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2010–11 West Ham United F.C. season

West Ham United
Season 2010–11
Chairmen David Gold
David Sullivan
Manager Avram Grant (sacked on 15 May)
Team captain Matthew Upson
Hammer of the Year Scott Parker
Home stadium Boleyn Ground
Upton Park, London
Premier League 20th place (relegated)
League Cup Semi-final (3–4 on aggregate vs. Birmingham City, AET)
FA Cup Sixth Round (1–2 vs. Stoke City)
Top goalscorer League: 0 Demba Ba (7)
All comps: 0 Carlton Cole (11)
Highest home
34,941 0v0 Liverpool
27 February 2011
Highest away
75,061 0v0 Manchester United
28 August 2010
Lowest home
20,902 0v0 Oxford United
24 August 2010
Lowest away
21,907 0v0 Sunderland
17 September 2010
0 0 0 2011–12

The 2010–11 season was West Ham United's sixth consecutive season in the Premier League after finishing in 17th place in the previous season. The club appointed Avram Grant as their new manager on 3 June 2010.[1] This was following the sacking of Gianfranco Zola at the end of a disappointing 2009–10 season.[2] On 15 May 2011, West Ham were relegated to the Championship after a comeback from Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. With West Ham leading 2–0 at half-time by two Demba Ba goals, Wigan battled back to win 3–2 thanks to an added-time strike from Charles N'Zogbia.[3] Following the loss, West Ham announced the sacking of manager Avram Grant just one season into his tenure.[4]

Key events

  • 2 July: Senior coach Paul Groves and goalkeeping coach David Coles are appointed. Both previously worked under manager Avram Grant at Portsmouth.[5]
  • 16 July: Pablo Barrera signs on a four-year contract, with a one-year option, for a fee of £4 million. He becomes West Ham's second summer signing of 2010.[6]
  • 16 July: Frédéric Piquionne joins West Ham for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, becoming West Ham's third summer signing.[7]
  • 28 July: West Ham appoint Željko Petrović as assistant manager.[8]
  • 3 August: Tal Ben Haim joins West Ham on loan from Championship side Portsmouth until January 2011.[9]
  • 5 August: The signing of New Zealand international Winston Reid is completed. Reid signs a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[10]
  • 24 August: West Ham sell Alessandro Diamanti to Serie A club Brescia for €2.2m.[11]
  • 27 August: Nigerian international Victor Obinna is signed on a season-long loan from Inter.[12]
  • 31 August: Fabio Daprela moves to Italian side Bescia on a free transfer, signing a five-year contract.[13]
  • 31 August: Danish international, Lars Jacobsen signs a one-year contract, moving on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers.[14]
  • 31 August: Belgian goalkeeper Ruud Boffin signs a two-year contract for a nominal fee moving from Dutch side MVV.[14]
  • 18 September: Manager Avram Grant is unable to take charge of the team for a game at Stoke City in respect to his Jewish holy day, Yom Kippur. Assistant coach Paul Groves, Kevin Keen and assistant manager Željko Petrović take charge for the game.[15] Defender Tal Ben Haim was also unavailable for selection for the same reason.[16]
  • 25 September: West Ham gain their first win of the season and move off the bottom of the league by beating their London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, 1–0 with a goal from Frédéric Piquionne.[17]
  • 16 November: Vice-chairman Karren Brady gives her backing to manager Avram Grant. Despite West Ham having won only one of thirteen league games, asked if Grant would still be the manager at the end of the season, Brady said: "Almost definitely, yes".[18]
  • 20 November: Carlton Cole makes this 100th start in a West Ham shirt as a weak-looking [19] West Ham team are beaten 3–0 by Liverpool leaving West Ham with one win from their first fourteen league games.[20]
  • 23 November: After only four months at the club, Željko Petrović, West Ham's assistant manager, leaves the club.[21]
  • 24 November: Former Crazy Gang member and Brentford manager Wally Downes is appointed as defensive coach.[22]
  • 27 November: In a game designated by the West Ham board as a game to 'save our season', West Ham beat Wigan Athletic 3–1 with goals from Valon Behrami, Victor Obinna; his first Premier League goal, and Scott Parker.[23]
  • 30 November: West Ham defeat defending League Cup champions Manchester United 4–0 with Victor Obinna providing all 4 goal assists, while Jonathan Spector, playing a more advanced role, scored his first 2 goals in English football. Carlton Cole also grabbed a double, handing Manchester United their first loss this season in all competitions. It is West Ham's biggest win against Manchester United since 1930.[24][25]
  • 15 December: Manager Avram Grant is handed an unusual ultimatum: win one of the next three games or face the sack. These included an away game at Blackburn (drawn), another away game at Fulham (won), and a home game against Everton (drawn).[26]
  • 18 December: Goalkeeper and summer signing Ruud Boffin makes his debut after injuries to Robert Green, Marek Štěch and Péter Kurucz. 16 year old Jake Larkins sits on the bench as a reserve keeper.[27]
  • 25 December: The Hammers celebrate Christmas at the bottom of the table, hoping to reverse the 'Curse of Christmas', where the team in that position is relegated at the end of the season.
  • 26 December: West Ham finally get an away win in their 28th game since the last away victory. A 3–1 win at Craven Cottage sees 2 goals by Carlton Cole and one from Frederic Piquionne. It is the first time Cole has scored two goals in a Premier League game.[28][29]
  • 1 January: West Ham lift themselves out of the relegation zone and into 15th place with a 2–0 New Year's Day win over Wolves, with Freddie Sears scoring his first goal since March 2008.
  • 11 January: West Ham win 2–1 in the first of two legs against Birmingham City at Upton Park with a goal from Mark Noble in the first half and a weak shot from Carlton Cole skewing over the line past Ben Foster. At 1–1 Victor Obinna had been sent-off for an off-the-ball incident with Sebastian Larsson.[30]
  • 12 January: Wayne Bridge signs on-loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.[31]
  • 16 January: Following two hefty losses to Newcastle and Arsenal, Avram Grant's job again comes under speculation with rumours of former Aston Villa and Celtic boss Martin O'Neill's inevitable takeover at the club.[32]
  • 24 January: Middlesbrough midfielder, Gary O'Neil, signs for an undisclosed fee.[33]

The entire board is 100 per cent behind Avram, he is a really decent person who deserves our support. West Ham United is a club that does the right thing and the right thing at this time is to support the manager.[34]

David Sullivan, West Ham co-owner

  • 25 January: Valon Behrami signs with ACF Fiorentina and is the first player to leave permanently during the January transfer window.[35]
  • 11 February: The Olympic Park Legacy Committee select West Ham United as the preferred club to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Olympic Games. The decision in favour of West Ham's bid was unanimous.[36]
  • 4 March: Scott Parker takes the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.[37][38]
  • 5 March: West Ham string back-to-back Premier League wins together for the first time this season, against Liverpool and Stoke City. January signing Demba Ba scores in both games, and following the Stoke game had scored four goals in four Premier League appearances.[39]
  • 12 April: Benni McCarthy leaves West Ham by mutual agreement, with a £1.5million pay-off, after agreeing to terminate his contract.[40][41]
  • 22 April: Scott Parker is named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.[42]
  • 24 April: A fourth straight defeat, 3–0 away to Chelsea, sees West Ham fall to 20th in the Premier League.[43]
  • 7 May: Manager Avram Grant is booed by West Ham fans during his side's 1–1 home draw with Blackburn Rovers. The Hammers are in bottom position, three points from 17th place with two games remaining.[44]
  • 15 May: Needing a win against Wigan Athletic to avoid relegation, West Ham lose 3–2, due to a 90+4' goal from Charles N'Zogbia, after having led 2–0 at half-time. They will play their next season in the Championship after six seasons in the Premier League.[45] Minutes after the game manager Avram Grant is sacked.[46]
  • 22 May: Caretaker-manager Kevin Keen takes charge as a gutless West Ham side lose 3–0 to Sunderland at Upton Park. West Ham are relegated.[47][48]
  • 1 June: Sam Allardyce is appointed the new West Ham manager.[49]

Team kit

The team kits for the 2010–11 season were produced by Macron and the shirt sponsor was SBOBET.



First team

As of 13 April 2011[50]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Robert Green
2 New Zealand DF Winston Reid
4 Wales DF Danny Gabbidon
5 England DF James Tomkins
7 England MF Kieron Dyer
8 England MF Scott Parker (vice-captain)
9 England FW Carlton Cole
10 Wales MF Jack Collison
11 Germany MF Thomas Hitzlsperger
12 Mexico MF Pablo Barrera
13 Portugal MF Luís Boa Morte
14 Czech Republic MF Radoslav Kováč
15 England DF Matthew Upson (captain)
16 England MF Mark Noble
18 United States MF Jonathan Spector
19 England FW Freddie Sears
20 France DF Julien Faubert
21 Senegal FW Demba Ba
No. Position Player
22 Portugal DF Manuel da Costa
23 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Hérita Ilunga
25 England MF Junior Stanislas
26 England FW Zavon Hines
28 Hungary GK Péter Kurucz
29 Czech Republic GK Marek Štěch
30 France FW Frédéric Piquionne
31 Belgium GK Ruud Boffin
32 England MF Gary O'Neil
33 Nigeria FW Victor Obinna (on loan from Internazionale)
34 Republic of Ireland FW Robbie Keane (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
36 England DF Wayne Bridge (on loan from Manchester City)
37 Denmark DF Lars Jacobsen
40 England MF Anthony Edgar
42 Colombia FW Cristian Montano
44 England DF Jordan Brown
46 England GK Jake Larkins

Out on loan

No. Position Player
England DF Matt Fry (at Charlton Athletic until 3 January 2011)

Reserves and academy

Season results


West Ham scheduled five friendly games away from home, within the UK, in preparation for the 2010–11 Premier League season.[51][52] They also played host to Spanish La Liga club Deportivo de La Coruña at the Boleyn Ground.[53]

Premier League

A total of 20 teams competed in the Premier League in the 2010–11 season. Each team played every other team twice, once at their stadium and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for a win, one point for a draw and none for defeats. The provisional fixture list was released on 17 June 2010, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage.

West Ham had their worst start to a Premier League season, losing their opening four matches to Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United and Chelsea, conceding three goals in each, while only scoring once from open play. The club eventually got their first point of the season in a draw at Stoke, followed by a magnificent first victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but remained rooted to the bottom of the table, despite an impressive performance against Arsenal at the Emirates.

After 14 games, the Hammers still only had one solitary win, but they notched a second in a home victory against Wigan; the first time they had scored more than twice in a Premier League game this season.

Football League Cup

The club had very different fortunes in the Carling Cup, beating League 2 outfit Oxford United with a late winner from Scott Parker. They then came away from the Stadium of Light with a third round win, followed by an extra time victory against Stoke.

West Ham made their mark on the competition with a 4 goal defeat of defending League Cup champions Manchester United, while the teams sat at completely opposite ends of the Premier League table. Victor Obinna provided all 4 goal assists, while Jonathan Spector played a more advanced role, resulting in his first 2 goals in English football. Carlton Cole also grabbed a double, handing Manchester United their first loss this season in all competitions. Cole said after the match, "This is a turning point." [24]

The Hammers went ahead in the first leg of their semi-final against Birmingham after a Ben Foster howler let in Carlton Cole, and the start of the second leg started in similar fashion, with Cole scored a screamer from outside the penalty box. However, Birmingham grabbed two goals back and sent the tie into extra time, before Craig Gardner scored from range for the Blues, sensationally sending West Ham out of the League Cup for another year.

FA Cup

West Ham drew Barnsley at home for their first game of the FA Cup this season. The Hammers met the Tykes in the same competition on 3 January 2009, where goals from Herita Ilunga, Mark Noble and Carlton Cole saw West Ham triumph 3–0 at home. The fourth round draw saw them up against Nottingham Forest; their last FA Cup meeting in 2003 resulting in a 3–2 win for West Ham with two goals from Jermain Defoe and one from Joe Cole.[54] The fifth round draw saw them due to play Burnley; their last FA Cup meeting in January 1968 saw West Ham 3–1 winners at Turf Moor with two goals from Martin Peters and one from Brian Dear.[55] This time around, West Ham emerged 5–1 victors after a Carlton Cole double, as well as a trademark thunderbolt strike from Thomas Hitzlsperger on his long awaited first team debut. The sixth round draw saw them up against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 13 March; their last FA Cup meeting on 17 February 1968 saw West Ham win 3–0 with two goals from Johnny Sissons and one from Geoff Hurst.[56]



Last updated 30 Apr 2011.[57]

Name Premier
FA Cup Total
Cole, CarltonCarlton Cole 5 4 2 11
Piquionne, FrédéricFrédéric Piquionne 6 1 2 9
Obinna, VictorVictor Obinna 3 2 3 8
Parker, ScottScott Parker 5 2 0 7
Ba, DembaDemba Ba 7 0 0 7
Noble, MarkMark Noble 4 1 0 5
Spector, JonathanJonathan Spector 1 2 1 4
Behrami, ValonValon Behrami 2 0 0 2
Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane 2 0 0 2
da Costa, ManuelManuel da Costa 1 1 0 2
Hitzlsperger, ThomasThomas Hitzlsperger 2 0 1 3
Sears, FreddieFreddie Sears 1 0 1 2
Tomkins, JamesJames Tomkins 1 0 0 1
Stanislas, JuniorJunior Stanislas 1 0 0 1
Reid, WinstonWinston Reid 0 0 1 1
Own goals 3 0 0 3
Total 43 13 11 67

Starting 11

MS Notes
1 GK  ENG Robert Green 44
37 RB  DEN Lars Jacobsen 24
5 CB  WAL James Tomkins 27
15 CB  ENG Matthew Upson 34
4 LB  WAL Danny Gabbidon 25
16 CM  ENG Mark Noble 32
8 CM  ENG Scott Parker 37
13 CM  POR Luis Boa Morte 24
30 CF  FRA Frédéric Piquionne 31
9 CF  ENG Carlton Cole 26
33 CF  NGA Victor Obinna 23




# Pos Player From Fee Date Notes
Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger Italy SS Lazio Free 1 July 2010
Mexico Pablo Barrera Mexico UNAM £4m 16 July 2010
France Frédéric Piquionne France Lyon Undisclosed 16 July 2010
Israel Tal Ben Haim England Portsmouth Loan 3 August 2010
New Zealand Winston Reid Denmark FC Midtjylland Undisclosed 5 August 2010
Nigeria Victor Obinna Italy Inter Loan 27 August 2010
Denmark Lars Jacobsen England Blackburn Rovers Free 31 August 2010
Belgium Ruud Boffin Netherlands MVV Nominal 31 August 2010


Pos Player To Fee Date Notes
England Bondz N'Gala England Plymouth Argyle Free 30 June 2010
England Josh Payne England Doncaster Rovers Free 30 June 2010
Mexico Guillermo Franco Argentina Vélez Sársfield Free 30 June 2010
Brazil Ilan Brazil Internacional Free 30 June 2010
Italy Alessandro Diamanti Italy Brescia €2.2m 24 August 2010
Switzerland Fabio Daprela Italy Brescia Undisclosed 31 August 2010



# Pos Player From Fee Date Notes
England Wayne Bridge England Manchester City Loan 12 January 2011
England Gary O'Neil England Middlesbrough Undisclosed 24 January 2011
Senegal Demba Ba Germany 1899 Hoffenheim Undisclosed 28 January 2011
Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane England Tottenham Hotspur Loan 30 January 2011


Pos Player To Fee Date Notes
England Frank Nouble Wales Swansea City Loan 17 September 2010
England Freddie Sears England Scunthorpe United Loan 19 October 2010
Switzerland Valon Behrami Italy Fiorentina Undisclosed 25 January 2011
England Kieron Dyer England Ipswich Town Loan 11 March 2011
South Africa Benni McCarthy South AfricaOrlando Pirates Contract terminated / Undisclosed 12 April 2011


External links

  • West Ham United FC Official Website
  • 2010–11 West Ham United F.C. season on Club statistics
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