Talking Point

What Happened To Toni Martinez?

Happy 23rd Birthday Toni Martinez

Toni Martinez was born on 30th June 1997 in Barrio del Progreso, Murcia, Spain and began his career with hometown outfit Murcia before moving to Valencia. He played for Valencia’s B team in the Spanish third tier, scoring two goals in 16 games, before signing for West Ham for a fee of £2.4m in July 2016. He had a spell on loan at League One Oxford, scoring three goals in 17 games. He also helped West Ham’s Under-23 side earn promotion to the top tier of the Premier League 2 competition.

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The 20-year-old Martinez made his Hammers first team debut as a substitute under David Moyes in a 0-0 FA Cup third round draw at Shrewsbury on 7th January 2018. The centre-forward helped the Irons to a 1-0 win in the replay, setting up Reece Burke’s winner. His third and final West Ham appearance came in the 2-0 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan on 27th January 2018.

Martinez joined Spanish second tier side Real Valladolid on loan for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, scoring one goal in 11 appearances. He spent the first half of the 2018/19 season on loan back in the Spanish second tier at Rayo Majadahonda and the second half of that campaign at Lugo in the same division, also on loan.

Martinez joined Portuguese side Famalicao last summer on a free transfer; the club had just been promoted to the Primeira Liga as runners-up in LigaPro, their first promotion to the top flight in a quarter of a century. He made his debut on 3rd August 2019 in the first round of the Taça da Liga, Portugal’s secondary cup competition, as a 59th-minute substitute in a 2-0 home loss to Covilha. He scored five minutes into his league debut for Famalicao away to Santa Clara the following week, his new side’s first goal back in the big time; they went on to win the match 2-0. Martinez scored three goals in three games between 30th October and 9th November, helping his side to a 2-1 home win over Gil Vicente, a 2-2 draw at Braga and a 3-3 home draw with Moreirense.

Martinez captained the side in a Taça de Portugal Placard (Portugal’s premier cup competition) third round match at home against Coimbra on 23rd November; he also scored the only goal of the game shortly before half-time. He scored in the next round too, in a 3-0 home win over Mafra, and Famalicao went on to win 1-0 away at Pacos Ferreira in the quarter-finals to claim their first appearance in the last four of the competition since 1946. They faced Benfica in a two-legged semi-final in February 2020 – Martinez scored in the first leg in a 3-2 defeat at the Estadio da Luz and scored again in the second leg. The match would end in a 1-1 draw though, with Benfica reaching the Final in a narrow victory on aggregate. Martinez had scored four goals in six matches in Famalicao’s run to the last four.

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Meanwhile, back in the league, Martinez had bagged the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Boavista on 11th January 2020 and scored a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Maritimo eight days later. He made it three goals in four games with another strike in a 2-2 draw at Rio Ave. Martinez scored Famalicao’s goal in a 2-1 defeat at Pacos Ferreira on 23rd February before captaining the side to a famous 3-1 home win over Sporting Lisbon on 3rd March. The Portuguese league restarted on 3rd June and Martinez was back on the goal trail last Wednesday in a 1-1 draw at Moreirense.

Martinez turns 23 today and has 13 goals in 34 matches in all competitions for Famalicao so far this season. His club currently sit fifth in the Primeira Liga in their first season following promotion; they have six matches left to play and will qualify for next season’s Europa League if they can hold on to fifth spot. Birthday boy Martinez and his side face relegation-threatened Portimonense this evening.


Nostalgia

On This Day, 26th June: Happy Birthday Mervyn Day

Happy 65th Birthday Mervyn Day

Mervyn Day was born in Chelmsford, Essex on the 26th June 1955 – as a spot of trivia, he was educated at the same primary school as Sir Geoff Hurst, Kings Road Primary School, and represented Essex Schools at all levels. ‘Merv’ joined Ron Greenwood’s West Ham on a youth contract in 1971 and signed a professional contract two years later. Day’s father passed away when Mervyn was just 17 – Greenwood signed Day on full terms to enable the young goalkeeper to earn a little more money to help out at home.

Day (pictured below with another Hammers goalkeeping great Ernie Gregory) made his West Ham United debut on a rainy 27th August 1973 in a 3-3 home draw with Ipswich at the age of 18 and, just a season later, he was keeping a clean sheet against Fulham at Wembley as part of the Hammers’ 1975 FA Cup winning side. He was named the PFA Young Player of the Year for 1974/75 – Tony Cottee is the only Hammer to have won the award since, while no other goalkeeper has claimed the award since Day. The young custodian experienced European competition the following season, playing in every round of the club’s run to the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final where they were defeated 4-2 by Anderlecht.

Day’s form and confidence began to tail off and, after relegation to the Second Division in 1978, John Lyall signed Phil Parkes, paying a world record fee for a goalkeeper in the process. On breaking into the first team, Ron Greenwood had declared that Day was “the West Ham goalkeeper for the next ten years”. Day never quite lived up to that heady expectation and, after 237 appearances between the sticks for West Ham United, Day’s Hammers career came to a close on 10th February 1979 in exactly the same way as it had started, with a 3-3 draw at Upton Park, although this time the opposition was Sunderland in the Second Division. He signed for Leyton Orient for a fee of £100,000. He was chosen as the England ‘B’ substitute goalkeeper against New Zealand at Leyton in October 1979 and was made club captain in 1982.

After four years rebuilding his confidence with our east London neighbours, the 28-year-old Day signed for Aston Villa as cover for Nigel Spink in 1983 for a fee of £15,000. He teamed up with former Hammers team-mate Alan Curbishley at Villa Park – a partnership that was to be resurrected later in the pair’s careers. After two years at Villa, Day was on the move again, this time to Leeds where he spent a successful eight years helping restore the Elland Road club to the top flight and being part of the squad that won the 1991/92 First Division title. He spent two brief loan spells with Luton and Sheffield United before ending his playing career with Carlisle, having appeared in over 700 league and cup matches.

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Day spent just over a season as manager of Carlisle from August 1996 to September 1997 before becoming Curbishley’s first-team coach at Charlton. He followed ‘Curbs’ back to where it all began, becoming assistant manager of West Ham United in December 2006 and staying through to Curbishley’s resignation in September 2008. He has since worked as chief scout at Leeds, been Head of Recruitment at Brighton and West Brom, and been Head of Scouting at Bristol City. Day, 65 today, is currently First Team Domestic Scout at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.


Dan Coker's Match Preview

Match Preview: Tottenham v West Ham

Blast from the past

Today’s focus sees us travel back over 93 years, to the 15th April 1927 – George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ was given an electric re-recording by Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, with Gershwin at the piano, and the first Volvo rolled off the production line in Gothenburg, Sweden as West Ham United secured a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in front of 42,010 at White Hart Lane.

Outside-left Jimmy Ruffell bagged a brace in this Good Friday match, with inside-right Stan Earle scoring the other as the Hammers pushed into the First Division’s top four with five matches remaining. Charlie Handley scored Tottenham’s consolation. The Hammers then travelled up to Burnley for an Easter Saturday match the next day, which they would lose 2-1, before being back in action again on Easter Monday, again against Tottenham who would gain swift revenge with a 2-1 victory at Upton Park. Two-goal hero Ruffell is pictured below with Bobby Moore nearly 46 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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Ruffell would end the season with 14 goals from 40 appearances, second only to the legendary Vic Watson who scored an incredible 37 goals in 45 matches, although did not find himself on the scoresheet on this spring afternoon in North London.

The win at White Hart Lane would transpire to be the Irons’ final victory of the season. Syd King’s Hammers would end the 1926/27 First Division season in their at-the-time highest ever position of sixth, while Tottenham finished 13th. Newcastle won the league and Cardiff won the FA Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Britton, Matt Forster, Cecil Poynton, Harry Skitt, Jack Elkes, Alex Lindsay, Frank Osborne, Taffy O’Callaghan, Arthur Sanders, Charlie Handley, Jimmy Dimmock.

West Ham United: Ted Hufton, Jack Hebden, George Horler, Jimmy Collins, Jim Barrett, Albert Cadwell, Tommy Yews, Stan Earle, Vic Watson, Viv Gibbins, Jimmy Ruffell.

Club Connections

Ryan Fredericks returns to his former club; a large group of players join him in having turned out for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. Divided here by position, they include:

Goalkeepers: Bill Kaine, Charlie Ambler, Tony Parks, Fred Griffiths.

Defenders: Calum Davenport, Paul Konchesky, Mark Bowen, Mauricio Tarrico, Steve Walford, Chris Hughton, Percy Mapley, Fred Milnes, Mitchell Thomas, Neil Ruddock.

Midfielders: Paul Allen, Scott Parker, Michael Carrick, Jimmy Neighbour, Matthew Etherington, Ilie Dumitrescu, Mark Robson, David Bentley, Charlie Whitchurch, Chris Carrick, Martin Peters, John Smith.

Strikers: Mido, Frederic Kanoute, Almer Hall, Bobby Zamora, Peter Kyle, Sergei Rebrov, Kenny McKay, George Foreman, Dave Dunmore, Teddy Sheringham, Les Bennett, Jermain Defoe, Bill Joyce, Robbie Keane, Fred Massey, Jimmy Reid, Clive Allen, Les Ferdinand, Jimmy Greaves, Harry Bradshaw.

Jack Tresadern played for West Ham and managed Tottenham, while Trevor Hartley also played for the Hammers and managed Spurs on a caretaker basis. Alan Pardew played for Tottenham and managed the Hammers, while Harry Redknapp played for the Hammers and managed both clubs.

Today’s focus though is on a player who started his career at Tottenham before enjoying nine seasons with West Ham. John Moncur was born in Stepney on 22nd September 1966 – he first impressed for Harlow, South-West Essex and London Schools before joining Tottenham as an apprentice in April 1983. He had spent time with Arsenal, Leyton Orient and West Ham but his father, John Senior, was Tottenham’s youth development officer at the time. Moncur made his Tottenham debut at the age of 20 in a 1-0 defeat at Everton on 11th May 1987, a match which also saw future Hammers Tony Parks, Chris Hughton and Neil Ruddock turn out for Spurs in a largely reserve XI days before the FA Cup Final. Moncur’s Tottenham debut had followed two loan spells away from White Hart Lane earlier in 1986/87, first with Third Division Doncaster and later with Fourth Division Cambridge. He made five appearances for Spurs in 1987/88 and only one in 1988/89; his time was mainly spent in the reserves with Paul Gascoigne and Vinny Samways blocking his path to the first team.

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Further loan spells took Moncur to Portsmouth in the Second Division in the spring of 1989 and third-tier Brentford in the autumn of that year. He returned to Tottenham to make five appearances in the second half of 1989/90 and scored his only goal for Spurs with a header in a 2-1 defeat at Derby on 24th February 1990. Moncur made 11 appearances for Tottenham in 1990/91, while his final game for the club was his only appearance of 1991/92, in a 1-0 League Cup second round first leg defeat at Swansea on 25th September 1991. After a loan spell at John Lyall’s Ipswich in the autumn of 1991, Moncur signed for Second Division Swindon, and former Tottenham colleague Glenn Hoddle, in March 1992 for a fee of £80,000. He had made 24 appearances for Tottenham, scoring one goal.

Having helped Swindon gain promotion in 1993, and after enjoying a season in the Premier League with the Wiltshire-based club in 1993/94, Moncur signed for Billy Bonds’ West Ham United in June 1994 for £1m. Chelsea, by now managed by Hoddle, had also shown interest but Moncur opted to sign for the club he had supported as a boy; he made his debut in claret and blue in a 1-0 defeat at Norwich on 27th August 1994. By the time the 27-year-old Moncur made his debut, Harry Redknapp had taken over the managerial reigns from Bonds. Moncur was a classy central midfielder who was composed in possession and displayed good vision; he scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 2nd October 1994 and followed that up three days later with his first goal at Upton Park in a 2-0 League Cup second round second leg win over Walsall. He scored his third goal of the campaign in a crucial 2-0 win at Aston Villa on 18th March 1995, a cracking left-foot strike from distance after collecting the ball with one of his trademark Cruyff turns. Moncur formed an effective central midfield partnership with Ian Bishop in 1994/95, making 35 starts as the Hammers finished 14th.

The Hammers finished tenth in 1995/96, with Moncur making 23 starts. He scored his first goal of the season with a viciously-swerving long-range shot at Bristol Rovers, the only goal of the game in a League Cup second round first leg win. His only other goal that season was also in a cup competition, in a 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Southend at the Boleyn on 6th January 1996. 1996/97 saw a change in shirt number for Moncur – Paulo Futre refused to play for his new club unless he could wear his beloved number ten shirt then owned by ‘Moncs’. The promise of a stay at Futre’s Portuguese villa won Moncur round and he wore the number 16 shirt for the rest of his Hammers days. The Irons dropped down to a 14th-placed finish in 1996/97, Moncur making 31 starts and again scoring two goals. Both strikes came against Leicester and earned the Hammers a crucial six points, the first in a 1-0 victory at Upton Park on 19th October 1996 and the second in a vital 1-0 win at Filbert Street on 23rd April 1997.

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West Ham were upwardly mobile and competition for midfield places was becoming fierce with the signings of Steve Lomas and Eyal Berkovic coupled with the emergence of Frank Lampard Junior from the youth team. Moncur still managed 20 starts in 1997/98 as the Hammers finished eighth; he scored his only goal of the season in a 6-0 home win over Barnsley on 10th January 1998. The Hammers moved on up to a fifth-placed finish in 1998/99 but Moncur only made 15 appearances, with eight of those from the bench – he picked up his first red card in a 2-1 win at former club Tottenham on 24th April 1999. The dismissal was for two yellow cards, with the second being issued after a late challenge on Jose Dominguez – with the Hammers leading very late on, Moncur raised two clenched fists to the claret and blue army as he exited the field of play. It was around this time that Moncur had started to explore the Christian faith to help him deal with his anger; he was confirmed in May 1999.

‘Moncs’ made 25 starts in a 1999/2000 season which saw West Ham finish ninth. He was given his second red card of his Hammers career in a 1-0 defeat at Coventry on 25th September 1999, again for two yellow cards with the second being awarded for an off-the-ball kick at Gary McAllister. Moncur scored his final goal for West Ham in a 5-4 win over Bradford at Upton Park on 12th February 2000. All nine of Moncur’s Hammers goals can be viewed in my video below.

The 2000/01 season was the start of Moncur being used more from the bench, with Michael Carrick and Joe Cole establishing themselves in the side – he made 17 appearances but 11 of them were as a substitute. This pattern continued under new manager Glenn Roeder in 2001/02. Moncur picked up his third and final red card for the Hammers in a 3-0 FA Cup third round win at Macclesfield on 6th January 2002, receiving two yellow cards in the same incident – he had fouled an opponent and, in attempting to pull him back to his feet, instigated a fracas. When the kerfuffle had died down, Moncur was booked for the foul and then given a second yellow for the ensuing incident and was sent off.

All seven of Moncur’s appearances in the relegation season of 2002/03 were from the bench; his last appearance for the Hammers came in a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at Highbury on 19th January 2003. Moncur had made 203 appearances for West Ham United over nine years, scoring nine goals; he was booked on 61 occasions and sent off three times. The 36-year-old Moncur retired after leaving West Ham having become disillusioned by his lack of playing time and the club’s relegation. His son George went on to make two appearances for the West Ham first team – he is now at Luton while another of Moncur’s sons, Freddy, played for Leyton Orient and most recently turned out for Romford. Moncur and his wife Kerry have a third son, Timmy. Now 53, Moncur has invested in power plants and recruitment; he launched Drillmore Solutions in 2014, a Chingford-based company which recruits workers for oil rigs around the globe.

Referee

Tuesday’s referee will be Craig Pawson; 2019/20 is Pawson’s eighth as a Premier League referee. In 2014/15 he refereed West Ham’s 3-1 home win over Liverpool and sent off Adrian in our 0-0 draw at Southampton, a decision that was later overturned. His Hammers appointments in 2015/16 were both at the Boleyn Ground, for our 2-2 draw with Manchester City in January 2016 and the 3-3 draw with Arsenal three months later.

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Pawson’s matches in charge of West Ham United in 2016/17 saw him send off Harry Arter as the Hammers defeated Bournemouth 1-0 in August 2016, while he also officiated in our 2-1 home win over Chelsea in the fourth round of the League Cup in two months later. He also refereed our 5-1 home defeat to Arsenal in December 2016. He awarded Watford a penalty and sent off Michail Antonio as the Irons drew 1-1 at Watford in February 2017. Pawson did not referee the Hammers at all in 2017/18; his Irons games last season were our 8-0 win over Macclesfield, our 2-1 win at Southampton and, most recently, our 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in February 2019. Tonight’s match is his first involving the Hammers this season.

Possible line-ups

West Ham are bidding to maintain their 100% record at Tottenham’s new stadium. Lucas Moura is set to return for the hosts but Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga are out.

West Ham United are likely to be without Robert Snodgrass and Sebastien Haller while Pablo Zabaleta and Arthur Masuaku are doubts. Angelo Ogbonna could return. The Hammers have won only twice in their last 16 Premier League games away to Tottenham, drawing six and losing nine.

Possible Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Bergwijn, Lamela, Son; Kane.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Ngakia, Diop, Rice, Cresswell; Soucek, Noble; Bowen, Anderson, Fornals; Antonio.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!


Nostalgia

On This Day, 21st June: Happy Birthday Stuart Pearson

Happy 71st Birthday Stuart Pearson

Stuart Pearson was born in Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire on 21st June 1949. He joined the Tigers as an amateur, combining his apprenticeship with the local telephone company. He signed professional forms in 1968, playing with and eventually succeeding the club’s all-time top scorer Chris Chilton. His skill, strength, determination and clinical finishing gradually endeared him to Tigers fans and he went on to score 44 league goals in 129 appearances for the club. Pearson joined newly-relegated Manchester United for £200,000 in 1974 where his 17 goals helped them to an immediate return to the top flight. He went on to play in successive FA Cup Finals in 1976 and 1977, scoring the opener in the latter Final as United beat Liverpool 2-1 and celebrating with his trademark raised right fist. He won 15 caps for England while at Old Trafford, scoring five goals for his country.

Pearson, nicknamed ‘Pancho’, moved south and signed for Second Division West Ham in August 1979. He made his debut on the first day of the 1979/80 season, in a 1-0 defeat at Wrexham on 18th August 1979 and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 League Cup second round first leg win over Barnsley at the Boleyn Ground ten days later. He scored five league goals in his first season in claret and blue and grabbed two in the run to the FA Cup Final, the opener in a 1-1 third round draw at West Brom and the equaliser in the 1-1 semi-final draw with Everton at Villa Park. Pearson also famously fired in the shot from which Trevor Brooking stooped to conquer in defeating Arsenal 1-0 in the Final.

Pearson struggled with injury for the next two seasons. His only goal of the 1980/81 campaign was the winner in a 1-0 European Cup Winners’ Cup third round second leg win away to Dinamo Tbilisi; the Hammers would lose the tie 4-2 on aggregate. The Irons secured promotion back to the top flight at the end of that season though and Pearson’s last goal for the club would come back in the First Division, in a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal on 5th December 1981. He was forced to retire in 1982 having scored ten goals for the Hammers in 50 appearances in all competitions; his last appearance for the club was as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at Upton Park on 2nd February 1982. Three of those ten goals, scored against Sunderland (September 1979), QPR (February 1980) and Everton (April 1980), can be viewed in my video below.

Pearson did play at a lower level in South Africa and the North American Soccer League before opening a shop at Whitefield, near Manchester, which sold European tile imports. 71 today, he also spent time coaching at Stockport, Northwich Victoria, West Brom and Bradford between 1985 and 1994. He has also done punditry work for Manchester United’s television channel.


Dan Coker's Match Preview

Match Preview: West Ham v Wolves

Blast from the past

Saturday 17th December 1960 – three days after the birth of Chris Waddle, Elvis Presley was number one with ‘It’s Now Or Never’ and Spartacus was in UK cinemas as West Ham United produced a 5-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 22,336 at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers went into the game on the back of a 5-5 draw at Newcastle the week before and with an excellent home record against their visitors behind them – the Irons had won all six of their previous encounters against Wolves at Upton Park.

The Hammers opened the scoring with their 50th goal of the season in the fourth minute – a move involving Phil Woosnam, John Dick and Malcolm Musgrove ended with Mike Grice dinking in a cross from the right for Dick to head back across goal for Musgrove to nod home. The Irons doubled their advantage seven minutes before half-time when Andy Malcolm found 26-year-old centre-forward Dave Dunmore (pictured) who swept home a delightful first-time strike from the edge of the area.

The second half saw a 19-year-old Bobby Moore score his first ever league goal in the 49th minute. Fine work from Dunmore down the left led to the ball breaking for Musgrove who helped it on to Moore – the future World Cup-winning captain, who would go on to claim the first of his four Hammer of the Year awards at the end of this season, beat two Wolves defenders before slipping the ball into the net. Goalkeeper Geoff Sidebottom injured himself when colliding with Moore as he attempted to stop his shot; Wolves had to play the rest of the match with left-half John Kirkham in goal.

The hosts capitalised further in the 75th minute when a short corner routine between Woosnam and Musgrove ended with Dunmore being presented with a simple chance to tuck home his second of the game. The rout wouldn’t have been complete without a goal for master marksman John Dick and he obliged through a left-footed effort with just five minutes remaining – the Govan-born inside-left would end the season as the Irons’ top scorer, with 19 goals from 38 matches.

The Hammers would finish the 1960/61 First Division season in 16th place, with Wolves ending up in third position. Tottenham won a league and FA Cup Double.

West Ham United: Brian Rhodes, John Bond, John Lyall, Andy Malcolm, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Mike Grice, Phil Woosnam, Dave Dunmore, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove.

Club Connections

West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have shared a number of players over the years. Those who have appeared for both clubs include:

Goalkeepers: Noel Dwyer, Jack Weare.

Defenders: Joe Gallagher, Jack Dowen, George Eccles, Gary Breen, Tommy Dunn, Roger Johnson.

Midfielders: Stan Burton, Bertie Lutton, Dick Richards, Kevin Keen, Ted Anderson, Paul Ince, Robbie Slater, Nigel Quashie, Kyel Reid, Harry Hooper, Shaun Newton.

Strikers: Henri Camara, Jeremie Aliadiere, Robbie Keane, Frank Burrill, David Connolly, Bobby Gould, Carlton Cole, Frank Nouble, Mike Small, Tudor Martin, Bob Deacon, David Kelly, Marlon Harewood.

Today’s focus though falls on a player who moved directly to West Ham from Wolves – Matt Jarvis was born in Middlesbrough on 22nd May 1986 to parents Nicky and Linda, both table tennis professionals who each reached number one in the sport’s British rankings – they also set up the table tennis supplies company Jarvis Sports. The Jarvis family relocated to Surrey whilst Matt was very young and he went on to become a county champion in both swimming and athletics. Choosing football as his career path though, he came through the youth ranks at Gillingham after being released by Millwall. He made his professional debut for the Gills in the Championship in November 2003 but the Kent club would be relegated to the third tier in 2005.

The 21-year-old Jarvis would return to the Championship with Mick McCarthy’s Wolves in the summer of 2007. Jarvis made his debut in a 2-0 home win over Charlton on 20th October 2007 and scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw at Leicester on 22nd December 2007. Wolves would finish seventh in the league in 2007/08, just missing out on the Play-Offs on goal difference. Jarvis would score three goals and record ten assists as Wolves won the Championship title in 2008/09 though. He again scored three goals the following season as Wolves established themselves in the Premier League with a 15th-placed finish – his third goal of the season was Wolves’ third in a 3-1 win at West Ham on 23rd March 2010.

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Jarvis increased his goal tally to four in the 2010/11 campaign and again scored against the Hammers, this time at Molineux in a 1-1 draw on 16th October 2010. Fabio Capello awarded Jarvis what would transpire to be his only England cap on 29th March 2011, replacing current Hammer Jack Wilshere in a 1-1 draw with Ghana at Wembley. Wolves would finish 17th at the end of the season, with Jarvis winning both Supporters’ Player of the Year award and Players’ Player of the Year awards; their stay of execution was temporary though as they were relegated at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. Jarvis scored eight goals in the relegation campaign though, including two in a 4-4 draw at Swansea in April 2012. His last goal for the club came in the 3-2 final day defeat at Wigan on 13th May 2012. Jarvis made his final Wolves appearance in a 3-1 Championship win over Barnsley at Molineux on 21st August 2012. He had made 175 appearances for the club, scoring 21 goals.

Sam Allardyce brought the 26-year-old Jarvis to West Ham United in August 2012 for a fee of £8.5m. He made his debut in a 3-0 defeat at Swansea on 25th August 2012 and scored his first goal in claret and blue with a headed opener in a 2-1 win at QPR on 1st October 2012. Jarvis had to wait until 20th April 2013 for his first Hammers goal at Upton Park, his cross beating everyone in the penalty area to open the scoring in a 2-0 victory over Wigan. Jarvis attempted the most open-play crosses in the Premier League in 2012/13 (171) and was successful in finding a team-mate with 42 of them, also the highest in the Premier League that season.

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Jarvis doubled his goal tally in 2013/14, scoring four goals with two in the league and two in the League Cup. He scored in the third round of the competition, in a 3-2 home win over Cardiff on 24th September 2013, and bagged the crucial equaliser in the quarter-final at Tottenham on 18th December 2013, a match the Hammers would go on to win 2-1. His league goals in that campaign would come in a 3-1 win over Southampton at the Boleyn on 22nd February 2014 and a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on 15th April 2014 – his header at the Emirates would be his last goal for the Irons.

Having made 30 and 26 starts respectively in his first two seasons in east London, Jarvis was restricted to just six starts in 2014/15 as a hamstring injury and a switch to a diamond formation kept the winger on the sidelines. He played in five of the Hammers’ six Europa League games under new manager Super Slaven Bilic in the summer of 2015 and made his final appearance for the club as a substitute in our historic 3-0 win at Liverpool on 29th August 2015. He joined Norwich on loan a few days later in a move which was made permanent the following winter for £3m. Jarvis had made 90 appearances for West Ham United, scoring six goals.

Jarvis did not play a single league game for the Canaries in 2016/17 due to a serious knee injury while an ankle problem kept him out for the entirety of the following campaign too. He made his long-awaited comeback whilst on loan at Walsall in January 2019 but would never play for Norwich again. He was released by the East Anglian club last summer and didn’t find a club until February this year when he signed for National League side Woking. Jarvis, now 34, scored on his debut for the club (against Alan Devonshire’s Maidenhead) but would only play one more game before the season was curtailed by Coronavirus.

Referee

The referee on Saturday will be 41-year-old Anthony Taylor – his Irons appointments this season have been for our 1-1 draw at Brighton in August, our 2-0 home win over Manchester United in September and, most recently, our 3-1 home win over Southampton in February. He also refereed our 1-0 win at Tottenham in April 2019.

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Controversy and incident are never far away when the Cheshire-based official is the referee for a West Ham United match. Taylor was in charge for our 2-1 opening-day defeat at Chelsea in August 2016, awarding the home side a penalty and later controversially failing to issue a second yellow card to Diego Costa for an awful lunge at Adrian – Costa remained on the pitch to score the 89th-minute winner. Taylor also awarded a controversial and ultimately match-winning penalty to Liverpool at Upton Park in April 2014, while there was also controversy surrounding Guy Demel’s equaliser for West Ham in that game. Taylor is also the referee who had not one, but two red cards rescinded from the same game after he had sent off Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson in the Hammers’ 2-1 home defeat to David Moyes’ Everton in December 2012. He sent off the home side’s Kevin Mirallas against the Hammers at Goodison Park in March 2016 and awarded the Toffees a penalty which Romelu Lukaku saw saved by Adrian.

Possible line-ups

The Hammers could welcome back Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Wolves have no personnel worries at the time of publication.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Bowen, Soucek, Noble, Antonio; Haller.

Possible Wolves XI: Patricio; Doherty, Coady, Boly, Saiss, Jonny; Traore, Neves, Moutinho, Jota; Jimenez.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!


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