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Match Preview: West Ham v Leicester

Blast from the past

22nd August 1953 – Frankie Laine was number one with ‘I Believe’, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn were in UK cinemas in Roman Holiday and, two days after Len Hutton’s England cricket team had defeated Australia to win The Ashes for the first time in 19 years, the Hammers defeated the Foxes at Upton Park in front of 22,157 spectators.

25-year-old Cork-born centre-forward Fred Kearns (pictured) was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win for the Irons. Outside-left Jimmy Andrews was also on the scoresheet for the Hammers, while an Arthur Rowley penalty was all the visitors could muster in consolation.

These would be Kearns’ last goals for the club – the likeable Irishman had signed from Shamrock Rovers as a full-back but found brief fame and international recognition (he won one cap in 1954 against Luxembourg) when switched to centre-forward. He had made his Hammers debut on 8th October 1949 in a 1-1 home draw with Chesterfield and scored 16 goals in 48 appearances in the claret and blue, making his final appearance in a 2-1 home win over Doncaster on 20th March 1954 before transferring to Norwich in the summer of that year. He went on to play for Tonbridge, Margate and Deal Town, and was assistant manager of Ramsgate in 1980. Fred Kearns died in Margate, aged 59, on 7th January 1987.

West Ham would go on to finish in 13th place in the Second Division, while the Foxes recovered from this heavy early-season defeat to top the division and win promotion to Division One. Tommy Dixon, who didn’t feature in this victory, would be the Irons’ top goalscorer with 19 goals in 32 matches in 1953/54. Wolves won the First Division title and West Brom won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Ernie Gregory, George Wright, Noel Cantwell, Derek Parker, Malcolm Allison, Frank O’Farrell, Tommy Southren, Dave Sexton, Fred Kearns, John Dick, Jimmy Andrews.

Leicester City: John Anderson, Ron Jackson, Arthur Lever, Tommy Dunne, Matt Gillies, Jimmy Baldwin, Mal Griffiths, Arthur Rowley, Derek Hines, Johnny Morris, Tommy Dryburgh.

Club Connections

Players who have represented both the Hammers and the Foxes include:

Goalkeepers: George Hebden, Colin Mackleworth.

Defenders: Gary Charles, Chris Powell, Dickie Pudan, Rufus Brevett, Paul Konchesky, Dai Jones, Matthew Upson, Clive Clarke, Billy Oakes, Fred Milnes, John Paintsil.

Midfielders: Andy Impey, Shaun Newton, Nolberto Solano, Franz Carr, Sid Bishop.

Strikers: David Connolly, Albert Carnelly, Brian Deane, Keith Robson, David Speedie, Bertie Lyon, Paul Kitson, Norman Proctor, Les Ferdinand, David Kelly, Tony Cottee, Jimmy Quinn.

Frank O’Farrell, Jimmy Bloomfield and Martin Allen have played for the Hammers and managed the Foxes.

Today’s focus is on a striker who played for Leicester City before a loan spell at West Ham United later in his career. Mike Newell was born in Liverpool on the 27th January 1965 and started his professional career at Crewe in 1982. He signed for Third Division Wigan in October 1983 and played in the 1985 Football League Trophy Final before joining David Pleat’s top flight Luton in January 1986. He played four times for England Under-21s before dropping down to the Second Division to sign for Leicester in September 1987 for a club record fee of £350,000. The 22-year-old Newell scored on his debut in a 4-1 win over Oldham at Filbert Street on 16th September 1987 and went on to notch four goals in his first five Foxes matches.

Managed by his former Wigan manager Bryan Hamilton, the Foxes had been relegated the previous season and were struggling in the early stages of the 1987/88 campaign when Hamilton was replaced by another of Newell’s old bosses, David Pleat, in December 1987. Newell was sent off twice in 1987/88 but scored 11 goals in 44 games as the Foxes finished 13th. There was an improvement in performances and results but Leicester lacked the consistency to maintain a promotion push and, after a total of 26 goals in 96 matches, Newell returned to the top flight in a £1.1m move to Everton in June 1989. He had been Leicester’s top scorer in both of his seasons at Filbert Street and scored in his final game for the club, in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland on 13th May 1989 as the Foxes finished 15th in the Second Division.

Newell played alongside Tony Cottee during his time at Goodison Park and was a runner-up in the Full Members’ Cup in 1991. He moved to Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn in November 1991 and scored the winning goal in the Play-Off Final against former club Leicester to send Rovers into the inaugural Premier League. He stayed at Blackburn for five seasons, finishing fourth and second in the Premier League, before winning the Premier League title in 1995. He scored a nine-minute hat-trick in a Champions League fixture against Rosenborg.

The 31-year-old Newell left Blackburn to join David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady at Birmingham in the summer of 1996. The drop into the First Division proved unsuccessful and Harry Redknapp brought him to West Ham on loan during a striker crisis in December 1996, with Florin Raducioiu out of favour and Iain Dowie and Steve Jones out of form. Newell made his debut in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea on 21st December 1996 and appeared in his only Hammers victory a week later, a 2-0 home win over Sunderland. He failed to score in his seven appearances in claret and blue and made his final appearance for the Irons in a 2-1 defeat at former club Blackburn on 1st February 1997, a game which saw Rio Ferdinand score his first senior goal. Redknapp moved to bring in double act John Hartson and Paul Kitson, while Newell joined Bradford in another loan move the following month.

Newell left Birmingham permanently later in 1997, moving north of the border to join Aberdeen. He returned to first club Crewe in 1999 but his stay was shortlived before transferring to Doncaster later that year. He finished his playing career with Blackpool in 2001. Newell has since managed Hartlepool (with whom he won promotion from Division Three in 2003), Luton (winning League One in 2005) and Grimsby. He has also worked at Accrington and Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab. Now 54, Newell is currently assistant manager to Bryan Hughes at Wrexham – the Dragons are currently fourth in the National League as they seek a return to the Football League.

Referee

Saturday’s referee will be Lee Probert, who will take on his first West Ham appointment since our goalless draw at Stoke in April 2017; his previous match in charge of the Hammers had been our 3-0 win at Tottenham in October 2013. He also refereed our 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool in December 2012, awarding the Hammers a penalty for a Joe Allen handball.

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Probert also took charge of our 1-0 home victory over Swansea in February 2013 and our 2-2 home draw with Manchester United in April 2013, when he allowed Robin van Persie’s late equaliser to stand despite the Dutchman being in an offside position. Probert sent off Matt Taylor for a push on Billy Sharp in the aftermath of awarding the Hammers a penalty in a 1-1 home draw with Southampton in February 2012. The 46-year-old Wiltshire-based official also issued a red card to Tamir Cohen in our 2-1 home defeat to Bolton in March 2010.

Possible line-ups

West Ham United have lost only three of their last 31 home matches against Leicester stretching back to 1967, with 21 victories and seven draws against the Foxes in that time. Manuel Pellegrini will be without Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini, Samir Nasri, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll. Marko Arnautovic is available, while late checks will be given to Aaron Cresswell, Jack Wilshere and Chicharito. Robert Snodgrass has been given a one-match ban but, like Wilfried Zaha earlier in the season, this does not come into effect while the player and club consider their right to appeal.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers will be without Daniel Amartey. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last three visits to east London.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Antonio, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson; Arnautovic.

Possible Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi; Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!


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Match Preview: Man Utd v West Ham

Blast from the past

Today’s blast from the past features a rare Premier League victory at the home of this weekend’s opponents, Manchester United. It arrived on the 8th December 2001, a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in front of 67,582 spectators. Daniel Bedingfield was number one with ‘Gotta Get Thru This’, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone topped the UK box office and George Harrison had died nine days earlier at the age of 58.

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The Hammers went into the game having failed to win in five matches, stretching back to 28th October. Don Hutchison forced an early save from Fabien Barthez, with Paul Scholes bringing England team-mate David James into similar action at the other end. The Irons’ goal came from 19-year-old striker Jermain Defoe (pictured), who met Paolo Di Canio’s dinked left-footed cross with a back-post header which beat Barthez from close range after 64 minutes. The brilliant James ensured the three points with a late stop from Mikael Silvestre. My video below shows the action from this match.

Glenn Roeder’s West Ham went on to finish 2001/02 in seventh place, while Manchester United finished third. Defoe was the club’s top scorer that season with 14 goals from 39 matches, only 17 of which were starts. Arsenal won a Premier League and FA Cup Double.

Manchester United: Fabien Barthez, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, John O’Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Luke Chadwick (David Beckham), Nicky Butt (Andy Cole), Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke (Quinton Fortune).

West Ham United: David James, Sebastien Schemmel, Tomas Repka, Christian Dailly, Nigel Winterburn, Don Hutchison, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Trevor Sinclair, Paolo Di Canio, Jermain Defoe (Titi Camara).

Club Connections

Manchester United coach Michael Carrick welcomes his first professional club to Old Trafford, while Chicharito could feature for the Hammers at the home of his former club. A largely impressive list of players join the pair in having turned out for both West Ham United and Manchester United over the years. These include:

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll, Les Sealey.

Defenders: Patrice Evra, Fred Milnes, Jonathan Spector, Rio Ferdinand.

Midfielders: James McCrae, Bill McCartney, Paul Ince, Ralph Milne, Luke Chadwick, Ravel Morrison.

Strikers: Charlie Mackie, Billy Grassam, Stuart Pearson, Ted MacDougall, Teddy Sheringham, David Bellion, Carlos Tevez.

In addition, David Moyes has managed both clubs while Dave Sexton and Frank O’Farrell both played for the Hammers before going on to manage the Red Devils. Lou Macari played for the Old Trafford club before managing the Irons.

Today’s focus is on an Irish international who signed for Manchester United from West Ham United. Noel Cantwell was born on the 28th February 1932 in Cork and educated at the Roman Catholic Presentation Brothers College. He was an outstanding young sportsman, excelling at rugby, athletics, cricket and football. He joined local Irish League side Cork Athletic at a time when West Ham had significant Irish representation in their ranks – Hammers players Frank O’Farrell and Tommy Moroney often used to turn out for Cork when they returned to Ireland and, on one such visit, played alongside Cantwell in a friendly against Birmingham. At the time, Cantwell was set to embark on an insurance role with the Norwich Union whilst playing amateur rugby but glowing reports from the Hammers’ representatives led to Ted Fenton persuading the teenager to move to east London – West Ham paid Cork £750 for the promising left-back.

Cantwell went into digs with Moroney, who became his mentor, and made his debut at the age of 20 in a 3-2 win at Colchester in the Essex Professional Cup on 13th November 1952. His league debut came in another 3-2 victory, this time at Fulham on 6th April 1953. He became a regular in the side in the 1953/54 campaign, defending with maturity, and soon earned the first of his 36 caps for the Republic of Ireland. He was sent off in a 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on 10th December 1955 but scored his first goal for the club the following season in a 3-2 win over Sheffield United at the Boleyn Ground on 9th February 1957. Cantwell also played cricket for Ireland five times between 1956 and 1959.

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The swashbuckling Cantwell replaced Malcolm Allison as club captain in the 1957/58 promotion season, having formed a successful full-back partnership with John Bond. He scored four goals in 38 appearances as he led the Hammers to the Second Division title. These goals were all scored in victories at Upton Park – 2-1 over Derby and 3-2 against Fulham (both in September 1957), 5-2 against Huddersfield two months later and 6-2 over Swansea in January 1958.

Cantwell played his own part in the development of arguably West Ham’s finest son, Bobby Moore (who would have been 78 today). With Allison recovering from tuberculosis and 17-year-old Moore waiting in the wings to replace him, manager Ted Fenton asked Cantwell for a recommendation on who to play against Manchester United on 8th September 1958. Cantwell, despite being a big friend of Allison’s, famously replied, “play the kid”. An attack-minded full-back who also played the occasional game for club and country as a forward, Cantwell scored four goals in 45 matches in his first season as a First Division player, scoring in a 6-3 win over Blackburn on 4th October 1958, a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on 3rd January 1959 and a 5-1 thrashing of Manchester City on 20th April 1959. He also scored in the Final of the Essex Professional Cup as the Irons defeated Leyton Orient by four goals to one on 21st September 1959. The hugely popular Cantwell scored three goals in 1959/60 – all penalties – in a 4-1 home win over Manchester City on 7th November 1959, a 5-2 home defeat to Burnley on 2nd January 1960 and a 5-3 loss at Manchester United on 18th April 1960, his last goal in claret and blue.

The 28-year-old Cantwell played his final match for West Ham in a 4-1 defeat at Everton on 24th September 1960. He had scored twelve goals in 278 appearances during his nine years with the Hammers. He departed east London for Manchester United, the team he had supported as a boy. Reconstructing his Red Devils team following the tragedy of the Munich air crash, Matt Busby spent £29,500 to take Cantwell to Old Trafford – a record fee at the time for a full-back. He made his Manchester United debut in a 3-0 defeat at Cardiff on 26th November 1960 and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on 7th January 1961. He scored a penalty in the next round in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Cantwell’s next goal didn’t arrive until April 1962, in a 3-1 win at Burnley. He only had to wait two days for his next goal, scored in a 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal. He only scored once in 1962/63, in a 3-0 home win over Bolton, but captained the side as they beat Leicester 3-1 in the 1963 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Cantwell was so highly regarded by his fellow professionals that he was elected chairman of the PFA in 1963. He made 35 appearances in 1963/64, the most of any of his seasons at the club, but failed to score. He missed a year of football between April 1964 and April 1965 but scored in his comeback match, a 4-2 win at Birmingham on 19th April 1965. He scored twice in 1965/66, both in April – once in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa and the other, his last for Manchester United, came on familiar territory at Upton Park on 30th April 1966, but a Geoff Hurst double and a ‘Budgie’ Byrne penalty ensured the Hammers won the match 3-2.

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The 34-year-old Cantwell’s last appearance for Manchester United came in a 2-1 win at Southampton on 19th November 1966. He had made 146 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring eight goals. He managed Coventry between 1967 and 1972 before moving to the USA to briefly manage the New England Tea Men. He returned to England to manage Peterborough from 1972 to 1977 before returning to the New England Tea Men. He managed the Jacksonville Tea Men in the early 1980s before ending his management career back at Peterborough in 1988 after two years at the club. He became a publican in Peterborough and also did some scouting for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England set-up. Noel Cantwell died of cancer at the age of 73 on 8th September 2005.

Referee

Tomorrow’s referee is 50-year-old Graham Scott. The Oxfordshire-based official will be taking charge of only his eighth Premier League match involving West Ham United – the Hammers have won five of the previous seven league matches he has officiated. His first Premier League appointment with the Irons was our 3-1 win at Southampton in February 2017. He also took charge of the Hammers for our 3-0 win at Stoke in December 2017 – Scott’s decision to award Manuel Lanzini a first-half penalty saw the Argentine retrospectively banned for two matches. He also refereed our 2-0 home win over Watford in February 2018, our 3-1 home win over Everton on the final day of last season and our 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in August.

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Scott was most recently the man in the middle for both our matches against Cardiff this season. The match at London Stadium saw him award a penalty to the visitors which Lukasz Fabianski saved as the Hammers went on to win 3-1. He also officiated our 2-0 defeat in the Welsh capital last month. Scott was also in charge for our 2-1 League Cup victory over Cheltenham in August 2013 and sent off Callum McNaughton in the defender’s only Hammers appearance as the club were knocked out of the same competition by Aldershot in August 2011.

Possible line-ups

Manchester United are without Luke Shaw and Ashley Young through suspension, while Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are injured. Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are doubts but Alexis Sanchez should be available. The Red Devils are still in the hunt for a top-four finish but will also have one eye on their Champions League quarter-final second leg in Barcelona on Tuesday.

West Ham United are without Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasri, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll but Michail Antonio should be available. The Hammers have picked up just two points at Old Trafford in their last ten visits, stretching back to May 2007.

Possible Manchester United XI: De Gea; Dalot, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo; Fred, McTominay; Mata, Pereira, Sanchez; Lukaku.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Obiang; Antonio, Lanzini, Anderson; Arnautovic.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!


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Match Preview: Chelsea v West Ham

Blast from the past

3rd February 1962: Cliff Richard and The Shadows were number one with ‘The Young Ones’, John Wayne was in UK cinemas in The Comancheros and comedian Eddie Izzard was born four days later. In west London, West Ham United were hammering another nail into Chelsea’s relegation coffin in a game full of connections between the cross-city rivals.

The match saw former Hammer Andy Malcolm line up for the hosts alongside Peter Brabrook, who was to join the Irons eight months later. Ron Tindall had joined West Ham as part of the deal which saw Malcolm move to Chelsea just a few months before this game, and the centre-forward took his place in the visitors’ attack. Joe Kirkup was also in the West Ham team, four years before he went on to join Chelsea. The match also saw 18-year-old inside-forward Colin Shaw make his one and only appearance for the Blues – he moved to Norwich in August 1963.

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Hammers legend Bobby Moore, then aged just 20, scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for the visitors. It was the fifth of his 27 goals in claret and blue and his third of the 1961/62 season, having scored twice in a 4-2 win over Wolves in December 1961. Moore would make his England debut in Peru three months later and represent his country at the 1962 World Cup, starting all four of the Three Lions’ matches at the tournament in Chile which saw England defeated at the quarter-final stage by a Garrincha-inspired Brazil.

The win helped Ron Greenwood’s Hammers claim eighth position in the First Division of 1961/62, while Tommy Docherty’s Blues would finish bottom and were relegated. Scottish goalkeeper Lawrie Leslie was voted Hammer of the Year, with fellow Scot John Dick runner-up. Dick was also the Irons’ top scorer that season with 23 goals in 38 appearances, although he didn’t feature in this game at Stamford Bridge. Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich won the league and Tottenham won the FA Cup.

Chelsea: Peter Bonetti, Ken Shellito, Dennis Butler, Terry Bradbury, Mel Scott, Graham Moore, Andy Malcolm, Peter Brabrook, Colin Shaw, Bobby Tambling, Frank Blunstone.

West Ham United: Lawrie Leslie, Joe Kirkup, John Bond, Eddie Bovington, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Tony Scott, Phil Woosnam, Alan Sealey, Ron Tindall, Malcolm Musgrove.

Club Connections

A decent number of players have represented both West Ham United and Chelsea. 2008 Hammer of the Year Robert Green is currently on the Blues’ books but is yet to make an appearance for them. Victor Moses spent the 2015/16 season on loan with the Hammers and is still a Chelsea player, albeit currently on loan at Fenerbahce in Turkey. Others to have worn the colours of both clubs include:

Goalkeepers: Craig Forrest and Harry Medhurst.

Defenders: Tal Ben Haim, Scott Minto, Wayne Bridge, Ian Pearce, Joe Kirkup, Glen Johnson and Jon Harley.

Midfielders: Bill Jackson, Andy Malcolm, Joe Cole, Syd Bishop, Peter Brabrook, Alan Dickens, George Horn, Eric Parsons, Robert Bush, Scott Parker, Yossi Benayoun, Jim Frost and John Sissons.

Strikers: David Speedie, Len Goulden, Billy Bridgeman, Demba Ba, Joe Payne, Clive Allen, George Hilsdon, Carlton Cole, Billy Brown, Jimmy Greaves, Pop Robson, Billy Williams, Ron Tindall and Bob Deacon.

Bobby Gould played for West Ham and went on to be assistant and caretaker manager of Chelsea. Ron Greenwood and Gianfranco Zola played for Chelsea and managed West Ham, while Sir Geoff Hurst and Dave Sexton both played for the Hammers and managed the Blues. Avram Grant has managed both clubs.

Today’s focus though is on an Academy graduate who started his career at Upton Park before becoming a legend at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard Junior was born in Romford to West Ham left-back Frank Senior and Pat on the 20th June 1978, a month after the Hammers’ relegation from the top flight. He joined West Ham’s Academy in 1994, spent a spell on loan with Swansea in 1995 and won the South East Counties League in 1996, making the FA Youth Cup Final in the same year, although the Irons lost to Liverpool.

Lampard made his Hammers debut at the age of 17 on 31st January 1996 as a substitute in a 3-2 home win over Coventry; he made one further sub appearance in 1995/96 and made 16 appearances in 1996/97, although his season was ended by a broken leg suffered at Aston Villa in March 1997.

Lampard was a key figure in the Hammers’ ever-improving team in 1997/98, scoring his first goal for the club a minute after stepping off the bench on the opening day of the season, the winner in a 2-1 victory at Barnsley. Lampard made 42 appearances as the Hammers finished eighth, scoring nine goals, including a hat-trick in the League Cup fourth round against Walsall, who had future Hammer Jimmy Walker in goal. Lampard also scored the opener in a 3-1 defeat at Leeds’ Elland Road, replicating his dad’s jig round the corner flag at the same ground in the 1980 FA Cup semi-final by way of celebration. He made his debut for England Under-21s during this campaign, going on to captain the side.

Lampard made 41 appearances as the Hammers finished fifth in 1998/99, scoring six goals. Becoming renowned for spectacular strikes from distance, he notched long range strikes in home victories over Leicester and Middlesbrough, and also scored a penalty at Anfield’s Kop End in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

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Arguably Lampard’s best season in claret and blue was the 1999/2000 campaign, scoring 14 goals from midfield in 49 matches. He started the season in style, scoring four goals by the end of August – three in the InterToto Cup against Jokerit, Heerenveen and Metz, as well as the winner in a 1-0 home triumph against Tottenham. He also scored in the UEFA Cup against Osijek and bagged winners in Upton Park goalfests against Sheffield Wednesday (4-3) in November 1999 and Bradford (5-4) in February 2000. Lampard also made his full England debut under Kevin Keegan in October 1999, starting and playing 76 minutes in a 2-1 win over Belgium at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light – his cousin, Jamie Redknapp, scored the winning goal.

Lampard’s final campaign in east London, 2000/01, saw him bag nine goals in 37 games. He scored his only brace for the club in a 2-1 win at Bradford in February 2001 and signed off as a Hammer with three goals in his final four games. His last goal for the Irons was a penalty in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on 16th April 2001, with his final match for the club being a 2-0 home defeat to Leeds on 21st April 2001 – the visitors had 22-year-old Lampard’s youth team colleague Rio Ferdinand in their ranks. Lampard made his second and final England appearance while with the Hammers in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first match in charge, as a half-time substitute in a 3-0 win over Spain at Villa Park in February 2001.

A few weeks later, Lampard’s father and uncle (Frank Senior and Harry Redknapp respectively) both left the club. Feeling that his position as a player at the club was untenable, Lampard sought a move and rejected Aston Villa to sign for Chelsea for £11m in the summer of 2001 – he had scored 38 goals in 187 appearances for West Ham United. My video below shows 37 of these 38 goals.

The 23-year-old Lampard made his debut for Claudio Ranieri’s Blues in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on 19th August 2001 and scored his first goal on 20th September 2001 in a UEFA Cup tie against Levski Sofia. His first league strike in a Chelsea shirt came in a 5-1 home win over Bolton in December 2001. 2004 saw Lampard named in the PFA Team of the Year for the first time in what would be three successive seasons. He was also voted England Player of the Year after his exploits at Euro 2004, in which he was named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament, and won Chelsea’s Player of the Year award (which he would also win in 2005 and 2009).

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After Jose Mourinho took over in the summer of 2004, Lampard won the Premier League in successive seasons, as well as the FA Cup in 2007 (Lampard was Man of the Match in the Final) and the League Cup in 2005 and 2007. He was awarded FIFA’s Player of the Year Silver Award in 2005, a year which also saw him win the Football Writers’ Player of the Year prize and the England Player of the Year award for a second time. He won the Premier League and FA Cup Double under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010, scoring 27 goals in 51 appearances during that 2009/10 campaign. European titles came later in his Chelsea career, winning the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013. He scored his last goal for Chelsea in a 3-0 home win over Stoke on 5th April 2014 and made his final appearance for the club at the age of 35 in a goalless draw with Norwich at Stamford Bridge on 4th May of the same year.

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Lampard left Chelsea in 2014 after 13 years at Stamford Bridge in which he had become the Blues’ highest goalscorer of all-time, scoring 211 goals in 648 appearances. He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League and one Europa League during his time in west London. He won 106 caps for England, scoring 29 goals for his country. He represented the Three Lions at the 2004 European Championships, and the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He missed the 2012 Euros through a thigh injury.

Lampard spent a season with Manchester City before ending his career at New York City FC in the United States. Lampard, now 40, is currently manager of Championship side Derby.

Referee

The referee tonight will be Christopher Kavanagh. The Manchester-born official has refereed the Hammers on six previous occasions, most recently for our 2-0 home win against Newcastle, a game in which he awarded the Hammers a penalty for a foul on Chicharito which was converted by Mark Noble. He had previously been in charge for our 2-2 home draw with Brighton in January, our 1-1 draw at Huddersfield in November and our 1-0 home defeat to Wolves in September.

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Kavanagh was the man in the middle for our 2-0 win at Leicester last May and also issued Arthur Masuaku with a red card for spitting in an FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan in January 2018. He has been the man in the middle for 18 Premier League matches so far in 2018/19, issuing 61 yellow cards in those games and one red, and awarding four penalties.

Possible line-ups

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is without Ethan Ampadu and Marco van Ginkel but Marcos Alonso, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro should all be available. The Blues could shuffle their pack with a Europa League quarter-final first leg trip to Slavia Prague coming up on Thursday. Chelsea have lost three home Premier League London derbies over the past four seasons, as many as they had in the previous 11 campaigns. However, the Blues are unbeaten in 12 league meetings with the Hammers at Stamford Bridge since a 3-2 loss in September 2002, winning eight and drawing four (the goals from this match can be seen in my video in the ‘Featured Video’ section of this site).

West Ham are winless in six league away matches, losing five, since a 2-1 victory at Southampton on 27th December. Manuel Pellegrini is without Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll – the Chilean has again suggested that Reid and Yarmolenko “will not be ready” to play this season, although Sanchez could be involved in “some games before we finish” and Wilshere played 66 minutes for the Development Squad yesterday. The Hammers should have Ryan Fredericks, Samir Nasri, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic available.

Possible Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Snodgrass, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson; Chicharito.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!


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Match Preview: West Ham v Everton

Blast from the past

9th November 1929: West Ham met Everton at the Boleyn Ground, the day before the premiere of John Grierson’s documentary film Drifters about North Sea herring fishermen, which was made for the Empire Marketing Board and effectively inaugurated the British Documentary Film Movement. Grace Kelly was born three days after the game.

Outside-left Jimmy Ruffell bagged a brace in this match, with centre-forward Vic Watson scoring the other as the Hammers pushed into the First Division’s top ten with a 3-1 win in front of 24,801. Watson would end the season as the Irons’ top goalscorer with an astonishing 50 goals in 44 appearances. Dixie Dean scored Everton’s consolation. Two-goal hero Ruffell is pictured below with Bobby Moore over 43 years later on 17th February 1973, the day the World Cup-winning England captain surpassed Ruffell’s record number of West Ham United appearances.

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Syd King’s Irons went on to finish in seventh place that season, while Everton ended the campaign in 22nd position and were relegated. Since that season in 1930, the Toffees have only been relegated once. Sheffield Wednesday won the league title in 1929/30 and Arsenal won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Ted Hufton, Alfred Earl, Bill Cox, Fred Norris, Jim Barrett, Albert Cadwell, Tommy Yews, Stan Earle, Vic Watson, Viv Gibbins, Jimmy Ruffell.

Everton: Arthur Davies, Warney Cresswell, Jack O’Donnell, Thomas Robson, Thomas Griffiths, Hunter Hart, Ted Critchley, George Martin, Dixie Dean, Tommy White, Jimmy Stein.

Club Connections

Former Hammer and Toffee David Unsworth is currently in charge of the Under-23s at Goodison Park. He is joined in representing both clubs by:

Goalkeepers: George Kitchen, Richard Wright.

Defenders: William Wildman, Lars Jacobsen, David Burrows, George Eccles, Bob Young, Lucas Neill, John Russell, Alex McCartney, William Kelly.

Midfielders: Harry Dawson, Don Hutchison, Joe Blythe, Mark Ward, Ray Atteveld, Niclas Alexandersson, Danny Williamson, Ian Bishop, Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Strikers: Tony Cottee, Chas Crossley, Alex McDonald, Mike Newell, Enner Valencia, Nikica Jelavic.

Slaven Bilic played for both clubs and managed the Hammers, while David Moyes and Sam Allardyce managed both clubs.

Today’s focus falls on a player who was a title winner with Everton before later spending a season with the Hammers. Tony Weldon was born in Inverness, Scotland, on 12th November 1900 and began his career with Scottish junior side Kilsyth Rangers before moving on to Airdrie for £5 in December 1924. The Lanarkshire club made a very tidy profit on Weldon when they sold him to Everton for £2,000 in March 1927.

26-year-old inside-left Weldon scored on his Everton debut in March 1927, a game in which Toffees legend Dixie Dean also scored to hand the Blues a 2-1 victory over Leeds. He scored three goals in nine games to help Everton avoid relegation to the Second Division by four points. The 1927/28 season saw a terrific Toffees turnaround as they went from relegation strugglers the previous season to title winners – Weldon scored seven goals in 40 appearances and his partnership with compatriot Alex Troup made a major contribution as Everton secured their third First Division league championship success. He played 22 games in the 1928/29 campaign, scoring three goals as the champions dropped dramatically to an 18th-placed finish. Weldon made three league appearances in the 1929/30 season before moving to Second Division Hull in December 1929 for a £1,000 fee, a month after this preview’s featured match above. Weldon had scored 13 goals in 74 games during his near-three years at Goodison Park.

Hull were relegated to the Third Division North at the end of the 1929/30 season and could not win an immediate promotion back to the second tier, finishing sixth in 1930/31. The 30-year-old Weldon, however, was handed the opportunity of a return to the First Division by West Ham United in June 1931. He made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1931/32 campaign, a 1-0 defeat at Bolton on 29th August 1931. Weldon (pictured) scored his first goal for the club on his home debut two days later in a 3-1 win over Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground. His Everton debut had seen him score alongside Dixie Dean; his Irons debut saw him score alongside Hammers’ own legendary goalscorer Vic Watson. His second goal came in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool on 10th October 1931, by which time the Hammers were struggling in the league.

Weldon battled bravely on the Hammers’ behalf but the club would suffer relegation at the end of the 1931/32 campaign – he scored two further goals in claret and blue, in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round on 23rd January 1932 and in a 4-2 home loss to Birmingham on 23rd April 1932. His final match for West Ham United came on the penultimate weekend of the 1931/32 season in a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland on 30th April 1932. In total he made 22 appearances for the club, scoring four goals – he left to sign for Welsh side Lovell’s Athletic, then playing in the Western League.

Weldon moved to Rochdale in the summer of 1933, serving a year’s stint before moving to Ireland and joining Dundalk as player-coach. By the end of 1934 he had been appointed player-manager of Bangor in Northern Ireland, thus becoming one of the few players to play for clubs in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Weldon was the father-in-law of former Leeds centre-forward Jim Storrie. Tony Weldon died in 1953, at the age of either 52 or 53.

Referee

Saturday’s referee is 38-year-old Paul Tierney. The Lancashire-based official has refereed the Hammers on four previous occasions, with the Irons yet to lose when he’s been in charge. His most recent Hammers appointment was our 3-0 victory at Newcastle in December of last year.

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Tierney’s first West Ham appointment was for the 1-1 draw with Everton in November 2015 which saw James McCarthy’s tackle on Dimitri Payet put the Frenchman out of action for two months. His second Irons game was our 0-0 draw at West Brom in September 2017, when he chose to issue just a yellow card to Ben Foster for his late tackle on Chicharito. He also refereed our goalless draw at Shrewsbury in the third round of last season’s FA Cup.

Possible line-ups

For West Ham United, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasri, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll are on the sidelines through injury. Everton have certainly been the Hammers’ bogey side in recent seasons – we have only beaten the Toffees three times in the league, home or away, since April 2007, drawing five and losing eleven in all competitions since then. However, the Irons have won the last two, home and away.

Marco Silva will be without the injured Yerry Mina but Phil Jagielka, Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes should all be available.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Lanzini, Rice, Noble, Anderson; Arnautovic, Chicharito.

Possible Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!


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