2006–07 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United
2006–07 season
Chairman Terry Brown (until 21 November)
Eggert Magnússon (from 21 November)
Manager Alan Pardew (until 11 December)
Alan Curbishley (from 13 December)
Stadium Boleyn Ground
FA Premier League 15th
FA Cup Fourth round
(knocked out by Watford)
League Cup Third round
(knocked out by Chesterfield)
UEFA Cup First round
(knocked out by Palermo)
Top goalscorer Bobby Zamora (11, all league)
Average home league attendance 34,719

During the 2006–07 English football season, West Ham United competed in the FA Premier League. They finished the season in 15th place.

Season summary[edit]

The team started the 2006-2007 campaign brightly, but slipped down the table due to off-field distractions. West Ham were knocked out from UEFA Cup by Italian Serie A side Palermo (0–1 and 0–3) and saw themselves dragged into the relegation zone.

Eventually an Icelandic consortium, led by Eggert Magnússon, bought the club on 26 November 2006.[1] Following a poor run of form leaving the club in 17th position (despite the signing of big name players like Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez, who both failed to perform to expectation for much of the season), the new owners sacked Alan Pardew,[2] replacing him with former West Ham player Alan Curbishley[3] who had recently ended a 15-year spell in charge of Charlton. Curbishley's first game was at home against Manchester United; West Ham won 1–0, but went on to draw at fellow relegation strugglers Fulham, get crushed 6–0 at newly promoted Reading and get knocked out of the FA Cup by rock bottom Premiership team Watford. An end-to-end thriller at home to Tottenham Hotspur ended with West Ham losing 4–3 after having been 3–2 in front with minutes to play, but the bright performance signified a change in form.

At the same time the signings of Mascherano and Tevez were being investigated by the Premier League, who were concerned that details regarding the transfers had been omitted from official records and whether or not the influence of MSI (led by Kia Joorabchian) breached Premier League rules regarding third party ownership of players (rules U.18 and B.13[4]) came into question. The media at this time touted the idea Tevez's contract could be terminated, possibly resulting in a deduction of points for playing an "ineligible" player (despite Premier League statements to the contrary).[5] On 27 April 2007, West Ham pleaded guilty and were handed a record £5.5 million fine by the Premier League, but avoided a points deduction. Liverpool's signing of Mascherano was investigated and he was cleared to play after a two-week delay.

Following the verdict, Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan threatened legal action, supported by other relegation threatened sides including Fulham and Sheffield United: "This is a very serious offence West Ham committed...They broke the law, told blatant lies and should have got a 10-point penalty. If we can sue West Ham or the Premier League, I am sure that will happen."[6] Wigan manager Paul Jewell suggested League officials had intimated they wished to see them relegated.

West Ham ultimately escaped relegation by winning seven of their last nine games, including a 1–0 win over Arsenal, and on the last day of the season, defeating newly crowned Premiership champions Manchester United 1–0 to finish outside the relegation zone in 15th.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Northern Ireland GK Roy Carroll
2 Australia DF Lucas Neill
3 England DF Paul Konchesky
4 Wales DF Danny Gabbidon
5 England DF Anton Ferdinand
6 Northern Ireland DF George McCartney
7 Scotland MF Christian Dailly
8 England FW Teddy Sheringham
9 England FW Dean Ashton
10 England FW Marlon Harewood
11 England MF Matthew Etherington
12 England FW Carlton Cole
13 Portugal MF Luís Boa Morte
14 Ghana DF John Paintsil
15 Israel MF Yossi Benayoun
17 England MF Hayden Mullins
18 United States DF Jonathan Spector
No. Position Player
19 Wales DF James Collins
20 England MF Nigel Reo-Coker (captain)
21 England GK Robert Green
22 England MF Tony Stokes
23 England GK Jimmy Walker
24 England MF Mark Noble
25 England FW Bobby Zamora
26 England MF Shaun Newton
27 England DF Calum Davenport
28 England MF Kyel Reid
29 England MF Lee Bowyer
30 England DF James Tomkins
31 Czech Republic GK Marek Štěch
32 Argentina FW Carlos Tevez
33 Scotland MF Nigel Quashie[7]
35 England DF Matthew Upson
37 Spain FW Kepa (on loan from Sevilla)

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Tyrone Mears[8] (on loan to Derby County)
13 England GK Stephen Bywater (to Derby County)
13 Hungary GK Gábor Király (on loan from Crystal Palace)
No. Position Player
16 Argentina MF Javier Mascherano (to Liverpool)
27 England FW Hogan Ephraim (on loan to Colchester United)

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Overview[edit]

Competition Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 031.58
FA Cup 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 050.00
League Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
UEFA Cup 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 000.00
Total 43 13 5 25 39 66 −27 030.23

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Pos No. Nat Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total
1 ST 25 England Bobby Zamora 11 0 0 0 11
2 ST 32 Argentina Carlos Tevez 7 0 0 0 7
3 ST 10 England Marlon Harewood 3 0 1 0 4
4 ST 12 England Carlton Cole 2 1 0 0 3
MF 15 Israel Yossi Benayoun 3 0 0 0 3
MF 17 England Hayden Mullins 2 1 0 0 3
MF 24 England Mark Noble 2 1 0 0 3
8 ST 8 England Teddy Sheringham 2 0 0 0 2
9 MF 13 Portugal Luis Boa Morte 1 0 0 0 1
MF 20 England Nigel Reo-Coker 1 0 0 0 1
ST 37 Spain Kepa Blanco 1 0 0 0 1
Totals 35 3 1 0 39

League position by matchday[edit]

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAAHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHA
ResultWDLDLLLLLWWLLWLLLWDLLLDDLLLLLWWWLLWWWW
Position214811151618191615161615171818181818181818181818181920191919191919181715
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Northern Ireland Roy Carroll 16 0 12 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
21 GK England Robert Green 27 0 26 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Jamaica Tyrone Mears 6 0 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 DF Australia Lucas Neill 12 0 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF England Paul Konchesky 25 0 22 0 0 0 0+1 0 2 0
4 DF Wales Daniel Gabbidon 22 0 18 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
5 DF England Anton Ferdinand 34 0 31 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
6 DF Northern Ireland George McCartney 25 0 16+6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
7 DF Scotland Christian Dailly 17 0 10+4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
14 DF Ghana John Paintsil 7 0 3+2 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 0
18 DF United States Jonathan Spector 28 0 17+8 0 1+1 0 0 0 1 0
19 DF Wales James Collins 17 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 DF England Calum Davenport 6 0 5+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Matthew Upson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
11 MF England Matthew Etherington 30 0 24+3 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
13 MF Portugal Luis Boa Morte 16 1 8+6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF Israel Yossi Benayoun 32 3 25+4 3 1 0 0 0 1+1 0
16 MF Argentina Javier Mascherano 7 0 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
17 MF England Hayden Mullins 32 3 21+9 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
20 MF England Nigel Reo-Coker 39 1 35 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
24 MF England Mark Noble 11 3 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
26 MF England Shaun Newton 5 0 0+3 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF England Kyel Reid 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 MF England Lee Bowyer 22 0 18+2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
33 MF Scotland Nigel Quashie 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
8 FW England Teddy Sheringham 20 2 4+13 2 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
10 FW England Marlon Harewood 35 4 19+13 3 0 0 1 1 1+1 0
12 FW England Carlton Cole 21 3 5+12 2 2 1 0 0 1+1 0
25 FW England Bobby Zamora 37 11 27+5 11 1+1 0 1 0 1+1 0
32 FW Argentina Carlos Tevez 29 7 19+7 7 1 0 0 0 2 0
37 FW Spain Kepa 8 1 1+7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
8 June 2006 MF England Lee Bowyer England Newcastle United Undisclosed[9]
15 June 2006 DF United States Jonathan Spector England Manchester United £500,000[10]
5 July 2006 ST England Carlton Cole England Chelsea Undisclosed[11]
6 July 2006 DF Jamaica Tyrone Mears England Preston North End £1m[12]
1 August 2006 DF Ghana John Paintsil Israel Hapoel Tel-Aviv £1m[13]
8 August 2006 DF Northern Ireland George McCartney England Sunderland £1m[14]
16 August 2006 GK England Robert Green England Norwich City £2m[15]
31 August 2006 MF Argentina Javier Mascherano Brazil Corinthians Undisclosed[16]
ST Argentina Carlos Tevez
18 November 2006 GK Hungary Gábor Király England Crystal Palace Loan[17]
5 January 2007 MF Portugal Luis Boa Morte England Fulham £5m[18]
9 January 2007 MF Scotland Nigel Quashie England West Bromwich Albion £1.75m[19]
18 January 2007 DF England Calum Davenport England Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed[20]
22 January 2007 DF Australia Lucas Neill England Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed[21]
22 January 2007 ST Spain Kepa Blanco Spain Sevilla Loan[22]
31 January 2007 DF England Matthew Upson England Birmingham City £7.5m[23]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
14 June 2006 ST Israel Yaniv Katan Israel Maccabi Haifa Loan[24]
16 June 2006 DF England Elliott Ward England Coventry City £1m[25]
1 July 2006 GK England Stephen Bywater England Derby County Undisclosed
1 July 2006 GK Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop United States FC Dallas Free[26]
1 July 2006 DF Australia Trent McClenahan England Hereford United Free
1 July 2006 DF England Chris Cohen England Yeovil Town Free
1 July 2006 MF France Sekou Baradji France Tours Free
1 July 2006 ST Czech Republic Petr Mikolanda Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav Free
29 July 2006 MF Wales Carl Fletcher England Crystal Palace £400,000[27]
8 August 2006 DF Republic of Ireland Clive Clarke England Sunderland £400,000[28]
18 August 2006 MF England Mark Noble England Ipswich Town Loan[29]
31 January 2007 MF Argentina Javier Mascherano England Liverpool Undisclosed[30]
31 January 2007 DF Jamaica Tyrone Mears England Derby County Loan[31]
10 March 2007 MF England Shaun Newton England Leicester City Loan[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Ham accept £85m takeover bid", BBC news report, 21 November 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Pardew sacked as West Ham manager", BBC news report, 11 December 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Curbishley named West Ham manager", BBC news report, 13 December 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2007.
  4. ^ Daily Mail article on fine.
  5. ^ West Ham handed record £5.5m fine
  6. ^ Whelan on Warpath
  7. ^ Quashie was born in Southwark, London, England, and has represented England at U-21 and B-level, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandfather and made his international debut for Scotland in May 2004.
  8. ^ Mears was born in Chadderton, England, but would represent Jamaica in an international friendly game in 2009 despite not being eligible to do so.
  9. ^ "West Ham sign midfielder Bowyer". BBC News. 8 June 2006. 
  10. ^ "West Ham sign Man Utd's Spector". BBC News. 15 June 2006. 
  11. ^ "Hammers sign Chelsea striker Cole". BBC News. 5 July 2006. 
  12. ^ "Mears completes West Ham switch". BBC News. 6 July 2006. 
  13. ^ "West Ham sign Ghana's Paintsil". The Irish Times. 1 August 2006. 
  14. ^ "West Ham sign McCartney from Sunderland". The Irish Times. 8 August 2006. 
  15. ^ "Hammer Green eyes England recall". BBC News. 16 August 2006. 
  16. ^ "West Ham sign Tevez & Mascherano". BBC News. 31 August 2006. 
  17. ^ "Hammers land Kiraly". Sky Sports. 18 November 2006. 
  18. ^ "Curbishley splashes the cash with Boa Morte signing". Independent. 5 January 2007. 
  19. ^ "Quashie joins West Ham in £1.75m deal". The Telegraph. 9 January 2007. 
  20. ^ "Hammers agree Davenport deal". The Guardian. 18 January 2007. 
  21. ^ "West Ham in double swoop for Neill and Kepa Blanco". The Guardian. 22 January 2007. 
  22. ^ "West Ham in double swoop for Neill and Kepa Blanco". The Guardian. 22 January 2007. 
  23. ^ "West Ham finally get Upson for record fee". Independent. 1 February 2007. 
  24. ^ "Katan leaves Hammers in loan deal". BBC News. 14 June 2006. 
  25. ^ "Coventry recruit West Ham's Ward". BBC News. 16 June 2006. 
  26. ^ "FC Dallas signs World Cup goalkeeper Shaka Hislop". MLS Soccer. 22 January 2010. 
  27. ^ "Palace sign West Ham's Fletcher". BBC News. 29 July 2006. 
  28. ^ "West Ham sign McCartney from Sunderland". The Irish Times. 8 August 2006. 
  29. ^ "Noble and Walton sign for Ipswich". BBC News. 18 August 2006. 
  30. ^ "Liverpool cleared to sign Mascherano". The Guardian. 31 January 2007. 
  31. ^ "Derby sign defender Mears on loan". BBC News. 1 February 2007. 
  32. ^ "Leicester sign midfielder Newton". BBC News. 10 March 2007.