A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1983-84 Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

MILLWALL : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

LEICESTER CITY : Football Combination

WATFORD : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Matthews)

19 November 1983

CHELSEA : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

83_08_31 Swindon Town v. WHU Reseves 83_09_03 WHU v. QPR 83_09_08 Brighton v. WHU Reserves 83_09_13 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 83_09_17 WHU v. Millwall 83_10_01 WHU v. Oxford United 83_10_04 Birmingham City v. WHU Reserves 83_10_18 Leicester City v. WHU Reserves 83_10_22 Watford v. WHU Reserves 83_10_29 WHU v. Bristol Rovers

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Lampard)

2 November 1983

83_11_05 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves 83_11_12 WHU v. Crystal Palace 83_11_16 Reading v. WHU Reserves 83_11_26 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves 83_11_19 WHU v. Charlton Athletic (game played 29 83_12_03 WHU v. Chelsea 83_12_17 WHU v. Luton Town 83_12_29 Fulham v. WHU Reserves

This fixture was in doubt; after seeing the conditions at Filbert Street in the TV showing of City's abandoned First Division game versus Southampton the preceeding Saturday there were obvious doubts as to whether our fixture could take place. However, the pitch was back into good shape, and the fixture went ahead with an afternoon kick-off. The first half was goalless, but the homesters went ahead after the interval; a splendid recovery by the Hammers led to goals by Tony Cottee and Paul Brush earning us a merited 2-1 victory and a move up the table. Paul Goyette went on as sub for Frank Lampard ten minutes from time and did well in those remaining exchanges.

 

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

County Ground

2 - 0 (Allen, Barnes)

31 August 1983

Vaughan

La Ronde

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Lampard

Allen

Dickens

Campbell

Barnes

Schiavi

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Goddard 2, Dickens)

3 September 1983

McAlister

La Ronde

Lampard

Allen

McPherson

Brush

Dickens

Goddard

Barnes

Parris

Schiavi

Goldstone Ground

2 - 1 (Barnes, McPherson)

8 September 1983

Vaughan

La Ronde

Lampard

Allen

McPherson

Brush

Orr

Goddard

Barnes

Dickens

Schiavi

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Dickens 2, Goddard)

13 September 1983

McAlister

La Ronde

Brush

Orr

McPherson

Donald

Allen

Goddard

Barnes

Dickens

Schiavi

Upton Park

7 - 2 (Barnes 4, Allen, Campbell, Schiavi)

17 September 1983

Vaughan

Parris

Lampard

Allen

McPherson

Brush

Barnes

Dickens

Campbell

Donald

Schiavi

Upton Park

0 - 0

1 October 1983

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Donald

Baker

McPherson

Barnes

Dickens

Campbell

Matthews

Parris

St Andrew's

0 - 1

4 October 1983

McAlister

Spiers

Lampard

Allen

Brush

Baker

Barnes

Donald

Campbell

Dickens

Parris

Filbert Street

2 - 1 (Brush, Cottee)

18 October 1983

McAlister

Lampard (Goyette)

Brush

Baker

Orr

Allen

Donald

Dickens

Barnes

Cottee

Parris

Vicarage Road

1 - 2 (Campbell)

22 October 1983

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Orr

Baker

Donald

Parris

Allen

Campbell

West

Barnes

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Dickens 2, Barnes, Parris)

29 October 1983

McAlister

Spiers

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Brush

Parris (Keen)

Dickens

Campbell

Matthews

Barnes

Vaughan, Spiers, Lampard, Donald, McPherson, Baker, Barnes, Orr, Dickens, Matthews, Parris

Portman Road

0 - 3

5 November 1983

McAlister

Spiers

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Baker

Barnes

Keen

Campbell

Matthews (Goyette)

Parris

Upton Park

0 - 0

12 November 1983

Vaughan

Potts

Parris

Keen

McPherson

Brush

Donald

Dickens

Campbell

Allen

West (Goyette)

Elm Park

4 - 1 (Barnes, Campbell, Parris, Whitton)

16 November 1983

McAlister

Spiers

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Potts

Barnes

Campbell

Whitton

Dickens (Keen)

Parris

Vaughan

Spiers (Parr)

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Goyette

Barnes

Campbell

Matthews

Parris

Keen

Highbury

1 - 2 (Keen)

26 November 1983

McAlister

Parris

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Donald

Barnes

Keen

Campbell

Matthews

Goyette

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Barnes)

3 December 1983

Vaughan

Spiers (Parr)

Parris

Potts

McPherson

Donald

Barnes

Keen

Campbell

Matthews

Dickens

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Goddard)

17 December 1983

McAlister

Parris

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Donald

Barnes

Skinner

Campbell (West)

Goddard

Schiavi

Craven Cottage

0 - 3

29 December 1983

McAlister

Spiers

Parris

Keen

McPherson

Potts

Skinner (Swindlehurst)

Campbell

Matthews

Donald

Schiavi

After opening the season with five successive wins, our Reserves were held to a goalless draw at Upton Park. Our young side had about 80 per cent of the play against Oxford United Reserves but did not capitalise on the chances created.

The XI which lined up against Birmingham City Reserves at St. Andrew's on Tuesday afternoon had a more experienced look on paper, but we failed to score. Unfortunately the Blues hit a 30-yard net-finder, so they gained the spoils and their second win to date.

 

The following home fixture v. Crystal Palace was called off on the preceding morning as the Glaziers were not able to field eleven fit players due lo injury, etc.

Some of Sunday's newspapers did not include the result of our match v. Bristol Rovers at Upton Park on the preceding afternoon. However, on lhat occasion it was a case of "no news is good news," as our team ended 4-1 winners.

Bobby Barnes, Alan Dickens and George Parris each scored once in the first half. Rovers cut down the margin after the interval, but Dickens netted his second goal to make us convincing winners. The performances of our younger players were most encouraging, and the viciory kept the Hammers well in contention for the leadership.

Our home match versus Norwich City Reserves was played during the afternoon at the Chadwell Heath training ground. The Canaries provided strong opposition, and the first half ended goalless. The majority of our line-up were teenagers from our professional staff, including Terry Baker who was due to sign full pro forms on the following day.

However, it was "veteran" Frank Lampard who eventually settled the destination of the points; his direct free-kick eluded the defensive wall, and we gained a close, but well-merited victory. It put us back into joint-top position in the Combination table point-wise, but below Arsenal on goal-difference.

The fixture against Ipswich Town Reserves took place at Portman Road. On this occasion it was the greater experience of the home side which turned the scales in their favour. The Town scored twice during the first half, and added another after the interval to emerge with a 3-0 margin that moved them into the top half of the table.

Crystal Palace Reserves were probably as surprised as most of the spectators when they left the field at the conclusion of the match at Upton Park on November 12, The foot-of-the-table Glaziers had held us to a goalless draw — a result which obviously was not to our liking as leadership contenders.

Our second-string eventually showed far more convincing form in their visit to the Elm Park ground where they met Reading Reserves. However, until after half-time it was disappointing for us, insofar that the Biscuttmen led 1-0 at the interval; but then came a succession of goals for the Hammers. A Bobby Barnes' centre was converted by Steve Whitton for the equaliser; George Parris volleyed his shot into the net from a set-piece move; Whitton returned the compliment for Barnes to make it 3-1; and finally Greg Campbell went through on the wing to complete the scoring in 4-1 victory. A much better ending that put us into second place in the table.

After a goalless first-half at Upton Park, David Matthews put us ahead of Charlton Athletic Reserves. It continued at 1-0 in our favour until literally the last kick of the match; then the South Londoners equalised to snatch a point that was an unexpected concession.

Top-of-the-table Arsenal strengthened their position with another victory when we visited Highbury.

The Gunners went one up in the first half, and added another after the interval. With the score at two-nil in their favour, the homesters appeared set for a bigger margin due to the experience in their line-up. However, our younger side pegged away, and forced the North Londoners to concede a penalty. Our spot-kick did not find the net, but Kevin Keen netted the rebound to make it 1-2. From thence onward we fought hard to save a point, but the opposition held us out.

Luton Town Reserves are having a good season, and the 2-1 victory they gained at Upton Park put them into top place although Arsenal Reserves had games in hand.

The Hatters led by one goal at the interval, but we went on level terms again when Paul Goddard marked his return after injury with an equaliser. The visitors regained the advantage and held out to win, thus inflicting upon our second-string its second home defeat of the current campaign.

Earlier in the week we had been hoping for Billy Bonds to have a run out in the same match, and his name was actually printed in the programme on the Friday afternoon. However, it was eventually decided that he was not quite ready to have a match-test; Paul Allen was also precluded for similar reasons,

Mark Schiavi was back in the line-up, following his two-month loan spell with AFC Bournemouth.

Our solitary Reserve Team fixture during the Christmas - New Year period was an away match against Fulham on Thursday 29 December.

Only two of our starting line-up had any League experience (Tom McAlister and the recently-promoted Warren Donald), and this proved a decisive element after the first 20 minutes or so when we did quite well. The Cottagers went one up before half-time and added another couple after the interval to win 3-0. Dave Swindlehurst went on as sub during the concluding 20 minutes in preparation for his return to the First Team versus Spurs two days afterwards. The result could well have been much different if some of our early shots had gone into the net instead of striking the homesters' woodwork.