A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1986-87 Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

MILLWALL : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

WATFORD : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

Upton Park

3 January 1887

Upton Park

0 - 2

10 January 1987

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Robson

O'Brien

Humphries

Kelly

Campbell  (Rose)

McMenemy

Dolan

Livett

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Dolan, [og])

24 January 1987

McAlister, Pearson, Strain, Stewart, Bonds, Gale, Keen, Slater, Dolan, Orr, Mayes

Craven Cottage

0 - 1

3 February 1987

McAlister

Stewart

Strain

Potts

Humphries

Slater

Keen

Campbell

Dolan

Mayes  (Livett)

Pike

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Campbell, Ince)

14 February 1987

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Potts

O'Brien

Slater

Rose

Campbell

Dolan

Ince

Mayes

The Dell

1 - 2 (Ince)

21 February 1987

Bracey

Potts

Strain

Ince

O'Brien  (harwood)

Livett

Rose

Campbell

Dolan

Slater

Mayes

Upton Park

6 - 1 (Dolan 3, Keen 2 [1 pen], Mayes)

28 February 1987

McAlister

Rose

Strain

Keen

O'Brien

Potts

Orr

Slater (Livett)

McMenemy

Dolan

Mayes

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Keen [pen])

7 March 1987

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Potts

O'Brien

Orr

Keen

Ince

McMenemy

Dolan

Mayes

Bromley FC

1 - 2 (McMenemy)

12 March 1987

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Rose

O'Brien

Potts

Slater

Orr

McMenemy

Dolan

Mayes

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Dolan)

21 March 1987

McAlister

Pearson

Walford

Mayes

O'Brien

Potts

Ince

Orr

McMenemy

Dolan

Strain (Kelly)

Carrow Road

3 - 1 (Dolan 3, Campbell)

27 March 1987

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Orr

Walford

Keen

Ince

Mayes

McMenemy

Dolan

Campbell (Livett)

Highbury

0 - 2

4 April 1987

McAlister

Potts

Walford

Keen

Orr

Devonshire

Mayes

Ince

McMenemy

Dolan

Pike

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Dolan, Livett)

7 April 1987

Bracey, Pearson, Strain, O'Brien, Walford, Devonshire, Mayes, Keen, McMenemy, Dolan, Livett

County Ground

3 - 3 (Dolan 3)

11 April 1987

Bracey

Pearson

Strain  (King)

Keen

O'Brien

Walford

Ince

Livett

Dolan

McMenemy

Mayes

White Hart Lane

5 - 3 (Dolan 2, Ince, Mayes, McMenemy)

23 April 1987

Bracey

Pearson

Strain

Keen

Walford

Potts

Slater

Ince

McMenemy

Dolan

Mayes

Upton Park

1 - 2 (McMenemy)

25 April 1987

 

Bracey

Pearson

Strain

Keen

Walford

Potts

Slater

Livett

Kelly (King)

McMenemy

Mayes

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Ince, McMenemy, Slater)

28 April 1987

Bracey

Pearson

Strain

Potts

Walford

Ince

Rose

Keen

McMenemy

Slater

Mayes

Goldstone Ground

2 - 1 (Keen [pen], Pike)

6 May 1987

Bracey

Pearson

Strain

Orr

Walford

Pike

Keen

Slater

McMenemy (Livett)

Dolan

Mayes

Sandy Lane, Tooting & Mitcham FC

4 - 1 (Pike 2, Livett, Slater)

8 May 1987

Bracey

Pearson

Strain

O'Brien

Walford

Pike

Livett

Kelly

Harwood (King)

Mayes

Slater

Fratton Park

1 - 3 (Keen [pen])

11 May 1987

McAlister

Potts

Walford

Orr

O'Brien

Keen

Mayes

Ince

Dolan

Harwood

Pike

MATCH POSTPONED

Heavy Rain : rearranged for 28 April 1987

87_01_03 WHU v. Southampton Post 87_01_10 WHU v. QPR

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

The Reserve Team game was transferred to our Chadwell Heath Ground as a precaution, in view of the Littlewood's Cup game taking place at the Boleyn Ground on the following Tuesday. So we had two Xl's from Millwall as visitors on the same day, as the Youth Teams of Lions and Hammers had a date at our training ground during the morning.

The afternoon game went very much in our favour, but at the end of the 90 minutes the score was only 2-1. Both our goals came before the interval; one was debited to a visiting defender and the other was netted by Eamonn Dolan. We came nearto scoring a third as Robert Mayes hit a post, but we missed out on converting a penalty kick.

The unaccepted opportunity from the spot was down to Ray Stewart — indeed, a surprising miss! However, it was a bonus to report that Ray came through his first competitive match after injury. The same applied to a couple of other returnees — Tony Gale and Neil Orr. That trio plus the senior experience of Billy Bonds and Tom McAlister proved too much for the South Londoners, and they were fortunate to hold us to a one-goal margin.

 

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

We played a re-arranged Combination fixture versus Ipswich Town on April 7 at our Chadwell Heath ground, as it was possibly risky (in view of weather conditions) to use the Boleyn Ground on the day preceding the League fixture against Arsenal. Our performance on this occasion was much better than that on the previous Saturday at Highbury (where we had lost by two clear goals), and was reflected in the 2-1 victory against a useful XI from the Suffolk club. Eamonn Dolan kept up his scoring-rate with a goal early in the opening half, but it was evened up as the visitors netted midway through the first period. We continued to pressurise the Town side after the interval, and Simon Livett scored the winning goal to round off a workmanlike exhibition by a line-up consisting mainly of .teenagers.

 

READING : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

4 - 0 (Dolan 3, McMenemy [pen])

14 April 1987

:Bracey, Pearson, Strain, Potts, Humphries, Mayes, Livett, Slater, McMenemy, Dolan, Devonshire (Kelly)

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

Eamonn Dolan netted his second hat-trick in successive games when we met Reading in a re-arranged fixture at the Chadwell Heath ground on the afternoon prior to our League match v Manchester United on April 14. The Hammers had a very easy win, and the Irish striker's trio were added to when Paul McMenemy converted a spot-kick. At the end the four-nil score was reflective of our superiority against the struggling Blues. Alan Devonshire played for the first 70 minutes of the match as another step towards recovery. He was the "veteran" in an otherwise "teenagers XI".

 

1985-86 Reserves 1987-88 Reserves Season 1986-87 87_02_03 Fulham v. WHU 87_02_14 WHU v. Oxford United 87_02_21 Southampton v. WHU 87_02_28 WHU v. Bristol Rovers 87_03_07 WHU v. Chelsea 87_03_12 Charlton Athletic v. WHU 87_03_21 WHU v. Watford 87_03_27 Norwich City v. WHU 87_04_04 Arsenal v. WHU 87_04_11 Swindon Town v. WHU 87_04_23 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 87_04_25 WHU v. Luton Town 87_04_28 WHU v. Southampton 87_05_06 Brighton v. WHU 87_05_08 Crystal Palace v. WHU 87_05_11 Portsmouth v. WHU

Our mid-week date with Fulham on 3rd February was at their Craven Cottage ground. The home XI included several youngsters, and what they lacked in experience was made up by enthusiasm.

The Hammers put in plenty of hard work, but chances were not prevalent; those that were created came to naught, and we were denied even one goal. Defensively we were well in charge, but a solitary mistake 20 minutes from time cost us a goal and the Cottagers snatched the points with a 1-0 margin.

 

Oxford United Reserves came to Upton Park for a Combination fixture a week after their First XI had won a Leaguefixture here by 1-0 on February 14.

At the end of the first half the visiting second-string could well have been 4-0 in arrears, as we missed from the penalty-spot and had a number of good Chances not successfully corripleted. However, we did go in two goals up, with Greg Campbell and Paul Ince adding their names to the scoring lists.

We were to regret not adding to that brace, as the opposition recovered to equalise during the second half when they reversed the trend of affairs. Indeed, during the closing minutes they might have snatched a victory from a game that had plenty of interest and a generally fair result.

 

 

The mid-week fixture against Charlton Athletic on Thursday 12 March took place on the ground of Bromley FC, as the Valiants do not play their Reserve Team fixtures at the Selhurst Park enclosure they share with Crystal Palace.

We opened up in good form, and went into the lead as Paul McMenemy netted his ninth Combination goal of the present season. It was balanced before the interval and the home side came into the reckoning; so the teams shared the honours of an evenly-contested first half.

After the resumption the exchanges were still 50-50, but we failed to take advantage of our opportunities to regain the lead. Eventually it fell Charlton's way, and they scored again to secure the points by 2-1.

 

 

 

 

Norwich City now play their Reserve Team home matches on Fridays, so we visited Carrow Road on the day before our home League game against Watford; this arrangement allowed our training staff to see the second-string in action one day and the First Team on the following afternoon; likewisethe Reserves were able to see their seniors make it a good weekend for both sides.

Our Reserves had their game tied up by half-time, scoring three without reply. Eamonn Dolan added to his total as leading scorer in our Combination side by netting the first couple; then, on the half-hour Greg Campbell marked his return from an on-loan spell with Brighton and Hove Albion with the third. Unfortunately Greg's "50-50" clash with a Canaries defender damaged his ankle, and he had to be substituted; he subsequently had to have his leg plastered over the weekend, and may be out for some time.

Norwich got a consolation goal during the second-half, but our overall good performance produced a deserved 3-1 success.

 

 

Although Arsenal's First XI was due to play in the Littlewood's Cup Final at Wembley on the following day, they decided to continue with their pre-arranged Combination schedule and meet our second-string at Highbury on Saturday 4th April.

The Gunners' line-up was of the usual high standard, and underlined their challenge for Combination honours with a two-nil victory that kept them in contention against London rivals Chelsea and Spurs.

Unfortunately we contributed to their success by making errors that led to a goal in each half. Ian Allinson got the first after a free-kick; a long goal-kick and a chase put Graham Rix in for the second.

The main interest for our part was that Alan Devonshire made a return to the claret-and-blue after a lengthy absence through injury and emerged in good shape. Apart from that it was a contest from which we did not get a great deal of satisfaction.

 

The re-arranged match at Swindon Town's County Ground on April 11 kicked off at 11 a.m., and by one minute past our Reserves were a goal down; the homesters almost literally caught our XI asleep from the kick-off, and our first touch of the ball was when Lee Bracey took it out of the net. We made an excellent recovery and had a good half-hour during which Eamonn Dolan scored twice; but in turn the opposition fought back and five minutes before half-time drew level after a goalmouth scramble following a corner-kick.

With the wind in their favour for the second half, the Town side could anticipate the exchanges being in their favour. However, it was the Hammers who went ahead again, and Dolan completed his hat-trick to bring his total for the season to 16. The Hammers had further chances to add to their advantage; they not only failed to accept them, but eventually paid the penalty by conceding a third goal.

It was a freak counter, as a clearance from a Hammers' defender hitthe heel of a Swindon player and rebounded into our net. There wasn't even time for the referee to restart the game.

Unfortunately the exciting contest was marred by injury. John Strain received a blow on the head with 20 minutes to go and suffered from concussion. He was not in good shape to drive home after arriving back at Upton Park.

 

 

 

A rearranged fixture against Spurs - White Hart Lane on Thursday 23 April was an affair of eight goals. The North London club is in strong contention for the Combination championship, and they began well by opening the score; however, we went into the lead before half-time and changed over 2-1 ahead.

Spurs levelled the count after the interval, but we again went ahead — only for the homesters to make it three-all. The duel continued apace, and a late onslaught on the opposition goal produced two more goals for the Hammers to secure a 5-3 victory.

Eamonn Dolan scored twice to bring his second-string total upto 21 for the season with Paul Ince, Bobby Mayes and McMenemy adding one apiece.

 

Luton Town were the visitors to Upton Park, with nine of the XI on view that opposed Spurs; Dolan and Ince were the absentees.

The weather was beautiful, but the performance was not. Although McMenemy scored a 33rd minute equaliser after the Hatters' keeper had parried Kevin Keen's shot, our goal only offset Luton's penalty conversion five minutes before that.

A quarter-hour after the interval the Hammers conceded a soft goal, Lee Bracey got his body behind a goal effort, but the ball rolled out to a completely unmarked attacker and we were 2-1 in arrears.

The remaining half-hour was very desoltury, and had little to commend it. A disappointing sequel to a good away performance.

The concluding home Reserve Team game of 1986-87 was "like the curate's egg — good in parts!"

Like our own line-up, the visiting Southampton XI consisted mainly of young professionals; and apart from our regular Saturday afternoon clientele there were a number of "scouts" about with an eye on potential talent that might retained lists".

The first half did not produce, a great deal of information and' it summed it up pretty well by ending scoreless.

The goal that sparked off a concluding half-hour of scoring came in the 59th minute as Stuart Slater beat three opponents and hit an unstoppable drive from 25 yards. Some quarter-of-an-hour after that a long through ball from Bobby Mayes gave Paul McMenemy the opportunity to dart through a spreadeagled defence and put the Hammers two up.

It looked all over with six minutes to go and the early departees en route for home, but our defence then gifted a "free" header for the visitors to reduce the margin. Saints temporarily threatened to draw level, but just before the end Paul Incefound the gap and ran on to shoot home from outside the penalty area. On balance 3-1 to us was about right.