A Pictorial History

FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1968-69

ARSENAL (First XI)

28 December 1968

Upton Park - Icy Weather

Rearranged: 21 April 1969

 

 

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (First XI)

18 January 1969

Upton Park - Unplayable Pitch

Rearranged: 24 March 1969

 

 

MANSFIELD TOWN (FA Cup 5th Round)

8 February 1969

Field Mill - Pitch unplayable - snow

Rearranged: 12 February 1969

 

 

MANSFIELD TOWN (FA Cup 5th Round)

12 February 1969

Field Mill - Pitch unplayable - snow

Rearranged: 24 February 1969

 

 

MANSFIELD TOWN (FA Cup 5th Round)

24 February 1969

Field Mill - Pitch unplayable - snow

Rearranged: 26 February 1969  (Original match programme of 8 February re-issued)

 

 

ORIENT (South East Counties League : London Youth Cup)

19 February 1969 - Waterlogged pitch

Rearranged: 3 March 1969

 

 

STEVENAGE ATHLETIC (Metropolitan League)

22 February 1969

Broadhall Way - Waterlogged pitch

Rearranged: 4 April 1969

1969-70

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

7 February 1970

Upton Park - Continual rain

Rearranged 11 February 1970

1970-71

SWANSEA CITY (Reserves)

21 November 1970

Upton Park - Continual rain

Rearranged 23rd January 1971

 

 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (First XI)

26 December 1970

Upton Park - Tempertures dropped and the pitch became frozen

after receiving a dusting of snow

Rearranged 24 February 1971

 

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (Reserves)

26 December 1970

White Hart Lane - Snow on pitch

Rearranged 22nd February 1971 (Wrongly dated 1970)

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

30 January 1971

Highfield Road - Pitch declared unfit

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

1971-72

NORWICH CITY (Reserves)

8 January 1972

Upton Park - Poor pitch conditions

Rearranged 2 May 1972

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

7 March 1972

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

Rearranged 21 March 1972

 

1972-73

AFC BOURNEMOUTH (Reserves)

9 December 1972

Upton Park - Ground conditions

Rearranged: 17 April 1973

1973-74

CARDIFF CITY (Reserves)

9 February 1974

Upton Park - Pitch unplayable due to heavy rain

Rearranged: 22 April 1974

1976-77

BIRMINGHAM CITY (Reserves)

13 November 1976

Upton Park - Heavy rain on pitch

Rearranged: 23 February 19777 at Chadwell Heath No Programme Issued

 

 

DERBY COUNTY (First XI)

11 December 1976

Baseball Ground - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged: 20 April 1977

 

 

COVENTRY CITY (First XI)

29 December 1976

Upton Park - Frost on pitch

Rearranged: 4 May 1977

 

 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS (First XI)

15 January 1977

Loftus Road - Ground Conditions

Rearranged: 4 April 1977

1977-78

NORWICH CITY (Reserves)   No Programme Issued

20 August 1977

Carrow Road - Norwich City injury crisis - no players available

Rearranged: 31 August 1977

 

 

LEICESTER CITY (Reserves)

22 August 1977

Upton Park - Rained off

Rearranged: 24 October 1977

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (Reserves)   No Programme Issued

3 September 1977

Upton Park - Shortage of players

Rearranged: 29 October 1977

 

 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS (First XI)

4 February 1978

Loftus Road - Reason Unfit pitch due to continual rain for several days

Rearranged: 14 March 1978 (Single Issue)

 

 

OXFORD UNITED (Reserves)

4 February 1978

Upton Park - Unfit pitch

Rearranged: 18 April 1978

1978-79

BRISTOL ROVERS (Reserves)

9 December 1978

Upton Park - Unfit Ground

Rearranged: 1 May 1979 (Played at Chadwell Heath) No Programme Issued

 

 

LUTON TOWN (First XI)

23 December 1978

Kenilworth Road - Pitch like a Skating Rink

Rearranged: 26 February 1979

 

 

BURNLEY (First XI)

13 January 1979

Upton Park - Icy Patches on Pitch

Rearranged: 24 April 1979

 

 

SHEFFIELD UNITED (First XI)

3 February 1979

Bramall Lane - Unfit Pitch

Rearranged: 2 April 1979 (Supplement)

 

 

MILLWALL (First XI)

17 February 1979

The Den - Icy Conditions

Rearranged: 14 May 1979 (Supplement)

1979-80

BRISTOL ROVERS (Reserves)

15 December 1979

Upton Park - Unfit due to heavy rain

Rearranged: 25 February 1980

 

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY (First XI)

26 December 1979

Upton Park - Bad Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 22 April 1980

 

 

OLDHAM ATHLETIC (First XI)

29 December 1979

Boundary Park - Bad Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 29 April (Supplement)

 

 

SUNDERLAND (First XI)

2 February 1980

Roker Park - Bad Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 12 May 1980

 

 

NORWICH CITY (South East Counties League Div I)

2 February 1980

Trowse Training Ground - Bad Weather Conditions

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: 8 March 1980

 

1980-81

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (First XI)

25 April 1981

Hillsborough - Snow

Rearranged: 8 May 1981 (Supplement)

1981-82

MANCHESTER UNITED (First XI)

12 December 1981

Old Trafford - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 27 Janaury 1982 (Supplement)

 

 

WOLVERHAMPRON WANDERERS (First XI)

19 December 1981

Upton Park - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 6 April 1982

 

 

SWANSEA CITY (First XI)

26 December 1981

Vetch Field - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 30 March 1982 (Supplement)

 

 

IPSWICH TOWN (First XI)

28 December 1981

Upton Park - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 2 March 1982

 

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (First XI)

9 January 1982

Upton Park - Adverse Weather Conditions

Rearranged: 10 May 1982

 

1982-83

ARSENAL (First XI)

12 February 1983

Upton Park - Snow bound pitch

Rearranged: 10 May 1983 (Supplement)

1984-85

CHELSEA (First XI)

12 January 1985

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 13 April 1985

 

 

WATFORD (First XI)

9 February 1985

Vicarage Road - Snow

Rearranged: 2 April 1985

 

 

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)

9 February 1985

Upton Park - Snow

Rearranged: 7 May 1985

 

 

WIMBLEDON (FA Cup Fifth Round)

16 February 1985

Plough Lane - Snow

Rearranged: 4 March 1985 (Original programme re-issued)

1985-86

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI)

28 December 1985

Upton Park - Artic Conditions

Rearranged: 8 April 1986

 

 

CHELSEA (First XI)

1 January 1986

Upton Park - Artic Conditions

Rearranged: 15 April 1986

 

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (Reserves)

22 January 1986

Goldstone Ground - Artic Conditions

Rearranged: 17 April 1986

 

 

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

15 February 1986

Upton Park - Artic Conditions

Rearranged: 5 March 1986

1986-87

SOUTHAMPTON (Reserves)  Not Seen One!

22 November 1986

The Dell - Heavy Rain

Rearranged: 21 February 1987

1988-89

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)

18 February 1989

Upton Park - The possibility of an FA Cup replay caused this postponement

Rearranged: 6 May 1989 (Played at Chadwell Heath)

 

No Programme Issued for either game

1989-90

IPSWICH TOWN (Reserves)

21 November 1989

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

 

No Programme Issued and for the second season running the game against the Tractor Boys was switch to Chadwell Heath

 

 

OXFORD UNITED (Reserves)

6 December 1989

Manor Ground - Fog

Rearranged: 11 December 1989

 

 

WATFORD (First XI)

3 February 1990

Vicarage Road - Waterlogged Pitch

Rearranged: 13 March 1990

 

 

WIMBLEDON (Reserves)

3 February 1990

Upton Park - Poor pitch

Rearranged: 27 March 1990

1991-92

WATFORD (Reserves)

19 November 1991

Upton Park - Torrential rain

Rearranged: 27 January 1992

 

 

WIMBLEDON (Reserves)

10 December 1991

Home match played at Terence McMillian Stadium - Heavy frost

Rearranged: 2 April 1992 game switched to Upton Park

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI - Zenith Data Systems Cup)

11 December 1991

The Dell - Frost

Rearranged: 7 January 1992

 

 

SOUTHAMPTON (First XI)

14 December 1991

Upton Park - Frost

Rearranged: 14 April 1992

 

 

CRYSTAL PALACE (Reserves)

30 March 1992

Plough Lane - Reason ????

Rearranged: 24 April 1992

1993-94

WIMBLEDON (Reserves)

23 February 1994

Selhurst Park - Unfit pitch

Rearranged: 6 May 1994 played at Plough Lane

1968-69  to  1993-94

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The big freeze 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 seemed that the Hammers were not destined to complete the First Division fixture with Southampton. 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.

The club had 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 Manchester Unite F.A. Cup Fifth 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 7 February 1970 but was Postponed due to continual rain.

 

The fixture was re-arranged and played 4 days later on Wednesday 11 February 1970. The original Saturday programme was re-issued on the 11th February as they were already printed.

 

An additional 200 programmes bearing the date the game took place Wednesday 11 February were printed and distributed to dignitaries, guests and the media only. These rare are highly sort after and command hugh prices at auction.

EARLY   POSTPONEMENT

Thanks to the co-operation of referee Mr. Derek Civil, the Hammers 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 the pitch 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.

68_12_28 WHU v. Arsenal Postponed 69_01_18 WHU v. Wolves Postponed

Icy conditions were responsible for the postponements to these two fixtures at Upton Park

70_02_11 WHU v. Coventry City 72_12_09 WHU v. Bournemouth Reserves Post 74_02_09 WHU v. Cardiff City Post 77_01_15 Queens Park Rangers v. WHU Post 76_12_29 WHU v. Coventry City Post

Frost and Ground Conditions caused these postponments

78_02_04 QPR v. WHU Post

For the second year running the first team fixture at Loftus Road was postponed

78_12_23 Luton Town v. WHU Post 79_12_29 Oldham Athletic v. WHU Post 80_02_02 Sunderland v. WHU Post 81_04_25 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU

Snow in April !!!

81_12_12 Manchester United v. WHU Postponed 81_12_19 WHU v. Wolverhampton Post 83_02_12 WHU v. Arsenal Dickens Debut 83_05_10 WHU v. Arsenal - Supplement

Original programme re-issued with a supplement

86_02_15 WHU v. Manchester United Post Rare 85_01_12 WHU v. Chelsea Postponed Rare

Chelsea

12 January 1985

87_01_03 WHU v. Southampton Post

SOUTHAMPTON (Reserves)

3 January 1987

Upton Park - Heavy Rain

Rearranged: 28 April 1987

Both of the original dates for the Hammers Football Combination fixtures against Southampton this season had to be re-arranged, as on each occasion “rain stopped play” at the Dell in November and at Upton Park in January.

89_12_06 Oxford United v. WHU Post

Oxford United 6 December 1989

Manor Road ground was fog bound

91_12_11 Southampton v. WHU Zenith Semi-Final Post 91_12_14 WHU v. Southampton Post

Jack Frost was to blame for home and away postponments against Southampton within 4-days of one another

CONTINUE

Postponed 1994-Present 69_02_26 Mansfield Town v. WHU FAC5

The FA Cup 5th round tie against Mansfield Town was called off three times because of snow.

The Hammers eventually losing the tie 3-0 to the Third Division side