|match review copied from the WHU v Chelsea programme dated 22 August 1970|
All five of our regular sides were in action on the opening day of the 1970-71 season, and we broke even with one win, three draws and one defeat.
As our two League games both took place in London, and Saturday's visit to White Hart Lane was featured on Sunday's ITV programme we do not have to go into a detailed review on these local derbies.
It was pleasing to collect a valuable point in the meeting with Spurs, especially so inasmuch as we twice recovered from a deficit to even up.
Before the game a leading firm of bookmakers was offering two-to-one that Jimmy Greaves would not score on the occasion of his return to his old "stamping grounds." But in typical fashion he added yet another " scalp " to his scoring " first times " and levelled the scores within a minute of the North Londoners taking the lead. The Spurs nullified this before the interval, but we again got a timely counter that left the game balanced with half-an-hour to go. All-in-all we considered the result a fair one.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Div. I Aug. 15 v Spurs at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur: Jennings, Evans,
Knowles, Mullery (capt.), England, Bond,
Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Pearce.
West Ham United: Grotier, Bonds, Lampard,
Bennett, Stephenson, Moore (capt.), Best,
Brooking, Hurst, Greaves, Howe.
2—2 (H.T. 1—2). Scorers: Gilzean (31, 38),
Greaves (32), Bennett (59).
53,640. Referee: R. Matthewson (Worsley).
The other man's viewpoint ...
The only real surprise was that the final score was not higher.
MICHAEL WALE, Observer
Both sides deserved something for their splendid efforts. It was a pity they got only a point apiece.
DERYK BROWN, Sunday Times
In the last 20 minutes Spurs " died." Alan Mullery told me "West Ham seemed fitter at the end."
ALAN HOBY, Sunday Express
A voracious crowd deserved more rousing fare. Some of the proceedings were as genteel as a Hampton Court guided tour.
JOHN MOYNIHAN, Sunday Telegraph
West Ham were also guilty of over-casual passing. Entertainment yes, but not wholly impressive.
DESMOND HACKETT, Daily Express
The last 30 minutes were not a patch on the cut-and-thrust of the first 60.
RADFORD BARRETT, Daily Telegraph
Moore's play hallmarked a match of real class.
JEFF POWELL, Daily Mail