 WHU v. Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON : Football League First Division

83_03_05 WHU v. Brighton & Hove Albion

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football League First Division

83_03_12 Liverpool v. WHU

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

83_03_19 WHU v. Stoke City

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

83_03_22 Manchester United v. WHU

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

83_03_26 Norwich City v. WHU

NORWICH CITY : Football League First Division

DAVID SWINDLEHURST makes his Hammers debut against NORWICH CITY at Carrow Road

83_04_02 WHU v. Watford

WATFORD : Football League First Division

83_04_05 Swansea City v. WHU

SWANSEA CITY : Football League First Division

83_04_09 WHU v. Sunderland

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

83_04_16 Manchester City v. WHU

MANCHESTER CITY : Football League First Division

83_04_23 WHU v. Aston Villa

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

83_04_30 Everton v. WHU

EVERTON : Football League First Division

83_05_03 Ipswich Town v. WHu

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

83_05_07 WHU v. Notts County

NOTTS COUNTY : Football League First Division

83_05_10 WHU v. Arsenal - Supplement

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Supplement to

Offical Programme

Issued with the postponed programme dated

12 February 1983

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Van der Elst)

10 May 1983

Att: 28,920

83_05_14 Coventry City v. WHU

COVENTRY CITY : Football League First Division

83_01_15 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 83_01_22 WHU v. WBA 83_02_26 WHU v. Southampton 83_03_05 WHU v. Brighton 83_03_12 Liverpool v. WHU 83_03_19 WHU v. Stoke City 83_03_26 Norwich City v. WHU 83_04_02 WHU v. Watford 83_04_09 WHU v. Sunderland 83_04_16 Manchester City v. WHU 83_04_23 WHU v. Aston Villa 83_05_07 WHU v. Notts County 83_05_14 Coventry City v. WHU 83_02_12 WHU v. Arsenal Post 1981-82 First XI 1983-84 First XI Season 1982-83

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Cottee, Pike, Stewart [pen])

1 January 1983

Att: 33,383

Parkes

Stewart

Gallagher

Dickens

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Cottee

Clark

Allen

Pike

1 January 1983

 

CALUM DAVENPORT (2004 & 2007 - 2010) Born this day Bedford, Bedfordshire

 

England Under-21 international who progressed through the ranks to make his senior debut for already-relegated Coventry City on the final day of the 2000-01 season. Joined Tottenham Hotspur in August 2004 for £3.5m and the giant central-defender was immediately off-loaded for a loan spell to the Hammers on 9 September 2004. Davenport made his West Ham bow two days later against Sheffield United in a 2-1 victory at Bramall Lane. Having performed brilliantly and making a total of 10 Coca-Cola appearances the North London club recalled him back to White Hart Lane in November.

Davenport rejoined West Ham United for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £3,000,000 on 18 January 2007 signing a three and a half year contract. On 18 January 2008, he joined Championship side Watford on a month's loan, with a view to a permanent deal. Davenport made his debut against Charlton Athletic on 19 January 2008, but had to be substituted before half-time after a collision with team-mate Darius Henderson. He was stretchered off and taken to hospital, where he spent a number of days and was diagnosed with a fracture to a bone in his neck. His injury meant the loan deal was cancelled. After a lengthy spell on the sidelines he returned to competitive action for the start of the 2008-2009 campaign. He scored his first goal for the Hammers against Blackburn Rovers on 30 August 2008. On 2 February 2009 he joined Premier League club Sunderland on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season. He made eight appearances for the Black Cats. Davenport returned to West Ham for the start of the 2009–10 season but in August was involved in a stabbing incident. He did not play again for West Ham and in March 2010 his contract was terminated by mutual consent. In his second spell with West Ham he played fourteen games in all competitions scoring one goal.

The New Year opened with a local derby at the Boleyn Ground against Tottenham Hotspur. The Hammers were plagued by injuries and manager Lyall was without Brooking, Bonds, Paul Brush, Paul Goddard, Frank Lampard and Neil Orr. Youngsters Alan Dickens and 17-year-old Tony Cottee were drafted into the side. The crucial first goal fell to West Ham on 26 minutes when Joe Gallagher headed against the crossbar and Cottee nodded the rebound into the net. Midway through the second half, Devonshire sped away and was upended in the area and Ray Stewart scored from the resultant penalty. On 76 minutes acting captain Pike swept home Devonshire's pass and the Hammers held out for a resounding 3-0 victory. For Cottee it was a day to remember, as he scored on his debut and was given the match ball to take home.

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Clark, Cottee)

4 January 1983

Att: 21,435

Parkes

Stewart

Gallagher

Dickens

Martin (Morgan)

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Cottee

Clark

Allen

Pike

Old Trafford

0 - 2

8 January 1983

Att: 44,143

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Gallagher

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Cottee

Clark

Allen

Pike

City Ground

0 - 1

15 January 1983

Att: 17,031

Parkes

Stewart (Gallagher)

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Clark

Allen

Pike

16 January 1983

JIMMY NEIGHBOUR joins AFC BOURNEMOUTH

West Ham United career: (1979-1983) Appearances: 96, Goals 6

Individual honours: Football League Second Division Champions (1981), Football League Cup Runner-up (1981)

16 January 1983

EMANUEL POGATETZ (2012) Born this day Graz, Austria

 

Pogatetz won the Austrian Cup with FC Karnten in his first season as a professional in 2000/01, earning a move to German club and then-UEFA Champions League regulars Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Pogatetz spent four seasons with Leverkusen, during which time he was loaned to Swiss side FC Aarau, his hometown club Grazer AK and Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. The versatile defender earned a move to the Premier League in June 2005, when one-time England manager Steve McClaren spent £1.8m to take him to Middlesbrough. Pogatetz made 158 appearances in five seasons at the Riverside Stadium, helping Middlesbrough to reach the UEFA Cup final in his first season on Teesside, only to miss the 4-0 defeat by Sevilla after fracturing his eye socket in a quarter-final victory over FC Basel. During the 2007-08 season, Pogatetz was appointed Middlesbrough captain, however, the Boro club were relegated in 2009, but Pogatetz stayed loyal to the cause as they started life in the Championship. A recurrence, meanwhile, of his fractured cheekbone restricted his first-team appearances. Pogatetz was snapped up by German side Hannover in June 2010, helping the club to reach the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2011-12 and totalling 72 appearances over two seasons. That prompted a move from Bundesliga rivals Vfl Wolfsburg. The Austrian international signed for West Ham United on 28 January 2013, putting pen to a paper on a loan deal from Vfl Wolfsburg until the end of the season. Pogatetz made his West Ham United bow against Swansea City, on 2 February 2013, albeit as a last-gasp substitute appearance. With his loan deal at an end he totalled just 6 appearances of which five were from the bench.

17 January 1983

ALVARO ARBELOA (2016-17) Born this day Salamanca, Spain

 

Arbeloa came through the youth ranks at Real Zaragoza before joining Real Madrid at the age of 18. He excelled for the club’s C and B teams before being handed a first-team debut against Real Betis in October 2004. With massive competition for places at the Estadio Santiagio Bernabeu, where Spain international Michel Salgado and Brazil great Roberto Carlos filled the full-back positions, Arbeloa opted to continue his career with Deportivo La Coruna in summer 2006. After six months in Galicia, the defender was signed by compatriot Rafael Benitez, who was in the midst of his successful reign as Liverpool manager.Arbeloa appeared 98 times over two-and-a-half seasons with the Anfield club, including the 2007 UEFA Champions League final defeat by AC Milan.July 2009 saw the versatile player heading back to former club Real Madrid, where he spent the next six seasons as a regular member of the starting XI, initially at left-back and latterly at right-back. Capped 56 times by Spain, Arbeloa was a member of the best squad in the country’s history. On 31 August 2016, the 33-year-old returned to the Premier League for the first time in seven years, signing for West Ham United for one season. He made his debut on 21 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win over Accrington Stanley for the EFL Cup. Arbeloa was released at the end of the campaign after having made just four competitive appearances, three in the league. He retired in June 2017 at the age of 34, after a professional career that spanned 15 years.

Anfield

1 - 2 (Allen)

18 January 1983

Att: 23,953

Parkes

Cowie

Gallagher

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Clark

Allen

Pike

MATCH POSTPONED

Snow bound pitch : rearranged for 10 May 1983

Upton Park

0 - 1

22 January 1983

Att: 19,887

Parkes

Lampard

Gallagher

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst (Cowie)

Goddard

Clark

Allen

Pike

St Andrews

0 - 3

5 February 1983

Att: 12,539

Parkes

Lampard

Gallagher

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Clark

Allen (Dickens)

Cowie

18 February 1983

TYRONE MEARS (2006-07) Born this day Chadderton, Oldham

 

Former Preston North End defender who put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Upton Park on 5th July 2006 to became Alan Pardew's second signing in the space of a few hours following the arrival of Carlton Cole from Chelsea on the same day. The highly-rated young defender signed for an initial £1million fee, which could rise to £1.9million depending on appearances and future international recognition with England. Tyrone began his career as a youth trainee at Manchester City and progressed through the ranks to break into the first team squad under Kevin Keegan in March 2002. Just a few months later, in search of regular first team football, he moved to Preston North End in a £200,000 deal. After an impressive debut campaign with the Lilywhites, injury restricted his bid to become an established member of the side over the next two seasons, and forced him to miss the Championship play-off final against the Hammers in May 2005. However, he returned to full fitness the following summer and made the right-back spot his own at Deepdale as Preston again came within a whisker of winning promotion via the play-offs, only to lose against Leeds United in their semi-final. Having earned a reputation as one of the most exciting young prospects outside of the Premiership, the all-action defender got his chance to prove his worth at the top level, while his arrival further enhances the impressive collection of young English talent at Upton Park. However, he was only to make six league and cup appearances for West Ham as he struggled to break into the first team. With less opportunities of first class football Tyrone joined Derby County on 31 January 2007 on loan until the end of the season with an option to make the deal permanent. On 4 July 2007, six months after joining the Rams on loan he finally signed for £1m. Later played for Marseille (loan), Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Seattle Sounders, Atlanta United, Minnesota United and finally West Bromwich Albion where he ended his career in July 2019.

23 February 1983

HOSSAM MIDO (2010) Born this day Cairo, Egypt

 

Mido joined West Ham United on a four-month loan from Coca-Cola Championship club Middlesbrough on 1 February 2010. The Egypt interbational striker – full name Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid – has been playing at the top level for more than a decade, having broken into the first-team at Egyrtian Premier League club Zamalek at the age of 16 in 1999. After leaving Zamalek for Belgian club KAA Gent in 2000, Mido's form saw him snapped up by Dutch giants Ajax the following year and going on to net 21 goals in 40 league games for the Amsterdam side. A little over a decade later, the Cairo-born striker has collected a Dutch League winners medal with Ajax, lifted the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, graced the top divisions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy before sigining on loan to Tottenham Hotspur which was later made permanent in August 2006. A year later he signed for Middlesbrough. Mido spent 18 months on Teesside, scoring in a 1-1 draw with West Ham at the Riverside Stadium in November 2008, before being loaned to Wigan Athletic in January 2009. A further loan spell at first club Zamalek followed in the opening half of the 2009-10 season before the Cairo-born forward opted to move to the Boleyn Ground in January 2010. He made his debut for West Ham on 6 February in 2–1 away defeat against Burnley. In nine appearances for West Ham he failed to score and had a tame penalty saved in a 2–2 away draw against Everton. In June 2010, West Ham decided not to offer him a new contract. He returned to Ajax (loan) and Zamalek for a third time before ending his career with Barnsley with just a solitary appearance.

23 February 1983

 

ALVIN MARTIN wins his 7th ENGLAND cap and ALAN DEVONSHIRE his 6th ENGLAND cap

WALES in the Home Championship at Wembley Stadium, London 2-1

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Lampard)

26 February 1983

Att: 19,626

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Clark (Cottee)

Allen

Pike

Parkes

Stewart (Dickens)

Lampard

Gallagher

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Morgan

Cottee

Allen

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Cottee, Dickens)

5 March 1983

Att: 16,850

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Morgan

Goddard

Allen

Pike

Anfield

0 - 3

12 March 1983

Att: 28,551

20 March 1983

ALEXANDER "SANDY" CLARK joins Scottish giants GLASGOW RANGERS

West Ham United career: (1982-83) Appearances: 34, Goals 10

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Morgan

Allen

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Bould [og])

19 March 1983

Att: 16,466

22 March 1983

DAVID SWINDLEHURST signs from DERBY COUNTY for £200,000

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Orr (Dickens)

Allen

Pike

Old Trafford

1 - 2 (Devonshire)

22 March 1983

Att: 30,227

23 March 1983

NICKY MORGAN joins PORTSMOUTH for a £50,000

West Ham United career: (1979-1983) Appearances: 26, Goals 2

Individual honours: FA Charity Shield Runner-up (1980)

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Orr

Goddard

Swindlehurst

Dickens

Pike

Carrow Road

1 - 1 (Dickens)

26 March 1983

Att: 17,639

30 March 1983

JEREMIE ALIADIERE (2005-06) Born this day Rambouillet, France

 

Aliadiere came to the attention of Gunners fans after scoring nine goals during Arsenal's FA Youth Cup winning run of 2000/01 - a feat only equaled by Michael Owen back in 1996. The stylish Arsenal striker was extremely dangerous in the box. After graduating from the Clairefontaine soccer Academy, Jeremie had high hopes of breaking into Arsenal’s first team on a regular basis and following in the footsteps of Thierry Henry. He made three substitute appearances in the 2002/03 season, and managed to net his first senior goal for Arsenal in the last minute against West Bromwich Albion. The following season he started seven games, scoring four goals - all in the Carling Cup. In the 2004/05 campaign he made only a handful of appearances, mainly towards the end of the season as the Gunners' hopes of title success dwindled. In the summer of 2005, he joined Celtic on loan for the season, though only made a handful of appearances before returning to the Barclays Premiership with West Ham, the Hammers taking over the loan deal on 25th August 2005. Jeremie made his Hammers debut as a 59th minute substitute in the 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers 27th August 2005. However in January 2006 Aliadiere was allowed to rejoin the Gunners where he was swiftly loaned out again, this time to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Later played for Middlesbrough, Lorient (France), Umm salal, Muaither (Qatar) and returned to Lorient for the 2016-17 season before retiring from playing in 2018.

30 March 1983

 

ALVIN MARTIN wins his 8th ENGLAND cap and ALAN DEVONSHIRE his 7th ENGLAND cap

GREECE European Championship Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 0-0

 

FRANCOIS VAN Der ELST wins his 6th BELGIUM cap

EAST GERMANY a European Cup Qualifier Zentralstadion, Leipzig 2-1 (40 caps)

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst (Cottee)

Dickens

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Swindlehurst, Van der Elst)

2 April 1983

Att: 22,647

3 April 1983

JIMMY BLOOMFIELD passed away this day Chingford, London aged 49

West Ham United career (1965-66), Appearances: 14, Goals: 1

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Orr

Dickens

Pike

Vetch Field

5 - 1 (Pike 2, Dickens 2, Devonshire)

5 April 1983

Att: 13,282

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst (Cottee)

Dickens

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Dickens, Goddard)

9 April 1983

Att: 20,053

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Orr

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard (Cottee)

Allen

Dickens

Pike

Maine Road

0 - 2

16 April 1983

Att: 23,015

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard (Orr)

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard (Cottee)

Swindlehurst

Dickens

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Bonds, Swindlehurst)

23 April 1983

Att: 21,822

27 April 1983

 

ALVIN MARTIN wins his 9th ENGLAND cap

HUNGARY European Championship Qualifier Wembley Stadium, London 2-0

 

FRANCOIS VAN Der ELST wins his 7th BELGIUM cap

EAST GERMANY European Cup Qualifier Stade du Heysel, Brussels 2-1 (41 caps)

28 April 1983

ROGER JOHNSON (2014) Born this day Ashford, Surrey

 

Johnson started his career with Wycombe Wanderers where he came up through the ranks before becoming the Chairboys' youngest ever player when he made his debut as a 17-year-old against Cambridge United in May 1999. After eight years and 157 league games at Adams Park he left to join Cardiff City in July 2006 and spent three years with the Bluebirds before he moved to Birmingham City in July 2009. After a strong first season, in which Johnson helped the Blues to a ninth place Premier League finish, he helped the club to win the Carling Cup in 2011 before they suffered relegation in the same season. Johnson moved across Birmingham to Wolves after the Blues were relegated and has found life tough at Molineux as the club slipped into Sky Bet League One.

Parkes

Stewart

Brush

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst

Dickens

Pike

Goodison Park

0 - 2

30 April 1983

Att: 16,353

2 May1983

ALESSANDRO DIAMANTI (2009) Born this day Prato, Italy

 

Alessandro Diamanti's arrival at West Ham United on 28 August 2009 from AS Livorno Calcio ended a long pursuit for the exciting forward. Hammers scouts had been running the rule over Diamanti for several months before his switch to east London but it was left as late as four days before the end of the summer transfer window before the deal was finally done. He became Gianfranco Zola's second major recruit from the Italian top flight after Chilean international Luis Jimenez arrived from Internazionale. Diamanti scored 18 times in 37 league and cup matches in the 2008-09 season, including six goals in the final ten matches of what proved a hugely successful campaign.

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst

Dickens

Pike

Portman Road

2 - 1 (Goddard, Stewart [pen])

3 May 1983

Att: 18,817

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst

Dickens

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Goddard, Van der Elst)

7 May 1983

Att: 17,534

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Martin

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst

Brooking

Pike

Highfield Road

4 - 2 (Cottee 2, Goddard, Swindlehurst)

14 May 1983

Att: 11,214

Parkes

Stewart

Lampard

Bonds

Orr

Devonshire

Van der Elst

Goddard

Swindlehurst

Allen

Pike (Cottee)

18 May 1983

GARY O’NEIL (2011-2013) Born this day Beckenham

 

On 25 January 2011, O'Neil completed a move to West Ham United on a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in the League Cup semi-final, second leg, against Birmingham City, coming on as an 83rd minute substitute for Luis Boa Morte. On 6 February 2011, O'Neil made his Premier League debut for the Hammers against Birmingham City in a 1–0 defeat at Upton Park and also completed the full 90 minutes. His 2010–11 season was ended prematurely on 16 April 2011 following a tackle by Aston Villa's Nigel Reo-Coker during West Ham's 2–1 home defeat at Upton Park. O’Neil was carried off on a stretcher after the challenge. He underwent a two-hour ankle operation and endured several months out of action with concern that his footballing career was in jeopardy. O'Neil was reported as considering taking legal action against Reo-Coker. By the end of the 2010–11 season, he had made nine appearances for the Hammers in all competitions. O'Neil scored his first goal for West Ham in a 4–1 away win against Blackpool on 21 February 2012 and proved to be a key player in the team's excellent end of season form which saw them reach the Premier League after beating Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley in the Championship play-off final.

31 May 1983

 

FRANCOIS VAN Der ELST 8th BELGIUM cap

FRANCE 75th Anniversary Federation Luxembourgeoise Stade Municipal, Luxembourg City 1-1 (43 caps)

18 June 1983

BRIAN MONTENEGRO (2012) Born this day Asuncion, Paraguay

 

Montenegro came through the ranks at Paraguayan Primera Division club Tacuary. Made 51 appearances for Tacuary over the previous two seasons - 26 of them starts - and scored seven goals. Finished the 2010-11 season by scoring three times in his final two appearances for Tacuary, including two goals in the last six minutes in a 2-1 victory over Guarani and the opener in a 2-0 win over Cerro Porteno. Joined West Ham United on a season-long loan from Uruguayan side Club Deportivo Maldonado on 29 August 2011. Scored his first West Ham United goal in a 4-4 development squad draw at Dagenham & Redbridge on 27 September 2011. Montenegro's first team substitute debut game came on 8 January 2012 in a 1–0 FA Cup third round away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. At the end of the season, having made just a solitary appearance a new contract was not agreed and he returned to Paraguay.

23 June 1983

FRANCOIS Van der ELST joins Belgium first division side LOKEREN for £250,000

West Ham United career: (1982-1983) Appearances: 70, Goals: 17

VAN der ELST Francois 1982-83 First team NEIGHBOUR Jimmy

A home game with high¬flying Watford attracted an attendance of 22,647. The Hammers had to shrug off the effects of a seventh-minute Watford goal but were back on terms 13 minutes later when Atan Dickens teed up the chance for Belgium international Francois Van der Elst to whip the ball past Sherwood. Centre-forward Dave Swindlehurst, on his home debut, led the home attack with industry and skill and on the hour, crowned an impressive display, scoring the winning goal. Dickens hoisted a perfect cross and Swindlehurst headed home.

Alan Dickens and Geoff Pike were both at the double as John Lyall's side hit five at Swansea City's Vetch Field home. Alan Devonshire also popped up with a goal to see the Hammers - en route to an eighth-place top-flight finish - record their biggest away win of the campaign. Dickens, in his first season at the club, continued his excellent start in claret and blue, with this brace making it five goals in his first nine appearances. For Pike, meanwhile, it proved to be a memorable day, as he scored twice for the first and only time in his 372 outings for the club. Though this was the second of seven West Ham wins in their final ten fixtures, Swansea would end the campaign down in 22nd, as they were relegated to the second tier.

Sunderland were the visitors to the Boleyn Ground for a First Division fixture. The Hammers were on top throughout the first half with youngster Alan Dickens in impressive form. It was Dickens who gave West Ham the lead on 59 minutes when he hit a volley from inside the area. On 70 minutes, Sunderland equalised with a fine volley from Nick Pickering, but with nine minutes left Paul Goddard scored the winner following a pass from Dickens. Manager John Lyall gave a personal accolade to the unsung Geoff Pike, who made vital contributions to the performance. The 2-1 win moved the Hammers up to seventh in the table.

Eighth-placed West Ham were looking to do the 'double' over Notts County when they met at the Boleyn Ground in the old First Division. The Magpies were in trouble as early as the fifth minute when Francois Van Der Elst sped 40 yards past a couple a couple of opponents and steered a shot past Abramovic. Before the break Paul Goddard, Dave Swindtehurst and Alan Dickens all had good chances to add to the scoreline. On 75 minutes Dickens slipped a perfect pass to Goddard, who coolly shot low into the net. The 2-0 win kept the Hammers in the hunt for a European place.

The final day of the 1982-83 season saw the Hammers travel to Highfield Road to meet Coventry City in the First Division. After eight minutes, West Ham stole ahead when Paul Goddard hit a fierce shot past future Hammer Les Sealey. For Coventry, Mark Hateley's power in the air was causing problems but the back four held firm to take a one goal lead into the break. Substitute Tony Cottee was called upon when Geoff Pike went off injured and the young forward marked his arrival with a goal within minute of coming on. A minute later, the Sky Blues pulled a goal back through Hendrie, but when Belgian Francois Van Der Elst started a move which ended with Dave Swindlehurst tapping home, West Ham looked safe. Coventry fought back, though, and both Hunt and Thomas hit the bar before Whitton scored to give the home side a lifeline with 15 to go. However, Cottee had the final say, clinching a 4-2 victory and eighth place in the table when he finished Alan Devonshire's low cross.