Dan Coker's Match Preview

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.


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!