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42 17 2 2 48 16 9 4 8 26 24 84 3rd Table
Sat Aug 17 Division 1 Birmingham City Away Lost 0-1
Tue Aug 20     Division 1 Queens Park Rangers Home Won 3-1
Sat Aug 24     Division 1 Luton Town Home Lost 0-1
Mon Aug 26     Division 1 Manchester United Away Lost 0-2
Sat Aug 31 Division 1 Liverpool Home Drew 2-2
Tue Sep 3 Division 1 Southampton Away Drew 1-1
Sat Sep 7 Division 1 Sheffield Wednesday Away Drew 2-2
Sat Sep 14 Division 1 Leicester City Home Won 3-0
Sat Sep 21 Division 1 Manchester City Away Drew 2-2
Tue Sep 24 LC 2 - 1 Leg Swansea City Home Won 3-0
Sat Sep 28 Division 1 Nottingham Forest Home Won 4-2
Sat Oct 5 Division 1 Newcastle United Away Won 2-1
Tue Oct 8 LC 2 - 2 Leg Swansea City Away Won 3-2  (6-2 aggregate)
Sat Oct 12 Division 1 Arsenal Home Drew 0-0
Sat Oct 19 Division 1 Aston Villa Home Won 4-1
Sat Oct 26 Division 1 Ipswich Town Away Won 1-0
Tue Oct 29 LC 3 Manchester United Away Lost 0-1
Sat Nov 2 Division 1 Everton Home Won 2-1
Sat Nov 9 Division 1 Oxford United Away Won 2-1
Sat Nov 16 Division 1 Watford Home Won 2-1
Sat Nov 23 Division 1 Coventry City Away Won 1-0
Sat Nov 30 Division 1 West Bromwich Albion Home Won 4-0
Sat Dec 7 Division 1 Queens Park Rangers Away Won 1-0
Sat Dec 14 Division 1 Birmingham City Home Won 2-0
Sat Dec 21 Division 1 Luton Town Away Drew 0-0
Thu Dec 26 Division 1 Tottenham Hotspur Away Lost 0-1
Sun Jan 5 FAC 3 Charlton Athletic Away Won 1-0
Sat Jan 11 Division 1 Leicester City Away Won 1-0
Sat Jan 18 Division 1 Liverpool Away Lost 1-3
Sat Jan 25 FAC 4 Ipswich Town Home Drew 0-0
Sun Feb 2 Division 1 Manchester United Home Won 2-1
Tue Feb 4 FAC 4 replay Ipswich Town Away Drew 1-1
Thu Feb 6 FAC 4 2nd replay Ipswich Town Away Won 1-0
Wed Mar 5 FAC 5 Manchester United Home Drew 1-1
Sun Mar 9 FAC 5 replay Manchester United Away Won 2-0
Wed Mar 12 FAC 6 Sheffield Wednesday Away Lost 1-2
Sat Mar 15 Division 1 Arsenal Away Lost 0-1
Wed Mar 19 Division 1 Aston Villa Away Lost 1-2
Sat Mar 22 Division 1 Sheffield Wednesday Home Won 1-0
Sat Mar 29 Division 1 Chelsea Away Won 4-0
Mon Mar 31 Division 1 Tottenham Hotspur Home Won 2-1
Wed Apr 2 Division 1 Nottingham Forest Away Lost 1-2
Tue Apr 8 Division 1 Southampton Home Won 1-0
Sat Apr 12 Division 1 Oxford United Home Won 3-1
Tue Apr 15 Division 1 Chelsea Home Lost 1-2
Sat Apr 19 Division 1 Watford Away Won 2-0
Mon Apr 21 Division 1 Newcastle United Home Won 8-1
Sat Apr 26 Division 1 Coventry City Home Won 1-0
Mon Apr 28 Division 1 Manchester City Home Won 1-0
Wed Apr 30 Division 1 Ipswich Town Home Won 2-1
Sat May 3 Division 1 West Bromwich Albion Away Won 3-2
Mon May 5 Division 1 Everton Away Lost 1-3
 

West Ham looked as if they might end the 1985/86 season as League champions and against Newcastle United on Monday April 21st 1986 the dream of a League title looked as if it was a genuine reality. Alvin Martin put the Hammers one-up after just three minutes and with 11 minutes gone Ray Stewart made it 2-0. A 30-yarder from Neil Orr made it 3-0 in the 36th minute while an own goal from Glen Roeder shortly before the half time whistle gave West Ham a 4-0 lead at the break. The visitors came out for the second half having substituted their injured goalkeeper Martin Thomas and replaced him with outfield player Chris Hedworth (no goalkeeper subs in those days). Worse was soon to follow for the Magpies with an injury to Hedworth forcing him off, leaving the visitors with ten players and Peter Beardsley in goal. Four more West Ham goals came in the second half - from Paul Goddard, Frank McAvennie and two more from Alvin Martin - while Newcastle got a consolation goal from Billy Whitehurst. A radio reporter said it could have been 18 goals rather than 8 but the eight equalled the Hammers' top League score and Alvin Martin's hat-trick was scored against three different goalkeepers. Match details -

Monday 21st April 1986, Football League First Division
West Ham United 8 (Martin 3, Stewart, Roeder (og), Orr, Goddard, McAvennie)
Newcastle United 1
(Whitehurst)
Attendance: 24,735

West Ham United - Parkes; Stewart, Parris, Gale, Martin, Devonshire, Ward, McAvennie, Dickens (sub:: Goddard), Cottee, Orr.

Newcastle United - Thomas (sub: Stewart); McDonald, Bailey, McCreery, Anderson, Roeder, Stephenson, Hedworth, Whitehurst, Beardsley, Cunningham.

West Ham kept their title hopes alive until just two days before their final match when Liverpool clinched the title with a win at Chelsea. In the last-match decider for the runners-up position Everton beat West Ham 3-1 at Goodison to make it a Merseyside one/two at the top of the table but third place was - and still is - West Ham's highest League placing. And amazingly it was achieved with an almost unchanged line-up - 9 players played in 38 or more of the 42 League matches in the days when only one sub was allowed. Sadly there was no reward of a European place in 1986/87 following the Heysel ban on English clubs in Europe.

 

 

 

 

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