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1963-64 Football League : First Division

Manager: Ron Greenwood

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

Highbury

3 - 3 (Byrne 2, Peters)

9 November 1963

Att: 52,742

63_11_09 Arsenal v. WHU

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CHELSEA : Football League First Division

BLACKPOOL : Football League First Division

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

BLACKPOOL : Football League First Division

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

LEYTON ORIENT : Football League Cup (Second Round)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

ASTON VILLA : Football League Cup (Third Round)

EVERTON : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Football League First Division

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

SWINDON TOWN : Football League Cup (Fourth Round)

BOLTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

SWINDON TOWN : Football League (Fourth Round Replay)

FULHAM : Football League First Division

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

WORKINGTON : Football League Cup (Fifth Round)

IPSWICH TOWN : Football League First Division

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

63_08_24 Chelsea v. WHU

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63_12_20 Ipswich Town v. WHU

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63_08_24 Chelsea v. WHU 63_08_26 WHU v. Blackpool 63_08_30 WHU v. Ipswich Town 63_09_02 Blackpool v. WHU 63_09_07 WHU v. Sheffield United 63_09_09 WHU v. Nottingham Forest 63_09_14 Liverpool v. WHU 63_09_17 Nottingham Forest v. WHU 63_09_21 WHU v. Aston Villa

DAVE BICKLES makes his Hammers debut against LIVERPOOL at Anfield

After two successive home defeats we then visited a club who had suffered a similar fate in their two opening games. That is something unusual at Anfield, where the famous "Spion Kop roar" is a source of inspiration to the home side, and there were probably many who viewed our trip north with trepidation in anticipation of Liverpool making tremendous and unstoppable efforts to regain' lost ground. The Reds did make a splendid effort, but on this occasion had to again admit defeat at the hands of a team which took its chances and stemmed all but one of the home side's scoring efforts. The first of our two goals (in the 11th minute) came from a brilliant combined move that started with a "short comer" and ended with Martin Peters sidefooting the ball home, and the second was a splendid "solo" by Geoff Hurst in the 33rd minute for him to register his first of the season. Two down at half-time, the Merseysiders came back, but were foiled with a wonder-save by Jim Standen who parried Ron Moran's penalty at the end of an hour's play. 45,497 spectators (less the gallant band of Hammers' fans who made the trip) then urged their side on to even more splendid efforts, and within four minutes they had some reward when Roger Hunt reduced the arrears ... but all in vain, for we held them back and were praised for our display by a very favourable press. Little did we know at the time that this would be our last victory at Anfield until our 3-0 success early in the 2015-16 season.

63_09_25 WHU v. Leyton Orient FLC2 63_09_28 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU 63_10_05 WHU v. Wolverhampton 63_10_07 WHU v. Burnley 63_10_12 Sheffield Wednesday v. WHU 63_10_16 Aston Villa v. WHU FLC 3 63_10_19 WHU v. Everton 63_10_26 Manchester United v. WHU 63_11_02 WHU v. WBA

The visitors from Goodison Park were twice in the lead. Tony Kay surprised himself as well as any one else when he scored after seven minutes' play, but Ron Boyce deservedly put us back in the reckoning in the 28th minute. There were two more goals before half-time; the Merseysiders' new centre-forward Barry Rees (replacing Alex Young - the "golden boy") scored in the 32nd minute, but just on the interval Geoff Hurst made it 2-2.

After that some Everton players failed to gain friends by petulant outbursts which lost them their composure and contributed to their downfall." Peter Brabrook duly punished those misdemeanours by making it 4-2 with goals in the 76th and 86th minutes

63_11_09 Arsenal v. WHU 63_11_16 WHU v. Leicester City 63_11_19 Swindon Town v. WHU FLC4 63_11_23 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU 63_11_25 WHU v. Swindon Town FLC 4R 63_11_30 WHU v. Fulham 63_12_07 Birmingham City v. WHU 63_12_14 WHU v. Chelsea 63_12_16 WHU v. Workington FLC 5 63_12_20 Ipswich Town v. WHU 63_12_26 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 63_12_28 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU

This League Cup Fourth Round replay against Swindon Town at Upton Park provided a more open type of encounter for the 15,778 spectators, and they saw five goals and many more near misses. We got four of those which hit the back of the net, but at one time the Railwaymen looked as if they were going to bring off something of a surprise. Our first-minute goal temporarily set back the young Swindon side, but it did not take them long to really get into the game, and they forced our defence to do a lot of stout work before we got our 2-0 lead. The Town then kept fighting and reduced these arrears, but a further quick goal restored our advantage and we held it until the end.

The League fixture at Burnden Park was only four minutes old when Alan Sealey fractured his ankle, and we were down to ten men for the remainder of the game. Inevitably the odds were on Bolton, but it was to a large extent the Hammers who dictated the course of play; we went into a tight defensive system, but still created more attacking play than Bolton to bring us success at the other end. It appeared that we had achieved our objective as early as the 35th minute when Geoff Hurst got the ball into the net, but the referee disallowed the award on an offside decision, and we had to remain content with a goalless first-half. However, six minutes after the resumption we got one in that did count, and we were one up; Peter Brabrook made ground down the left flank, slipped the ball inside - and his low cross centred was diverted into the net by Geoff Hurst. The score looked like staying that way until the end, but with 23 minutes to go a decision just inside the area went against us, and Lee equalised from the spot to bring the Wanderers a draw which they hardh deserved. In the circumstances we were perhaps happy to settle for one point - but two would have been far sweeter!

We had something of another surprise a couple of days after the Chelsea game when we entertained Workington in the Quarter-Final ot the Football League Cup, for they gave a skilful exhibition of midfield play that was on a higher plane than many expect from a Fourth Division club. This forms a solid foundation on which to build a promotion-contending team, and it is encouraging to see such soccer served up from one of England's smaller League clubs. Unfortunately for the Cumbrians their challenge ended there, and apart from some isolated instances they rarely threatened our goal. We maintained a steadily-increasing tempo of attack which finally produced half-a-dozen goals (four in the first half); Johnny Byrne got his hat-trick. Ron Boyce. Geoff Hurst and Tony Scott each netting once. It was also a social success, and the visiting party expressed their sincere thanks for the manner in which their efforts were appreciated by the 10,160 attendance.

The league game at Portman Road Ground on Friday was arranged in an endeavour to compensate for a possible gate-fall due to other counter-attractions. Unfortunately the poor form of the home club (they were without a win since the opening day of the season) has not been conducive to large attendances, and on this occasion only 11,765 were present. Our XI showed a change on the left-wing, John Sissons taking over from Tony Scott who had injured himself in training during the week. The game itself could only be classified as one of disappointment for us, as we dropped both points after holding a 2-0 lead with less than half-an-hour to go. Neither of our goals were notable, the first being by Johnny Byrne from the penalty-spot after a disputed handling decision, the second arriving when a cross by Peter Brabrook eluded 'keeper Roy Bailey.

We should have continued to press home this advantage, but in succession Bobby Blackwood (62 mins.), Doug Moran (67 mins.) and Gerry Baker (75 mins.) netted by dint of sheer hard work and determination (with appropriate encouragement from the home fans), and thus gained a deserved and most welcome victory.

A date that is likely to be forever engraved in the Hammers' record-books, as the score-line for the First Division match at Upton Park that morning was the most startling of the day: West Ham United 2, Blackburn Rovers 8. Yes, EIGHT, and it was likely that the players and officials, as well as the 20,500 attendance, could hardly believe it. A result that is almost a million-to-one bet about being repeated!

It began innocuously enough insofar that in the tenth minute Johnny Byrne equalised Fred Pickering's fifth-minute goal; but then the Rovers "went to town", and Bryan Douglas (29 mins.), Andy McEvoy (35 mins.] and Mike Ferguson (40 mins.) made it 4-1 at half-time. McEvoy and Pickering completed their hat-tricks in the second half, and Byrne had at least some satisfaction in netting another. Our team applauded the rampant Rovers off the field.

After their 8-2 mauling on Boxing Day the Hammers went up to Ewood Park for the return fixture and to try and restore some pride. West Ham came away with a 3-1 victory to end Rovers' eleven-games-without-defeat run. One of the surprising aspects of the 3-1 victory was that it was achieved by a team showing only one change — Eddie Bovington replacing Martin Peters. This result did not topple the Lancastrians from the leadership of the First Division,but from being top-of-the-table at the end of 1963 they declined to seventh spot in the final standings, taking just a dozen points from their concluding 16 League fixtures.

Fresh from winning the International Soccer League in America, the Hammers won two and drew two of their first four games to top the table. Two home defeats were to follow before West Ham won 2-1 at Liverpool, a victory that has not happened since.

The League Cup saw West Ham knock out neighbours Leyton Orient and Aston Villa to progress to the fourth round. After a further six games without a league win the Hammers beat champions Everton 4-2 at home and followed this up with a 1–0 win at Manchester United. Swindon Town were the next opponents in the League Cup and following an exciting 3–3 away draw West Ham won the replay 4-1. The next round brought a quarter-final clash with Fourth Division Workington, where Johnny Byrne scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 win.

On Boxing Day the home crowd were shocked as visitors Blackburn Rovers crushed West Ham 8-2. Two days later, with just one change to the side, the Hammers travelled to Blackburn and in a remarkable turnaround won 3-1. A 3-0 home win in the FA Cup against Charlton Athletic was followed in the next round with a 3–0 victory against neighbours Leyton Orient.

Back to the League Cup, and in the first leg of the semi-final at Filbert Street the Hammers lost 4-3 to Leicester City. Geoff Hurst scored twice in that game and two more as West Ham knocked Swindon Town out of the FA Cup after winning 3-1 at the County Ground. February proved to be a good month, with home wins against Tottenham (4-0) and Sheffield Wednesday (4-3), where Johnny Byrne scored a hat-trick.

A tough match in the quarter-final of the FA Cup saw Burnley beaten 3-2 at Upton Park to give a semi-final pairing with Manchester United. The game at Hillsborough was Bobby Moore’s finest performance as he inspired the Hammers to a 3-1 victory. The second leg of the League Cup semi-final with Leicester was lost 2-0, a 6-3 aggregate defeat, in what was West Ham’s fourteenth cup tie of the season.

Leading up to the FA Cup final the league form suffered a little, but the last home game brought a 5-0 victory against Birmingham City. A thrilling game took place with Second Division Preston North End in the Wembley final. The Hammers were twice behind and the score stood at 2-2 with a minute remaining. Then Ronnie Boyce headed home the winner to the delight of the delirious West Ham fans. The Hammers were FA Cup winners for the first time in their history.

Stamford Bridge

0 - 0

24 August 1963

Att: 46,298

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Scott

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Boyce, Brabrook, Peters

26 August 1963

Att: 25,533

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Scott

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Boyce, Byrne)

30 August 1963

Att: 27,599

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Scott

Bloomfield Road

1 - 0 (Byrne [pen])

2 September 1963

Att: 18,407

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Scott

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Boyce, Byrne)

7 September 1963

Att: 23,837

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Scott

Upton Park

0 - 2

9 September 1963

Att: 26,282

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Sealey

Hurst

City Ground

1 - 3 (Byrne)

17 September 1963

Att: 25,741

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Dear

Upton Park

0 - 1

21 September 1963

Att: 20,346

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Moore

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Dear

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Byrne, Scott)

25 September 1963

Att: 11,920

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Bickles

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Peters

Byrne

Scott

White Hart Lane

0 - 3

28 September 1963

Att: 51,667

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Peters

Byrne

Scott

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Byrne)

5 October 1963

Att: 21,409

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Peters

Byrne

Scott

Upton Park

1 -1 (Sealey)

7 October 1963

Att: 21,372

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Peters

Byrne

Scott

Hillsborough

0 - 3

12 October 1963

Att: 22,810

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Sealey

Sissons

Scott

Villa Park

2 - 0 (Bond, Britt)

16 October 1963

Att: 11,194

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Brabrook 2, Boyce, Hurst)

19 October 1963

Att: 25,163

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

Old Trafford

1 - 0 (Britt)

26 October 1963

Att: 46,333

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

4 - 2 (Hurst 2 [1 pen], Brabrook, Simpson [og])

2 November 1962

Att: 22,882

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Britt, Hurst)

16 November 1963

Att: 23,073

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

County Ground

3 - 3 (Boyce, Brabrook, Hurst)

19 November 1963

Att: 12,050

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Charles J.

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

Burnden Park

1 - 1 (Hurst)

23 November 1963

Att: 11,041

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Brabrook, Byrne, Hurst, Scott)

25 November 1963

Att: 15,754

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Charles J.

Brown

Moore

Scott

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

1 -1 (Moore)

30 November 1963

Att: 23,175

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Byrne

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Brabrook

St Andrews

1 - 2 (Britt)

7 December 1963

Att: 15,483

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Britt

Hurst

Byrne

Upton Park

2 - 2 (Byrne 2)

14 December 1963

Att: 21,950

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Scott

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

Upton Park

6 - 0 (Byrne 3, Boyce, Hurst, Scott)

16 December 1963

Att: 10,160

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Scott

Portman Road

2 - 3 (Brabrook, Byrne [pen])

20 December 1963

Att: 11,730

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

2 - 8 (Byrne 2)

26 December 1963

Att: 20,500

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Peters

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Ewood Park

3 - 1 (Byrne 2, Hurst)

28 December 1963

Att: 28,990

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

It took us 23 minutes to "break the ice" as far as goalscoring was concerned last Monday evening, but before that there had been plenty of thrills for the 25,533 attendance. They had been treated to a scintillating exhibition of controlled ball-play and some " near misses" which inevitably led to later goals. Ron Boyce's "solo" 13 minutes afterwards put us well on the road to victory, and only inches prevented Johnny Byme ending an amazing run on the stroke of half-time with another goal which might well have brought a complete rout of Blackpool. The Seasiders were up against it after the interval, but they gave a stalwart display and kept our tally down to three, the last goal coming from a delightful "chip" which obviously pleased scorer Peter Brabrook. The 'Pool were rewarded for their persistence four minutes from time when hardworking centre-forward Ray Chamley fastened on to a half-chance to toe-end the ball into our net off a post; they also won many friends by the very fair manner in which they played from start to finish, for the game was not marred by any dubious conduct on either side and we can really look forward to the return game at Bloomfield Road next Monday.

The heavy rain that fell until about an hour before kick-off time undoubtedly affected the attendance on our first Friday evening fixture of the season, and it was apparent from the number of "late arrivals" that many did not decide to make their wav to the Boleyn Ground until they saw a slight improvement in the weather. This in turn caused some traffic problems, and the visiting Ipswich Town team actually changed in their coach en route to the ground. Such a hurried arrival could well have had an adverse effect on their play, and from the heavy pressure we put on them in the first half we appeared to be well on the way to our second victory of the season. In fact the margin in our favour at half-time was unexpectedly small, as we were worthy of more than a solitary goal. Even that lone tally took us 39 minutes to achieve, though it was well worth waiting for as Johnny Byrne's pile-driver inside the far post came at the end of a beautiful move in which Peter Brabrook and Tony Scott had a leading part. But as we had created several similar opportunities prior to that it was somewhat disappointing to see only this one accepted. This was to a large extent due to the " defensive wall" erected by the Town, who often had ten of their men in the penalty-area; but despite this we carved several openings with delightful play that should have ended with the desired finish. The persistency of the visitors in their sporadic raids was eventually rewarded when Billy Baxter headed home the ball after an indirect free-kick four yards from our goal, but when we restored our margin seven minutes later it once more looked heavy odds on an eventual Hammers' victory. Again several players contributed to the move which was finished off by Ron Boyce, and the team-work of our XI was a real delight to watch. Unfortunately our dreams were shattered when Ted Phillips sent in one of the drives which kept him among the leading scorers in past seasons, and we were never quite the same after this second equaliser.

5 September 1963

 

BRIAN RHODES having made 71 appearances between the sticks for the Hammers joins his former

West Ham manager Ted Fenton at SOUTHEND UNITED for £3,750

We came in for some criticism at the Bloomfleld Road Ground last Monday, as our style of ptay was not approved by the 18,407 attendance in general. However, before the end of the game they were also directing some ironical cheering at the home forwards who did not show a lot of initiative in their efforts to penetrate our rearguard ; what was perhaps even more significant is the fact that our goal came from a penalty-kick which was awarded when one of their forwards (Des Home) came back into the area to foul Johnny Byrne as he went through with a good scoring chance after beating the Blackpool " wall" which was hurriedly erected when we broke away.

"Budgie" netted from the spot quite comfortably in the 57th minute, and we thus became the first Football League club to complete a "double" in the 1963-64 season.

The Hammers are toppled from top spot by the Blade’ first win of the season. Wagstaff scored after 4 minutes and when Allchurch let fly from 20-yards to make it 0-2 few would have bet on Hammers’ revival. Byrne’s header on 34 minutes and Boyce’s speed of foot just before half-time made it 2-2. Jim Standen in the Hammers’ goal flapped at a cross on 63 minutes to gift Allchurch his second of the game and the Blade’s returned home with a 3-2 victory.

Despite the disappointment at our defeat we had an attendance of 26,282 for this Monday night fixture against Nottingham Forest; it was a beautiful evening, but somehow the Hammers had a "hangover" look about them, and the Midlanders had little difficulty in annexing the points.

An injury to Ken Brown that kept him off the field for ten minutes was unsettling, and in fairness it must be said that after his return he was not by any means fully fit. It made a certain amount of difference, but not really enough to offset a 2-0 defeat. We were unlucky again when Jack Burkett's header hit the post before the visitors scored, but well before the end we looked a beaten team.    

11 September 1963

KEITH McPHERSON (1985-1986) Born this day Greenwich, London

 

This young defender was thrown in at the deep end along with Football Combination colleague George Parris in Hammers' concluding fixture of 1984-85 against League Champions Liverpool at Upton Park, and did enough to justify his selection. Joined West Ham as an apprentice in the summer of 1980 after representing Blackheath and Inner London at schools level, Keith was a member of the Youth Team which won the F.A. Youth Cup in 1981. A regular

member of the Reserves team, he had spells on loan to Cambridge United and Northampton Town, before signing for the Cobblers at a reputed fee of £15,000. He made 216 League and Cup appearances scoring nine goals before joining Reading in August 1990. With the Royals Keith scored another nine goals in 224 League and Cup showings before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion where he made ten appearances in 1998-99. In 2000-01 Macca was

shoring up Slough Town’s defence in the Ryman League and became a firm favourite with the Rebels fans.

McPHERSON Keith RHODES Brian McPherson

Anfield

2 - 1 (Hurst, Peters)

14 September 1963

Att: 45,497

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Dear

We retained the same XI for our visit to the City Ground for the return game with Nottingham Forest. Forest made one change from the side that played here - Jeff Whitefoot at right-half in place of Calvin Palmer (who was transferred to Stoke City an hour before the game).

The score-line of 3-1 against us and the reports of the early part of the game indicate that we had a very hard time against a very enthusiastic and clever side that has now gained nine points out of the last ten and which jumped to third place in the table as a result. Indeed, but for the tremendous form of Jim Standen we would have found ourselves facing a larger margin of arrears than the three goals scored by Dick le Flem (27 mins.), Frank Wignall (60 mins.) and Colin Addison; Jim certainly deserved the ovation given to him by the 25,741 attendance.

However, our side never lost heart, and ten minutes or so from the end Budgie Byrne got one goal for us and Geoff Hurst had an excellent attempt headed off the line by Denis Mochan. We looked just as good as Forest in the arts of the game, but they always seemed to have a man more than us in the strategic spots and our defence (where Dave Bickles again gave a dogged display) had a lot to do against a very clever forward-line.

Our 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient at Upton Park took us into the Third Round of the Football League Cup competition, and we now meet Aston Villa at Villa Park on Wednesday 16th October. There were 11,920 spectators at the game against the Orient. They saw an exciting first half during which the Orient took a ninth-minute lead through an individual goal by Gordon Bolland, and then the Hammers came back to gain the advantage with replies from Tony Scott (21 minutes) and Johnny Byrne (43 minutes). During the second half both sides came close to adding to their score on several occasions, but in general it was far less interesting than the opening period and the "local derby" rather tapered off towards the end.

During the first twenty minutes or so of this League game at White Hart Lane our attacks on the Spurs' goal carved openings which showed apparent limitations in their defence. However, in a like manner we were exposing similar limitations as far as our finishing was concerne; although in fairness it should be said that we found goalkeeper Bill Brown in top form, and he was forced to make two especially good saves to prevent us taking the lead. Nevertheless, apart from these, other opportunities presented themselves, and we should have capitalised to a considerable extent.

On the other hand, when the homesters went into attack they looked much more dangerous when it came to the final thrust, and it was not exactly surprising when they went ahead in the 26th minute; a fine cross by John White found Cliff Jones going in at a tremendous pace to head home and we were one down. Then ever-dangerous Dave Mackay made it two six minutes before half-time with a powerful shot reminiscent of his performance against us last season in the corresponding game.

Immediately on resuming we went furiously into attack and for a while we looked like reducing the arrears. Unfortunately it was not to be, and when a hard cross struck Ken Brown and was diverted into our net the game was as good as over. So the faithful Hammers* fans among the 51,667 gate came away disappointed, after watching their lively side play plenty of good soccer that failed to produce the desired effect.

12 October 1963

 

BOBBY MOORE 15th ENGLAND cap

WALES Home Championship Ninian Park, Cardiff 4-0

441 MOORE Bobby - England

For this Football League Cup-tie at Villa Park we had a considerably-changed line-up from a league encounter with Sheffield Wednesday. The game did not bring a great deal of pleasure to the 11,194 spectators, but it was satisfactory from the Hammers' viewpoint insofar that we took two of a small number of chances to pass into the Fourth Round. The first success came when John Bond drove the ball through a crowd of players in the penalty area from about 35 yards (68 mins.), and then seven minutes later Martin Britt snapped up a pass from Martin Peters to sidestep Nigel Sims and put the ball into an empty net. The Villa gave a generally poor performance and we would have had a much harder task against more determined opposition, but we have hopes that it may be the prelude to brighter weeks ahead.

Aston Villa:

Sims, Wright, Aitken, Crowe, Sleeuwenhoek. Tindall, Baker, Wylie, Hateley, Woosnam, Ewing.

23 October 1963

 

BOBBY MOORE 16th ENGLAND cap

REST OF THE WORLD International Friendly Wembley Stadium 2-1

441 MOORE Bobby - England

3 November 1963

IAN WRIGHT (1998-1999 Born this day Woolwich, London

 

Described by manager Harry Redknapp as the club's biggest ever signing, joining the Hammers 13th July 1998 for an undisclosed fee - rumoured  to be in

the region of £1m. Ian Edward Wright had made the switch across town from London rivals Arsenal after nearly seven years at Highbury. During his time

there, "Wrighty" smashed Cliff Bastin's Arsenal scoring record of 178 goals, and won just about every domestic honour in the game. A favourite in the

changing room, Ian's contribution to team spirit and morale could almost be as important to West Ham as his contribution on the pitch. Scored the only goal

in his Hammers debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough 15th August 1998. The record-breaking striker unfortunately saw his first campaign for West Ham restricted to just 20 starts due to injury. His season ended on a sour note when he was charged by the FA for trashing the referee's room at Upton Park after being sent off by Rob Harris in the match against Leeds United. A TV celebrity, with his own Friday night chat show. Unable to command a regular first-team spot he was loaned out to Nottingham Forest 27th August 1999 and was later snapped up on a free by Celtic. Played for Burnley before finally hanging up his boots at the end of the 99-00 campaign.

WRIGHT Ian

20 November 1963

 

BOBBY MOORE 17th ENGLAND cap

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7 December 1963

MARK BOWEN (1996-1997) Born this day Neath, Wales

 

Versatile defender who can play in either of the full-back berths. Despite playing scrum-half for Aberavon District in his native South Wales, soccer was

always Mark's first love and he first signed apprentice forms for Tottenham Hotspur in June 1980. Bowen found his first team outings few and far between, eventually joined Norwich City for a bargain £90,000 in July 1987. Enjoyed 10 seasons at Carrow Road where he played in two FA Cup semi-finals and also helped the chirpy Canaries into a best-ever third place during the 1992-93 term. Jumped at the chance to return to the Premiership on a free transfer from Norwich City July 1996. Made his Hammers debut against Southampton at Upton Park in a 2-1 victory 24th August 1996. Experienced Welsh international

who proved an excellent squad man. Yen-ned to go to Japan when former team-mate Ossie Ardiles made him an offer of a lifetime. And facing the twilight

of his career, 'H' generously agreed to let him go to the Land of the Rising Sun after just 21 appearances and one goal. Subsequently returned to England

and joined Charlton Athletic. Later played for Wigan Athletic and Reading.

11 December 1963

NIGEL WINTERBURN (2000-2003) Born this day Nuneaton, Warwickshire

 

Veteran defender, Winterburn arrived at Upton Park in the summer of 2000 after over 13 years plying his trade with Hammers' London rivals, Arsenal. Winterburn was snapped up by manager, Harry Redknapp for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be £150,000, Nigel added a wealth of experience to the club's rearguard. Though primarily a left-back, the former Wimbledon man could also play in the wing-back role. Began his career at Birmingham City before moving on to join the Dons where he spent four successful years. He was signed by Arsenal for £407,000 in May 1987, and enjoyed glittering success at Highbury, which included Championship triumphs, FA Cup victories, League Cup wins and a European Cup Winners Cup medal. In total, he made nearly 600 appearances for the North London outfit, and also collected two England international caps. Made his Hammers debut along with Davor Suker against our West London rivals Chelsea which resulted in a 2-4 defeat at Stamford Bridge on the 19th August 2000. Showing amazing fitness and stamina for a 37 year-old, Nigel won over the Upton Park faithful with his determination and battling displays. As the 2001-02 campaign drew to a close, it was announced that the

38 year-old left back would be handed a free transfer as boss Glen Roeder made moves to trim the size and wage bill of his squad. Nigel, however, agreed

to take a pay-cut in order to fulfil his ambition of enjoying one more year as a Premiership player. Nigel was “Out of Contract” 10th June 2003.

BOWEN Mark WINTERBURN Nigel 63_10_26 Manchester United v. WHU

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The opening 20 minutes of the encounter with the Wolves did not bring a high standard of football, however, the rally of exchanges became increasingly interesting immediately after Wolves opened the scoring with a goal from Alan Hinton in the 50th minute. Johnny Byrne equalised a quarter-hour from time and we also succeeded in netting on another occasion with a splendid effort from Bobby Moore that was disallowed through another attacker being consided offside. The Hammers had to settle for a well earned point.

West Bromwich Albion players put the ball into the net three times in the opening twelve minutes of our League fixture at Upton Park. The first of these in the third min¬ute was an own goal by Terry Simpson, but the counters of Ken Foggo and Bobby Cram set the Throstles 2-1 ahead. It was a margin the visitors held for 51 minutes; then Geoff Hurst scored twice, one from the penalty spot on 65 minutes and again five minutes later to put the Hammers in the lead, Peter Brabrook made the final score 4-2 two minutes from time.

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Both sides contributed a full share to 90 minutes of a high standard of entertainment, and the goal by which Gordon Harris put Burnley ahead was a very good one. Nevertheless it was subsequently surpassed by Alan Sealey's equaliser, and from thence onwards we pounded the visitors' goal without achiev¬ing the success which the majority of those present thought must surely come.

West Ham 'keeper Jim Standen kept the Sheffield Wednesday attack at bay for 57 minutes at Hillsborough, but was then beaten by Colin Dobson for the Yorkshiremen to go one up. The Owls continued their pressure, and within five minutes Mark Pearson settled the issue with an 18-yard drive; the third and final tally came eight minutes from time through Edwin Holliday.

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