theyflysohigh : Steve Marsh

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The most successful manager in Hammers’ history, won two FA Cups (1975 & 1980), led the team to the European Cup Winners’ Cup final (1976), our only League Cup final (1981) and our highest-ever league position – 3rd (1985-86), it was John’s failure to build on that promising campaign that led to the team’s decline which resulted in relegation and his eventual sacking. His controversial dismissal was still considered a big shock, however, and West Ham attracted criticism for dispensing with the services of an honest, loyal man who had served his only club, man and boy, wholeheartedly for 34 years. Lyall was steeped in Hammers’ tradition, joining the club from school and emerging as a solid left-back before a knee injury caused his premature retirement in 1963 while still in his early 20s. He combined playing with an office admin role at Upton Park, which was to stand him in good stead when he was later promoted from being Ron Greenwood’s first team coach to take over from his mentor as team manager in 1974. When Greenwood left West Ham to become England manager in 1977, John assumed complete control of the day-to-day running of the Club. Lyall learned everything he knows about coaching from Greenwood and was proud to uphold his mentor’s traditions of decency and enterprising football.

John Lyall 1974 - 1989

Player Debuts

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1974-75 Season : John Lyall replaces Ron Greenwood as Team Manager Aug 1974

Billy Jennings

Keith Robson

Alan Taylor

Alan Curbishley

Sheffield United

Tranmere Rovers

Leeds United

Chelsea

7th September 1974

18th September 1974

7th December 1974

29th March 1975

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

First Division

Football League Cup

First Division

First Division

1975-76 Season : John Lyall

Appointed Manager 17th December 1977

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Yilmaz Orhan

Geoff Pike

Queens Park Rangers

Birmingham City

24th January 1976

6th March 1976

Upton Park

Upton Park

First Division

First Division

1976-77 Season : John Lyall

LYALL John to Steve

Team Manager August 1974

Appointed Manager 17th December 1977

 

 

Overall League Record:

P:624   W:238   D:156   L:230   F:855   A:838

 

Honours:

FA Cup winners (1975, 1980)

European Cup Winners’ Cup runners-up (1976)

Second Division champions (1980-81)

League Cup runners-up (1981)

 

Relegation to Second Division 1978

Relegation to Second Division 1989

Lyall John signed

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Bill Green

Bryan "Pop" Robson

Alan Devonshire

Anton Otulakowski

John Radford

Aston Villa

Ipswich Town

Queens Park Rangers

Manchester United

Liverpool

21st August 1976

16th October 1976

27th October 1976

27th November 1976

18th December 1976

Villa Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Old Trafford

Upton Park

First Division

First Division

Football League Cup

First Division

First Division

Second

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1977-78 Season : John Lyall

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Paul Brush

Derek Hales

Norwich City

Middlesbrough

20th August 1977

3rd October 1977

Upton Park

Upton Park

First Division

First Division

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532

David Cross

Alvin Martin

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

17th December 1977

18th March 1978

The Hawthornes

Villa Park

First Division

First Division

1978-79 Season : John Lyall

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Phil Parkes

Nicky Morgan

Bill Lansdowne Jnr.

Phil Brugnull

Oldham Athletic

Luton Town

Wrexham

Cardiff City

24th February 1979

9th April 1979

28th April 1979

11th May 1979

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Ninian Park

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

Second Division

1979-80 Season : John Lyall

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Stuart Pearson

Dale Banton

Ray Stewart

Jimmy Neighbour

Paul Allen

Mark Smith

Wrexham

Chelsea

Barnsley

Sunderland

Burnley

Southend United

18th August 1979

20th August 1979

4th September 1979

15th September 1979

29th September 1979

8th October 1979

Racecourse Ground

Upton Park

Oakwell

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Second Division

Second Division

Football League Cup

Second Division

Second Division

Football League Cup

1980-81 Season : John Lyall

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544

Paul Goddard

Bobby Barnes

Luton Town

Castilla

16th August 1980

17th September 1980

Upton Park

Santiago Bernabeu

Second Division

European Cup Winners Cup

1981-82 Season : John Lyall

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Tom McAlister

Francoise Van der Elst

Neil Orr

George Cowie

Everald La Ronde

Ray Houghton

Birmingham City

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester United

Ipswich Town - Sub

Coventry City - Sub

Arsenal

3rd October 1981

16th January 1982

27th January 1982

13th April 1982

17th April 1982

1st May 1982

St Andrews

Goldstone Ground

Old Trafford

Portman Road

Highfield Road

Highbury

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

1982-83 Season : John Lyall

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552

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Alexander Clarke

Joe Gallagher

Alan Dickens

Tony Cottee

Dave Swindlehurst

Nottingham Forest

Coventry City

Notts County

Tottenham Hotspur

Norwich City

28th August 1982

11th December 1982

18th December 1982

1st January 1983

26th March 1983

Upton Park

Upton Park

Meadow Lane

Upton Park

Carrow Road

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

First Division

1983-84 Season : John Lyall

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Steve Walford

Steve Whitton

Warren Donald

Paul Hilton

Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Southampton

Watford

27th August 1983

27th August 1983

26th December 1983

21st February 1984

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

1984-85 Season : John Lyall

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Tony Gale

Greg Campbell

Steve Potts

George Parris

Keith McPherson

Ipswich Town

Coventry City

Queens Park Rangers

Liverpool

Liverpool

25th August 1984

4th September 1984

1st January 1985

20th May 1985

20th May 1985

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

1985-86 Season : John Lyall

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Frank McAvennie

Mark Ward

Birmingham City

Birmingham City

17th August 1985

17th August 1985

St Andrews

St Andrews

Canon League Division One

Canon League Division One

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568

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570

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573

Kevin Keen

Paul Ince

Stewart Robson

Liam Brady

Gary Strodder

Tommy McQueen

Eamonn Dolan

Liverpool

Chelsea

Coventry City

Norwich City

Chelsea

Watford

Manchester City

6th September 1986

23rd November 1986

24th January 1987

14th March 1987

21st March 1987

28th March 1987

9th May 1987

Upton Park

Upton Park

Highfield Road

Upton Park

Stamford Bridge

Upton Park

Upton Park

The Today League - First Division

Full Members Cup

The Today League - First Division

The Today League - First Division

The Today League - First Division

The Today League - First Division

The Today League - First Division

1986-87 Season : John Lyall

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Stuart Slater

Leroy Rosenior

Julian Dicks

Derby County

Watford

Sheffield Wednesday

3rd October 1987

19th March 1988

2nd April 1988

Upton Park

Upton Park

Hillsborough

Barclays League Division One

Barclays League Division One

Barclays League Division One

1987-88 Season : John Lyall

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David Kelly

Allen McKnight

Frank McAvennie

Southampton

Wimbledon

Aston Villa

27th August 1988

10th September 1988

25th March 1989

The Dell

Plough Lane

Villa Park

Barclays League Division One

Barclays League Division One

Barclays League Division One

1988-89 Season : John Lyall

Second

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