Wednesday, April 2

Daily WHUFC News - 2nd April 2014

Sir Trevor to be honoured
Sir Trevor Brooking will be the second recipient of the West Ham United's
Lifetime Achievement Award

West Ham United are delighted to confirm that Sir Trevor Brooking will be
the second recipient of the Club's Lifetime Achievement Award - sponsored by
The gifted attacking midfielder spent virtually his entire professional
career at the Boleyn Ground, making 647 first-team appearances, scoring 102
goals, including the winner in the 1980 FA Cup final and being voted Hammer
of the Year an unrivalled five times. Sir Trevor, who made his West Ham
debut at 18 in 1967 and also won the FA Cup in 1975, earned 47 England caps,
scoring for his country at Euro 1980 and appearing at the 1982 FIFA World
Cup finals. In April 2003, Sir Trevor took over for a brief but hugely
successful spell as caretaker manager, winning nine and losing just one of
the 14 matches he took charge of.
In August 2009, the Boleyn Ground's Centenary Stand was renamed the Sir
Trevor Brooking Stand in his honour. An outstanding footballer and a true
gentleman, Sir Trevor has contributed hugely to English football in recent
years, holding a variety of roles within the Football Association and Sport
England, among others. He becomes the second recipient of the Lifetime
Achievement Award, following in the footsteps of his long-time team-mate and
two-times FA Cup winning captain Billy Bonds MBE, who was presented with the
trophy in 2013.

Born in Barking on 2 October 1948 to mother Margaret and father Harry, Sir
Trevor Brooking attended Ripple Infants School and Ilford County High
School, leaving the latter with eleven O-Levels and two A-Levels. At the age
of 15, he was scouted by a number of London's top clubs, picking West Ham
because the club would allow him to complete his schooling. He joined the
Hammers in July 1965, aged 16. After graduating from the Academy of
Football, he made a first-team debut in a 3-3 Division One draw at Burnley
on 29 August 1967, five weeks short of his 19th birthday. Despite his tender
years, Sir Trevor quickly established himself in Ron Greenwood's side,
scoring eight goals in 37 games in 1967/68, including his only career
hat-trick in a 5-0 home win over Newcastle United in April 1968.

Sir Trevor was an automatic choice throughout the 1970s, with his form
attracting the attention of the great Brian Clough during his time in charge
at Derby County and later Bill Nicholson's Tottenham Hotspur. His loyalty to
the West Ham cause was rewarded in 1975, when he was part of the side which
lifted the FA Cup at Wembley courtesy of a 2-0 win over former team-mate
Bobby Moore's Fulham. Five years later, he was the hero as the Hammers
lifted the trophy again, this time as a Division Two club, stooping low to
head in Stuart Pearson's wayward shot to secure a shock 1-0 victory over
top-flight Arsenal.

In between, Sir Trevor had featured in the 1975 Charity Shield and 1976
European Cup Winners' Cup final defeats by Derby and Anderlecht
The midfielder again illustrated his outstanding loyalty by sticking with
the Club following relegation in 1978 - despite the fact he was a current
England international. A year after his FA Cup final heroics, he returned to
Wembley for the 1981 League Cup final, only for the Hammers to be edged out
by Liverpool following a replay. Sir Trevor's 647th and final first-team
appearance for West Ham came on 18 May 1984 in a 1-0 Division One defeat by
Everton at the Boleyn Ground. After two appearances for Cork City and
Newcastle-based Blue Star in 1985, Sir Trevor hung up his boots for good.
Off the pitch, Sir Trevor married his wife Hilkka, with whom he lives in
Brentwood, in 1970 and has two children, daughter Collette and son Warren.
After holding the roles of Chairman of the Eastern Region Council for Sport
and Recreation and of Sport England, Sir Trevor joined the Football
Association as Director of Football Development - an important job he still
fills to today. He was made an MBE in 1981 and elevated to be made a CBE in
1999 before being knighted in 2004 for his services to sport. Aside from his
career in sports administration, he has also worked successfully as a media
pundit and has run the binding company Colbrook Plastics Limited with
schoolfriend Colin McGowan since 1970. Sir Trevor Brooking's Lifetime
Achievement Award will be one of a host of prestigious trophies awarded at
the 2013/14 Player Awards in Aid of the Academy.

'It's nice to be back'
Winston Reid was happy to play his part in a winning effort after returning
to the side from illness

Winston Reid was delighted to make a winning return to the West Ham United
team at Sunderland on Monday night. The New Zealand international defender
made just his second start since suffering an ankle injury in October, after
overcoming a bout of sickness which ruled him out of last Wednesday's
victory over Hull City. He played a key role in helping the Hammers
withstand a late spell of Sunderland pressure, after Adam Johnson dragged
his side back into the contest, and he was thrilled that Andy Carroll and
Mohamed Diame's goals took his team to a sixth victory in nine starts. He
said: "I've had a tough couple of weeks - I was sick for a little while - so
it was nice to get out there and play again on Monday. "Obviously we've come
to a place where they needed the points too, but we came away with the win
which was really positive. "They came back with a goal and we had to hold on
and defend. At the end of the day we did that well enough and I think we can
be pleased to get another important win. "We've defended like that for most
of the season, but in the middle part of the season we had the problem with
scoring goals. Now we've changed that and we're still not conceding many and
when you're doing both those things you normally pick up points."

The three-point haul at the Stadium of Light took West Ham eleven points
clear of the Barclays Premier League drop zone and Reid has his sights on
matching last season's tenth-place finish. He added: "We've still got a lot
to aim for, we have six games left and we want to try and push as high as
"If we can pick up another few wins here and there it would be good and
hopefully we can keep the momentum going and get back to tenth where we
finished last year."

Carroll jumping for joy
Andy Carroll was in high spirits after inspiring the Hammers to victory at
the Stadium of Light

Andy Carroll reckons he is well and truly back at full-tilt, after his
man-of-the-match display fired West Ham United to an excellent 2-1 Barclays
Premier League win at Sunderland on Monday evening. The Hammers' No9 rose
majestically to power home Mark Noble's ninth-minute corner, before Mohamed
Diame seized on Carroll's neat knockdown to double the visitors' advantage
five minutes after the restart. For the Gateshead-born and once Newcastle
United frontman, a telling contribution against Sunderland is all the more
special, even if it means he now owes his Mackems-supporting mother an
apology! He told "My mum's whole side of the family are
Sunderland fans! It's the first goal [I've scored against Sunderland]. I've
tried my hardest every time I've played against them but it's the first one
I've got against them and obviously I'm over the moon that we've got the
three points as well. "The two wins this week have been great for us. We've
done well, it's a great run and to keep that going until the end of the
season would be fantastic." As for Carroll's considerable part in the two
goals, the 25-year-old insists it owes much to the team's hard work on the
training field, even if that means the occasional squabble or two. He
continued: "What's funny about it is that we practiced set pieces in
training on Monday morning. Nobes [Noble] put in a cross that I wasn't happy
about and I told him. We had a little argument, a little discussion about
it. He said it was a good ball and I carried on saying it wasn't. "But on
Monday night he put it in there perfectly. It couldn't have got any better
and I just made a run and got on the end of it. That's obviously one of my
strengths and that's one of the main points of my game, if the ball comes in
I'm quite confident of getting on the end of it. That's just me really. It
[the second goal] is another one of our tactics, playing it into me and
getting players running off me. That's proven [its worth] again on Monday
night with the assist and Mo finishing it."

Having now started each of the Hammers' last four league outings, with two
goals to boot, Carroll is happily fighting fit and thrilled to be racking up
the minutes. "I'm feeling really good," he confirmed. I've had three 90
minutes in a week, so I couldn't be any fitter to be honest. Obviously I'm a
bit tired but we get enough rest and do the right things. All the lads are a
bit tired, as you've seen at the end, but we're working hard. "It has been
a tough season for me, not being fit, but now I've got a couple of goals, a
couple of assists and I'm feeling great."

Redknapp still leading the way
Filed: Tuesday, 1st April 2014
By: Staff Writer

Harry Redknapp remains the most successful West Ham United manager in the
Premier League era. The current Queens Park Rangers manager, whose tenure at
the Boleyn Ground lasted from 1994 to 2001 tops the averages tables for
points, goals scored and goals conceded after 18 season of Premier League
football for West Ham. Of those 18 seasons, Redknapp fills the top three
slots in the Average Points per Game table with 1.50 points from the 1998/99
season - a season in which the Hammers finished in fifth spot, their highest
ever Premier League position (and joint second highest in our history).

At the other end of the scale, Avram Grant's relegated 2010/11 squad
averaged just 0.87 goals per game - one of only two seasons in which United
have averaged less than a goal per game (the other being under Franco Zola
in 2009/10) as members of the Premiership/Premier League. Redknapp also tops
the Average Goals chart with the 1.47 goals per game achieved in the 1997/98
season, a year in which West Ham finished in eighth place, edging his
1999/00 record (1.45 goals per game) into second place.

Alan Pardew, with an average of 1.37 is the only other manager to trouble
the top four spots - although the current Newcastle boss is also partly
responsible for West Ham's worst average, with just 0.92 goals scored per
game in the Great Escape season of 2006/07. 67-year-old Redknapp also takes
the top two places in the Average Goals Conceded chart for the 1994/95 (just
1.14 goals per game) and 1996/97 seasons (1.26) - with current incumbent Sam
Allardyce in third place for the current 2013/14 campaign*.

Once again Avram Grant brings up the rear with 1.82 goals conceded per game
in the 2010/11 relegation season, the first full season after David Gold and
David Sullivan purchased the Club.

Allardyce, who is in his second season as a Premier League manager at West
Ham currently sits eighth and tenth in the Average Points Per Game Table,
tenth and 12th in the Average Goals Scored chart and third and seventh in
the Average Goals Conceded Per Game.

Average Points Per Game

1. 1998/99: 1.50 (Harry Redknapp)
2. 1997/98: 1.47 (Harry Redknapp)
3. 1999/00: 1.45 (Harry Redknapp)
4. 2005/06: 1.45 (Alan Pardew)
5. 2001/02: 1.40 (Glenn Roeder)
6. 2008/09: 1.34 (Gianfranco Zola)
7. 2007/08: 1.29 (Alan Curbishley)
8. 2012/13: 1.21 (Sam Allardyce)
9. 1993/94: 1.20 (Billy Bonds)
10. 2013/14: 1.16 (Sam Allardyce)*
11. 1995/96: 1.13 (Harry Redknapp)
12. 2002/03: 1.11 (Glenn Roeder)
12. 2000/01: 1.11 (Harry Redknapp)
12. 1996/97: 1.11 (Harry Redknapp)
15. 2006/07: 1.08 (Alan Pardew/Alan Curbishley)
16. 1994/95: 1.05 (Harry Redknapp)
17. 2009/10: 0.92 (Gianfranco Zola)
18. 2010/11: 0.87 (Avram Grant)

Average Goals Scored Per Game

1. 1997/98: 1.47 (Harry Redknapp)
2. 1999/00: 1.45 (Harry Redknapp)
3. 2005/06: 1.37 (Alan Pardew)
4. 1995/96: 1.34 (Harry Redknapp)
5. 2001/02: 1.26 (Glenn Roeder)
6. 2009/10: 1.24 (Gianfranco Zola)
7. 1993/94: 1.24 (Billy Bonds)
8. 1998/99: 1.21 (Harry Redknapp)
9. 1994/95: 1.19 (Harry Redknapp)
10. 2012/13: 1.18 (Sam Allardyce)
10. 2000/01: 1.18 (Harry Redknapp)
12. 2013/14: 1.13 (Sam Allardyce)*
12. 2010/11: 1.13 (Avram Grant)
14. 2008/09: 1.11 (Gianfranco Zola)
14. 2007/08: 1.11 (Alan Curbishley)
14. 2002/03: 1.11 (Glenn Roeder)
17. 1996/97: 1.03 (Harry Redknapp)
18. 2006/07: 0.92 (Alan Pardew/Alan Curbishley)

Average Goals Conceded Per Game

1. 1994/95: 1.14 (Harry Redknapp)
2. 1996/97: 1.26 (Harry Redknapp)
3. 2013/14: 1.31 (Sam Allardyce)*
4. 2007/08: 1.32 (Alan Curbishley)
4. 2000/01: 1.32 (Harry Redknapp)
6. 1993/94: 1.38 (Billy Bonds)
7. 2012/13: 1.40 (Sam Allardyce)
7. 1999/00: 1.40 (Harry Redknapp)
7. 1998/99: 1.40 (Harry Redknapp)
10. 1995/96: 1.45 (Harry Redknapp)
10. 2008/09: 1.45 (Gianfranco Zola)
10. 2005/06: 1.45 (Alan Pardew)
13. 1997/98: 1.50 (Harry Redknapp)
13. 2001/02: 1.50 (Glenn Roeder)
15. 2002/03: 1.55 (Glenn Roeder)
15. 2006/07: 1.55 (Alan Pardew/Alan Curbishley)
17. 2009/10: 1.74 (Gianfranco Zola)
18. 2010/11: 1.84 (Avram Grant)

Bobby Moore shirt fails to sell
Filed: Tuesday, 1st April 2014
By: Staff Writer

A 1970 England World Cup shirt worn by Bobby Moore during the Mexico
tournament has failed to sell at auction. Bidding for the item, which was
worn by the West Ham and England captain in the first match of the
tournament against Romania stalled at £24,000 during yesterday's auction,
upon which it was withdrawn from sale. The owner has expected it to raise
between £30,000 and £40,000 at the auction, which was held at Stacey's
Auctioneers in Rayleigh, Essex on Monday. A reserve price of £30,000 had
been set. David Alexander of Football Wanted told the Echo: "The customer
paid a lot more for it than £24,000 and needed more money so, unfortunately,
it's become one of the few items that's gone unsold. "He had owned it for a
few years and thought he might generate some money on the back of his
investment but it seems it wasn't meant to be. It won't be going back up for

Is it April 1? No hand ball, insists Nolan
Filed: Tuesday, 1st April 2014
By: Staff Writer

Kevin Nolan insists that Howard Webb was right not to award Sunderland a
penalty for hand ball during the first half of last night's 2-1 win at
TV replays clearly showed the Hammers captain making contact with the ball
inside the penalty area, whilst Webb - who had a perfect, unimpeded view of
the incident - stood just yards away. Yet Nolan maintained that the decision
to allow play to continue was a correct one - much to the bemusement of
eveyone else who witnessed the 32-year-old clearly using his elbow. "Elbow?
Shoulder!" he joked when pressed about the incident in a post-match
interview. "I said to Howard [Webb] at half time it definitely wasn't a
penalty because I didn't throw my arm up, it's sort of come in and it's one
of those things. "I would have been devastated if he'd have given a penalty
as I didn't think there was any way it was - especially with some of the
decisions that have come against us over the last few weeks. "I don't think
it's a bit of luck but if it was, or if someone's deeming it so then it's
about time we got a bit of good fortune from the referee."
However Nolan's view wasn't exactly embraced by Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
who was left fuming about the decision by Webb - who was heavily criticised
recently for sending off Andy Carroll against Swansea when Chico Flores
dived to earn the striker a red card. "It was clear," moaned Poyet. "It was
deliberate and he tried to play the ball with his hand. "Howarb [Webb] was
in a great position and I think it's one of those where you need to ask the
referee why he didn't give it. There's no explanation really; he had a
perfect angle and it was easy to see. You could also tell by the player's
reaction, even Nolan.
"But that's the way it's been. A deflected shot from their man goes next to
the post and without the deflection off Connor Wickham I think the ball goes
straight to our 'keeper."


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