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The final score was 2-1 in Athletic Bilbao’s favour.
A quick run through of the three goals scored after half-time:
46 mins: Bilbao took the lead when Urzaiz, unmarked, met a right wing corner to head home.
72 mins: The West Ham equaliser arrived just before Dicks left the pitch. Paul Kitson who had been bought on for Davor Suker only six minutes earlier, headed home a Trevor Sinclair free-kick via a post and the Bilbao keeper.
87 mins: Bilbao’s winner arrived three minutes from the whistle when one of their substitutes, Yeste, was left unmarked at another right wing corner to score a goal similar to their first.
West Ham United team:
Testimonial matches can be very tame affairs and are often no more than exhibition games, but this wasn’t the case for Julian Dick’s benefit game. Played on Sunday August 13, 2000 West Ham United faced the Spanish side, Athletic Bilbao.
The attendance of 14,224 was noticeably higher than that for the previous visit by a Spanish team, Castilla C. de F., for the “ghost” 1980 European Cup Winners Cup tie.
The benefit game turned out to be memorable in more ways than one. Not just because it was a fitting occasion to say “goodbye” to The Terminator and only the third West Ham testimonial game to be played on a Sunday. It also turned out to be unforgettable for the wrong reason.
Though perhaps the way the day rolled out wasn’t a surprise and reflected the way Dicks liked his soccer. Combative and competitive!
Five minutes before half time and the sparks flew! And Julian Dicks was not even on the pitch! A hefty challenge by West Ham’s Nigel Winterburn sent Athletic Bilbao’s LaCruz into the perimeter board hoarding and a subsequent trip by West Ham's Croatian defender Igor Stimac resulted in tempers flaring and all bar five players becoming embroiled in a pushing and shoving brawl.
Premiership referee Barry Knight advised respective managers' Harry Redknapp and Bilbao coach Txetxy Rojo to voluntarily remove acting captain Paulo Di Canio and Athletic Bilbao’s Josebar Etxerberria to avoid them being forcibly removed by red cards!
Moments later Knight diplomatically called the half to a halt a minute or so early, which gave both sides the 15 minute half time break to allow tempers to cool, but not before the firery Italian threw down his captain's armband in disgust as he let the pitch.
Guard of Honour
The forced substitutions were a disappointing part of the afternoon which had started with the players from both sides forming a guard of honour for Julian Dicks to walk onto the pitch to a standing ovation. In recognition of Dicks’ 10 years West Ham service chairman Terance Brown presented him with a crystal vase on behalf of the club.
Newspaper coverage courtesy of Richard Miller, Photography Tim Hetherington
Julian Dicks - who made 262 League and 74 Cup appearances for the Hammers - made one more in his infamous No.3 claret-and-blue shirt when he appeared from the tunnel as a second-half substitute to a tumultuous applause. The Terminator stayed for 25 minutes before leaving the field for an emotional goodbye.
The game itself was part of West Ham’s pre-season build-up so they had no intentions of taking the game too light heartedly.
A perfect send-off for the Terminator which saw a 17-man brawl erupt
Frederic Kanoute gets into the thick of the action
West Ham United 1 - 2 Athletico Bilbao (HT 0-0)
Sunday August 13, 2000
West Ham United:
Kitson (72 mins)
Urzaia (46 mins), Yeste (87 mins)
In all it was a fitting game to mark the closure of Julian Dicks’ 10 year West Ham career. A competitive benefit game which contributed a significant sum to his testimonial fund. Though the costs and fees incurred in attracting the Spaniards and staging the match would have eaten into the estimated £200,000 receipts.
Last word from Julian.....
Without exception, Fleet Street's finest had all neglected to mention in their printed line-ups that Dicks had entered the field of play in his own benefit match. Not one National newspaper managed to record the correct West Ham United line-up and subsequent substitutions, and who was Norman?
It didn't help matters when West Ham's official 'Team Book' also recorded the wrong information for posterity. The line-up printed above right, was the most common used by the newspapers.
With help from John Northcutt, the West Ham statistician, we can now clear up the confusion.
Subject to change: see below
Paolo Di Canio was asked to leave the field of play just before half time and was replaced by Julian Dicks at the start of the second half.
Paul Kitson replaced Davor Suker:
Jermaine Defoe replaced Frederic Kanoute:
Dino Jorge replaced Gary Charles:
Jorge was a Portuguese trialist, who also played in a few more friendlies at that time.
Michael Ferrante replaced Julian Dicks:
Manager Harry Redknapp pulled Dicks off after just 25 second-half minutes and replaced him with Ferrante an Australian midfielder who signed after impressing in a two-week trial in October 1998.
Mapeza replaced Igor Stimac:
The confusion here is that Mapeza’s Christian name is Norman, the Zimbabwe international was on trial at Upton Park.
West Ham United team:
Shaka Hislop, Gary Charles (Jorge), Nigel Winterburn, Steve Potts, Igor Stimac (Mapeza), Javier Margas, Trevor Sinclair, Frederic Kanoute (Defoe), Davor Suker (Kitson), Paolo Di Canio (Dicks) then (Ferrante), Michael Carrick
I had to pay Bilbao £35,000 to play that game even though they were already in the country. I gave them 35 grand to play - and as a momento they gave me a f***ing ashtray. A £35,000 ashtray!
With thanks from Graeme Howlett - Editor kumb.com
Terance Brown and Julian Dicks
Page from the official 'Team Book'
Official Team Sheet
Di Canio exchanges views with Etxeberria