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1986-87 Friendlies

ST MIRREN (Scotland) Challenge Match

86_08_02 St Mirren v. WHU

Love Street

0 - 3

2nd August 1986

86_08_02 Royston Town v. WHU

ROYSTON TOWN

Garden Walk

5 - 1 (Campbell 2, Mayes, Whitton, Keen)

2nd August 1986

BRENTFORD

Griffin Park

2 - 1 (Cottee 2)

5th August 1986

86_08_05 Brentford v. WHU 86_08_05 Walthamstow Avenue v. WHU Hunter Test

WALTHAMSTOW AVENUE (Alan Hunter Testimonial)

Green Pond Road

6 - 1

5th August 1986

ST. NEOTS TOWN

Shortsands

5 - 1 (Slater 2, Mayes, og)

9th August 1986

86_08_09 St Neots Town v. WHU

Our Reserve squad was engaged in four pre-season games during the first fortnight in August, and scored 20 goals to their opponents' two. Three were against Vauxhall-Opel Isthmian League clubs and the other against St. Neat's of the United Counties League.

 

The Hammers opened against Royston Town at Garden Walk on August 2. A 3-1 half-time lead was increased to 5-1 at the final whistle, Greg Campbell scored twice, Kevin Keen, Bobbv Mayes and Steve Whitton one apiece.

 

 

 

Parkes (McAlister)

Stewart

Parris

Gale (Walford)

Martin

Devonshire (Goddard)

Ward

McAvennie

Dickens

Cottee

Orr (Pike)

 

Vaughan

Potts

Livett

Keen

Bonds

Hilton

Ince

Whitton

McMenemy

Campbell (Slater)

Mayes (Kelly)

 

Parkes

Stewart

Parris

Gale

Hilton

Devonshire (Keen)

Ward

McAvennie

Dickens

Cottee

Orr

 

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Bonds

Potts (O'Brien)

Ince (Livett)

Whitton

Pike

Campbell

McMenemy (Slater)

Mayes

 

It was only a short journey to Green Pond Road for the fixture against Walthamstow Avenue three days later. Campbell and Whitton were again on the mark with two goals each in the 6-1 victory - after we were three up at half-time, Simon Livett and Stuart Slater each went on as substitutes 20 minutes from the end, and both scored.

 

Many years have passed since we visited St. Neot's: we formerly met them in the Eastern Counties League when the Hammers had a third ("A") team. The Huntingdon-Cambridge club held us to one goal at half-time on August 9, but we made it a four-clear-goals win. Slater again came on as sub with 20 minutes to go; this time he scored twice! Maves and an own goal completed our tally.

 

Vaughan

Pearson

Strain

Bonds

Potts

Keen

Ince

McMenemy (Slater)

Campbell (Kelly)

Whitton

Mayes

 

SLUG Programme

FC Groningen Tournament : Netherlands

8th - 10th August 1986

The New Lodge ground at Billericay in Essex is a credit to the Isthmian club, but their XI could find no answer on August 13 to our side's performance. Two goals in the first half and three in the second gave us a comfortable five-nil margin; Keen particularly made his mark by netting four times and Whitton converted a penalty.

 

We were able to include two youngsters from the School of Excellence squad - Paul Kelly and Andrew Pearson. However, it was particularly pleasing to see veteran Billy Bonds back for four games in the claret-and-blue after missing most of last season with a prolonged injury. Great-hearted Billy has recovered well, and we hope he will continue to remain at 100-per-cent fitness.

 

86_08_08 Groningen Tournament

The opposition for our three matches in the Netherlands came from three different countries; we commenced by meeting Dinamo Dresden from East Germany in a semi-final of the FC Groningen Tournament, following with a Final play-off against KV Mechelen of Belgium and an exhibition match v Den Haag FC in The Hague.

 

Groningen is a city of some 150,000 people in the north of Holland, being an ancient university town. Our squad arrived there on Thursday 7 August after a flight from Heathrow to Amsterdam Schipol, followed by a coach journey of some 100 miles to their hotel outside the city.

 

86_08_08 Dinamo Dresden v. WHU 86_08_10 KV Mechelen v. WHU

DINAMO DRESDEN (East Germany) Semi-Final

Oosterparkstadion

2 -1 (Cottee, McAvennie)

8th August 1986

Oosterparkstadion

3 -1 (Cottee 2, og)

10th August 1986

Parkes

Stewart

Parris

Gale

Hilton

Devonshire

Ward

McAvennie (Pike)

Dickens

Cottee

Orr

 

Parkes

Stewart

Parris

Gale

Hilton

Devonshire

Pike

McAvennie

Dickens

Cottee

Orr

 

The Hammers did very well to beat Dynamo Dresden, as no good fortune came our way. Indeed we had to battle against the odds before gaining a 2-1 margin against a team fielding an all-international five numbered from 7 to 11!

The pre-kick-off preliminaries were pleasant, with the Dynamo skipper presenting Phil Parkes with a floral tribute to celebrate Phil's birthday.

OurXI was soon producing some good football, and a combined move in the 14th minute ended with Tony Cottee converting from around the eight-yard mark. It was a lead we were to hold at the interval.

There were comparativey few incidents of note until 18 minutes from time, when Andreas Trautmann surprised everyone with a 30-yard-plus drive to level the scores. Dynamo remained on level terms for a further seven minutes; then after Ray Stewart's free-kick had been punched away by the 'keeper, Frank McAvennie was on hand to net from 12 yards and restore our winning margin.

The other semi-final was between the host club and KV Mechelen of Belgium (better known in England as Malines). A very open game played at a fast pace ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors after Groningen had equalised during the second half.

The elimination of the home club in the Semi-Final had an effect upon the attendance on the Sunday evening. It was down to 2,800, and there was a further disappointment for Groningen when they lost the penalty shoot-out after the 1-1 draw with Dresden.

The opening half-hour of our Final against KV Mechelen went in favour of the Belgians. In the 20th minute Paul Semesmaeker collected a through ball and chipped it over the advancing Phil Parkes from the edge of the penalty-box.

The Hammers settled down after that, and struck gold twice before the interval. In the 38th minute Tony Cottee was the man on the spot as a centre eluded a number of players of both sides, a nd from ten yards it went in for the equaliser. Three minutes later Parkes made a hefty clearance which caught the Malinois defenders endeavouring to create an offside trap on the halfway line; three of our attackers were in position to score, but although Walter Meeuws raced back to make an interception he could only divert the ball into his own net.

The 2-1 margin might well have been increased on a number of occasions after the interval, with our marked superiority being appreciated by the spectators. Mechelen survived those onslaughts but rarely threatened our end, and it was no surprise when Cottee scored his third goal of the tournament two minutes from time; a great move involving several colleagues was finalised when Tony hit a 30-yard drive past a defence in disarray. 3-1, and all over.

Ray Stewart (as acting captain) collected the trophy which stands about 2ft 6ins high — and weighty as well: It's ours to keep, and created transport problems among the Hammers' party for the return journey, after requiring unusual safety precautions at our hotel!

KV MECHELEN (Belgium) : Final Play-off

In The Hague

This time it finished with honours even, a first-half goal by the home side being levelled out with our 75th minute success. A good move down our left flank ended with a 20-yard shot from Remco Boere to give Den Haag a deserved lead. Our equaliser was from a free-kick headed in by Tony Gale; the home 'keeper had ventured out of his 'area, but mis-headed the ball and provided Mark Ward with an opening — only for the'keeper to recover his balance and foul Ward before the winger could centre. Fortunately justice was done and the result was a fair reflection of the play.

The attendance was rather disappointing at approximately 4,500, as the visit of Nottingham Forest a few days earlier had drawn some 1,000 more fans. Incidentally, Forest won that match by 2-0.

John Lyall took the opportunity to include those players who had not participated in the Groningen tournament, so the tour served a very useful purpose. Alvin Martin missed the Groningen tournament through tonsillitis, but played against Den Haag; a training mishap kept Ray Stewart out of the concluding fixture.

 

The squad departed on Monday morning after a successful and memorable visit to North Holland, and arrived a couple of hours later in The Hague for the match v Den Haag on Tuesday night.

It was the Hammers' fourth visit to the Zuiderpark. We were first there to play in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1975-76 and returned in 1981 and 1982; we won on both the latter occasions in friendlies by 1-0 and 2-0, having lost by 2-4 in the Cup.

86_08_12 Den Haag v. WHU

DEN HAAG (Netherlands) : Exhibition Match

Zuiderpark

1 - 1 (Gale)

12th August 1986

 

McAlister

Walford

Parris

Hilton

Martin

Pike (Gale)

Ward

McAvennie (Cottee)

Dickens

Goddard

Orr

 

BILLERICAY TOWN

New Lodge

5 - 0 (Keen 4, Whitton [pen])

13th August 1986

86_08_13 Billericay Town v. WHU

Vaughan

Pearson

Strain

Bonds

Potts

Keen

Ince

McMenemy

Campbell

Whitton

Mayes

 

IPSWICH TOWN

Portman Road

0 - 2

15th August 1986

Opener in Scotland

Saturday 2 August was the date for our first preseason senior fixture. It was a quick visit to Scotland, the squad departing from Heathrow by an early-morning plane and returning the same evening.

 

The venue was Love Street, Paisley, Glasgow, where we opposed St. Mirren FC, members of the Scottish Premier Division and visitors to Upton Park on two occasions in the 1950's when we met in the then-popular "floodlight friendlies".

 

On this occasion the hospitality accorded to us off the field was traditionally Scottish, but the Saints were not so generous during the 90 minutes of serious action. They had already played six pre-season warm-ups, and this edge on match fitness was a telling factor. One goat up at half-time, the homesters ended as convincing 3-0 winners; McGARVEY scored twice, and FITZPATRICK got their other goal. For our part we were happy to use the match-practice, and the 3,300 attendance was obviously delighted with the result... as well as welcoming back Frank McAvennie to his former club. Incidentally, we missed a penalty.

 

Three days after our defeat in Scotland we made the short journey across London to Griffin Park to meet Frank McLintock's Brentford team. There's been a lot of chances since we were last there, the arena being re-vamped (including a-so-far-uncompleted new stand).

 

The match-programme comprehensively covered a multitude of players who had each played for the Bees and Hammers; among the more notable were old favourites such as Billy, Dave, John Dick and Archie Macaulay out of over a dozen.

 

Nowadays the homesters' XI does not contain many "famous names", but they have a useful combination and the match was a delight to watch from the spectators' viewpoint. Lots of good moves, shots and saves and a sporting spirit among the near-2,000 attendance.

 

Tony Cottee scored both our goals; one each side of half-time (28 and 46 mins.), followed by a quick reply that reduced our winning margin to 2-1. Tony's first was from a Ray Stewart pass; his second from an acute angle after an opening created by Mark Ward.

 

Alvin Martin missed this game, being a tonsillitis victim; Kevin Keen came on as sub during the second half, and was a capable deputy for Alan Devonshire.

 

Our final pre-season warm-up was at Portman Road on Friday 15 August. Among other points of interest was the possibility of examining Ipswich Town's potential for the current campaign in their endeavours to regain First Division status after being relegated last May. The major change in their line-up was the absence of Terry Butcher, transferred to Glasgow Rangers after his World Cup appearance for England.

 

Their 2-0 success must have been an encouragement for the Suffolk club, who scored once in each half. The first, after 27 minutes, was from a good through ball converted by Steve McCall with an angled drive; the second from a penalty award for hands during a melee on the edge of the area — Mark Brennan the scorer in the 73rd minute.

 

Both sides used three substitutes in a game that was not over-exciting for the 4,502 spectators, played on a perfect (but hard) pitch under excellent floodlights. Portman Road is a ground that needs (and would be a credit to) the First Division. The Town could make it back there by next May.

 

So, our pre-season schedule ended with a total of three wins, one draw and two losses, in a busy 14-day spell.

 

86_08_185 Ipswich Town v. WHU 86_08_19 Clapton v. WHU 87_05_22 Deventer Youth Tournament

Parkes

Stewart

Parris

Gale

Martin (Hilton)

Devonshire

Ward

McAvennie

Keen (Walford)

Cottee (Goddard)

 

CLAPTON

Old Spotted Dog Ground

5 - 1 (Whitton 2, Pike, Hilton, Keen)

19th August 1986

KUWAIT NATIONAL TEAM

Chadwell Heath

4 - 1 (Mayes 2, Keen, Pike)

23rd August 1986

We cannot recall the last occasion (if any] when an opening game of the season was postponed at the request of Ihe opposition due to their injury problems. However, it happened during the week preceding Saturday 23 August, when Queens Park Rangers requested a postponement of our Reserve Combination fixture at their Loftus Road ground because they were unable to field an XI.

 

However, our second-string was able to have a run-out on the opening day of the new campaign, as we fixed a friendly tussle with the Kuwait National Team which were training in England in preperation for the Asian Games. The game was played on our Chadwell Heath Ground, and the Hammers won by 4-1; Bobby Mayes (two), Kevin Keen and Geoff Pike were our scorers.

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SLUG Programme

FC Deventer Youth Tournament : Netherlands

22 - 24th May 1987

D.V.V. GO-AHEAD (Netherlands) Group Match

FREDERIKSHAVN (Denmark) Group Match

BE QUICK ZUTPHEN (Netherlands) Group Match

Daventria Sportcomplex

22nd May 1987

0 - 0

SPARTA ROTTERDAM (Netherlands) Group Match

Daventria en Laborcomplex

23rd May 1987

3 - 0 (Kelly, King, Livett)

D.V.V. RODA (Netherlands) Group Match

Daventria Sportcomplex

23rd May 1987

5 - 1 (Ince 3, King, Livett)

ORGRYTE I.S. (Sweden) Final

Bracey, Pearson, Strain, Ince, Potts, Kelly, Rose, Livett, King, Slater, Harwood

Bracey, Pearson, Strain, Ince, Potts, Kelly (O'Brien), Rose, Livett, King, Slater, Harwood (Humphries)

Reeves, Pearson, Strain, Ince, Potts, Kelly, Rose (Livett), O'Brien, King, Slater, Harwood (Humphries)

 

Bracey, Pearson, Strain, Ince, Potts, Kelly, O'Brien, Livett, King (Rose), Slater, Harwood

Bracey, Pearson, Strain, Ince, Potts, Kelly, Rose (Humphries), Livett, King, Slater, Harwood (O'Brien)

 

Bracey (Reeves), Pearson, Strain, Ince (Kelly), Potts, O'Brien, Rose, Livett, King, Slater, Harwood

Daventria en Laborcomplex

24th May 1987

2 - 0 (Ince, Strain [pen])

Daventria en Laborcomplex

24th May 1987

1 - 0 (Ince)

Daventria en Laborcomplex

24th May 1987

2 - 1 (King, Rose)

COTTEE & McAVENNIE with Trophy Season 1986-87 1985-86 Friendlies 1987-88 Friendlies

We had five happy seasons at the Daventria Hansa Tournament from 1981 to 1985, during which we won it twice, were runners-up twice and finished fourth the other time. Our youth section did not compete in a tournament last year, but we have accepted an invitation to return to Deventer this year as guests of our very friendly Dutch hosts.

 

There are two sections of six, and after five 25-minutes-each way games the top team of each section will play off for the main trophy; the remainder also decide the third to twelfth places. The first section comprises: Daventria (Holland), Fremad Amager (Denmark), Go Ahead Eagles (Holland), Helios (Holland), Orgryte (Sweden) and FC Stuttgart (West Germany).