A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

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1997-98 F.A. Carling Premiership

EMLEY : FA Cup (Third Round)

98_01_03 WHU v. Emley FAC3

ARSENAL : Coca-Cola Cup (Fifth Round)

BARNSLEY : FA Carling Premiership

98_01_06 WHU v. Arsenal CCC5 98_01_10 WHU v. Barnsley

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : FA Carling Premiership

MANCHESTER CITY : FA Cup (Fourth Round)

98_01_17 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 98_01_25 Manchester City v. WHU FAC4

EVERTON : FA Carling Premiership

NEWCASTLE UNITED : FA Carling Premiership

98_01_31 WHU v. Everton 98_02_07 Newcastle United v. WHU

BLACKBURN ROVERS : FA Cup (Fifth Round)

BOLTON WANDERERS : FA Carling Premiership

98_02_14 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers FAC5 98_02_21 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU

BLACKBURN ROVERS : FA Cup (Fifth Round Replay)

98_02_25 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU FAC5R

ARSENAL : FA Carling Premiership

ARSENAL : FA Cup (Sixth Round)

98_03_02 WHU v. Arsenal 98_03_08 Arsenal v. WHU FAC 6

MANCHESTER UNITED : FA Carling Premiership

CHELSEA : FA Carling Premiership

98_03_11 WHU v. Manchester United 98_03_14 WHU v. Chelsea

ARSENAL : FA Cup (Sixth Round Replay)

LEEDS UNITED : FA Carling Premiership

98_03_17 WHU v. Arsenal FAC6 R 98_03_30 WHU v. Leeds United

ASTON VILLA : FA Carling Premiership

DERBY COUNTY : FA Carling Premiership

98_04_04 Aston Villa v. WHU 98_04_11 WHU v. Derby County

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : FA Carling Premiership

BLACKBURN ROVERS : FA Carling Premiership

98_04_13 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU 98_04_18 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

SOUTHAMPTON : FA Carling Premiership

LIVERPOOL : FA Carling Premiership

98_04_25 WHU v. Southampton 98_05_02 Liverpool v. WHU

CRYSTAL PALACE : FA Carling Premiership

LEICESTER CITY : FA Carling Premiership

98_05_05 Crystal Palace v. WHU 98_05_10 WHU v. Leicester City

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hartson, Lampard)

3 January 1998

Att: 18,629

Referee:

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Abou)

6 January 1998

Att: 24,770

Referee:

Upton Park

6 - 0 (Abou 2, Hartson, Lampard, Lazaridis, Moncur)

10 January 1998

Att: 23,714

Referee:

White Hart Lane

0 - 1

17 January 1998

Att: 30,284

Referee:

Maine Road

2 - 1 (Berkovic, Lomas)

25 January 1998

Att: 26,495

Referee:

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Sinclair 2)

31 January 1998

Att: 25,905

Referee:

St James' Park

1 - 0 (Lazaridis)

7 February 1998

Att: 36,736

Referee:

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Berkovic, Kitson)

14 February 1998

Att: 25,729

Referee:

Ewood Park

1 - 1 aet (Hartson)  - West Ham win 5-4 on penalties

25 February 1998

Att: 21,972

Referee:

Reebok Stadium

1 - 1 (Sinclair)

21 February 1998

Att: 25,000

Referee:

Upton Park

0 - 0

2 March 1998

Att: 25,717

Ref:

Highbury

1 - 1 (Pearce)

8 March 1998

Att: 38,077

Referee:

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Sinclair

11 March 1998

Att: 25,892

Referee:

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Sinclair, Unsworth)

14 March 1998

Att: 25,829

Referee:

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Hartson) aet lost 3-4 penalties

17 March 1998

Att: 25,859

Referee:

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Abou, Hartson, Pearce)

30 March 1998

Att: 24,107

Referee:

Villa Park

0 - 2

4 April 1998

Att: 39,372

Referee:

Upton Park

0 - 0

11 April 1998

Att: 25,155

Referee:

Hillsborough

1 - 1 (Berkovic)

13 April 1998

Att: 28,036

Referee:

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hartson 2)

18 April 1998

Att: 24,733

Referee:

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Lomas, Sinclair)

25 April 1998

Att: 25,878

Referee:

Anfield

0 - 5

2 May 1998

Att: 44,414

Referee:

Selhurst Park

3 - 3 (Omoyinmi 2, Curcic [og])

5 May 1998

Att: 19,129

Referee:

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Abou 2, Lampard, Sinclair)

10 May 1998

Att: 25,781

Referee:

Barnsley:

Watson, Eaden, Barnard, Morgan, Appleby (Marcelle), Krizan (Markstedt), Sheridan, Redfern, Hristov (Hendrie), Ward, Tinkler

1996-97 First XI 1998-99 First XI Season 1997-98

Forrest

Breacker (Abou)

Lazaridis

Potts

Pearce

Unsworth

Lampard

Berkovic

Kitson

Hartson

Ferdinand

Forrest

Potts

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce (Rowland)

Impey (Abou)

Berkovic

Kitson

Hartson

Lampard

Forrest

Potts

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Impey (Moncur)

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic (Alves)

Abou

Forrest

Potts

Lazaridis (Dowie)

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic (Hodges)

Abou

Forrest

Potts

Lazaridis

Unsworth (Breacker)

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lampard

Abou (Dowie)

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Forrest

Breacker

Lazaridis

Potts

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lomas

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic

Sinclair (Hodges)

Forrest

Breacker (Lazaridis)

Pearce

Ferdinand

Moncur

Sinclair

Lomas

Impey (Potts)

Lazaridis

Hartson

Kitson (Berkovic)

Forrest

Breacker (Potts)

Lazaridis

Lomas

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lampard

Berkovic

Kitson (Hodges)

HartsonImpey

Forrest

Impey

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic (Abou)

Lomas

Forrest

Impey

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic

Sinclair

 

Lama

Impey

Lazaridis

Potts

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Abou

Berkovic (Hodges)

Lomas

Lama

Impey

Lazaridis

Potts

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lomas

Lampard

Abou

Berkovic

Sinclair

Lama

Impey (Potts)

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Bishop

Lampard

Abou

Berkovic

Sinclair

Lama

Potts (Hodges)

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce (Moncur)

Lampard

Abou

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Lama

Potts

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Berkovic (Mean)

Abou (Omoyinmi)

Hartson

Sinclair

Lama

Potts (Abou)

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Hartson

Lomas

Sinclair

Lama

Impey (Abou)

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce (Potts)

Lomas

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic (Moncur)

Sinclair

Lama

Impey

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lampard

Abou (Omoyinmi)

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Lama

Impey

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lomas

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic (Potts)

Sinclair

Lama

Impey

Lazaridis

Potts (Kitson)

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lomas

Lampard

Abou

Berkovic

Sinclair

Lama

Pearce

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Lomas

Moncur (Omoyinmi)

Lampard

Kitson (Mean)

Berkovic (Abou)

Sinclair

Lama

Impey

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Pearce

Lomas

Lampard

Abou (Omoyinmi)

Kitson

Berkovic

Sinclair

Lama

Omoyinmi

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lomas

Lampard

Abou

Berkovic (Mean)

Sinclair

Programme wrongly dated 1997

30 January 1998

TREVOR SINCLAIR 25-year-old signs from QUEENS PARK RANGERS valued at £2.3m

 

IAIN DOWIE and KEITH ROWLAND join QUEENS PARK RANGERS as part of the exchange deal which brought SINCLAIR to Upton Park

10 January 1998

LEE HODGES extends his loan signing with PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

A double from Samassi Abou helped the Hammers recover from their League Cup exit with a thumping win over Barnsley. The striker scored the Hammers' only goal in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal four days earlier but was on hand to banish the blues with two fine strikes in a West Ham goal fest at the Boleyn Ground. Frank Lampard scored the first before Abou doubled the home side's lead as they went in 2-0 up at half-time. After the break Abou scored again before goals from John Moncur, John Hartson and Stan Lazaridis made sure the scoreline was an emphatic one.

LEE HODGES makes his Hammers debut against TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR at White Hart Lane

Harry Redknapp's West Ham avoided a potential cup upset at Maine Road, against a Manchester City side then battling against relegation to the third tier. Though Eyal Berkovic put the Hammers in front, Georgi Kinkladze's brilliant individual effort put the skids under the visitors. The Georgian midfielder slalomed through West Ham's rearguard, before beating Craig Forrest, via the inside of the far post. It might have got a whole lot worse, but Uwe Rosler skied his spot-kick over the bar, after Steve Potts had been penalised. With the tie in the balance, it swung decisively in the Hammers' favour with quarter-of-an-hour to play, when former City employee Steve Lomas fired hard and low through a crowded penalty area to send West Ham into the last 16.

TREVOR SINCLAIR makes his Hammers debut against EVERTON at Upton Park

A thrilling four-goal match between the sides, with the teams coming out on terms. Hammers' new boy Trevor Sinclair had a fantastic debut for the Club. He headed home Stan Lazaridis' corner after just 10 minutes to give West Ham the lead. Nicky Barmby levelled the scores 15 minutes later with a diving header. Just three minutes after the break Sinclair's debut got even better when he played a one-two with Eyal Berkovic and coolly finished. But Everton were not done yet and, when Rio Ferdianand failed to cut out a cross, Mikael Madar took full advantage of the gift after an hour.

 

2 February 1998

STEPHEN BYWATER signs from ROTHERHAM UNITED for £300,000

 

(Bywater played and was sent off in a trial game for the Reserves against Charlton 27 Jan 1998)

3 February 1998

CRAIG ETHERINGTON signs on loan to HALIFAX TOWN

Lama

Breacker (Potts)

Lazaridis

Lomas

Pearce

Unsworth

Impey

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic

Sinclair

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18 February 1998

 

EYAL BERKOVIC 1st Hammer to represent ISRAEL

TURKEY International Friendly National Stadium, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv 4-0

Having drawn a pulsating Valentine's Day game at the Boleyn Ground 2-2, a replay to decide this FA Cup fifth-round tie was needed. A largely forgettable 90 minutes gave way to a pulsating period of extra time in which John Hartson gave the Hammers the lead before Stuart Ripley's equaliser six minutes from time sent the game to penalties. With the score at 4-4, Hammers goalkeeper Craig Forrest made himself a hero by saving Colin Hendry's spot-kick to send the away supporters into rapture. The Hammers were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Arsenal, but their fantastic run equalled West Ham's best FA Cup performance since the 1990/91 season when they reached the semi-finals. Alongside Forrest, West Ham's team at Ewood Park included Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Eyal Berkovic and Steve Lomas.

BERNARD LAMA makes his Hammers debut against ARSENAL at Upton Park

West Ham United fought back from a goal down to topple Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground. In front of 25,289, the in-form Trevor Sinclair helped Harry Redknapp's Hammers move to within just four points of the Premier League's top four, as West Ham turned out for a fourth time in 12 days. French full-back Laurent Charvet opened his account for the Blues with the game's first goal in the 52nd minute, a lead that would last just 15 minutes. Sinclair, who had signed from Queens Park Rangers just two months earlier, netted his fifth goal in six games, before setting up David Unsworth's 73rd-minute winner. Victory cemented the Hammers in eighth spot.    

25 March 1998

 

RIO FERDINAND 2nd ENGLAND cap

SWITZERLAND International Friendly Wankdorf Stadion, Berne 1-1

 

 

STEVE LOMAS 7th NORTHERN IRELAND cap

SLOVAKIA an International Friendly Windsor Park, Belfast 1-0 (25 caps)

 

 

JOHN HARTSON 4th WALES cap

JAMAICA International Friendly Ninian Park, Cardiff 0-0 (12 caps)

26 March 1998

 

IAN BISHOP rejoins his former club MANCHESTER CITY on a free transfer.

Bishop had played 294 games for West Ham United and scored 17 goals

 

LES SEALY signs on loan to BURY

 

 

 

27 March 1998

 

NEIL FINN signs on loan to DORCHESTER TOWN for the rest of the season

SCOTT MEAN makes his Hammers debut against LEEDS UNITED at Upton Park

The Hammers eased past Leeds United to maintain a fine home record cultivated throughout the 1997/98 season. This result was never in doubt once John Hartson had given the hosts an eighth minute lead. West Ham soon doubled their advantage, with Samassi Abou netting one of his six goals for the season with 23 minutes on the clock, A dominant Monday night performance was sealed after the break when Ian Pearce notched to round off a pleasing 3-0 success. Harry Redknapp's side would only lose twice on home turf all campaign, and took maximum points from 13 of their 19 Boleyn Ground league fixtures. West Ham would go on to end the campaign eighth in the table with 56 points, just three behind fifth placed Leeds.

15 April 1998

 

EYAL BERKOVIC 2nd ISRAEL cap

ARGENTINA International Friendly Teddy Kollek Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel 2-1

22 April 1998

 

STEVE LOMAS 8th NORTHERN IRELAND cap

SWITZERLAND International Friendly Windsor Park, Belfast 1-0 (26 caps)

 

 

BERNARD LAMA first Hammer to represent FRANCE

SWEDEN International Friendly Rasunda Fotbollsstadion, Solna 1-1 (28 caps)

West Ham United were en route to an eighth place Premier League finish when they travelled south of the river to take on Crystal Palace in the penultimate fixture of the 1997/98 campaign. It proved to be a real thriller as the sides shared six goals. The Hammers took a fourth minute lead when Frank Lampard's run towards goal was only ended by a tackle from Sasa Curcic, which ended up in his own net. But Palace hit back through a Marcus Bent chip, and then Simon Rodger's first time effort from the edge of the area put his side 2-1 up. It got even better for the hosts when Attilio Lombardo finished coolly for 3-1, but the Hammers were not finished and came roaring back in a rousing finale. Manny Omoyinmi got the comeback going in the 68th minute, and although David Unsworth was sent off with two minutes to play, West Ham still managed to level up thanks to Omoyinmi's second.

A sun-drenched Boleyn Ground encounter with Martin O'Neill's mid-table Leicester City turned out to be an end pf season extravaganza. Neither team had much to play for, but that was not apparent in the way the game was approached, with plenty to entertain the 25,781 Boleyn Ground crowd. West Ham were in a rich vein of goalscoring form, having drawn 3-3 at Crystal Palace in their previous match, and it did not take them long to get off the mark this time, with Frank Lampard's 15th minute strike opening the scoring. Samassi Abou made it two on 31 minutes to give West Ham a position of strength before the break. Leicester pulled one back on 59 through former Hammer Tony Cottee, but it was soon 3-1 thanks to Trevor Sinclair. The drama continued and the Foxes again closed the deficit thanks to Emile Heskey, before the hosts could relax again due to Abou's second of the game. Inevitably it was Cottee who responded once more when he fired past Bernard Lama from point blank range with seven minutes to go, but West Ham had done enough to secure a thrilling victory which gave them an eighth-place finish.

29 May 1998

 

RIO FERDINAND 3rd ENGLAND cap against BELGIUM (sub 46 mins)

King Hassan II Cup, Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca 0-0 *lost 3-4 on Pens

 

BERNARD LAMA 2nd FRANCE cap

MOROCCO King Hassan II Cup, Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca 2-2 (29 caps) *won 6-5 on Pens

 

 

3 June 1998

 

JOHN HARTSON 5th WALES cap

MALTA International Friendly Ta'Qali National Stadium, Attard 3-0 (13 caps)

 

 

 

6 June 1998

 

JOHN HARTSON 6th WALES cap

TUNISIA International Friendly Stade Olympique d'El Menzah, Tunis  0-4 (14 caps)

1996-97 First XI Season 1997-98 1998-99 First XI 98_01_03 WHU v. Emley FAC 3 98_01_06 WHU v. Arsenal CCC 98_01_10 WHU v. Barnsley 98_01_17 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 98_01_25 Manchester City v. WHU FAC 4 98_01_31 WHU v. Everton 98_02_07 Newcastle United v. WHU 98_02_14 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers FAC 5 98_02_21 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 98_02_25 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU FAC 5R 98_03_02 WHU v. Arsenal 98_03_08 Arsenal v. WHU FAC 6 98_03_11 WHU v. Manchester United 98_03_14 WHU v. Chelsea 98_04_25 WHU v. Southampton 98_03_30 WHU v. Leeds United 98_04_04 Aston Villa v. WHU 98_04_11 WHU v. Derby County 98_04_18 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 98_04_25 WHU v. Southampton 98_05_02 Liverpool v. WHU 98_05_05 Crystal Palace v. WHU 98_05_10 WHU v. Leicester City

19 April 1998

GRADY DIANGANA (2018-  PRESENT) Born this day Kinshas, Democratic Republic of Congo