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1964-65 Football League : First Division

LIVERPOOL : Charity Shield

Anfield

2 - 2 (Byrne, Hurst)

15 August 1964

Att: 38,858

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Manager: Ron Greenwood

64_08_15 Liverpool v. WHU Charity ECWC Ghent

Johnny Byrne, Peter Brabrook, Alan Sealey, Eddie Bovington and John Sissons sunning themselves on the deck of the boat which took the party across the North Sea to Ostend.

FULHAM : Football League First Division

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Football League First Division

BURNLEY : Football League First Division

LA GANTOISE : European Cup Winners Cup (Preliminary Round 1st leg)

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League First Division

SUNDERLAND : Football League First Division

EVERTON : Football League First Division

ASTON VILLA : Football League First Division

LA GANTOISE : European Cup Winners Cup (Preliminary Round 2nd leg)

LIVERPOOL : Football League First Division

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY : Football League First Division

BLACKPOOL : Football League First Division

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League First Division

ARSENAL : Football League First Division

LEEDS UNITED : Football League First Division

SPARTAK PRAGUE : European Cup Winners Cup (Second Round 1st leg)

CHELSEA : Football League First Division

LEICESTER CITY : Football League First Division

FULHAM : Football League First Division

SPARTAK PRAGUE : European Cup Winners Cup (Second Round 2nd leg)

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League First Division

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League First Division

CONTINUE 2 64_11_14 Arsenal v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

SECOND-HALF

64_10_31 Blackpool v. WHU

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64_11_28 Chelsea v. WHU

Image courtesy of Richard Miller

Craven Cottage

2 - 1 (Byrne, Sissons)

22 August 1964

Att: 31,218

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Byrne, Hurst, Sissons)

24 August 1964

Att: 37,298

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Byrne [pen], Sissons)

28 August 1964

Att: 26,852

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Byrne 3)

12 September 1964

Att: 36,730

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Turf Moor

2 - 3 (Boyce, Byrne)

19 September 1964

Att: 13,541

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Stade Jules Otten

1 - 0 (Boyce)

23 September 1964

Att: 18,000

Standen

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Byrne 2 [1 pen], Sissons

26 September 1964

Att: 22,526

Standen

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Roker Park

1 - 4 (Brabrook)

30 September 1964

Att: 22,382

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Goodison Park

1 - 1 (Byrne)

3 October 1964

Att: 45,430

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Byrne) Agg: 2 - 1

7 October 1964

Att: 24,000

Dickie

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 0 (Boyce, Byrne, Peters)

10 October 1964

Att: 20,703

Standen

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Anfield

2 - 2 (Hurst 2)

17 October 1964

Att: 36,029

Standen

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Hillsborough

1 - 2 (Brabrook)

24 October 1964

Att: 22,795

Standen

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Bloomfield Road

2 - 1 (Brabrook, Hurst)

31 October 1964

Att: 14,383

Standen

Bond

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Hurst

Sissons

Scott

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Sissons)

7 November 1964

Att: 22,725

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Highbury

3 - 0 (Byrne, Hurst, Peters)

14 November 1964

Att: 36,026

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Byrne, Kirkup, Peters)

21 November 1964

Att: 28,163

Standen

Kirkup

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Bond, Sealey)

25 November 1964

Att: 27,590

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Stamford Bridge

3 - 0 (Hurst, Peters, Sealey)

28 November 1964

Att: 44,204

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

0 - 0

5 December 1964

Att:

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Letna Stadium

1 - 2 (Sissons)

9 Devember 1964

Att:

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

2 - 0 (Byrne 2)

12 December 1965

Att: 21,985

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

City Ground

2 - 3 (Byrne, Hurst)

19 December 1964

Att: 20,009

StandenBondBurkettBovingtonBrownPetersBrabrookBoyceByrneHurstSissons

St Andrews

1 - 2 (Hurst)

26 December 1964

Att: 23,324

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Peters

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

Upton Park

2 - 1 (Byrne [pen], Kirkup)

28 December 1964

Att: 23,855

Standen

Kirkup

Peters

Bovington

Brown

Boyce

Sealey

Hurst

Byrne

Sissons

Scott

The annual Charity Shield match was played at Anfield, where West Ham and Liverpool shared the trophy after a 2-2 draw. After winning 2-1 at Fulham on the opening day there was a good attendance of 37,298 at Upton Park for the visit of Manchester United. The FA Cup was paraded around the pitch beforehand and this set the mood for the Hammers to win 3-1. The big London derby at home to Tottenham was won 3-2, with Johnny Byrne scoring all three goals. Now playing in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the team travelled to Belgium where they won 1-0; in the return at Upton Park it finished 1-1.

The League Cup brought a dismal 4-1 defeat at Sunderland but in November West Ham were the pride of London, winning 3-0 at both Arsenal and Chelsea. A European tie beckoned and after beating Sparta Prague 2-0 at home the Hammers progressed on aggregate, having lost 2-1 in Czechoslovakia. The FA Cup began with a thrilling tie at home against Birmingham City – the Hammers were losing 2-0 but fought back to win 4-2. The next round brought a disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea.

Back in Europe, bustling inside-forward Brian Dear scored in the 2-1 win in Lausanne and netted two more in a 4-3 victory in the return leg with the Swiss team. The semi-final with Real Zaragoza ended 2-1 in the Hammers favour and after drawing 1-1 in Spain they were now in the final, where they would meet the German side TSV Munich at Wembley.

Brian Dear was on form – against West Bromwich Albion at home he scored five goals in 20 minutes as the Hammers won 6-1. The league campaign ended with a 2-1 win against Blackpool, which ensured a respectable ninth-place finish. Three weeks later a 100,000-strong crowd at Wembley witnessed one of the greatest club matches in Europe. An exciting match saw West Ham win the Cup Winners’ Cup after beating TSV Munich 2-0, with two goals from Alan Sealey. Captain Bobby Moore collected the trophy as the Hammers anthem ‘Bubbles’ rang round the stadium.

16 July 1964

COLIN FOSTER (1989-1994) Born this day Chislehurst, Kent

 

Clubs: Leyton Orient, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, Notts County, Watford, Cambridge United

The 6'4 centre-half started out life at Leyton Orient, for whom he made his senior bow in January 1982. Nottingham Forest's Brian Clough came calling some five years later, paving the way for a £50,000 switch to the City Ground. Foster, however, would return to London just two seasons later, signing for Lou Macari's Hammers in September 1989. In his first season at the Boleyn Ground, Foster made 22 league appearances, as West Ham finished seventh in the Second Division, narrowly missing out on a Play-Off spot. Under the stewardship of Billy Bonds, Foster would become a mainstay of the Hammers' back-four in the following two campaigns, as the Club yo-yoed between the top two tiers of English Football. His crowning moment, meanwhile, in claret and blue duly arrived on 11 March 1991, in an FA Cup sixth-round tie against Everton at the Boleyn Ground. Having scored just twice previously for the Club, Foster was perhaps an unlikely hero as his right-foot volley flew beyond Neville Southall. Stuart Slater's subsequent strike fired the Hammers into the last four, though Foster and his teammates would suffer a humbling 4-0 reverse against his former employers Forest at Villa Park. As his West Ham career ground to an unfortunate halt, Foster initially joined Notts County on loan, before making a permanent move to Watford. The Hammers' No5 left the Club with 112 appearances and six goals to his name.

FOSTER Colin

FA Cup holders West Ham United travelled to Anfield to meet League champions Liverpool in the annual Charity Shield match and the 38,858 in attendance witnessed a thrilling spectacle. Johnny Byrne and Geoff Hurst went close to scoring before the Reds went ahead on 28 minutes through Wallace. West Ham equalised a minute from the interval when a delectable chip from Eddie Bovington fell to Byrne who steered the ball past Lawrence. Four minutes into the second half, Liverpool full-back Gerry Byrne hit a 30-yarder into the top corner. Liverpool piled on the pressure but the Hammers held out and six minutes from time Hurst was on hand to grab the equaliser, meaning the Shield was shared.

64_08_15 Liverpool v. WHU Charity Shield 64_08_22 Fulham v. WHU 64_08_24 WHU v. Manchester United

West Ham travelled across London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage. The early stages found the Cottagers in control but their forwards, inspired by Haynes, could not finish. The Hammers took the lead on 17 minutes with a fine goal from Johnny Byrne, who rounded Macedo to finish. Fulham levelled on 66 minutes when Metchick scored off the post. Six minutes later Macedo failed to hold a shot from Geoff Hurst and Johnny Sissons slammed it home to give the Hammers the lead again. Centre-half Ken Brown was in outstanding form as West Ham held on for a 2-1 victory.

24 August 1964

LEROY ROSENIOR (1988-1992) Born this day Balham, London

 

The big striker became an immediate favourite with the Hammers fans by scoring on his debut against Watford on the 19 March 1988 (the club he turned down to join the Hammers) and went on to net four more, two of them in the decisive game with Chelsea which secured Hammers' First Division status in 1987-88. Rosenior began his career with Fulham in December 1982 but joined Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £50,000 prior to the 1985-86 season. Unable to establish himself at Loftus Road, "Rosie" returned to Craven Cottage at the start of 1987-88 where he scored 22 goals in the Third Division before joining West Ham in March 1988 for a £275,000 fee. Tall, powerful striker who will threaten defences on the ground and in the air. At the end of the 89-90 season Leroy indicated to new manager Bonds that a change of clubs would be best, after a season of injuries and with the abundance of strikers at the club, he was reluctantly placed on the transfer list. After starting the 1991-92 campaign as first choice striker along with Mike Small he eventually transferred to Bristol City making 51 appearances. After a period as Bristol City's youth team coach Rosenior's first managerial post was with Southern League Premier side Gloucester City. Rosenior returned to non-league, managing Merthyr Tydfil before moving to Torquay United and then Brentford befire returned to Torquay United as head coach on 17 May 2007.

ROSENIOR Leroy 64_08_28 WHU v. Nottingham Forest 64_08_24 WHU v. Manchester United 64_12_28 WHU v. Birmingham City variation 64_12_28 WHU v. Birmingham City

Variation Cover

Image courtesy of Roy Richardson

The reason for difference in the cover design is simple. Helliers' ran out of their pre-printed stock and topped up their print run with last seasons left over pre-printed stock  and over-printed in green ink. Not sure of the numbers involved but the green cover is definitely the harder of the two to come by.

0856 Liverpool Charity Shield 01 0856 Liverpool Charity Shield 02

MANCHESTER UNITED : Football League First Division

Old Trafford

1 - 3 (Stiles [og])

2 September 1964

Att: 45,415

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

64_09_02 Manchester United v. WHU

1 July 1964

ROGER CROSS signs apprentice forms

CROSS Roger

3 September 1964

ALAN DICKENS (1983-1989) Born this day Plaistow, London

 

Signed apprentice July 1981. Had the Nottingham pressmen in a quandary when he scored in his surprise debut on the 18 December 1982 at Notts County; such was his anonymity until that moment, it was said many of them had trouble getting his name right! It's doubtful to happen again, as he afterwards staked a powerful claim for a regular place in the senior side; "Dicko" had been compared with Trevor Brooking in his hey-day, and missed only one League and Cup game in 1985-86. Came back from a knee operation at the start of 1987-88 season to play up front alongside Tony Cottee following the departure of Frank McAvennie. Rarely receives the recognition his undoubted talents deserve from the terraces. Alan is good on the ball and wastes few passes, though he had to improve the competitive side of his game and was always willing to compete. He wanted to get away from Upton Park at the end of the 1988-89 season when the club was relegated to the Second Division. On 10 August 1989 Chelsea paid £635,000 to acquire the signature of this talented midfield player after a Football League tribunal which included his former manager John Lyall had set the fee. Alas things didn't work out for him at Stamford Bridge and was forced to ply his trade in the Conference league and later became a taxi driver.

STOKE CITY : Football League First Division

Victoria Ground

1 - 3 (Byrne)

5 September 1964

Att: 26,886

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Brown

Moore

Brabrook

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Sissons

64_09_05 Stoke City v. WHU

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Hurst 2, Byrne [pen], Moore, Sissons)

7 September 1964

Att: 26,879

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurs

tSissons

64_09_07 WHU v. Wolverhampton

11 September 1964

GEORGE PARRIS (1985-1993) Born this day Ilford, Essex

 

A schoolboy star with Redbridge, Essex, London and England. George joined Hammers as an apprentice professional on the 14 July 1981, and was signed as a full professional the following year 8th September 1982. Making his First Division debut along with Keith McPherson in the last game of the 1984-85 season, 20 May 1985 against Liverpool at Upton Park in a 0-3 defeat by the Anfield club. George made a considerable impact soon after the start of the following campaign, and gained a regular First team spot. A great competitor, "Smokey" or "Chicken" was a tremendous asset to the squad. Wolverhampton Wanderers made an unsuccessful bid to take him to Molineux in May 1990 for a reputed fee of £200,000 but choose instead to stay and help Hammers win back their place in the top flight. At the end of a highly satisfying 1990-91 season in which West Ham were promoted George was voted runner-up in the Hammer of the Year poll behind Ludo Miklosko, another measure of his popularity at Upton Park. After undergoing an operation to repair cartilage and knee ligament damage in December 1991, he never really established himself back in the First team and was allowed to join Birmingham City in March 1993 for a fee of £100,000.  Injuries and a change of manager in November 1993 saw him fall out of favour and he spent the 1994–95 season on loan at Brentford, Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion before being released.

64_09_12 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Football League First Division

Molineux

3 - 4 (Brabrook, Byrne [pen], Harris [og])

14 September 1964

Att: 19,405

Standen

Bond

Burkett

Bovington

Peters

Moore

Sealey

Boyce

Byrne

Hurst

Brabrook

64_09_14 Wolverhampton Wanderers v. WHU 64_09_19 Burnley v. WHU 64_09_23 La Gantoise v. WHU ECWC

The club’s first-ever European adventure in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. We were drawn to play away in thef irst leg of the preliminary round of the Cup Winners' Cup against La Gantoise of Belgium. Travel plans were very different in those days, and we actually went across the North Sea by boat (almost unheard of for clubs going abroad for such matches these days). It was via Ostend, and we subsequently had pictures of the players sunning themselves on deck during the voyage over. 500 Hammers fans were there in Ghent to see us take a single goal lead in preparation for the second leg. Ronnie Boyce headed the games decisive goal following a corner-kick which eluded everyone to find the net; much to the surprise of the home goalkeeper who turned out in a heavy jersey and flat cap more reminiscent of the early 1900s than today's multi-coloured raiment worn between the sticks for international matches.

Within three minutes of the start of our home League game against Sheffield United we found ourselves in arrears against the then runners-up in the League table. However, in a scintillating display the Hammers netted three times before the interval, and the Blades had conceded more goals in 45 minutes than they had let in during the whole of any of their previous games. The visitors soon dropped their offside trap after we had penetrated this form of defence on several occasions, and the over-robust tactics of some of their players likewise contributed to their downfall. Johnny Byrne helped himself to two goals, including one from the penalty spot. John Sissons got the other as the Hammers put Sheffield United to the sword. The scoring opportunities after the interval were less frequent, partially due to a tightening up of defence and also undoubtedly because the tremendous pace of the first half was bound to take its eventual toll on stamina.

64_09_26 WHU v. Sheffield United 64_09_30 Sunderland v. WHU FLC 2

The Hammers conceded a third-minute goal (Mulhall being the scorer), as the Roker Park side put us under heavy pressure, and in turn Mitchinson, Sharkey and Usher netted to put us four goals in arrears after only 38 minutes' play. An injury to McNab soon after half-time depleted the North-Easterners, but they successfully closed their ranks and we could reduce our arrears by only one goal; Johnny Byrne sent John Sissons away and the winger's centre was headed home by Peter Brabrook coming in from the other side. We thus made a quick exit from a competition in which we did so well last season.

2 October 1964

MITCHELL THOMAS (1991-1994) Born this day Luton, Bedfordshire

 

Cost Hammers £500,000 when he joined from London rivals Tottenham Hotspur shortly before the start of the 1991-92 season. The former England B and Under-21 international brought more versatility to the squad, having played in both full-back positions as well as in midfield. "Mitch" joined his local club, Luton Town, from school and he became David Pleat's first signing when the former Hatters' boss moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 1986. Mitchell made his Hammers debut against the Hatters at Upton Park on the 17 August 1991 in a 0-0 draw along with fellow newcomers Ken Brown and Mike Small. Thomas was a regular in the Hammers' side in his initial season and would have added to his total had it not been for a back injury and suspensions. After Julian Dicks returned from injury, he switched from left-back to central midfield where his height and determination were always a factor. Made his last appearance in the first team in September 1992 and in October 1993 he went on the transfer list at his own request. Mitchell went on loan to his former club Luton Town 12 November 1993 and the long-running saga ended when he rejoined his first club on a free transfer on 31 March 1994 where he once again teamed-up with David Pleat. Transferred to Burnley for the 1999-00 season and went on to record 99 league appearances for the Clarets before retiring in 2002.

64_10_03 Everton v. WHU

3 October 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 25th ENGLAND cap

NORTHERN IRELAND Home Championship Windsor Park, Belfast 4-3

64_10_07 WHU v. La Gantoise ECWC

The Hammers first-ever European Cup Winners tie at Upton Park drew a 24,000 attendance for the second leg of our Preliminary Round Tie v La Gantoise of Belgium. The visiting side were all part-time professionals, and the match officials were all from Norway. Alan Dickie was playing in goal in place of the injured Jim Standen. It was unusual to see Martin Peters in the No. 3 jersey (Jack Burkett usually occupied that position), but although Martin was debited with the Belgians' counter (a 33rd-minute own goaf) he displayed ability which led many of us to consider that he could well have earned inter¬national honours in that position; one recalls that he was credited by England manager Alf Ramsey as "a player ten years ahead of his time." Budgie Byrne scored for us two minutes prior to the interval, and we held on to the 2-1 aggregate to pass into the next round. Incidentally the draws for UEFA matches in those days were made in Brussels (not in Switzerland as nowadays).

64_10_10 WHU v. Aston Villa

7 October 1964

WARREN DONALD (1983-84) Born this day Hillingdon, Middlesex

 

Warren Donald joined West Ham United as an apprentice on 27 April 1981. A battling midfield play-maker who made his initial senior appearance in the friendly clash with Scottish Champions Dundee United at Upton Park 19 February 1983. Had to wait until Boxing Day 1983 for his Football League baptism against Southampton at Upton Park in a 0-1 defeat, coming on as a substitute for the injured Frank Lampard. Despite his limited First XI opportunities at the Boleyn Ground, this former Berkshire and England schoolboy star looked set for a bright future in the game. After an initial loan spell at Northampton Town, "Wozzer" joined the Fourth Division outfit on a permanent basis on 1 November 1985 for a £11,000 fee and linked up with another ex-Hammer Mark Schiavi at the County Ground. Donald went on to play 188 League games for the Cobblers and was a member of the side that won promotion from the Fourth Division in 1986-87. Later played for Colchester United, Kettering Town, Nuneaton Borough, Raunds Town, Daventry Town and finally Stamford AFC in the Eastern Division of the Southern League.

West Ham returned to league action with a win over their visitors from the Midlands following their European exploits. The Hammers overcame La Gantoise 2-1 on aggregate in the European Cup Winners' Cup three days before they dispatched Villa at the Boleyn Ground. Martin Peters, Johnny Byrne and Ronnie Boyce scored the goals to ensure a comfortable afternoon for the home side. The Hammers went onto finish ninth this season with Villa ending up in 16th position.

21 October 1964

 

BOBBY MOORE 26th ENGLAND cap

BELGIUM an International Friendly Wembley Stadium, London 2-2

64_10_17 Liverpool v. WHU

We visited Anfleld for the second time in the space of a couple of months. Having drawn 2-2 with Liverpool in the F.A. Charity Shield match a week before the opening of the season, we repeated the performance in a League engage¬ment. Geoff Hurst scored both goals to round off his happy week (he was married four days earlier).

64_10_24 WHU v. Sheffield Wednesday

After a run of four unbeaten games we were at home to Sheffield Wednesday. John Fantham got Wednesday's first goal in the 14th minute, but with only six minutes to go Peter Brabrook finally put one past the defiant Ron Springett in the visitors' goal. However, the joy of our 22,795 fans was short-lived, as John Quinn again put The Owls ahead a minute later for them to collect the points.

64_10_31 Blackpool v. WHU

A week after a 2-1 home reverse against Sheffield Wednesday we reversed our fortunes with a similar result against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, the Hammers' scorers in our 2-1 victory being Peter Brabrook and Geoff Hurst. This made up our total of points to 17 from 16 games.

6 November 1964

STEWART ROBSON (1987-1991) Born this day Billericay, Essex

 

"Robbo" joined Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1978 and made his debut for the Gunners against West Ham at Upton Park a month after his 17th birthday. A regular first team player at Highbury under Terry Neil and later Don Howe. After the arrival of George Graham as manager in May 1986, Robson found himself frozen out and he signed for West Ham on the 6 January 1987 for a fee of £650,000 and made his debut against Coventry City 24 January at Highfield Road. Voted Hammer of the Year at the end of his first full season at the club. An unselfish workhorse, Stewart showed his willingness to help the team's cause by switching to right-back during the worst of the club's injury crisis. He is at his most effective in the heart of midfield, where his sheer determination wins many tackles. Missed the best part of the 1988-89, and 1989-90 seasons, for which he was forced to undergo an operation for a serious pelvic injury, made an astonishing comeback in the Littlewoods Cup-tie away to Derby County in 1990 due to lack of fit players. It ended the heartache of three operations and fear that he might not play again. In March 1991 he joined First Division Coventry City on a month's loan and made the move permanent when he signed on a free transfer for the Sky Blues on 22 May 1991 going on to make 57 league appearances before retiring due to injury in the summer of 1995. Robson later joined Wimbledon as a youth coach, eventually moving up the ranks to become reserve team manager and then first-team coach until leaving in December 2001. In 2003 he spent a short spell as first-team coach and as caretaker manager at Southend United between March and April 2003. In 2004 he joined Rushden & Diamonds as technical director of football. Robson has now carved himself out a media career with Talksport and ESPN.

64_11_07 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers

Ken Brown was captain against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park due to the enforced absence of Bobby Moore, who was in the London Hospital awaiting an operation. The game was mainly disappointing to the 22,725 attendance, especially when the Rovers went in front midway through the first half; John Byrom was the scorer. We were then handicapped by an injury to Peter Brabrook, but made a recovery that led to John Sissons equalising 18 minutes after the interval. There were no further goals, so we had to be content with a share of the spoils.

64_11_14 Arsenal v. WHU

Our visit to Highbury for a First Division fixture attracted a 36,026 gate; the Hammers were in very good form away from home at that time, and a 3-0 victory over the Gunners made our record up to three wins and two draws in five successive fixtures on opponents' grounds. On this occasion Geoff Hurst's shot went in off David Court's boot for the first to put us one-up at the interval, but there was no fluke about the two final goals; Johnny Byrne made it 2-0 on the hour, and Martin Peters converted Alan Sealey's pass to com¬plete a resounding victory.

18 November 1964

 

JOHNNY BYRNE 9th ENGLAND cap

WALES Home Championship Wembley Stadium, London 2-1

64_11_21 WHU v. Leeds United

A performance par excellence by the Hammers against Leeds United in a First Division fixture at the Boleyn Ground, where 28,150 fans turned out for the visit of Leeds United. The Yorkshire club had secured seven successive victories in their League games, and totalled 26 points from 18 games to hold third place in the standings. We had 19 points from one game fewer. Joe Kirkup who came into the side to replace the injured John Bond opened our score in the 16th minute. "Budgie" Byrne added the second four minutes later, and Martin Peters put us three up 10 minutes before the interval. Seven minutes after the restart Don Revie's team hit back to score through Rod Belfitt; but although the remainder of the game was a ding-dong tussle there was no further scoring.

64_11_25 WHU v. Spartak Praha ECWC 1R 1L

22 November 1964

ROBBIE SLATER (1995-1996) Born this day Ormskirk, Lancashire

 

Shot to fame at the beginning of 94-95 campaign when he played in the Charity Shield for Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United. Signed from the Ewood Park club in part exchange for Matt Holmes 14th August 1995, Holmes was rated at £1.2m by Rovers and they paid West Ham £600,000 plus Slater for the diminutive winger's services. Made his Hammers bow against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground 26th August in a 1-1 draw. Born in Ormskirk, Lancashire in 1964, Robbie's family moved to Australia when he was a young boy and grew up there. He played for Anderlecht in Belgium before moving to Lens in France where he won a French League Cup winners medal. Joined Blackburn Rovers for £350,000 and capped off his first year in England with a Premiership championship medal. Slater frustrated both the Hammers fans and the management with a string of erratic displays and minor injuries. Slater moved to Southampton for a more realistic £250,000 in August 1996. Subsequently released by Wolverhampton Wanderers, he returned to Oz where he played for Northern Spirit.

A great night at Upton Park. The First Leg of our First Round tie in the European Cup Winners' Cup against Sparta Prague of Czechoslovakia. It was actually our second tie in the tournament, as we had earlier played against La Gantoise in the Preliminary Round. The pattern of play during the first-half was very much of a "chessboard" style as the respective sides sized each other up. The Hammers opened up after the interval, and gained a two-goal advantage to take away with John Bond (53 mins) and Alan Sealey (82 mins) as the scorers. The attendance was 27,590.

64_11_28 Chelsea v. WHU

Six months on from lifting the FA Cup at Wembley for the first time in the Club's history, Ron Greenwood's West Ham United chalked up another memorable victory. Having defeated Arsenal and Leeds United in their previous two league fixtures and scored a 2-0 win over Sparta Prague in the European Cup Winners' Cup second round first leg in midweek, the Hammers travelled to Chelsea full of confidence. Alan Sealey, who would score both goals in West Ham's Cup Winners' Cup final victory over TSV 1860 Munich the following May, opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge after just eight minutes. Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst then made the game safe. Amazingly, West Ham's win meant they had scored at least one goal in every one of their 19 league matches played thus far in the 1964/65 season. The Hammers would complete the double over Chelsea the following April, but the Blues would knock the holders out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage in January 1965.

64_12_05 WHU v. Leicester City 64_12_09 Spartak Praha away

It may sound strange to say that a 1-2 defeat produced one of the best performances of the 1964-65 season. But although we lost an away game by that score against the Czecho-Slovakia club Spartak, it was sufficient to carry us through to the Quarter-Finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, after we had beaten them 2-0 at Upton Park in the first leg. The 120 Hammers' fans who made the journey will have happy recol¬lections of the visit they made to Prague, on a sunny wintry day with the pitch cleared of snow on the morning of the game. John Sissons scored our goal, but man-of-the-match was Ron Boyce. who took over from the injured Bobby Moore in a "sweeper" role.

64_12_12 WHU v. Fulham

A local derby with Fulham at the Boleyn Ground following a midweek European trip to Prague. Despite that long trip, West Ham were a goal up inside ten minutes when Martin Peters was fouled and Johnny Byrne fired the resulting free-kick past Tony Macedo. Fulham had two goals disallowed before the Hammers, with Eddie Bovington keeping a firm grip on England's Johnny Haynes, made the game safe with Byrne's second. The 2-0 victory saw West Ham move up to fourth in the table.

64_12_19 Nottingham Forest v. WHU

After seven successive League games without defeat, we ended that run by losing 2-3 against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. We opened the score in the 33rd minute but were 2-1 down by half-time. Although an injury to Jeff Whitefoot reduced the Forest threat to some extent, their ten-plus men got another goal before we pulled back to a goal behind . . . but all in vain. Forest completed a "double" over the Hammers.

64_12_26 Birmingham City v. WHU

Our Boxing Day fixture in 1964 was against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's. The Blues were trying out a new defensive system; and it evidently worked, as we did not succeed in scoring until the last kick of the match. Meanwhile the homesters' counters in the 34th and 74th minutes had ensured that their unbeaten run had been stretched to five.

Two days after our Boxing Day defeat to Birmingham City at St Andrews, for the return engagement at Upton Park, John Bond, Jack Burkett and Martin Peters were out of the line-up, their places being taken by Joe Kirkup, Tony Scott and Alan Sealey; the shirt-numbers were also shuffled around. City again opened the score, Brian Sharpies scoring after ten minutes' play; but a 30th-minute penalty-conversion by Johnny Byrne and Joe Kirkup's successful upfield foray 20 minutes from time brought our revenge by the same 2-1 count.

DICKENS Alan & Me DICKENS Alan PARRIS George PARRIS George & Steve THOMAS Mitchell 441 MOORE Bobby - England DONALD Warren ROBSON Stewart ROBSON Stewart & Steve 461 BYRNE Johnny - England SLATER Robbie 64_08_28 WHU v. Nottingham Forest 64_09_07 WHU v. Wolves 64_09_12 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur 64_09_23 La Gantoise v. WHU 64_10_07 WHU v. La Gantoise 64_11_07 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 64_11_21 WHU v. Leeds United 64_11_25 WHU v. Spartak Prague 64_12_05 WHU v. Leicester City 64_12_09 Spartak Praha v. WHU ECWC 64_12_12 WHU v. Fulham