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1970-71 Football Combination

CHELSEA
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Charles C., Heffer, McDowell)
15 August 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Boyce

Cushley

Charles J.

Redknapp

Eustace

Heffer

Holland

Llewelyn (Pointer)

REPORT:

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE ATHLETIC
Dean Court
2 - 1 (Charles C., Dear)
19 August 1970

Marsh

McDowell

Charles C.

Aylott

Scales

Sutton

Ayris

Pointer

Dear

Wallace

Gill

We fielded a very young side at Dean Court against Bournemouth Reserves, the "veteran" being Brian Dear who was making his first re-appearance in our colours. The Cherries also had several youngsters on show, and the game was played in a most enthusiastic manner. Clive Charles netted his second goal of the campaign, and Dear got the winner in our 2-1 success.

LEICESTER CITY
Filbert Street
0 - 1
22 August 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Boyce

Cushley

Charles J.

Heffer

Lindsay

Dear

Holland

Eustace

Our arrival at Filbert Street for the match v Leicester City Reserves was delayed until 2.45 p.m. owing to a transport breakdown on the M1. This meant a hasty change, and after that the Hammers' second - string never really settled down. A single goal from a 25-yards drive after a quarter-of-an-hour's play sufficed to settle the issue in the homesters' favour, although ex-Hammer Colin Mackleworth did well in goal to repel his former team-mates.

ARSENAL : 1969/70 London Challenge Cup Final
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Wallace)
24 August 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles J.

Heffer

Cushley

Boyce

Dear

Lindsay

Wallace

Eustace

Holland

This evening's play-off is the 1969-70 Final, having been held over from last season as there was no opportunity to fit it into the complicated schedule during last April.
There was an attendance of 4,111 to see Ken Wallace excellently converted a pass from Paul Heffer in the 17th minute to give us a deserved lead. this might well have been added to in the 32nd and 87th minutes when Brian Dear struck the woodwork with two tremendous drives. The desperation of the Arsenal rearguard was especially underlined on three occasions; twice we were of the opinion that we should have been awarded a penalty-kick, and the third instance was when Paul Heffer was hauled down from behind by a rugby-type tackle when literally yards clear of the defence.

GILLINGHAM
Upton Park
5 - 0 (Heffer 2, Dear, Holland, Wallace)
29 August 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Cushley

Charles J.

Redknapp

Lindsay (Lock)

Wallace

Holland

Dear

REPORT:

SOUTHAMPTON
The Dell
0 - 1
1 September 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Cushley

Charles J.

Redknapp

Boyce

Wallace

Holland

Dear

REPORT:

NORWICH CITY
Carrow Road
1 - 0 (Wallace)
5 September 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Boyce

Cushley

Charles J.

Holland

Lindsay

Dear

Wallace

Llewelyn

Although our Reserves have played four of their six games away from home so far this season, they have collected a couple of victories on opposing soil to bring their points total to eight.
The second of these away successes was gained, when a second-half goal by Ken Wallace earned both points against Norwich City Reserves. It was a generally good performance, and the younger members of the side have shown encouraging improvement. Dave Llewelyn returned to the line-up after being injured on the opening day of the season.

BRISTOL CITY
Upton Park
1 - 1 (Dear)
12 September 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Cushley

Charles J.

Holland

Lindsay (Gregory)

Dear

Boyce

Llewelyn

REPORT:

OXFORD UNITED
Upton Park
3 - 0 (Ayris, Charles, Durrell)
14 September 1970

Marsh

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Aylott

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Dear

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Home Park
5 - 0 (Llewelyn 3, Dear, Holland)
19 September 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles J.

Heffer

Aylott

Boyce

Ayris

Holland (Charles C.)

Dear

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : London Challenge Cup (1st Rd)
The Valley
4 - 1 (Dear 2, Holland 2)
24 September 1970

Marsh

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Aylott

Boyce

Ayris

Holland

Dear

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

SWINDON TOWN
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Llewelyn 3)
26 September 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Aylott

Charles J.

Redknapp

Lindsay

Dear

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

CHELSEA
Stamford Bridge
0 - 2
3 October 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Holland

Aylott

Charles J.

Redknapp

Lindsay

Wallace

Llewelyn

Gill

Our visit to Stamford Bridge on October 3 provided a quick opportunity for the Pensioners to gain revenge for our early-season victory against them at Upton Park.

They led by a single goal at half-time, and added a second after the interval. Although we had Opportunities in both halves we were unable to take advantage, and succumbed by 2-0.

BIRMINGHAM CITY
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Dear 2)
10 October 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Aylott

Charles J.

Holland

Pointer

Dear

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

CHELSEA : London Challenge Cup (2nd Round)
Upton Park
6 - 1 (L
lewelyn 3, Dear 2, McDowell)
12 October 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Aylott

Charles J.

Holland

Pointer

Dear

Llewelyn

Wallace

Reserve strength Xl's were fielded in the Second Round tie here last Monday evening, and in this respect it became the "best of three" between Chelsea and the Hammers. As events turned out we eventually had much the belter of the duel, despite the visitors netting in the first minute and holding us to 1-1 at the break.
Two goals in a four-minute period soon after the half-time interval virtually settled the issue, and we romped home by 6-1; Dave Llewelyn headed a hat-trick (his third of the season). Brian Dear got two more and John McDowell drove in one from 35-yds.

BRISTOL CITY
Ashton Gate
0 - 3
17 October 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Heffer

Aylott

Charles J.

Redknapp

Howe

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

FULHAM
Upton Park
2 - 0 (Best 2)
24 October 1970

Ferguson

McDowell

Charles C.

Holland

Aylott

Charles J. (Wallace)

Redknapp

Brooking

Best

Llewelyn

Durrell

REPORT:

CRYSTAL PALACE
Selhurst Park
2 - 3 (Best 2 [1 pen])
31 October 1970

Ferguson

Charles C.

Charles J.

Holland

Scales

Aylott

Redknapp

Best

Wallace (Sutton)

Llewelyn

Durrell

Clyde Best netted twice for the second Saturday in succession when our Reserves visited Selhurst Park a fortnight ago; and once again one of the goals came from a penalty.
Each of these counters was an equaliser. The spot-kick came early in the second half, and the other was a header which made it 2-2. Unfortunately that ended the scoring as far as we were concerned, but three minutes from time the Glaziers got the winner to bag the points.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Challenge Cup (Semi-Final)
White Hart Lane
0 - 1
4 November 1970

Ferguson

Howe

Charles C.

Pointer

Heffer

Aylott (Scales)

Redknapp

Holland

Best

Llewelyn

Durrell

Had we made the most of our opportunities we could have beaten Spurs at White Hart Lane on November 4 and qualified for the Final of the London F.A. Cup against Wimbledon.
An 18th-minute goal certainly gave the North Londoners an early advantage, but the Hammers were robbed when Clyde Best's header hit the bar on the half-hour. We struggled for the vital equaliser, but despite creating chances were unable to capitalise on them and succumbed by that solitary counter.

ARSENAL : London Challenge Cup (1969/70 Final 2nd leg)
Highbury
0 - 6
7 November 1970

Ferguson

Watson

Charles J. (Gill)

Charles C.

Scales

Lock

Gregory

Barnes

Coker

Llewelyn

Durrell

We were the victims of circumstance in the Combination Cup Final. The two-leg tie had been held over from the end of last season and we held a 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Upton Park in August.
Due to mid-week commitments at Highbury, the second leg was difficult to arrange, but a date was finally compromised and set. Our playing-staff was sadly depleted and the XI we fielded against the Gunners bore only a slight resemblance from our usual line-up; indeed it included seven of our current Youth Team.
Not surprisingly we lost, and as the final score of 6-0 rather reflected the exchanges, we can only commiserate with our team and congratulate the winners. 

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Barnes, Charles, Llewelyn)
9 November 1970

Marsh

McDowell

Charles C.

Holland

Scales

Lock

Sutton

Brooking (Barnes)

Coker

Llewelyn

Gill

After having most of the play in the first half against Q.P.R. at Upton Park, we went in a goal down at half-time through a converted penalty awarded two minutes before the interval. However, the Hammers equalised nine minutes after the restart when John Charles connected from close in, went ahead four minutes later through a Dave Llewelyn header, and then made it 3-1 when Barry Barnes netted to celebrate his Combination debut. In the end it proved to be a good win after a slow start.

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IPSWICH TOWN
Portman Road
1 - 5 (Brooking)
14 November 1970

Marsh

Charles J.

Charles C. (Barnes)

Pointer

Scales

Lock

Sutton

Brooking

Coker

Gill

Durrell

With our spate of injuries continuing, several younger players have had the opportunity to move up into Combination soccer much earlier than they would have anticipated.
Naturally enough it takes time to adjust to a new pace and higher standard, and this was apparent for the visit to Ipswich. The home side got away to a good start with a two-goal lead at the interval, and added to this before Trevor Brooking netted a great goal. However double misfortune then came our way; firstly Clive Charles had to be replaced by Barry Barnes then Barnes was also injured and had to go off ten minutes after coming on. So we ended with ten men and 1-5 in arrears.

SWANSEA CITY
Upton Park
21 November 1970

Match Postponed : Continual Rain

READING
Elm Park
0 - 1
25 November 1970

Grotier

Charles C.

Charles J.

Pointer

Aylott

Scales

Redknapp

Brooking

Wallace

Llewelyn

Dear

A visit to Reading for a mid-week match on November 25 did not prove fruitful for our Reserves. In a lacklustre performance, they did little to impress, and a solitary goal sufficed to give the Biscuitmen the points.

BRISTOL ROVERS
Upton Park
3 - 2 (Dear, Durrell, L
lewelyn)
5 December 1970

Grotier

McDowell

Charles C.

Pointer

Aylott

Scales

Redknapp

Sutton

Dear

Llewelyn

Durrell

There were some good goals at Upton Park and our attack hit home three really good counters to secure a 3-2 victory over Bristol Rovers Reserves. The West Countrymen held us to a goal apiece at the interval, but we got on top in the second half to deservedly gain the spoils.

LEICESTER CITY
Upton Park
1 - 2 (McDowell)
19 December 1970

Marsh

McDowell

Charles C.

Pointer

Scales

Aylott

Redknapp

Howe

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

The fixture was against Leicester City Reserves at Upton Park, had a remarkable resemblance to our League game on the same afternoon, insofar that the opposition went two up before we found the net—all of these counters coming in the first half. Overall the exchanges went much the same as the seniors, and it would be lair to add that the 1-2 result was justifiable.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
White Hart Lane
26 December 1970

Match Postponed : Snow covering the Pitch

BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE ATHLETIC
Upton Park
0 - 1
9 January 1971

Grotier

Watson

Charles C.

Pointer

Scales

Aylott

Ayris

Sutton

Dear

Wallace

Durrell

Postponements left our Reserves fixture-less for two successive weeks.
However, the pitch was back to reasonable condition again last Saturday to enable the match against Bournemouth Reserves to take place. We had chances enough to win early on, but did not take them; a goal near the end settled the issue in the Cherries' favour and brought the second successive home defeat for our second-string.

ARSENAL
Highbury
1 - 4 (Llewelyn)
16 January 1971

Marsh

Charles C.

Scales

Boyce

Stephenson

Aylott

Ayris

Pointer

Dear

Wallace

Llewelyn

Reserve matches to report upon, we ended up with only three. The line-up at Highbury on Jan. 16 was noteworthy for the inclusion of Ron Boyce and Alan Stephenson; they had played for the "A" Team on the previous Saturday, and this was a further stage on their return following several weeks absence and operations for knee injuries. Both came through, the tests in a satisfactory manner, but apart from that there was little for us to enthuse over. A powerful Arsenal side built up a two-goal interval lead, and although this was reduced by Dave Llewelyn, the homesters added two more to win convincingly 4-1.

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CARDIFF CITY
Ninian Park
1 - 2 (Llewelyn)
20 January 1971

Marsh

Watson (Sutton)

Scales

Holland

Aylott

Boyce

Ayris

Pointer

Wallace

Llewelyn

Durrell

In the mid-week game at Ninian Park on Jan. 20, Cardiff City Res. were one ahead at the interval, but we equalised through Dave Llewelyn midway through the second half. We looked like getting a deserved point until John Watson received a leg-cut a minute from time, and whilst we were temporarily down to ten men, the Bluebirds popped one in to rob us.

SWANSEA CITY
Upton Park
2 - 0 (dear, Pointer)
23 January 1971

Marsh

Charles J.

Scales

Holland (Wallace)

Aylott

Boyce

Ayris

Pointer

Best

Dear

Greaves

The players overcame the heavy conditions for our home game v Swansea City Reserves nd there was a lot of good football. The Swans gave us a busy time in the opening period, but Brian Dear netted to put us one up at the interval; a further counter by Keith Pointer made it 2-0 before the finish to bring a deserved victory. A strained thigh meant the substitution of Pat Holland by Ken Wallace during the second half, but a pleasing feature was that Ron Boyce who skippered the team continued his return io full match-fitness.

Last week-end was particularly unfortunate in that we had two 'call offs." First was the trip to Swansea on Thursday 28 Jan., when the team had to catch the first train back, the match being postponed whilst they were en route.
The first intimation we had of lsst Saturday's home game being deferred
was when Reading telephoned us on the Friday morning to say they were having difficulty in raising a side. This was later confirmed, and as the Biscuitmen had only five players available there was no alternative but to call it off.

BRISTOL ROVERS
Eastville
1 - 1 (Boyce)
6 February 1971

Ferguson

Charles J.

Charles C.

Boyce

Stephenson

Aylott

Ayris

Holland

Wallace

Llewelyn

Best

We fielded a strong Reserve Team for the visit to Eastville on Feb. 6, and came back with a point from a 1-1 draw. The Bristol Rovers side succeeded in gaining an interval lead, but had we made the most of our opportunities we could have been on level terms at the change-over. The second half went much the same way, except that this time it was our turn to score (through Ron Boyce), and we well-merited the reward.

CARDIFF CITY
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Best, Holland)
13 February 1971

Grotier

Charles J.

Charles C.

Pointer

Stephenson

Scales

Ayris

Holland

Best

Llewelyn

Durrell

The home match v Cardiff City was decided by a disputed goal -  fitting outcome of a scrappy game. A cross into the goalmouth by Pat Holland was adjudged to have crossed the Bluebirds' line, and although the ball came out the referee
awarded the counter. The visitors had taken the lead early in the game, but were pulled back thanks to a Clyde Best goal before the interval.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
White Hart Lane
0 - 1
22 February 1971
(Programme dated 1970)

Grotier

Charles C.

Howe

Lindsay

Stephenson

Charles J.

Best

Holland

Dear

Brooking

Llewelyn

Two strong sides took the field on the occasion of our visit to Spurs and some very good soccer was played. The North Londoners succeeded in gaining the edge during the second half, when a solitary count

CRYSTAL PALACE
Upton Park
3 - 4 (Ayris, Best, Lindsay)
27 February 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Howe

Lindsay

Stephenson

Charles J.

Ayris

Best

Dear

Brooking

Llewelyn

We fell into arrears four times in the match against Crystal Palace Reserves at Upton Park. The Hammers drew level for the third time with only a few minutes to go and both teams seemed prepared to settle for a draw, but the Glaziers hanged home another just before the close to win 4-3.

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FULHAM
Craven Cottage
2 - 0 (Best, Lindsay)
6 March 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Watson

Lindsay

Stephenson

Scales

Ayris

Holland

Best

Llewelyn

Durrell

We have been able to arrange dates for some of our postponed fixtures, and in consequence the Reserves have had a busy time during the past couple of weeks.
We now have only one "undated" game to arrange in addition to our regular schedule.
Against Fulham Reserves at Craven Cottage on March 6, we took the lead in the first half when Jimmy Lindsay headed home a ball centred into the Cottagers' penalty area. After the interval Clyde Best added a second counter, when he intercepted a back pass from a Fulham defender and beat the home 'keeper before ramming home the ball. We thus won 2-0.

OXFORD UNITED
Manor Ground
0 - 3
8 March 1971

Marsh

Charles C.

Scales

Aylott

Keary

Charles J.

Llewelyn

Heffer (Dear)

Wallace

Sutton

Gill

Our visit to Oxford on March 8 was arranged at rather short notice, but at least we were able to get the postponed fixture disposed of — even though the outcome was bad for us ! Although holding the United Res. goalless at half-time we collapsed in the second half, and went under by 0-3.

IPSWICH TOWN
Upton Park
2 - 2 (Best 2)
13 March 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Charles J.

Aylott

Stephenson

Howe

Ayris

Lindsay

Best

Brooking

Llewelyn

We faced second-in-the table Ipswich Town Reserves at Upton Park. The visitors opened up a 0-2 lead before Clyde Best reduced the arrears, firing home from a free-kick into the penalty-area. After the interval he headed another free-kick to give us a share of the points with our Suffolk rivals who included a number of players with First XI experience.

READING
Upton Park
3 - 1 (Llewelyn, Wallace, [og])
15 March 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Charles J.

Scales

Stephenson (Gill)

Howe

Best

Lindsay

Wallace

Aylott

Llewelyn

Reading Reserves scored a very good goal to take the lead after 25 minutes, but we replied ten minutes later when Dave Llewelyn headed in a bye-line cross from Clyde Best. Four minutes after the interval Ken Wallace jumped to head past the advancing 'keeper after good work by Stephen Gill on the left flank; Gill had come on as substitute at the resumption to take the place of Alan Stephenson (who had received a knock), the team being somewhat re-shuffled to compensate for the loss of its pivot.
Although we maintained the advantage it appeared likely that the score would remain at 2-1, for Best twice struck the post (once from a penalty, once with a 30-yard drive); however with five minutes to go we went 3-1 up, a visiting defender turning Wallace's attempted shot into his own net.

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SWANSEA CITY
Vetch Field
0 - 1
18 March 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Scales

Aylott

Keary

Charles J.

Wallace

Sutton

Dear

GillL

lewelyn

REPORT:

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Loftus Road
0 - 2
20 March 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Scales

Aylott

Stephenson

Howe (Dear)

Wallace

Lindsay

Coker

Brooking

Llewelyn

REPORT:

NORWICH CITY
Upton Park
1 - 0 (Gill)
27 March 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Scales

Lindsay

Keary

Aylott

Llewelyn

Brooking

Wallace

Sutton

Gill

REPORT:

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GILLINGHAM
Priestfield Stadium
4 - 3 (Brooking 2, Llewelyn 2)
3 April 1971

Grotier

Charles C.

Scales

Howe

Stephenson

Charles J.

Gill

Lindsay

Best

Brooking

Llewelyn

We visited Gillingham Reserves at Priestfield Stadium. Trevor Brooking opened the scoring with a header to give us an interval advantage. The Kent side drew level, but we gained the lead again through Dave Llewelyn with another header. Again the home side equalised, but further goals from Brooking and Llewelyn before a late consolation goal for the bottom-of-the-table club gave us both points with a 4-3 victory.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Upton Park
0 - 1
10 April 1971

Grotier

Charles J. (Gill)

Charles C.

Howe

Keary

Scales

Ayris

Eustace

Wallace

Best

Llewelyn

Our Reserves gave a disappointing show against top-of-the-table Spurs Reserves at Upton Park. They held the North Londoners until the interval, but then surrendered the points to a single goal from the opposition.

BIRMINGHAM CITY
St Andrews
3 - 0 (Durrell, Gill, Howe)
17 April 1971

Grotier

Scales

Howe

Lock

Keary

Lindsay

Durrell

Llewelyn

Coker

Sutton (Watson)

Gill

A tactical change at half-time helped produce the desired result when we visited the St. Andrews Ground to play Birmingham City Reserves. Until then it was an evenly-matched goalless draw, but almost from the restart Bobby Howe went upfield to put us ahead. The pressure on the home defence continued, and further goals by Joe Durrell and Stephen Gill made the Hammers convincing victors by a 3-0 margin.

SOUTHAMPTON
Upton Park
3 - 2 (Coker 2, Best)
19 April 1971

Grotier

Watson

Scales

Howe

Keary

Lock

Gill

Lindsay (Sutton)

Coker

Best

Durrell

Against Southampton Reserves, our second string played some exciting and entertaining football to open up a 3-0 half-time lead. Clyde Best began the scoring with a header from a corner-kick, and two more fine headers from Ade Coker put us well on top. We were not able to maintain our pressure in the second half, and the Saints grabbed two goals to narrow our winning margin.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Best, Gill)
24 April 1971

Grotier

Watson

Scales

Lindsay

Keary

Lock

Ayris

Sutton

Coker

Best

Gill

The home game against Plymouth Argyle we were in arrears at half-lime by a solitary goal. Continuous second-half pressure on our part brought its reward; Clyde Best scored with a great solo effort, beating the opposing full-back and goalkeeper before slotting home; then Stephen Gill ran forward to collect a chipped ball into the penalty area, before placing it past the advancing 'keeper.

SWINDON TOWN
County Ground
3 - 0 (Best 2, [og])
1 May 1971

Grotier

Charles J. (Yallop)

Scales

Barnes

Keary

Eustace

Gill

Sutton

Best

Brooking

Llewelyn

REPORT:

ARSENAL
Upton Park
2 - 1 (Gill, Llewelyn)
7 May 1971

Grotier (Kinnear)

Keary

Scales

Lindsay

Aylott

Charles J.

Gill

Holland

Best

Brooking

Llewelyn

REPORT:

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