Date: Saturday 28th November 1981.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
United 3 West Ham United 3
United: Graham, Hird (pen), Cherry.
West Ham United: Brooking (2), Hart (o.g.).
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.
Referee: P. J. Richardson (Lincoln).
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.
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.
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.
Match Action: (Courtesy Mark Ledgard)
Arthur Graham (8) turns away in triumph after
scoring United’s first goal. Aidan Butterworth and
Carl Harris show mixed emotions.
Graham, Kevin Hird from the spot, and Trevor Cherry
got the Leeds goals
Trevor Brooking scored twice Paul Hart was pressured by David
Cross and put it past his own goalkeeper, John Lukic