A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 86_01_11 WHU v. Birmingham City

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

86_01_18 WHU v. Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

86_01_22 Brighton v. WHU Post

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

Goldstone Ground

22 January 1986

86_01_22 Brighton v. WHU Comp slip 86_01_28 Luton Town v. WHU

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

86_01_31 Swansea City v. WHU

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

4 - 1 (Campbell 2, Keen, McMenemy)

4 February 1986

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

86_02_25 Bristol Rovers v. WHU Reserves

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

86_03_08 Arsenal v. WHU Reserves

ARSENAL : Football Combination

86_03_15 WHU v. Charlton Athletic

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

86_03_17 WHU v. Ipswich Town

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

86_03_22 Chelsea v. WHU Reserves

CHELSEA : Football Combination

86_03_27 WHU v. Crystal Palace

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

86_03_29 WHU v. Millwall

MILLWALL : Football Combination

86_04_05 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

86_04_08 Swindon Town v. WHU Reserves

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

WATFORD : Football Combination

Vicarage Road

1 - 0 (Whitton [pen])

12 April 1986

86_04_17 Brighton v. WHU Reserves

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

86_04_19 WHU v. Fulham

FULHAM : Football Combination

86_04_22 Portsmouth v. WHU

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

8 - 1 (Mayes 3, Bonds, Campbell, Hilton, Spiers, Whitton)

26 April 1986

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

86_05_01 WHU v. Swansea City

SWANSEA CITY : Football Combination

Upton Park

10 - 1 (Whitton 6, Ince 2, Crumpton, Hilton)

1 May 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Walford (Crumpton)

Hilton

Potts

Bonds

Ince

Parr

Campbell

Whitton

Mayes

86_05_03 WHU v. Oxford United

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

86_05_06 Reading v. WHU Reserves

READING : Football Combination

Elm Park

3 - 0 (Goddard 2, Ince)

6 May 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Walford

Bonds

Hilton

Potts

Parr

Goddard

Campbell

Keen

Ince

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Campbell 2, Keen, Whitton)

3 May 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Walford

Bonds

Potts

Keen

Parr

Ince

Campbell

Whitton

Mayes

86_04_12 Watford v. WHU Reserves 1984-85 Reserves 1986-87 Reserves Season 1985-86

MATCH POSTPONED

Artic conditions : rearranged for 17 April 1986

Upton Park

5 - 2 (McMenemy 2, Campbell, Goddard, Whitton [pen])

11 January 1986

McAlister

Potts

Spiers

Parr

McPherson

Hilton

Ince

Whitton

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Goddard 2, Keen 2, McMenemy, McPherson)

18 January 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Keen

McPherson

Hilton

Parr

Campbell

McMenemy

Whitton

Goddard

Kenilworth Road

0 - 3

28 January 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Crumpton (Mayes)

Parr

Hilton

Potts

Ince

Keen

Whitton

Campbell

McMenemy

Vetch Field

3 - 2 (Mayes, McMenemy, [og])

31 January 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Strain

Crumpton

Ince

Mayes

Parr

Keen

Campbell

McMenemy

Orr

Hambrook

2 - 1 (Ince, McMenemy)

25 February 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton (Strain)

Ince

Hilton

Potts

Parr

McMenemy

Campbell

Keen

Barnes

Highbury

3 - 1 (Campbell, Keen, Parr)

8 March 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Keen

Hilton

Potts

Parr

Ince

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Upton Park

4 - 2 (McMenemy 3, Mayes)

15 March 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Walford (Crumpton)

Ince

Hilton

Potts

Parr

McMenemy

Goddard

Keen

Mayes

Upton Park

1 - 1 (McMenemy)

17 March 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Potts

Hilton

Ince

Parr

Campbell

McMenemy

Keen

Orr (Mayes)

Stamford Bridge

3 - 1 (Campbell, Hilton, Parr)

22 March 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Potts

Hilton

Bonds

Parr

Keen

Campbell

McMenemy

Ince

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Keen, Livett)

27 March 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Crumpton

Parr

Livett

Potts

Keen

Ince

Campbell

Mayes

Goddard (Dolan)

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Campbell, Dolan)

29 March 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Parr

Livett

Potts

Keen

Ince

Campbell

Dolan

Mayes

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Campbell, Ince)

5 April 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Walford

Orr

Hilton

Potts

Parr

Campbell

Dolan

Keen

Ince

County Ground

2 - 0 (Dolan 2)

8 April 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Walford

Ince

Hilton

Potts

Parr

Keen

Whitton

Dolan

Mayes

Goldstone Ground

0 - 1

17 April 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Crumpton

Potts

Whitton

Keen (Livett)

Parr

Goddard

Campbell

Ince

Mayes

Upton Park

5 - 1 (Goddard 3, Campbell, Parr)

19 April 1986

McAlister

Spiers

Strain

Potts

Ince

Crumpton

Parr

Campbell

Whitton

Goddard

Mayes

Fratton Park

1 - 2 (Goddard)

22 April 1986

Vaughan

Spiers

Walford

Ince

Hilton

Potts

Parr

Whitton

Campbell

Goddard

Mayes (Crumpton)

Vaughan, Potts, Crumpton, Parr, Hilton, Ince, Barnes, Keen, Campbell, McMenemy, Mayes

McAlister

Spiers

Walford

Potts

Hilton

Keen

Parr

Campbell

Dolan

Ince

Whitton

McAlister, Spiers, Walford, Ince, Potts, Bonds, Hilton, Parr, Campbell, Whitton, Mayes

The Reserves were hoping to resume their championship challenge on January 4 after the Christmas break in the schedule, but the Goldstone Ground at Brighton was declared unfit.

So, after a four-week spell without a game, we were happy to stage the home match v Birmingham City Reserves on January 11. Prior to the kick-off our supporters had to make numerous ammendments to the listed Blues' team, as the XI which was given to us.

The opposition was still a young side, and overall our team always had the .edge on them. Two up at half-time, the Hammers made it 4-0 during the second half before the Blues replied. We added another, and right on time City made it 5-2 from the penalty-spot thanks to a benevolent decision in their favour. Paul McMenemy's two goals made his tally for the season up to 21; there was one goal each from Greg Campbell, Paul Goddard and Steve Whitton (a penalty for us).

 

There were another half-a-dozen goals for our second-string in the home fixture v Southampton Reserves on January 18 at Upton Park. The 6-1 victory took the Hammers into third place in the table, six points behind Arsenal with two games in hand. At that stage we had netted 85 goals (in 22 matches) against the Gunners' 86, so its beginning to shape up as a very close race in the hope of being first to reach the century-mark.

The Saints held out for around 20 minutes after the kick-off, but we scored twice in quick succession to go in two up at half-time. The margin was increased to four-nil before the visitors netted their solitary reply, but the Hammers regained complete control to make it a very convincing victory.

Kevin Keen and Paul Goddard each scored a coupte; Paul McMenemy and Keith McPherson were our other net-finders.

As Luton Town had a home date in the FA Cup on January 25, our visit to Kenilwonh Road was put back until the following Tuesday — the day upon which our First XI was due to play its FA Cup replay at Ipswich.

The Hatters' all-weather pitch was available despite the adverse weather that morning, but it did not prove helpful to our Reserves. When we played QPR on their plastic area earlier this season, our young players experienced some difficulty in adapting to the peculiarities of synthetic surfaces and were defeated 3-0. On this occasion it was much the same story, and the final count against us was coincidentally the same.

We missed some chances in the first half at Luton, but after going two up before the interval the homesters continued to hold ihe upper hand.

So we failed to improve our position in the table, and to close the gap in the race to reach a century of goals in the combination before table-topping Arsenal . . . who promptly lost by 0-1 at Norwich on the following day!

Although our visit to Swansea was originally dated for Saturday 1st February, it was brought forward to the preceding afternoon at the request of the hard-pressed City club. Although the Vetch Field was virtually empty there was a surprisingly more-than-expected attendance.

The local stalwarts were rewarded with the sight of five goals in an interesting game, although they had to accept the fact that the Hammers won by 3-2.

The homesters scored first, but then conceded an own goal and one to Paul McMenemy. City equalised before the interval; then Bobby Mayes netted the one that proved to be the winner in a closely-contested second half.

Neil! Orr made a re-appearance after injury, and successfully emerged from the test.

At that stage we had scored 84 goals in 24 matches; Arsenal (top of the table! had netted 90 but had played two games more.

The fixture against Q.P.R. on 4 February at Chadwell Heath saw West Mam field an inexperienced side. They demonstrated our strength in depth by hammering home four goals in the first half, Greg Campbell scoring twice and Kevin Keen and Paul McMenemy adding one each. The exchanges after the interval were more desultory; whilst the visitors got one to make the eventual result 4-1.

Amid the chaos of postponements our Reserves were able to play a match on 19 March against Bristol Rovers on their training pitch at Hambrook.

Paul McMenemy lobbed the ball over the opposing 'keeper in the 5th minute following good work by Kevin Keen. We were on top almost until half-time and could have made sure of the points before Rovers scored two minutes prior to the interval. This success encouraged the home side, but after a defensive spell our XI responded at the other end and with two minutes to go notched the winner; a move involving Bobby Barnes, Paul Ince, Paul McMenemy and Keen ended with Paul Ince diving between two defenders to head home. A good win that kept us in contention for the leadership.

We had a great win at Highbury on March 8, against the leaders of the Combination. Arsenal had only been defeated twice during their preceding matches, but had to concede the points on this occasion to a team which now has a great chance of gaining championship honours.

Andy Parr and Paul Goddard combined to set up Kevin Keen for our first goal a couple of minutes before half-time. We had two narrow escapes when Stewart Robson and Niall Quinn hit our crossbar, but the Hammers defence held together and from a breakaway we went further ahead; a ball from Goddard put Greg Campbell in a scoring position and he completed the move.

Arsenal's reply eventually came trom the penalty-spot. Tom McAlister made a fine save, the ball rebounded from a defender to give the Gunners a chance to score, but Paul Hilton blocked the shot with his hand to lead to a spot kick award. However, we were soon back in command, and after a corner was headed on and cleared, Andy Parr volleyed the ball home to make it 3-1 at the final whistle.

The 4-2 win against Charlton Athletic at Upton Park was particularly outstanding for the fact that Paul McMenemy scored a hat-trick (his fourth "threesome" for the Reserves this season); it brought his goals total in the Combination to 28.

Paul got one before half-time and we added to our advantage after the interval before the visitors pulled one back; it was then that Steve Watford was injured — later to be replaced by Dean Crumpton who had played for the youth team in the morning. Recovering from the reverse we went 4-1 up before Charlton netted again.

A comfortable victory.

The re-arranged fixture against Ipswich Town on Monday 17 March at Upton Park had a disappointing end; the single point we took from a 1-1 draw put us into top place of the Combination table, but after a bright start we faded away and failed to take full spoils.

An excellent move involving Paul Ince and Kevin Keen left Paul McMenemy to run on to a through ball, round the 'keeper and put us one up in the seventh minute. However, by half-time the visitors had asserted a hold in midfield and their reserve of experience saw them through. A 68th-minute penalty award gave the Blues their equaliser.

Neil Orr had a try-out after injury, with the possibility of him playing at Villa Park on the following Wednesday he was substituted by Bobby Mayes after an hour's play.

 

The disappointment of dropping the point against Ipswich Town the week before was offset by the fact that on the same day that we defeated Chelsea, the Arsenal second-string conceded a point to Spurs in a 1-1 draw. That kept us at the head of the table over the week-end.

The 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge took us past the century-mark of goals (the first team to do so in the Combination this season). It was gained in a very competent manner, as we were two up at half-time and scored again before the Blues got their goal.

Greg Campbell chased a ball in the penalty-box for our first; Paul Hilton bashed the ball home after the 'keeper fumbled a corner; and Andy Parr shot well after an excellent move.

It was great to see Billy Bonds back in action; he played the full 90 minutes, and in company with his colleagues survived what can be mildy described as a series of crude tackles.

The re-arranged match v Crystal Palace at Upton Park on 27 March ended in a 2-2 draw. The one point we collected was sufficient to put our second-string back at the head of the table, but the loss of the other was a blow to our championship hopes.

The middle-of-the-standings visiting side played well, but overall our performance was rather below par. The Palace scored an early goal but Kevin Keen equalised in the eleventh minute. Eight minutes after the change-over Simon Liven put us ahead; then following the South Londoners' equaliser each side had opportunities to gain the decider, but neither 'keeper was unduly tested. Unfortunately, with five minutes to go Ken Hughes - the visiting goalkeeper - - was involved in a collision with one of our players; he was knocked out for nearly five minutes, but fortunately recovered after lengthy attendance to return home after hospital attention.

An unusual incident during the game was that one of the Palace players was given permission to leave the pitch to sign a transfer form, as he was going on loan to another club and had to beat the "transfer deadline".

Another home game, this time Millwall providing the opposition. The first half was fairly desultory, and the interval arrived scoreless. However, the latecomers returning from their half-time break missed seeing us go ahead, and, indeed, almost missed our second counter.

Two minutes after the restart Eamonn Dolan converted a created opportunity, and a couple of minutes afterwards Greg Campbell followed up his shot that was palmed out by the 'keeper to make it 2-0.

Not a great deal of excitement after that, although the Lions hit an upright; they had struck the bar during the first half, so obviously considered themselves a little unfortunate; but overall, we had the edge and merited the points that kept our second-string at the head of the table.

 

This was a good day for our Reserves, as they strengthened their situation at the head of the table with a win over the Spurs whilst Arsenal dropped a point at home to Watford.

The Hammers' second-string has dropped only one point in its last ten games, and this latest victory demonstrated that we appear to have the backing to maintain Our regular strength should injury take its toll among the normal First Team squad.

A goal in each half settled Spurs' challenge. Paul Ince netted the first after an individual run; the issue was settled ten minutes from time as Greg Campbell accurately placed the ball wide of Parks just inside the post. It was our 107th Combination goal this season -an average of well over three a match.

Our re-arranged fixture v Swindon Town at the County Ground was relatively undistinguished, although we had the pleasure of collecting a couple of points to strengthen our championship challenge. Eamonn Dolan was the Hammer-on-the-mark this time, scoring a goal in each half to secure the 2-0 victory. Our team was generally too strong in every department for the homesters, although we were unable to include Billy Bonds in the line-up as he had not recovered from the calf strain sustained in his recent "return to duty". However, Steve Whitton was able to resume after missing a couple of engagements following a mishap at a training session.

We faced a more difficult problem in the visit to the Vicarage Road on Apri! 12, as Watford have been playing well lately. The Hornets succeeded in keeping us at bay for the majority of the game; it was not a very exciting encounter, and it appeared unlikely that either side would score. Perhaps the game would have ended scoreless but for the incident which led to a penalty award about a quarter-hour from time; however, the referee's decision was made, and Steve Whitton stepped up to take the kick. A successful conversion and the Hammers were one up.

We maintained the lead to put another pair of points in the locker. Later came the news that Arsenal had been held to a draw on the same afternoon, which naturally improved our chances of finishing top.

After another spate of matches our Reserve Team reamins at the head of the Combination table, ahead of Arsenal who are now the only other contenders for the championship.

The Gunners dropped a vital point in a midweek game and then lost 0-3 at Ipswich on the afternoon of Thursday 17 April. We were playing at the Goldstone Ground against Brighton that same evening, and victory there might have made our position virtually unassailable.

However, it was not to be, as we went down to the Seagulls with the only goal of the match conceded through a back-pass that eluded John Vaughan as our 'keeper came out to collect the ball — a total defensive mistake.

The game against Fulham saw us back on the winning trail. We had a lot of our young professionals in action, and they were always too good for the Cottagers. Our star of the match was Paul Goddard; he scored a hat-trick, his final goal being a brilliant effort when he beat several defenders on the edge of the penalty area before crashing home his shot. We were two up before Fulham scored and led 2-1 at the interval; but the eventual 5-1 margin was brought about by two goals in the last five minutes. Greg Campbell and Andy Parr each scoring once.

Kevin Keen hurt his back in the match at Brighton, so he missed the game. However, Arsenal must also be having injury problems among their second-stringers, as their home fixture last week-end was postponed.

Re-arranged fixtures and postponed matches have left their mark on the end-of season statistics in the Football Combination, but after last week-end it would appear that if Arsenal win their remaining five matches and we win our concluding three they may pip us by one point for the championship.

We slipped up at Fratton Park against Portsmouth on April 22. Portsmouth fielded a strong and somewhat uncompromising side, and took the lead midway through the first half. Ten minutes later Steve Whitton's crossfield pass was returned to the centre by Greg Campbell, and Paul Goddard was on hand to equalise. Pompey went ahead again after half-time when we hesitated in defence, but we afterwards missed chances to collect at least one point.

The reserves met Bristol Rovers at Chadwell Heath, this previously-postponed game was played at our training ground as Upton Park was occupied, and on this occasion by a sheer coincidence had another 8-1 victory! Three up at the interval, the Hammers were always the masters Bobby Mayes' personal contribution was five goals; five other players scored one apiece: Greg Campbell, Paul Hitton, Alan Spiers, Steve Whitton and . . . Billy Bonds (back again in welcome action!)