UK Football Team - West Ham 1986

West Ham achieving their highest-ever league finish of third in 1985–86 coming a close third behind the Merseyside giants of Liverpool and Everton, the two best teams in the country in the mid 80's. West Ham finished with 84 points; 2 behind Everton and 4 behind eventual double winners Liverpool . West Ham's club record third-place finish was mainly down to the prolific goalscoring of striker Tony Cottee, who was credited with the PFA Young Player of the Year award for his strong performances. he most notable changes to the West Ham side for the 1985–86 season were midfielder Mark Ward from Oldham Athletic and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie from St Mirren. McAvennie's debut came on the opening day of the season and he quickly established himself as first choice strike partner to Tony Cottee, who was in his third full season as a regular player despite only being 21. After a good start november was a fantastic month for the Hammers. The Hammers muscled in on the title challenge by winning all five of their games in November, starting with a 1–0 win over defending champions Everton and ending in a 4–0 demolition of relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion. Frank McAvennie was now the Football League's highest goalscorer with 17 First Division goals. But all season long West Ham made some huge performances as this 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge versus Chelsea or a 2-0 win at Old Trafford versus the Red Devils in FA Cup. But the very loyal fans of West Ham nevert forget the match versus Newcastle this season. An 8–1 demolition of Newcastle United in which Alvin Martin joined the small group of defenders to score a hat-trick !! Before to see West Ham 1985-86's rosters in Panini, the video of this demolition :



Phil PARKES

Tony GALE

Paul BRUSH

Alvin MARTIN

Steve WALFORD

Ray STEWART

Mark WARD

Alan DICKENS

Bobby BARNES

Geoff PIKE

Tony COTTEE

Paul GODDARD

Frank McAVENNIE


John LYALL (Manager)

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