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PETERBOROUGH UNITED : 50th Anniversary Football League
2 - 1 (Cole, Edgar)
14th July 2010
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH (Germany)
2 - 0 (Cole, McCarthy)
17th July 2010
Gabbidon (Da Costa)
0 - 1
17th July 2010
BANIYAS YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP of FOOTBALL (Abu Dhabi)
11 January 2011 Semi-Final v. HAMBURGER SV (Germany) 3-1
13 January 2011 Final v. BANIYAS FC (Abu Dhabi) 0-1
Carlton Cole and Anthony Edgar were on target as Avram Grant's West Ham United got their pre-season campaign under way with a good work-out away to Peterborough United. England striker Cole produced a neat finish to score midway through the first half, although the goal owed much to debutant Thomas Hitzlsperger. The Germany midfielder was at the heart of the play in a starting eleven captained by Mark Noble and featuring Luis Boa Morte before the manager shuffled his pack at the break. A younger side found it a tougher task after the interval with Peterborough demonstrating their superior fitness - they have already played three matches this summer. Despite conceding an equaliser, Anthony Edgar was able to strike a superb winning goal on 65 minutes after running at the Posh defence. There was the welcome presence of Herita Ilunga, James Tomkins, Kieron Dyer and Benni McCarthy all returning after finishing last season on the sidelines. Most bizarre, though, was the sight of former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson taking to the London Road pitch at half-time.
Two superb goals from Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy gave the Hammers a fine victory in the picturesque town of Ruhpolding on Saturday night. Cheered on by a loyal band of travelling Hammers near the German-Austrian border, Avram Grant's side were always on top on what was a competitive encounter. Carlton Cole was the captain for the day and he made it two goals from two matches with a fine header before McCarthy struck a fantastic volleyed second - his first in claret and blue - soon after the interval. It made it two wins from two this pre-season after last Wednesday's 2-1 win at Peterborough United while there was also the positive of a strong opening 45 minutes from Kieron Dyer and the midfield dominance of Mark Noble and Thomas Hitzlsperger. James Tomkins played the longest of any of the Hammers with 81 minutes at the heart of the defence and excelled throughout. The match will have made for interesting viewing for new recruit Frederic Piquionne, who met his team-mates for the first time in Saturday morning's light training session, and Scott Parker. The Hammer of the Year only began his pre-season this week after his England exertions. The squad will be boosted by Monday's arrival of Robert Green, Jonathan Spector, Matthew Upson and Valon Behrami. Pablo Barrera, meanwhile, is back in Mexico for a couple of days before returning to London. The Hammers will continue their training camp over the coming week before taking on Greek champions Panathinaikos in Kitzbuhel next Friday.
A youthful West Ham United XI fell to a narrow pre-season friendly defeat at Blue Square South side. Matt Bodkin, who had a spell within the Hammers Academy as a schoolboy, was the hosts' match-winner, unleashing an unstoppable long-range volley past Sam Cowler at Ship Lane. Substitutes Danny Subuola, Danny Purdy and Callum McNaughton all came close to snatching a draw for Alex Dyer's side, while Thurrock's Craig Pope saw a 25-yard strike cannon back off the crossbar. With traffic on the nearby M25 at a standstill, defenders Paco Craig and McNaughton were delayed, meaning Sergio Sanchez partnered Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson at the heart of the back four. As so often happens in football, the opening goal arrived totally against the run of play, with Thurrock scoring with virtually their first attack of the game. When the ball broke to Bodkin 30 yards from goal, he took a touch and sent a wicked volley that looped agonisingly over Cowler and into the net in spectacular fashion. Hall nearly replied within a minute, only to drag his shot a yard wide after a neat turn on the edge of the penalty area. Half-time saw Dyer make no fewer than six changes, with Craig and McNaughton among those to be handed a second-half run out. West Ham should have been level within two minutes of the restart when the alert Werndly robbed Woolley before feeding Subuola. The striker had just centre-back Rob Swaine to beat from 12 yards, only for the defender to block his low shot. Thurrock nearly made the most of their let-off twice in the space of five minutes a short time later. First Reiss Gilbey could only stab a cross from the lively Ryan Andrews narrowly wide of the far post, then right-back Craig Pope strode forward before shaking Deniz Mehmet's crossbar with a well-struck shot from 25 yards. Mehmet then took an accidental whack to the face that necessitated lengthy treatment and a change of shirt before the Turkey U18 international could continue. Dyer's youngsters continued to plug away, but could not find a way past a staunch Thurrock rearguard, with the sliding Pope denying Subuola what looked to be a certain goal with a well-timed block.
1 - 0 (Hitzlsperger)
23rd July 2010
Da Costa (Spence)
Boa Morte (Stanislas)
Scott Parker made a welcome return to action with a 45-minute run-out as the Hammers made it three wins from three this summer. The England midfielder was made captain for the rain-sodden match in Kitzbuhel, just across the
Austrian border from the club's Bavarian base. He lined up alongside Mark Noble and Thomas Hitzlsperger in midfield, and it was his German colleague who scored the only goal of the game. Just before half-time, Der Hammer let fly with a pile-driver of a free-kick that raced into the goal. The win was a hard-fought one with the Greek double winners and UEFA Champions League contenders stepping it up after the break. Sotiris Ninis was the danger man in the second half but could not find a way through. Grant will be delighted to see Danny Gabbidon, Herita Ilunga and Kieron Dyer all show their fitness over 45 minutes.
2 - 4 (Abdulla, Yao)
24th July 2010
West Ham might be desperate to splash big bucks on a new striker – but young blood Ahmed Abdullah threw in his visiting card yesterday. The 19-year-old hitman showed his promise with a superbly-taken opener and another set-up in this high-tempo pre-season friendly against Paul Peschisolido's Burton Albion. Abdullah has spent three years with the West Ham Academy after quitting Arsenal as a 16-year-old and is now trying to make his mark as a professional. Certainly, the young Saudi Arabian showed his cool early on when he kept onside to receive a good ball from Jordan Brown before curling his long-range effort past keeper Adam Legzdins and just inside the far post. Abdullah also set up a Hammers' equaliser to rub out Burton's two quick-fire first-half strikes with a knock-down that let American trialist striker. Devann Yao place a fine left-foot shot into a top corner. Even so, ambitious Burton manager 'Pesch,' who is married to West Ham Vice-Chair Karen Brady, was happy with his side's performance – and he was able to run the rule over potential future loan players. With the Hammers' first team still returning from their West German and
Austrian run-outs against Moenchengladbach and Panathinaikos, no less than eight seed-corn players were in their line-up at Burton's smart Pirelli Stadium. Soon after Abdullah's impressive strike, Aaron Webster pulled one back and new signing Adam Bolder, signed from West Ham rivals Millwall midweek, hit a cracking debut strike. Another new Burton signing Lewis Young, younger brother of Villa star Ashley, had a shot blocked by one-time Everton keeper Wessels, whose contract with Swiss club Basle has run out. John McGrath's looping header put Burton ahead early in the second half as former Spurs trainee Jacques Maghoma sent over a defence-beating cross. An assist by Young then let Shaun Harrad curl a beauty past Wessels to end it late on. All the big talk is about Hammers' striker Carlton Cole moving for £12million and Nice striker Loic Remy coming for just over that amount. But the Boleyn Ground's reserve boss Alex Dyer was able to show the Hammers' future prospects in action – and Burton certainly showed great promise for their season. Dyer said afterwards: "Four or five of my boys went out to Germany on the tour so this gave others their opportunity. Abdullah showed his worth. He's a good prospect and Devann Yao scored a great goal before he tired. They all put in a shift and learned from a hard-fought game."
SOUTHEND UNITED : Under-19 Youth Tournament
ARSENAL : Final
2 - 0 (Faubert, Cole)
28th July 2010
Upson (Da Costa)
Stanislas (Boa Morte)
Julien Faubert and Carlton Cole were on target with second-half goals as West Ham United made it four wins from four pre-season friendly matches with a 2-0 victory at MK Dons. The League One side presented a stern test for Avram Grant's side, but the Hammers' Barclays Premier League class showed through in the end, particularly after manager Grant had sent on seven substitutes just past the hour-mark. Germany U21 forward Anis Ben-Hatira and Argentine Milton Caraglio were given a chance to impress in a claret and blue shirt, while German Stefan Wessels produced a confident second-half display after replacing the returning Robert Green at half-time. Green himself was at his assured best before the break, while captain Matthew Upson and Jonathan Spector both looked good on their first appearances since the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was Cole who was the star turn, however, feeding Faubert with a low cross before scoring a superb individual goal to make the game safe five minutes from full-time.
1 - 0 (Cole)
31st July 2010
Carlton Cole's close range finish gave West Ham victory in an evenly contested friendly at Portman Road. The England U21 international forced the ball over the line after Luis Boa-Morte's header had been beaten out by Brian Murphy. Robert Green was the first of the two 'keepers in action, denying Tama Priskin from close range after the Hungary striker had got on the end of David Norris' pass. Gareth McAuley headed over from the resultant corner, then Grant Leadbitter tested Green from distance as Town started in lively fashion. Former Blues' loanee Mark Noble replaced Matthew Upson midway through the first-half and just after the half hour mark, the Hammers edged in front. Brian Murphy saved well from Boa Morte but Cole was on hand to force the ball in from two yards. Carlos Edwards dragged a shot wide from 25 yards but West Ham could and perhaps should have added a second goal before the break, Thomas Hitzlsperger firing well wide from a great position. Green saved comfortably from Edwards in the last strike of an evenly contested opening half and rather less comfortably in the opening minutes of the second-half, this time from Jon Walters. Norris had a shot deflected wide after link up play involving Walters and Priskin, Leadbitter then seeing a shot blocked before West Ham made a number of changes including former Town midfielder Kieron Dyer making way for new signing Freddie Piquionne. Danny Gabbidon drove a shot just wide, Murphy then doing well to deny Piquionne as he looked to get on the end of Scott Parker's pass. Town made several changes for the last quarter hour, Ronan Murray on for Priskin, Shane O'Connor for Mark Kennedy, Jack Ainsley for Jaime Peters and Reggie Lambe for Carlos Edwards. Leadbitter sent a brilliant dipping volley on to the roof of the net after Murray had been foul, while at the other end Murphy denied Cole with his feet in the last opening of a competitive 90 minutes.
RC DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA (Spain) : SBOBET Cup
QUEENS PARK RANGERS : Youth Friendly
Harlington Training Ground
5 - 0 (Lee O. 2, Nouble, Edgar, Montano)
24th August 2010
Cowler, Modelski, Eyjolfsson, McNaughton (Craig), Brown, Abdulla, Lee O., Traillist, Edgar, Nouble, Montano
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
Boa-Morte (Lee O.)
3 - 2 (McCarthy, Sears, Piquionne)
11th October 2010
West Ham United picked up their first piece of silverware of the new season as the Under-18s lifted the Southend United U19 Youth Cup. Having defeated the hosts in a thrilling penalty shoot-out on Saturday, the Hammers returned to Roots Hall on Sunday afternoon to face reigning FA Premier Academy League champions Arsenal. The Gunners, who beat Dutch side FC Twente in the semi-finals, went into the final as favourites, only for West Ham to upset their north London rivals to the tune of a 2-1 victory. Both sides missed chances in the early stages before Arsenal took the lead. Jack Werndly, who had returned from reserve-team duty at Burton Albion on Saturday, then passed up an opportunity to level the score. Another of Saturday's reserve-team squad, Danny Subuola, was not so profligate, firing a low shot into the corner to send the two teams in 1-1 at half-time. Captained by centre-back Paco Craig, the Hammers continued to press after the break, with first-year scholar Kenzer Lee firing narrowly wide. The winner arrived in rather fortunate circumstances when Blair Turgott's shot was turned past his own goalkeeper by an Arsenal defender. England U17 forward Robert Hall could even afford the luxury of missing a superb chance to add a third goal late on as West Ham held on comfortably to secure the trophy for Paul Hilton's side.
0 - 0 (4 - 3 on pens)
24th July 2010
2 - 1 (Subuola, o.g.)
25th July 2010
West Ham's United's youth team defeated hosts Southend United on penalties to reach the final of a four-team tournament. Goalkeeper David Wootton, a first-year scholar, was the hero of the hour, saving two spot-kicks as the Hammers secured a 4-3 shootout victory following an eventful goalless draw. Both teams had several chances to score in normal play, with the Hammers ironically missing a penalty in normal time. Matthias Fanimo was upended by the Blues keeper inside the box following a great through ball from Robert Hall, only for Blair Turgott's spot-kick to hit the woodwork and bounce clear. Hall was lively throughout and saw a dipping shot go just wide of the left-hand post, while Fanimo had a similar effort also go wide in the final minutes. Into the shootout and Southend looked to have the advantage when James Stevens, Ryan Auger and Dugi Ogbonna all scored from the spot before Paco Craig saw his shot saved. Wootton then took centre-stage, saving the next two Blues penalties before Dominic Vose scored to send the Hammers through. The success set up a final meeting with Arsenal, who defeated Dutch side FC Twente in the other semi-final.
0 - 1
31st July 2010
2 - 1 (Werndly, Sadlier)
10th August 2010
0 - 0 (5 - 3 pens)
7th August 2010
Referee: K. Friend
West Ham's final game of pre-season went to penalties in front of a disappointing crowd at the Boleyn this afternoon. Just 14,295 turned up for the SBOBET Cup game with the La Liga side, on the day Stephanie Moore revealed her disappointment at the club's decision to rename the game recently reserved for the Bobby Moore Cup in memory of her late husband. The Hammers - who began the game with just one of the summer signings, Thomas Hitzlsperger, in the starting XI - took the trophy thanks to Rob Green's penalty shootout following a disappointing affair. Chances were at a premium throughout the game but the Spanish went closest to opening the
scoring on the half-hour mark when Lassad was allowed to waltz through United's rearguard and pick his spot - a fierce effort that cannoned off the post. Avram Grant's side had to wait until the final minute of normal time before testing La Coruna 'keeper Manu who diverted a Mark Noble effort to safety. Despite the lack of threat in front of goal, positives will be taken from another clean sheet against European opposition plus the match-winning penalty save from Rob Green, already making a mockery of those who questioned his ability during the summer.
1 - 1 (Diamanti)
3rd August 2010
Da Costa (Fry)
West Ham United boss Avram Grant saw his 100 per cent record ended - by Anthony Grant. Hammers' chief, who had won all his five pre-season games, gave first starts to new-boys Pablo Barrera and Frederic Piquionne. Barrera set up a 62nd-minute opener for Alessandro Diamanti. But midfielder Grant levelled
for Southend just eight minutes later. Boss Grant said: "It was a good game for us. It was only the second game for Barrera and Piquionne but they looked impressive."
West Ham United's Under-18s continued their preparations for the 2010/11 FA Premier Academy League season with an impressive 2-1 victory at AFC Hornchurch. Academy Director Tony Carr sent his youngsters out against the Ryman League Premier Division club's first team with the aim of getting them used to the physical nature of senior football. The U18s rose to the occasion in front of a 1,100-strong crowd at The Bridge, battling back from a goal down to secure a well-deserved win. Jack Werndly (pictured) and Kieran Sadlier were on target for the Hammers, cancelling out a 39th-minute strike from Urchins striker Jamie Richards. Prior to the opening goal, Sadlier had forced a fine save from Darren Behcet before Daniel Subuola fired an effort narrowly off-target.
At the other end, Richards shot against a post, while West Ham goalkeeper Sam Cowler had to be at his best to keep out Martin Tuohy's well-struck drive.
Into the second period and Sadlier was again denied before Werndly saw his shot take a big deflection and spin past the helpless Behcet on 53 minutes. With substitute Daniel Purdy pulling the strings in midfield, the Hammers went on the hunt for a winning goal and it duly arrived when Sadlier struck a low shot into the bottom corner. Having seen their advantage evaporate, Hornchurch launched a spirited fightback of their own, but Ross Hall and Paul Shave failed to trouble Cowler when well-placed. The U18s complete their pre-season schedule with a trip to Norwich City U18s on Saturday before kicking-off their FA Premier Academy League season on Saturday 21 August with a visit to West Bromwich Albion.
West Ham United Coach Paul Groves was pleased to see three strikers find the net in the victory over Dagenham & Redbridge. Freddie Piquionne, Freddie Sears and Benni McCarthy all netted in the 3-2 win in Lee Goodwin's testimonial match; a player that graduated from the Hammers' academy and spent ten years with the Daggers. Groves said: "I am pleased three different strikers scored. It is good for the confidence and nice if they get opportunities that they take them. It all bodes well. "There was a good pace about the game despite it being a testimonial. The first goal (from McCarthy) was obviously very pleasing – the fact we moved the ball very well and scored without them touching the ball. In terms of the return of effort and the players' attitude towards the game was fantastic."
4 - 0 (Sears 4 [1 pen])
29th July 2010
Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground
Ex WEST HAM UNITED v.
GREAT ORMOND STREET CHILDREN'S CHARITY
6th June 2011
ITALY v. IVORY COAST : International Friendly
1 - 0
10th August 2010