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Graham Paddon’s name is forever etched in the West Ham history books. As a member of the sides which won the 1975 FA Cup and reached the final of the European Cup Winners Cup (ECWC) he has a permanent place in the club’s history. He joined the Hammers in December 1973 and enjoyed a three year stay straddling four seasons. During his three years he wore claret & blue in 152 competitive games and contributed 15 goals.
Born: Manchester August 24, 1950. Graham died on November 19, 2007 aged 57.
Paddon’s career at West Ham had several notable highs:
Minutes of meeting relating to Players Tuesday 18th December 1973
Ever present in the Hammers’ 1975 FA Cup winning campaign
Member of the XI which narrowly lost the final of the ECWC in 1976
Scorer of the crucial ECWC semi-final away goal to Eintracht Frankfurt to keep the Hammers in the tie
Enjoyed a 2nd visit to Wembley for the 1975 Charity Shield match
Played for England Under 23s as an over aged player in 1976.
December 6, 1973 - Joins Hammers in Transfer Exchange Deal
Norwich star Graham Paddon waits at Liverpool Street station. But no one from West Hm was there to meet him as he travelled for talks about a move to Upton Park in a swap deal for Ted MacDougall. Now Paddon is keeping West Ham waiting for his decision
Paddon was signed from Norwich City as part of a transfer exchange deal with Ted MacDougall going in the opposite direction. Valued at £155,000 in the exchange deal, he quickly became part of West Ham’s formidable midfield link with Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking, which achieved so much Cup success in the mid 1970s.
Two days after signing for the Hammers he made his debut on December 8, 1973 at home to Manchester City where he made an immediate impact by making the winning goal in West Ham’s 2-1 victory. In the 61st minute Manchester City’s Mike Doyle successfully headed Graham’s cross into his own net.
1974-75 : FA Cup Victory
MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 (Brooking, Doyle o.g.)
8th December 1973
West Ham United team:
Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Frank Lampard, Billy Bonds, Mick McGiven, Bobby Moore, Johnny Ayris, Graham Paddon, Bobby Gould, Trevor Brooking (Keith Coleman), Clyde Best
In his first season he was ever present for the season’s remaining league and cup games scoring four times in the league. The first of his four goals were a brace in the important home game against his former club, the Canaries, to help secure a 4-2 victory. Inevitably, former Hammer, Ted MacDougall also scored a brace.
Poor performances in the league were probably more than compensated by the scintillating mid 1970 cup campaigns. The first of these was the 1975 FA Cup’s. The successful partnership with Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking was paying dividends and made a big payout with the Wembley appearance against Fulham. Graham played his part in West Ham’s 2-0 triumph over the west Londoners.
West Ham United 2 - 0 Carlisle United
February 1, 1974
Second in Division One in November & European Cup Winners Cup Final in May
Stamford Bridge dressing room after the F.A. Cup Semi-Final Replay
win against Ipswich Town
The season started with another Wembley appearance in August’s Charity Shield against the previous season’s Division One champions, Derby County. Despite the prestige of playing on the country’s premier turf, the Hammers suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Rams.
As far as Division One was concerned 75-76 started very brightly with West Ham climbing to second place with 21 points after the first 14 league matches. Manchester City, the leaders, who had played a game more led on goal difference. One of the league wins was on September 27, 1975 away at Wolverhampton Wanderers thanks to a magnificent Paddon goal. Graham described his 40 yard wind assisted blockbuster as “my best goal ever”.
Unfortunately that early season form was not maintained and the Hammers gradually drifted down the table to eventually finish 18th. To compensate the downwards drift the ECWC campaign provided a bright distraction and the Hammers rose to the occasion in several crucial ECWC ties.
30 yard strike v Eintracht Frankfurt in ECWC Semi-Final
Graham in particular rose to the challenge by scoring a couple of important goals in the nine ECWC ties. Surprisingly, in the whole of his league programme he only managed two goals in his 39 appearances. A strong contender to beat his “best ever goal” against Wolves was his 9th minute crucial 30 yard strike away at Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the ECWC semi-final on Wednesday March 31, 1976. This was probably his most important net for the club. Although the Hammers lost on the night 2-1, his goal kept the team in close contention for Upton Park’s second leg which the Hammers duly won 3-1 and a path to the final.
Reaching the May 5, final in Brussels, Belgium was a major achievement for the club and they so nearly clinched the competition for a second time in the club’s history. The Hammers took the lead after 28 minutes and even fought back to 2-2 in the second half, but a contested penalty and late break away goal gave Anderlecht a 4-2 victory.
European Cup Winners Cup Final
Heysel Stadium May 5, 1976
Anderlecht 4 - 2 West Ham United
England Under 23 Cap
While possibly not quite of international standard, Graham did attract sufficient attention to be called up as an over aged player for the England Under 23s in an European Under 23 Championship group qualifying game against Hungry at Old Trafford on March 23, 1976. To qualify for the championship finals England needed to win by three clear goals. Unfortunately a 3-1 victory on the night was not sufficient though Graham gained some satisfaction in scoring England’s third goal in the 84th minute. As an aside, in the England team that evening were club mate Kevin Lock and Hammer to be Stuart Pearson. The two Hammers were part of a small piece of history as this England U23 tie turned out to be the last ever England U23 match. UEFA shortly disbanded the U23 set up and replaced it with the younger Under 21 set up.
Trevor Brooking won the West Ham Supporters Club “Hammer of the Year” ahead of runner-up Graham Paddon
He received a further honour when the West Ham United Supporters Club voted him runner up in the end of season Hammer of the Year Award behind Trevor Brooking.
Season’s Five Competitive Goals and Four in a Friendly
In 1975-76 season Graham scored more goals (3) in his 17 cup appearances than in the league. Two in the ECWC and another strike in October’s 3-0 League Cup home win over Darlington. There could easily have been a fourth goal had Graham not missed a penalty in September’s League Cup home draw against Bristol City.
1976-77 – Pre-Season Tournament Win
An August pre-season tournament in Spain suggested the Hammers may expect a better league season in 1976-77. The Hammers won the Prince Felipe Tournament, a four team round robin tournament organised by Real Santander at their Estadio El Sardinero enclosure. In their second and final game against Real Santander the Hammers won 3-2 with Graham scoring two of West Ham’s goals. Strangely, goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson, came on as a late substitute and scored a last minute winner!
But league form continued to disappoint. The Hammers had a disastrous start and in their first 12 games they only managed a single victory. Eight of the first 12 league games were defeats including a five match losing run. The only victory was over Queens Park Rangers where Graham scored the game’s only goal and what turned out to be his last league goal for West Ham. Perhaps dispirited by this poor start to the season, Graham left West Ham to rejoin Norwich City in November 1976. His last competitive appearance was in the Division One 3-0 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion.
However, after the WBA match he made two more appearances in claret & blue before he transferred back to Norwich City.
Final West Ham Games :
Lampard’s Testimonial and a Reserve Team Game
His last first team match was Frank Lampard’s testimonial game at Upton Park against Fulham on Tuesday November 2, 1976. Then a week later he donned a claret and blue shirt for the final time in a Football Combination fixture versus Arsenal at Highbury.
November 1976 - Return to Carrow Road
Graham spent the best part of five years back with the Canaries after his £110,00 transfer, playing a further 128 league games and scoring six goals. This bought his total number of league games with Norwich City to 290 and 25 goals.
1976 ECWC Final shirt
Two weeks prior to the ECWC Final in Brussels, Graham proved he hadn’t lost his goal scoring touch. The Hammers fielded a strong XI in a friendly against Morecambe, a Northern Premier League club, on April 22 and not surprisingly won 9-1. Four of the goals were courtesy of Paddon.
The reserve team which lost 2-0 on Tuesday November 9, 1976 was:
Keith Coleman (Bill Lansdowne) Johnny Ayris (capt)
In 1978 he was loaned to Tampa Bay Rowdies, and towards the end of his playing career in 1981 he played five games (1 goal) on loan with Millwall. A short spell with Hong Kong side Eastern AA followed by 29 appearances with Northern Counties East side Alfreton Town.
After hanging up his boots he stayed in the game fulfilling several coaching and scouting roles. In August 1985, Paddon joined the coaching staff at Portsmouth, working under Alan Ball. He moved to Stoke City to become Ball's assistant in October 1989. After Ball had been sacked in February 1991 Paddon was given the role as Caretaker manager up until the end of the 1990–91 season. Later rejoined Pompey as Jim Smith's number two. Later worked as a scout for Derby County, again under Jim Smith
Life after the Canaries
To view the footage of Paddon's Semi-Final goal against Eintracht Frankfurt
click the Picture
Newspaper coverage courtesy of Richard Miller
Billy Bonds, Bobby Moore &
August 24, 1950
11 FA Cup
11 League Cup
9 European Cup Winners Cup
1 Charity Shield
2 Anglo-Itailian Cup
3 Texaco Cup
2 League Cup
2 European Cup Winners Cup
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