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Match Preview: Chelsea v West Ham

Blast from the past

3rd February 1962: Cliff Richard and The Shadows were number one with ‘The Young Ones’, John Wayne was in UK cinemas in The Comancheros and comedian Eddie Izzard was born four days later. In west London, West Ham United were hammering another nail into Chelsea’s relegation coffin in a game full of connections between the cross-city rivals.

The match saw former Hammer Andy Malcolm line up for the hosts alongside Peter Brabrook, who was to join the Irons eight months later. Ron Tindall had joined West Ham as part of the deal which saw Malcolm move to Chelsea just a few months before this game, and the centre-forward took his place in the visitors’ attack. Joe Kirkup was also in the West Ham team, four years before he went on to join Chelsea. The match also saw 18-year-old inside-forward Colin Shaw make his one and only appearance for the Blues – he moved to Norwich in August 1963.

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Hammers legend Bobby Moore, then aged just 20, scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for the visitors. It was the fifth of his 27 goals in claret and blue and his third of the 1961/62 season, having scored twice in a 4-2 win over Wolves in December 1961. Moore would make his England debut in Peru three months later and represent his country at the 1962 World Cup, starting all four of the Three Lions’ matches at the tournament in Chile which saw England defeated at the quarter-final stage by a Garrincha-inspired Brazil.

The win helped Ron Greenwood’s Hammers claim eighth position in the First Division of 1961/62, while Tommy Docherty’s Blues would finish bottom and were relegated. Scottish goalkeeper Lawrie Leslie was voted Hammer of the Year, with fellow Scot John Dick runner-up. Dick was also the Irons’ top scorer that season with 23 goals in 38 appearances, although he didn’t feature in this game at Stamford Bridge. Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich won the league and Tottenham won the FA Cup.

Chelsea: Peter Bonetti, Ken Shellito, Dennis Butler, Terry Bradbury, Mel Scott, Graham Moore, Andy Malcolm, Peter Brabrook, Colin Shaw, Bobby Tambling, Frank Blunstone.

West Ham United: Lawrie Leslie, Joe Kirkup, John Bond, Eddie Bovington, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Tony Scott, Phil Woosnam, Alan Sealey, Ron Tindall, Malcolm Musgrove.

Club Connections

A decent number of players have represented both West Ham United and Chelsea. 2008 Hammer of the Year Robert Green is currently on the Blues’ books but is yet to make an appearance for them. Victor Moses spent the 2015/16 season on loan with the Hammers and is still a Chelsea player, albeit currently on loan at Fenerbahce in Turkey. Others to have worn the colours of both clubs include:

Goalkeepers: Craig Forrest and Harry Medhurst.

Defenders: Tal Ben Haim, Scott Minto, Wayne Bridge, Ian Pearce, Joe Kirkup, Glen Johnson and Jon Harley.

Midfielders: Bill Jackson, Andy Malcolm, Joe Cole, Syd Bishop, Peter Brabrook, Alan Dickens, George Horn, Eric Parsons, Robert Bush, Scott Parker, Yossi Benayoun, Jim Frost and John Sissons.

Strikers: David Speedie, Len Goulden, Billy Bridgeman, Demba Ba, Joe Payne, Clive Allen, George Hilsdon, Carlton Cole, Billy Brown, Jimmy Greaves, Pop Robson, Billy Williams, Ron Tindall and Bob Deacon.

Bobby Gould played for West Ham and went on to be assistant and caretaker manager of Chelsea. Ron Greenwood and Gianfranco Zola played for Chelsea and managed West Ham, while Sir Geoff Hurst and Dave Sexton both played for the Hammers and managed the Blues. Avram Grant has managed both clubs.

Today’s focus though is on an Academy graduate who started his career at Upton Park before becoming a legend at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard Junior was born in Romford to West Ham left-back Frank Senior and Pat on the 20th June 1978, a month after the Hammers’ relegation from the top flight. He joined West Ham’s Academy in 1994, spent a spell on loan with Swansea in 1995 and won the South East Counties League in 1996, making the FA Youth Cup Final in the same year, although the Irons lost to Liverpool.

Lampard made his Hammers debut at the age of 17 on 31st January 1996 as a substitute in a 3-2 home win over Coventry; he made one further sub appearance in 1995/96 and made 16 appearances in 1996/97, although his season was ended by a broken leg suffered at Aston Villa in March 1997.

Lampard was a key figure in the Hammers’ ever-improving team in 1997/98, scoring his first goal for the club a minute after stepping off the bench on the opening day of the season, the winner in a 2-1 victory at Barnsley. Lampard made 42 appearances as the Hammers finished eighth, scoring nine goals, including a hat-trick in the League Cup fourth round against Walsall, who had future Hammer Jimmy Walker in goal. Lampard also scored the opener in a 3-1 defeat at Leeds’ Elland Road, replicating his dad’s jig round the corner flag at the same ground in the 1980 FA Cup semi-final by way of celebration. He made his debut for England Under-21s during this campaign, going on to captain the side.

Lampard made 41 appearances as the Hammers finished fifth in 1998/99, scoring six goals. Becoming renowned for spectacular strikes from distance, he notched long range strikes in home victories over Leicester and Middlesbrough, and also scored a penalty at Anfield’s Kop End in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

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Arguably Lampard’s best season in claret and blue was the 1999/2000 campaign, scoring 14 goals from midfield in 49 matches. He started the season in style, scoring four goals by the end of August – three in the InterToto Cup against Jokerit, Heerenveen and Metz, as well as the winner in a 1-0 home triumph against Tottenham. He also scored in the UEFA Cup against Osijek and bagged winners in Upton Park goalfests against Sheffield Wednesday (4-3) in November 1999 and Bradford (5-4) in February 2000. Lampard also made his full England debut under Kevin Keegan in October 1999, starting and playing 76 minutes in a 2-1 win over Belgium at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light – his cousin, Jamie Redknapp, scored the winning goal.

Lampard’s final campaign in east London, 2000/01, saw him bag nine goals in 37 games. He scored his only brace for the club in a 2-1 win at Bradford in February 2001 and signed off as a Hammer with three goals in his final four games. His last goal for the Irons was a penalty in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on 16th April 2001, with his final match for the club being a 2-0 home defeat to Leeds on 21st April 2001 – the visitors had 22-year-old Lampard’s youth team colleague Rio Ferdinand in their ranks. Lampard made his second and final England appearance while with the Hammers in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first match in charge, as a half-time substitute in a 3-0 win over Spain at Villa Park in February 2001.

A few weeks later, Lampard’s father and uncle (Frank Senior and Harry Redknapp respectively) both left the club. Feeling that his position as a player at the club was untenable, Lampard sought a move and rejected Aston Villa to sign for Chelsea for £11m in the summer of 2001 – he had scored 38 goals in 187 appearances for West Ham United. My video below shows 37 of these 38 goals.

The 23-year-old Lampard made his debut for Claudio Ranieri’s Blues in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on 19th August 2001 and scored his first goal on 20th September 2001 in a UEFA Cup tie against Levski Sofia. His first league strike in a Chelsea shirt came in a 5-1 home win over Bolton in December 2001. 2004 saw Lampard named in the PFA Team of the Year for the first time in what would be three successive seasons. He was also voted England Player of the Year after his exploits at Euro 2004, in which he was named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament, and won Chelsea’s Player of the Year award (which he would also win in 2005 and 2009).

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After Jose Mourinho took over in the summer of 2004, Lampard won the Premier League in successive seasons, as well as the FA Cup in 2007 (Lampard was Man of the Match in the Final) and the League Cup in 2005 and 2007. He was awarded FIFA’s Player of the Year Silver Award in 2005, a year which also saw him win the Football Writers’ Player of the Year prize and the England Player of the Year award for a second time. He won the Premier League and FA Cup Double under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010, scoring 27 goals in 51 appearances during that 2009/10 campaign. European titles came later in his Chelsea career, winning the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013. He scored his last goal for Chelsea in a 3-0 home win over Stoke on 5th April 2014 and made his final appearance for the club at the age of 35 in a goalless draw with Norwich at Stamford Bridge on 4th May of the same year.

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Lampard left Chelsea in 2014 after 13 years at Stamford Bridge in which he had become the Blues’ highest goalscorer of all-time, scoring 211 goals in 648 appearances. He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League and one Europa League during his time in west London. He won 106 caps for England, scoring 29 goals for his country. He represented the Three Lions at the 2004 European Championships, and the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He missed the 2012 Euros through a thigh injury.

Lampard spent a season with Manchester City before ending his career at New York City FC in the United States. Lampard, now 40, is currently manager of Championship side Derby.

Referee

The referee tonight will be Christopher Kavanagh. The Manchester-born official has refereed the Hammers on six previous occasions, most recently for our 2-0 home win against Newcastle, a game in which he awarded the Hammers a penalty for a foul on Chicharito which was converted by Mark Noble. He had previously been in charge for our 2-2 home draw with Brighton in January, our 1-1 draw at Huddersfield in November and our 1-0 home defeat to Wolves in September.

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Kavanagh was the man in the middle for our 2-0 win at Leicester last May and also issued Arthur Masuaku with a red card for spitting in an FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan in January 2018. He has been the man in the middle for 18 Premier League matches so far in 2018/19, issuing 61 yellow cards in those games and one red, and awarding four penalties.

Possible line-ups

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is without Ethan Ampadu and Marco van Ginkel but Marcos Alonso, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro should all be available. The Blues could shuffle their pack with a Europa League quarter-final first leg trip to Slavia Prague coming up on Thursday. Chelsea have lost three home Premier League London derbies over the past four seasons, as many as they had in the previous 11 campaigns. However, the Blues are unbeaten in 12 league meetings with the Hammers at Stamford Bridge since a 3-2 loss in September 2002, winning eight and drawing four (the goals from this match can be seen in my video in the ‘Featured Video’ section of this site).

West Ham are winless in six league away matches, losing five, since a 2-1 victory at Southampton on 27th December. Manuel Pellegrini is without Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll – the Chilean has again suggested that Reid and Yarmolenko “will not be ready” to play this season, although Sanchez could be involved in “some games before we finish” and Wilshere played 66 minutes for the Development Squad yesterday. The Hammers should have Ryan Fredericks, Samir Nasri, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic available.

Possible Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Snodgrass, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson; Chicharito.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!


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Match Thread: West Ham v Everton

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Match Preview: West Ham v Everton

Blast from the past

9th November 1929: West Ham met Everton at the Boleyn Ground, the day before the premiere of John Grierson’s documentary film Drifters about North Sea herring fishermen, which was made for the Empire Marketing Board and effectively inaugurated the British Documentary Film Movement. Grace Kelly was born three days after the game.

Outside-left Jimmy Ruffell bagged a brace in this match, with centre-forward Vic Watson scoring the other as the Hammers pushed into the First Division’s top ten with a 3-1 win in front of 24,801. Watson would end the season as the Irons’ top goalscorer with an astonishing 50 goals in 44 appearances. Dixie Dean scored Everton’s consolation. Two-goal hero Ruffell is pictured below with Bobby Moore over 43 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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Syd King’s Irons went on to finish in seventh place that season, while Everton ended the campaign in 22nd position and were relegated. Since that season in 1930, the Toffees have only been relegated once. Sheffield Wednesday won the league title in 1929/30 and Arsenal won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Ted Hufton, Alfred Earl, Bill Cox, Fred Norris, Jim Barrett, Albert Cadwell, Tommy Yews, Stan Earle, Vic Watson, Viv Gibbins, Jimmy Ruffell.

Everton: Arthur Davies, Warney Cresswell, Jack O’Donnell, Thomas Robson, Thomas Griffiths, Hunter Hart, Ted Critchley, George Martin, Dixie Dean, Tommy White, Jimmy Stein.

Club Connections

Former Hammer and Toffee David Unsworth is currently in charge of the Under-23s at Goodison Park. He is joined in representing both clubs by:

Goalkeepers: George Kitchen, Richard Wright.

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

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

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

Slaven Bilic played for both clubs and managed the Hammers, while David Moyes and Sam Allardyce managed both clubs.

Today’s focus falls on a player who was a title winner with Everton before later spending a season with the Hammers. Tony Weldon was born in Inverness, Scotland, on 12th November 1900 and began his career with Scottish junior side Kilsyth Rangers before moving on to Airdrie for £5 in December 1924. The Lanarkshire club made a very tidy profit on Weldon when they sold him to Everton for £2,000 in March 1927.

26-year-old inside-left Weldon scored on his Everton debut in March 1927, a game in which Toffees legend Dixie Dean also scored to hand the Blues a 2-1 victory over Leeds. He scored three goals in nine games to help Everton avoid relegation to the Second Division by four points. The 1927/28 season saw a terrific Toffees turnaround as they went from relegation strugglers the previous season to title winners – Weldon scored seven goals in 40 appearances and his partnership with compatriot Alex Troup made a major contribution as Everton secured their third First Division league championship success. He played 22 games in the 1928/29 campaign, scoring three goals as the champions dropped dramatically to an 18th-placed finish. Weldon made three league appearances in the 1929/30 season before moving to Second Division Hull in December 1929 for a £1,000 fee, a month after this preview’s featured match above. Weldon had scored 13 goals in 74 games during his near-three years at Goodison Park.

Hull were relegated to the Third Division North at the end of the 1929/30 season and could not win an immediate promotion back to the second tier, finishing sixth in 1930/31. The 30-year-old Weldon, however, was handed the opportunity of a return to the First Division by West Ham United in June 1931. He made his Hammers debut in the opening fixture of the 1931/32 campaign, a 1-0 defeat at Bolton on 29th August 1931. Weldon (pictured) scored his first goal for the club on his home debut two days later in a 3-1 win over Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground. His Everton debut had seen him score alongside Dixie Dean; his Irons debut saw him score alongside Hammers’ own legendary goalscorer Vic Watson. His second goal came in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool on 10th October 1931, by which time the Hammers were struggling in the league.

Weldon battled bravely on the Hammers’ behalf but the club would suffer relegation at the end of the 1931/32 campaign – he scored two further goals in claret and blue, in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round on 23rd January 1932 and in a 4-2 home loss to Birmingham on 23rd April 1932. His final match for West Ham United came on the penultimate weekend of the 1931/32 season in a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland on 30th April 1932. In total he made 22 appearances for the club, scoring four goals – he left to sign for Welsh side Lovell’s Athletic, then playing in the Western League.

Weldon moved to Rochdale in the summer of 1933, serving a year’s stint before moving to Ireland and joining Dundalk as player-coach. By the end of 1934 he had been appointed player-manager of Bangor in Northern Ireland, thus becoming one of the few players to play for clubs in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Weldon was the father-in-law of former Leeds centre-forward Jim Storrie. Tony Weldon died in 1953, at the age of either 52 or 53.

Referee

Saturday’s referee is 38-year-old Paul Tierney. The Lancashire-based official has refereed the Hammers on four previous occasions, with the Irons yet to lose when he’s been in charge. His most recent Hammers appointment was our 3-0 victory at Newcastle in December of last year.

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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. 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 Chicharito. He also refereed our goalless draw at Shrewsbury in the third round of last season’s FA Cup.

Possible line-ups

For West Ham United, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasri, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll are on the sidelines through injury. Everton have certainly been the Hammers’ bogey side in recent seasons – we have only beaten the Toffees three times in the league, home or away, since April 2007, drawing five and losing eleven in all competitions since then. However, the Irons have won the last two, home and away.

Marco Silva will be without the injured Yerry Mina but Phil Jagielka, Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes should all be available.

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Lanzini, Rice, Noble, Anderson; Arnautovic, Chicharito.

Possible Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.

Enjoy the game – Come On You Irons!


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Crossed Hammers & Three Lions: Stewart Downing

Welcome to the latest in a series of articles designed for international matchdays – a look back at former Hammers players who wore the Three Lions of England.

Today, as England prepare to face Montenegro in Euro 2020 qualifying, we look back at a former Hammers and England winger. Stewart Downing was born in Middlesbrough on 22nd July 1984 and came through the youth system at his hometown club, making his full debut in April 2002 at the age of 17. He played for England Under-16s, Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-21s and made 234 appearances in his first spell at Middlesbrough, scoring 22 goals and winning the League Cup in 2004. He also had a loan spell at Sunderland in 2003, scoring three goals in seven matches in the second tier.

The 20-year-old Downing made his England debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson in a 0-0 friendly draw at Villa Park against the Netherlands on 9th February 2005. Downing was also voted Middlesbrough’s Player of the Season for 2004/05. Shortly after being a UEFA Cup finalist, Downing was selected in England’s squad for the 2006 World Cup and made three substitute appearances against Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago and Ecuador.

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After Middlesbrough’s relegation in 2009, Downing joined Aston Villa for a fee of £10m, rising to £12m based on appearances. He missed out on a place in Fabio Capello’s 2010 World Cup squad. After two seasons, 79 appearances, 11 goals, a League Cup Final appearance in 2010 and being voted Player of the Season for 2010/11, he moved to Liverpool for an estimated £20m in the summer of 2011.

Downing won the League Cup for a second time in 2012, a game in which he was awarded the Alan Hardaker Trophy for being the Man of the Match, and was an FA Cup finalist in the same year. He ended the season by being named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2012 European Championships but he did not get any game time during the tournament.

After seven goals in 91 appearances for Liverpool, Downing signed for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United in August 2013 for a reported £5m, joining up with former Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll who had signed permanently for the Hammers a few weeks earlier. The 29-year-old Downing made his Hammers debut as a substitute in a 2-0 opening day home victory over Cardiff on 17th August 2013 – he went on to make 37 appearances in his first season, scoring his first goal for the club from a free-kick in a 2-0 win over Tottenham at Upton Park on 3rd May 2014 as the Hammers finished 13th.

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Downing had a fantastic season in 2014/15, with his move from the wing to the tip of a midfield diamond paying individual and team dividends. He scored in the first away game of the season at Crystal Palace, cutting in from the right to finish low into the far corner – it was the second goal in a 3-1 Hammers win. The Irons had pushed into the Premier League’s top four by the time Downing inspired a comeback from 2-0 down at Stoke to claim a point on 1st November 2014 – he set up the first for Enner Valencia before firing home right-footed to complete the fightback and claim a point.

Downing’s excellent form had not gone unnoticed by England manager Hodgson, who rewarded the 30-year-old with his first England appearance in two and a half years against Scotland in a friendly at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Downing played the first half in a 3-1 Three Lions win. It would transpire to be his 35th and final cap – he never scored a senior goal for his country.

Downing kept up his impressive club form, scoring in successive games in December 2014. The first was a deflected effort which won a point in a 1-1 draw at former club Sunderland and the second was a stunning strike in a 2-0 home win over Leicester, killing the ball with his first touch before bending a strike from distance into the corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal to seal the points after Carroll’s first half goal had put the Hammers in front. Downing began the calendar year of 2015 in a similar vein, scoring in a 3-0 home win over Hull, but the Hammers would tail off dramatically and end up finishing 12th. His final goal for the Hammers came in his last home match, giving the Hammers the lead against Everton with a trademark curled left-footed effort after cutting in from the right to give the Irons the lead – in a microcosm of the Irons’ season though, they would throw away the lead late on and lose the match 2-1.

Downing’s final match for the Hammers was the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle on 24th May, the final day of the 2014/15 season. He had made 79 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring seven goals. He returned to his first club Middlesbrough later that summer in a £5.5m deal, dropping down to the Championship to seal a move back to his roots. He won promotion to the Premier League in the first season of his second spell, earning West Ham an extra £1.5m as part of the transfer deal. The top flight return was short-lived though, with an immediate relegation sending Middlesbrough and Downing back to the Championship. Now 34, Downing is still at the Riverside and aiming to secure a play-off place under Tony Pulis.

Montenegro v England

England face Montenegro this evening in their second match of Euro 2020 qualification – it will be the fifth meeting between the two nations. The pair have met for a European Championship qualifier in Podgorica once before, with the Three Lions drawing 2-2 to secure a spot in the 2012 Finals. The match was played in front of 12,000 at the Stadion Pod Goricom on 7th October 2011. Sak Noel was number one with ‘Loca People’, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy topped the UK box office and co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, had passed away two days before at the age of 56.

Montenegro were dealt an early blow when Manchester United’s Ashley Young converted a Theo Walcott cross in the tenth minute to register his fourth goal for the Three Lions. Fabio Capello’s England doubled their lead just after the half-hour courtesy of a tap-in from Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, with Young this time the provider.

The hosts pulled one back with seconds of the first half remaining – Fatos Beciraj found Elsad Zverotic and the Young Boys player beat future Hammer Joe Hart courtesy of a deflection off Gary Cahill. The feature of today’s piece, Stewart Downing, entered the action in place of Young on the hour mark but Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was sent off for lashing out at Miodrag Dzudovic in the 73rd minute, becoming only the second player to be dismissed twice for England after David Beckham. The red card meant Rooney would be suspended for the opening games of the tournament. Just as the clash entered stoppage time, Dzudovic crossed for substitute Andrija Delibasic of Rayo Vallecano to head in at the far post.

Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic (Videoton), Vladimir Bozovic (Rapid Bucharest), Stefan Savic (Man City), Miodrag Dzudovic (Spartak Nalchik), Elsad Zverotic (Young Boys), Fatos Beciraj (DInamo Zagreb), Milorad Pekovic (SpVgg Greuther Furth), Simon Vukcevic (Blackburn), Mladen Kascelan (LKS Lodz), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Mirko Vucinic (captain, Juventus).

Subs: Milan Jovanovic (Spartak Nalchik) for Kascelan; Dejan Damjanovic (FC Seoul) for Beciraj, Andrija Delibasic (Rayo Vallecano) for Vladimir Bozovic.

England: Joe Hart (Man City), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Gary Cahill (Bolton), John Terry (captain, Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Gareth Barry (Man City), Ashley Young (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Darren Bent (Aston Villa).

Subs: Stewart Downing (Liverpool) for Young, Frank Lampard (Chelsea) for Bent, Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) for Walcott.

The previous articles in the series are:

Vic Watson
Jack Tresadern
Billy Moore
Ken Brown
Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne
Bobby Moore
Martin Peters
Frank Lampard Senior
Sir Trevor Brooking
Alan Devonshire
Alvin Martin
Paul Goddard
Rio Ferdinand
Stuart Pearce
Frank Lampard Junior
Joe Cole
David James
Robert Green


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West Ham's Montenegrin Connection (+ Loan Round-Up)

With England’s upcoming match against Montenegro tomorrow, here’s a look at the Hammers’ only Montenegrin connection, plus an opportunity to provide an update on West Ham’s loaned contingent.

Sead Haksabanovic

Sead Haksabanovic was born on 4th May 1999 in Hyltebruk, Sweden, and began his career with Swedish side Halmstads, making his debut in April 2015 at the age of just 15. Having represented Sweden at youth levels, Haksabanovic made his international senior debut for Montenegro in a 4-1 2018 World Cup qualification victory over Armenia on 10th June 2017 – the attacking midfielder’s entire family is from Montenegro. He scored 13 goals in 70 appearances for Halmstads before moving to West Ham for £2.7m in August 2017, having previously had trials with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Manchester City.

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The 18-year-old Haksabanovic made his debut for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham on 19th September 2017 in a 3-0 League Cup third round win over Bolton at London Stadium – his second, and most recent, appearance in claret and blue was under David Moyes in a 2-0 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan on 27th January last year. He joined Malaga on loan at the start of this season and made two substitute appearances in the Spanish second tier before the loan was cut short and he joined Swedish side Norrkoping in another loan deal. The Swedish league season starts next Sunday.

Loan Round-up

With today’s international connections focus being so brief, and also focusing on a player currently out on loan from the club, I thought it might be a decent time to check in on the other players who are currently on temporary deals away from West Ham.

21-year-old attacking midfielder Marcus Browne has made 20 starts in League One this season for struggling Oxford, with a further eight appearances from the bench. He has scored five goals and contributed four assists, playing mostly on the left wing for Karl Robinson’s men. He bagged a brace and set up another in a 4-2 win over Rochdale in late November. A further ten appearances, three goals and one assist have been recorded in the domestic cups.

Norwegian international Martin Samuelsen, who turns 22 next month, has made seven starts and five sub appearances for VVV-Venlo in the Dutch league and cup this season. His two goals for the club both came in the KNVB Cup in a 3-0 win at Westlandia in late September. He has not played a minute of senior football since before Christmas, being an ever-present on the bench since the end of the winter break. His loan spell in the Netherlands was cut short in mid-February; he joined Norwegian side Haugesund in another loan deal. The Norwegian league season starts next Sunday.

26-year-old Jordan Hugill has made 22 starts in all competitions for Middlesbrough this season, with a further 12 appearances from the bench. He has scored seven goals for the club, including a double in a 2-0 home win over Wigan in November and a last-minute penalty to equalise in a 1-1 home draw with Millwall in January.

25-year-old right-back Sam Byram suffered horrendous luck early on his loan spell at Nottingham Forest, making one Championship and two League Cup appearances for the club before succumbing to serious injury in the 39th minute of a League Cup second round match at home against Newcastle on August 29th. He has not featured since.

Edimilson Fernandes has made 21 league and cup starts for Fiorentina this season, with a further six appearances from the bench. The 22-year-old Swiss international has two goals and two assists to his name in Serie A this season, setting up two goals in a 3-3 draw at Sassuolo and scoring in a 1-1 draw at Udinese and a 4-1 win at SPAL.

Toni Martinez made a good start to his loan spell with Spanish second tier outfit Rayo Majadahonda in August, scoring on his league debut in a 2-1 defeat at Real Zaragoza. He made eight starts for the club and ten sub appearances, with one further goal coming in a 2-1 defeat at Tenerife in November. Martinez switched loan clubs in January, joining Lugo, and scored on his debut for his new club against the one he’d just left, Rayo Majadahonda, in a 3-2 win on 26th January. Martinez has made five starts and three substitute appearances for Lugo, but the strike against his previous side remains his only goal so far for the club.

Central midfielder Josh Cullen, who turns 23 in a fortnight, has made 20 starts for Lee Bowyer’s promotion-chasing Charlton in League One this season. His season was disrupted by a dislocated shoulder but he has contributed four assists and recently been called up to the Republic of Ireland’s senior squad. He has played every minute for Charlton since his return from injury in January.

19-year-old left-back Vashon Neufville has only made two appearances for Newport since joining the Welsh club in January. He starred in their FA Cup third round win over Leicester on his debut but has only played one match in League Two, in a 3-0 defeat at Grimsby at the start of February.

23-year-old midfield man Moses Makasi has made 12 appearances for League Two Stevenage since his January switch, mainly featuring in a wide role. He has one assist to his name and played just over an hour in yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Macclesfield.

Joe Powell, who made his Hammers debut in September’s 8-0 League Cup win over Macclesfield, joined League Two side Northampton in January. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has made four starts for Keith Curle’s Cobblers, and three substitute appearances. He has scored two goals, the most recent being an 88th-minute 30-yard winner in a 1-0 home victory over Newport earlier this month – this goal came just two minutes after Powell had come off the bench.

21-year-old centre-forward Oladapo Afolayan, who joined West Ham from Solihull Moors last February, has started twice for Oldham in League Two since joining in January, and made two further sub appearances. He was briefly under the management of Manchester United and England great Paul Scholes until his recent resignation at the Latics.

Finally, 20-year-old Reece Oxford returned to Germany in January, signing a loan deal with Bundesliga side Augsburg. He has made four starts and one brief sub appearance for the Bavarian club. He helped his team to a clean sheet in a 1-0 cup win at Holstein Kiel but his league starts have seen a 4-0 defeat at Werder Bremen, a 3-2 home loss to Bayern Munich and a 5-1 defeat at Freiburg. He has not featured in his side’s last three games, in which the club have picked up two wins and a draw.


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