Dan Coker's Match Preview
Blast from the past
Tuesday 5th April 1983 – David Bowie was number one with ‘Let’s Dance’ and West Ham United were enjoying their second of seven wins from their final ten fixtures of 1982/83. Two midfielders in claret and blue grabbed a double apiece in a 5-1 victory over this weekend’s opponents Swansea City in front of 13,303 at the Vetch Field.
The Hammers were 2-1 up at the break through goals from Alan Devonshire and Geoff Pike with Ian Walsh replying for John Toshack’s Swans. Pike notched his second in the second half, his only two-goal salvo for the Irons in his 372 appearances. Alan Dickens (pictured) also bagged a second half brace to make it five goals in his first nine appearances for the club.
John Lyall’s Hammers would finish 8th in the First Division in 1982/83, while Swansea would end the campaign in 22nd and were relegated.
Swansea City: Chris Sander, Nigel Stevenson, Gary Richards, Ante Rajkovic, Dudley Lewis, Gary Stanley, Chris Marustik, Robbie James, James Loveridge, Ian Walsh (Darren Gale), Bob Latchford.
West Ham United: Phil Parkes, Ray Stewart, Billy Bonds, Alvin Martin, Frank Lampard, Alan Dickens, Neil Orr, Geoff Pike, Alan Devonshire, Paul Goddard, Francois van der Elst.
A small number of players have worn the shirts of both West Ham United and Swansea City. These include: Matthew Rush, Andy Melville, Frank Lampard Junior, Shaun Byrne, Frank Nouble and Noel Dwyer. John Bond also represented both clubs, playing for the Hammers and managing the Swans.
Today’s focus though is on a player who played for both clubs when in the twilight of his career. Lee Chapman began his career at Stoke but made his first league appearance while on loan at Plymouth in 1978. Chapman, a 6’3 striker, joined Arsenal for £500,000 after finishing 1980/81 and 1981/82 as Stoke’s top goalscorer. His spell at Highbury was brief and he departed for Sunderland but his time on Wearside was similarly short. A move to Howard Wilkinson’s Sheffield Wednesday in 1984 reignited Chapman’s career and he scored 63 goals in 149 appearances. When Wilkinson left for Leeds in 1988, Chapman followed him out of the Hillsborough exit door, joining Chamois Niortais in France. He was soon back in English football however, signing for Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest early in the 1988/89 season. Chapman won the League Cup and Full Members Cup in his first season as Forest finished third in the top flight. He was reunited with his former manager Wilkinson in January 1990 when signing for Second Division Leeds, helping the Elland Road side to promotion and the title in his first season. In their second season back in the First Division, Leeds won the last-ever league championship before the inception of the Premier League with Chapman scoring 16 goals. Despite top-scoring for Leeds the following season, he was allowed to drop down a division to join Portsmouth in August 1993.
Chapman quickly realised he had made a mistake and joined West Ham in a whirlwind of transfer activity in September 1993, as Julian Dicks left Upton Park and Chapman arrived at the same time as David Burrows and Mike Marsh. The flaxen-haired striker got off to a great start in claret and blue, scoring on his maiden start in an impressive 2-0 win at Blackburn and bagging a brace on his home debut in a 5-1 League Cup triumph over Chesterfield. Five more goals arrived before the turn of the year: a bullet header in a 3-1 home win under the lights against Manchester City; a left-foot volley in a 2-0 win at Southampton (4:40 of the video below); both goals in a 2-1 victory at Wimbledon; and the late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Ipswich. Chapman began to receive negative attention from sections of the West Ham faithful but was a key player in the Hammers’ run to the 1994 FA Cup quarter-finals, scoring winning goals in the fourth-round replay against Notts County and the fifth-round tie at Kidderminster. He also scored the Hammers’ first in a matter of minutes as they reversed a 1-0 deficit in a barnstorming home encounter with Manchester United to lead the champions 2-1 in March 1994, only for Paul Ince to equalise in the dying stages. That was to prove Chapman’s last goal for West Ham and he departed for Ipswich in November 1994, having scored 11 goals in 51 appearances for the Hammers.
Two loan spells followed, one at Southend and the other back at Leeds where Chapman was sent off against West Ham at Elland Road for elbowing Marc Rieper in January 1996. He scored four goals in seven matches for Swansea before ending his career with a brief spell with Stromsgodset in Norway. Chapman, now 55, owns restaurants in London and Leeds with his wife, the actress Leslie Ash.
Saturday’s referee will be Mike Dean; 2014/15 is Dean’s fifteenth as a Premier League referee. Since West Ham United achieved promotion back to the top flight in 2012 Dean has refereed ten of our league matches, officiating in six wins for the Hammers, two draws and two defeats. Dean was the man in the middle for our 3-1 home loss to Southampton and our 1-0 home victory over Newcastle earlier this season.
Swansea City will be without injured Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero who is out for a month with a hamstring problem. Wayne Routledge is available after his red card at QPR was overturned but Jonjo Shelvey will serve the third game of a four-match ban. Wilfried Bony is on African Cup of Nations duty so Bafetimbi Gomis will start up front. Ki Sung-Yueng is away at the Asian Cup with South Korea so Tottenham loanee Tom Carroll, who scored in the Swans’ FA Cup win at Tranmere last week, should start.
Sam Allardyce will be without the injured Diafra Sakho while Alex Song is battling illness. Andy Carroll is expected to return after missing the midweek FA Cup tie at Everton with a slight ankle knock.
Possible Swansea City XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Williams, Fernandez, Taylor; Britton, Carroll; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Dyer; Gomis.
Possible West Ham United XI: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Reid, Cresswell; Song, Noble, Amalfitano; Downing; Valencia, Carroll.
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