A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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Postponed & Abandoned  ...

1968-69

ARSENAL (First XI)

28th December 1968

Upton Park - Icy Weather

Rearranged 21st April 1969

 

 

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (First XI)

18th January 1969

Upton Park - Unplayable Pitch

Rearranged 24th March 1969

 

 

ORIENT (South East Counties League : London Youth Cup)

19th February 1969 - Reason ????

Rearranged 3rd March 1969

 

 

STEVENAGE ATHLETIC (Metropolitan League)

22nd February 1969

Broadhall Way - Reason ????

Rearranged 4th April 1969

1969-70

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

7th February 1970

Upton Park - Continual rain

Rearranged 11th February 1970

1970-71

SWANSEA CITY (Reserves)

21st November 1970

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 23rd January 1971

 

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (First XI)

26th December 1970

Upton Park - Tempertures dropped and the pitch became frozen

after receiving a dusting of snow

Rearranged 24th February 1971

 

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (Reserves)

26th December 1970

White Hart Lane - Reason ????

Rearranged 22nd February 1971 (Wrongly dated 1970)

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

30th January 1971

Highfield Road - Pitch declared unfit

Rearranged 9th February 1971 (Original match programme re-issued)

1971-72

NORWICH CITY (Reserves)

8th January 1972

Upton Park - Poor pitch conditions

Rearranged 2nd May 1972

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI) 

7th March 1972

Highfield Road - Delay in lifting floodlight restrictions due to miner's strikes

Rearranged 21st March 1972

 

1972-73

AFC BOURNEMOUTH (Reserves)

6th December 1972

Upton Park - Ground conditions

Rearranged 17th April 1973

1973-74

CARDIFF CITY (Reserves)

9th February 1974

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 22nd April 1974

1976-77

BIRMINGHAM CITY (Reserves)

13th November 1976

Upton Park - Heavy rain on pitch

Rearranged 23rd February 19777 at Chadwell Heath NO PROGRAMME

 

 

DERBY COUNTY (First XI)

11th December 1976

Baseball Ground - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged 20th April 1977

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

29th December 1976

Upton Park - Frost on pitch

Rearranged 4th 1977

 

 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS (First XI)

15th January 1977

Loftus Road - Ground Conditions

Rearranged 4th April 1977

1977-78

QUEENS PARK RANGERS (First XI)

4th February 1978

Loftus Road - Reason ????

Rearranged 14th March 1978 (Single Issue)

 

 

NORWICH CITY (Reserves) NO PROGRAMME

20th August 1977 

Carrow Road - Norwich City injury crisis - no players available

Rearranged 31st August 1977

 

 

LEICESTER CITY (Reserves)

22nd August 1977

Upton Park - Two days after the Norwich City game, this one was rained off

Rearranged 24th October 1977

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (Reserves) NO PROGRAMME

3rd September 1977

Upton Park - Shortage of players

Rearranged 29th October 1977

 

 

OXFORD UNITED (Reserves)

4th February 1978

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 18th April 1978

1978-79

BRISTOL ROVERS (Reserves)

9th December 1978

Upton Park - Unfit Ground

Rearranged 1st May 1979 (Played at Chadwell Heath) NO PROGRAMME

 

 

LUTON TOWN (First XI)

23rd December 1978

Kenilworth Road - Pitch like a Skating Rink

Rearranged 26th February 1979

 

 

BURNLEY (First XI)

13th January 1979

Upton Park - Icy Patches on Pitch

Rearranged 24th April 1979

 

 

SHEFFIELD UNITED (First XI)

3rd February 1979 - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged 2nd April 1979 (Supplement)

 

 

MILLWALL (First XI)

17th February 1979 - Icy Conditions

Rearranged 14th May 1979 (Supplement)

1979-80

BRISTOL ROVERS (Reserves)

15th December 1979

Upton Park - Unfit due to heavy rain

Rearranged 25th February 1980

 

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY (First XI)

26th December 1979

Upton Park - Bad Weather Conditions

Rearranged 22nd April 1980

 

 

OLDHAM ATHLETIC (First XI)

29th December 1979

Boundary Park - Bad Weather Conditions

Rearranged 29th April (Supplement)

 

 

SUNDERLAND (First XI)

2nd February 1980

Roker Park - Bad Weather Conditions

Rearranged 12th May 1980

 

 

NORWICH CITY (South East Counties League Div I)

2nd February 1980

Trowse Training Ground - Reason ? (this was a double header game) Norwich also played Bristol Rovers Reserves on the same day,that game went ahead. West Ham's SECL fixture didn't)

Rearranged 8th March 1980

 

1980-81

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (First XI)

25th April 1981

Hillsborough - Snow

Rearranged 8th May 1981 (Supplement)

1981-82

MANCHESTER UNITED (First XI)

12th December 1981

Old Trafford - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged 27th Janaury 1982 (Supplement)

 

 

WOLVERHAMPRON WANDERERS (First XI)

19th December 1981

Upton Park - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged 6th April 1982

 

 

SWANSEA CITY (First XI)

26th December 1981

Vetch Field - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged 30th March 1982 (Supplement)

 

 

IPSWICH TOWN (First XI)

28th December 1981

Upton Park - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged 2nd March 1982

 

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (First XI)

9th January 1982

Upton Park - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged 10th May 1982

 

1982-83

ARSENAL (First XI)

12th February 1983

Upton Park - Snow bound pitch

Rearranged 10th May 1983 (Supplement)

1984-85

CHELSEA (First XI)

12th January 1985

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 13th April 1985

 

 

WATFORD (First XI)

9th February 1985

Vicarage Road - Snow

Rearranged 2nd April 1985

 

 

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)

9th February 1985

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged 7th May 1985

 

 

WIMBLEDON (FA Cup Fifth Round)

16th February 1985

Plough Lane - Snow

Rearranged 4th March 1985 (Same programme re-issued)

1985-86

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI)

28th December 1985

Upton Park - Artic Conditions

Rearranged 8th April 1986

 

 

CHELSEA (First XI)

1st January 1986

Upton Park - Artic Conditions

Rearranged 15th April 1986

 

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (Reserves)

22nd January 1986

Goldstone Ground - Artic Conditions

Rearranged 17th APril 1986

 

 

MANCHESTER UNITED (FA Cup 5th Round) Printed but not issued

15th February 1986

Upton Park - Artic Conditions

Rearranged 5th March 1986

1986-87

SOUTHAMPTON (Reserves)

3rd Janauary 1987

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 28th April 1987

1988-89

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)

18th February 1989

Upton Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 6th May 1989 (Played at Chadwell Heath)

NO PROGRAMME produced for either game

1989-90

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)

21st November 1989

Upton Park - Inclement Weather : game switched to Chadwell Heath on the same day)

NO PROGRAMME either game - For the second year running the Ipswich game was switch to Chadwell Heath

 

 

OXFORD UNITED (Reserves)

6th December 1989

Manor Ground  - Fog

Rearranged 11th December 1989

 

 

WATFORD (First XI)

3rd February 1990

Vicarage Road - Waterlogged Pitch

Rearranged 13th March 1990

 

 

WIMBLEDON (Reserves)

3rd February 1990

Upton Park - Poor pitch

Rearranged 27th March 1990

1991-92

WATFORD (Reserves)

19th November 1991

Upton Park - Torrential rain

Rearranged 27th January 1992

 

 

WIMBLEDON (Reserves)

10th December 1991

Home match played at Terence McMillian Stadium - Heavy frost

Rearranged 2nd April 1992 game switched to Upton Park

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI - Zenith Data Systems Cup)

11th December 1991

The Dell - Frost

Rearranged 7th January 1992

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI)

14th December 1991

Upton Park - Frost

Rearranged 14th April 1992

 

 

CRYSTAL PALACE (Reserves)

30th March 1992

Plough Lane - Reason ????

Rearranged 24th April 1992

1993-94

WIMBLEDON (Reserves)

23rd February 1994

Selhurst Park - Reason ????

Rearranged 6th May 1994 played at Plough Lane

1994-95

CRAWLEY TOWN (Springheath Print Capital League)

5th December 1994

Town Mead - Rained off

Rearranged 28th April 1996

 

 

HEART of MIDLOTIAN (First XI - Mick Dunne Benefit)

14th December 1994

Victoria Road, Dagenham FC - Abandoned

Not rearranged

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI)

21st January 1995

The Dell - Reason ????

Rearranged 15th March 1995

 

 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS (First XI)

22nd February 1995

Upton Park - Waterlogged Pitch

Rearranged 3rd May 1995

 

 

BRISTOL CITY (Reserves)

7th March 1995

Upton Park - Reason ????

8th April 1995

1995-96

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (Reserves) NO PROGRAMME

27th November 1995

St Albans City FC - Waterlogged pitch

Rearranged 23rd April 1996

 

 

PORTSMOUTH (Reserves)

5th December 1995

Upton Park - Portsmouth team snowbound on the motorway

Rearranged 29th March 1996

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

26th December 1995

Upton Park - Frost, Skating Rink Pitch

Rearranged 31st January 1996

 

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED (First XI)

31st December 1995

Upton Park - Frozen Pitch

Rearranged 21st Febraury 1996

 

 

GRIMSBY TOWN (FIrst XI - Littlewoods FA Cup 4th Round)

27th January 1996 - Unplayable pitch

Rearranged 7th February 1996

1968-69  to  1995-96

Groundsmen 04

The big freeze once more brought English football to a standstill and our home games against Southampton, Manchester United, and Ipswich Town were yet again the victims of the arctic conditions.

It seems that we are not destined to complete this First Division fixture with the Saints. Jack Frost saw off the original game, which was scheduled for December 28th, and then the Saints were unable to keep the new date because of an FA Cup replay. Then the weather intervened again.

However, the club have taken steps to try and combat the elements with the purchase of special ground sheets, designed to prevent frost attacking the surface of the field.

Four giant strips, measuring 75 metres by seven, will protect the two goalmouths - from touchline to touchline - and if these prove successful they will consider covering the whole field.

This system has been used with some success by both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur this winter, although when the elements are as severe as they have been recentiy, there is no guaranteed protection.

 

The F.A. Cup Third Round tie home programme was not on sale to the general public and all copies were destroyed.

However it seems at least some copies did survive, but not many. One surfaced at Auction in May 2009 with the Hammer falling at a whopping £496

The snow which fell on England on Sunday 6 January had a domino effect on soccer fixtures, a back-log had already built up to cause problems on and off the field. Over half the Canon League games were deferred on January 12 the day of the Chelsea fixture.

The Coventry City match was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 7th February 1970 but was Postponed. The fixture was re-arranged and played 4 days later on Wednesday 11th February 1970. The original Saturday programme was re-issued on the 11th February as they were already printed. However an additional 200 programmes bearing the date of the game Wednesday 11th February were printed and distributed to dignitaries, guests and the media only.

Match Postponed 03

EARLY   POSTPONEMENT

Thanks to the co-operation of referee Mr. Derek Civil, our team avoided an unnecessary journey to Luton. Mr. Civil made an early inspection of the pitch at Kenilworth Road, of which (to quote a Hatters' official) "half was like a skating rink." John Lyall's immediate response at 9.45 a.m. was: "Well, I'll have to take them out for some training, instead! . . . and he did ! The squad also had a "session" on Christmas Day.