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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 05_12_31 Charlton Athletic v. WHU Boardroom

2005-06 Barclays Premiership

05_08_13 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

5 July 2005

PAUL KONCHESKY signs from CHARLTON ATHLETIC for £1.5m

 

11 July 2005

CHRIS POWELL rejoins CHARLTON ATHLETIC on a free transfer

 

19 July 2005

YOSSI BENAYOUN Israeli International signs from

RACING SANTANDER for £2.5m

 

29 July 2005

SHAKA HISLOP out of contract with PORTSMOUTH rejoins the

Hammers on a free transfer

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Premiership

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Dailly

Konchesky

Reo-Coker

Mullins (Noble)

Benayoun

Etherington

Sheringham (Newton)

Harewood

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Etherington, Reo-Coker, Sheringham)

13 August 2005

Att: 33,305

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Barclays Premiership

05_08_20 Newcastle United v. WHU

St James' Park

0 - 0

20 August 2005

Att: 51,620

Carroll

Repka

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun (Dailly)

Reo-Coker

Etherington

Sheringham (Newton)

Harewood (Zamora)

05_08_27 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers 05_09_12 WHU v. Aston Villa

25 August 2005

JEREMIE ALIADIERE joins the Hammers on loan from ARSENAL

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premiership

JEREMIE ALIADIERE makes his Hammers debut against BOLTON WANDERERS at Upton Park

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premiership

14 September 2005

CARL FLETCHER joins WATFORD on loan

 

16 September 2005

PETR MIKOLANDA joins NORTHAMPTON TOWN on two month loan

05_09_17 Fulham v. WHU 05_09_20 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU CC

FULHAM : Barclays Premiership

Carroll

Repka

Gabbidon (Ward)

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun

Reo-Coker

Etherington (Aliadiere)

Sheringham

Harewood (Zamora)

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Sheringham [pen])

27 August 2005

Att: 31,629

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Carling Cup (Second Round)

JAMES COLLINS, DAVID BELLION, TONY STOKES and HOGAN EPHRAIM all make their Hammers debut against SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY at Hillsborough

05_09_24 WHU v. Arsenal 05_10_01 Sunderland v. WHU

ARSENAL : Barclays Premiership

SUNDERLAND : Barclays Premiership

05_10_16 Manchester City v. WHU 05_10_23 WHU v. Middlesbrough 05_10_26 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 05_10_29 Liverpool v. WHU 05_11_05 WHU v. WBA 05_11_20 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 05_11_27 WHU v. Manchester United 05_12_05 Birmingham City v. WHU 05_12_10 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU 05_12_14 Everton v. WHU 05_12_17 WHU v. Newcastle United 05_12_26 Portsmouth v. WHU 05_12_28 WHU v. Wigan Athletic 05_12_31 Charlton Athletic v, WHU

CLIVE CLARKE makes his Hammers debut against BOLTON WANDERERS at the Reebok Stadium

5 November 2005

CHRIS COHEN joins YEOVIL TOWN on loan

 

8 November 2005

GAVIN WILLIAMS joins IPSWICH TOWN initially on loan, made permanent 4th January 2006

12 November 2005

PAUL KONCHESKY 31st Hammer to make his ENGLAND debut against ARGENTINA (sub) International Friendly Stade de Geneva 3-2

 

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 34th SCOTLAND cap against USA International Friendly Hampden Park 1-1

 

16 November 2005

CARL FLETCHER (9th cap), DANIEL GABBIDON (5th cap), GAVIN WILLIAMS (2nd cap)

WALES against CYPRUS International Friendly Tsirion Athletic Center, Limassol 0-1 (2 caps)

22 November 2005

ELLIOTT WARD joins PLYMOUTH ARGYLE on loan

 

24 November 2005

PETR MIKOLANDA joins SWINDON TOWN on two month loan

PRE-SEASON NEWS

4 July 2005

DAINEL GABBIDON and JAMES COLLINS both Welsh Internationals sign from CARDIFF CITY for a combined £3m

 

West Ham United made a double defensive swoop on this day in 2005 to bring Cardiff City pair Daniel Gabbidon and James Collins to the Boleyn Ground.

The pair, both Welsh internationals, helped Cardiff rise from League Two to the Championship before earning their top flight chance with the Hammers, who had just been promoted via the play-offs.

16 August 2005

 

TRENT McCLENAHAN joins MILTON KEYNES DONS on loan

 

 

17 August 2005

 

DAVID BELLION signs on loan from MANCHESTER UNITED

 

05_09_20 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU 05_08_20 Newcastle United v. WHU 05_09_17 Fulham v. WHU 05_10_01 Sunderland v. WHU 05_10_16 Manchester City v. WHU 05_10_26 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 05_10_29 Liverpool v. WHU 05_11_20 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 05_12_14 Everton v. WHU 05_12_26 Portsmouth v. WHU 05_12_31 Charlton Athletic v. WHU

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premiership

MIDDLESBROUGH : Barclays Premiership

BOLTON WANDERERS : Carling Cup (Third Round)

LIVERPOOL : Barclays Premiership

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Barclays Premiership

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Premiership

MANCHESTER UNITED : Barclays Premiership

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Barclays Premiership

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Premiership

EVERTON : Barclays Premiership

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Barclays Premiership

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premiership

WIGAN ATHLETIC : Barclays Premiership

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Barclays Premiership

Manager: Alan Pardew

ROY CARROLL, DANIEL GABBIDON, PAUL KONCHESKY and YOSSI BENAYOUN all make their Hammers debut against BLACKBURN ROVERS at Upton Park

West Ham staged an impressive fightback to record a 3-1 victory over 10-man Blackburn. Andy Todd's first goal since Boxing Day had appeared to set Rovers on their way but second half strikes from the effervescent Sheringham and Nigel Reo-Coker turned the game on its head. Matthew Etherington added a third for The Hammers with Blackburn's only reply a wild lunge from Paul Dickov on Paul Konchesky, resulting in a straight red card for the Scot. The scoring was opened following a succession of Morten Gamst Pedersen corners as Todd swept home low to Roy Carroll's left on 18. But then after 46 minutes, Todd turned from hero to villain when his indecision failed to cut out a ball from Israeli ace Yossi Benayoun. Todd succeeded only in presenting a gift to Sheringham who slotted the ball low to Friedel's left, to level the score at 1-1.Just 16 minutes later and West Ham had taken the lead as Etherington fed Reo-Coker, who turned the leaden footed Mokoena, before firing an unstoppable shot on 62 minutes to put the Hammers into the lead.  West Ham's glorious return to the Premiership was confirmed ten minutes from time, when Brett Emerton's misplaced pass played in Benayoun who unselfishly squared for Etherington to lap home.

Toothless Newcastle let 10-man West Ham off the hook after defender Paul Konchesky was controversially sent off. The full-back was dismissed for a 55th-minute professional foul on Jermaine Jenas who appeared to win the ball. The Magpies could not make their numerical advantage count and they were booed from the pitch. That Newcastle badly misfired is not in any doubt, but it would be churlish not to acknowledge the Hammers' performance with Danny Gabbidon outstanding at the back and Marlon Harewood giving Jean-Alain Boumsong the sternest of examinations. They were well worth their point, and despite the fact that he was several players short of his best 11, the gaps in Souness' squad were cruelly exposed by a side which was, after all, playing Coca-Cola Championship football last season.

30 August 2005

STEVE LOMAS Northern Ireland International joins QUEENS PARK RANGERS on a free transfer

 

SEKOU BARADJI signs from LE MANS on loan and is promptly dispatched to READING to gain first team football

Alan Pardew has spent the entire summer trying to bring a top-class striker to West Ham - and this home defeat by Bolton proved why he must succeed in that quest. West Ham dominated most of the match and created far more good chances, but although they found Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in superb form, the home side were dreadfully wasteful in front of goal, with Marlon Harewood the main culprit. Kevin Nolan and substitute Ivan Campo showed West Ham how it was done by scoring the second-half goals that earned Wanderers their second Premiership win in four days. Teddy Sheringham gave West Ham hope with a late penalty and also hit the bar with a free-kick, but his team-mates have to be more ruthless in attack if his inventiveness and intelligence is to be fully exploited.

Marlon Harewood fired the first Barclays Premiership hat-trick of the season to silence his critics and raise the roof at Upton Park. The powerful Hammers striker could have spent most of the season languishing on the bench if Czech international Milan Baros had not snubbed a move to West Ham in favour of Aston Villa. But the Upton Park crowd were left chanting "Baros, what's the score?" after Harewood had fired West Ham back to winning ways and repaid the faith shown in him by Alan Pardew. He linked brilliantly with Teddy Sheringham for the first after 24 minutes and then touched home the second from Hayden Mullins' header to give West Ham a 2-0 half-time lead. Harewood smashed home his third from a Matthew Etherington cross just after the interval and was then given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Bobby Zamora with 10 minutes left.

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Harewood 3, Benayoun)

12 September 2005

Att: 29,582

Referee: R. Styles

Carroll

Repka

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins (Dailly)

Benayoun

Reo-Coker

Etherington (Newton)

Sheringham

Harewood (Zamora)

Craven Cottage

2 - 1 (Harewood, o.g.)

17 September 2005

Att:

Referee:

Carroll

Repka

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun (Sheringham)

Reo-Coker

Etherington

Zamora (Newton)

Harewood (Aliadiere)

Marlon Harewood provided the inspiration once again as West Ham registered their second Barclays Premiership victory in six days in a pulsating London derby. Harewood followed up his hat-trick in Monday night's 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa with another star turn, pouncing for the opener a minute after half-time and then forcing goalkeeper Tony Warner's cruel own goal. Fulham hit back through the inspirational Luis Boa Morte, who played like a man possessed from start to finish, but the skipper's beautifully-struck curler remained the home side's only response. Both teams entered the match high in confidence and it showed on the pitch with the sell-out crowd treated to some thrilling moments as the high-octane play switched from end to end.

Hillsborough

4 - 2 (Zamora 2, Bellion, Dailly)

20 September 2005

Att: 14,976

Referee: S. Tanner

Hislop

Repka (Stokes)

Cohen

Ward

Collins

Dailly

Williams (Ephraim)

Newton

Noble

Zamora

Harewood (Bellion)

Two-goal Bobby Zamora, captain for the-night Christian Dailly and David Bellion fired West Ham into the Carling Cup third round - but only after a late scare against the Coca-Cola Championship's rock-bottom club. Zamora has been overshadowed recently by forward partner Marlon Harewood who has hogged centre stage with four goals in his last two games to help elevate the Hammers to a heady sixth in the Barclays Premiership. But Zamora finally stepped into the spotlight with a brace of outstanding quality, with Dailly's powerful header for his first goal for 16 months sandwiched in between. That was before Wednesday proceeded to mount a late comeback that was killed off by sub Bellion six minutes from time.

Upton Park

0 - 0

24 September 2005

Att: 34,742

Referee: M. Dean

Carroll

Repka

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun

Reo-Coker

Etherington (Newton)

Sheringham (Zamora)

Harewood

West Ham and Arsenal tried their best to inject some excitement back into the Barclays Premiership at Upton Park this afternoon - but both failed to produce a goal, despite plenty of effort and passion on display in front of a sell-out crowd. The point will probably have been more palatable to the home support, who for two seasons had been used to hosting the likes of Stoke and Crewe rather than one of the top-flight's premier sides, a mark of just how far the Hammers have come under Alan Pardew. Indeed, the hosts could have snatched a famous victory had substitute Bobby Zamora not headed wide when picked out by Matthew Etherington's centre late on. Arsenal, though, know they will have to find an answer to their lack of a killer instinct in the final third without the services of injured striker Thierry Henry sooner rather than later if they are to challenge for the title.

Stadium of Light

1 - 1 (Benayoun)

1 October 2005

Att: 31,212

Referee: M. Atkinson

Carroll

Repka (Dailly)

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Benayoun

Reo-Coker

Mullins

Etherington (Newton)

Sheringham (Zamora)

Harewood

Luckless Sunderland had two precious Barclays Premiership points snatched from their grasp as West Ham staged an outrageous comeback at the Stadium of Light. The visitors looked to have been battered into submission by Mick McCarthy's side, who took the lead through Tommy Miller at the end of an ordinary first half and then upped the tempo after the break. But after threatening to win it comfortably, the Black Cats were forced to make do with a draw when Israeli international Yossi Benayoun levelled with 18 minutes remaining. Sunderland will feel they deserved a second successive victory after dominating for much of the game - with Andy Welsh and Stephen Elliott particularly impressive. But Hammers boss Alan Pardew was rewarded for his substitutions, with Bobby Zamora and Shaun Newton helping to change the flow of the game. West Ham have now lost only one of their seven matches since returning to the top flight - and although it may be little consolation to McCarthy, his side is now unbeaten in three.

Carroll

Repka (Dailly)

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun

Reo-Coker

Etherington (Newton)

Sheringham (Zamora)

Harewood

City of Manchester Stadium

1 - 2 (Zamora)

16 October 2005

Att: 43,647

Referee:

Hislop

Repka

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun (Dailly)

Reo-Coker

Etherington (Newton)

Zamora (Sheringham)

Harewood

 

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Sheringham, [og])

23 October 2005

Att: 34,612

Referee:

Hislop

Repka

Konchesky

Ward

Collins

Dailly

Mullins

Clarke (Newton)

Bellion

Sheringham (Aliadiere)

Harewood (Fletcher)

Reebok Stadium

0 - 1

26 October 2005

Att: 10,926

Referee:

Hislop

Repka (Collins)

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun

Reo-Coker

Etherington (Sheringham)

Bellion (Aliadiere)

Harewood

Anfield

0 - 2

29 October 2005

Att: 44,537

Referee:

Hislop (Bywater)

Repka

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun (Newton)

Reo-Coker (Dailly)

Etherington

Sheringham

Harewood

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Sheringham)

5 November 2005

Att: 34,325

Referee:

Hislop

Repka (Newton)

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Benayoun

Noble

Etherington (Bellion)

Sheringham

Harewood (Zamora)

 

 

White Hart Lane

1 - 1 (Ferdinand)

20 November 2005

Att: 36,154

Referee:

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mullins (Zamora)

Repka

Benayoun

Etherington (Newton)

Noble

Harewood

Sheringham (Dailly)

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Harewood)

27 November 2005

Att: 34,755

Referee:

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mullins

Repka

Benayoun (Newton)

Etherington

Noble (Dailly)

Harewood

Zamora (Bellion)

St Andrews

2 - 1 (Harewood, Zamora)

5 December 2005

Att: 24,010

Referee:

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon (Dailly)

Konchesky

Mullins

Repka

Benayoun

Etherington

Noble (Bellion)

Harewood

Zamora (Aliadiere)

Ewood Park

2 - 1 (Harewood, Zamora)

10 December 2005

Att: 20,370

Referee:

Carroll

Collins

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Repka

Benayoun

Etherington (Dailly)

Fletcher

Harewood

Zamora (Newton)

Goodison Park

2 - 1 (Zamora, [og])

14 December 2005

Att: 35,704

Referee:

Carroll

Collins

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Repka

Benayoun

Etherington

Fletcher

Harewood

Zamora

Upton Park

2 - 4 (Harewood [pen], og)

17 December 2005

Att: 34,836

Referee:

Carroll

Collins

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins (Fletcher)

Repka (Gabbidon), (Dailly)

Etherington

Newton

Reo-Coker

Harewood

Zamora

Fratton Park

1 - 1 (Collins)

26 December 2005

Att: 20,168

Referee:

Carroll

Collins

Dailly

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Etherington

Fletcher (Zamora)

Reo-Coker

Bellion (Newton)

Harewood (Aliadiere)

 

 

Upton Park

0 - 2

28 December 2005

Att: 34,131

Referee:

Carroll

Collins

Dailly

Ferdinand

Konchesky

Mullins

Etherington

Fletcher (Zamora)

Reo-Coker

Bellion (Newton)

Harewood (Aliadiere)

The Valley

0 - 2

31 December 2005

Att: 25,952

Referee:

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

31 July 2005

CLIVE CLARKE Republic of Ireland International joins the Hammers

from STOKE CITY for an undisclosed amount

 

3 August 2005

STEPHEN BYWATER joins COVENTRY CITY on six month loan

 

5 August 2005

DON HUTCHISON at the end of his contract joins MILLWALL on a free transfer

 

8 August 2005

PETR MIKOLANDA joins the Hammers from Czech Republic side VIKTORIA ZIZKOV for an undisclosed fee

17 August 2005

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 30th SCOTLAND cap against AUSTRIA International Friendly Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadion, Graz 2-2

 

CARL FLETCHER 4th WALES cap against SLOVENIA International Friendly Liberty Stadium, Swasea 0-0

In the same match DANIEL GABBIDON 9th Hammer and GAVIN WILLIAMS (Sub 67mins) 10th Hammer to represent WALES

19 August 2005

 

MALKY MACKAY joins WATFORD on a free transfer

3 September 2005

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 31st SCOTLAND cap against ITALY World Qualifier Hampden Park 1-1

 

CARL FLETCHER (5th cap), DANIEL GABBIDON (2nd cap), JAMES COLLINS 11th Hammer to represent WALES against ENGLAND (sub)

World Cup Qualifier Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 0-1

 

YOSSI BENAYOUN 2nd Hammer to make his ISRAEL debut against SWITZERLAND in a World Cup Qualifier in Basel 1-1

 

 

 

7 September 2005

CARL FLETCHER (6th cap), DANIEL GABBIDON (3rd cap), JAMES COLLINS (2nd cap) WALES against POLAND

World Cup Qualifier Stadion Wojska polskiego, Warsaw 0-1

 

YOSSI BENAYOUN 2nd ISRAEL cap against FAROE ISLANDS World Cup Qualifier Svangaskard, Torshavn, Faroe Islands 2-0

8 October 2005

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 32nd SCOTLAND cap against BELARUS World Qualifier Hampden Park 0-1

 

CARL FLETCHER (7th cap), JAMES COLLINS (3rd cap) WALES against NORTHERN IRELAND World Cup Qualifier Belfast 3-2

 

YOSSI BENAYOUN 3rd ISRAEL cap against FAROE ISLANDS World Cup Qualifier Tel Aviv 2-1

 

12 October 2005

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 33rd SCOTLAND cap against SLOVENIA World Qualifier Celje 3-0 (59 caps)

 

CARL FLETCHER (8th cap), JAMES COLLINS (4th cap), DANIEL GABBIDON (4th cap)

WALES against AZERBAIJAN World Cup Qualifier Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2-0

Anton Ferdinand headed an injury-time equaliser to salvage a deserved draw for West Ham against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Ferdinand connected with a Paul Konchesky corner three minutes into stoppage time to turn the ball past Paul Robinson in the Spurs goal. After an opening dominated by Spurs, West Ham edged their way into the game and came close on 11 minutes when Marlon Harewood picked out Hayden Mullins on the edge of the box. Mullins fired a sweet 25-yard drive which had Robinson beaten in the Spurs goal, but the ball flew inches past the post. But it was Tottenham who broke the deadlock on 17 minutes. Michael Dawson's high ball over the top of the West Ham defence caught out both Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon. Mido reacted the quickest and saw his looping header fly over the stranded Hislop. Mark Noble thought he had equalised mid way through the first half but his effort was ruled out for offside. Soon after the break Hislop had to be at his very best to deny Keane's acrobatic overhead kick from close range. Then Robinson made one of the saves of the season to deny Sheringham. Jermaine Jenas could have secured all three points for Tottenham on 89 minutes, but he saw his curling shot fly just wide of the post. And they were made to pay when Ferdinand sneaked an equaliser in injury time to earn a well-merited point in a pulsating London derby.

Goals from Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood helped Hammers to come from behind and claim their second away win of the season. Zamora scored a wonder solo goal on 36 minutes to level after Emile Heskey had put the home side ahead. Then just before half time, Harewood capitalised on mistakes in the Birmingham defence to smash the ball past Nico Vaesen. The game had started slowly until Heskey ignited affairs with a great finish from a tight angle. The Hammers tried to force their way straight back into the contest but had to wait 25 minutes to restore parity. Zamora silenced his critics with a sublime piece of skill. The striker collected a throw-in with his back to goal just inside the Birmingham area and, with Martin Taylor goal-side of him, he flicked the ball over the defender, turning in the process. Zamora then demonstrated exceptional close control to take the covering Damian Johnson out of the equation before firing home for an outstanding individual goal. As the home fans began to articulate their frustrations, Marlon Harewood justified their concerns as he bagged his sixth Premiership goal of the season right on the stroke of half-time, firing home after good work from Matty Etherington. Birmingham chased an equaliser in the second half but a mixture of wasteful finishing from Blues and resolute defending from the Hammers meant we left St. Andrew's with all three points.

 

 

The Hammers produced their best performance of the season to claim their third win on the road. Bobby Zamora did it again at Goodison Park, netting a second-half winner to seal a 2-1 win. For the second time in three games Hammers had to show great determination to come from behind and win away from home. They trailed James Seattle's strike after only six minutes, but an own goal from David Weir levelled matters at half-time before Zamora struck to take all three points back to East London. In truth the result could and perhaps should have been more convincing, for the majority of the match the Hammers completely out played Everton and on another night would have scored four or five. However, it stayed 2-1 so with three extra minutes at the end of the game, it was all about hanging on for Alan Pardew's men. And hang on they did, to the delight of the army of travelling claret and blue fans who sang the roof off Goodison Park all night. At the end of the game all the Hammers players and coaching staff went across to the far corner of Goodison to celebrate three hard earned points with the fans. The scenes underlined the spirit and determination knitted together within West Ham United at the moment, in what is turning into a very promising season for Alan Pardew and his Hammers.

Now back in the Premier League, the squad was strengthened with the acquisition of defenders Paul Konchesky and Danny Gabbidon, together with Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun. The new signings impressed in the opening day victory over Blackburn Rovers. A hat-trick from Marlon Harewood gave the Hammers a 4-0 home win against Aston Villa and two goals from Bobby Zamora came in the 4-2 League Cup victory at Sheffield Wednesday. The League Cup trail ended with a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Bolton Wanderers.

The team was inconsistent as following excellent away wins at Birmingham City and Everton there were home defeats to Newcastle United and Wigan. In January centre-forward Dean Ashton was signed for a club record fee of £7 million. Bobby Zamora was on target in the FA Cup, scoring in the 2-1 win at Norwich City and again in the 4-2 home win against Blackburn Rovers. The two cup wins added to the team’s confidence, which brought four successive league wins that pushed the side up to eighth in the table. A tough fifth-round FA Cup tie was in prospect as the Hammers travelled to play Bolton Wanderers. The Bolton squad contained six players who would later play for West Ham and were managed by Sam Allardyce. The game was a frustrating goalless draw but the replay brought a 2-1 victory, with Harewood grabbing the winner in extra time. The quarter-final tie saw the Hammers travel to Manchester City, where Dean Ashton scored twice in a 2-1 victory.

In April all at West Ham were saddened to hear that former manager John Lyall had passed away. He epitomised everything the club stands for and holds dear. Leading up to the semi-final the Hammers struggled in the league, but this was forgotten when Marlon Harewood scored the winning goal as Middlesbrough were beaten 1–0 at Villa Park to seal a place in the FA Cup final. The Hammers ended the league season in fine style as London rivals Tottenham were beaten 2-1 at Upton Park.

The FA Cup final against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was one of the greatest finals ever. It was a fantastic spectacle for English football seen by millions around the world. The Hammers took a 2-0 lead, with the Reds fighting back to equalise. In the second half Paul Konchesky put West Ham in front again but in injury time Gerrard equalised with an amazing shot from 30 yards. Harewood hit the bar in extra time but no further scoring meant a penalty shootout, which was won by Liverpool. The Hammers fans were heartbroken but very proud of their team.

Andy Cole doubled his goals return for the season as his brace sunk the Hammers and helped to propel Manchester City up to fourth place in the Premiership. Cole, who had only scored twice before the visit of the Hammers, opened the scoring with a goal as good as any you will see in the Premiership this season. Darius Vassell made a speedy forward burst and then released Cole with a cheeky back-heel. The striker found the top corner of the net with an exquisite shot which curled beyond the reach of keeper Roy Carroll. City came agonisingly close to adding a second goal midway through the half when Musampa's cross was flicked past Carroll by Vassell only for Paul Konchesky to save the day for the Hammers with a last-gasp clearance. And in first-half stoppage time City were again denied by a goal-line clearance, as Konchesky came to the rescue once more. But City added a second goal in the 56th minute. Carroll made an excellent stop to keep out Musampa's shot but the ball ran free and a lucky ricochet off Danny Gabbidon fell into the path of Cole who slotted home his second goal of the game from close range. We pulled a goal back in stoppage time when Benayoun's slide-rule pass released substitute Bobby Zamora who sprinted clear and rounded James to slot home his first ever goal in the Premiership.

West Ham gratefully took advantage of a little help from substitute Teddy Sheringham and assistant referee Ralph Bone on an afternoon when Middlesbrough were left fuming.Chances fell to both sides in a frenetic opening period, as Fabio Rochemback and Massimo Maccarone both went close. For the Hammers, Bobby Zamora was our main threat and could have put us in the lead on a couple of occasions. However, the deadlock was not broken until the 65th minute when, within seconds of his arrival, Teddy Sheringham was in the right place at the right time to sweep home Paul Konchesky's low, left-wing centre from eight yards out. And after having Teddy to thank for putting us on the way to a hard-fought victory, we were even more grateful to the referee's assistant Bone. He incorrectly signalled that Schwarzer had clawed the ball back from behind his goal-line, after Konchesky's free-kick into the box took a deflection off the hapless Chris Riggott. Boro were understandably furious that they had become the latest victims of a lack of video technology that would have confirmed Mr Bone's decision had left them out on a limb and, leading the protests, George Boeteng was booked by referee Steve Bennett for dissent. And although Queudrue rose highest at the near post to glance home Rochemback's late, late corner, it was far too late to prevent Boro from going down to defeat.

 

Bolton progressed to the last 16 of the Carling Cup after a Jared Borgetti goal earned them victory over our unlucky Hammers. We undoubtedly had the better of the first half with David Bellion most impressive; the Frenchman setting up Paul Konchesky who saw his effort ruled out for offside. The hosts livened up after the break and went ahead when Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer Borgetti headed in a deep cross from Khalilou Fadiga. Kevin Nolan nodded over soon after but it was enough for Bolton to go through. Both teams made six changes from their Premiership fixtures at the weekend but both started well, with fringe players keen to make an impact. Bellion went on a mazy run, before Abdoulaye Faye made a fine block from Marlon Harewood's shot. Having failed to create any clear-cut chances before the break Bolton improved, with Martin Djetou controlling their play just in front of the back four. Stelios Giannakopolous flashed a shot wide before Fadiga forced a fabulous save from Shaka Hislop, just moments before Borgetti put them in front. Hayden Mullins had a shot parried by Ian Walker as we tried to force a leveller but Bolton hung on.

Two goals from Xabi Alonso and Boudewijn Zenden were enough to ensure Liverpool took all three points from this encounter. Liverpool made an uncertain start despite the return of several leading players in the wake of their shock loss to Crystal Palace four days earlier. Djibril Cisse and Luis Garcia each failed to convert early chances for the Reds, with both players guilty of going for goal when passing seemed the better option. Alonso eventually eased the home crowd's worries when he seized on a clearance from a Garcia corner. His curling shot went in via a slight deflection off Tomas Repka. The home side should have added to their tally but Sami Hyypia's shot was cleared off the line while Fernando Morientes had a free header well saved by Shaka Hislop. Liverpool began to gain a stranglehold of the game and chances were few and far between for the Hammers, although they did threaten when Marlon Harewood's clever flick at the near post went over. Reina almost let a low Repka cross squeeze through his grasp but West Ham's threat was dwindling. At the other end Garcia had a shot saved as Liverpool failed to turn their chances into goals. But substitute Zenden eased any home fears by grabbing his first goal for the club, with an angled shot which went in off the post.

Teddy Sheringham finally found the explosive finish that gave the Hammers the crucial victory that kept them in the top half of the Premiership table.Traffic congestion had caused a ten-minute delay to kick-off but West Ham quickly got into gear as they speedily went in search of an elusive early goal. First, Marlon Harewood saw his goal-bound shot deflected wide and then the Hammers striker failed to connect with Anton Ferdinand's flick-on from a corner. But after a shaky start, Albion started to hit back as Kamara drilled his tightly-angled shot into the side-netting and, after Steve Watson saw his header ruled out by an offside flag, Kamara nodded straight at the alert Shaka Hislop from point-blank range. Kuszczak then parried Harewood's low shot into Sheringham's path before seeing Benayoun's follow-up scrambled off the line by Curtis Davies to keep it goalless at the break. Yet it was not long before we broke the deadlock as Tomas Repka's flighted 57th-minute free-kick was nodded back into the danger zone by Dailly, Sheringham calmly drilled home from eight yards to finally break the deadlock. Hislop's earlier collision with Kanu's boot then forced him to retire as Stephen Bywater saw his first Premiership action of the season. And although Bryan Robson hurled on both Geoff Horsfield and then Kevin Campbell in a fruitless attempt to stimulate a Baggies leveller, there was to be no way back past the Hammers substitute keeper and a defiant defence.

A slim defeat at the hands of mighty Manchester United in an entertaining, end-to-end match and also one minute of concentrated clapping, which brimmed with East End emotion was the perfect tribute to a legendary player. George Best would have undoubtedly approved. Within 52 seconds of the kick-off, however, the visiting fans were in stunned silence as United old boy Teddy Sheringham headed on to Matthew Etherington, whose curling ball behind Rio Ferdinand released Marlon Harewood. Our powerful centre-forward, in turn, calmly slotted a low eight-yarder inside the right-hand post of the helplessly exposed Edwin Van der Sar. Man. United pressed for an equaliser and tested Roy Carroll on a number of occasions. Yet it was not all one-way traffic and we were causing United so many problems that central defender Silvestre was withdrawn, and replaced by right-back Gary Neville. This tactical change by Sir Alex was perhaps the turning point because just as West Ham had sprinted out of the starting stalls in the first half, United got off to a flyer in the second period. Within two minutes of the restart, Park picked out Rooney, who sidestepped Danny Gabbidon and blasted home from eight yards. And after a rampant Rooney mis-kicked in front of goal and then found the side-netting, United took the lead when John O'Shea rose in front of Carroll to powerfully nod home Scholes' 56th-minute corner.

The Hammers were denied a point by substitute Shefki Kuqi, who fired home Blackburn Rovers' winner in a thrilling five-goal encounter at Ewood Park. Rovers, who had gone three Premiership games without a goal, scored three times in the second half to end a resilient Hammers display. An early injury to Danny Gabbidon, who was replaced by former Rover Christian Dailly, disrupted the flow of the game, as neither side registered a shot on goal for the remainder of normal time in the half. However, Bobby Zamora gave the Hammers the lead in stoppage time. In the second half a debatable penalty decision changed the course of the game. A long throw-in by Pedersen was flicked on by David Bentley at the near post and struck the arm of Thomas Repka, with referee Mike Reilly pointing to the spot. Paul Dickov converted the kick and two minutes later stole in to score his second and give Rovers the lead. But just six minutes later, West Ham were back level. After a surging run, Yossi Benayoon slipped in Zamora on the left who in turn picked out Harewood in the centre. Marlon headed home the equaliser despite the best efforts of Robbie Savage on the line. But with just a quarter of an hour to play, Kuqi smashed home the decisive third goal. The Finnish international collected his own flick-on header, bustled his way through the Hammers defence and volleyed the ball past Roy Carroll.

Michael Owen's hat-trick might have stolen the headlines but the 4-2 scoreline doesn't tell the story of a game which could quite easily have gone either way. The kick-off was delayed by half-an-hour after the Newcastle team coach became embroiled in the congested East End traffic, but on five minutes, the visitors' first attack of the afternoon saw them find a clear path to goal. After ambushing Tomas Repka, Owen's simple one-two with Shearer on the edge of the area created sufficient space for him to drill home. West Ham had a Newcastle mistake to thank for their equaliser, when Marlon Harewood's low cross deflected off Titus Bramble onto Nolberto Solano's shin and beyond Given. But with just two minutes of the opening period remaining, Owen cleverly peeled off his marker and headed Solano's free-kick beyond the furious Carroll. Alan Pardew sent his men back out for the second half with a clear mandate to attack, Hayden Mullins rocked Given's right-hand post with a powerful 25-yarder as West Ham piled on the pressure. A goal was inevitable. However, no-one inside Upton Park expected it to come from Newcastle. Alan Shearer claimed his eighth goal of the season when he finished off a clinical Magpies raid with a low angled shot. The Hammers got back in contention thanks to a Harewood penalty but as we poured forward looking for an equaliser were caught on the break in stoppage time as Owen completed his hat-trick.

The Hammers came from a goal behind to earn a valuable point at Fratton Park on Boxing Day. The Hammers endured a nightmare first half in which they had to use all three substitutes and went behind when Gary O'Neil netted Laurent Robert's cross. With Hayden Mullins, Tomas Repka and substitute Danny Gabbidon all going off injured in the first half, a 1-0 half-time deficit was the least of West Ham's worries. The visitors offered little up front and trailed at the break to O'Neil's goal, scored when he swept home Robert's cross from the right wing. But, following a bruising first half, West Ham looked far more composed after the break. Defender James Collins equalised early in the second half, turning to shoot home through a crowd of players. O'Neil set up a fine length-of-the-pitch passing move for Portsmouth but they wasted the opening by being over-elaborate in front of goal. West Ham replied when Matthew Etherington and Marlon Harewood combined well to set up Christian Dailly - but his shot was way off target. West Ham twice came within inches of snatching a late winner, through Harewood's curling shot and Dailly's diving header. With five minutes left Pompey's Laurent Robert, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Etherington, was dismissed for a second foul on Paul Konchesky.

The Hammers were beaten at home for the second successive game, as Wigan Athletic continue to defy the odds at the top end of the table. Wigan claimed the win thanks to the impressive strike duo Jason Roberts and Henri Camara. Wigan's in-form strikeforce had put West Ham under pressure in the opening stages. Roberts missed a golden chance when he picked up Lee McCulloch's pass only to screw his shot wide of the right-hand post. At the other end Anton Ferdinand fired an angled shot wide. Leighton Baines did well to block David Bellion's volley and the Hammers' frustration in front of goal saw Alan Pardew change tactics by bringing on Zamora. However, Wigan retained the upper hand and Roberts and Camara made the pressure pay on the brink of half-time as Camara sent his strike partner through to put Wigan ahead. Two minutes later, they reversed roles and Camara clipped the ball neatly into the left-hand corner. West Ham were in desperate need of a reorganisation and Pardew brought on Shaun Newton in place of Bellion at half-time. In the second half Hayden Mullins was unlucky to see his shot blocked. At the other end, Arjan de Zeeuw almost extended Wigan's lead when he flicked his header from Bullard's free-kick just wide.Zamora came closest to dragging West Ham back into the match. But he nodded his header off-target under pressure from Matt Jackson before tipping another over the bar from close range.

Charlton gained their first derby win of the season and made West Ham pay for spurning a host of first-half chances with a goal in each half at The Valley. With both sides struggling for form, it was a frantic start, with West Ham the quicker out of the blocks. Etherington saw his shot palmed wide and Herman Hreidarsson did well to keep out Nigel Reo-Coker's goal-bound lob, but after enduring an early battering it was Charlton who went ahead. Bartlett slid in at the far post to get a toe on the end of Bent's cross from the right and fire in off the underside of the bar. West Ham replied strongly, with Thomas Mhyre doing well to stand up and deny ex- Charlton player Shaun Newton, and Marlon Harewood flashing a fine effort just off target. Roy Carroll was twice called into action just before the break, first to keep out Rommedahl's low volley and then to block a Bartlett effort with his feet. After the break James Collins then nearly put the ball in his own net before Bent headed in Chris Powell's cross to double Charlton's lead. West Ham sent on Benayoun in a forlorn effort to provide more cutting edge, but it was Charlton who went closer to adding to the scoreline when Hreidarsson's point-blank header drew a fine instinctive save from Carroll.

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