A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1986-87 Football Combination

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

MILLWALL : Football Combination

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football Combination

FULHAM : Football Combination

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

BRISTOL ROVERS : Football Combination

NORWICH CITY : Football Combination

WATFORD : Football Combination

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

CHELSEA : Football Combination

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

ARSENAL : Football Combination

SWINDON TOWN : Football Combination

READING : Football Combination

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Goddard, Keen, McMenemey [pen])

30 August 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Walford

Ince

Livett

Bonds

Keen

McMenemy

Goddard

Campbell

The Den

1 - 0 (Goddard)

3 September 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Bonds

Hilton

Ince

Mayes

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Pike

Loftus Road

6 - 0 (Campbell 2, Ince 2, McMenemy 2)

6 September 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Bonds

Hilton

Ince

Livett  (Rose)

Campbell

McMenemy

Mayes

Pearson

Upton Park

0 - 0

10 September 1986

McAlister

Potts

Walford

Bonds

Hilton

Ince

McMenemy

Goddard

Campbell

Mayes

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 1 ([og])

13 September 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Bonds

Potts

Livett

Ince

Goddard

Campbell  (Harwood)

McMenemy

Mayes

Manor Ground

0 - 3

17 September 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Bonds

Hilton

Ince

Campbell

Mayes  (Slater)

Goddard

McMenemy

Pike

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Campbell, Livett, McMenemy)

27 September 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Bonds

Hilton

Ince

Mayes

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Livett

Forest Green Rovers

3 - 1 (Keen 2, Campbell)

1 October 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Bonds

Ince

Keen

Mayes

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Pike

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Goddard 2 [1 pen], McMenemy)

4 October 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Potts

Ince

Kelly  (Harwood)

Mayes

Goddard

Campbell

McMenemy

Livett

Vicarage Road

2 - 2 (Goddard, Pike)

11 October 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Ince

Potts

Mayes

Livett

McMenemy

Goddard

Campbell

Pike

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Devonshire)

18 October 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Walford

Ince

Devonshire

Mayes

Livett

McMenemy

Campbell (Dolan)

Pike

Stamford Bridge

0 - 1

25 October 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Kelly

Ince

Potts

McMenemy

Campbell

Dolan  (King)

Livett

Pike

Portman Road

0 - 2

28 October 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Bonds  (Slater)

Ince

Potts

Dolan

McMenemy

Campbell

Livett

Mayes

Upton Park

3 - 1 (McMenemy 2, Ince)

8 November 1986

McAlister

Potts

Strain

Kelly

Ince

Bonds

Livett

Dolan

McMenemy

Campbell

Mayes

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Livett)

29 November 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Potts

Martin

Livett

Mayes

Dolan

McMenemy

Campbell

Pike

Elm Park

6 - 0 (Dolan 4, McMenemy, Pearson)

6 December 1986

 

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Humphries

Walford

Livett  (Kelly)

Mayes

Dolan

Campbell

McMenemy

Pike

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Campbell 2, Pike)

13 December 1986

McAlister

Pearson

Strain

Humphries

Walford

Keen

Mayes

Dolan

Campbell

McMenemy (King)

Pike

Kenilworth Road

1 - 6 (Dolan)

20 December 1986

Bracey

Pearson

Strain

Bonds

Hilton

Mayes  (Livett)

Slater

Keen

McMenemy

Dolan

Pike

Manager: Mick McGiven

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It was a blustery afternoon at The Den and ball-control was not easy, but overall the exchanges were interesting despite the scarcity of goals. Paul Goddard got the only one of the match about 15 minutes before the interval; so we collected both points — and just about deserved them in a contest where the Lions put up a good show.

Our original opening game of the season was against Queens Park Rangers at Shepherds Bush; but it had to be deferred until September 6, as the West Londoners had injury problems which necessitated them asking for a postponement. As events turned out it made little difference, despite the fact that they had subsequently won two games and scored eight goals without conceding any.

We put a big dent in that record by winning six-nil on the plastic surface at Loftus Road. Our goals came in a trio of successive pairs from Paul McMenemy, Paul Ince and Greg Campbell; the final count of six-nil pretty well summed up the 90 minutes. It was only two-nil at half-time, but QPR really collapsed in the second half. Andrew Pearson played his first full game in the Reserves and Tshekedi Rose made his Combination debut by substituting for the concluding eight minutes.

 

Goalless draws are so often dull and uninteresting, but this one was an exception to the rule. Each XI was pretty strong on paper, with the programme-listed Spurs lineup including Danny Thomas, Ossie Ardiles, Paul Miller and Paul Allen to provide a base of League experience; against that we included seven who had appeared in the top bracket, and in the end they cancelled each other out. Both sides had a penalty-kick saved. Ours came after the interval, when we had more of an edge than in the opening 45 minutes.

So each club retained its unbeaten record after winning their opening three matches.

 

Middle-of-the-table Fulham were the visitors to Upton Park and surprised us by securing a point. An own-goal after 10 minutes put them one down at the interval, but the Cottagers equalised soon after the resumption. The youthful visiting XI covered well, got a lot of people quickly behind the ball and defied our efforts to crack them; they merited their point with an energetic performance. Young Andrew Pearson made his second Combination appearance.

 

Our visit to the Manor ground on September 17th was a disastrous expedition. The table-topping Oxford United side had won five of its opening six games, but our team comfortably held them to a goal-less first-half.

Things turned completely against us after the interval. Steve Potts pulled a hamstring, the homesters were awarded a penalty-kick that came under the "dubious" heading and, protests about it eventually led to a sending-off. Briefly, Oxford won by three-nil — and we lost for the first time this season. The homesters' second goal was netted through a deflection immediately after we were reduced to nine men. and their concluding counter went in during the last minute.

 

 

We recovered our equilibrium against Portsmouth at Upton Park ten days later. The 3-2 count in our favour was flattering to Pompey, as we should have won far more easily. Indeed, the Blues also scored in the last minute with one of their rare-scoring efforts.

The Hammers had opened up a lead in the first minute, Paul McMenemy latching onto a splendid through-pass from Paul Ince. The visitors eualised from the penalty-spot after a quarter-of-art-hour, but Simon Livett converted a centre by Bobby Mayes before half-time. The 2-1 interval lead was increased as Greg Campbell's 25-yard shot was too strong for the 'keeper to hold. There were further chances of adding to our trio, but they were frittered away.

The away game against Bristol Rovers on October 1 was played on the ground of Forest Green Rovers at Nailsworth — An ambitious club, Forest Green have progressed from junior soccer to the Midland Division of the Southern League, and they have an arena set in excellent surroundings.

Now that Bristol Rovers have quit Eastville, their Reserves have moved to Nailsworth whilst their seniors use the Bath City ground for League fixtures.

The Rovers made us most welcome, and we rounded off an excellent day with a 3-1 victory. Greg Campbell opened the score and Kevin Keen made it two up before the i nterva I; Kevi n a Iso scored our concluding goal.

We also had the chance to meet Bobby Gould. The ex-Hammer is managing the Bristol club, and he was equally pleased to greet his former colleagues.

The 3-2 home win against Norwich City was probably our best performance so far this season. The Canaries XI contained a wealth of experience; we fielded five apprentices and other young professionals plus Tom McAlister and Pau! Goddard who have had extensive League outings.

Before the Hammers had time to settle down the visitors were two up; but we resolutely fought back to equalise before the interval. In an end-to-end game we appeared certain to score in a move involving Paul McMenemy and Greg Campbell before a defender handled on the line. Paul Goddard converted the penalty.

Goddard was very active, and laid on an opening from which McMenemy hit the bar. Then Goddard's second made it two-each from a long pass by John Strain. After the resumption Norwich hit an upright and we struck a post; it was still anyone's game until with about half-an-hour to go a great move by Goddard and McMenemy ended with the latter scoring what proved to be the decider.

The pace began to tell on the youngsters, but they held firm and left the field tired but happy. The referee had retired from the contest midway through the first half with a strained calf-muscle!

 

We left it late to ensure a point at Watford's Vicarage Road ground on October 11th, Geoff Pike scoring the equaliser to finish off a fine combined movement ten minutes from time.

Paul Goddard was unlucky with a shot that hit the bar during the opening period, but he was on the mark after the interval to nullify the Hornets' first-half goal. Watford went in front again by making it 2-1, and then survived considerable pressure before we netted the deserved second equaliser.

A good point from an interesting game in which our side showed excellent powers of recovery.

The second-string fixture against Charlton Athletic was notable for the return to "active service" of Alan Devonshire after another absence through injury. Dev quickly made his mark on the game by scoring one of his rare goals in the opening minute, after which he played throughout the full 90 minutes with his usual flair.

That solitary counter eventually decided the issue, although there were chances a-plenty for the final tally to be greater than one-nil. The Athletic had one in particular, but were foiled as Tom McAlister saved their spot-kick.

Among the visiting XI was ex-Hammer Alan Curbishley also having a test after injury.

 

Our Reserves' match v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge did not kick-off until 3.15 in the afternoon; so before they emerged from the dressing-room they heard the news that their seniors were one down at Upton Park.

The second-string did not concede a goal as quickly as the First Team, but a needless corner conceded soon after the start (Chelsea's second at that time) led to the Blues taking the lead.

It proved to be the solitary counter of the game, so the West Londoners collected both points to close the gap between them and our team who held runners-up spot.

Actually we were somewhat unfortunate to lose, although we should have capitalised on at least one or two chances among a number when players were through with only the goalkeeper between them and the net.

Nevertheless, Mick McGiven was pleased with the performance overall, as our team included only three with any experience of League Football. The object of Combination soccer is to act as a transistory stage from the youth section to the top grade; though it was a pleasure to win the Combination championship last season, the long-term progress of young players is the really important end-product.

 

Although our reserves had lost by 0-1 at Stamford Bridge on the preceding Saturday we were able to console them on that defeat and express satisfaction at their endeavour. Unfortunately it was a far different story on Tuesday 28th October when we had a Combination fixture v Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Our side put on a lacklustre performance, and a goal in each half by the home side gave the blues the points. Truly disp-pointing and nothing more to add.

 

 

There was no fixture for the Reserves on November 1, but we resumed the schedule against Arsenal at Upton Park.

The 3-1 result in our favour illustrated amply the difference between that and the preceding performance.

The Gunners were defeating an unbeaten record in the Combination, and satisfied to be on level terms at half-time. Then, after the resumption, they were shaken by a couple of goals. Paul McMenemy got the first and Paul Ince (who had an outstanding game) put us further ahead. Arsenal rallied to score their solitary counter, but McMenemy scored again to put the issue beyond doubt.

Swindon are having a fairly good run in this season's Football Combination, but we did not expect them to take a couple of points from us at Upton Park.

Although most of our XI are without League experience, we were able to include Alvin Martin and Geoff Pike in the line-up as a test for their recent injuries.

Each of the senior members came through the run-out, so we obtained some satisfaction from the fixture.

The visitors went into a two-nil lead during the first half, but we netted prior to half-time through Simon Livett.

There were ample opportunities for us to reverse the outcome after the interval, but our finishing was not adequate to achieve at least a sharing of points despite having the balance of play.

Our Reserves bounced back from their home defeat on November 29 by gaining a decisive six-nil success against Reading at the Elm Park enclosure.

Three goals in each half indicated our superiority from start to finish, and although we could be effusive by describing each of the half-dozen in detail it would be "gilding the lily" by doing so. Nevertheless, we must obviously accord a man-of-the-match award to Eamonn Dolan, who netted four of them to occupy a prominent spot in our goalscorers' list; Eamonn has missed most of our early-season games due to injury, but is obviously now fully recovered. He had scored four against Orient in a mid-week friendly.

Paul McMenemy made his Combination tally up to six so far this season and Andy Pearson was our other scorer. Congratulations also to Lynton Humphries, who made his Reserve Team debut.

 

Almost the same line-up played against Brighton & Hove Albion at Upton Park last Saturday. A single goal put us ahead before the interval, but we added two more in the second half before the Seas-iders got a consolation counter late in the game.

Greg Campbell scored twice and Geoff Pike netted our other goal.

Three wins in the last four games have kept us in contention for honours in the Combination, and we shall be seeking further points at Kenilworth Road this afternoon as a step towards repeating the championship we won last season.

There are occasions in football when the score-line bears little resemblance to events. Our Reserves' encounter with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on December 20 was one of them.

The kick-off at Luton that afternoon took place at 2 p.m., an hour earlier than the one at Upton Park for the League engagement against QPR. So the Combination game terminated at 3.40, just prior to the half-time whistle at the Boleyn Ground. So we phoned the Hatters' office at 3.55 to get the result and any details; but, possibly understandably, there was no reply — the staff had presumably dashed off to finish their Christmas shopping. So we phoned Exchange Telegraph, where the gentleman who provided the information said "I regret to say you lost 6-1, but do have a Happy Christmas, nevertheless!

Our squad arrived back at Upton Park well before "closing time". The report was brief but to the point: "We had as much of the play as they did; Luton made the absolute most of their chances — we did not."

The home side scored first but Eamonn Dolan equalised before Luton got their second; half-time 1-2. After the interval the count against us steadily mounted, and young Lee Bracey discovered that a goalkeepers' life can be very hard at times. It was his Combination debut.