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West Ham United completing a league double over Manchester City with two 6-1 victories! Sounds far-fetched but that’s exactly what happened in season 1962-63.  


52 years ago it was all quite different. West Ham scored 12 goals over the two Division One games with an identical 6-1 scoreline to clinch all four points. (In the days of two points for a win.)


Manchester City was struggling at the wrong end of the Division One table for much of the 1962-63 campaign and the relegation trap-door finally swung open on the very last day of the season as the Hammers crushed the Citizens. Along with Leyton Orient, Manchester City was condemned to Second Division football the following season. West Ham finished a respectable mid-table 12th


On Saturday (October 25, 2014) the Hammers face the current Premier League Champions Manchester City at Upton Park. In form striker Diafra 'he scores when he wants' Sakho, comes into the match with five goals in five Barclays Premier League starts and hoping to outshine opposing goal machine Sergio Aguero.


What would the Hammers give for another league double over the Citizens?


Here is a quick run through of those two rare and unusual 6-1 victories in September 1962 and May 1963

by Roger Hillier

Manchester City (1 - 6) West Ham United

West Ham United (6 - 1) Manchester City

Manchester City 1 - 6 West Ham United (HT 1-4)

Maine Road

Saturday September 8, 1962

Manchester City:

Colin Barlow (28 mins)


West Ham United:

Musgrove (27 & 70 mins), Scott (37 mins), Byrne (39 mins), Peters (43 mins), Hurst (80 mins)


Attendance: 24,069

Lawrie Leslie

John Bond

Jack Burkett

Martin Peters

Ken Brown

Bobby Moore

Tony Scott

Phil Woosnam

Johnny Byrne

Geoff Hurst

Malcolm Musgrove

62_09_08 Manchester CIty v. WHU

The goals flowed as follows:


1st goal 27 mins: Malcolm Musgrove tapped the ball home after Bobby Moore had headed Phil Woosnam’s fee kick goal wards.


A minute later and Barlow equalised for City.


2nd goal 37 mins: Close to goal Tony Scott banged home a low cross from Musgrove.


3rd goal 39 mins: Johnny Byrne scores the third.


4th goal 43 mins: Martin Peters capped the lot with a 25 yard run to blast the ball home.


HT 1-4


5th goal 70th mins: Malcolm Musgrove scores the fifth and his second of the afternoon.


This was the goal which led to Manchester City’s goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann’s dismissal from the field.  

Trautmann protested that the goal was offside and in disgust kicked the ball at the referee only to be sent off. Alan Oakes took over in goal.


6th goal 80 mins: Geoff Hurst grabs the game’s last net.

In the first six league games of the season the Hammers had only managed a measly four goals.  But that all changed in their seventh game away to Manchester City. And it was a game worth waiting for.  Described in match reports as a game when sensation followed sensation...........

Teams with scores out of ten from a national newspaper match report:


Manchester City:

Bert Trautmann 5, Barry Betts 5, Bobby Kennedy 5, John Benson 4, Bill Leivers 4, Alan Oakes 4, Colin Barlow 5, Peter Dobing 4, Alex Harley 6, Neil Young 5, Joe Hayes 5.


West Ham United:

Lawrie Leslie 7, John Bond 6, Jack Burkett 6, Martin Peters 7, Ken Brown 6, Bobby Moore 7, Tony Scott 7, Phil Woosnam 8, Johnny Byrne 7, Geoff Hurst 6, Malcolm Musgrove 7.

Man City 03 Man City 02 Man City 04 Crossed Hammer

West Ham United 6 - 1 Manchester City (HT 4-0)

Upton Park

Saturday May 18, 1963

West Ham United:

Hurst (4 mins), Sealey (7 & 82 mins), Boyce (28 & 33 mins), Brabrook (53 mins)


Manchester City:

Alan Oakes (83 mins)


Attendance: 16,602

Lawrie Leslie

John Bond

Jack Burkett

Eddie Bovington

Ken Brown

Bobby Moore

Peter Brabrook

Ron Boyce

Alan Sealey

Geoff Hurst

Brian Dear

Teams with scores out of ten from a national newspaper match report:


West Ham United:

Lawrie Leslie 8, John Bond 8, Jack Burkett 8, Eddie Bovington 7, Ken Brown 8, Bobby Moore 9, Peter Brabrook 8, Ron Boyce 7, Alan Sealey 7, Geoff Hurst 8, Brian Dear 7.


Manchester City:

Harry Dowd 4, Bobby Kennedy 5, Cliff Sear 5, Alan Oakes 6, Bill Leivers 5, Matt Gray 5, Neil Young 7, Peter Dobing 6, Alex Harley 6, Joe Hayes 6, David Wagstaffe 4.


63_05_18 WHU v. Manchester City

For the return fixture West Ham’s starting XI showed five changes from the Maine Road affair. Eddie Bovington came in for Martin Peters and the forward line included four changes as only Geoff Hurst survived from September’s game.


This was West Ham’s last league game prior to their successful campaign in the USA International Tournament. And what a send-off it was! The Hammers’ performance was described as “a West Ham display which defied that end of season tag, shook off the defensive shackles and purred with sweet soccer moves”.


Going into the last Saturday the Maine Road club needed a mathematical miracle to stay up, requiring Birmingham City to lose heavily at home to Leicester City and for themselves to chalk up a huge win at the Boleyn Ground.


Neither happened, Birmingham won 3-2 and the Hammers' clocked up goals with computer like efficiency to repeat the 6-1 hammering they handed out at Maine Road in September.


Peter Brabrook was one of the claret and blue stars as he had a hand in four of the goals and helped himself to a fifth. Two goals up after seven minutes and 4-0 at half time meant City were crushed.

Man City 05

Referee Ken Stokes orders Trautmann off after the Man City 'keeper booted the ball into the ref's back

Bert sent off Man City 06

A description of the goals follows:


1st goal 4 mins: Geoff Hurst rapped in the first though it was Eddie Bovington’s goal.  He started the move with a pass to Peter Brabrook, moved intelligently up the wing for the perfect return ball and centred low for Hurst to sweep the ball in.


2nd goal 7 mins: A clever Alan Sealey back heal put Brabrook clear to cross past Dowd (Man City goalkeeper) for Hurst to score.


A minute later and Hurst missed a chance to score his hat-trick when with only Dowd to beat he missed.


3rd goal 28 mins: A Ronnie Boyce pass sent Jack Burkett surging through. His gem pass split City’s right flank and Sealey drove a great shot from an acute angle.


4th goal 33 mins: Boyce deflects a Brabrook corner past Dowd.


HT 4-0


5th goal 53 mins: Brabrook scores after brilliant left wing work by Moore and Hurst.


6th goal 82 mins: Sealey nets his second with a header after Brian Dear had nodded on John Bond’s free kick.


A minute later Man City’s Alan Oakes scored a consolation after a poor back pass by Moore.    

Early Catalyst for 1960s Cup Triumphs?

Twelve days after the Upton Park win and the Hammers kicked off their American International Soccer League campaign.  Manager Ron Greenwood saw their 1963 American campaign as the catalyst for the 1964 FA Cup and 1965 European Cup Winners Cup triumphs


Perhaps the turning point was one game earlier - the 1962-63 season’s final league game and the resounding 6-1 win over Manchester City.  

International Soccer League

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Newspaper coverage courtesy of Richard Miller

Footnote: 25th October 2014

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