A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

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1985-86 Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

85_08_17 WHU v. Norwich City 85_08_21 Millwall v. WHU

MILLWALL : Football Combination

85_08_31 Birmingham City v. WHU

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football Combination

85_09_03 WHU v. Brighton

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

85_09_07 Luton Town v. WHU

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

85_09_10 Crystal Palace v. WHU Reserves

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

85_09_14 Southampton v. WHU Reserves

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

85_09_21 WHU v. Reading

READING : Football Combination

85_10_05 WHU v. Arsenal

ARSENAL : Football Combination

85_10_09 Charlton Athletic v. WHU Reserves

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

85_10_22 Ipswich Town v. WHU Reserves

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

85_11_02 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

85_11_05 WHU v. Chelsea

CHELSEA : Football Combination

85_11_09 WHU v. Swindon Town

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

85_11_12 Fulham v. WHU

FULHAM : Football Combination

85_11_23 WHU v. Watford

WATFORD : Football Combination

85_11_30 Oxford United v. WHU

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

85_12_03 QPR v. WHU

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

85_12_07 WHU v. Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

85_12_14 Norwich City v. WHU

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Manager : ??

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Campbell)

17 August 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Parris

Potts

Wheelband (McPherson)

Hilton

Parr

Donald

Campbell

McMenemy

Mayes

The Den

4 - 0 (McMenemy 3, Hilton)

21 August 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Parris

Hilton

McPherson

Ince

Keen

Potts

Campbell

Donald

McMenemy

St Andrews

3 - 1 (Barnes 2, Keen)

31 August 1985

McAlister

Potts

Spiers

Parr

McPherson

Hilton

Donald

Keen

Mayes

McMenemy

Barnes

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Barnes 2, Potts 2, Goddard, McMenemy)

3 September 1985

Vaughan

Spiers

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Hilton

Potts

Goddard

McMenemy

Parris

Barnes

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Campbell 2, McMenemy)

7 September 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Strain

Donald

McPherson

Brush

Parr

Keen

Campbell

Goddard

McMenemy

Selhurst Park

1 - 1 (Goddard)

10 September 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Brush

Donald

McPherson

Hilton (McMenemy)

Potts

Keen

Campbell

Goddard

Barnes

The Dell

3 - 0 (Campbell, Keen, McPherson)

14 September 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Brush

Hilton

McPherson

Donald

Keen

Parr

Campbell

McMenemy (Slater)

Barnes

Upton Park

5 - 2 (Barnes, Brush, Campbell, Whitton, [og])

21 September 1985

McAlister

Spiers (Whitton)

Brush

Parris

McPherson

Hilton

Potts

Campbell

McMenemy

Keen

Barnes

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Campbell, Whitton)

5 October 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Wheelband

Potts

Whitton

Keen

Dolan

Campbell

Parr

Mayes

Bromley FC

3 - 1 Barnes, Dolan, mcMenemy)

9 October 1985

Vaughan

Spiers

Crumpton

Parr

Hilton

Potts

Keen

Ince

Dolan

McMenemy (Campbell)

Barnes

Portman Road

1 - 3 (Whitton)

22 October 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Potts

Wheelband

Keen

Parr

Whitton

Campbell

McMenemy

Barnes (Ince)

White Hart Lane

6 - 2 (Barnes 3, Ince, Mayes, McMenemy)

2 November 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Potts

Wheelband (Mayes)

Parr

Keen

Ince

Whitton

McMenemy

Barnes

Upton Park

4 - 2 (McMenemy 3, Whitton)

5 November 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Parr

Whitton

Potts

Ince

Keen

McMenemy

Barnes

Mayes

Upton Park

9 - 3 (Hilton 3, Whitton 3, McMenemy 2, Barnes)

9 November 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Hilton

Potts

Keen

Parr

Whitton

McMenemy

Pike

Barnes

Craven Cottage

4 - 3 (Parr 2, Pike, Spiers)

12 November 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Parris

Hilton

Potts

Keen

Parr

Whitton

McMenemy (Crumpton)

Barnes

Pike

Upton Park

6 - 3 (Keen 2, McMenemy 2, Goddard, Whitton)

23 November 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Strain

Keen

Hilton

Potts

Whitton

Goddard

McMenemy

Barnes

Pike

Manor Road

3 - 1 (McMenemy 3)

30 November 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Keen

Hilton

Potts

Parr (Campbell)

Goddard

McMenemy

Mayes

Pike

Loftus Road

0 - 3

3 December 1985

Vaughan

Spiers

Crumpton

Keen

Hilton

Potts

Parr

Whitton

McMenemy (Campbell)

Goddard

Whitton

Upton Park

5 - 2 (Campbell, Goddard, McMenemy, Parr, Whitton)

7 December 1985

McAlister

Spiers

Crumpton

Keen

Hilton (Wheelband)

Potts

Parr

Campbell

McMenemy

Goddard

Whitton

Carrow Road

1 - 1 (McMenemy)

14 December 1985

Vaughan

Spiers

Crumpton

Parr

McPherson

Potts

Keen

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Mayes

Our Reserves drew 1-1 with Norwich City at Upton Park in last Saturday's Combination fixture. Greg Campbell put us in the lead with a cross-shot from outside the penalty box, but the Canaries equalised a little before half-time. There were opportunities for both sides to score again after the interval, but failure to finish meant that neither could claim an eventual advantage.

A matter of interest was that all our players on view with the exception of two (Paul Hilton and Tom McAlister) were products of our youth squad.

Our Football Combination match against Millwall at The Den was very profitable. In a resounding 4-0 victory, Paul McMenemy had most of the headlines with a well taken hat-trick. The Hammers' other goal was netted by Paul Hiulton, whose all-round performance deserved him getting his name on the score-sheet. The Hammers' line-up again included nine products of our youth section. Four of them have already been 'blooded' with First Team appearances. On the day, there was literally only one team in it against the Lions.

The 3-1 win at St. Andrews on August 31 was very comfortable, as Birmingham City did not score their goal until near the end.

We were one up at half-time, and were generally on top throughout. Kevin Keen rounded off a good performance with one goal, and Bobby Barnes got a brace to help in settling the issue in our favour.

Three days later we hammered Brighton & Hove Albion's second-string at Upton Park by 6-1. The visitors were never strong enough to provide much competition, and we over-ran them in the second half after being two up at the interval,

Bobby Barnes was again among the scorers with another couple. Steve Potts also netted twice, Paul Goddard and Paul McMenemy once each. The win put us into second place in the table.

 

The first half of the match at Upton Park our Reserve side quickly discovered Luton Town's weaknesses. Greg Campbell scored twice and Paul McMenemy added another to make his total five so far this season.

The visitors must have had a convincing "pep talk" during the interval after the three goals they had conceded. The Hatters were more convincing in the second session, and although failing to score they did not concede any further goals, but 3-0 to us was nevertheless a salutory lesson.

John Strain made his first Combination appearance, and we were happy with the apprentice's performance in the No. 3 jersey.

Our Reserves continued their unbeaten run in the sixth fixture of the season, when they visited Selhurst Park on September 10 to meet Crystal Palace.

We conceded a penalty during the first half and its conversion gave the home side an interval lead. We had rather more of the play during the second period and equalised when Paul Goddard's shot caused the opposing 'keeper sufficient problems for the ball to elude his grasp and provide an equaliser. It remained at 1-1 to the end of an otherwise undistinguished game.

The Saints succumbed to a first-half blitz, during which Greg Campbell, Kevin Keen and Keith McPherson maintained our three-goals-a-game average (21 in seven matches). In fact, we might well have improved on those figures, but missed opportunities against a side which had no real answer to our tactics. However, can one complain about a three-nil victory away from home?

We "blooded" another of our new apprentices in Combination soccer, as Stuart Slater went on as substitute for the concluding ten minutes.

Our Reserves retained their unbeaten record after an early shock at Upton Park. Reading opened the score in the second minute, but Paul Brush and Bobby Barnes put us in front before the turnaround.

Then the visitors got back into the game with an equaliser before Greg Campbell made it 3-2. By then we had been forced to substitute Alan Spiers who was injured, and a further mishap sustained by Paul McMenemy reduced us to ten men on the field.

Nevertheless we were by then very dominant, and a tiring defence conceded an own goal to make it 4-2 in our favour.

The concluding counter came from Steve Whitton, who was on for the last half-hour and rounded off his appearance with a goal following a mazy run through the Blues' rearguard.

Greg Campbell scored his sixth goal of the season but that did not prevent the Gunners inflicting our first defeat as our Reserves lost their unbeaten record in the Football Combination. Their opponents — Arsenal Reserves — maintained their undefeated run with a 4-2 victory at Upton Park to keep their place at the head of the Football Combination table, so far the Gunners have registered 44 goals in nine games.

The Gunners opened the scoring, but Greg Campbell put us on level terms before half-time; it was a fair representation of the opening 45 minutes.

Arsenal asserted themselves after the interval, and went ahead to lead by 3-1 before Steve Whitton converted a free-kick that put us back in with a chance; but the visitors' fourth counter settled it in their favour.

Our Reserves' fixture against Charlton Athletic originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 8 was put back to the following day and played on the ground of Bromley F.C. instead of at The Valley (now scheduled for non-soccer development).

Paul McMenemy added another goal to his early-season total when he opened the scoring. The home side came back to equalise, but conceded another before half-time; Eamonn Dolan was our scorer. Hammers' second counter was a very good goal, and we also did well to net a third through Bobby Barnes after the interval.

Greg Campbell came on as sub in place of McMenemy for the concluding 20 minutes, and John Vaughan was in goal — having returned from his on-loan spell under ex-Hammer Bobby Gould's managership at Bristol Rovers.

The win kept us among the leaders.

Our Reserves' match schedule has been confined to only three matches during the month of October, as last Saturday's home fixture against Bristol Rovers was called off at Rovers' request due to a shortage of players caused bv an injury pile-up.

On the preceding Tuesday our team visited Portman Road to meet Ipswich Town. The clubs were occupying adjoining places in the table, but the homesters' 3-1 victory enabled them to displace us from fourth position.

Ipswich got away to a good start, with two goals in the first 25 minutes from Mitch D'Avray. Meanwhile we were deprived of the services of Bobby Barnes; he sustained a hamstring injury and was substituted by Paul Ince. Newcomer O'Donnell signalled his debut for the Suffolk club with a third counter after the resumption, and our only reply came late in the game when Steve Whitton scored with a shot on the angle after Andy Parr had created the opening.

After playing only three matches in October our Reserves have a six-match schedule during November.

The first two involved meetings with London rivals, and we gained a lot of satisfaction from the performances.

The result of a visit to White Hart Lane surprised a lot of people — not least the Spurs! The 6-2 margin was founded upon a three-nil half-time lead. The homesters reduced their arrears after the resumption, but we scored again before they got their second. Two late goals concluded the rout, with Pat Jennings ruefully regarding a defence that had been overcome to give the Irish international 'keeper little chance of preventing the debacle.

Bobby Barnes got a hat-trick, scoring our first, second and last goals. Between — in this order — Paul Ince, Paul McMenemy and Bobby Mayes each found the net once. Mayes was a 70th-minute substitute for injured Peter Wheelband.

It was Paul McMenemy's turn to hit a hat-trick for the visit of Chelsea to Upton Park on Guy Fawke's Day. The youngster took his total Combination goals for the season up to 11 —  thus becoming our top scorer in the competition so far.

The Chelsea line-up included Rougvie, Hazard and Murphy, and their second-string had conceded only five goals in their previous 13 matches — making them joint leaders at the time of our game.

We took a two-nil lead before they scored, but the Hammers made it 3-1 before half-time. The Blues came back to keep the game alive at 3-2, but a penalty conversion made the points safe. Steve Whitton (playing in the no. 5 jersey) safely put the spot-kick past Steve Francis.

The home fixture against Swindon Town made considerable changes on our list of goalscorers. Nine against foot-of-the-table opposition made it a total of 19 in the last three Combination fixtures.

There were another couple of hat-tricks by Hammers in that game. Steve Whitton —  up front this time — got one trio, and the other came from Paul Hilton who was back   in   action   after   injury.    Paul McMenemy had to be satisfied with two on this occasion, and our other scorer was Bobby Barnes,

There was a somewhat remarkable sequence of scoring — apart from the aforementioned hat-tricks. The Hammers went three up early on, but the young Swindon side made a remarkable recovery to level the scores at 3-3; then we resumed our progress with one before the interval. It was so different during the second period; the visitors wilted under pressure, and our team piled on a further five to win 9-3.

Another piece of good news was that Geoff Pike played the full 90 minutes against Swindon. He suffered no ill-effects, and appears to have made excellent progress after an enforced absence through injury.

Our Reserves registered their fourth successive victory by defeating Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers were never in the lead, but gave us a hard fight before losing by the odd goal in seven.

Andy Parr put us one up and Alan Spiers made it two with a 20-yard-plus shot before Fulham replied. We changed ends with a 2-1 lead but the West Londoners levelled Ihe count. Then Parr netted his second and Geoff Pike put us two in front again with a 25-yard scorcher. A late rally by the home side made the final count 4-3 to us.

Geoff Pike came through his second game of the season in a satisfactory manner, but we lost the services of Paul McMenemy five minutes after the interval

 

Paul McMenemy returned to action against. Watford, provided the opposition at Upton Park, and their second-string helped to create another exciting afternoon's entertainment between the Hammers and Hornets.

Our youthful siriker was back on the mark with a couple of goals Kevin Keen also netted a brace, and Steve Whitton and Paul Goddard each chimed in with one.

It was Paul Goddard's first competitive outing since mid-September, and he emerged with credit from the afternoon's work.

The game see sawed until our side gained ihe upper hand — Watford scored within a minute or so of the kick-off, but we built up to 3-1 before the visitors netted again. Then it was 4-2 and 4-3, followed by 5-3 and 6-3.

Our Reserves continued their winning run at the Manor Ground on November 30, defeating Oxford United by 3-1. It was our sixth win in a row, and took the Hammers' second string into joint first place in the table.

The home side went one up in the third minute, Jeremy Charles converting a centre to the far post. A speedy set-back to our side, but we were in the lead by half time. Geoff Pike, well on the way back to full fitness, made a good run, and his pass into the goalmouth was headed home by Paul McMenemy. Paul scored again when he hit the net from an acute angle, and completed a notable hat-trick after the interval when he collected a chipped pass from Kevin Keen and rounded the 'keeper to put the points on ice for the Hammers. Our XI was a blend of youth and experience, and acquitted itself with distinction.

Ten of the same players participated in another game at the QPR Ground on the following Tuesday, and with the first half ending scoreless we had visions of extending the successful spell.

However, it was all so different after the interval, as the home team took an early lead at the start of the second session. We faded out of contention, and a further couple of counters made Rangers' three-nil margin complete.

With other mid-week results in favour of close rivals we dropped back into fifth place in the table.

A sparse Combination fixture-list last Saturday and a 5-2 win over Portsmouth at Upton Park enabled our second-string to close the gap on their nearest rivals for championship honours.-

We began in rampant fashion against Pompey, and were three up before they scored to make the interval count 3-1 in our favour. The Hammers then went further ahead, but the visitors again reduced their arrears before we settled the issue with another goal.

Among the opposition was ex-Hammers Nicky Morgan. Nicky was involved in a heading-duel with our Paul Hilton during the first-half, and Paul had to be substituted for the second session when it was ascertained he had a badly-damaged nose.

Our scorers (in order) were Greg Campbell, Paul Goddard, Andy Parr, Steve Whitton and Paul McMenemy.