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One Irons image shows how the game has changed

May be a black-and-white image of 2 people, people sitting, indoor and text that says "TOTTENHAM COURT n"

The image above courtesy of Old London Photographs shows how the game has changed out of all recognition over the last 50 years plus and not for the better.

Can anyone imagine David Moyes sitting waiting for a tube to take him back to the club with the FA Cup under his arm.

Well that was the very ordinary situation facing Hammers legendary manager Ron Greenwood when the Irons won the cup in the May of 1964 beating Preston North End following an epic semi final victory over Manchester United.

Instead of a luxury journey back home the Hammers boss of the time tucked the FA Cup under his coat as he waited for the underground.

Ron was a magnificent manager who has been credited with developing the near post corner which was taken up by Alf Ramsey as England went on to win the World Cup under Mooro a couple of years later.

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But in this photo we see how humble but incredibly important football remained as a game before so many millions of £s entered the game and changed it forever.

Love the woman’s expression sitting alongside!

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7 comments on “One Irons image shows how the game has changed

  1. Sadly it’s not just football. Society has changed too. Imagine if Moyse did fancy a trip on the tube, how many muppets would feel entitled to get in his face and give him grief for whatever. People had more respect in bygone days. Now it’s all about their rights but not their responsibilities.

  2. What was Ron doing at Tottenham Court Road ? He must’ve got lost!

  3. Probably went shopping on the way home. Silver polish maybe?

  4. There was probably a replacement bus service between Aldgate East and Barking on the District Line, and Ron didn’t need the aggravation!

  5. It was all like that. I can remember travelling up to Mansfield (I think it was) around 1968 with the team on the train. Harry came through on his way to the buffet car. (Can’t say if he came back with a can of beer.)
    After the match we were on a miserable railway station platform, with Moore, Hurst, and Peters standing in a group looking pi**ed off. Wish I’d had a camera but could only just manage the train fare.

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