A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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2004-05 F.A. Premier Academy League : Group A

Academy Director: Tony Carr

MANCHESTER CITY : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

0 - 4

21 August 2004

Reed

Andrews

Henry

White

Tomkins

Wright

Davidson

Bunce (Cowley)

Allen (Ashikodi)

Yao (Ephraim)

Reid

04_08_21 WHU v. Manchester City 04_08_28 Manchester UInited v. WHU U18 04_09_04 Milton Keynes Dons v. WHU U18

MANCHESTER UNITED : FA Premier Academy League

Carrington

2 - 3 (Allen, Wright

28 August 2004

Reed

Henry

Laws

Blewitt

Andrews

Wright

Davidson (Yao)

Noble M.

Reid

Ashikodi (Allen)

Ephraim (Brady)

MILTON KEYNES DONS : FA Premier Academy League

National Hocket Stadium

3 - 1 (Allen 3)

4 September 2004

Behcet

Andrews

Bunce

White

Laws (Blewitt)

Davidson (Stokes)

Brady

Cowley

Yao

Allen

Reid (Ashikodi)

ASTON VILLA : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

0 - 1

11 September 2004

Reed

Henry

Laws

Blewitt

Andrews

Yao (Ashikodi)

Wright

Cowley

Reid

Allen

Ephraim (Welsh)

04_09_11 WHU v. Aston Villa 04_09_18 Birmingham City v. WHU U18 04_09_25 WHU v. Bristol City

BIRMINGHAM CITY : FA Premier Academy League

St Andrews

2 - 1 (Ashikodi, White)

18 September 2004

Reed

Andrews

Bunce

White

Tomkins

Brady

Yao

Shaw (Cowley)

Ashikodi

Stokes (Stokes)

Reid (Allen)

BRISTOL CITY : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

2 - 2 (Ashikodi, Reed)

25 September 2004

Behcet

Andrews

Bunce

White

Blewitt

Cowley (Stokes)

Reid

Shaw

Ashikodi

Allen (Wright)

Welsh (Davidson)

MILLWALL : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

0 - 4

2 October 2004

Behcet

Andrews

White

Blewitt

Bunce

Yao (Cowley)

Shaw

Brady

Welsh (Reid)

Ashikodi (Davidson)

Stokes

04_10_02 WHU v. Millwall 04_10_09 Chelsea v. WHU U18 04_10_18 Fulham v. WHU U18

CHELSEA : FA Premier Academy League

Sipson Lane

2 - 0 (Bunce, [og])

9 October 2004

Reed

Andrews

Henry

White

Laws

Wright

Yao

Noble M.

Ashikodi

Bunce

Reid

FULHAM : FA Premier Academy League

Motspur Park

2 - 0 (Noble, Reid)

16 October 2004

Behcet

Wright

Henry

White

Laws

Yao (Shaw)

Noble M. (Brady)

Bunce

Reid

Ashikodi

Stokes (Allen)

NORWICH CITY : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

3 - 2 (Allen 3)

23 October 2004

Reed

Henry

White

Blewitt

Andrews (Yao)

Allen

Shaw

Bunce

Reid (Cowley)

Ashikodi

Stokes (Wright)

04_10_23 WHU v. Norwich City 04_10_30 Charlton v. WHU U18 04_11_06 WHU v. Southampton

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : FA Premier Academy League

Sparrows Lane

0 - 2

30 October 2004

Behcet

Henry

Cohen

Laws

Blewitt

Shaw (Andrews)

Yao

Cowley

Ashikodi (Davidson)

Allen (Ephraim)

Welsh

SOUTHAMPTON : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

1 - 4 (Reed)

6 November 2004

Behcet

Andrews

Henry

White

Laws (Blewitt)

Wright

Yao

Cowley

Stokes (Ashikodi)

Ephraim (Davidson)

Reid

CRYSTAL PALACE : FA Premier Academy League

Copers Cope Road

4 - 3 (Stokes 2 [1 pen], Ashikodi, Welsh)

13 November 2004

Reed

Laws

Henry

White

Blewitt

Shaw (Ashikodi)

Davidson

Bunce

Stokes (Yao)

Ephraim

Welsh (Reid)

04_11_13 Crystal Palace v. WHU U18 04_11_20 WHU v. Arsenal 04_12_04 Ipswich Town v. WHU U18

ARSENAL : FA Premier Academy League

Little Heath

2 - 0 (Ephraim, [og])

20 November 2004

Behcet

Andrews

Henry

White

Tomkins

Cohen

Allen

Shaw (Cowley)

Ashikodi (Davidson)

Ephraim (Stokes)

Welsh

IPSWICH TOWN : FA Premier Academy League

Portman Road

0 - 4

4 December 2004

Behcet

Andrews

Bunce

White (Henry)

Laws

Shaw

Allen

Cowley

Yao (Reid)

Ephraim

Welsh

GILLINGHAM : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)

Priestfield

6 - 3 (Noble 2 [1 pen], Ashikodi, Stokes, Welsh, [og])

7 December 2004

Att: 1,000

Reed

Andrews

Henry

White

Tomkins

Noble

Allen (Shaw)

Cohen

Ashikodi

Stokes (Welsh)

Reid

04_12_07 Gillingham v. WHU FAYC1 04_12_07 Gillingham v. WHU FAYC1 TS 04_12_11 Norwich City v. WHU U18

NORWICH CITY : FA Premier Academy League

Carrow Road

0 - 0

11 December 2004

Behcet

Shaw (Tomkins)

Andrews

White

Henry

Cowley

Yao

Stokes

Davidson (Ashikodi)

Ephraim

Welsh (Allen)

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

The Under-18s were a little unfortunate to have lost to a strong Aston Villa side that had won both the FA Youth Cup and their Youth Academy Under-17 League last season. Hammers had only themselves to blame for not taking the lead in the first-half. They got the ball into the Villa penalty-area on several occasions but failed to take advantage of the chances created. Ollie Allen had a couple of shots well-saved by Villa's Austrian 'keeper Robert Olejink and on 34 minutes Hogan Ephraim's 20 yard shot was just deflected wide of the target. Villa took the lead on 50 minutes when Agbonlahor, who scored one of the goals that knocked the Hammers out of the FA Youth Cup last season, cut in from the left of the penalty-area to fire the ball past Matthew Reed. West Ham almost equalised in the 77th minute when a corner taken by substitute Ishmael Welsh-Elliott was cleared only as far as David Cowley. He crossed to the far post where Darren Blewitt managed to direct a fine header past the Villa 'keeper but the ball rebounded off the crossbar.

Academy Manager, Tony Carr, said: "The result doesn't tell the full story. We played better this week than we did when we beat MK Dons the week before. We were playing against a quality side and for long periods getting the better of them, but we missed some good chances. Blewitt hit the crossbar, and Jemel Henry in the defence was steady and strong. It was a better overall team performance from us."

The Under-18s gained their fourth away win in a row, although just before half-time only a excellent double save by Darren Behcet prevented Fulham from taking the lead. The Hammers started the second-half with Mark Noble firing a left foot shot just over the bar and then on 52 minutes they took the lead with an excellent goal. Kyle Reid put Danny Bunce through and his low cross was laid back first time by Tony Stokes into the path of Mark Noble who drove a right foot shot low into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. After that West Ham pretty much dominated the game, and on 65 minutes another excellent goal saw them double their lead. A flick-on put Kyle Reid through and he thundered home an unstoppable left foot shot via the underside of the bar. Tommy Laws then headed over from an Ashikodi cross as the Hammers continued to press, but it was Fulham who nearly had the final word when Chris James fired in a left foot shot which Behcet brilliantly turned aside.

It was a thoroughly deserved victory that obviously pleased Tony Carr, who wished the team could transform their away form to Little Heath, where they had only picked up one point from their four home games.

An injury-time winner from Moses Ashikodi sealed all three points for the Hammers in a dramatic 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace. The Hammers surrendering a 3-0 second-half lead to the home side, before grabbing a last gasp winner. The match started evenly, with neither side able to take control of proceedings, but it wasn't until the 40th minute that the contest really sparked into life, when a touchline clash between Densal Davidson and a Crystal Palace defender saw both players sent-off. The sending-off opened up the game, and two minutes before half-time West Ham took the lead. Striker Tony Stokes was bundled over in the area and dispatched the resulting penalty himself. The Hammers came out for the second-half full of confidence, and were 2-0 ahead after 57 minutes. Hogan Ephraim's free-kick was headed back across goal by Liam White, and it was Stokes who was again on the spot to head home from close range. Three minutes later Stokes was again involved in the goal, receiving the ball from Danny Bunce and firing in an effort, which the Eagles 'keeper could only parry into the path of Ishmael Welsh, who duly swept the ball home, 3-0 West Ham. On 68 minutes a determined home side pulled one back and six minutes later they made it 3-2 after a low cross into West Ham's penalty area looked to be turned home by the foot of a Hammers defender. And just four minutes later a remarkable Eagles comeback was completed when Palace equalised through Gabban's near post drive, to stun the young Hammers. Deep into injury-time Ashikodi received the ball on the half-way line, powered away from the Palace defence, shrugged off a last-gasp challenge and drilled home a dramatic winner for Tony Carr's side.

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Tony Carr's Under-18 side recorded their second successive win with a magnificent 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Little Heath. An own goal in the first-half and a Hogan Ephraim second-half strike were enough to secure the points in a hard-fought London derby. The Hammers started brightly and took the lead after 21 minutes. A short corner routine worked between Ishmael Welsh and Ollie Allen saw the ball swung in to the near post, where Arsenal defender Aaron Samuel inadvertently glanced into his own net. At the other end, Hammers goalkeeper Darren Behcet had to be alert, rushing out to block at the feet of Arsenal front-man, Anthony Stokes, to send the Hammers in 1-0 up at the break. Tony Carr"s team came out for the second-half with fresh determination, and on the hour mark a Moses Ashikodi drive was fortuitously deflected wide. The resulting corner was swung in and appeared to be cleared with ease by the Gunners defence. But the referee immediately stopped play, having spotted a foul by Arsenal goalkeeper Michael Jordan on Hogan Ephraim. Despite the visitors' protests a penalty was awarded. Ephraim stepped up to take the kick himself, planting it low and left. But Jordan guessed right and got down to make the save. The ball squirmed loose in the box, and Hammers striker Ephraim reacted quickest to stab the ball home and put the home side 2-0 up. However, just three minutes later the roles were dramatically reversed when Arsenal's Fabrice Muamba went down in the West Ham penalty area, and the referee awarded a debatable spot-kick. Jay Simpson stepped up for the Gunners, but blasted his effort over the bar.