WEST HAM UNITED   1970/71  results






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Sat Aug 15 Division 1 Tottenham Hotspur Away Drew 2-2
Mon Aug 17     Division 1 Arsenal Home Drew 0-0
Sat Aug 22     Division 1 Chelsea Home` Drew 2-2
Wed Aug 26     Division 1 Leeds United Away Lost 0-3
Sat Aug 29 Division 1 Manchester United Away Drew 1-1
Mon Aug 31 Division 1 Southampton Home Drew 1-1
Sat Sep 5 Division 1 Everton Home Lost 1-2
Wed Sep 9 LC 2 Hull City Home Won 1-0
Sat Sep 12 Division 1 West Bromwich Albion Away Lost 1-2
Sat Sep 19 Division 1 Newcastle United Home Lost 0-2
Sat Sep 26 Division 1 Huddersfield Town Away Drew 1-1
Sat Oct 3 Division 1 Burnley Home Won 3-1
Tue Oct 6 LC 3 Coventry City Away Lost 1-3
Sat Oct 10 Division 1 Stoke City Away Lost 1-2
Sat Oct 17 Division 1 Tottenham Hotspur Home Drew 2-2
Sat Oct 24 Division 1 Crystal Palace Away Drew 1-1
Sat Oct 31 Division 1 Blackpool Home Won 2-1
Sat Nov 7 Division 1 Ipswich Town Away Lost 1-2
Sat Nov 14 Division 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Home Drew 3-3
Sat Nov 21 Division 1 Manchester City Away Lost 0-2
Sat Nov 28 Division 1 Coventry City Home Lost 1-2
Sat Dec 5 Division 1 Derby County Away Won 4-2
Sat Dec 12 Division 1 Liverpool Home Lost 1-2
Sat Dec 19 Division 1 Chelsea Away Lost 1-2
Sat Jan 2 FAC 3 Blackpool Away Lost 0-4
Sat Jan 9 Division 1 Arsenal Away Lost 0-2
Sat Jan 16 Division 1 Leeds United Home Lost 2-3
Sat Feb 6 Division 1 Derby County Home Lost 1-4
Tue Feb 9 Division 1 Coventry City Away Won 1-0
Tue Feb 16 Division 1 Liverpool Away Lost 0-1
Sat Feb 20 Division 1 Manchester City Home Drew 0-0
Wed Feb 24 Division 1 Nottingham Forest Home Won 2-0
Sat Feb 27 Division 1 Blackpool Away Drew 1-1
Sat Mar 6 Division 1 Crystal Palace Home Drew 0-0
Sat Mar 13 Division 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Away Lost 0-2
Sat Mar 20 Division 1 Ipswich Town Home Drew 2-2
Tue Mar 30 Division 1 Everton Away Won 1-0
Sat Apr 3 Division 1 Manchester United Home Won 2-1
Fri Apr 9 Division 1 West Bromwich Albion Home Won 2-1
Sat Apr 10 Division 1 Nottingham Forest Away Lost 0-1
Tue Apr 13 Division 1 Burnley Away Lost 0-1
Sat Apr 17 Division 1 Stoke City Home Won 1-0
Sat Apr 24 Division 1 Newcastle United Away Drew 1-1
Tue Apr 27 Division 1 Southampton Away Won 2-1
Sat May 1 Division 1 Huddersfield Town Home Lost 0-1

The big story about West Ham in the 1970/71 season sadly wasn't one about the success of the club on the pitch but about goings-on off it. The Hammers were drawn away to Blackpool in the Third Round of the FA Cup to be played on January 2nd and they stayed the previous night at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. Bobby Moore and Jimmy Greaves were told by a couple of BBC Match of the Day camermen staying at the same hotel that Blackpool's Bloomfield Road pitch was frozen and is was expected that the match would be postponed. Believing that was going to happen Moore and Greaves along with Brian Dear and Clyde Best decided make an unauthorized visit to a club owned by a friend of Bobby Moore, ex-boxer Brian London. They spent a little more than a hour at their club and their alcohol intake was very moderate - Clyde Best was tee-total - and perhaps they expected that the night out would go unnoticed. That didn't happen!

The first thing that went wrong was that the match was played and West Ham put in a poor display in a 4-0 defeat. Worse still their night out had been noticed by West Ham fans and believing that had been the cause of the Hammers' poor performance the fact that been passed onto the newspapers and the club. Then followed the headlines and the club response. The three senior players - Moore, Greaves and Dear - were each suspended for two weeks and fined one week's wages.

Moore later said “It was a completely innocent couple of hours. We only drank two or three glasses of beer. Clyde Best drank orange juice. After that, things were never the same between myself and West Ham. I had claret-and-blue blood, but I could never forgive the club for the way they treated me.

The club delayed announcing the punishment until Thursday January 7th to allow Bobby Moore time to enjoy a moment of TV fame that came his way the previous night - he was presented with that famous red book by Eamonn Andrews in 'This Is Your Life.'



Did You Know.....
Forget the bowling green surface of the Theatre of Dreams one of Manchester United's previous grounds had a surface which was often little more than sand and mud. In one Second Division match in 1895 - when they were still Newton Heath - they beat Walsall 14-0 but the pitch was so bad they were ordered to replay it.
They only won the replayed match 9-0!
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