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Match Preview: West Ham v Man City

Blast from the past

25th October 2014 – Megan Trainor was number one with ‘All About That Bass’, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the UK box office, while Alvin Stardust had died two days earlier, and former Sheffield Wednesday and Sweden midfielder Klas Ingesson died at the age of 46 four days later. Meanwhile, West Ham United emerged victorious from a Premier League encounter against Manchester City almost exactly six years ago with a 2-1 win in front of 34,977.

Sam Allardyce’s Hammers came into this Saturday lunchtime game on the back of three wins from their previous four fixtures, including an impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool. Champions City arrived in east London with two future Hammers in their team, England goalkeeper Joe Hart and right-back Pablo Zabaleta, while future West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was then-manager of Manchester City.

The hosts took the lead after 21 minutes when Mark Noble found Alex Song who played a sumptuous pass in behind the City defence for Enner Valencia. The Ecuadorian raced to the line before cutting a ball across goal for Morgan Amalfitano (pictured scoring below) to tuck home – the momentum of Valencia’s run took him into the City support behind Joe Hart’s goal.

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Pellegrini’s City threw everything at West Ham in the second half – Aguero was denied by Adrian, with the Argentine seeing his follow-up blocked by James Collins. Aguero then hit the bar, with Yaya Toure’s shot held by Adrian on the line. The Hammers responded, Valencia finding Aaron Cresswell whose inch-perfect cross was met by the head of Diafra Sakho – the ball was correctly adjudged to have crossed the line before Hart’s intervention and the Irons had doubled their lead with 15 minutes remaining. Sakho would be the Irons’ top goalscorer in this 2014/15 season with 12 goals from 26 appearances; Cresswell would be voted Hammer of the Year, with Adrian runner-up for the second consecutive season.

That advantage was halved within two minutes when the brilliant David Silva beat Noble, Song and Stewart Downing before bending a beautiful shot around Winston Reid and beyond Adrian, the Spanish stopper finally beaten. Heroic defending from Reid and Collins thwarted Aguero twice more before Adrian’s superb save saw him tip over substitute Stevan Jovetic’s drive from distance in the dying moments to secure a famous win over the reigning champions.

West Ham would end the season in 12th place while Manchester City finished in second. Chelsea won the Premier League and Arsenal won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Adrian, Carl Jenkinson, James Collins, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Mark Noble, Morgan Amalfitano (Cheikhou Kouyate), Stewart Downing, Diafra Sakho (Kevin Nolan), Enner Valencia (Carlton Cole).

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Gael Clichy (Aleksandar Kolarov), Jesus Navas, Fernando (James Milner), Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (Stevan Jovetic).

Club Connections

A large group of players have represented West Ham United and Manchester City. Divided by playing position, they include:

Goalkeepers – Joe Hart, Perry Suckling, David James.

Defenders – Pablo Zabaleta, Tal Ben Haim, Tyrone Mears, Wayne Bridge.

Midfielders – Mark Ward, Samir Nasri, Marc-Vivien Foe, Kevin Horlock, Patrick Leonard, James Cumming, Eyal Berkovic, Steve Lomas, Frank Lampard Junior, John Payne, Michael Hughes, Ian Bishop, Trevor Sinclair.

Strikers – Paulo Wanchope, Bill Davidson, Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy, Phil Woosnam, Justin Fashanu, Trevor Morley, Lionel Watson, David Cross, George Webb.

Manuel Pellegrini has managed both clubs. Stuart Pearce played for both clubs and has managed Manchester City and is now back on the Hammers’ coaching staff. Malcolm Allison and John Bond were also West Ham players who went on to manage City.

Today’s focus though falls on a striker who played for Manchester City and later represented West Ham United. Clive Allen was born in east London on 20th May 1961, the son of former Chelsea, Tottenham and QPR forward Les Allen. Growing up in Hornchurch and a young star with Havering, Essex and London Schools teams, Clive began his career at QPR before becoming the youngest million-pound player when moving to Arsenal in 1980 at the age of 19, although he would not play a competitive match for the Gunners – soon after signing, he was involved in a swap move with Kenny Sansom and joined Terry Venables’ Crystal Palace. Allen returned to QPR (now managed by Venables) in 1981 for £700,000 before signing for Tottenham in 1984 for the same fee. He scored 49 goals in all competitions in 1986/87 and was voted PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year for that campaign. He moved to France in March 1988, signing for Bordeaux for £1m. He also won five England caps between 1984 and 1988.

A clearly prolific goalscorer, the 28-year-old Allen was signed by manager Mel Machin for newly-promoted Manchester City for £1.1m in the summer of 1989. He made his City debut on 19th August 1989 in a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool, starting in a team which also featured future West Ham team-mates Ian Bishop and Trevor Morley. Allen’s first goal for the Sky Blues was the winner in a 1-0 victory against former club QPR at Maine Road on 9th September 1989. The arrival of Howard Kendall as manager in November 1989 changed the team’s style but Allen still went on to score 11 goals in 35 appearances in 1989/90 as City finished 14th. Shortly after Kendall’s arrival, Allen asked his new manager if he could be included in the move which saw Bishop and Morley move to West Ham in exchange for Mark Ward. The arrivals of Adrian Heath and Niall Quinn limited Allen’s game time and things didn’t get much better for him when Peter Reid took over as player-manager in November 1990; Allen scored seven goals in 28 matches in 1990/91 as the Sky Blues finished fifth in the First Division.

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Ordered by Reid to train with the youth team for ten weeks in 1991, Allen was surprisingly called into the squad for a trip to Notts County’s Meadow Lane. A favourite amongst the Manchester City faithful, the Sky Blues supporters sang Allen’s name as he waited for his chance from the bench in the match on 6th October 1991 – Reid eventually put Allen on and he scored twice in a 3-1 victory. These would be his last league goals for the club. His final strike for the club came in a 3-0 League Cup second round second leg win at Chester two days later. He played his last game for the Sky Blues in a 2-1 League Cup fourth round defeat at Middlesbrough on 3rd December 1991. Allen scored 21 goals in 69 appearances for Manchester City. He joined Chelsea in December 1991 for a modest £250,000.

After three months at Stamford Bridge, the 30-year-old Allen joined Billy Bonds’ West Ham United on the eve of the transfer deadline in March 1992 in a £250,000 deal. Clive followed in the footsteps of cousins Paul and Martin in pulling on the famous claret and blue. He scored on his debut in a 2-1 defeat at, ironically, Chelsea on 4th April 1992 but his late arrival could not prevent the Hammers from suffering relegation at the end of that 1991/92 campaign.

Allen’s partnership with former City team-mate Morley played a large part in the promotion campaign of 1992/93. He scored the Hammers’ first goal of that season in a 1-0 win at Barnsley on 16th August 1992 – his knack of finding space and being in the right place at the right time saw him go on to score 18 goals in 36 appearances that season, despite a calf injury keeping him out from mid-January to early May. He bagged his first Hammers brace in a 5-1 win at Bristol City on 15th September 1992 and scored eight goals in six games between 21st November and 12th December, including two more doubles in a 2-0 home win over Reggiana in the Anglo-Italian Cup and a 3-1 home win over Birmingham.

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Allen picked up a calf injury early on in a 2-0 home win over promotion rivals Portsmouth on 16th January 1993 and did not appear for the first team again until making his comeback from injury over three months later, at Swindon on 2nd May – he stepped off the bench to score the Hammers’ second in a crucial 3-1 victory. Six days later, he again appeared as a substitute in the final match of the season against Cambridge at the Boleyn – Allen was mobbed by pitch-invading supporters as his late tap-in from a Julian Dicks pass secured a 2-0 win and ensured the club’s automatic promotion to the Premier League by virtue of a single goal ahead of Portsmouth. It was also the final goal scored in front of the old South Bank at Upton Park.

Allen started West Ham’s first six games as a Premier League club, and scored his final goals for the Hammers when bagging a brace in a 2-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday on 25th August 1993, securing the club’s first ever win in the newly-branded big time. A medial knee ligament injury sustained in a tackle with former Hammer Paul Ince at Old Trafford in early September kept Allen out for five months but he returned to play three games in February 1994, before making his last appearance in claret and blue as a substitute in a goalless draw with Luton in an FA Cup quarter-final at the Boleyn on 14th March 1994. Clive Allen had scored 21 goals in 50 appearances for West Ham United. All 21 of these goals can be viewed in my video below. He moved to his seventh London club, Millwall, for £75,000 on transfer deadline day in March 1994.

Allen ended his footballing career with Carlisle in 1995 and also had a spell as placekicker for the London Monarchs in NFL Europe in 1997. Now 59, Allen has worked in the media and been a coach at Tottenham, taking over caretaker manager duties for two spells in 2007 and 2008.


The referee on Saturday will be 42-year-old Anthony Taylor – his Irons appointments last season were for our 1-1 draw at Brighton in August 2019, our 2-0 home win over Manchester United in September, our 3-1 home win over Southampton last February and, most recently, our 2-0 home defeat to Wolves in June. 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.

The VAR Official is Peter Bankes.

Possible line-ups

West Ham United should have Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller available. The Hammers have lost their five previous matches against Manchester City at London Stadium by an aggregate score of 22-1, Aaron Cresswell scoring the Irons’ goal.

Manchester City will be without Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus. Pep Guardiola also has doubts over Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne. City are the only visiting team to have won five times at London Stadium.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Antonio.

Possible Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling; Aguero.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!

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Match Preview: Tottenham v West Ham

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Blast from the past

Today’s focus sees us travel back nearly 84 years, to Boxing Day 1936 – George VI had become King 15 days earlier after the abdication of Edward VIII, and Tommy Steele (knighted in the Queen’s recent Birthday Honours) was born nine days before a game which saw West Ham United secure a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in front of 34,196 in a Cockney Christmas cracker at White Hart Lane.

The Hammers had raised the curtain on the 1936/37 Second Division season with maximum points from the reverse fixture against Spurs at Upton Park and completed the double over their north London rivals in this Boxing Day encounter. Walter Alsford was making his last appearance for Tottenham before a move to fellow Second Division side Nottingham Forest the following month but it was the Hammers’ Edinburgh-born centre-forward, 32-year-old Peter Simpson (pictured), who stole the show, bagging a brace to secure the victory. Outside-right Stan Foxall was also on the scoresheet for the Irons, while Tottenham’s goals came courtesy of Romford-born outside-left Les Miller and Geordie inside-right Joe Meek.

Simpson’s double was his only two-goal haul for the club – he had joined West Ham for a modest fee from Crystal Palace having netted 165 goals in 195 games for the Selhurst Park club between 1929 and 1935. Simpson had made his Hammers debut in a 4-3 defeat at Norwich on 31st August 1935 and scored 12 goals in 36 appearances for the Irons, playing his last game on 26th March 1937 in a goalless home draw with Barnsley. He moved on to Reading and later played for Aldershot. He ran a tobacconist’s in Croydon after retiring from the game. Peter Simpson died in March 1974, in Croydon, at the age of 69.

Charlie Paynter’s Hammers would end the 1936/37 Second Division season in sixth position, while Tottenham would finish tenth. Leicester topped the Second Division, Manchester City won the First Division title and Sunderland won the FA Cup. Len Goulden would go on to top the Hammers’ scoring charts that season, with 15 goals from 44 matches.

Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Hall, Ralph Ward, Vic Buckingham, Walter Alsford, Arthur Rowe, Frank Grice, Jimmy McCormick, Joe Meek, Johnny Morrison, Andy Duncan, Les Miller.

West Ham United: Jack Weare, Charlie Bicknell, Charlie Walker, Ted Fenton, Dick Walker, Joe Cockroft, Stan Foxall, Tommy Green, Peter Simpson, Len Goulden, Jackie Morton.

Club Connections

Ryan Fredericks returns to his former club while ex-West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart welcomes his old side; a large group of players join them in having turned out for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. Divided here by position, they include:

Goalkeepers: Bill Kaine, Charlie Ambler, 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, John Moncur, 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 goalkeeper who spent one season with West Ham having started his career with Tottenham. Tony Parks was born in Hackney on 26th January 1963 and came through the ranks at Spurs, playing regularly for the youth and reserve sides. He made his first team debut for Tottenham at the age of 19 in a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Upton Park on 10th May 1982 but a regular spot in the starting XI proved elusive due to the presence of Ray Clemence. A brave, athletic goalkeeper, he made 49 appearances for Tottenham, with perhaps the most memorable coming in a UEFA Cup run in 1983/84.

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After Clemence had suffered an injury in an FA Cup tie at Fulham in January 1984, Parks took over first team goalkeeping duties for a few weeks. Clemence made an initial return before severing a tendon in his finger during training – Parks consequently played in both legs of the UEFA Cup semi-final against Hajduk Split, helping Tottenham to a two-legged Final against Anderlecht. Clemence was fit for both legs of the Final but manager Keith Burkinshaw kept faith with the 21-year-old Parks – both legs ended in 1-1 draws with the winners of the competition decided on penalties. Parks saved from Morten Olsen and Arnor Gudjohnsen (father of former Chelsea and Tottenham forward Eidur Gudjohnsen) to win the UEFA Cup for Spurs.

Following the signing of Bobby Mimms, Parks had loan spells at Oxford in 1986 and Gillingham in 1987 before signing permanently for Third Division Brentford, managed by former Tottenham man Steve Perryman, in 1988. He joined fellow third tier side Fulham in 1990 before making a return to the top flight with Billy Bonds’ newly-promoted West Ham United in 1991, replacing Allen McKnight as Ludek Miklosko’s understudy. Parks admitted that he had let his early success at Tottenham go to his head a little and appreciated being offered a fresh start back in the First Division with the Hammers.

The 28-year-old Parks made his West Ham debut in a 2-0 home defeat to Notts County on 31st August 1991; he again deputised for ‘Ludo’ four days later in a midweek goalless draw at QPR, making a string of fine saves to keep a clean sheet and help the Hammers claim a point at Loftus Road. He had to wait nearly five months for his next appearance, again keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Oldham at Upton Park on 1st February 1992.

Chirpy Cockney Parks would play all six of the Hammers’ matches in February 1992, three of which were in the FA Cup. The 5’10 custodian, a big favourite with the fans, kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 fourth round replay win at Wrexham before helping the Hammers secure a fifth round replay with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland’s Roker Park. John Byrne’s double put the Second Division Wearsiders in control of the replay at the Boleyn Ground (Parks is pictured on the programme cover for that match) before two wonder strikes from Martin Allen put the Irons back on terms. David Rush grabbed the winner as Sunderland progressed all the way to the Final that year. Parks also kept goal in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, which was sandwiched in between the two Sunderland ties. He rounded off the month by starting in a 2-0 home defeat to Everton on 29th February, and played his last match for the club in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at The Dell on 3rd March 1992. The Hammers would be relegated in bottom place at the end of the 1991/92 First Division season.

Having made nine appearances for West Ham United, keeping three clean sheets, Parks left the Hammers in the summer of 1992. Disappointed to be offered only a new one-year contract by the club, he signed for third tier Stoke. He had never let the Hammers down and is remembered for screaming instructions to his back line. He moved to Falkirk later that year and made over 100 appearances for the Scottish side during a four-year spell, winning the Scottish Challenge Cup in the 1993/94 season – he played alongside former Hammers team-mate Frank McAvennie and another former West Ham player, Tommy McQueen. A spell at Blackpool in 1996/97 yielded no first team appearances before he joined Burnley; a loan spell at fourth tier Doncaster in 1997/98 preceded his only appearances for the Clarets, in two League Cup ties in 1998/99. A short stint at non-league Barrow was followed by a return to league football with Scarborough. He ended his career with fourth tier Halifax, playing his final professional match in the 2000/01 season. Parks also had two spells as caretaker manager at Halifax, in 2000 and 2001, before leaving the club in 2002.

Parks went on to work as a goalkeeping coach, holding roles at several clubs and also working under Clemence with the England youth teams for the FA. He returned to Tottenham under Harry Redknapp in November 2008 and has also been goalkeeping coach at Aston Villa. Now 57, he was Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Watford but left the club in September 2018 to set up Tony Parks Goalkeeping, offering private coaching and Coach Education.


Sunday’s referee is 39-year-old Paul Tierney. The Lancashire-based official has refereed the Hammers on eight previous occasions. His most recent Irons appointment was our 1-1 draw at Manchester United in July, a match in which he awarded the Hammers a penalty which was converted by Michail Antonio. He also refereed our 2-0 home win against Norwich in August 2019 and our 2-0 defeat at Everton last October. Tierney was also in charge for our 2-0 defeat to Everton in east London in March 2019 and also refereed our 3-0 win at Newcastle in December 2018.

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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 (pictured above). 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 Javier Hernandez. He also refereed our goalless draw at Shrewsbury in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2018.

Possible line-ups

Gareth Bale is set to make his second debut for the hosts but Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso are out. Eric Dier is a doubt. Tottenham could win three consecutive Premier League games against West Ham for the first time since a run of five between March 2008 and December 2009. Spurs have scored 13 goals in their past two matches in all competitions.

West Ham United are likely to have a fully fit squad, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Arthur Masuaku all set to be available. Said Benrahma’s signing was not completed in time for him to feature on Sunday. Michail Antonio has scored four goals in his seven Premier League appearances against Tottenham. The Hammers have won only twice in their last 18 Premier League games away to Tottenham, drawing six and losing ten.

Possible Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Ndombele; Bale, Kane, Son.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Bowen, Soucek, Rice, Fornals; Antonio.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!

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West Ham's Danish Connections: Part Two

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With England playing Denmark in the Nations League tomorrow, Part Two of my look at West Ham’s Danish Connections focuses on a former Hammers centre-back.

Marc Rieper was born in Rodovre on 5th June 1968 and began his professional career with AGF, making his debut for the Danish national team in the 1990/91 season. After 85 league appearances for AGF, the central defender moved to Brondby in 1992. While at Brøndby, Rieper secured a place in the national team starting line-up and played 38 matches in a row from October 1992 to August 1996. He also won the Danish Cup with the club in 1994.

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Rieper joined Harry Redknapp’s West Ham United on loan in December 1994, with the 26-year-old making his debut in a 2-2 draw with Leeds at Elland Road on 10th December 1994. Rieper’s first goal in claret and blue arrived on the 30th April 1995, a header from a John Moncur corner in a 2-0 win over eventual champions Blackburn. His performances over his 21 appearances helped the Hammers to a 14th-placed finish in 1994/95 and Redknapp made the move permanent for a fee of just over £1m.

Rieper would experience particular highs in matches against Coventry during his time at West Ham, scoring against the Sky Blues on three occasions. Both of his goals in 1995/96 came against the Midlands outfit, the first in a 3-2 win at the Boleyn Ground on 31st January 1996 and the second in a 2-2 draw at Highfield Road on 2nd March that year – both were fierce, thunderous strikes. By this time Rieper had been joined by new signing Super Slaven Bilic in defence – the Great Dane made 42 appearances as the Irons finished tenth. Rieper would also play every minute of Denmark’s Euro ’96 campaign, where they exited at the group stage – the Danes opened with a 1-1 draw with Hugo Porfirio’s Portugal before crucially losing 3-0 to a Croatian side which included Bilic and future Hammers Igor Stimac and Davor Suker. A 3-0 win over Turkey in their final group game was not enough to see Denmark reach the last eight.

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The 6’3 Rieper scored West Ham’s first goal of the 1996/97 season, smashing in another strike against Coventry on 21st August 1996, a match that would be drawn 1-1 at Upton Park. Exactly one month later, ‘Rieps’ would be sent off at Nottingham Forest but the Hammers would still clinch a 2-0 victory at the City Ground. The club became embroiled in a winter relegation scrap and were dumped out of the League Cup by lowly Stockport and experienced further cup embarrassment at the hands of Wrexham in the third round of the FA Cup. The signings of John Hartson, Paul Kitson and Steve Lomas ensured the Hammers’ Premier League survival. Rieper scored his first international goal at the end of that season, in a 2-0 win over Bosnia in Copenhagen on 8th June 1997.

Rieper scored his last goal for West Ham in his final match for the club, a flicked header from Eyal Berkovic’s free-kick in a 3-1 home win over Wimbledon on 30th August 1997. With David Unsworth already signed and Ian Pearce soon to follow, Rieper was allowed to move to Scottish giants Celtic for £1.5m – he won the title with the club at the end of the 1997/98 season. Rieper had made 101 appearances for West Ham United, scoring five goals – all five of these goals can be viewed in my video below.

Rieper would represent his country at the 1998 World Cup in France, playing every minute of Denmark’s five games. He scored in a 1-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the Danes’ opening match in Lens before a 3-2 quarter-final defeat to eventual runners-up Brazil. Rieper made 61 appearances for his country between 1990 and 1998, scoring two goals. His final game for the Danish national side was a 1-1 draw in Switzerland on 14th October 1998. A toe injury suffered that month eventually led to Rieper’s retirement in the summer of 2000.

Rieper has since been assistant coach at his first club AGF, joining in 2001 but leaving the following year. Now 52, he owns and runs a hotel in the town of Aarhus, is a member of the board of directors at AGF and is the owner of women’s online fashion store BA10.dk.

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Match Preview: Leicester v West Ham

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Blast from the past

Back in 1967/68, West Ham United visited Leicester City on the 30th December 1967, beating the Foxes 4-2 at Filbert Street in front of 24,589. This away victory came just four days after a Boxing Day win by the same scoreline at Upton Park. Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, The Beatles were number one with ‘Hello, Goodbye’ and Half A Sixpence was in UK cinemas.

The Hammers took the lead when Martin Peters found Trevor Brooking who struck left-footed beyond 18-year-old future England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The Foxes would turn the game on its head by half-time though, with Bobby Svarc and the late Frank Large scoring for the hosts.

24-year-old Brian Dear (pictured) followed up his hat-trick in the Boxing Day fixture against the same opposition by scoring twice in the second half – his first, the equaliser, was a header from a right-wing Geoff Hurst cross. Johnny Sissons gave the Irons the lead for the second time, scoring direct from a left-wing corner to embarrass Shilton. Dear’s second was a thumping left-foot strike with three minutes to go which sealed the points and moved the Hammers into 14th place. The goals from this match can be seen in the video below.

By the end of the 1967/68 season, Manchester United had recorded their first European Cup triumph, Manchester City won the First Division title, West Brom won the FA Cup and West Ham United claimed 12th place in the top flight. Bobby Moore was voted Hammer of the Year, with Brooking runner-up. Hurst was the Irons’ top goalscorer with 25 goals from 44 matches.

Leicester City: Peter Shilton, Peter Rodrigues, John Sjoberg, David Nish, Willie Bell, Alan Tewley, Bobby Roberts, Len Glover, Bobby Svarc, Frank Large, Davie Gibson (Alan Woollett).

West Ham United: Bobby Ferguson, Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore, John Cushley, Frank Lampard, Ronnie Boyce, Martin Peters, Trevor Brooking, Johnny Sissons, Geoff Hurst, Brian Dear.

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, Mike Newell, Brian Deane, Keith Robson, Paul Kitson, David Speedie, Bertie Lyon, Norman Proctor, Les Ferdinand, David Kelly, Tony Cottee, Jimmy Quinn.

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

Today’s focus is on an inside-forward who represented Leicester Fosse before later playing for Thames Ironworks. Albert Carnelly was born in Nottingham on 29th December 1870. He played locally for junior clubs Beeston St John’s in 1887, Westminster Amateurs (Nottingham) in 1888 and Mapperley in 1889. He joined Notts County in July 1890 before turning professional with Loughborough in December of that year. Carnelly joined Nottingham Forest in May 1894, playing two seasons in the First Division, before dropping into Division Two in May 1896 for a season with Leicester Fosse (now known as Leicester City).

Fosse supporters were already aware of Carnelly after the inside-forward had scored a hat-trick against them in a Midland League game whilst playing for Loughborough. Carnelly made his debut for Henry Jackson’s Leicester in a 4-1 home win over Darwen on 5th September 1896. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 home win over Blackpool on 3rd October that year and went on to score ten goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, including bagging two doubles – in a 4-2 home win over Walsall on 28th November 1896 and in a 6-3 home win against Arsenal on 13th February 1897. Carnelly scored his last goal for Leicester Fosse in a 3-3 home draw with Manchester City on 12th April 1897, and made his final appearance for the club in a goalless home draw with Gainsborough Trinity a week later.

Carnelly moved south in July 1897 to play in the Southern League at Bristol City for two years. The 29-year-old Carnelly (pictured) signed for Thames Ironworks in the summer of 1899, ahead of the Irons’ final season before reforming as West Ham United. A consistent scorer who missed only one Southern League match and one FA Cup tie in his solitary season with the club, Carnelly made his Irons debut in a 1-0 Southern League defeat at Reading on 16th September 1899 and scored his first goals for the club on his home debut two days later, becoming an instant hit with the Memorial Grounds crowd by notching a brace in a 4-0 win over Chatham. This started an impressive run of seven goals in five games, five of which came in the FA Cup – one in a 4-0 win at Grays, two in a 4-2 home win over Sheppey and another double in a 7-0 win at Dartford on 28th October as the Irons won through to the competition’s fourth qualifying round. His next goal came in that next round, in a 2-0 home replay win over New Brompton (the club now known as Gillingham) on 23rd November 1899 – the Irons would be knocked out by arch-rivals Millwall in the fifth qualifying round.

Carnelly had to wait until the New Year (and the 20th century) for his next goal though, scoring in a 3-1 defeat at Chatham on 6th January 1900. He embarked on another goalscoring spree, notching three goals in as many matches in January/February; he scored in a 3-0 win at Sheppey United on 20th January 1900 and was also on target in a 2-1 defeat at Gravesend United four days later. His third goal in three games came in a 3-1 defeat at Bedminster on 10th February 1900. Carnelly’s last strikes for the club came when he scored both the Irons’ goals in a 2-1 home win over Gravesend United on 24th March 1900. Thames Ironworks finished in 14th place and would be required to play a Test Match against Fulham to maintain their senior divisional standing; the 5-1 victory in this match on 30th April 1900, which preserved the club’s Southern League First Division status, would be Carnelly’s final appearance for the club. Just over a month later, the club was reformed as West Ham United.

After scoring 14 goals in 34 appearances for Thames Ironworks, the much-travelled Carnelly joined Millwall; after a season with the Lions, he moved to Ilkeston Town in 1901. After regaining amateur status in 1903, he finished his playing career with Nottingham Corporation Tramways. Albert Carnelly passed away on 18th August 1920 in Nottingham, at the age of 49.


Sunday’s referee will be 37-year-old West Yorkshire-based Andrew Madley, who will take on his second Hammers appointment. Madley, the older brother of Bobby Madley, has refereed four matches so far in 2020/21 – two in the Championship, one in Europa League qualifying and one in the League Cup. He has dished out 12 yellow cards and one red in those four games, as well as awarding three penalties.

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Madley’s only match in charge of the Hammers to date was for our 2-0 win at Gillingham in the FA Cup third round in January this year.

Possible line-ups

Leicester City should have Jonny Evans, Cengiz Under, Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy available but Ricardo Pereira, Filip Benkovic and Wilfred Ndidi will miss out. Dennis Praet is a doubt. Leicester are vying to win their opening four league games for the first time in their history.

For West Ham United, Ryan Fredericks is definitely out but Issa Diop and Josh Cullen are available. West Ham’s solitary victory in the past 11 Premier League meetings against the Foxes, home or away, was a 2-0 triumph at the King Power Stadium in May 2018 – the Irons have drawn four and lost six of the remaining ten. Michail Antonio could become the first Hammers player to score in five consecutive top-flight away matches since Mike Small in 1991.

Possible Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey, Justin; Praet, Mendy, Tielemans, Barnes; Vardy.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Antonio.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!

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Match Preview: Everton v West Ham

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Blast from the past

West Ham United have met Everton on three previous occasions in the League Cup, with the Hammers yet to beat the Toffees in the competition.

Today’s focus takes us back nearly 37 years, to the club’s first ever League Cup tie with Everton on 30th November 1983. Billy Joel was number one with ‘Uptown Girl’, Never Say Never Again topped the UK box office, and Danger Mouse had just recorded an all-time highest viewing figure for a British children’s programme of 21.59m. The Hammers, meanwhile, welcomed their First Division rivals for this Milk Cup (as it was then known) fourth round tie in front of 19,702 on a Wednesday evening at Upton Park.

John Lyall’s West Ham went into the game in second place in the First Division having lost only three of their first 15 games. The Hammers had reached the fourth round stage having disposed of Bury and Brighton, while Everton had knocked out Chesterfield and Coventry. Future Everton striker Tony Cottee lined up for the Irons while current Hammers assistant manager Alan Irvine started for the Toffees.

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Howard Kendall’s visitors took the lead through Peter Reid after just two minutes but a Derek Mountfield own goal drew the hosts level before half-time. Kevin Sheedy restored Everton’s lead ten minutes into the second half before 27-year-old midfielder Geoff Pike (pictured above) scored his first goal of the season to secure a 2-2 draw with just three minutes left of the game.

West Ham United: Phil Parkes, Ray Stewart, Alvin Martin, Steve Walford, Frank Lampard, Steve Whitton, Geoff Pike, Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire, Tony Cottee (Neil Orr), Dave Swindlehurst.

Everton: Neville Southall, Gary Stevens, Derek Mountfield, Kevin Ratcliffe, Mark Higgins, Alan Irvine, Andy King, Peter Reid, Kevin Sheedy, Adrian Heath, Graeme Sharp.

The Hammers would lose the replay 2-0 at Goodison Park after extra time. The Toffees went on to reach the League Cup Final of 1984, losing to Merseyside rivals Liverpool in a replay at Maine Road.

Aside from this fourth round draw in 1983, West Ham’s remaining League Cup record against Everton is as follows:
1983 – Everton 2-0 West Ham (4th round replay)
2007 – West Ham 1-2 Everton (Quarter-Final)

Club Connections

David Moyes sends a side to face his former club. Former Hammer and Toffee David Unsworth is currently in charge of the Under-23s at Goodison Park. They are joined in representing both clubs by:

Goalkeepers: George Kitchen, Richard Wright.

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

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

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

Super Slaven Bilic played for both clubs and managed the Hammers. Sam Allardyce has managed both the Toffees and the Irons.

Today’s focus though is on a player who played for West Ham having joined on loan from Everton. The son of a professional footballer, Ray Atteveld was born in Amsterdam on 8th September 1966 and began his career with Haarlem in 1985 – he had initially harboured ambitions to play top-level tennis and had won the Amsterdam Championships. A tough-tackling midfielder who could also deputise at right-back, he signed for Everton in 1989, going on to make 68 appearances for the Toffees and scoring two goals.

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In February 1992, the 25-year-old Atteveld was signed on a month’s loan by Billy Bonds as West Ham battled against relegation from the First Division. Atteveld actually made more appearances in the FA Cup for the Hammers than he did in the league, becoming the club’s first ever Dutch player when making his debut by starting the fifth round tie at Sunderland’s Roker Park which ended in a 1-1 draw on 15th February 1992; he was again selected for the replay back at Upton Park 11 days later. John Byrne’s double put the Second Division Wearsiders in control before two wonder strikes from Martin Allen put the Irons back on terms. David Rush grabbed the winner as Sunderland progressed all the way to the Final that year. Atteveld’s only league appearance for West Ham was sandwiched in between the two cup ties, at Hillsborough in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Unable to regain favour at Goodison Park, Atteveld left Everton for Bristol City in the summer of 1992 and played with former Hammers Nicky Morgan and Leroy Rosenior at Ashton Gate. He departed for Belgium’s Waregem the following year. Atteveld returned to the Netherlands with Roda and went on to have spells with fellow Dutch sides Vitesse, Groningen and Den Haag – where he broke his leg – before retiring in 2002.

Atteveld was assistant manager to Rinus Israel at Den Haag from 2001 to 2004 and held a similar position under Huub Stevens at Roda in 2006/07. He has since managed Roda and Den Haag in his native country as well as AEL Limassol in Cyprus. He later worked as a consultant academy coach at FC Banants Yerevan in Armenia before moving to Kazakhstan in 2013 where he worked as Academy Director at FC Kairat Almaty. Atteveld was Assistant Performance Director at Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv, a post he held from 2016 to 2019 with responsibility for the development of the Under-11 to Under-16 age groups at the club. Atteveld managed Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam last season. Now 54 and manager at Maccabi Netanya, Atteveld lives in Israel with his Kazakh wife.


Wednesday’s referee will be Yorkshire-based Darren England, who will take on his first ever senior Hammers appointment.

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England has refereed one match so far in 2020/21 – the League Cup third round match between West Brom and Brentford eight days ago. He awarded three penalties in that match.

Possible line-ups

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is without Jonas Lossl, Mason Holgate, Jarrad Branthwaite, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Cenk Tosun.

David Moyes is without Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen. West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 League Cup meetings with Premier League opponents, with that coming in a 4-0 quarter-final win against Manchester United in 2010/11.

Possible Everton XI: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Digne, Nkounkou; Sigurdsson, Delph, Bernard; Walcott, Richarlison, Iwobi.

Possible West Ham United XI: Randolph, Johnson, Balbuena, Alese, Masuaku; Soucek, Snodgrass; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!

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