1987–88 West Ham United F.C. season

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Again John Lyall waited until three quarters of the season had passed before bringing any new signings to the club. Even so, the two players he did eventually bring in, Julian Dicks and Leroy Rosenior, would play a major part in helping the club to just avoid relegation for the second season running.

Alan Dickens had to play most of the season as a striker as Frank McAvennie had signed for Celtic without a replacement being found until Rosenior's arrival.

West Ham eventually finished in 16th place in the First Division.

Midfielder Stewart Robson was voted club player of the year, though Tony Cottee was once again top goalscorer with 13 in the league and 15 in all competitions. However, Cottee would be sold to Everton for a national record £2.2 million by the start of the following season, leaving manager John Lyall with a big gap to fill in the forward positions as he had lost his two highest goalscorers within a year of each other.[1]

Number Player Position Lge Apps Lge Gls FAC Apps FAC Gls LC Apps LC Gls Date Signed Previous Club
West Ham United 1987-88 First XI
1 Scotland Tom McAlister GK 39 2 2 1981 Bristol Rovers
2 Scotland Ray Stewart RB 33 4 2 September 1979 Dundee United
3 England George Parris LB 27(3) 1 2 1985 Academy
4 England Billy Bonds (Captain) CB 22 2 1967 Charlton
5 England Gary Strodder CB 27(3) 1 2 2 March 1987 Lincoln
6 Republic of Ireland Liam Brady LM 21(1) 2 2 1 2 March 1987 Ascoli
7 England Mark Ward RM 37 1 2 2 August 1985 Oldham Athletic
8 England Alan Dickens F 25(3) 3 1 0 (1) 1982 Academy
9 England Paul Ince CM 26(2) 3 0 (1) 2 1986 Academy
10 England Tony Cottee CF 40 13 2 2 2 September 1982 Academy
11 England Stewart Robson (Hammer of the Year) CM 37 2 2 2 1 January 1987 Arsenal
Important Players
6 England Kevin Keen M 19(4) 1 1 1 1986 Academy
6 England Tony Gale CB 17(1) 2 August 1983 Fulham
5 England Alvin Martin CB 15 2 July 1976 Academy
3 Scotland Tommy McQueen LB 10(2) 1 1 (1) March 1987 Aberdeen
5 England Paul Hilton CB 9 (5) 3 1 (1) 0 (1) 1984 Bury
9 England Leroy Rosenior CF 9 5 March 1988]] Fulham
Other Players
8 Scotland Frank McAvennie CF 8 1 June 1985 St Mirren
3 England Julian Dicks LB 8 March 1988 Birmingham City
2 England Steve Potts D 7 (1) 1 1 May 1984 Academy
12 Republic of Ireland Eamonn Dolan CF 1 (3) 1986 Academy
1 England Phil Parkes GK 1 February 1979 Queens Park Rangers
6 England Alan Devonshire LM 1 October 1976 Southall
4 Scotland Neil Orr CM 1 January 1982 Morton
12 England Stuart Slater M/F 0 (2) 1987 Academy

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