Competition: Second Division.
West Ham United: Miklosko; Slater, McQueen; Parris (Brady), Foster, Gale; Bishop, Allen, Quinn, Keen, Morley.
Referee: K. Redfern (
Forget the likes of Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley, lanky
striker Lee Chapman was tops when it came to goalscoring.
That, at least, was the view of West Ham United central defender Colin Foster
after Leeds United had beaten the Hammers 3-2 in a Second Division match at
Elland Road, packed with a crowd of 32,500, the biggest crowd anywhere in the Second Division that day, not to mention an expectant crowd at Upton Park to watch a live beam-back of the game, was a stadium filled with the air of expectancy as Second Division pacesetters United set out in search of another much needed victory
The excitement reached fever pitch in the seventeenth minute when Chapman drilled in a perfectly placed left foot shot from twelve yards to give his side the lead, and when he ghosted through the West Ham defence four minutes from half-time to head in Unitedís second the cheering was almost deafening. While Chapman was demonstrating what a deadly finisher he could be, there was no doubt that the man who really made United tick, Gordon Strachan, was at his influential best.
The wily Scot who had recently turned thirty-three, was the real difference between the two sides. It was he who raced into the penalty area to back-heel the ball to Chapman for the first goal and he was the provider again with a perfectly weighted cross for the second strike. However, the comfort of a two goal lead was suddenly taken away from United when Trevor Morley took advantage of a move involving first Tommy McQueen and then Jimmy Quinn in the fifty-first minute.
Strachan restored Unitedís advantage when he struck home Unitedís third goal, and his fifteenth of the season, from John Hendrieís neat little cross, but the Hammers were still not finished and they made it 3-2 in the sixty-eighth minute when Foster challenged for a left-wing cross which went in off Chapman for an own goal. ďI am always happy to give Lee his hat-trick,Ē quipped Foster afterwards. There was no further addition to the score-line and United held on to their four point lead at the top of Division Two over neighbours Sheffield United, who brushed aside sixth placed Wolves 3-0.
Gordon Strachan takes on three West Ham United defenders
Lee Chapman rises to head Unitedís second goal††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lee Chapman watches the second goal go in
Lee Chapman turns away after scoring Unitedís second goal††††††††††††† Lee Chapman celebrates Unitedís second goal
Lee Chapman (2) and Gordon Strachan
and Chapman own goaled
Dylan Kerr came on as substitute†††††††††††† Gary Speed was in midfield†††† Imre Varadi was substituted†††††††††††††††††† Jimmy Quinn was involved in the first
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Colin Foster was happy for Lee Chapmanís unusual Ďhat-trickí††††††††††† Ludek Miklosko was in goal for West Ham and Ian Bishop was in midfield