1989–90 West Ham United F.C. season
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In only the second game of the season the West Ham fans are chanting "We hate Paul Ince" after they discover through a national newspaper of the player's transfer to Manchester United. Ince had reportedly been a transfer target for Alex Ferguson since the end of the previous campaign, the transfer finally being completed on 14 September 1989, by which time Ince had actually played a Second Division game for the Hammers.
With the dismissal of long serving manager John Lyall on 5 June 1989, speculation mounted about who was going to succeed Lyall. AFC Bournemouth manager and former Hammers player Harry Redknapp was a name strongly linked to the vacancy, but Swindon Town's Lou Macari (who had taken the Wiltshire club to the verge of the First Division just three years after promotion from the Fourth Division) was unveiled as the club's new manager on 3 July 1989.
Macari lasted less than a year as West Ham manager. Amid allegations that he was involved in illegal payments at Swindon Town (a scandal which saw Swindon's promotion to the First Division being withdrawn at the end of the 1989–90 season) he resigned on 18 February 1990. Club legend Billy Bonds was appointed manager in his place, and saw the Hammers complete their impressive run to the Football League Cup semi finals for the second season in succession, but seventh place in the final league table was not quite enough for a playoff place. It could very well have been a different story had key striker Frank McAvennie not been absent for almost all of the campaign, breaking his leg on the opening day of the season against Stoke City and only managing four more league appearances that campaign when he made his comeback.
|Number||Player||Position||Lge Apps||Lge Gls||FAC Apps||FAC Gls||LC Apps||LC Gls||Date Signed||Previous Club|
|West Ham United 1989-90 First XI|
|1||Phil Parkes||GK||22||1||9||February 1979||Queens Park Rangers|
|2||Steve Potts||RB||30(2)||1||8||May 1984||Academy|
(Hammer of the Year)
|LB||40||9||1||9||4||March 1988||Birmingham City|
|4||Tony Gale||CB||36||1||1||7||August 1983||Fulham|
|5||Alvin Martin (Captain)||CB||31||1||10||1||July 1976||Academy|
|7||Liam Brady||M||25(8)||2||8 (2)||March 1987||Ascoli|
|8||Stuart Slater||F||40||7||9 (1)||2||1987||Academy|
|9||Jimmy Quinn||CF||18(3)||13||1||December 1989||Bradford City|
|10||Martin Allen||M||39||9||1||6||2||August 1989||Queens Park Rangers|
|5||Colin Foster||CB||20(2)||1989||Nottingham Forest|
|11||Trevor Morley||CF||18(1)||10||1||December 1989||Manchester City|
|1||Ludek Miklosko||GK||18||1||February 1990||Banik Ostrava|
|7||Mark Ward||RM||17(2)||5||4||August 1985||Oldham Athletic|
|4||Gary Strodder||CB||16||1||5||March 1987||Lincoln|
|8||Ian Bishop||M||13(4)||2||1||December 1989||Manchester City|
|8||David Kelly||CF||8 (8)||1||5 (2)||1||1988||Walsall|
|9||Eamonn Dolan||CF||8 (2)||3||4||1986||Academy|
|2||Stewart Robson||M||7||1||3||January 1987||Arsenal|
|1||Perry Suckling||GK||6||December 1989||Crystal Palace|
|3||Tommy McQueen||LB||5 (2)||1 (2)||March 1987||Aberdeen|
|9||Leroy Rosenior||CF||4 (1)||2||0 (1)||2||March 1988||Fulham|
|6||Alan Devonshire||LM||3 (4)||0 (3)||October 1976||Southall|
|11||Justin Fashanu||F||2||0 (1)||November 1989||Manchester City|
|12||Frank McAvennie||CF||1 (4)||March 1989||Celtic|
|14||Paul Kelly||M||0 (1)||1989||Academy|
|12||Ralph Milne||M||0 (1)||January 1990||Manchester United|
- "Paul Ince | Football Stats | No Club | Age 44 | 1985-2007". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- "Lou Macari | Latest Betting Odds". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- "Football photographic encyclopedia, footballer, world cup, champions league, football championship, olympic games & hero images by". Sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 2012-05-14.