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2006-07 Barclays Premier League

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Zamora 2, Cole)

19 August 2006

Att: 34,937

Referee: H. Webb

Two second-half goals from Bobby Zamora made it a disappointing return to Upton Park for new Charlton manager Iain Dowie. Dowie, who enjoyed two spells at West Ham as a player, saw his side take a 14th-minute lead with a controversial penalty from Darren Bent. But his hopes of getting off to a winning start were made virtually impossible by the dismissal of debutant left-back Djimi Traore in the 26th minute. Traore, a £2million signing from Liverpool, was booked for a foul on Lee Bowyer in the 23rd minute and shown the red card three minutes later when he prevented the home side from taking a quick free-kick. Down to 10 men Charlton understandably struggled to contain a vibrant West Ham side which went on to dominate.

06_08_19 WHU v. Charlton Athletic

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : Barclays Premier League

06_08_22 Watford v. WHU

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbiddon

Koncheskey

Mears

Mullins (Pantsil)

Benayoun

Bowyer

Reo-Coker

Harewood (Cole)

Zamora (Sheringham)

Barclays Premiership

Manager : Alan Pardew / Alan Curbishley

Watford claimed their first point in the Barclays Premiership this season - but they were desperately unlucky not to claim all three against West Ham. Marlon King - who also hit the post in the first half - put the home side in front with a tremendous strike in the 63rd minute, but Bobby Zamora equalised for the Hammers barely a minute later to preserve an unbeaten record against Watford that stretches 21 years and as many matches. Zamora could have won it for West Ham in the 71st minute - but that would have been tough on Adrian Boothroyd's hard-running, committed team, who went close through Ashley Young, Dan Shittu and Darius Henderson. Alan Pardew's West Ham side were technically superior to their hosts, but at times they struggled to cope with Watford's physical strength and with the power and pace of King, who had an inspired match.

WATFORD : Barclays Premier League

LIVERPOOL : Barclays Premier League

06_08_26 Liverpool v. WHU

Two goals in the final minutes of the first half gave Liverpool victory at Anfield on the day the Kop celebrated its 100th birthday. Both goals were scored in front of one of the most famous edifices in football, the first from Daniel Agger - a cracker from 35 yards - and then Peter Crouch from a close range. West Ham led early on through Bobby Zamora's fourth strike of the season and although they contributed to another excellent game - maybe not as good as the FA Cup final - they could not fashion an equaliser, although Lee Bowyer hit a post. The Hammers came forward after the break, always inviting the sucker punch, while Lee Bowyer hit a post. But with new boy Dirk Kuyt buzzing up front, Liverpool just about hung on to their victory

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Premier League

06_09_10 WHU v. Aston Villa

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez came off the bench for his West Ham debut as his new club fought back to earn a point against Aston Villa at Upton Park. Liam Ridgewell's fourth-minute strike had earned Villa the lead and the Hammers were fortunate not to be further behind at half-time after two Juan Pablo Angel headers hit the crossbar. West Ham had lacked their usual fizz and were indecisive at the back - but they burst into life after the interval and were level within six minutes. Bobby Zamora deflected Paul Konchesky's header past Thomas Sorensen for his fifth goal of the season. The Argentinian national flag was hoisted above Newham Town Hall to greet the arrival of Tevez and international team-mate Javier Mascherano, who joined West Ham on transfer deadline day. These are exciting, if uncertain times at Upton Park with a potential takeover in the pipeline - which is understood to have prompted the departure of financial director Nick Igoe from the board - coupled with the mysterious manner in which Tevez and Mascherano arrived at the club. In an address to the fans before kick-off, Alan Pardew vowed he would "protect the integrity and the traditions" of West Ham but urged supporters to embrace what is "perhaps the start of a new era".

PALERMO : UEFA Cup (First Round ~ 1st leg)

06_09_14 WHU v. Palermo UEFA

West Ham need to climb football's own version of Mount Etna if they are to reach the group stages of the UEFA Cup after losing the home leg of their first-round tie to Palermo. The Sicilian side snatched the priceless away goal in the last minute of the first half - and in controversial circumstances. West Ham claimed the ball had gone out of play but Palermo played on and Aimo Diana picked out Andrea Caracciolo to slot his shot past Roy Carroll. West Ham dominated possession and Carlos Tevez enjoyed their best chance with a volley from Bobby Zamora's cross. But the Hammers will need to be much sharper in front of goal in a fortnight's time - they must score at least twice to keep alive their hopes of a European campaign. Less than three years ago, when Alan Pardew took over a side struggling in the Championship, it seemed unthinkable West Ham would be back in European competition. Pardew has built a whole new generation at Upton Park, which he has supplemented with overseas stars like Yossi Benayoun and now Tevez and Javier Mascherano. But Pardew was concerned about their relative inexperience and despite dominating possession West Ham were outsmarted tonight.

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Barclays Premiership

06_09_17 WHU v. Newcastle United

Second-half goals from big-money summer buys Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins allowed Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder to make a winning return to West Ham, the club he left three years ago. A brain operation, relegation and an Upton Park exit were the setbacks Roeder had to endure in 2003 and this time he needed pitch-side protection from the wrath of angry Hammers fans amid chants of "You're the reason we went down". It was a poisonous end to the afternoon but Roeder's current crop of players had thoroughly deserved their victory, with the Hammers' much-hyped Argentinian duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano making minimal contributions. Roeder's side dominated after taking the lead through Duff early in the second half. Martins' influence grew and grew in the second period although he should have done better than nod an early header straight at Roy Carroll.

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premiership

06_09_23 Manchester City v. WHU

Stuart Pearce's biggest investment as a manager paid off at exactly the right time as Georgios Samaras' brace eased the pressure on the beleaguered Blues boss. Despite his midweek goal at Chesterfield, there are plenty of City supporters who are still mystified at the £6million Pearce paid to snap him up from Heerenveen in January. Capable of maddening inconsistency, the 21-year-old has flattered to deceive, yet Pearce has always insisted, given time, the Greece international will come good. And, just when Pearce needed him to, Samaras delivered the goods, lashing home a superb second-half volley before chipping Roy Carroll to give City only their third win in 17 games and take them into the relative comfort of mid-table. The result will do nothing for morale at the Hammers, who are still coming to terms with the stunning arrivals of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez. Despite their lofty reputations, neither Argentinian has made a discernible impact at Upton Park so far, with Tevez starting this game on the bench. Indeed, Mascherano was partly culpable for City's opener, opting to let the ball drop when Christian Dailly blocked Ishmael Miller's initial effort, a decision that allowed Samaras to nip in front of him and send a tremendous volley flying into the top corner. Presumably, a battle against relegation was not exactly what Tevez and Mascherano had in mind when they were handed a chance to try their luck in the Premiership.

PALERMO : UEFA Cup (First Round ~ 2nd leg)

06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA Official

Stadio Renzo Barbera

0 - 3

28th September 2006

Referee: G. Kasnaferis

Att: 19,284

Carroll

Collins

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Spector

Bowyer

Mascherano (Benayoun)

Reo-Coker

Cole (Zamora)

Harewood (Sheringham)

Tevez

West Ham's disappointing start to the season continued as they bowed out of the UEFA Cup at the Renzo Barbera Stadium. Palermo midfielder Fabio Simplicio struck either side of half-time before David Di Michele added his team's third goal in the 67th minute to see the Italians advance through to the group stages. Alan Pardew's men controlled the opening half and had plenty of chances to overcome the 1-0 first leg deficit. However, Palermo goalkeeper Alberto Fontana had an outstanding night to deny the Londoners on numerous occasions. Alan Pardew's surprising decision to leave striker Bobby Zamora out of his starting XI in favour of Carlton Cole proved a shrewd move, with the latter creating plenty of goalscoring opportunities. But the West Ham boss was left disappointed as his team's hopes of reaching the group stages of the competition were extinguished. The Hammers began in confident fashion and almost took the lead with five minutes played. Carlos Tevez got past his marker, surged inside the area and fired in a dipping volley which Fontana palmed away for a corner. Shortly after, Cole headed wide from Paul Konchesky's free-kick as West Ham continued to push forward. At the other end, Di Michele tried his luck from the distance but his shot did not trouble Roy Carroll. Carroll did well to save Fabio Simplicio's powerful effort as Palermo applied more pressure in midfield. Midway through the first half, a defensive misunderstanding between James Collins and Danny Gabbidon could have cost the Hammers dearly, as Di Michele intercepted the pass and shot from inside the area - but Carroll denied him. West Ham had plenty of chances to take the lead before the break but found in in-form Fontana their worst enemy. The Palermo keeper stood strong to deny Cole's effort on target and his next save proved all the more impressive as he palmed away Harewood's acrobatic shot from inside the area. One minute later, West Ham fans could not believe their luck as Fontana palmed Collins' header over the crossbar. Just when West Ham were playing at their best, Palermo scored just before the interval. Eugenio Corini's free-kick from the left found Simplicio, whose right footed effort towards the far post surprised Carroll. Palermo picked up were they left off after the break and could have extended their lead in the 53rd minute had Carroll not made a fantastic save from Cristian Zaccardo's powerful strike. West Ham replied with Cole latching onto Lee Bowyer's cross but his header going inches wide of the far post. West Ham's hopes of a comeback were crushed shortly after the hour mark with Simplicio striking his second of the evening. Di Michele got easily past Gabbidon and served an unmarked Simplicio inside the area, who lobbed the ball past Carroll and into the back of the net. Five minutes later, Palermo struck again with a fast break catching West Ham's defence off-guard. There was little Carroll could do to save Di Michele's bullet from close range. Andrea Caracciolo could have completed a wonderful night for the hosts with a minute remaining but his right-footed effort fizzed wide, much to the relief of a dejected Carroll

06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA 01 06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA 02 06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA Pirate01 06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA Pirate02 06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA Rosanero

PIRATE PROGRAMMES

READING : Barclays Premiership

06_10_01 WHU v. Reading

Upton Park

0 - 1

1st October 2006

Carroll

Dailly

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mullins

Spector

Benayoun

Etherington

Reo-Coker (Harewood)

Cole (Zamora)

Tevez (Sheringham)

Reading heaped the pressure on former manager Alan Pardew after inflicting a fifth straight defeat on struggling West Ham at Upton Park. Pardew will dismiss as paper talk suggestions he could be replaced by Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari if a takeover of the club does go ahead. But the statistics do not make pleasant reading for him. West Ham have not won since the opening day of the season, they have not scored in 488 minutes of football and are yet to keep clean sheet all campaign. Any hopes of rectifying that record were dashed after just one minute and 19 seconds when Seol Ki-Hyeon turned Yossi Benayoun inside out and beat Roy Carroll with a drive from 25 yards. For newly-promoted Reading, victory meant a fourth successive Premiership game unbeaten - the kind of record Pardew enjoyed with West Ham last season. Pardew's decision to leave Reading for West Ham in 2003 reached the door of the High Court before a compensation deal was settled. He transformed the club's fortunes and led them into Europe by reaching last year's FA Cup final. But things have gone sour at Upton Park.

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premiership

06_10_14 Portsmouth v. WHU

Fratton Park

0 - 2

14th October 2006

Att: 20,142

Referee: G. Poll

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Spector

Benayoun (Mascherano)

Etherington

Mullins

Reo-Coker

Sheringham (Cole)

Zamora (Harewood)

06_08_22 Watford v. WHU 06_08_26 Liverpool v. WHU 06_09_23 Manchester City v. WHU 06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU 03 06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU 04 06_10_14 Portsmouth v. WHU

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Premiership

06_10_22 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU

Portsmouth piled on the agony for West Ham as Kanu's sixth goal in seven games and a late strike by Andy Cole subjected Alan Pardew's team to a sixth consecutive defeat. The goals enabled Pompey's former West Ham boss to maintain an unbeaten record against his old club since leaving Upton Park in 2001. Veteran striker Cole's goal, the day before his 35th birthday, made the points safe as he spun on a fine cross by fellow substitute Lomana LuaLua to drill past Roy Carroll for his first Pompey goal just six minutes after coming on for Benjani Mwaruwari. Pardew sent out a side shorn of injured Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez, while compatriot Javier Mascherano sat on the bench until the last few minutes. The under-fire Hammers chief gave 40-year-old Teddy Sheringham his first start of the campaign but replaced both his strikers in the second half. But it was Kanu who had Hammers reeling with a 24th minute strike, his sixth of the season, in a passionate game which produced eight bookings by referee Graham Poll - four for each side.

Tottenham heaped more misery on woeful West Ham thanks to a first-half strike from Egyptian striker Mido. The former Roma hitman scored his first goal for the club since he returned to White Hart Lane on a permanent basis in the summer. Mido struck seconds from the end of the first half when he collected a low cross from Edgar Davids and turned Anton Ferdinand before firing the ball home via the far post. The victory was belated revenge for Tottenham's defeat to West Ham on the final day of last season when, amid suggestions of a food-poisoning outbreak, they missed out on a place in the Champions League. West Ham have much more pressing concerns though. They had been hoping to end a run of six straight defeats in order to relieve some of the pressure on their under-fire manager Alan Pardew. But the hapless Hammers stretched their dismal run to seven matches and they have failed to score in any of them since the arrival of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez. The Hammers continue to plummet towards the foot of the table amid speculation over Pardew's future and lingering talk of a takeover bid. Not surprisingly, with the club enveloped by such uneasiness, the Upton Park crisis showed no signs of easing against a dominant Spurs outfit that has now gone five games unbeaten in all competitions.

CHESTERFIELD : Carling Cup (Third Round)

06_10_24 Chesterfield v. WHU Carling Cup

Chesterfield's Caleb Folan grabbed a late winner to bundle West Ham out of the Carling Cup and turn up the heat on their under-fire boss Alan Pardew. The giant striker, who had been a handful all evening, slammed the ball home from close range in the 87th minute to condemn the faltering Hammers to an eighth straight defeat. Marlon Harewood had given Pardew's men a scarcely-deserved fourth-minute lead but Chesterfield - 15th in League One - dominated thereafter. They levelled in the 54th minute through Colin Larkin and Folan capped a sensational performance from Roy McFarland's side with the late winner. With Chesterfield having dumped out Wolves and Manchester City in the two previous rounds, Pardew knew full well about the perils of a trip into the hills of Derbyshire. His decision to axe Argentina duo Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez - they were not even named among the substitutes - was therefore understandable. After reaching the FA Cup final and qualifying for Europe last season, the Hammers have this term taken only five points from nine Premiership games and were dumped out of the UEFA Cup at the first hurdle. This latest humiliation inflicted by McFarland's pugnacious side was no less than the below-par Hammers deserved.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Barclays Premiership

06_10_29 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 06_11_05 WHU v. Arsenal 06_11_11 Middlesbrough v. WHU 06_11_18 Chelsea v. WHU 06_11_25 WHU v. Sheffield United 06_12_03 Everton v. WHU 06_12_06 WHU v. Wigan Athletic 06_12_09 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 06_12_17 WHU v. Manchester United 06_12_26 WHU v. Portsmouth 06_12_30 WHU v. Manchester City

ARSENAL : Barclays Premiership

MIDDLESBROUGH : Barclays Premiership

CHELSEA : Barclays Premiership

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Barclays Premiership

IN THE NEWS - 21st November 2006

West Ham accept £85m takeover bid

Eggert Magnusson's consortium have secured agreements to buy 83% of shares and the Hammers' board have recommended the offer to remaining shareholders. Magnusson will replace Terry Brown as West Ham chairman, although Brown will stay on at Upton Park as a director. Brown said: "The offer reflects fair value considering our history, recent performance and prospects."

Brown added: "Eggert Magnusson is fully committed to ensuring the club can continue its great tradition of success both on and off the field, to the benefit of supporters and the wider community." Magnusson said: "I am both delighted and honoured that Terry Brown and his colleagues wish to support our offer for West Ham. "We can now end the uncertainty of recent weeks and move forward into the next phase of development of this great club, with Alan Pardew leading our efforts on the pitch. "I fully appreciate the personal responsibility that will come with becoming chairman of West Ham and pledge to the staff, the players and the fans that I am here to serve and to do all that I can to deliver genuine success on and off the field."

Magnusson's consortium is backed by Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, a financier worth $1bn and chairman of Icelandic bank Landsbanki. It is thought to have taken on the club's £22.5m debt, although there is no mention in the club's announcement. Gudmundsson will assume the position of honorary life president of West Ham, while Brown will be appointed honorary life vice-president. "Mr Gudmundsson's commitment to the club is vital and he also believes that we can build something very special here at West Ham."

EVERTON : Barclays Premiership

WIGAN ATHLETIC : Barclays Premiership

BOLTON WANDERERS : Barclays Premiership

IN THE NEWS : 13th December 2006

Alan Curbishley has been unveiled as the new manager of West Ham.  Chairman Eggert Magnusson moved quickly to appoint the former Charlton manager after sacking Alan Pardew on Monday.

"I'm deeply delighted," said Curbishley. "It's a privilege to be here and I'm looking forward to lifting us out of the position we're in." Curbishley and his assistant Mervyn Day, both former West Ham players, take charge for the first time against Manchester United on Sunday. Chairman Magnusson said: "I am absolutely delighted that Alan has agreed to join us. He is a manager with a proven track record and real love for this club. "He did a fantastic job at Charlton and I know how highly regarded he is throughout the football world. "This is indeed a great day for West Ham United and I am sure that we now have the right management team in place to take the club forward."

 

Curbishley named West Ham manager

MANCHESTER UNITED : Barclays Premiership

FULHAM : Barclays Premiership

PORTSMOUTH : Barclays Premiership

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premiership

CONTINUE 2 06_10_21 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 06_10_24 Chesterfield v. WHU 06_11_18 Chelsea v. WHU 06_12_03 Everton v. WHU 06_12_03 Everton v. WHU 06_12_23 Fulham v. WHU

Vicarage Road

1 - 1 (Zamora)

26 August 2006

Att: 18,344

Referee: M. Atkinson

Carroll

Collins

Ferdinand

Gabbiddon (Benayoun)

Konchesky

Mullins

Pantsil

Bowyer

Reo-Coker

Harewood (Sheringham)

Zamora (Cole)

Anfield

1 - 2 (Zamora)

26 August 2006

Att: 43,965

Referee: A. Wiley

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky (Mears)

Mullins

Pantsil

Benayoun

Bowyer

Reo-Coker (Sheringham)

Harewood (Cole)

Zamora

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Zamora)

10 September 2006

Att: 34,576

Referee: S. Bennett

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mears

Mullins

Benayoun

Bowyer (Etherington)

Reo-Coker

Harewood (Tevez)

Zamora (Cole)

Upton Park

0 - 1

14 September 2006

Att: 32,222

Referee: S. Johannesson

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mears

Benayoun

Bowyer (Etherington)

Mascherano

Reo-Coker

Tevez (Harewood)

Zamora (Cole)

Upton Park

0 - 2

17th September 2006

Att: 34,938

Referee: R. Styles

Carroll

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mears (Mullins)

Bowyer

Etherington

Mascherano (Benayoun)

Reo-Coker

Tevez (Harewood)

Zamora

City of Manchester Stadium

0 - 2

23rd September 2006

Att: 41,073

Referee: C. Foy

Carroll

Dailly

Ferdinand (Mullins)

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Benayoun

Etherington

Mascherano

Reo-Coker

Harewood (Tevez)

Zamora (Cole)

White Hart Lane

0 - 1

21st October 2006

Att: 36,162

Referee: S. Bennett

Green

Ferdinand

Gabbidon

Konchesky

Mullins

Pantsil

Benayoun (Cole)

Mascherano (Tevez)

Reo-Coker

Harewood (Dailly)

Zamora

Saltergate

1 - 2 (Harewood)

24th October 2006

Att: 7,787

Referee: L. Probert

Green

Pantsil

Gabbidon

Ferdinand

McCartney (Konchesky)

Reo-Coker

Mullins

Dailly

Reid (Etherington)

Harewood (Sheringham)

Zamora

IN THE NEWS : 11th December 2006

Pardew sacked as West Ham manager

The Hammers are in 18th place in the Premiership following a run of three straight defeats that culminated in Saturday's 4-0 thrashing at Bolton. "Alan has made an important contribution since joining in September 2003 but this season's results have been disappointing," said a club statement. "Chairman Eggert Magnusson and the board feel it is the right time to make a change in the club's best interests." The statement continued: "The search for a successor is now under way in order that a new manager can be in place ahead of the January transfer window. "First-team coach Kevin Keen will take temporary charge of team affairs until a new appointment has been made.

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley, who played for the Hammers from 1975 to 1979, has been installed as the early favourite to take over as manager. Pardew told the club website he was proud of his achievements with the club. "In two consecutive seasons we qualified for the play-offs, ultimately achieving the Premiership status the club so richly deserve,I am also proud of our first season back in the top flight in which we finished ninth and came so close to winning the FA Cup".

"The supporters have stood by me and I will always cherish memories of their support and loyalty during the difficulties of this season. Following a disappointing start to the season, the Hammers were briefly boosted when a consortium led by Magnusson completed a £85m takeover, with the team winning their next match against Sheffield United. Magnusson initially vowed to keep faith with Pardew, promising funds for the January transfer window. However, the club's subsequent slide into the bottom three forced the Icelander's hand. After a shaky start, Pardew became a firm favourite at Upton Park as he steered them to promotion to the Premiership in 2005 and then cemented their position in the top flight by guiding them to the FA Cup final and a UEFA Cup place. However, it has been an entirely different scenario this term, with the Hammers finding points hard to come by - despite the high-profile signings of Argentine internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.

The match winning goal came from an unlikely source, as Hayden Mullins' scored only his second Premiership goal. West Ham started brightly and within four minutes Carlos Tevez found himself racing on to Lee Bowyer's quickly taken free-kick and drilling a low, angled shot into the side-netting. But the organised Yorkshiremen quickly re-grouped and, at the other end, Nicky Law sent a rising, angled shot flying behind on the quarter-hour mark, before Paul Konchesky scrambled Claude Davis' downward header away from the base of the post. With the game tightly balanced, Bobby Zamora's unselfish pass into the danger zone, ten minutes before the interval, looked to have done the trick. But Robert Kozluk slid in to divert Bowyer's goalbound shot wide. However, from the resulting corner, Anton Ferdinand's flick-on was met by the in-rushing Mullins, who powerfully nodded the Hammers in front. If West Ham had edged the first period, then Sheffield United soon gained the upper hand after the break. But as the Blades struggled to find any true cutting edge, there were yellow cards for the dissenting duo of Rob Hulse and Keith Gillespie, whose frustration was further heightened by Danny Gabbidon's brilliant saving tackle on substitute Christian Made. Shortly afterwards, the Hammers' Welsh defender was stretchered away with a hamstring injury and as the East Enders re-grouped, Made toe-poked Gillespie's inch-perfect cross wide from just eight yards The Hammers had to weather the storm and in the closing stages Mikele Leigertwood went close and Kozluk had a last-gasp tap-in ruled out, much to the dismay of Warnock and the joy of Mr Magnusson.

Despite creating far more chances than the home side, in difficult conditions at Goodison Park, the Hammers lack of cutting edge in front of goal consigned them to another defeat on the road. Carlos Tevez looked irresistible for West Ham and signalled panic in Tim Howard's area several times with Joleon Lescott and Nuno Valente realising they could be in for a difficult afternoon. Howard provided a breathtaking point-blank stop from Lee Bowyer after great work by Tevez, before Andy van der Meyde reminded every Evertonian just what he is capable of a minute later. He turned Hayden Mullins and Paul Konchesky inside out before providing a wicked cross which Robert Green tipped away from danger. At the start of the second half a mistake by Johnson let in Tevez who passed to Anton Ferdinand but he saw his shot taken over Howard's crossbar by the swirling wind. Seconds later Beattie spurned a good opening after being set up by Johnson's pass as he skied his effort into the Park End. But Beattie's fantastic run and pull-back helped Everton take the lead in the 51st minute. Jonathan Spector could only head the ball out to Osman who controlled it and fired his first goal at Goodtson since April to rapturous scenes. McFadden should have put the Toffees two up a minute later but showed too much of the ball to Green. James Collins had a clean header on goal but directed it too close to Howard just past the hour mark and Lescott brilliantly blocked Tevez's screamer moments later. Van der Meyde made way for James Vaughan to a standing ovation and the teenager wrapped the points up in stoppage time with his first goal of the season.

The Hammers suffered a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Paul Jewells bullish Wigan Athletic side. David Cotterill's opener and Jonathan Specter's, Leighton Baines-induced, own goal gave the Latics a thoroughly deserved victory. Within the opening minute, the visitors were showing their intentions, when Josip Skoko's tantalising free-kick was nodded goalwards by the impressive Paul Scharner, only for Robert Green to tip the header onto the post. Moments later, the fortunate Hammers 'keeper saw his clearance cannon to safety off the inrushing Lee McCulloch and Emile Heskey, as they raced onto Hayden Mullins' under-hit back-pass. Although Marlon Harewood stung Chris Kirkland's fingertips with a sizzling 15-yarder, before later volleying inches wide from similar range, West Ham barely got the ball out of their own half during the opening period. A seemingly revitalised Hammers side emerged for the second period and, within five minutes, the luckless Carlos Tevez saw his angled shot tipped onto the right-hand post by Kirkland.  But with the woodwork still shaking, it was to prove the turning point of the match. Within seconds, Wigan's first raid of the second period saw Kilbane's low left-wing cross elude everyone in the danger zone, and when the ball finally arrived at the feet of the unmarked Cotterill, he calmly slotted home from 15 yards. And just four minutes later, there was to be no way back for the Hammers when Baines charged onto a half-cleared corner and let fly with a 35-yarder that flew back through the pack, ricocheting off Specter's waist, beyond the wrong-footed Green. The arrivals of Teddy Sheringham and George McCartney were not going to turn the tide on a night when West Ham were simply swept away and, but for an offside flag, the disappointed Scharner could have heaped yet more misery on West Ham.

The Hammers suffered their third defeat in a week as Sam Allardyce's Bolton side ran out emphatic winners, putting four goals past the visitors. Two goals from Kevin Davies plus further strikes from El Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka piled more misery on Alan Pardew, who witnessed his side's 10th defeat in 13 Premiership outings. But this was probably the worst of the lot. Davies, still to agree a new contract at the Reebok, struck in each half, with his second after 50 minutes putting the result beyond doubt. Diouf added a third 14 minutes from time with a brilliant individual goal and Anelka made it 4-0 just a minute later, from Speed's slide-rule pass. Jussi Jaaskelainen hardly had a shot to save as the Lancastrians recorded their biggest victory of the campaign. The home side were on the attack virtually from the first whistle. And after 17 minutes, Gary Speed, clocking up his 500th Premiership appearance, combined with Anelka and Diouf to open up the Hammers defence for Bolton's opener. Anelka's chip was headed back across goal by Speed, the ball broke to Diouf, who from a tight angle, crossed into the six-yard area for Davies to crash home his third of the campaign. Diouf, booked for protesting a free kick award against him, had an opportunity to send Bolton in to the break with a 2-0 lead. Henrik Pedersen's lowering cross from the left after excellent initial approach play by Speed, eluded West Ham's central defenders. However, caught almost by surprise, Diouf headed down and wide from six yards. The miss didn't matter. West Ham didn't get any better in the second half and Bolton capitalised. Davies scored his second before Diouf and Anelka completed the rout in the space of a minute, to compound the Hammers' misery and consign them to yet another defeat on the road.

SECOND-HALF

With their forthcoming participation in the UEFA Cup the Hammers bolstered their squad. New additions were full-backs John Pantsil and George McCartney, goalkeeper Robert Green and forward Carlton Cole, and midfielder Lee Bowyer returned to the club. After the opening day 3–1 win against Charlton the side went on a dismal run of 11 games without a victory. Included in that run was a 2-1 defeat in the League Cup to Third Division Chesterfield, while in Europe the Hammers were beaten home and away by Palermo.

In September the Hammers fans were delighted and shocked to learn that West Ham had purchased two Argentinian international players. Securing midfielder Javier Mascherano and forward Carlos Tevez was the biggest transfer coup in the club’s history. The signing of Tevez, however, was to lead to controversy and repercussions that would haunt the club for many years. There were three successive home wins but away from home the team struggled to score. In November the board of West Ham accepted an £85 million takeover by an Icelandic consortium headed by Eggert Magnusson.

Following a 4-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in December manager Alan Pardew was sacked and in his place former player Alan Curbishley was appointed. He brought with him former goalkeeper Mervyn Day as assistant manager and days later they celebrated a 1-0 home win against Manchester United.

Two home defeats at Christmas led up to a New Year’s Day massacre at Reading as the home side won 6-0. To bolster the defence full-back Lucas Neill and central defender Matthew Upson were purchased. There was a 3-0 FA Cup win against Brighton but the next round brought a 1-0 home defeat to Watford. The team hit rock bottom in February after losing 4-0 at relegation rivals Charlton. It seemed only a miraculous turnaround would save West Ham from relegation. In March goals from Zamora and Tevez gave survival hopes a major boost with victories against Blackburn and Middlesbrough. Then, following on from a magnificent 1-0 win at Arsenal, there was a downturn with defeats at Sheffield United and at home to Chelsea. In April a Premier League Independent Commission fined the club £5.5 million in respect of the signing of Carlos Tevez. The club were told they broke rule U18, which relates to third-party influence. A resounding 3-0 win at Wigan gave the Hammers hope and a week later, inspired by two goals from Tevez, Bolton Wanderers were beaten 3-1. The Hammers were now out of the bottom three but to escape relegation they needed to win at Old Trafford against Manchester United on the final day of the season. On a tense and emotional day the Hammers won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Carlos Tevez, and the great escape was achieved.

5 July 2006

CARLTON COLE England Under-21 International signs from CHELSEA for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £2m

 

TYRONE MEARS signs from PRESTON NORTH END in a deal worth a potential £2m

 

SHAKA HISLOP joins American Major League Soccer team FC DALLAS

1 August 2006

JOHN PANTSIL Ghanaian international signs from Israeli club HAPOEL TEL-AVIV in a deal that could rise to £1m

 

4 August 2006

TONY STOKES signs on loan to BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION for one month

15 August 2006

 

ROY CARROLL 9th Hammer to represent NORTHERN IRELAND (sub)

FINLAND International Friendly Helsinki 2-1

 

 

YOSSI BENAYOUN 5th ISRAEL cap

SLOVENIA (sub) an international friendly in Celje 1-1 (50 caps)

 

 

JOHN PANTSIL 1st Hammer to represent GHANA

TOGO International Friendly at Brentford’s Griffin Park 2-0 (24 caps)

 

 

DANIEL GABBIDON 8th cap, JAMES COLLINS 7th cap and CARL FLETCHER his 12th WALES cap

BULGARIA European Championship Qualifier Liberty Stadium, Swansea 0-0

06_09_28 Palermo v. WHU UEFA Pirate04

12 July 2006

KEITH PEACOCK former CHARLTON ATHLETIC assistant manager is appointed senior coach

 

 

19 July 2006

SHAUN NEWTON banned by the Football Association for seven

months after testing positive for cocaine

28 July 2006

CARL FLETCHER Welsh international joins CRYSTAL PALACE for £400,000

8 August 2006

GEORGE McCARTNEY Northern Ireland international signs from SUNDERLAND in a deal worth £1m with CLIVE CLARKE heading in the opposite direction

 

11 August 2006

MARK NOBLE signs on loan to IPSWICH TOWN for 3 months

16 August 2006

 

ROBERT GREEN England international goalkeeper signs from NORWICH CITY for a £2m fee

TYRONE MEARS, JOHN PANTSIL and CARLTON COLE all make their Hammers debut against CHARLTON ATHLETIC at Upton Park

31 August 2006

CARLOS TEVEZ and JAVIER MASCHERANO

 

West Ham United have pulled off the biggest transfer coup of the summer with the double signing of Argentina striker Carlos Tevez and his international and club team-mate Javier Mascherano on permanent contracts from Brazilian club Corinthians. "The pair have been signed for an undisclosed fee and put pen to paper on permanent contracts with the Club this afternoon. All other aspects of the transfers will remain confidential and undisclosed. "The transfers represent a massive coup for the Hammers, who have beaten off some of Europe's biggest clubs to secure the services of the duo - both of whom played a key role for Argentina as they reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Germany this summer before losing to the hosts in a penalty shoot-out."

1 September 2006

 

MAREK STECH Goalkeeper signs for an undisclosed fee from SPARTA PRAGUE

2 September 2006

 

DANIEL GABBIDON 9th cap, JAMES COLLINS 8th cap and CARL FLETCHER his 13th WALES cap

CZECH REPUBLIC European Championship Qualifier Na Stinadlech, Teplice 1-2

 

 

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 36th SCOTLAND cap

FAROE ISLANDS European Championship Qualifier Celtic Park, Parkhead, Glasgow  6-0 (62 caps)

 

 

YOSSI BENAYOUN 6th ISRAEL cap

ESTONIA European Championship Qualifier A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn 1-0 (51 caps)

3 September 2006

 

CARLOS TEVEZ and JAVIER MASCHERANO equal 2nd Hammer to represent ARGENTINA

BRAZIL Friendly Emirates Stadium, London 0-3 (32 caps)

5 September 2006

 

DANIEL GABBIDON 10th and JAMES COLLINS 9th WALES cap

BRAZIL a Friendly International at White Hart Lane, London 0-2 (15 caps)

6 September 2006

 

CHRISTIAN DAILLY 37th SCOTLAND cap

LITUANIA European Championship Qualifier Steponas Darius ir Stasys Girenas Stadionas, Kaunas 2-1 (63 caps)

 

YOSSI BENAYOUN 7th ISRAEL cap against ANDORRA European Championship Qualifier Gofferstadion, Nimegen 4-1 (52 caps)

2006ROY CARROLL 2nd NORTHERN IRELAND cap against SPAIN European Championship Qualifier Windsor Park, Belfast 3-2 (19 caps)

2006CARL FLETCHER 14th WALES cap (sub) against BRAZIL International Friendly White Hart Lane, London 0-2 (18 caps)