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WEST HAM UNITED

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1988-89 Friendlies

ROYSTON TOWN

Garden Walk

1 - 1 (Harwood)

28 July 1988

STEVENAGE BOROUGH

Stevenage Stadium:

6 - 0 (King 3, Keen 2, Dicks)

30 July 1988

RIIHIMAEKI (Finland)

Riihimaen Pallokentta

2 - 1 (Slater, Rosenior)

2 August 1988

EAST HAM UNITED

Ferndale Sports Ground

2 - 1 (Harwood, King)

2 August 1988

BASILDON UNITED

Basildon Bowl

3 - 2 (King 2, Kelly P.)

4th August 1988

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

ILVES TAMPERE (Finland)

0 - 1

4 August 1988

SLUG Programme

Visit to Finland

2 - 5 August 1988

NORWAY Under 21 (Norway) 3rd/4th Play-off

1 - 1 (Brady) won 4 - 2 on penalties

5 August 1988

CHELMSFORD CITY

New Writtle Street

2 - 0 (Clarke, Livett)

6 August 1988

ALDERSHOT

Recreation Ground

4 - 0 (Rosenior, Kelly D., Slater, Ward)

9 August 1988

MARLOW

Oak Tree Road

1 - 2 (Livett)

9 August 1988

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Goldstone Ground

0 - 1

11 August 1988

DOVER ATHLETIC

Crabble

1 - 0 (Livett [pen])

11 August 1988

HOUNSLOW

Denbigh Road

1 - 2 (Livett [pen])

13 August 1988

HARROW BOROUGH

Earlsmead

1 - 2 (Macklin)

16 August 1988

CARDIFF CITY : Graham Moseley Testimonial

Ninian Park

4 - 3 (Kelly D. 2, Keen, Slater)

17 August 1988

WARE

Buryfield

3 - 1 (King 2, Parris)

18 August 1988

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Alvin Martin Testimonial

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Gale, Hilton)

21 August 1988

HARROW BOROUGH

Earlsmere

5 - 1 (Livett 2 [2 pens], Achampong, Dolan, Kelly P.)

19 January 1989

88_07_28 Royston Town v. WHU 88_07_30 Stevenage Borough v. WHU 88_08_02 East Ham United v. WHU Friendly 88_08_02 East Ham United v. WHU Friendly back 88_08_02 RIPS v. WHU 88_08_04 Finnair Cup 88_08_06 Chelmsford City v. WHU 88_08_09 Aldershot v. WHU 88_08_09 Marlow v. WHU 88_08_11 Brighton v. WHU 88_08_11 Dover Athletic v. WHU 88_08_13 Hounslow v. WHU 88_08_16 Harrow Borough v. WHU 88_08_17 Cardiff City v. WHU Graham Moseley 88_08_18 Ware v. WHU Friendly 88_08_21 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Mart Test 88_08_21 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur Martin TS 89_01_19 Harrow Borough v. WHU

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Our 1987 pre-season visit to Finland was an enjoyable success, so we accepted the opportunity to return to Scandinavia in early August for three matches.

17 players travelled: Liam Brady. Alan Dickens, Julian Dicks, Eamonn Dolan, Tony Gale, Kevin Keen, Alvin Martin, Tom McAlister, Allen McKnight, Tommy McQueen. Steve Ports, Stewart Robson. Leroy Rosenior, Stuart Slater, Roy Stewart, Gary Strodder and Mark Ward. Manager John Lyall, Ron Boyce, Mick McGiven and Rob Jenksins (physio) were responsible on the playing side; Messrs Will Cearns (Vice-Chairman) and Jack Petchey were the Directors who attended to the formal functions.

We were most fortunate in having Mr. Johan Bjork as courier. His company Bjork & Bostrom is based in Umea, Sweden, and organises tours in and from Scandinavia, particularly soccer and ice-hockey.

An afternoon flight from Heathrow (plus a two-hour time change) produced an evening arrival in Helsinki, from which there was a one-hour journey to Riihimaeki which was to be our headquarters for two nights.

The opening match was against the local club (known as R.I.P.S.). The weather was sunny, the ground in good shape and a 1,500 gate made the organisers happy. The home supporters were happy when their team took the lead in the 26th minute. The scorer - Kinnunen - was a guest player from Lahti - the club which we met in the European Cup Winners Cup competition in 1975; a team mate, plus another from Haka and the goalkeeper of the Finnish national team strengthened the opposition; they held the advantage until the 32nd minute when Stuart Slater equalised with a left-foot shot just inside the upright. Both managers made second-half changes and each 'keeper was called upon to make good saves before we netted the winner. Liam Brady's long pass from the centre-circle put Mark Ward away on the right, and a quick centre was headed in by Leroy Rosenior to settle the issue.

 

The party departed on Wednesday morning for the 75-mile coach journey to Tampere. It turned wet on the Wednesday, and it was fortunate that we could make use of a magnificent indoor arena for a couple of training sessions - although some ball-work on grass would have been appreciated.

the weather cleared before the opening match of the Finnair Tournament on Thursday, although there were intermittent showers later. A single goal decided the match between Finnish League leaders HJK Helsinki and the Norwegian Under-21 select, the Nordic 'keeper making a fatal error that presented HJK with an easy opportunity.

 

Finnair Tournament : Finland

4 - 5 August 1988

Our starting line-up against the local club lives Tampere was deprived of Alvin Martin and Stewart Robson who both failed fitness tests. Nevertheless, the Hammers created sufficent chances with an amended formation to have gained a merited victory. We dominated about 80 per cent of the play, but the finishing was poor and the home goalkeeper rarely troubled. There was some "needle" in the game, and within a minute of the restart after a goalless first-half the referee awarded a penalty to lives. A successful convension by Aaltonen put the Finns one up, and they held out to frustrate a Hammers XI which tried hard enough but could gain no reward for its efforts.

The attendance on the first evening of the Tournament was officially returned at 1183, but had a larger audience on the second day - augmented by "live" TV from the local station.

We were the first match "on stage" on Friday 5 August; Alvin Martin returned for the third-fourth play-off against the Norway Under-21 side but Leroy Rosenior had not recovered from a knock received in the preceding game.

The Hammers had most of the play in the first half, winning five corner-kicks to the opposition's three, but missed several chances of gaining a lead. Eamonn Dolan hit the bar with one shot but our finishing was poor and it took a couple of excellent saves by Tom McAlister to keep the score-line blank. Then immediately after the interval we gave away a "gift goal"; repeated attacks produced no equaliser until Stuart Slater laid on a pass for Liam Brady to net from ten yards.

Another good run by Slater ended with him making a back-pass to Mark Ward; we thought it deservedly made the score 2-1 as Ward tucked the ball away but up went the linesman's flag for offside - and a 1 -1 count ordained a penalty shoot-out. Hammers found the net four times in succession (Stewart, McQueen, Brady and Keen each beating the goalkeeper); the Norwegians equalised the first two, but two stops by McAlister left us 4-2 overall winners. It was an "early call' for everyone on the return journey. Up at 4 a.m., on the coach to Tampeve Airport at 5, followed by a short flight that landed us in Helsinki at 6.15. We were due for a three-hour wait in the capital prior to the second leg to London, but eventually sat there for five hours due to the flight-computer at West Drayton going off the air. However - by picking up a two-hour time change en route- the Hammer's squad arrived at Heathrow around 1.15 on a baking hot afternoon. At least it provided the opportunity to catch up on sleep before training was resumed on the following Monday in preparation for a quartet of pre-season First Team squad games.

McKnight

Stewart

Walford (Macklin)

Hilton

Strodder

Ince

Ward

Livett (Clarke)

Dolan

McQueen

Harwood

 

Parkes

Pearson

Pask

Hilton

Walford (Knibbs)

Kelly P. (Rush)

Ince

Livett

King

Harwood

Clarke

 

 

Parkes, Pearson, Pask, Hilton, Walford, Kelly P., Parris, Livett, King, Harwood, Macklin (Clarke)

McKnight (McAlister)

Stewart

Dicks

Dickens (Brady)

Martin (Strodder)

Gale

Ward

Slater

Rosenior (Dolan)

Keen

Potts

McKnight, Stewart, Dicks, Dickens (Brady), Strodder, Gale, Ward, Slater, Rosenior, Potts, Keen

 

McAlister, Stewar, tMcQueen, Dickens (Brady), Martin, Gale, Ward, Potts, Slater, Dolan, Keen

 

 

Parkes

Pearson

Pask

Hilton

Walford

Kelly P. (Rush)

Parris

Livett

King

Harwood

Clarke (Shaw)

Parkes

Potts

Dicks

Gale (Hilton)

Martin

Keen

Ward

Dickens (Parris)

Rosenior

Kelly D. (Slater)

Robson

McAlister

Pearson

McQueen

Strodder

Walford (Knibbs)

Devonshire

Kelly P.

Pask (Gibbons)

Livett

Clarke

Harwood

Parkes (McAlister)

Potts

Dicks

Gale

Martin

Keen

Ward

Dickens

Rosenior (Slater)

Kelly D.

Robson

McKnight

Pearson

McQueen

Strodder

Walford

Ince

Kelly P. (Macklin)

Livett

King

Brady

Harwood

Parkes

Parris

Walford (Harwood)

Hilton

Strodder

Devonshire

Livett

Ince

King (Kelly P.)

Slater

McQueen (Pearson)

 

McAlister

Pearson

Walford

Pask

Strodder

Devonshire

Kelly P.

Livett

King

Macklin

Harwood

 

McKnight

Parris (Potts)

Dicks

Hilton

Martin

Keen

Ward

Brady (Ince)

Rosenior (Slater)

Kelly D.

Robson

 

Parkes

Parris

Walford

Hilton

Strodder

Devonshire

Livett (Pearson)

Ince

King

Dickens

Harwood (Kelly P.)

McAlister (McKnight)

Potts (Devonshire)

Dicks (Ince)

Gale

Martin

Keen

Ward (Hilton)

Parris

Rosenior (Slater)

Kelly D.

Robson

 

 

Parkes

Pearson

McQueen

Hilton

Walford (Pask)

Livett

Keen

Kelly P. (King)

Harwood (Macklin)

Dolan

Achampong

 

McAlister

Potts

Dicks

Gale

Martin

Devonshire

Keen

Dickens

King

Slater

Robson

Season 1988-89 1987-88 Friendlies 1989-90 Friendlies

A programme of ten matches was scheduled under the heading of "Reserve Team friendlies", but the Xl's which actually participated included several First Team squad membeis in order that as many players as possible could have competitive opposition prior to the more serious business of "games for points".

The series opened at the Garden Walk Ground in Royston, Herts., on 27 July. New goalkeeper Allen McKnight made his first appearance. The Town side went one up after half-time, but we gained a late equaliser as Chris Harwood converted a centre by Tommy McQueen. Another of our summer siglnings - YTS youngster Simon Clarke - was one of the playing subs.

We had a resounding 6-0 success against another Hertfordshire club three days later. The victims were Stevenage Town, who conceded a trio of goals in each half. The Hammers sustained an early casualty when Stewart Robson had a tumble and jarred his back (which later involved treatment whilst on the tour to Finland). Adam King did well to score a hat-trick, with Kevin Keen (two) and Julians Dicks completing the half-dozen.

The Hammers had a very short journey for an away fixture on Tuesday 2 August -down East Ham High Street South and Manor Way to Savage Gardens where East Ham United were the hosts. Our local rivals were one up at the interval, but Chris Haywood and Adam King settled it at 2-1 in our favour.

The game at Basildon Bowl two days later was a well-contested duel. Adam King was again on the mark with a couple of goals and Paul Kelly also got his name on the list. The local United XI fought back from a two-goal deficit and reduced the margin before the Hammers scored their third. Then Basildon got another, but we did well to gain the 3-2 victory.

Both teams suffered in the heat on the hottest day of the year so far (August 6), so the game against Southern Leaguers Chelmsford City at Layer Road was rarely at full pace. The Hammers' rearguard was identical to that of the two preceding games but the remainder of the XI was shuffled-around. The two Simons - Clarke and Livett - each scored once in our 2-0 victory.

 

The second-string lost for the first time when we visited Marlow on 9 August. The Thames-aiders achieved a 2-1 success in a game which produced a below-par performance by the Hammers. The Vauxhall-Opel League took a first-half lead, but Livett levelled the count prior to the interval. The winner was netted midway through the second session.

The second-squad was considerably amended for the visit to Dover a couple of days later. The Athletic club gained promotion to the Premier Division of the Beazer Homes (Southern) League last season under the managership of ex-Hammer Chris Kinnear. The Kent club put us under a lot of pressure before conceding an 80th-minute penalty which was converted by Livett. Tha was the only goal of an interesting game during which Allen McKnight saved a spot-kick to retain a clean sheet.

 

The Hounslow FC ground is situatei close to London Airport, and our match there on August 13th was played to the accompaniment of low-flying aircraft. Livett converted another spot-kick to put us one up at half-time, and we had enough of the ball to have made the game secure before the homesters equalised. Then a few minutes from time a series of strange decisions allowed play to continue when an opponen was obviously offside; well clear of the defence, he went on to score and finalise the result at 2-1 for the Middlesex Club.

Another visit to our neighbouring County took place on August 16th. The Harrow Borough pitch at Earlsmead is possibly the best in Middlesex at the present time, the play ing-surface rivalling that of Wembley Stadium on its better days. This was an excellent game during which the Hammers did everything except score - with one exception! Tony Macklin equalised the homesters' first goal, but we could (ant should) have had a comfortable lead by half-time. It continued that way after the interval, and another goal by our hosts left them as 2-1 winners.

The concluding fixture in this series was a Bury Field, Ware on 18th August. The weather was dull and the first half was rather reflective of the conditions as neither team could find the net but the Hammers' second session form was all one could wish for George Parris opened our account and Adam King added two more before Ware gained a "consolation" with a late penalty conversion final score 3-1. George Parris and Paul Hilton had both played in the testimonial match a Cardiff the previous evening, and in particular it was a good testing for George after his absence through injury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ten pre-season reserve games produced six wins, one draw and three defeats the Hammers scored 21 goals and conceded eleven.

Glen Burville was playing mid-field against his old club, but neither he or his Aldershot colleagues could stem the inevitable goal - rush which began in the 33rd minute as Rosenior converted Keen's centre. David Kelly marked his Hammers' debut in the 49th minute by netting with a first-time shot as he moved on to Gale's through pass. Stuart Slater subbed for the Eire international after 72 minutes, and he made it 3-0 as Rosenior's shot rebounded from the advancing keeper. Ward made the final score 4-0 with two minutes remaining on the clock.

Hammers' new boy David Kelly caused a bundle of trouble for Brighton. But the £600,000 slgnings from Walsall couldn't hit the target to stop West Ham from slipping to a 1-0 defeat at the Goldstone.

The goal came, ironically, from Doug Rougvie. who late last season vowed never to kick a ball again for the Seagulls after a row with manager Barry Lloyd.

Rougvie powered home a fine header In the 76th minute after a series of near misses by the Hammers attack.

 

The Hammers travelled to Ninian Park for a Testimonial Match for Graham Moseley. The 4,500 fans who turned up were regally entertained with good football and seven goals. The Hammers netted the first two, but Cardiff City stormed back to take a 3-2 lead at half-time. Then the Hammers took the initiative, scoring twice during a fine second-half to win by 4-3. David Kelly got a couple, Kevin Keen and Stuart Slater one apice.

Our senior squad's concluding "warm up" engagement was Alvin Martin's Testimonial Match against Spurs. The play was generally bright and lively, and Tony Gale certainly lit up the proceedings when he put the Hammers one up in the 33rd minute with a tremendous shot that bent away from Bobby Mimms during its 20 yard route inside the far post.

It was a pleasure to see Alan Devonshire came on for the closing 20 minutes, and the Hammers' supporters' joy was heightened as Paul Hilton made it two-nil with a clever piece of finishing three minutes after moving off the subs' bench.

ESSEX v. SUSSEX : BHS School Soccer Challenge

Chadwell Heath

28 October 1988

88_10_28 Essex v. Sussex BHS School Soccer Challenge

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