Farewell Boleyn: Famous FA Cup tie victory


West-Ham-Uniteds-1975-With the Hammers visiting Liverpool this weekend in The F.A Cup, we look back to another great cup victory in our history.

This photo is from inside the dressing room is at Stamford Bridge after the replay victory over Ipswich Town in the semi final with two goal hero  21 year old Alan Taylor  centre of attention.

The smiling Bobby Gould is on Taylor’s Shoulder and though he played in both semi-final games, sadly  he missed out on appearing in the Final Itself. To Bobby’s left looks like the forehead of Billy Jennings, who would have been a relieved man as his dreadful own goal from a corner had cancelled out Taylor’s first to equalise to the Tractor Boys.

John McDowell is far right and Trevor Brooking and Patsy Holland on the left.

The player obscured by Holland remain a mystery at the moment to me. There are  players from the game not listed -Billy Bonds, Kevin Lock, Mervyn Day, Frank Lampard and Tommy Taylor.

The man at the front in the loud shirt is the late great Graham Paddon

Little did anyone in football realise but that team would be the last ever all English team to win the FA Cup. As modern football progresses it looks like an honour that will never be lost.

Words from ClaretandHugh historian Nigel Kahn

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Michael Miller says:

    9th April 1975 at Stamford Bridge – I think there was chaos before the game because they made the entrance fee an odd amount and the gate staff didn’t have any change.

  • PeteW says:

    Keith Robson I reckon Got injured in earlier round

  • rickthehammer63 says:

    hidden player looks like Tommy Taylor

  • COYI247 says:

    Ah the memories! I was at that game, and left the ground in 7th Heaven; we were going to WEMBLEY!
    Another stat for you about that night: Chelsea had recently built their main stand (opposite the shed…which was still grotty; you walked up a muddy bank to get to it…unbelievable!) …AND WEST HAM (…and er…cough… Ipswich) were the 1st team to fill it!…..Yeeeessss!
    It was appalling weather that evening, but who cared? We’d won and were on our way to Wembley.
    Mervyn Day behind the late great Graham Paddon? And I agree, Tommy Taylor behind Pat Holland? HAPPY DAYS!

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