Monday, 28 May 2012

Wrong Nominations For Leeds Games of the 1980's

What is the Yorkshire post up to? None of the five nominated games were a patch on the two (and only) classic encounters between Leeds and West Ham in the 1981-82 season. The game at Elland Road on November 28th 1981 ended up 3-3 and the return fixture at Upton Park, 4-3 to the Hammers.

In the Elland Road fixture, Leeds scored through Graham, Hird and Cherry, with West Ham's goals coming from Brooking with two and a Hart own goal. I borrow the following report from the site linked below:

Alf Garnett’s beloved team, West Ham United, had always been known for footballing skills. Entertainment had been the name of their game over the years, and when they played United at Elland Road in November 1981 the goals flowed from both teams. United were managed at that time by Allan Clarke, who as a player thrilled thousands with his attacking skills, which made him one of the country’s leading goal-scorers. Clarke’s side however, had made a poor start to the 1981-82 First Division campaign and they had won only four and lost eight of their first fifteen games when West Ham United arrived at Elland Road.

They were up against a West Ham side that had run away with the Second Division, the previous season, and had followed that up by having made a big impact in the First Division. Clarke sprang a surprise by relegating Peter Barnes to the substitute’s bench but transfer-listed defenders, Trevor Cherry and Paul Hart, were in a Leeds side that took the game to the Hammers. They deservedly took a thirteenth minute lead through Scottish international Arthur Graham. Kevin Hird, who was justifying manager Clarke’s decision to include him ahead of Peter Barnes, got away on the right and crossed for Arthur Graham, at the far post, to fire in a low shot for his sixth goal of the season.

The immaculate Trevor Brooking drilled in a fifty-fifth minute equalizer for the Hammers but Kevin Hird scored with a penalty on the hour, after Arthur Graham had been fouled, to restore United’s lead. When Trevor Cherry headed in an Arthur Graham cross from six yards nine minutes later, Leeds seemed on course for a comfortable victory. But thirteen minutes from the end Hart, under strong pressure as he and David Cross chased the ball towards the Leeds goal, turned the ball past John Lukic and into his own net. Four minutes from the end the Hammers were celebrating a point when Trevor Brooking forced the ball in to make the final score 3-3.

The teams lined up as follows:

Leeds United: Lukic; Cherry, F. Gray; Stevenson, Hart, Burns; Harris, Graham, Butterworth, Hamson, Hird.

West Ham United: Parkes; Stewart, Lampard; Bonds, Martin, Devonshire; Neighbour, Goddard, Cross, Brooking, Pike.

If that game was good, the return at Upton park was even better! Flynn, Connor and Graham netted for Leeds but West Ham retaliated with another double from Brooking, a Cross goal and a Ray Stewart pen. The West Ham team that read:

Phil Parkes, Ray Stewart, Everald La Ronde, Paul Allen, Neil Orr, Alan Devonshire, Francois Van der Elst,
Paul Goddard, David Cross, Trevor Brooking, Geoff Pike

Now I would be indebted to anybody who remembers La Ronde - because I don't! - and if anybody can explain who played at the back. The team looks like it was set up 3-5-2 to me! It would be good if any Leeds fans could identify the other Leeds players that day as we don't beat your lot very often!


Anonymous said...

You spend half your life having a dig at leeds...i thought this was a west ham site?..if i want to read about my beloved hammers i will click on another site my old china..this is pointless reading.

Anonymous said...

Everald La Ronde was skipper of the West Ham United youth team which won the 1981 FAYouth Cup. He made 7 appearances for the first team before moving to Harry Redknapp's Bournemouth.

Hammersfan said...

Wikipedia is a mine of information isn't it? But cheers!

Now, was anybody at the game and can can anybody explain how we set up?

Anonymous said...

Boring boring hammers

Anonymous said...

talking about leeds again. get a life. i thought this was a west ham site!

jimwhu said...

everald la ronde also had a brother who was also on westhams books aswell tony la ronde who was a forward who scored a few goals
in the youth team everald looked a good prospect at the time

Hammersfan said...

I remember Tony. But Everald? Shut that door!

1927, who were Leeds playing against in those games?

Johno said...

Remember the La Ronde brothers quite well, came out of Forest gate had a third brother who was on the books as well but didn't progress. Everald scored for Bournemouth at Old Trafford to win an FA cup tie there.
Still have a beer with another brother Keith.