A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1984-85 Football Combination

1983-84 Reserves 1985-86 Reserves Season 1984-85

WATFORD : Football Combination

Vicarage Road

4 - 3 (Hilton, Matthews, McPherson, Whitton)

26 January 1985

Parkes

Spiers

Lampard

Stewart

McPherson

Devlin

Keen

Whitton

Matthews

Parris

Hilton

 

85_01_26 Watford v. WHU

CHELSEA : Football Combination

Imperial College Sports Ground

0 - 2

31 January 1985

Parkes

Spiers (Potts)

Lampard

Stewart

McPherson

Devonshire

Keen

Donald

Whitton

Matthews

Parris

 

85_01_31 Chelsea v. WHU 85_02_07 Norwich City v. WHU 85_02_09 WHU v. Ipswich Town Post

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

Carrow Road

2 - 0 (Campbell, Whitton)

7 February 1985

Vaughan

Parris

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Devonshire

Whitton

Matthews (Potts)

Swindlehurst

Campbell

Hilton

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

9 February 1985

MATCH POSTPONED

Snow : rearranged for 7 May 1985

MILLWALL : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 1 ([og])

25 February 1985

Parkes

Parris

Lampard

Hilton

McPherson

Devonshire

Donald

Campbell

Swindlehurst

Matthews (McMenemy)

85_02_25 WHU v. Millwall 85_03_02 WHU v. Arsenal 85_03_18 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Matthews, Potts)

2 March 1985

Parkes

Parris

Lampard

Potts

McPherson

Devonshire

Matthews

Campbell

Swindlehurst

Donald

Whitton

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

White Hart Lane

0 - 3

18 March 1985

Lake

Parris

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Gale

Matthews (Keen)

Barnes

Swindlehurst

Campbell

Whitton

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

Upton Park

7 - 0 (Barnes 3, Donald 2, McPherson, Whitton)

18 March 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Potts

Parris

Gale

Whitton

Campbell

Barnes

85_03_21 WHU v. Crystal Palace 85_03_23 WHU v. Swindon Town 85_03_26 Luton Town v. WHU

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Campbell 3, McPherson, Whitton)

23 March 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Potts

Matthews

Keen

Campbell

Whitton

Barnes

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

Kenilworth Road

2 - 1 (Swindlehurst, Whitton)

26 March 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Potts

Whitton

Parris

Swindlehurst

Campbell

Barnes

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Whitton)

30 March 1985

Parkes

Spiers

Lampard

Hilton

McPherson

Potts

Parris

Keen

Campbell

Matthews

Whitton (Ince)

85_03_30 WHU v. Swansea City 85_04_10 Oxford United v. WHU 85_04_18 Charlton Athletic v. WHU Reserves

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

2 April 1985

Parkes, Spiers, Lampard, Hilton, McPherson, Potts, Parris, Keen, Campbell, Matthews, Whitton (Ince)

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

Manor Ground

3 - 2 (Barnes, Campbell, Parris)

10 April 1985

Lake

Lampard

Brush

Bonds

McPherson

Devonshire

Barnes

Parris

Campbell

Matthews (Keen)

Hilton

Our home fixture against Bristol Rovers on April 2 was transferred to the Chadwell Heath Ground at short notice, in order to avoid possible damage to the Upton Park playing-surface prior to the Easter Saturday match v Spurs in the First Division. However, a brief note in the preceding day's match-programme of our Juniors' home Cup semi-Final ensured the presence of some regular fans at the changed venue on the following afternoon. Unfortunately their keeness went mainly unrewarded, as the goalless draw was not one to generate a lot of enthusiasm.

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

The Valley

2 - 1 (Bonds, Whitton)

18 April 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Bonds

McPherson

Potts

Matthews

Whitton

Campbell

Parris

Keen

FULHAM : Football Combination

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Whitton 3, Pye 2)

20 April 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Bonds

McPherson

Attwood

Matthews

Parr

Whitton

Parris

Pye

85_04_20 WHU v. Fulham 85_04_27 Crystal Palace v. WHU 85_04_29 Reading v. WHU Reserves

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

23 April 1985

Lake, Spiers, Lampard, Bonds, McPherson, Hilton, Parris, Matthews, Whitton, Parr (Keen), Barnes

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

We had a home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves on April 23. Somewhat surprisingly it was played on the originally-scheduled date, but in view of other matches taking place at Upton Park during that week it was decided to play the game at our Chadwell Heath Ground. Unfortunately, a gale-force wind played a major part in the proceedings; it made cohesive movements more difficult than usual, and overall the contest suffered as a spectacle. We had our chances; but the visiting 'keeper was rarely in difficulties during the first half, and it was comparatively easier for him after the interval when his team had the wind at their backs. The nil-nil score preserved our recent run of success, and left us undefeated for the ninth successive time.

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

Selhurst Park

1 - 2 (Whitton)

27 April 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Attwood

McPherson

Hilton

Parr

Matthews

Whitton

Parris

Pye (Mayes)

READING : Football Combination

Elm Park

1 - 2 ([og])

29 April 1985

Lake

Potts

Parris

Walford

McPherson (Crumpton)

Hilton

Keen

Ince

Whitton

Matthews

Barnes

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Matthews)

1 May 1985

Lake

Lampard

Crumpton

Parr

Hilton

Potts

Parris

Keen

McMenemy

Matthews

Pye (Ince)

85_05_01 WHU v. Birmingham City 85_05_04 WHU v. Southampton 85_05_07 WHU v. Ipswich Town 85_05_11 WHU v. QPR

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

Upton Park

3 - 3 (McMenemy 2, Barnes)

4 May 1985

Bracey

Lampard

Crumpton

McPherson

Attwoon (Keen)

Barnes

Parr

Parris

McMenemy

Matthews

Pye

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

0 - 6

7 May 1985

Bracey

Spiers

Crumpton

Keen

McPherson

Morrall P.

Parr

Matthews

Swindlehurst (Mayes)

McMenemy

Pike

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Parr)

11 May 1985

Lake

Spiers

Lampard

Parris

McPherson

Morrall P.

Parr

Keen

Campbell

Matthews

Pike

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

13 May 1985

Lake, Spiers, Lampard (Ince), Morrall P., McPherson, Parris, Keen, Campbell, Matthews, Parr, Mayes

(Away game played at Home) NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

The last game left to complete our Combination schedule was an away future against Portsmouth on May 13. It took place at our Chadwell Heath ground at the request of Pompey. The only "veteran" among our XI was Frank Lampard — the remainder being in the 16-20 age group. Unfortunately, Frank received an ankle-knock five minutes after the kick-off, and that probably terminated his soccer for this season. His team-mates put up a good show against some experienced opposition, bul succumbed to a first-half goal. We had our chances to gain at least a point, but could not make the final break-through.

As our Reserves had not played since they visited QPR on December 11, it was good for them to return to action on January 26 after a six-weeks lay-off.

The rnatch against Watford at Vicarage Road went very much our way in the first half and we were 4-1 up at the interval. Paul Hilton opened our account by volleying home a pass from the right wing; it was followed by goals from Keith McPherson, David Matthews (after a good build-up) and Steve Whitton.

The Hornets came back in a very determined manner after the resumption and scored twice to make the final count 4-3 in our favour; it was only the fourth time this season that Watford Reserves have suffered defeat.

Apart from gaining match-practice this fixture gave us an opportunity to test some of our injured personnel. The appearance of Alan Devonshire was most satisfactory, and he proved he is well on the way to 100% fitness. Altogether a satisfactory afternoon for the Hammers.

Our match against Chelsea on January 31 was played on the Blues' training ground at Harlington, as the Stamford Bridge playing surface was suffering from the ravages of a series of games which took place there due to FA Cup ties, replays. Milk Cup ties and occasional League fixtures.

The atmosphere was obviously somewhat less-informed than if the fixture had taken place on the more spacious arena, but overall Chelsea produced a determined approach which reflected their possibilities of Combination honours at the end of the season. A goal in each half sufficed to earn them the points, and we could not deny that their two-nil victory was merited.

We arranged a Combination fixture against Norwich City to take place three days after we defeated their First Team in the FA Cup, and completed a double by winning 2-0 at Carrow Road on February 7.

Included in our team were Dave Swindlehurst and Greg Cambell both making a "come-back" appearance after injury. Greg scored our second goal, following up to net the rebound after Steve Whitton's second-half shot had been parried by the goalkeeper.

Steve had given us a half-time lead by beating his opposing defender and slipping the ball home as the 'keeper came out.

Defensively we did well, particularly during the second-half, goalkeeper John Vaughan was playing his first competitive match for two months owing to a scarcity of fixtures, and made some good saves to achieve a shut-out against the Canaries.

 

Overnight and morning snow put paid to our home fixture v Ipswich Town Reserves scheduled for February 9.

The aftermath of the snow also caused a postponement of our visit to White Hart Lane, where we were due to meet Spurs three days afterwards.

Our match against Millwall on 25 February was the first Combination fixture played at Upton Park since December 8 - a period of nearly 12 weeks. There was particular interest for Hammers' fans in the appearance of Alan Devonshire, having another test after his major injury. He was among several of our line-up with League experience, and the Millwall team was also a strong-looking combination on paper.

A pretty even duel resulted, a goalless first half was followed by the Lions going ahead in the 62nd minute. Phil Parkes had no chance of preventing the goal, as he was left facing three attackers who had eluded our other defenders.

It looked odds-on the Blues taking the points, but four minutes from time Warren Donald's centre was diverted into the net by Millwall defender Les Briley to leave the result as a 1-1 draw.

A visit to White Hart Lane on Monday 18 March. Spurs went in with a one-goal lead at half-time and added two more after the interval. The homesters had much the better of the game and the score-line was a pretty true representation. Our main consolation was that Tony Gale had his first competitive test after several weeks of absence through injury.

It was a completely different story three days later, when Crystal Palace were the visitors to Upton Park. In the tenth minute Bobby Barnes beat three men and his shot got away from the opposing goalkeeper; the Glaziers defence got into another tangle five minutes later and Steve Whitton headed in after good work by George Parris. From thence onwards it went very much our way, and by full-time we increased our margin to 7-0. Keith McPherson got one before the interval, and Warren Donald and Barnes each scored twice in the second half — the latter completing his hat-trick. It would have been more but for the efforts of 16-year-old Lee Byne, the visiting 'keeper. Our own goalkeeper — Trevor Lake — made his Combination debut in the previous match, and also played well in this one.

Our Reserves went on another scoring spree at Upton Park on March 23. This time the victims were Swindon Town, whose programmed XI notified on the day before the match was severely amended due to another of those viruses which play havoc with team selection. We had a two goal lead at the interval, and had no great difficultly in adding three more during the second half. Greg Campbell capped a good afternoon's work with a hat-trick Keith McPhersori and Steve Whitton adding one apiece.

The match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on March 26 provided a stronger test than our two previous Combination games, and it was encouraging to see Trevor Lake again performing well under heavier pressure. The home side took the lead during the first half, but we immediately replied through Dave Swindlehurst. Then Steve Whitton scored in his third successive match to put us ahead before the interval. We battled well after half-time, and deserved the points at the end of a goalless second half.

We took a two-goal lead in our mid-week fixture on April 10 at Oxford United's ground, but the home side came back into contention and levelled the scores before the interval. The second half was eventually more in our favour and Bobby Barnes netted what proved to be the winner; George Parris and Greg Campbell were our earlier scorers in a deserved 3-2 victory

 

 

The match at The Valley on April 18 against Charlton Athletic marked the return of Billy Bonds after a lengthy absence through injury, and also a return of our skipper to his former club's spacious arena. The Valiants took a first-half lead, but were pinned back with a Hammers' goal before the interval. We netted again in the second half to win 2-1. Steve Whitton scored one of our goals; the other was appropriately netted by Billy Bonds.

Steve Whitton scored a hat-trick in last Saturday's match at Upton Park, and young Mark Pye netted two to open his account in Combination football. We led by three-nil at the interval, but although Fulham got one in the second half we ended very comfortable winners by 5-1.

Our nine game unbeaten run came to an end at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace won 2-1. We took the opportunity to include six apprentices, and the greater experience of the Glaziers' side was a deciding factor - albeit that they also included some "borrowed" talent from a senior non-League club. Steve Whitton scored for us early on from a Frank Lampard free-kick; then we hit a post before Palace scored their two prior to the interval. Although against the wind for the second half, we spent the concluding 20 minutes in the homesters' half, but failed to prevent them avenging their recent 7-1 defeat at Upton Park.

The second reverse was more disappointing, insofar that bottom-of-the-table Reading annexed the points on April 29. They had taken the lead when a defender diverted the ball past his own 'keeper, but we drew level in the same manner and could well have run double figures. However, a defensive error put the homesters in front again, and they made the most of it.

Dean Crumpton came on as sub for his Combination debut, and a similar landmark was set in Paul Ince's career as he also made a first Reserves' appearance in the no. 8 spot.

The mid-week encounter with Birmingham City at Upton Park on May Day afternoon was more interesting in the first half than in the second. A fine through ball from Frank Lampard was collected on the run by David Matthews and tucked away into the net in salutory fashion. Two minutes after the interval the Midlanders took their chance to equalise, but from thence onwards the interest declined and the 1-1 draw more-or-less reflected the exchanges. Young Mark Pye had some good runs down the left flank, but especial mention can be made of goalkeeper Trevor Lake who had a capable 90 minutes.

Another youngster made his Combination debut when we played Southampton Reserves at Upton Park on May 4. Goalkeeper Lee Bracey had already seen 90 minutes of action that day, having turned out for our Youth Team in the morning at Chadwell Heath — where he had a "shut out" against Fulham Youth. Lee was beaten three times by the Saints, but in company with several more of our youngsters he did well to hold the Saints to a draw in an entertaining and pleasing contest. Two down at half time, the Hammers drew level then went 2-3 behind before gaining their point. Paul McMenemy scored twice, Bobby Barnes once. In addition, Kevin Keen likewise made his second appearance of the day; he also played

You can't really write much about a six-nil home defeat. Such occasions are fortunately a rarity, but we can at least offer a partial explanation nf the reverse we sustained against Ipswich Town Reserves on May 7.

Depleted by injuries to several senior players we were forced to field a young side against a far more experienced Town team. Ours included 16-year old goalkeeper Lee Bracey; triallist Paul Morrall from the Birmingham area; plus Dave Swindlehurst and Geoff Pike who were having injury-tests. The last named pair had a difficult lime, and Dave had to be replaced by a substitute when his injury recurred.

Five down at the interval, we recovered some composure during ihe second half but were never in the picture.

The performance in the home game against Queens Park Rangers was a good one. The West London club has been in the forefront of the Combination race, but more displays like this on our part would have put our second-string higher up the table.

Our victory against Rangers was settled by a goal 20 minutes after the interval. A run by George Parris down the lefl flank ended with a centre that Andy Parr converted from close range.

At ihe other end our defence played well, and Trevor Lake is obviously gaming goalkeeping experience in his Reserve Team appearances. Geoff Pike was able 10 report considerable progress in ihe few days since his re-appearance, although he was not yet completely match-fit but, overall, a happy afternoon for our side.