Farewell Boleyn: The men who birthed the Academy


Cassettari Cafe.jpg

Cassettari Cafe.jpg

A group of players – some who would shape English football throughout the 60s and 70s – hold a reunion in the room where as players they worked out the tactics that would help propel West Ham into the top division.

Inspired by the Hungarians defeat of England at Wembley in 1953 they realised English football needed to change and with it, perhaps without knowing it, they gave birth to the Academy of West Ham.

Jimmy Andrews, Dave Sexton, Noel Cantwell, Malcolm Allison, John Bond, Frank O’Farrell and  Malcolm Musgrove complete with cafe owner Vic Cassettari pose for the camera in the upstairs room of the old cafe, condiments laid out on the table as it was with those that the tactics and player movements were worked out.

Over the next coming weeks, one by one I will profile what being a member of this club led to for each member. Some of the country’s biggest clubs were managed by this select band and every English trophy was won and even Euro glory for one member.

Words and pictures for our fascinating ‘Farewell Boleyn’ series are provided by passionate lifelong supporter and ClaretandHugh historian Nigel Kahn.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Farewell Boleyn: The men who birthed the Academy

  1. I think MOORO was blessed by having these guys to draw off !
    Amazing picture , real meaningful proud history.

    Nice one Nigel .

  2. Thanks so much for sharing all the memories of the past. They offer a real eye opener of how west ham, football and life used to be. Please keep them coming.

  3. When I was young I remember Peters scoring against Spurs in a ‘one touch’ passing move involving 11 players, 10 passes and a shot, that was when the football world see the ‘West Ham way and I realised what it was ⚒

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