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West Ham Game 1 2016

The 1st of our 2 games at the Boleyn Ground promised to be an emotional occasion for all the Hammers fans involved as it gave them a unique opportunity to say goodbye to the famous Boleyn Ground one last time. The players certainly lived up to the occasion and served up a treat for the fans cheering them on in the stands. The Home side had their shooting boots on and they went on to win 11-2 despite a strong defensive effort from the Away team.


Date: Wednesday 18th May 2016
Venue: Boleyn Ground
West Ham (Home) vs West Ham (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Match Officials: Peter Munt, Phil Draper, Gordon Manning & Tom McCourt

As the famous “Forever Blowing Bubbles” tune played out at the Boleyn Ground one last time, the Away team wearing the light Blue change strip kicked us off.

However it was the Home team who had the 1st chance of the game, No 6 Trevor Gorman made a determined run before he found No 11 Deniz Jaffer who popped it past the keeper, but the linesman disallowed the goal for offside.

The Home side weren’t to be denied though and they got their 1st goal of the game with just 12mins on the clock. No 11 Deniz Jaffer bundling home No 8 Stefano Carniglia’s cross from the left hand side. Deniz’ celebration showed how much it meant to him to score, as he kissed the famous hallowed turf at Upton Park (1-0)!

Another chance for the Home side, the ball was at the feet of Home No 11 Deniz Jaffer again, with the striker one-on-one but he was stopped at the last minute by a magnificent sliding challenge from behind by Away No 4 Alessandro Pommella.


Knocking on the Away team’s door, the Home side continued to attack and an excellent save from Away keeper Trumayne Lintonbon-Baker saw Home No 9 Bradley Rowe denied the chance to double the lead.

However it was soon 2-0 to the Home side, Home No 6 Trevor Gorman picked up a quick free kick from the halfway line and curled a lovely strike into the top right hand corner of the net on the half-volley in the 25th min (2-0).

More great defensive work from Away No 5 David Preston stopped Home No 11 Deniz Jaffer scoring his 2nd goal of the game. The Away team were putting in a great defensive performance and their strong counter attacking play paid off in the 35th min. Away No 9 and Captain James Barnsdall pulling his side back into the game when he latched onto a long free kick and fired it into the top corner to make it (2-1).

A goal of the season contender soon followed, Home No 6 Trevor Gorman scoring a peach of a volley from just past the halfway line! The midfielder’s special strike came in the 41st min and made the score (3-1).

That was the last main action of the 1st half. Even though the Away team had been defensively strong, moments of brilliance for the Home team allowed them to lead 3-1 at half-time.

Half Time: West Ham (Home) 3 - 1 West Ham (Away)

The leading Home side restarted the game full of confidence and were straight on the attack looking to extend their lead and they soon scored the 1st goal of the half and their 4th of the night as Home Captain Gary Grainger saw his deflected shot sneak past the keeper (4-1).

A minute later a delightful scooped lob from Home No 9 Bradley Rowe hit the back of the net, making it 5 up for the Home team with 51 mins gone (5-1).

Away No 1 Trumayne Lintonbon-Baker was being kept busy and made another fine save from a close range effort from Home No 10 James Lyons.

However the big stopper could do nothing about the next goal and Home No 7 Gary Grainger was next on the scoresheet. A darting run in the 70th min ended with him slotting the ball past the keeper with his right foot (6-1).

It was soon 7-up for the Home team when the colourful boots of Home No 14 Alfie Bedford curled an effort past the keeper with 73 min gone on the clock (7-1).

The Home team were on fire and No 17 Brett Donnelly latched onto a low driven cross into the box to increase his side’s lead in the 75th min (8-1).


An unfortunate mistake in the Away defence saw Home No 9 Bradley Rowe capitalise and he played in No 11 Deniz Jaffer for a simple finish as he got his 2nd of the night and the Home teams 9th (9-1).

Home No 11 Deniz Jaffer was enjoying the game of his life and he got his hat-trick goal after a smart volley beat the keeper at the near post, making it (10-1).

Goals were flying in now and despite their deficit the Away team hadn’t given up hope of salvaging something from the game. No 9 James Barnsdall scoring a goal to remember and one that was a carbon copy of Michael Owen’s in the ‘98 World Cup! A great celebration as James went into the stands to show his appreciation for the goal (10-2).

There was just time before the final whistle for Home No 4 Jamie Jones to break free and get himself on the score-sheet with the last kick of the game (11-2).

The Away team simply ran out of steam in the 2nd half and congratulations go to the Home side for an emphatic attacking display which enabled them to win a goal-filled game 11-2. It was a special occasion for all involved and we’d like to say a huget hanks to West Ham United for allowing our Football Aid players to be part of one of the last games at the Boleyn Ground.

Full Time: West Ham (Home) 11 - 2 West Ham (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Deniz Jaffer
Man of the Match Away: Paul Evans
Moment of the Match: Trevor Gorman

Home Team: Callum Worker, Matthew Hassell, Jamie Jones, Warren Rowe, Trevor Gorman, Gary Grainger (C), Stefano Carniglia, Bradley Rowe, James Lyons, Deniz Jaffer, Alfie Bedford, Sam Denne, Cam Donnelly, Brett Donnelly
Home Mascot: Matthew Rowe

Away Team: Trumayne Lintonbon - Baker, Alessandro Pommella, David Preston, Paul Evans, Paul Wakefield, Gary Durkin, James Barnsdall (C), Sean Graham, Raymond Prior, Chris Ososki, David Preston, James Hatfield
Away Mascot: Madison Lintonbon-Baker


Match Report written by Matt Annis