|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||F - A||GD||Pts|
|0||•||Arsenal (Darryl)||0||0||0||0||0 - 0||0||0|
|1||↑||Queens Park Rangers (Rob)||1||1||0||0||4 - 0||4||3|
|2||↓||Everton (Stuart)||1||1||0||0||2 - 0||2||3|
|3||↓||Chelsea (Alan)||2||0||2||0||2 - 2||0||2|
|4||↓||Leeds United (Al)||1||0||1||0||1 - 1||0||1|
|5||↓||Tottenham Hotspur (Kev)||2||0||1||1||1 - 3||-2||1|
|6||•||West Ham United (John)||1||0||0||1||0 - 4||-4||0|
Tuesday 17th October
Everton v West Ham
West Ham v Spurs
Spurs v Leeds
Monday 23rd October
QPR v Chelsea
Chelsea v Everton
Everton v QPR
Thursday 2nd November
Leeds v West Ham
Spurs v QPR
Leeds v Everton
Wednesday 11th October
|West Ham Utd. 0||Queens Park Rangers 4|
Match Reports – Throw-ins galore at Yiewsley
West Ham 0 Q.P.R. 4
With the new fencing installed at Yiewsley Stadium, West Ham took on the defending league champions with renewed optimism. And it appeared to be well founded in the early exchanges, as Rangers seemed to be faltering, giving the ball away and passes going astray. West Ham got through the QPR backline as early as the first minute, but couldn’t test ‘Parksie’ in the QPR goal.
It soon became clear that regular stoppages to pick up large sections of the fencing surround from off the floor, were now a thing of the past. However, this brought with it added difficulties in taking throw-ins ! In fact, it’s now nigh-on impossible. What fun we had trying to take the simplest of throws. It was one throw-in after the other, as the ball spent record time in touch ! I wonder what Sep Back-Hander would have made of it all if he’d still been running things (probably wouldn’t have given a Castlemaine 4X – hope that’s not unauthorised advertising). So, improvements still needed for West Ham’s new ground. Where have we heard that before ? ! Anyway, back to the game …
Despite the poor start, Rangers soon began to string some passes together and threaten the West Ham defence. No.9 ‘Sir Les’ hit a powerful shot which the home keeper saved well. As we’ve come to expect, West Ham’s keeper made some fine saves throughout, but it was his error on 6 minutes which saw Rangers go in front. The keeper missed his clearance from the corner of the box and No.2 stroked the ball into the corner of the empty net. 1-0 to QPR. West Ham remained resilient until the second half, when Rangers took full control. Despite the defiance of the Hammers’ keeper, goals from No.11 (20 minutes), No.10 ‘Stan’ (23 minutes) and No.9 ‘Sir Les’ (26 minutes) secured the points for Rangers.
Monday 9th October
|Tottenham Hotspur 0||Everton 2|
|Leeds Utd. 1||Chelsea 1|
|Chelsea 1||Tottenham Hotspur 1|
Match Reports – Everton are early-season leaders
Spurs 0 Everton 2
The new season got underway with a “welcome back” to Kev and his Spurs side, rejoining the league after a three year absence.
Both sides had their chances but Everton probably spurned the better opportunities before taking the lead. The goal came with a shot from outside the box, on 13 minutes. 1-0 Everton at half-time. The game continued in the same vane until Everton grabbed a second goal to secure the points and assume early leadership at the top of the table.
Leeds Utd 1 Chelsea 1
This mouthwatering encounter saw Chelsea kick off the match. Quick as a flash, the No.10 stormed through the Leeds defence to finish emphatically from 25 yards. The ball hit the back of the net with no more than 30 seconds gone. The fasted ever goal scored in Riff Raff Premier League history ? Probably ! But Leeds have a habit of scoring straight after conceding – a statistic which Chelsea manager Alan Arnold was no doubt aware. Chelsea continued to take the game to Leeds, despite having possibly stirred up a nest of vipers ! Then on 5 minutes, Leeds produced the feared equaliser. No.11 gave the keeper no chance with a shot into the top corner of the net. The second half threatened more goals at both ends, but they somehow never materialised, despite some good chances. In the end, both sides shared a point-a-piece from this hard-fought, yet entertaining encounter.
Chelsea 1 Spurs 1
Spurs took the lead as No.9 scored, with a good finish on 9 minutes. They then proceeded to make things hard for their opponents. Frustration seemed to be creeping in, as some of Chelsea’s promising moves broke down. Chelsea left it late to snatch a point, handed to them on the plate by the Spurs defence, giving the ball away on the edge of their own area. Chelsea’s No.4 made no mistake to level it the scores just 2 minutes from time.