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1997-98 F.A. Carling Premiership

Frank Lampard gatecrashed Barnsley's opening day Premiership party as West Ham staged a late smash and grab raid. It brought a sad end to a day which had started out so gloriously for Barnsley and the hoards of fans hoping to greet the dawn of a new era with a famous victory. After waiting 110 years for football among the game's elite, Barnsley set out their stall in sensational fashion following a rapturous welcome from the 19,000-strong crowd. As the temperatures soared on one of the hottest days of the year, Barnsley warmed to their task and the Oakwell cauldron soon exploded when skipper Neil Redfearn grabbed the opener in the ninth minute.  But within eight minutes of the restart it all went horribly wrong for Barnsley as Welsh international John Hartson rose above a cluster of Barnsley defenders to head home into an empty net after keeper David Watson had needlessly raced off his line. Then came the killer blow in the 77th minute after Lampard had been brought on just moments earlier for Israeli international Eyal Berkovic. Hughes delivered and Lampard flicked home with the outside of his right boot past the despairing dive of the helpless Watson to send Barnsley trudging off the field with the muted applause of the home fans to bring the curtain down on an unfortunate end to the day.

Manager: Harry Redknapp

97_08_09 Barnsley v. WHU

BARNSLEY : FA Carling Premiership

EYAL BERKOVIC and DAVID TERRIER both make their Hammers debut against BARNSLEY at Oakwell

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : FA Carling Premiership

97_08_13 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

Barnsley:

Watson, Eaden, Moses, De Zeeuw, Hendrie, Redfearn, Wilkinson (Hristov), Bullock (Liddell), Shirtliff (Marcelle), Tinkler, Barnard.

 

Oakwell

2 - 1 (Hartson, Lampard)

9 August 1997

Att: 18,667

Referee: A. Wilkie

Eyal Berkovic marked his Upton Park debut with the winner that piled the summer heat on beleaguered Gerry Francis. Israeli ace Berkovic had not made any secret of his wish to play for Tottenham after his season at Southampton. But instead he moved to East and not North London. The Israelie scored in the 70th-minute which proved decisive. Harry Redknapp's side had been sent on course for their best start in 11 seasons when John Hartson capitalised on shocking defensive work to claim his first of the season. And even though Les Ferdinand opened his White Hart Lane account after his £6million move from Newcastle with a close-range strike late-on Spurs knew they were second-best.

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Berkovic, Hartson)

13 August 1997

Att: 25,354

Referee; S. Lodge

Tottenham Hotspu:

Walker, Edinburgh, Howells, Nielsen (Sinton), Ferdinand, Carr, Ginola, Vega, Scales, Iversen, Campbell (Clemence).

 

EVERTON : FA Carling Premiership

97_08_23 Everton v. WHU

Graham Stuart gave Everton their first win of the season and sent West Ham tumbling to their first defeat. The tough little midfielder somehow managed to create space for himself in the box with just seven minutes to go but it was enough for him to spin and fire the ball past a startled Ludo Miklosko from six yards. Stuart's moment of inspiration in the box and Everton's season was up and running.

Goodison Park

1 - 2 ([og])

23 August 1997

Att: 34,356

Referee: P. Jones

Everton:

Southall, Barrett, Phelan, Williamson (Short), Watson, Bilic, Stuart, Barmby, Ferguson, Speed, Farrelly (Oster).

 

COVENTRY CITY : FA Carling Premiership

97_08_27 Coventry City v. WHU 97_08_30 WHU v. Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON : FA Carling Premiership

MANCHESTER UNITED : FA Carling Premiership

97_09_13 Manchester United v. WHU 97_09_16 Huddersfield Town v. WHU CCC2

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Coca-Cola Cup (Second Round - 1st Leg)

NEWCASTLE UNITED : FA Carling Premiership

97_09_20 WHU v. Newcastle United 97_09_24 Arsenal v. WHU

ARSENAL : FA Carling Premiership

LIVERPOOL : FA Carling Premiership

97_09_27 WHU v. Liverpool 97_09_29 WHU v. Huddersfield Town CCC

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Coca-Cola Cup (Second Round - 2nd Leg)

SOUTHAMPTON : FA Carling Premiership

97_10_04 Southampton v. WHU 97_10_15 WHU v. Aston Villa CCC3

ASTON VILLA : Coca-Cola Cup (Third Round)

BOLTON WANDERERS : FA Carling Premiership

97_10_18 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers 97_10_27 Leicester City v. WHU

LEICESTER CITY : FA Carling Premiership

CRYSTAL PALACE : FA Carling Premiership

97_11_03 WHU v. Crystal Palace

CHELSEA : FA Carling Premiership

97_11_09 Chelsea v. WHU 97_11_19 WHU v. Walsall CCC4

WALSALL : Coca-Cola Cup (Fourth Round)

LEEDS UNITED : FA Carling Premiership

ASTON VILLA : FA Carling Premiership

97_11_23 Leeds United v. WHU 97_11_29 WHU v. Aston Villa

CRYSTAL PALACE : FA Carling Premiership

DERBY COUNTY : FA Carling Premiership

97_12_03 WHU v. Crystal Palace 97_12_06 Derby County v. WHU

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : FA Carling Premiership

BLACKBURN ROVERS : FA Carling Premiership

97_12_13 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday 97_12_20 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU

COVENTRY CITY : FA Carling Premiership

WIMBLEDON : FA Carling Premiership

97_12_26 WHU v. Coventry City 97_12_29 Wimbledon v. WHU CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

The Premiership's great escape artists are both planning an early release from the potential shackles of relegation rather than remaining strait-jacketed until the season's closing stretch. Coventry, so long the Houdinis of the top flight due to their last-minute miracles in avoiding the trap door to the Nationwide League, claimed their fifth point of this new campaign with the season only four matches old. West Ham's Czech international goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko had been given little to do, bar superbly fingertipping over a Dion Dublin 25-yard piledriver in the sixth minute, before being beaten by a close-range stab from Darren Huckerby seven minutes from half-time. John Salako swung over a corner which was nodded down by Dublin for Huckerby to prod home from inside the six-yard box for his second goal of the season. Miklosko did come to the rescue of his side three minutes after the break when he superbly smothered a 12-yard drive from Norwegian Trond Soltvedt, who had been put clear by Huckerby. In contrast, Miklosko's opposite number Steve Ogrizovic had remained a spectator for the first hour, but that changed in the 64th minute when he conceded a strike from Paul Kitson. Australian international Stan Lazaridis delivered a deep cross from the right wing which found the head of John Hartson and, although the woodwork initially came to City's rescue, Kitson was on hand to head home from six yards to break his duck for this term. West Ham continued to pile forward in ever-increasing numbers and should have wrapped up the points with two glorious chances inside the last 22 minutes.

DAVID UNSWORTH makes his Hammers debut against EVERTON at Goodison Park

Coventry City:

Ogrizovic, Shaw, Burrows, Williams, Breen, Salako, Telfer, Soltvedt (Boland), Richardson, Huckerby (Lightbourne), Dublin.

 

Highfield Road

1 - 0 (Kitson)

27 August 1997

Att: 18,289

Referee: N. Barry

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Berkovic, Hartson, Rieper)

30 August 1997

Att: 24,516

Referee: G. Poll

Old Trafford

1 - 2 (Hartson)

13 September 1997

Att: 55,068

Referee: D. Elleray

McAlpine Stadium

0 - 1

16 September 1997

Att: 8,525

Referee: C. Wilkes

Upton Park

0 - 1

20 September 1997

Att: 25,884

Referee: S. Dunn

Highbury

0 - 4

24 September 1997

Att: 38,012

Referee: P. Alcock

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hartson, Berkovic)

27 September 1997

Att: 25,908

Referee: D. Gallagher

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Hartson 3)

29 September 1997

Att: 16,137

Referee: M. Bodenham

The Dell

0 - 3

4 October 1997

Att: 15,212

Referee: M. Riley

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Hartson 2, Lampard)

15 October 1997

Att: 20,360

Referee: S. Lodge

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Hatson 2, Berkovic)

18 October 1997

Att: 24,864

Referee: G. Ashby

Filbert Street

1 - 2 (Berkovic)

27 October 1997

Att: 20,201

Referee: M. Reed

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Hartson, Lampard)

3 November 1997

Att: 23,728

Referee: D. Elleray

Stamford Bridge

1 - 2 (Hartson [pen])

9 November 1997

Att: 33,256

Referee: G. Barber

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Lampard 3, Hartson)

19 November 1997

Att: 17,463

Referee:

Elland Road

1 - 3 (Lampard)

23 November 1997

Att: 29,447

Referee:

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Hartson 2)

29 November 1997

Att: 24,976

Referee:

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Berkovic, Hartson, lomas, Unworth)

3 December 1997

Att: 23,335

Referee:

Pride Park

0 - 2

6 December 1997

Att: 29,300

Referee:

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Kitson)

13 December 1997

Att: 24,344

Referee:

Ewood Park

0 - 3

20 December 1997

Att: 21,653

Referee:

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Kitson)

26 December 1997

Att: 22,477

Referee:

Selhurst park

2 - 1 (kitson, kimble [og])

28 December 1997

Att: 22,087

Referee:

West Ham scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the second half to gain a convincing victory over London rivals Wimbledon at Upton Park and move up to third in the Premiership table. Substitute Efan Ekoku scored a consolation goal for Wimbledon 10 minutes from time but the Hammers were so much on top they were unfortunate not to have won by a much bigger margin. John Hartson, after 47 minutes, Marc Rieper (53) and Eyal Berkovic (54) scored the goals for the hosts and Wimbledon, normally full of passion and quick running, looked dejected and demoralised.

Wimbledon:

Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Blackwell, Earle, Holdsworth (Ekoku), Perry, McAllister (Clarke), Ardley, Jupp, Euell (Gayle).

 

Roy Keane drove champions Manchester United back to the Premiership summit with another inspirational display at home to West Ham. The tireless Irishman cancelled out John Hartson's 13th minute goal, the first Peter Schmeichel had conceded in 693 minutes, before England youngster Paul Scholes capped his wonderful week with the 75th minute winner. The Londoners arrived full of confidence after their surprise start to the season had lifted them into third place, and they began well enough. But for most of the second half they were pinned in their own penalty area and simply ran out of strength to resist their eighth consecutive Old Trafford defeat.  

IAN PEARCE makes his Hammers debut against NEWCASTLE UNITED at Upton Park

ANDY IMPEY makes his Hammers debut against LIVERPOOL at Upton Park

IAN MOORE makes his Hammers debut against SOUTHAMPTON at The Dell

CRAIG FORREST makes his Hammers debut against ASTON VILLA at Upton Park

SAMASSI ABOU makes his Hammers debut against CHELSEA at Stamford Bridge

PAULO ALVES makes his Hammers debut against ASTON VILLA at Upton Park

Manchester United:

Schmeichel, G. Neville, Pallister, Beckham, Butt, Cole (McClair), Giggs (Poborsky), P. Neville, Keane, Scholes, Berg.

 

Huddersfield striker Alex Dyer burst West Ham's Coca-Cola Cup bubble with a brilliant header to seal a 1-0 win in the first leg at the McAlpine Stadium. Dyer, rose unmarked at the far post in the 75th minute to beat the lunging Ludek Miklosko with ease. But Harry Redknapp's side only had themselves to blame for the defeat, with strikers John Hartson and Paul Kitson guilty of wasting several clear-cut chances. Kitson, replaced by Iain Dowie at half-time, spurned the Hammers best chance of the game when he was denied by keeper Steve Francis after 21 minutes. Hartson won a flick-on to release the former Newcastle striker, who powered his way past defender Jon Dyson but shot straight at Francis from 12 yards out. And Hartson himself was unlucky after 50 minutes when his stinging right-foot shot from a Michael Hughes cross hit the post and was cleared by Dyson. Midfielder Frank Lampard was also guilty of missing the target when it seemed easier to score just after the break. A throw-in from West Ham skipper Steve Lomas was flicked on by Hartson and Lampard, running in at the near post, nudged the ball wide from three yards out.  As the game wore on, both sets of fans became increasingly frustrated at their teams' failure to break the deadlock. Huddersfield substitute Simon Baldry, who has come up through the reserves, came closest to scoring for the home side when his goal-bound effort from a Paul Dalton cross was cleared by the impressive Rio Ferdinand on 55 minutes. Then, as West Ham poured forward in search of an elusive goal, Hudderfield counter-attacked and Dyer hammered the nail into the visitor's coffin to boost his side's confidence for the second leg.

Huddersfield Town:

Francis, Jenkins, Martin (Baldry), Dyson, Gray, Edmondson, Dalton (Hurst), Makel, Stewart, Dyer, Burnett.

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Miklosko

Breacker

Unsworth

Potts

Ferdinand

Hughes

Berkovic

Lampard

Lomas

Hartson

Kitson (Dowie)

John Barnes silenced the Upton Park boo-boys with a wonder-winner that stole a victory for Kenny Dalglish's Magpies. The veteran midfielder's every touch had been jeered as the Hammers fans made him pay for snubbing them to go to Tyneside last month after being freed by Liverpool. But just before the end of a first half that had effectively been a private battle between John Hartson and Shay Given, Barnes picked the perfect moment to score his first goal in black and white. David Batty saw Champions' League hat-trick hero Faustino Asprilla in space in the middle, and played a great ball for the Colombian to advance into the box. Pressured by three defenders, Asprilla fell to the ground, but showed superb presence of mind to regain his feet and lay back to Barnes. The home back line had been drawn, magnet-like, to the South American, and Barnes, with next to no backlift, produced a 20-yarder with the outside of that famous left foot which flew past Ludek Miklosko into the top corner. And for all the non-stop efforts of Harry Redknapp's men, that was to prove the match-winner as the East Enders found the script had given all the best lines to the opposition. Try as they might, they could not find a way past the magnificent Given, who left Hartson, Eyal Berkovic, Stan Lazaridis and Iain Dowie, as well as the bulk of the crowd, all shaking their heads.

Miklosko

Breacker (Hughes)

Unsworth

Hartson

Lomas

Dowie

Ferdinand

Lampard

Lazaridis

Pearce

Berkovic (Potts)

Newcastle United:

Given, Barton, Beresford, Batty, Peacock, Lee, Barnes (Howey), Asprilla, Gillespie, Watson, Albert.

Dennis Bergkamp can't fly but as he led Arsenal to the top of the league in a four-goal romp that humiliated West Ham, the Dutch striker showed once again that he is the nearest thing to Superman in the Premiership. On a night when Arsenal celebrated Ian Wright's record-busting achievements, presenting him with a golden boot and a guard of honour, it was still Bergkamp - the man who dare not set foot on an aeroplane - who soared over proceedings at a ground where legends have been created. His Holland team-mate Marc Overmars scored twice and Wright rattled in his 181st for the Gunners with a generously awarded penalty - all in the space of seven explosive minutes at the end of the first half. But Bergkamp was the man who started the spree with an exquisite touch and a deft finish in the 11th minute and if the fates smiled more kindly on his dazzling array of skills - the full range of them unveiled on a classic night of Arsenal's sophistication.

Arsenal:

Seaman, Dixon (Grimandi), Winterburn (Platt), Vieira, Bould, Adams, Wright (Anelka), Bergkamp, Overmars, Parlour, Petit.

 

Miklosko

Breacker

Unsworth

Bishop

Hartson

Lomas

Dowie

Ferdinand (Potts)

Lazaridis

Lampard

Pearce

Eyal Berkovic ensured renegade East Ender Paul Ince left his first love with nothing except "Judas" jibes as the Hammers found a silver lining to their black September cloud. Israeli schemer Berkovic had helped Harry Redknapp's men take the lead utterly against the run of play in the first half when his right-footer rebounded off the post for John Hartson to slide home. Robbie Fowler crashed home a wonder volley in the 52nd minute. Fowler, who had missed two clear openings before the break, then chipped against the bar and had a penalty claim rejected by referee Dermot Gallagher. But in the 65th minute former Everton man David Unsworth, judged not guilty by Gallagher, pumped forward in search of big Hartson. The Welshman's header came off Ince's toe to run across the edge of the Liverpool box and up stepped Berkovic to smash past David James and into the bottom corner.

Liverpool:

James, Kvarme (Murphy), Babb, McManaman, Fowler, Berger (Riedle), Thomas (McAteer), Ince, Owen, Bjornebye, Carragher.

 

Miklosko

Breacker

Unsworth

Hartson

Lomas

Dowie

Ferdinand

Lampard

Pearce

Impey

Berkovic.

John Hartson claimed the first hat-trick of his West Ham career to ease the Hammers through to a Coca-Cola Cup third-round meeting with Aston Villa. But the big, bad Welshman left Upton Park knowing he could easily have had seven or eight - and that was not counting the half-chances. The former Arsenal man showed an ice-cool touch in front of goal in the 31st minute, coolly clipping home after another sublime pass from Eyal Berkovic had sliced the Huddersfield defence to pieces. Hartson then claimed his seventh of the season before the break, taking advantage of rampaging work down the flank by Andy Impey to squeeze a shot through Steve Francis and into the net. Before and after that goal Hartson went from hero to villain with a string of misses that left the player and the crowd frustrated and amazed. But with 13 minutes left Hartson finally claimed that elusive third, dribbling his way through before finding the corner of the net from 12 yards. Hartson was not the only one to blame for West Ham failing to score more. Even so, though, they did more than enough against a lightweight Huddersfield side who showed exactly why they have yet to record a Nationwide League division one win this season.

Huddersfield Town:

Francis, Jenkins, Edmondson, Collins, Morrison, Gray, Edwards (Lawson), Makel (Burnett), Stewart, Payton, Dyer.

 

Miklosko

Breacker

Unsworth

Hartson

Lomas

Dowie

Ferdinand

Lampard

Pearce

Impey (Potts)

Berkovic

Egil Ostenstad sparked West Ham fury with the goal that launched bottom club Southampton's romp at the Dell just two minutes after the Norwegian came into the action. Ian Pearce was booked in the protests to referee Mike Riley after the home substitute bundled Kevin Davies' header out of Ludek Miklosko's hands and over the line for his first goal of the season in the 54th minute. But little more than 10 minutes later Hammers were dead and buried thanks to fine goals by Davies and Jason Dodd, giving the hard-pressed Saints only their second win of the season.

Southampton:

Jones, Dodd, Charlton (Benali), Palmer, Monkou, Lundekvam, Le Tissier, Oakley (Slater), Evans (Ostenstad), Davies, Richardson.

Big John Hartson continued his love affair with this season's Coca-Cola Cup to lead the Hammers into the last 16. The Welsh dragon had scored his first senior hat-trick against Huddersfield in the last round. And he took full toll of Villa's defensive weakness to claim another double to take his season's tally to 10. The first came after just eight minutes, and was the perfect finish to a superb move inspired by Eyal Berkovic. Berkovic's slide-rule pass down the right sent Tim Breacker galloping away past Alan Wright, and when he delivered, Hartson rose above Riccardo Scimeca to glance in off the far post. Frank Lampard then steered in the second as the Hammers took a control of the game after just 16 minutes. And any thoughts of a Villa comeback were demolished when Hartson did it again 10 minutes from time. Substitute Ian Bishop crossed from the left and Hartson chested the ball down and darted between Simon Grayson and Wright before poking past Mark Bosnich into the bottom corner.

Aston Villa:

Bosnich, Nelson (Charles), Wright, Ehiogu, Scimeca, Southgate (Grayson), Taylor, Draper, Milosevic (Curcic), Yorke, Collymore.

 

Miklosko

Breacker

Impey

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Bishop

Dowie (Moore)

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Forrest

Breacker (Rowland)

Impey

Potts

Ferdinand

Unsworth

Lampard

Dowie (Bishop)

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Bolton Wanderers:

Branagan, Frandsen, Taggart, Pollock, Sellars, Thompson (Johansen), Bergsson, Beardsley (McGinlay), Phillips, Whitlow, Holdsworth.

West Ham collected three valued points through two second half goals from John Hartson and one from Eyal Berkovic. But the game will mainly be remembered for its bad tempered exchanges. Four West Ham players - David Unsworth, Rio Ferdinand, Iain Dowie and Frank Lampard - were booked and Bolton substitute Michael Johansen, Dean Holdsworth and Scott Sellars were also cautioned. In a hard fought game it took 66 minutes before Eyal Berkovic broke the deadlock and just moments later the visitors were down to ten men after Gerry Taggart was sent-off for a senseless foul on Craig Forrest. John Hartson doubled the lead after 75 minutes and put the finishing touches to the win with his second goal in injury time for a deserved victory.

Ian Marshall ended Leicester's West Ham hoodoo with a late goal in a thrilling Premiership encounter at Filbert Street. The striker-turned-central-defender came up trumps with eight minutes remaining by sidefooting home a Steve Guppy corner at the second attempt to lift Leicester into fourth place. West Ham were left to rue their inept finishing in the second period, as they had the opportunities to have killed off the Foxes before Marshall struck with his fifth goal of the season. Leicester were the more purposeful side in the first half, but Harry Redknapp's team gradually took command, with Eyal Berkovic always a handful for the home defence. O'Neill's side eventually broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when the Hammers appealed in vain for offside after Guppy's chip freed Emile Heskey. The striker raced forward unopposed into the penalty area and steadied himself before drilling a low shot under the body of Forrest. West Ham opened the second half on the offensive and it came as no surprise when the visitors drew level in the 58th minute. Hartson weaved his way past two defenders and his low centre was hammered home by Berkovic. However, the Foxes took all three points with Marshall's late strike.

Leicester City:

Arphexad, Kaamark, (Campbell), Guppy, Savage (Parker), Prior, Elliott, Izzet, Lennon, Claridge, Marshall, Heskey.

FA Premier League

The first signing of the season was made when Israeli international midfielder Eyal Berkovic was purchased in June for a fee of £1.75 million. The first two games were won as the Hammers beat Barnsley 2–1 away and old rivals Tottenham 1–0 at home. In September there were mixed results; Newcastle won 1–0 at Upton Park followed by a poor 4–0 reverse at Arsenal. Both Hartson and Berkovic were on target in the 2–1 home victory against Liverpool and in the League Cup a hat-trick from Hartson saw Huddersfield Town beaten 3–0.

There was a flurry of transfer activity as Danny Williams went to Everton in a swap for defender David Unsworth, Danish defender Marc Rieper went to Celtic, while midfielder Michael Hughes joined Wimbledon.

In their place West Ham signed defender Ian Pearce and winger Andy Impey. In top form was John Hartson as he scored twice in the 3–0 League Cup win against Aston Villa. The away form was causing concern, with defeats at Leicester City, Chelsea and Leeds United. Young Frank Lampard scored a hat-trick as Walsall were knocked out of the League Cup 4–1 at Upton Park.

Striker Kitson was missing with a groin injury, which prompted the purchase of French forward Samassi Abou. Kitson returned from injury in December and scored the winning goals in victories over Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City and Wimbledon. The Yorkshire non-league side Emley were the visitors in the FA Cup and were narrowly beaten 2–1. Days later the Hammers went out of the League Cup after losing 2–1 at home to Arsenal. At home to Barnsley Abou scored twice as the Yorkshire side were crushed 6–0.

Then the Irish pair Rowland and Dowie joined Queens Park Rangers in a swap deal for winger Trevor Sinclair, who scored twice on his Hammers debut against Everton. An in-form West Ham side then won 2–1 at Manchester City in the FA Cup and in the next round Blackburn Rovers were knocked out following a tense penalty shoot-out at Ewood Park. In March there were fine home wins against Chelsea and Leeds but the FA Cup game at home to Arsenal saw the Hammers this time lose on penalties.

A UEFA Cup place was looking likely until a 4–2 home defeat by Southampton was followed by a 5–0 thrashing at Liverpool. The final home game saw an exciting clash with Leicester City, with the Hammers winning 4–3. Former Hammer Tony Cottee was given a rousing welcome and repaid the ovation by scoring twice. An eighth-place finish was the Hammers highest finish in the Premier League.

1 July 1997

MICHAEL CARRICK and SHAUN BYRNE sign apprentice forms

 

 

2 July 1997

HUGO PORFIRIO announces that he will not be returning to Upton Park

 

 

7 July 1997

LEE BOYLAN signs professional forms

9 July 1997

DAVID TERRIER French International defender signs from METZ on a free transfer

 

 

23 July 1997

CRAIG FORREST 29-year-old signs from IPSWICH TOWN for £500,000

15 August 1997

DANNY WILLIAMSON joins EVERTON as part of an exchange deal that saw DAVID UNSWORTH join the Hammers 3 days later

 

 

18 August 1997

DAVID UNSWORTH signs from EVERTON for £1m

20 August 1997

 

MARC RIEPER 24th DENMARK cap

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA in the World Cup Qualifier Stadion Kosevo, Sarajevo 0-3 (48 Caps)

 

MICHAEL HUGHES 9th NORTHERN IRELAND cap

GERMANY World Cup Qualifier Windsor Park, Belfast 1-3 (38 caps)

4 September 1997

RICHARD GARCIA signs apprentice

10 September 1997

 

IAIN DOWIE 14th, KEITH ROWLAND 13th and STEVE LOMAS his 5th NORTHERN IRELAND cap

ALBANIA World Cup Qualifier Hardturm, Zurich, Switzerland 0-1

7 September 1997

 

CRAIG FORREST 2nd Hammer to represent CANADA

JAMAICA World Cup Qualifier National Stadium, Kingston 0-1

14 September 1997

 

CRAIG FORREST 2nd CANADA cap

EL SALVADOR World Cup Qualifier Estadio Cuscatian, San Salvador 1-4

16 September 1997

IAN PEARCE SIGNS from BLACKBURN ROVERS for a £2.3m fee

25 September 1997

MICHAEL HUGHES Northern Ireland international joins WIMBLEDON for £800,000

 

26 September 1997

ANDY IMPEY signs from QUEENS PARK RANGERS for £1.3m and IAN MOORE signs on loan from NOTTINGHAM FOREST

11 October 1997

 

IAIN DOWIE 15th cap and STEVE LOMAS his 5th NORTHERN IRELAND cap

PORTUGAL World Cup Qualifier Estadio do Sport Lisbon e Benfica, Portugal  0-1

 

JOHN HARTSON 3rd WALES cap

BELGIUM World Cup Qualifier Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 2-3 (11 caps)

 

 

12 October 1997

CRAIG FORREST 3rd CANADA cap

MEXICO World Cup Qualifier Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton 2-2

6 November 1997

LEE HODGES joins PLYMOUTH ARGYLE on loan

MATCH ABANDONED

Floodlight Failure : rearranged for 3 December 1997

Frank Lampard had just struck an equaliser for West Ham United against Crystal Palace when the floodlights at Upton Park failed, plunging the ground into darkness and forcing the abandonment of the game.

 

As football fans in east London cursed their luck, 6,500 miles away in Malaysia members of an Asian betting syndicate celebrated a six-figure payout.

 

A month later the syndicate – who had "arranged" for the lights to go out – repeated their scam during a Wimbledon vs Arsenal game. But, when they tried for a third time, at a Charlton vs Liverpool match, their plan was foiled. The security guard who had been bribed to trip the electrics using a remote control told a colleague of the plan and he alerted the police. Four men – two Malaysians, a Chinese man and Roger Firth, the Charlton security supervisor – were subsequently jailed for between 18 months and four years.

Forrest

Potts (Impey)

Unsworth

Pearce

Ferdinand

Berkovic

Lomas

Lampard

Moncur

Hartson

Dowie (Abou)

Rio Ferdinand proved the unlikely cure for Chelsea's traditional hangover from their European exertions as his own goal set the home side on the road to a 2-1 win over West Ham in the London derby at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had looked as if they were still nursing the after effects of their 7-1 thrashing of Tromso in the Cup Winners' Cup three days ago until Ferdinand's mistake turned the game on 57 minutes. Gianfranco Zola crossed the ball from near the by-line and Ferdinand succeeded only in steering it past his own keeper Craig Forrest as he tried to clear. Chelsea had lost their previous three Premiership games immediately following their European matches, losing to Arsenal, Liverpool and Bolton. But playing a West Ham side who had not won away since the first day of the season at Barnsley, they grew in confidence after Ferdinand, who is in the England squad for next Saturday's friendly against Cameroon, committed his blunder. And Zola, playing up front with Mark Hughes as midweek hat-trick hero Gianluca Vialli was rested, doubled their advantage on 81 minutes. The Italian international repeated his dead ball magic from the win over Tromso to score only the second direct free kick in the Premiership this season, leaving Forrest rooted to the spot from 20 yards out. Welsh international John Hartson pulled one goal back for West Ham, his 13th strike of the season, two minutes later when he confidently slotted home a penalty after Andy Myers had felled substitute Sammassi Abou, making his debut.

Forrest

Impey

Rowland

Unsworth (Potts)

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur (Abou)

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Chelsea:

De Goey, Petrescu (Nicholls), Babayaro, Leboeuf (Gullit), Hughes, Wise, Di Matteo, Myers, Sinclair, Newton, Zola.

15 November 1997

 

RIO FERDINAND 23rd Hammer to make his ENGLAND debut

CAMEROON (sub) International Friendly Wembley 2-0

636 FERDINAND Rio - England

Forrest

Breacker

Lomas

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic

Abou

Miklosko

Breacker

Impey

Unsworth

Potts

Pearce

Lampard

Abou (Dowie)

Hartson

Berkovic (Moncur)

Lomas

Miklosko

Breacker

Rowland

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Potts

Abou (Alves)

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Forrest

Breacker

Lazaridis (Rowland)

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Abou

Hartson (Alves)

Berkovic

Lomas

Miklosko

Breacker (Abou)

Lazaridis (Alves)

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Moncur

Lampard

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

Forrest

Impey (Breacker)

Rowland

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lampard

Berkovic

Kitson (Abou)

Hartson

Lomas

Forrest

Impey

Rowland

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lampard

Berkovic

Kitson (Abou)

Hartson

Lomas

Forrest

Impey

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Lampard

Berkovic (Potts)

Kitson

Hartson

Lomas

Forrest

Breacker

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Pearce

Impey

Lampard

Kitson

Hartson

Lomas

2 November 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 7th AUSTRALIA cap (sub 56 mins)

IRAN World Cup Play-off Asia / Oceania Azadi Stadium, Tehran 1-1

29 November 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 8th AUSTRALIA cap

IRAN World Cup Play-off Asia / Oceania Cricket Ground, Melbourne 2-2

West Ham United hosted a London derby with Crystal Palace under the lights. The Hammers were on top from the start with John Hartson scoring after 30 minutes following a pass from Eyal Berkovic. Against the run of play Palace equalised on 41 minutes when a poor clearance went straight to Neil Shipperley who eagerly scored. Right on half time West Ham regained the initiative when Hartson headed against the bar leaving Berkovic to poke home. Just after the interval Stan Lazaridis sent over a cross which left David Unsworth to send a close-range volley ripping into the net for his first ever Hammers goal. Hartson was continually causing problems for Palace and with 20 minutes left he crossed into the near post and Steve Lomas was on hand to volley into the net. This was a vintage West Ham performance and the 4-1 win was their sixth home league victory of the season.

4 December 1997

ADAM NEWTON signs apprentice forms

12 December 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 9th AUSTRALIA cap

MEXICO 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Finals (Saudi Arabia) King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh 3-1

14 December 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 10th AUSTRALIA cap

BRAZIL 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Finals (Saudi Arabia) King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh 0-0

 

 

16 December 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 11th AUSTRALIA cap

SAUDI ARABIA 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Finals (Saudi Arabia) King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh 0-1

20 December 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 12th AUSTRALIA cap

URUGUAY 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Finals (Saudi Arabia) Semi-Final King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh 1-0 (aet)

 

 

21 December 1997

 

STAN LAZARIDIS 13th AUSTRALIA cap

BRAZIL 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup Finals (Saudi Arabia) Final King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh 0-6

18 December 1997

MARCUS BROWNE (2016-    ) Born this day Whitechapel, London

22 December 1997

BERNARD LAMA signs on loan from PARIS ST GERMAIN (France) until the end of season

97_08_09 Barnsley v. WHU 97_08_13 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 97_08_23 Everton v. WHU 97_08_27 Coventry City v. WHU 97_08_30 WHU v. Wimbledon

Miklosko

Breacker

Lazaridis

Unsworth

Ferdinand

Rieper

Moncur

Dowie

Hartson

Berkovic

Lomas

97_09_13 Manchester United v. WHU

Miklosko

Breacker

Hughes

Potts

Ferdinand

Unsworth

Moncur (Lampard)

Berkovic

Kitson

Hartson

Lomas

97_09_16 Huddersfield Town v. WHU 97_09_24 Arsenal v. WHU 97_09_27 WHU v. Liverpool 97_10_04 Southampton v. WHU 97_10_15 WHU v. Aston Villa CCC 3R 97_10_18 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers 97_10_27 Leicester City v. WHU 97_11_09 Chelsea v. WHU 97_11_19 WHU v. Walsall CCC 4R 97_11_23 Leeds United v. WHU 97_11_29 WHU v. Aston Villa 97_12_06 Derby County v. WHU 97_12_20 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 97_12_28 Wimbledon v. WHU