Dan Coker's Match Preview
Blast from the past
West Ham United have met Gillingham in the FA Cup on four previous occasions – all of these meetings came when the Gills went under their previous name of New Brompton, while two of the clashes were when the Hammers themselves were known as Thames Ironworks. The third of these meetings was in the fourth qualifying round at Priestfield in front of 1,200 on the 17th November 1900. Five days before the Hammers and the Gills fought out a 1-1 draw in this match, the Exposition Universelle of 1900 had closed – it was a world’s fair held in Paris from 14th April to 12th November 1900 to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The fair was visited by nearly 50m people and brought international attention to the Art Nouveau style as well as displaying many technological innovations including diesel engines, talking films and escalators. The Gare d’Orsay (now the Musée D’Orsay) was opened in time for the event.
The Hammers had beaten amateur side Olympic 1-0 at the Memorial Grounds in the third qualifying round to earn safe passage through to this fourth qualifying round tie at Priestfield. It was within the rules at the time for the club that was drawn away to tempt their opponents with a cash offer to reverse the venue. The West Ham directors tried hard to get New Brompton to come to the Memorial Grounds, and offered a substantial sum in addition to halving the gate money, but the offer was rejected.
The Hammers emerged from this encounter between two Southern League First Division sides with a draw courtesy of a goal from 19-year-old centre-forward Fred Corbett. They would win the replay 4-1 at the Memorial Grounds to march on to the fifth qualifying round, where they would beat Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient) 3-2 in a replay after drawing 1-1 at home. The Hammers were knocked out in the intermediate round, losing 1-0 at home to First Division Liverpool 119 years ago tomorrow, on 5th January 1901. Tottenham would win the 1901 FA Cup, beating Sheffield United 3-1 in a replay at Bolton’s Burnden Park after a 2-2 draw in the Final at Crystal Palace.
West Ham United: Hughie Monteith, Wally Tranter, Syd King, Bob Allan, Charlie Craig, Roddy McEachrane, Fergie Hunt, James Reid, Fred Corbett, Bert Kaye, Freddie Fenton.
Aside from this fourth qualifying round draw in 1900, the remaining FA Cup record between the two clubs is as follows:
1899 – New Brompton 0-0 Thames Ironworks (Fourth Qualifying Round)
1899 – Thames Ironworks 2-0 New Brompton (Fourth Qualifying Round Replay)
1900 – West Ham 4-1 New Brompton (Fourth Qualifying Round Replay)
A large group of players have turned out for West Ham United and Gillingham. Divided by playing position, they include:
Goalkeepers – Stephen Bywater, Fred Griffiths, Peter Chiswick, Steve Mautone, Charlie Ambler, Peter Shearing, Jack Rutherford, Darren Randolph, Tony Parks, Steve Banks.
Defenders – Paul Konchesky, Vic Niblett, Ernie Watts, Gary Breen, Steve Walford, Kenny Brown, George Wright.
Midfielders – Matt Jarvis, Steve Lomas, Tommy Caldwell, Joe Durrell, Patrick Leonard, Adam Nowland, Manny Omoyinmi, Derek Woodley.
Strikers – Terry Matthews, Derek Hales, Frank Nouble, James Reid, Charlie Satterthwaite, John Arnott, Andy Smillie, Billy Lansdowne, Frank Cannon.
Syd King played for New Brompton, Thames Ironworks and West Ham United, and also managed West Ham United. Martin Allen and Andy Nelson played for West Ham and managed Gillingham. Glenn Roeder played for the Gills and managed both clubs.
Today’s focus though is on the centre-forward who scored West Ham United’s goal in this preview’s featured match. Fred Corbett was born in West Ham on 1st January 1881 and was a product of the Old St Luke’s youth team – he became the club’s first ever black player when he made his debut for Thames Ironworks, where he was employed as a labourer, in a 1-0 defeat at Reading on 16th September 1899. Two further appearances followed in the 1899/1900 season.
Corbett was, however, to be a leading light in the Irons’ first season under their new title of West Ham United and scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win at Swindon on 6th October 1900; he followed that up with his first goal at the Memorial Grounds in a 2-0 win over Watford the following week. His third goal for the club came in this preview’s featured match in the FA Cup at New Brompton, and he also scored in the 4-1 replay win. He bagged a brace against Swindon in a 3-1 home win on 19th January 1901 and scored three more times in the 1900/01 campaign, all at home – in a 2-0 win over Luton on 9th February, a 2-0 triumph over Bristol Rovers on 16th March and a 1-0 victory against Millwall the following week.
Described as “strong and determined”, Corbett opened the 1901/02 season with a goal in a 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers on 7th September 1901 but his best display in a Hammers shirt came in a rearranged game against Wellingborough Town on 30th September 1901 after the first fixture was abandoned because of poor light due to the late arrival of the Northamptonshire club – West Ham won 4-2, with Corbett scoring a hat-trick. His final goals for the club came in a 4-1 home win over Luton on 12th October 1901, in which he scored twice. His last match for the Irons was a 4-0 defeat at Southampton on 7th December 1901. Having been a vital source of goals during his season-and-a-half in the Hammers’ first team, scoring 15 goals in 38 appearances for the club, Corbett moved to Bristol Rovers that winter.
After successful stints with Bristol Rovers (who Corbett enjoyed three spells with), Bristol City and Brentford, the 30-year-old Corbett signed for New Brompton in 1911. He had, by now, married his wife Kate and had two children, Winifred and Irene. He scored six goals in 22 games for the club before they changed their name to Gillingham in 1912. Fred Corbett died on 15th April 1924 in Brentford, aged 43.
Sunday’s referee will be 36-year-old West Yorkshire-based Andrew Madley, who will take on his first ever Hammers appointment. Madley, the older brother of former referee Bobby Madley, has refereed 14 matches so far in 2019/20 – six in the Premier League, six in the Championship, one in League One and one in the League Cup. He has dished out 46 yellow cards and six reds in those 14 games, as well as awarding five penalties.
VAR will not be in use for Sunday’s match.
Gillingham boss Steve Evans is hopeful that he can name the same starting XI for the fifth consecutive match, although Mark Marshall and Alex Jakubiak are pushing for starts (the latter is on loan from Watford). The Gills are on an eight-game unbeaten run at Priestfield in all competitions, winning seven of those eight games.
West Ham Academy product Olly Lee, son of former Hammer Rob and brother of Elliot, is on loan at the Gills from Hearts – he never made a competitive appearance for the Irons but, now aged 28, is likely to play at the tip of a midfield diamond for the Gills. 26-year-old goalkeeper Jack Bonham joined the Gills from Brentford in the summer. 35-year-old right-back Barry Fuller is now in his second spell at the club. 20-year-old centre-back Jack Tucker has recently signed a new contract with the Gills following interest from Championship clubs; he is likely to partner club captain Max Ehmer, 27, in the centre of defence. 23-year-old Connor Ogilvie, who joined the club permanently in the summer following two loan spells from Tottenham, is likely to play at left-back. 22-year-old Alfie Jones, on loan from Southampton, could anchor the midfield; 20-year-old Ireland Under-21 international Thomas O’Connor, also on loan from the Saints, should also start in midfield along with 28-year-old Stuart O’Keefe, formerly of Crystal Palace and Cardiff. The Gills are likely to play two up front, with Brandon Hanlan and Mikael Mandron leading the line of late – Hanlan is a 22-year-old product of Charlton’s youth system, while Mandron is a 25-year-old French striker who is a product of the Clairefontaine Academy which produced Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka. Amongst other clubs, the 6’3 Mandron has also represented Sunderland, Wigan and Colchester.
West Ham United are likely to have David Martin, Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko on the injury list. Lukasz Fabianski, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble all sat out training on Friday.
Possible Gillingham XI: Bonham; Fuller, Tucker, Ehmer, Ogilvie; Jones; O’Connor, O’Keefe; Lee; Hanlan, Mandron.
Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Fornals, Rice, Sanchez, Lanzini; Ajeti, Haller.
Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!
Nigel Kahn’s Column
As the 12th decade of West Hams existence comes to end, it is now my time to look back at what I would say has been the most turbulent in its history. 10 years ago we were looking down the barrel of possibly not existing if many of the doom merchants want to believe, but 10 years on, I’m not sure if surviving the collapse of the Icelandic ownership has made the club any better.
This though is a look at players that have graced the pitch in our shirt and I will pick my team of the decade including subs, my manager of the decade and then my legend of the decade.
I will also add my 3 moments of the decade and look forward to seeing in the comment section all your choices too.
The player list for this decade is pretty exhaustive mainly due to the abundance of players bought by the current ownership, possibly more than any other decade, I have tried to select players not just on their perceived ability but also on what they have brought to the team as a whole.
Goal Keeper: Adrian
This wasn’t an easy choice, to be honest, but I plumped for Adrian as though not the greatest of keepers his enthusiasm for playing for the shirt was infectious. His finest moment perhaps being the winning goal in the penalty shoot-out against Everton which may not say a lot about his keeping skill but it summed up at best the way he took the club into his heart.
TBH, the competition wasn’t much, Rob Green makes the bench for me, a great keeper for us and left us too early for my liking, Fabianski in only having the one season misses out, but in 10 years, I hope that he will be the first name down on my Team of the 2020s.
Also notable was Darren Randolph who was as a good a back-up keeper as Adrian was
Right Back: Carl Jenkinson
Only a loanee but he clocked up nearly 50 games for the hammers, I thought he defended well and got forward as expected of the modern-day full-back.
Frankly, if I thought to pick a keeper was difficult, at least I had decent stuff to work with there. At right-back, we have not been graced at all.
Zabaleta was great in his first season but age has caught up with him now, Guy Demel was steady for me but nothing special I did consider putting Antonio there as he did a good job playing there in 2016 but that would not be playing him at his best.
Left Back: Aaron Cresswell.
Great signing for me, Fitted straight in and has this season scored some great goals.
Takes a lovely free-kick.
Masuaku is not as good as Cresswell for me, George McCarthy was admirable and performed well in our return to the premier league
Centre Half: Winston Reid
Played as a right-back when he first joined the club, it is possible to say that relegation under Avram benefited Reid, the season he had in the Championship at Centre Half I think gave him the confidence to continue and grow into that role after promotion.
A footballing Centre half, that seemed to never really be panicked with the ball at his feet.
I can think of no better player to have scored that last night of the Boleyn Ground.
He when retires I hope will join the legends of the club, not just hero.
Centre Half: James Collins
All hail the Ginger Pele. Complemented Reid in the Centre of defence with his no-nonsense approach to defending. If the ball was there to be cleared, he didn’t dilly dally, he cleared it, and if needed take the player with it. A defenders defender and will be loved forevermore for the effort and pride he put into playing in our shirt.
Center Midfield: Mark Noble
He can’t be left out, as much as possible I wanted to.
Mr West Ham, born and raised into the club.
Why would I want to leave him out?
1 reason, Burnley.
Lost all credibility for me in throwing that fan to the floor.
He will retire a legend in the eyes of many, not mine though.
Center Midfield: Declan Rice
His break though is a shining light in the last 4 seasons or ordinariness.
Best young player since Rio, his reading of the game for a player so young is above and beyond anything I remember of any young player to come through the youth set up in my time of watching the club.
Attacking Centre Midfield: Manual Lanzini
On his day, which at the moment is rare, a fantastic ballplayer, a creative genius and scorer of goals as well. Lit up the last season at the Boleyn with his link play with Payet and the two of them together will damage most teams.
Injuries have taken their toll on him but hopefully, he will get back to near where he was when he joined the club.
Left Midfield: Dimitri Payet
Hands down the most Skillful player of the decade,
I’m sure there will be outrage by some for his inclusion but ignore the way he left, and just remember the great times.
Old Trafford in the cup, That Crystal Palace Free kick, and the Middleborough goal at the OS where he single handily earned us a point by dribbling past ¾ of the boro team.
Right Midfield: Michael Antonio
Never heard of him when we signed him, Wasn’t played when we signed him, has this un-gamely way of running with the ball. To me, it looks like he has no idea what he’s going to do with the ball but that then fools the opposition as if he doesn’t know how would they be able to guess what he’s going to do.
His contribution since he joined though is unequalled for me, should be the first name on the team sheet. Has played in many positions but does his best work coming in from the right.
Centre Forward: Diafro Sakho
As goal scorers go, through the decade, it has been slim pickings.
Harsh on Andy Carroll may be but for me, Sakho at his best was far more clinical than AC ever was. Carlton Cole & Arnautovic were in with a shout as well, but as I say, Slim pickings.
Another player who perhaps we need to ignore the way he left.
GK: Rob Green
MF: Kevin Nolan
A: Andy Carroll
Manager: Slaven Billic
Wow, 10 years ago we had Gianfranco Zola, not the best tactically but how could you not like the man. His biggest achievement must be getting Carlton Cole into being an England player. Sacked to be replaced by Avram Grant, which can now be viewed as the worst appointment ever in our history. Darth Vader replaced Grant as the club sold its identity.
It took four years before Super Slav was appointed, 4th choice apparently, but what a choice.
The only West Ham manager in Premier League era to have a positive goal difference. Most points in a Premier League season to boot, he had to be my choice for manager of the Decade. Since his departure, nothing has changed. Underachievement followed by underachievement.
Moments of the Decade
3: Burnley Demonstrations
The fans that were sold out by those they trusted were 1 of them, turned to face the real problem with the club.
How it got to that situation is a great unsaid, but perhaps one day we will know the truth.
Then again, some truths are best left in a dark cupboard.
Nothing has changed but that day the owners got to see 1st hand the anger over their ownership and realise that their legacy will not be as heroes saving the club, but as chancers that sold a soul of a club.
2: Liverpool Away
To be there that day will live with me forever. Never did I ever believe that we would get anything from that game. Even at 2-0, I was just waiting for the scouse comeback, Sakho’s late third ensued mad celebrations and me having a 60-year-old bloke id never met before crying on my shoulder. West Ham has been in more cup finals than wins at Anfield they are that rare.
1: Last Night at Upton Park.
The best of nights, but yet the worst nights.
The day I and many never wanted to happen turned out to be possibly the best night I ever had there. WHTID meet up early, then to stand on Green St as West Hams media man refused to let David Gold be interviewed with me standing there.
Spending the game with my best mate and his dad next to me.
Refusing to leave the Upper North Stand until we were the last left in there which required co-operation from the Stewards.
Locked in on the concourse until the Man United replacement coach had left only to then remember id arranged to meet my sister after the game. The poor girl had been pushed down Green St by the old bill, no phone battery, by luck we meet up but I then have to drive her home to Southend. Home at 4 is, to sit down and watch the game again.
As Funerals go, you couldn’t get any better than that.
So that’s a slice of my West Ham decade, now below it is your turn.
Opinions may divide us, but as 1 hammers fan likes to say, “we’re all West Ham aint we”
Though of course,
Some are more than others :)
Dawud Marsh's Photo Diary
Here’s a New Year’s joke for you. I heard Manuel Pellegrini went to the doctor because he was suffering from depression. The doctor said ‘ My advice, Manuel, is never to talk about football in your spare time. Keep your problems at work. By the way, why the hell did you play Sanchez and substitute Antonio for Haller?’We need to set the the scenario. It was with trepidation and hope that I approached the game against Bournemouth. The hope because we have a new manager who can express himself clearly. One has only to compare David Moyes’ first press conference with the last interview with Pellegrini.
In Moyes we have a man who can state his ideas fluently and in the day and a half he had to prepare, he demonstrated this talent. Compare this to the broken English of Pellegrini and his deputy. I would love to hear from players how they coped with this. Apparently, when he and Pellegrini were at Manchester City, James Milner started to learn Spanish, so he could communicate with Ruben Cousillas.
Further , Moyes has shown in one game that he can settle into the job more quickly than any other candidate. In addition, he surrounds himself with men with experience of British football. Hopefully, Stuart Pearce will join the team.
And then there’s the trepidation, because I didn’t want to start the new year in a funk. A gloom descends on our family when West Ham lose and there has been plenty of that recently. Myself, my three sons and my grandson. The women, however, are excluded from this experience and regard our tribal loyalty as some sort of border personality disorder.
One of the comments after my last post said that I was depressing. In a previous post, someone suggested I should get my relatives to check up on me often.
When I saw the line up for the game, I was a little disappointed we weren’t playing three at the back and Haller was going to be left on his own up front. In addition, Antonio was out through injury.
The first few minutes also seemed to indicate little had changed and Bournemouth were lively and we seemed to have difficulty getting possession.
Then, there was a transformation of biblical proportions. It was if a cloud was lifted. It was like Jeremy Corbyn had worked out how to win a General Election or Ann Widdecombe had won Love Island. We had discovered our mojo.
Pellegrini had been right. We needed to discover out confidence. But what it took was a few words from David Moyes in the one and half days he had to get the team ready. And Lady Luck playing on our side and smiling down on us. A fortunate deflection and VAR working for us.
But it was much more than that. The confidence to get the ball forward quickly. To make a run into the box, to shoot. To make incisive passes. With every player performing their role exactly in unison. Gone was the laborious build up.
Mark Noble was a man possessed. Snodgrass had put aside some dreadful recent performances. Fabianski was back. The back four were solid. Anderson was all over the pitch. Fornals definitely put in a Premier League performance. Fredericks getting to the byline.
I’ll have to ask my friend, Dr Freud, how all this happened. But it was probably summed up by the fourth goal. A stunning pass by Rice and then Anderson displaying all his skills. Apparently, Moyes has told him to play like a Brazilian.
So, what are we going to get moving forward? We have found confidence, but can we find consistency? Is it going to be ecstasy and then the agony? And let’s not mess up at Gillingham. We should play the same team. We mustn’t lose this mojo that Moyes has brought us.