A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1988-89 Ovenden Papers Football Combination

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

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

0 - 1

7 January 1989

McAlister, Pearson, Walford, Pask, Hilton, Rush, Clarke, Kelly P., Slater, King, Livett

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Livett [pen], Macklin)

14 January 1989

Parkes

Pask

McQueen

Kelly P.

Hilton

Walford

Pearson (Rush)

Livett

King

Achampong

Macklin

89_01_14 WHU v. Brighton 89_01_24 Portsmouth v. WHU 89_01_28 WHU v. Chelsea

PORTSMOUTH : Football Combination

Fratton Park

0 - 0

24 January 1989

McAlister

Pearson

Walford

Hilton

Strodder

McQueen

Keen

Parris

Dolan

Achampong

Livett

CHELSEA : Football Combination

Upton Park

2 - 5 (Dolan 2)

28 January 1989

McAlister

Pearson

McQueen

Parris

Hilton

Walford (Harwood)

Kelly P.

King

Achampong

Dolan

Livett

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Football Combination

Selhurst Park

1 - 3 (King)

31 January 1989

Parkes

Pearson (Harwood)

McQueen

Pask

Hilton

Walford

Achampong

Livett

King (Mackklin)

Dolan

Kelly P.

WIMBLEDON : Football Combination

Upton Park

0 - 1

4 February 1989

Parkes

Kelly P.

McQueen

Walford

Pask

Keen

Achampong

King (Slater)

Dolan

Livett

Harwood (Macklin)

ARSENAL : Football Combination

Highbury

1 - 1 (Hilton)

11 February 1989

Banks

Pearson

McQueen

Pask

Hilton

Walford

King (Harwood)

Kelly P.

Slater

Achampong

Livett

FULHAM : Football Combination

Craven Cottage

1 - 2 (King)

14 February 1989

Banks

Pearson

McQueen

Strodder

Hilton

Walford

Parris

Livett

King

Slater

Keen

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Upton Park

18 February 1989

MATCH POSTPONED

Reason ???? : rearranged for 6 May 1989

 

No programme issued for this game or the re-arranged one.

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

Kenilworth Road

1 - 3 (King)

25 February 1989

Banks

Pearson

McQueen

Hilton

Strodder

Walford

Kell P.

King (Slater)

Achampong

Macklin (Gibbons)

Livett (Rush)

MILLWALL : Football Combination

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Dolan)

4 March 1989

Banks

Pearson (Macklin)

McQueen

Hilton

Strodder

Kelly P.

Dolan

Keen

King

Achampong

Livett

WATFORD : Football Combination

Vicarage Road:

3 - 3 (Kelly, Macklin, McGavin)

21 March 1989

McKnight

Padington (Heffer)

McQueen

Pask

Purdie

Livett

McGavin

Macklin

King

Kelly P.

Clarke

LUTON TOWN : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

0 - 3

25 March 1989

McKnight, Padington, McQueen, Pask, Martin, Kelly P., McGavin, Keen, Dolan, King (Macklin), Livett

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

With one eye on recent weather conditions and a League match to be staged at Upton Park on Easter Monday, the club opted to transfer their Combination fixture v. Luton Town to Chadwell Heath on the preceding Saturday (25th March). Following the encouraging result against Watford, this match was reminiscent of that saying after the Lord Mayor's procession'. Whilst it is reasonable to say that a bumpy pitch and gusting wind were not conducive to good football, the fact remains that it was the same for both teams. However, Luton were much superior on the day, and their better control and passing were telling factors in the 3-0 victory they inflicted upon us. The Hatters made an immediate impact with a first-minute goal, and added two more during the second-half, Allen McKnight had no real chance of preventing any of the trio, as the visitors carved their way through a hesitant rearguard. Although Alvin Martin opted to have a competitive run-out rather than do mundane training as a step towards his return to First Team action, he was understandably not anxious to take too many risks. However, it was an opportunity not to be missed, and at the end of the afternoon our club skipper was satisfied with his progress.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Football Combination

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Dolan 4)

1 April 1989

McKnight

Pearson

Pask

Macklin

Purdie (Clarke)

Livett

McGavin

Kelly P.

Dolan (Gibbons)

King

McQueen

CRYSTAL PALACE : Football Combination

Sandy Lane

0 - 1

12 April 1989

McKnight

Tarling

McQueen

Pearson

Pask

Dicks

King

Slater

Dolan

Kelly D.

Clarke

READING : Football Combination

Elm Park

3 - 1 (Dolan 2, Beard)

15 April 1989

McKnight

Pearson (Beard)

Tarling

Padington

Pask

Heffer (Little)

Gibbons

King

Dolan

Shaw

Ibe

OXFORD UNITED : Football Combination

Manor Ground

0 - 5

17 April 1989

McKnight

Padington (Gibbons)

Tarling

Pask

Putnam

King

Shaw

Dolan

Hall

Ibe (Macklin)

Livett

SOUTHAMPTON : Football Combination

Upton Park

0 - 4

25 April 1989

Banks

Pask

McQueen

McGavin

Putnam

Strodder

Kelly P.

Livett

Dolan

King

Macklin (Gibbons)

IPSWICH TOWN : Football Combination

Chadwell Heath

1 - 4 (Livett)

6 May 1989

McKnight, Padington, McQueen, Livett, Pask (Gibbons), Walford, Rush, Brady, King, Macklin (Kelly P.), Clarke

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

Our 1-1 draw against top-of-the-table Arsenal at Highbury on February 11th ended a sequence of three defeats; it led us to hope of some successes by our Reserve team, whose last victory was against Norwich City's second-string at the end of November. However, the squad has not been able to repeat the form shown on that occasion, and we subsequently sustained three defeats.

The visit to Craven Cottage on Tuesday, 14th February ended with Fulham snatching a last-minute winner; indeed, it was only possible for the referee to formally re-start the game before blowing the final whistle.

The Cottagers were one-up at half-time, but Adam King levelled the count from Andy Reason's near-post centre. Then it was "all Hammers" for a while; a free-kick by Kevin Keen rebounded from the under-side of the bar; then the home 'keeper was forced to handle the ball away outside the penalty area as Pearson broke through; the misfortune continued when Stuart Slater's shot hit the Fulham last-line-of-defence with what might have proved the turning point of a hard-fought game. The winning header was particularly hard luck on Steven Banks, who played very well and did not deserve to be on the losing side.

The possibilty of an F.A. Cup replay caused a postponement of the scheduled home match against Ipswich Town Reserves on February 18th, but we had an engagement on Luton Town's plastic pitch on the following Saturday.

The Hatters took the lead with a spectutative 25-yarder, but Adam King was on the mark during a goal-mouth scramble when Tommy McQueen moved along the flank and centred into a melee of players. We had oppor-tunites to go ahead, but the home side netted again to be 2-1 up at the interval. Kenny Achampong had a header well saved to foil our recovery, but a third Luton goal proved decisive; it remained at 3-1, mainly due to Simon Livett's spot-kick hitting the goalkeeper's legs and rebounding to safety.

The home game brought another set-back as Millwall went two up at the end of the opening quarter-hour with our defenders vainly appealing for offside; the Lions had opened their account with a penalty three minutes previously. The South Londoners added another couple after half-time, and as far as we were concerned Eamonn Dolan's last minute goal was a poor consolation at the end of an afternoon full of disappointment.

Allen McKnight made his first appearance in a Combination game since the opening of the season, following a spell out of action during recent injury. With several players not available due to First Team duties at Norwich on the following evening, we also included four schoolboys in the squad, plus one newcomer. Three of the teenagers - Stephen Heffer, John Paddington and John Purdie - were making Reserve Team debuts. The remaining debutant was under-20; Steve McGavin played in company with Stuart Slater in inter-District competitions of Suffolk Schools football, and afterwards signed for Ipswich Town.  Watford took the opportunity to give several players with League experience a run-out on this occasion, including Kenny Jackett and Garry Thompson. They set a fast pace, but were held to a 1 -0 lead at half-time. A second goal after the interval set them on their way to a likely couple of points, but in one of our rare forays into their defence zone Tony Macklin made it 2-1. The Hornets retaliated with a further goal, and were again favourites to secure a victory. However, our team was beginning to get the measure of the opposition, and made more frequent inroads into the homesters' rearguard. McGavin (in the no. 7 shirt) came through from midfield to net our second counter, following which Paul Kelly levelled the count at 3-3. That concluded the scoring, so we returned home with a deserved point from a hard-fought duel against a side which is likely to finish in the first three of the reserve competition.

The rainstorms which swept over parts of southern England during the preceding days affected Oxford United's Manor Ground to an extent which necessitated the postponement of our match due to take place there on Wednesday 15 March. Therefore our second-string was without a game for 17 days until the visit to Watford.

The visitors got off to a flying start with a goal direct from a corner-kick in the first minute. However, it was a short-lived lead, as we drew level in the fifth minute. Our recent signing, Steve McGavin, played a one-two with Eamonn Dolan, and Dolan took the opportunity to level the count.

From thence onwards our team was generally in command; there were two good opportunities to score, but the first shot went over the bar and the second was blocked by a defender as our attackers hesitated. However, the Rangers' rearguard was under constant pressure, and a very good goal put the Hammers ahead. A long ball was headed on by Adam King, and Dolan hit it with his right foot past the 'keeper from 15 yards. Our next goal was the outcome of opportunism. A penalty-area melee ended with the ball rolling towards the touchline. McGavin collected it, and immediately crossed a centre to the far post, where Dolan headed in to complete his hat-trick in the 34th minute.

Our fourth goal came three minutes after the interval; Andy Pearson sent in a long centre from the right touchline, and Dolan was on the spot again to head past the 'keeper. It had been a good afternoon for the young Irishman, whose quartet of goals took his Combination total to nine for this season. There were a couple of major opportunities to add to the score-line; a downfield run from the half-way line by King was halted by a combined goalkeeper - fullback tackle in the 65th minute and five minutes afterwards McGavin's cross-shot slid just wide of the far post. Foot-of-the-table Rangers thankfully settled for the 4-1 defeat.

Our away match against Crystal Palace Reserves on April 12th was played on the ground of Tooting and Mitcham FC at Sandy Lane. Unfortunately the pitch was in poor shape, and good football was at a premium.

The spate of injuries among our squad made team selection a problem, and Julian Dicks played his second match in two days in order to fill a central-defender gap. We also included a new triallist, Michael Tarling who comes from the Brentwood area. Our two nominated subs were from the youth team, but not called upon to participate.

The Glaziers went in at half-time a goal ahead. It was a gift from our defence, with the ball being passed back into an empty net due to a general misunderstanding. Our team had opportunities to score, but the nearest to equalising was when Eamonn Dolan hit an upright. Altogether not a game to live in the memory, but on a surface below normal League standard there was some excuse for a below-par contest.

The starting line-up and two substitutes at Reading included several YTS youngsters and amateurs. Tarling was again on test for the full 90 minutes, and Ricky Ibe (from Leyton) had a quick upgrading from the youth squad a week earlier to Reserve Team action.

The Third Division club was without a League fixture last Saturday, so was able to make use of players who did not participate in their game at Southend on the previous evening. However, they are limited in staff, and have struggled for most of the season in the Combination.

Nevertheless, our very young side coped well with the situation (Allen McKnight and Eamonn Dolan were the only over-21's in the team). We led two-nil at half-time, and added another in the second-half before Reading netted a "consolation" to make the final count 3-1 to the Hammers. Dolan scored another couple with Simon Beard netting his initial Combination goal.

Our concluding away match of this season was played against Oxford United at their Manor Ground. We fielded a very young side, including a number of triallists who have participated in recent games; to these were added a couple of newcomers from Marlow FC, Mike Putnam and Richard Hall. The home side went ahead early on, and were two-nil up from the penalty-spot just before the interval. The Hammers' XI tried hard to register an impact during the second half, but Oxford made it three half-way through the second session and ran their total up to five with a couple more late in the game.

Southampton's reserves were at Upton Park on Tuesday the 25th, and they made half-a-dozen changes to the programmed line-up, their XI was leavened by a considerable amount of experience, but one of their outstanding players on the afternoon was YTSsignee Nicky Banger who played most of the game up front.

The Saints generally had the better of the exchanges, and eventually won by two-nil. The first goal came at the end of half-an-hour's play, when they made an interception near the corner-flag and created the opening for a scoring chance from ten yards. The second was on the hour, with another good passing movement along the left flank and a well-placed shot that gave Steven Banks no chance of saving.

Our side again included Michael Putnam, and also Steve McGavin from Sudbury; both did well against the strong-Saints' team. Gary Strodder returned after his recent injury, but will benefit from a further spell of training prior to resuming competitive action.

89_01_31 Charlton Athletic v. WHU 89_02_04 WHU v. Wimbledon 89_02_11 Arsenal v. WHU 89_02_14 Fulham v. WHU 89_02_25 Luton Town v. WHU 89_03_04 WHU v. Millwall 89_03_21 Watford v. WHU 89_04_01 WHU v. QPR 89_04_12 Crystal Palace v. WHU 89_04_15 Reading v. WHU 89_04_17 Oxford United v. WHU 89_04_25 WHU v. Southampton