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Ian Hendon’s Development Squad competed in the HKFC Citibank International Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong. The likes of Jordan Spence, Daniel Potts, Robert Hall, Oliver Lee and Eoin Wearen will form the backbone to Hendon’s side as they take on Leicester City, HKFC Captain’s Select and Celtic in Group B.
FEYENOORD (Netherlands) Group Match
FC TWENTE (Netherlands) Group Match
Austria Vienna (Austria) Group Match
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) Group Match
FC COPENHAGEN (Denmark) Semi-Final
BAYER LEVERKUSEN (Germany) Final
BSC YOUNG BOYS (Switzerland) : Uhren Cup Tournament
Boa Morte (Hall)
1 - 2 (Nouble)
11 July 2011
The Hammers accepted an invitation to compete in the prestigious pre-season Uhren Cup in Switzerland. West Ham United have been asked to take part in the four-team tournament between 8th – 13th July, with Swiss Super League clubs BSC Young Boys and FC Basel and German Bundesliga side Hertha BSC also involved.
FC BASEL (Switzerland) : Uhren Cup Tournament
Reid (Faye) (Cole)
Nolan (Boa Morte)
1 - 2 (Stanislas [pen])
13 July 2011
A.Le Coq Arena)
FC DYNAMO MOSCOW
1 - 0 (Fanimo)
22 July 2011
1 - 2 (Chambers)
24 July 2011
4 - 2 (Fanimo, Potts, Powell [pen], Vose)
26 July 2011
West Harn United Under-18s took their preparations for the upcoming FA Premier Academy League season by finishing second In the four-team Tallinn Cup. Having overcome Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County in 60-rninute warm-up matches, the Hammers headed for the Estonian capital on Friday 22 July. There, they got off to a fine start by defeating Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven 1-0 through Matthias Fanimo's first-half goal, before crashing back down to earth against the Estonian U19 national side. Kieran Sadlier and Leo Chambers were both sent-off as the hosts cancelled out Chambers' own first-half goal to secure a 2-1 comeback victory. West Ham's final tour match saw them defeat Russian outfit FC Dynamo Moscow 4-2 through goals from Danny Potts, Dominic Vose, Fanimo and a Jack Powell penalty. Unfortunately, despite the Hammers recording two victories from three matches, Estonia U19's victory saw them take the title on head-to-head record.
FC DYNAMO MOSCOW
Larkins, Young, Lee K., Hurley (Miles), Potts, Chambers, Turgott (Siafa), Powell (Labonne), Lee E. (Hunt), Fanimo (Shaw), Vose (Sadlier)
Wootton, Siafa (Potts), Shaw (Young), Hunt, Lee K., Chambers, Sadlier, Miles (Hurley), Lee E. (Labonne), Turgott (Powell), Vose (Fanimo)
Larkins, Alexander (Siafa), Shaw (Lee K.), Hurley, Potts, Hunt (Young), Labonne, Powell, Fanimo (Miles), Turgott (Lee E.), Vose
0 - 0
23 July 2011
Boa Morte (Hall)
Sam Allardyce's first match as West Ham United manager on English soil ended in a competitive goalless draw at League One new boys Wycombe Wanderers. The newly-promoted Chairboys gave as good as they got against the Hammers and manager Allardyce will have been pleased with the stringent pre-season workout given to his players.
While Wycombe were determined, West Ham dominated in terms of possession and created plenty of chances to score what would have been a match-winning goal. Carlton Cole and the impressive James Tomkins were both denied by home goalkeeper Nikki Bull, while julien Faubert and captain Kevin Nolan both fired efforts narrowly off-target during the opening 45 minutes.
Into the second half and substitutes Cristian Montano and Frank Nouble combined to good effect, with the latter heading narrowly over the top. At the other end, Robert Green was rarely troubled, but Wycombe did go close through Stuart Beavon, Joel Grant and Matt McClure. Nolan was delighted to get his first 90 minutes in a claret and blue shirt under his belt as West Ham kept their second straight clean sheet.
WELCOME FOR TODAY'S MATCH ....
F.C. KOBENHAVIN vs. WEST HAM UNITED
F.C. KOBENHAVN (Denmark)
Boa Morte (Montano)
1 - 0 (Sears)
20 July 2011
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
1 - 0 (Cole)
26 July 2011
Collison (Lee O.)
Cole (Lopez) (Hall)
REAL ZARAGOZA (Spain)
Young Boys and Hertha will kick-off the competition on Friday 8th July before West Ham United are due to take on Young Boys and Basel face Hertha on Monday 11th July. The tournament is set to close with the Hammers’ up against Basel on Wednesday 13th July.
The Uhren Cup - which translates into English as Watch Cup - itself was celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2011. All matches will take place at the 15,000 capacity Bruhl Stadium in Grenchen
A Wonky Poster?
Was this a reflection on the way the Hammers would perform in the competition:
Urhen Cup images courtesy of Paul Sturton
NO OFFICIAL PROGRAMME ISSUED
West Ham United kicked-off their pre-season campaign with a narrow defeat by Swiss Super League side BSC Young Boys in Switzerland. Allardyce chose to name an inexperienced starting XI for the fixture, with the likes of Scott Parker, Robert Green, Mark Noble, Carlton Cole and Jack Collison given longer to get themselves up to speed after their scheduled late return to pre-season training following their summer international exertions.
There were debuts for Faye, O'Brien and Hernani, but it was the youthful figures of Hall, Montano and Frank Nouble who caught the eye. Nouble got his name on the scoresheet midway through the first half, heading in captain Luis Boa Morte's left-wing cross just four minutes
after Marco Schneuwly had put Young Boys in front. Unfortunately, the young Hammers were unable to hold on until half-time, with centre-back Francois Affolter powering in a header four minutes before the break.
After half-time, Hall and Montano took centre-stage with their elusive running and impressive close control. Hall, in particular, wowed the crowd with a rasping shot that cannoned off the post with just five minutes remaining.
At the other end, goalkeeper Ruud Boffin made a series of fine saves to keep Young Boys at bay as the Hammers came up just short in their opening pre-season match.
West Ham United paid the penalty as Gilles Yapi's added-time spot-kick helped FC Basel to secure the Uhren Cup.
The Hammers gave their all in their second fixture of the pre-season tournament, only for the Swiss Super League champions to snatch victory - and the trophy - with virtually the final kick of the competition.
Earlier, the impressive Junior Stanislas had netted a penalty of his own as Sam Allardyce's side completed their six-day training camp in Switzerland with an encouraging performance against the UEFA Champions League qualifiers in Grenchen.
Aside from Stanislas' goal, the highlight of a rain-soaked evening for every West Ham fan was the sight of new arrival Kevin Nolan making his first appearance in a claret and blue shirt.
Nolan was handed the captain's armband by manager Allardyce and responded with a typically hard-working display in the heart of themidfteld.
O'Brien, Piquionne, Nolan, Tomkins, Reid, Stech
Spence, Ilinga, Sears, Hall, Stanislas
Sam Allardyce recorded his first victory as West Ham United manager as Freddie Sears' late goal scored a 1-0 victory over Danish champions and UEFA Champions League hopefuls FC Kobenhavn. Second-half substitute Sears showed impressive acceleration and clinical finishing to end a sweeping move that also involved fellow Academy graduates Jordan Spence and Cristian Montano. The goal was a fitting reward for both the hard work of Allardyce and his players and the commitment shown by the 1,000-plus Hammers supporters who travelled to Parken Stadium for the fixture. Earlier, West Ham had shown encouraging signs in their third senior pre-season match, keeping the ball well and repelling the threat of a Kobenhavn side that has already begun its own league season and reached the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Match-winner Sears, who has featured prominently for the Hammers in pre-season, was understandably delighted to net his first goal of the 2011/12 campaign. "It kind of just opened up," he said. "I remember getting the ball from Cristian. That was it and I was through on goal and slotted it past the keeper. It is always nice to score."
Carlton Cole bagged his first pre-season goal and Matt Taylor impressed on his debut as West Ham United edged out neighbours Dagenham & Redbridge in a competitive encounter at Victoria Road.
Cole struck ten minutes before half-time with a superb swivel and finish from Jordan Brown's diagonal pass, while left wingerTaylor showed plenty of reasons why manager Sam Allardyce moved to bring him to the club from Bolton Wanderers.
The goal was no more than West Ham deserved for dominating much of the first half. After the break, the club's young professionals did a fine job in keeping John Still's determined side at bay, securing the Hammers' third straight pre-season clean sheet.
Aside from Cole's opportunist strike, Allardyce will also have been pleased with the performances of goalkeeper Robert Green and centre-back Jordan Spence, while there was a first pre-season run out for England Under-21 striker Zavon Hines. The home side, who were relegated to League Two at the end of last season, more than played their part and could easily have scored themselves through the lively Medy Elito and substitute Brian Woodall.
2 - 0 (Sears, Taylor)
30 July 2011
West Ham brought their pre-season to a close with a fifth consecutive clean sheet as goals from Matt Taylor and Freddie Sears secured a 2-0 win against Real Zaragoza. Allardyce named a strong side to take on the La Liga outfit, giving trialist JLloyd Samuel his debut in a team captained by Kevin Nolan. And it was the Hammers that made the brighter start to the game, with Julien Faubert forcing Real Zaragoza keeper Leo Franco into a save on eight minutes, with a low shot from Scott Parker’s pass. With Mark Noble dictating West Ham’s play from a deep midfield role in front of the back four, the hosts began to take control of the game and midway through the first half Allardyce’s men were in front. James Tomkin’s long ball was nodded down by Nolan into the path of Parker, who strode into the Zaragoza pass before sliding a pass across the face of the goal for Taylor to stroke the ball home.
Five minutes later and the Hammers almost had a second when Taylor’s dink of a cross found the unmarked Faubert, but the Frenchman could only direct his header straight at Franco, who palmed the ball behind for a corner.
Moments later and Taylor was within inches of scoring his second. After Nolan won a free-kick 25 yards out, Taylor sent a left-footed curling effort crashing against the Franco’s left post, with the keeper well beaten. Freddie Piquionne then slammed the rebound home, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. With the half coming to a close, Zaragoza then had their best chance of the first 45 minutes, as captain Leo Ponzio drilled a low free-kick under the West Ham wall, forcing Rob Green into a save.
After the break, Zaragoza emerged a different side and went close to equalising when Juan Carlos’ cross found the head of the on-rushing Maurizui Lanzaro, but the midfielder’s effort was palmed away by Green. However, the Hammers regained control of the game and went close twice just after the hour mark. First, Piquionne rolled the ball across the face of the goal after good work from Taylor and Parker, before Barrera saw a close-range effort tipped over by Franco. As the half wore on, West Ham had the better of the chances as Barrera and then Nouble went close to scoring. The Hammers eventually doubled their advantage three minutes from time through substitute Sears. Barrera won the ball on the left and found Frank Nouble, who laid the ball off the Sears to confidently score in the far corner.
AFC HORNCHURCH : Youth Friendly
1 - 3 (Turgott)
6 August 2011
Potts (Lee K.)
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE : Youth Friendly
1 - 0
18 July 2011
NOTTS COUNTY : Youth Friendly
5 - 2
19 July 2011
LEYTON ORIENT : Youth Friendly
2 - 0
2 August 2011
GREAT WAKERING ROVERS : Youth Friendly
5 - 1 (Lee E. 2, Sadlier 2, Labonne)
10 August 2011
Kingstonian FC Academy
4 - 0 (Lee E., Powell 2)
13 August 2011
Larkins, Young, Chambers, Potts, Shaw, Turgott, Powell, Hurley, Vose, Fanimo, Lee E.
GemeenteliJk Sportpark Vorden
Unofficial 8 page programme
Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground
Ex WEST HAM UNITED v.
GREAT ORMOND STREET CHILDREN'S CHARITY
4 June 2012
4 - 3 (Pearce 4)
HKFC CAPTAIN'S SELECT
HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB
19 May 2012
0 - 1
19 May 2012
3 - 0 (Hall, Lee, Moncur)
19 May 2012
1 - 1 (Turgott)
MN PLATE : Quarter Final 3
MN PLATE FINAL
20 May 2012
3 - 0 (Montenegro 2, Driver)
20 May 2012
2 - 0 (Lee, Montenegro)
The Development Squad completed an amazing weekend for West Ham United by winning the Plate Competition in Hong Kong. The Hammers began the two-day competition in the group stage, where they lost 1-0 to a strong Leicester City side before defeating future final opponents Hong Kong FC 3-0 with goals from Lee, Moncur and Robert Hall and drawing 1-1 with Celtic thanks to Blair Turgott’s long-range effort.
The player recovered from their late night viewing of the first team gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League by defeating Blackpool on TV by beating Hong Kong Dragons 3-0 in the Plate quarter-final on Sunday, with Montenegro netting twice and Callum Driver once to cap a convincing victory.
The Plate semi-final saw West Ham paired with 2011 champions Kitchee FC. Again, Hendon’s team dominated with Lee scoring before proving as assist for Montenegro.
Ian Hendon’s side defeated the host club 3-0 in Sunday’ Plate Final. In a game that saw the Hammers play some excellent football, youngsters George Moncur, Olver Lee and Brian Montenegro all hit the target to help the club collect their second pice of silverware in the space of 24 hours.
20 May 2012
3 - 0 (Lee, Moncur, Montenegro)
MN PLATE : Semi-Final
1. Jake Larkins
2. Callum Driver
3. Jordan Spence
4. George Moncur
5. Eoin Wearen
6. Pelly Ruddock
7. Oliver Lee
8. Blair Turgett
9. Brian Montenegro
10. Robert Hall
Uhren Cup (Switzerland)
8 - 13 July 2011
Tallinn Cup Youth Tournament (Estonia)
22 - 26 July 2011
21st International Wim Kuijer Jeugdvoetbaltoernoo (Netherlands)
13 - 14 August 2011
2 - 0
6 - 1
9 - 0
0 - 0
1 - 0
0 - 0 (Lost 4 - 5 on Penalties)
The HKFC IP Global International Soccer7s
(Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley
18 - 20 May 2012)