A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

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1984-85 Football Combination

84_08_25 Bristol Rovers v. WHU Reserves

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

Eastville

2 - 0 (Campbell, Swindlehurst)

25 August 1984

Vaughan

Parris

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Bonds

Matthews

Campbell

Swindlehurst

Skinner

Orr

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

Upton Park

0 - 0

1 September 1984

Vaughan

Potts

Lampard

Orr

McPherson

Brush

Donald

Matthews

McMenemy

Keen

Parris

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

The Dell

6 - 3 (Whitton 3, McMenemy 2, Donald)

8 September 1984

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Orr

Parr

Matthews

Whitton

McMenemy

Parris

CHELSEA : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Keen)

15 September 1984

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Hilton

Keen

Matthews

Whitton

Orr

Parris

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Potts)

29 September 1984

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Hilton

Keen

Orr

McMenemy

Matthews

Parris

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

St Andrews

0 - 0

2 October 1984

Vaughan

Donald

Brush

Hilton

McPherson

Orr

Keen

Potts

Whitton

Matthews

Parris

84_09_01 WHU v. Charlton Athletic 84_09_08 Southampton v. WHU

WATFORD : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Matthews [pen])

11 September 1984

Lake

Lampard (Dolan)

Donald

McPherson

Brush

Matthews

Hilton

Spiers

Orr

Parr

Parris

 

84_09_11 WHU v. Watford 84_09_15 WHU v. Chelsea 84_09_29 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 84_10_02 Birmingham City v. WHU 84_10_09 Swindon Town v. WHU 84_10_13 WHU v. Portsmouth

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

County Ground

5 - 0 (Potts 3, Keen, Parris)

9 October 1984

Parkes

Spiers

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Orr

Potts

Keen

Swindlehurst

Matthews

Parris

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

Upton Park

0 - 0

13 October 1984

Parkes

Potts

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Orr

Parris

Keen

Lampard

Swindlehurst

Matthews (Mayes)

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Hilton)

20 October 1984

Parkes

Parris

Brush

Hilton

McPherson

Lampard (Attwood)

Potts

Donald

Swindlehurst

Matthews

Keen

84_10_20 WHU v. Norwich City 84_10_23 Fulham v. WHU 84_10_27 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves

FULHAM : Football Combination

Craven Cottage

1 - 4 (Donald)

23 October 1984

Vaughan

Parris

Brush

Potts

McPherson

Hilton

Dickens

Donald

Swindlehurst (McMenemy)

Matthews

Keen

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Highbury

0 - 1

27 October 1984

Parkes

Spiers

Parris

Potts

McPherson

Brush

Keen

Dickens

Hilton

Barnes

Matthews (McMenemy)

84_11_03 WHU v. Reading 84_11_06 Millwall v.WHU 84_11_13 Brighton v. WHU Reserves

READING : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Swindlehurst)

3 November 1984

Parkes

Spiers

Parris

Donald

McPherson

Brush

Keen

Potts

Swindlehurst

Hilton

Lampard

MILLWALL : Football Combination

The Den

0 - 1

7 November 1984

Vaughan

Potts

Parris

Keen

McPherson

Brush

Donald

Hilton

Swindlehurst

Matthews

Lampard

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

Goldstone Ground

3 - 0 (Barnes, Orr, Swindlehurst)

13 November 1984

Vaughan

Parris

Brush

Hilton

McPherson

Donald

Dickens

Lampard

Orr

Swindlehurst

Barnes

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

Upton Park

7 - 0 (Campbell 3, Barnes 2, Donald, Hilton)

24 November 1984

Parkes

Parris

Brush

Hilton

McPherson

Devonshire

Donald

Dickens

Campbell (Matthews)

Barnes

Lampard

84_11_24 WHU v. Oxford United 84_11_27 Swansea City v. WHU 84_12_04 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

Vetch Field

0 - 3

27 November 1984

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Hilton

Barnes

Orr

Swindlehurst

Matthews

Parris

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Portman Road

0 - 0

6 December 1984

Parkes

Parris

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Devonshire

Orr

Barnes

Swindlehurst

Lampard

Hilton

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Lampard)

8 December 1984

Parkes

Spiers

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Brush

Matthews

Swindlehurst

Keen

Parris

Parr (McMenemy)

84_12_08 WHU v. Luton Town 84_12_11 QPR v. WHU

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

Loftus Road

0 - 5

11 December 1984

Vaughan

Parris

Lampard

Donald

McPherson

Brush

Barnes

Matthews

Swindlehurst

Hilton

Pye (Keen)

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

We scored a goal in each half to gain full points against Bristol Rovers Reserves at Eastville on August 25.

In general we carried too much experience for the homesters, with Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard, Neil Orr and Dave Swindleriurst in the line-up. Dave Swindlehurst successfully came through his after-injury test and scored one of our goals — which led to his inclusion in the League side at Liverpool two days later.

Greg Campbell was our other scorer, and there were useful performances from the teenagers who supplemented the veterans' efforts.

Our first home game of the season in the Combination ended in a goalless draw with little to write about after 90 minutes of generally inconclusive exchanges.

The Valients were somewhat fortunate to escape with a point, as Warren Donald struck their woodwork and we had some near-misses; but that is all in the game, and it will also be appreciated that there will always be some occasions when justice is not seen to be done.

Our visit to the Dell brought a 6-3 success; that followed the First Team's victory there against the Saints during the previous week-end. It was a comfortable afternoon, insofar that we were always in front and went in at half-time leading by 3-1. Steve Whitton made his re-appearance in the claret-and-blue, and celebrated with a hat-trick; Paul McMenemy la surname well-known at Southampton!) scored twice, and Warren Donald completed our half-dozen tally.

The home game on the afternoon of Tuesday 11 September brought two undefeated clubs into contention. Watford's second-string faced the task of avenging their seniors' defeat here on the preceding Saturday, and succeeded in doing so by a 2-1 margin.

A headed goal put the Hornets in front in the ninth minute, but directly afterwards David Matthews levelled the count from the penalty-spot after Neil Orr had been "grassed" inside the visitors' box. On the half-hour Jimmy Gilligan scored his second of the match with a tremendous shot from around 25 yards and in general the first 45 minutes provided an interesting contest.

Unfortunately the second half was of a lower standard, although Watford missed two easy chances and we also failed to capitalise on opportunities to share the spoils.

Frank Lampard was injured during the first half, so Eamonn Dolan made his initial Combination appearance as sub.

The match against Chelsea ended in another 1-2 home defeat, although we were deprived of a point when ihe visitors scored in the closing seconds. Kevin Keen equalised the Blues' opening goal, and it was a pretty even game from thence onwards with Keith McPherson showing up well in the centre of our defence. So Chelsea also retained their undefeated record in the Combination, but a sharing of the spoils would have been a fairer result.

After a weekend without a fixture, our Reserves resumed their schedule with a match at Upton Park last Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur.

The visitors' line-up included a bevy of "names" that on paper were valued at a total well in excess of seven figures sterling. They were obviously keen to maintain a challenge for first XI places, and began well enough by taking a two-goal lead. However, Steve Polls cleverly beat their off-side trap before the interval and our team were well in the game for the siart of Ihe second half.

The Hammers' selection included only three players with League experience, but acquitted itself most creditably. At the end the score remained 1-2 against them, but overall it would be fair to say that a draw would have been a justifiable outcome.

Our match against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's on October 2 did not have cause for an enthusiastic report. The Hammers were dominant for most of the 90 minutes, but the ball would just not find its way into the Blues' net to bring us a victory which we should have ensured. So we had to be satisfied with'one point from a goalless draw.

The visit to Swindon on October 9 was not only noteworthy because of our five-nil victory. We had the pleasure of seeing Phil Parkes back in action for the first time this season, and also had Dave Swindlehurst in the line-up following a spell off with injury.

However, it was youth international Steve Potts who stole the limelight; he scored a hat-trick and made a valuable contribution to our convincing success. We held a two-goal advantage at the interval and generally overwhelmed the homesters in the second half, Kevin Keen and George Parris were our other scorers.

Combination matches at the County Ground are played on mid-week evenings, and there was a fair attendance on this occasion.

The match against Portsmouth Res., at Upton Park on the following Saturday gave us further opportunities to try out our injury-returnees, and they came through in a satisfactory manner.

However the result was not so pleasing, as our XI failed to find the net, despite having a wealth of opportunities. The game petered out to a nil-nil draw, and there was not a great deal worthy of comment except that if even one of our woodwork-striking shots had been a couple of inches 10 one side it could have been two poinls for us instead of one.

Phil Parkes conceded his first goal in three Combination matches when Norwich City scored during the first half of last Saturday's fixture at Upton Park, The Canaries went in at the interval with that lead, but we equalised after the resumption when a cross from Dave Swindlehurst was converted by Paul Hilton, Conditions were windy and blustery, and placed skills at somewhat of a disadvantage despite the endeavours of the contestants.

There was no further scoring after our goal and the eventual 1-1 draw was a reasonable result for both sides.

We made a substitution during the second half, Barry Attwood replacing Frank Lampard.

At Craven Cottage on the afternoon of Tuesday 23 October the game took a drastic turn after the interval. The Hammers went in at half-time with a one-goal lead; the scorer was Warren Donald, We had already suffered a set-back after a quarter-hour's play when Dave Swindlehurst was incapacitated with an ankle injury; but what followed after the turn-around was disastrous.

The homesters scored four times in a 10-minute spell, and our squad ruefully headed homeward after a 1-4 defeat.

We put up a better performance against Arsenal Reserves at Highbury last Saturday week, but could not prevent the Gunners' second-string from offsetting part of the North Londoners' disappointment at their First Xl's defeat on the same afternoon.

The first half ended scoreless, but both sides had missed opportunities to score. Eventually young Tony Adams found the net for the Gunners for the only goal of the game.

We had several chances to score more than one goal in the fixture against Reading at Upton Park, but eventually had to settle for the one which Dave Swindlehurst converted during the first half. It sufficed to give us both points, so we resumed our winning ways after a couple of defeats. Dave emerged successfully from his 90 minutes of competitive participation, after missing the previous match v Arsenal Reserves due to an injury in the preceding fixture at Craven Cottage.

Our younger players are continuing to gain experience in the Combination class, which allied to a leavening of those with League conflict to their credit is making our "back up" squad look stronger as time goes by.

The match against Millwall Reserves was originally scheduled to take place on the following day, but was brought forward at the request of the Lions who had been without a First Team fixture during the preceding weekend.

The home line-up contained most of their senior regulars, and the outcome was decided by them scoring during the first half. We should have gained at least a point, but could not finish off good approach work.

Our Reserves had a comfortable victory over Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves at the Goldstone ground in a mid-week engagement on Tuesday 13 November. It was particularly pleasing to us, as the Seagulls had been undefeated in 10 matches since the beginning of the season.

Bobby Barnes beat two opponents down the left flank before centering for Dave Swindlehursi to head home after 15 minutes. Barnes scored himself on the hour from a long downfield clearance by goalkeeper John Vaughan; and our third counter was netted 15 minutes from the end when George Parris and Warren Donald created an opening for Neil Orr to volley in after a cross to the far post. Defence-wise we were very solid, Keith McPherson in particular doing well.

The match at Upton Park drew an attendance of around three times the usual at our Reserve fixtures. That figure reflected the interest in the return of Alan Devonshire to our colours after an absence of several months due to prolonged injury. It turned out to be a fiesta for our team, and the visiting Oxford United team were the victims of a 7-0 defeat.

Actually one newspaper gave the score as 0-0 in its results column; but any doubts that the result was likely to be of that nature were dispelled by the fact that Greg Campbell netted a hat-trick. Greg was also back in action after over two months on the sidelines. It was good to see the youngster back and on scoring form, although he had to come off soon after half-time with a sprained ankle; by then we were six up.

The literally incredible outcome of our visit to the Vetch Field on November 27 was a 0-3 defeat by Swansea City Reserves. That description of our midweek engagement was brought about by the fact that for the majority of the 90 minutes we dominated the exchanges but somehow failed to turn that command into goals.

Following our 7-0 home victory on the preceding Saturday the contrast was astonishing, and almost defies explanation.

Both sides came near to scoring when we played Ipswich Town at Portman Road last Tuesday week (Dec. 4). However, the respective goalkeepers proved more than equal to their task, and by keeping a clean sheet enabled their colleagues to share the points in a goalless draw. As mentioned earlier, Alan Devonshire came through his second "come back" test.

The home match v Luton Town ended in a 2-1 victory for the visitors. The Hatters were a goal up at half-time, but Frank Lampard equalised from a free-kick after the interval before the Town side ensured themselves of the points with a further goal. A spate of absences due to injuries in our playing-staff necessitated Paul McMenemy acting as sub after playing for our under-18's in a South East Counties League fixture during the morning; Paul participated in his second match of the day when he went on in place of Andy Parr (who was injured during the second half).

Our visit to West London on the afternoon of Tuesday 11 December ended in an unhappy return journey after a crushing defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers Res. on their artificial surface.

Although we fielded an XI not devoid of senior experience, the Rangers were always the superior side. They only scored twice in the first-half, but added three more without reply after the turnaround. The 5-0 final count reflected our disappointment, and there was not really much more to add in writing!