1990–91 West Ham United F.C. season

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Billy Bonds in his first full season as manager guides West Ham back to the top flight of The Football League as the team finishes 2nd in the Second Division behind Oldham Athletic. Oldham were the season's top scorers in the division with 83 goals.[1]

West Ham finished the season with the meanest defence, conceding 34 goals. The second meanest defence belonged to a 7th place Middlesbrough F.C. team, containing Colin Cooper and Tony Mowbray, which conceded 47 goals. West Ham's two games against Middlesbrough ended in 0-0 draws.[1]

They finished one point behind champions Oldham Athletic, and also enjoyed their best FA Cup run since the triumph of 1980, reaching the semi-finals where they were beaten 4–0 by Nottingham Forest, denying them a Wembley final with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur who went on to win the trophy.

Trevor Morley was West Ham's leading scorer for 1990-91, with 12 goals in the league and 17 in all competitions, while Frank McAvennie showed full fitness after a long term injury by scoring 10 goals in the league (11 in all competitions) to finish the campaign as the club's second top scorer.[1]

Number Player Position Lge Apps Lge Gls FAC Apps FAC Gls LC Apps LC Gls Date Signed Previous Club
West Ham United 1990-91 First XI
1 Czechoslovakia Ludek Miklosko
(Hammer of the Year)
GK 46 7 3 February 1990 Banik Ostrava
2 England Steve Potts RB 36(1) 1 7 2 May 1984 Academy
3 England George Parris LM 37(7) 5 7 3 2 (1) 1985 Academy
4 England Tony Gale CB 23(1) 1 7 0 (1) August 1983 Fulham
5 England Colin Foster CB 36 3 3 1 3 1989 Nottingham Forest
6 Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton LB 32 7 1990 Tottenham
7 England Ian Bishop (Captain) CM 40 4 5 (1) 2 3 December 1989 Manchester City
8 Scotland Frank McAvennie CF 24(10) 10 3 (1) 1 0 (1) March 1989 Celtic
9 England Stuart Slater RM 37(3) 3 7 2 2 1987 Academy
10 England Kevin Keen CM 36(4) 6 (1) 3 1 1986 Academy
11 England Trevor Morley CF 38 12 6 4 3 1 December 1989 Manchester City
Important Players
10 England Martin Allen M 28(12) 3 2 3 2 August 1989 Queens Park Rangers
8 Northern Ireland Jimmy Quinn CF 16(10) 6 3 (2) 2 3 1 December 1989 Bradford City
2 England Tim Breacker RB 23(1) 1 6 October 1990 Luton Town
5 England Alvin Martin CB 20 1 3 July 1976 Academy
3 England Julian Dicks LB 13 4 2 1 March 1988 Birmingham City
9 Northern Ireland Iain Dowie CF 12 4 March 1991 Luton Town
Other Players
5 Scotland Ray Stewart RB 5 0 (1) September 1979 Dundee United
9 England Matthew Rush W 2 (3) 1 1990 Academy
9 England Franz Carr F 1 (2) March 1991 Nottingham Forest
9 England Simon Livett M 1 0 (1) 1990 Academy
14 England Leroy Rosenior CF 0 (2) March 1988 Fulham
12 England Simon Clarke F 0 (1) 1990 Academy
5 England Stewart Robson M 0 (1) 1 January 1987 Arsenal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2nd Division 1990-91". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 13 March 2012.