The most astonishing Hammers goal ever v City


(231) Ron Boyce for West Ham vs Man City – YouTube

A brief look back at an amazing game against Saturday’s visitors Manchester City which took place over 50 years ago in a mud bath on March 21 in the 1969-70 season to be precise.

A 4-1 away win by the Irons !

Joe Corrigan didn’t think it was funny at the time, but he provided one of football’s most amusing incidents which is still repeated on television.

“Ticker” Boyce

It was the 82nd minute, 3-1 down as the City goalkeeper cleared the ball long and high upfield before turning to head back towards his line.

Suddenly the Hammers away end erupted as Ronnie ” Ticker” Boyce, in the centre circle, hit the ball first time and with Joe desperately scrambling back to cover his goal it sailed  into the net.

Says Corrigan today:  “l took a lot of stick over that incident for a long time afterwards. But now I can look back and laugh myself, even though it is at times still shown on television. However, there’s one point I would like to make, no one at that time gave Boyce any credit for seeing his chance and volleying such a tremendous goal.”

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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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