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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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theyflysohigh logo 64_02_29 WHU v. Burnley FAC 6 Part B

1963-64 Football League : First Division

64_03_21 WHU v. Arsenal 64_02_01 Aston Villa v. WHU

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CHARLTON ATHLETIC : FA Cup (Third Round)

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

LEYTON ORIENT : FA Cup (Fourth Round)

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

LEYTON ORIENT : FA Cup (Fourth Round Replay)

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Cup (Semi-Final 1st leg)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

SWINDON TOWN : FA Cup (Fifth Round)

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

SHEFFIELD WEDNDESDAY : Football League First Division

BURNLEY : FA Cup (Sixth Round)

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : FA Cup (Semi-Final)

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

LEICESTER CITY : Football League Cup (Semi-Final 2nd leg)

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

FULHAM : Football League First Division

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

EVERTON : Football League First Division

PRESTON NORTH END : FA Cup (Final)

WHU v Preston handshake 1962-63 First XI 1964-65 First XI Season 1963-64

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64_04_11 Fulham v. WHU

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Brabrook, Hurst, Sissons)

4 January 1964

Att: 34,155

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Bramall Lane

1 - 2 (Sissons)

11 January 1964

Att: 18,733

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

1 - 0 (Byrne)

18 January 1964

Att: 25,546

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Brisbane Road

1 - 1 (Brabrook)

25 January 1964

Att: 34,345

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Hurst 2, Byrne

29 January 1964

Att: 35,383

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Villa Park

2 - 2 (Hurst 2)

1 February 1964

Att: 16,721

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Filbert Street

3 - 4 (Hurst 2, Sealey)

5 February 1964

Att: 14,087

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

4 - 0 (Boyce, Byrne, Hurst Sissons)

8 Febraury 1964

Att: 36,838

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

County Ground

3 - 1 (Hurst 2, Byrne)

15 February 1964

Att: 28,582

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Molineux

2 - 0 (Byrne, Hurst)

17 February 1964)

Att: 14,455

Standen

Kirkup

Bond

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

4 - 3 (Byrne 3 [1 pen], Hurst)

22 February 1964

Att: 24,578

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Byrne 2, Sissons)

29 February 1964

Att: 36,651

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Turf Moor

1 - 3 (Byrne)

3 March 1964

Att: 14,428

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

0 - 2

7 March 1964

Att: 27,177

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Hillsborough

3 - 1 (Boyce 2, Hurst)

14 March 1964

Att: 65,000

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Filbert Street

2 -2 (Burkett, Hugo)

18 March 1964

Att: 11,908

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Hurst

Hugo

Brabrook

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Hurst)

21 March 1964

Att: 28,170

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton park

0 - 2

23 March 1964

Att: 27,329

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Boyce, Brabrook, Byrne, Moore)

27 March 1964

Att: 29,484

Dickie

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sealey

The Hawthorns

1 - 0 (Hugo)

28 March 1964

Att: 15,444

Dickie

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hugo

Sealey

Victoria Ground

0 - 3

31 March 1964

Att: 25,008

Dickie

Kirkup

Bond

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Hugo

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Byrne, Sealey)

4 April 1964

Att: 19,398

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Brabrook

Bennett

Byrne

Hurst

Sealey

Craven Cottage

0 - 2

11 April 1964

Att: 22,020

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Brabrook 2, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons)

17 April 1964

Att: 22,106

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Goodison Park

0 - 2

25 April 1964

Att: 33,090

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Sealey

Wembley Stadium

3 - 2 (Boyce, Hurst, Sissons)

2 May 1964

Att: 100,000

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

 

64_01_04 WHU v. Charlton Athletic FAC3 64_01_04 WHU v. Charlton Athletic FAC 3 Pirate 64_01_11 Sheffield United v. WHU

Our Third Round F.A. Cup tie against Charlton Athletic brought us a very comfortable victory. This was rather contrary to many forecasts which anticipated that the South Londoners had a very good chance of forcing a replay, bearing in mind their successful run of progress in the Second Division. However, the Hammers put on a super showing in the first 45 minutes, and once we had established a lead there were almost constant threats to add to it. That we only got one more goal before the interval was somewhat surprising, and in the closing minutes of the half the visitors had a couple of very near-misses; had either of these found the net the Athletic could have come out for the second half with a real fighting chance, but it was not to be. Although we slowed our pace after the breather the threats were held off with comparative comfort by re¬organising our own defence, and John Sissons set the seal on our success by netting from 15 yards in his first F.A. Cup tie to round off a very pleasing performance by this youngster.

Charlton's changed tactics after the interval made it more difficult for us to find the necessary openings, and because of this we often had to retreat from their defensive line to re-build our attacking moves. Consequently it often reduced the attacks to single-handed thrusts, and this was the primary cause of the second half suffering in comparison with the first. However, tactics are very much a part of the game, and it is interesting to consider this 90 minutes in retrospect and to summarise a match which provided such contrasts.

64_01_18 WHU v. Liverpool 64_01_25 Leyton Orient v. WHU FAC4 64_01_29 WHU v. Leyton Orient FAC 4R

20 January 1964

SIMON WEBSTER (1993-1996) Born this day Earl Shilton, Leicestershire

 

Earmarked as a future Hammers' captain following his signing from Charlton Athletic in the summer 1993 for £525,000. Broke his leg in an accidental

pre-season training clash with Julian Dicks just days later. Managed a few pre-season friendlies a year later, however ankle complications landed him back

in plaster before a Premiership ball had been kicked. But a deserved change in fortune in 1995, saw brave "Webbo's" rehabilitation continue, as he headed

out to Oldham Athletic on transfer deadline day for a brief loan spell. And after a string of stirring performances in the heart of the Latics' defence. Harry Redknapp had no hesitation in recalling him to West Ham for the vital survival run-in. Following his long, lonely fight the forgotten man of Upton Park finally made his first team appearance for the club when he came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on the 30th April 1995. In all Simon made 5 substitute appearances that season, before finally being forced to give up the battle to save his career. Simon later became a

sports physiotherapist and rejoined the club in that capacity.

WEBSTER Simon

27 January 1964

ALLEN McKNIGHT (1988-1990) Born this day Antrim, Northern Ireland

 

Signed from Celtic in the summer of 1988 he was given his League opportunity at Wimbledon in a 1-0 victory on the 10 September 1988 after Tom McAlister had been injured in training. Found it difficult to adjust to English football however and lost his form. Dubbed "McKnightmare" by the fans after his showing in the 0-3 defeat by Luton Town in the Semi-Final of the Littlewoods Cup at Upton Park. Started his career with Distillery before crossing the Irish sea to sign for Glasgow Celtic. Was in the shadow of Pat Bonner although he did manage 12 appearances in Celtic's championship success in 1987-88 and also played in their Scottish Cup Final winning side against Dundee United that same season. After leaving West Ham he had short spells with various Scottish clubs before signing for Walsall and then later going to Hong Kong before returning to England to play for non-League Collier Row and Romford.

McKNIGHT Allen 64_02_05 Leicester City v. WHU FLC Semi-Final 64_02_08 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 64_02_01 Aston Villa v. WHU

We visited Leicester City at Filbert Street in the first leg of the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup. We showed a variation in our team from that which played on the previous Saturday and 14,087 spectators saw a real thriller in which we came back to hold the City to a one-goal margin. Ken Keyworth, Bobby Roberts and Mike Stringfellow put the Blues 3-0 ahead in the first 20 minutes before Geoff Hurst reduced the arrears. A few minutes after the interval McLintock made it 4-1, but 20 minutes from time Hurst dashed on to Johnny Byrne's "chip" and banged it in. With only eight minutes to go Alan Sealey converted Bobby Moore's pass, and in a tremendous last burst Byrne had the potential equaliser blocked on the line.

The Hammers recorded their biggest ever home win against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur as four different players got on the score sheet. A derby demolition came to fruition as the home side ran riot with goals from Ronnie Boyce, Johnny Byrne, Geoff Hurst and John Sissons. Victory helped make amends for a 3-0 loss at White Hart Lane earlier in a season which the Hammers would eventually finish 14th, ten places below Spurs. This victory also gave the Hammers the momentum to win their next four matches, including putting another four goals past Sheffield Wednesday.

 

64_02_15 Swindon Town v. WHU FAC 5 64_02_17 Wolves v. WHU 64_02_22 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday

The Hammers maintained their position in mid-table with an exciting 4-3 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, who were looking to improve on their tally of four away wins for the campaign. However, they were to travel back to Yorkshire defeated after being edged out in a seven-goal thriller. Johnny Byrne did most of the damage for Ron Greenwood's side, bagging a hat trick which included a strike from the penalty spot, while Geoff Hurst was on hand with the other West Ham goal. With the likes of John Bond, Bobby Moore and Peter Brabrook in the Hammers' side, they did enough to secure the two points.

64_02_29 WHU v. Burnley FAC 6 64_03_03 Burnley v. WHU 64_03_07 WHU v. Manchester United 64_03_14 WHU v. Manchester United FAC Semi-Final 64_03_18 Leicester City v. WHU 64_03_21 WHU v. Arsenal

ROGER HUGO makes his Hammers debut against LEICESTER CITY at Filbert Street

McKNIGHT Allen 64_03_23 WHU v. Leicester City FLC Semi 64_03_27 WHU v. Stoke City 64_03_28 WBA v. WHU

West Ham United's first FA Cup winning campaign brought mixed fortunes in the league on the way to a 14th place finish, but this visit of Stoke City was one to savour for the Boleyn Ground crowd. Having been defeated by Leicester City in the League Cup semi-final just four days previously, the Hammers needed to bounce back swiftly and did so in style. The hosts' four goals came from four different sources, with Bobby Moore, Peter Brabrook, Ronnie Boyce and Johnny Byrne all getting on the scoresheet.

Ron Greenwood's Hammers met West Bromwich Albion, as Roger Hugo popped up with the winner in a 1-0 success at The Hawthorns. With the prospect of an FA Cup final against Preston North End looming large on the horizon. Match-winner Hugo had made his senior bow for the club just ten days earlier, marking his debut with a goal in a 2-2 draw at Filbert Street. Despite his excellent start in front of goal, Hugo's third and final run out in claret and blue was only three days away.

64_03_31 Stoke City v. WHU 64_04_04 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers

PETER BENNETT makes his Hammers debut against BOLTON WANDERERS at Upton Park

64_04_11 Fulham v. WHU

Pirate Programme

11 April 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 18th and JOHNNY BYRNE 2nd ENGLAND caps

SCOTLAND Home Championship Hampden Park, Glasgow 0-1

441 MOORE Bobby - England 461 BYRNE Johnny - England 64_04_17 WHU v. Birmingham City 64_04_25 Everton v. WHU 64_05_02 Preston North End v. WHU FAC Final

6 May 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 19th and JOHNNY BYRNE 3rd ENGLAND cap

URUGUAY International Friendly Wembley Stadium 2-1

 

 

17 May 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 20th and JOHNNY BYRNE 4th ENGLAND cap

PORTUGAL International Friendly Estadio Nacional, Lisbon 4-3

 

 

24 May 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 21st and JOHNNY BYRNE 5th ENGLAND cap

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND International Friendly Dalymount Park, Dublin 3-1

 

 

30 May 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 22nd and JOHNNY BYRNE 6th ENGLAND cap

BRAZIL Jubilee Tournament Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro 1-5

 

 

4 June 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 23rd and JOHNNY BYRNE 7th ENGLAND cap

PORTUGAL Brazil Jubilee Tournament Estadio do Pacaembu, Sao Paulo 1-1

 

 

6 June 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 24th and JOHNNY BYRNE 8th ENGLAND cap

ARGENTINA Brazil Jubilee Tournament Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro 0-1

441 MOORE Bobby - England 461 BYRNE Johnny - England 64_01_25 Leyton Orient v. WHU FAC4 64_01_25 Leyton Orient v. WHU FAC4 Part B

Match tickets were torn in half to gain entry

64_01_29 WHU v. Leyton Orient FAC4 R 64_02_08 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 64_02_29 WHU v. Burnley FAC 6 2 64_03_27 WHU v. Stoke City 02 64_04_17 WHU v. Birmingham City 64_05_02 FAC Final Ballot Card 2

Rare Cup Final Ballot Card

64_05_02 WHU v. Preston FA Cup Final 375 Scotland 376 Uruguay

The Hammers entertained Liverpool on a nice covered pitch at the Boleyn Ground. West Ham, who sat 17th in the Division One table at kick-off, had most of the play in the first half and took the lead on 28 minutes when Johnny Sissons crossed for Johnny Byrne (pictured) to score. In the defence, full-backs Bond and Jack Burkett gave goalkeeper Jim Standen admirable cover while centre-halves Bobby Moore and Ken Brown proved reliable. Standen made fine saves from Ian St John and Roger Hunt as the Hammers held out for a notable 1-0 victory that lifted them two places to 15th.

 

Liverpool:

Lawrence, Thomson (B), Byrne, Milne, Lawler, Stevenson, Callaghan, Hunt, Arrowsmith, St. John, Thompson (P).

As F.A. Cup Finalists-to-be, we travelled to Stoke to meet the Potters in a League game, having defeated them four days previously (on Good Friday) by 4-1 at Upton Park. Like ourselves, the City side were in the lower half of the Second Division table, but being safe from relegation there was nothing in particular hanging on the result. Nevertheless, 25,008 fans turned up. Geoff Hurst hit the bar ten minutes after the start, but we went in at half-time still level at nil-nil. The homesters were dominant after the interval, and goals by Calvin Palmer (46), Jimmy Mcllroy (61) and Peter Dobin (85) made them comfortable winners.

The Hammers sustained a shock home defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers, who were in 21st place (three points ahead of Ipswich Town). The 3-2 victory did not save Wanderers from relegation, but their fighting spirit was shown by the fact that they were twice behind at 0-1 and 1-2. Alan Sealey scored in the 25th minute, but Gordon Taylor equalised ten minutes later before Johnny Byrne put us ahead by 2-1 after 38 minutes, but Francis Lee again levelled the count two minutes later. The winner for Bolton was scored by Brian Bromley thirteen minutes from time.

This was our concluding home match of the 1963-64 campaign. For the Hammers it was a fixture of no great consequence, but the visiting Birmingham City side was deeply involved in relegation problems. Nevertheless, we were anxious to regain winning form, as the F.A, Cup Final was only a fortnight away and we had sustained three successive defeats (0-3 at Stoke City, 2-3 at home to Bolton Wanderers and 0-2 at Fulham). The team could hardly have given a better response, and visiting manager Gil Merrick had the bitter experience of seeing his team concede five goals with hardly the semblance of a reply. Our counters came from Peter Brabrook (4 and 53 mins.), Geoff Hurst (35 mins.), John Sissons (58 mins.) and Johnny Byrne (63 mins,). For the concluding near half-hour goalkeeper John Schofield was the hero who kept the score within those limits of 5-0.

64_02_15 Swindon Town v. WHU FAC5

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64_01_11 Sheffield United v. WHU

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64_01_04 WHU v. Charlton Athletic FAC3 64_03_28 WBA v. WHU

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64_03_31 Stoke City v. WHU

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64_03_14 WHU v. Manchester United FAC Semi Final West Ham end

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The Hammers were visiting Villa Park and for the seventh match in succession we fielded an unchanged XI. Harry Burrows had put the home side in front after 10 minutes play, Geoff Hurst equalised on 25 minutes.Villa included ex-Hammer Phil Woosnam in their line up and the Welshman put them ahead in the 49th minute. The Midlanders were unfortunate in being reduced to ten men when Bobby Moore had crash-tackled Tony Hateley who went off with a cut knee five minutes after the interval. We were losing 1-2 at that stage, and in the 66th minute Hurst sprinted 30 yards to head in Brabrook’s centre to earn a point.

7,000 Hammers' fans were among the 28,582 attendance at the County Ground for our Fifth Round F.A. Cup tie against Swindon Town. Geoff Hurst put at Hammers in front in the 11th minute before The Moonrakers equalised in the 33rd minute, and they kept us extended for a while and a replay was looking increasingly likely. However, another couple of goals in the space of four minutes as Brabrook fires in two crosses and Byrne and Hurst connect with them both to put us 3-1 ahead with 13 minutes to go, and we successfully emerged to qualify for a home tie in the Sixth Round v Burnley.

The FA Cup Sixth Round tie against Burnley at Upton Park was "all ticket," with a 36,651 attendance. The Lancastrians had already accounted for Rotherham United, Newport County and Huddersfield Town; we had defeated Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient and Swindon Town.John Connelly for the visitors skips past three tackles to put Burnley in front. John Sissons screwed the ball goalwards from the by-line and Elder helped it over the line for the equaliser. A volley by Johnny Byrne on the hour mark edged Hammers in front and his second eight mintues later was hotly disputed. Ray Pointer pulled a goal back on 80 minutes but the Hammers held out for a 3-2 triumph that set us up for a Semi-Final meet¬ing with Manchester United.

The day that brought one of the Hammers' greatest triumphs. An FA Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough against Manchester United, which ended 3-1 in our favour to take us to the Final against Preston North End at Wembley. Ground conditions were appalling, but there was some great soccer in the first half despite the fact that no goals were scored - although George Best hit the bar in the ninth minute. Ron Boyce netted our first two goals (70 and 78 mins), Denis Law reduced the margin, and five minutes later Bobby Moore put Geoff Hurst away for the decisive counter.

The second  leg of the Football League Cup semi-final against Leicester City drew a 27,329 gate to Upton Park. We had lost the first leg at Filbert Street by 4-3, but were expected to wipe out the deficit with ground advantage. However, an "England" display by Gordon Banks plus goals by Frank McLintock (33 mins.) and Bobby Roberts (71 mins.), gave the Midlanders a 6-3 aggregate advantage to end our chance of an FA Cup - League Cup double. City went on to play Stoke City in the Final, winning 4-3 on aggregate.