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European Cup Winners Cup 50th Anniversary ...

Golden Anniversary Timeline

On May 19, 2015 Hammers' fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of arguably West Ham United's greatest ever match. Fifty years ago to the day West Ham's golden boy, Bobby Moore, led the Hammers to their European Cup Winners Cup final triumph over TSV Munich 1860 at Wembley Stadium.


As a reminder of those halcyon days this feature takes a stroll down memory lane with a review of that magnificent European Cup Winners Cup (ECWC) campaign.



Preston North End


West Ham United

F.A. Cup Final Wembley Stadium

2nd May 1964

The Hammer’s first venture into competitive European football had a carnival atmosphere with pre-match entertainment including marching bands and a guest appearance by Tommy Simpson, Britain’s superstar cyclist.


Martin Peters, drafted in as Jack Burkett’s replacement at left back, was given a dual role to defend and when possible to attack. Four times in the first 30 minutes Peters broke from defence into open spaces on the Belgium’s right side. These breaks by Peters meant the game started well for the Hammers with John Sissons missing two golden opportunities.  

In the 6th minute he shot over the bar after being set up by Peters and then four minutes later he raced past two defenders before firing into the side netting. Then in the 19th minute Johnny Byrne was clean through and in trying to round the Belgium’s 40 year old keeper, Seghers, he was robbed two yards out.  


Goal 52 mins:  

West Ham’s first goal in competitive European football was delivered by Ron Boyce. Alan Sealey took a corner on the right and as goalkeeper Seghers stood flat-footed at the far post, the ball floated on to Ron Boyce who headed home.  


La Gantoise:

Seghers A., Devreese, Debaets, Denayer, Delmulle, Mahieu, Seghers U., Lambert, Mayama, Gnellynck, Storme


West Ham United:  

Standen, Bond, Peters, Bovington, Brown, Moore, Sealey, Boyce, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons

by Roger Hillier and Steve Marsh

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La Gantoise 0 – 1 West Ham United  (HT 0-0)

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Goal 32 mins: 

A Boyce free-kick was inexplicably parried by the Lausanne goalkeeper, Kunzl, when he could have safely let it go. Brian Dear rushed in to force the ball into the net.


Goal 53mins: 

As Dear’s goal came from a Swiss error, Byrne’s goal was conjured out of nothing. Deep in his own half Byrne picked up the ball and begun a long run on the Swiss goal. On and on he ran catching their defence off guard until he dummied the last defender to face Kuenzi. As the goalkeeper came off his line Byrne as cold as ice “stroked the ball sweetly into the far corner”.


Lausanne’s solitary reply came in the 88th minute when an indecisive West Ham defence allowed their inside forward, Hosp, to score.


Lausanne Sports:

Kunzi, Grobety, Hunziker, Duerr, Tacchella, Schneiter, Eschman, Kerkhoffs, Armbruster, Hosp, Hertig.


West Ham United:  

Standen, Kirkup, Peters, Boyce, Brown, Moore, Sealey, Hurst, Byrne, Dear, Sissons.

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Support material courtesy of Richard Miller, John Northcutt and West Ham United Football Club

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Boyce 52 mins

Man of the match: Martin Peters

Attendance: 18,000

The Hammers' 3-2 victory over

Preston North End ensures

automatic qualification for the ECWC


Despite a scare when La Gantoise scored first to draw level on aggregate, West Ham scored an equaliser to secure a 2-1 aggregate win and passage through to the next round.  


On the night the Belgium’s deep defensive play made it a frustrating evening for the Hammers.  

In the 4th minute Geoff Hurst headed home a Byrne chip only for it to be ruled as offside. This turned out to be the closest West Ham’s post-war record goalscorer came to scoring in the 1965 ECWC campaign.

As in the first-leg Sissons hit the side netting. The Belgium’s cleared a barrage of Brabrook and Sissons crosses into the penalty area.  While West Ham’s goalkeeper, Alan Dickie deputising for an injured Jim Standen, saved a shot one-handed on the line.


Goal 34 mins:

La Gantoise drew level on aggregate when an under pressure Martin Peters back passed to Dickie who was off his line and the ball trickled over the goal line.


Goal 43 mins: 

Sissons raced 40 yards from the half way line and flashed the ball into the penalty area for Byrne, racing in to net off a post from close range.


West Ham United:  

Dickie, Bond, Peters, Bovington, Brown, Moore, Brabrook, Boyce, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons


La Gantoise:

Seghers A., Vandevelde, Devreese, Mahieu, Denayer, Gnellynck, Mayama, Seghers U., Lambert, Bula, Storme

West Ham United 1 – 1 La Gantoise  (HT 1-1)

Aggregate: West Ham United 2 – 1 La Gantoise

Peters (og) 34 mins, Byrne 43 mins

Man of the match: John Sissons

Attendance: 24,000

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Preliminary Round - 1st Leg:

Stade Jules Otten

Wednesday September 23, 1964

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Preliminary Round - 2nd Leg:

Upton Park

Wednesday October 7, 1964

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The path to the Wembley win started in the autumn of 1964 with a visit to Ghent for the preliminary round's first-leg. From Belgium the meander around Europe took in visits to Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Spain. After eight matches spread over eight months, the cup campaign culminated on Wembley's lush green turf.

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West Ham United 2 – 0 Spartak Prague  (HT 0-0)

First Round - 1st Leg:

Upton Park

Wednesday November 25, 1964

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Bond 59mins, Sealey 82 mins

Man of the match: John Bond

Attendance: 27,590

Goal 59 mins: 

The unlikely source was full back John Bond who scored on the turn with a 25 yarder.  


Goal 82nd mins: 

The second goal arrived 23 minutes later when Byrne pushed a pass to Boyce, who flicked the ball up and volleyed it forward.  Alan Sealey picked the ball up and his shot hit the far post before he fired in the rebound.


West Ham United:

Standen, Bond, Burkett, Bovington, Brown (capt), Peters, Sealey, Boyce, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons.


Spartak Prague:

Kramerius, Gura, Taborsky, Vojta, Kos, Steiningel, Dyba, Mraz, Kvasnak, Kraus, Masek.      

Spartak Prague 2 – 1 West Ham United  (HT 0-1)

Aggregate: West Ham United 3 – 2 Spartak Prague

First Round - 2nd Leg:

Letna Stadium

Wednesday December 9, 1964

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Sissons 15 mins, Mraz 73rd, 88th mins.

Man of the match: Jim Standen

Attendance: 45,000

West Ham’s endurance was likened to that of the great Czech middle distance athlete, Emil Zatopak, as they just stayed in front to secure a ECWC quarter-final place.


The Hammers won the tie 3-2 on aggregate despite some shenanigans by the Czechs when Iron Curtain officials were appointed without informing West Ham’s manager, Ron Greenwood.


Moments after the second leg 2-1 defeat, British pressmen informed Greenwood that the referee and his two linesmen were Bulgarians and not Spanish as Greenwood had been led to believe. Understandably, Greenwood was outraged!


One national press report described West Ham’s achievement as “one of their greatest performances by staying cool as the snow piled on the touchline in the face of provocation by the Spartak warriors.”  The match officials turned a blind eye to dangerous tackles on Sealey, Peters and Sissons. Alan Sealey had to go to hospital to have seven stitches in a sickening leg gash caused by a Spartak’s studs.



Goal 15 mins:

West Ham’s 200 supporters were singing “Blowing Bubbles” when John Sissons extended West Ham’s aggregate lead to 3-0.



Sealey, Boyce and Hurst all had to help out with West Ham’s magnificent defending as the Czechs plied on the pressure. Excellent goalkeeping by Jim Standen meant Spartak were limited to two late second half goals.


To quote from a national press report, “West Ham still needed excellent goalkeeping by Jim Standen to halt the angry Czechs. After one incredible save and another with his boot he hurled himself to his left to stop a well-struck penalty from inside forward Ivan Mraz.

The spot kick was given after Bond had handled while being obstructed.”



Mraz pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute with a shot following a rebound from the bar. 19 minutes later Spartak again hit the woodwork when their centre forward headed against a post.  



Two minutes from time Mraz added to his tally on the night with Spartak's second.


West Ham survived to narrowly edged their way into the last eight.


Spartak Prague:

Kramerius, Gura, Kos, Taborsky, Tichy, Vojta, Dyba, Mraz, Kvasnak, Kraus, Masek.  


West Ham United:

Standen, Bond, Burkett, Bovington, Brown (capt), Peters, Sealey, Boyce, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons.      

Did you know...

The gate was 27,590 and receipts £10,600 – a ground record. Spartak had eighty fans flown over from Prague to cheer them – the first time Czech supporters have been allowed to leave the country.

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Lausanne Sports 1 – 2 West Ham United  (HT 0-1)

Quarter-Final - 1st Leg:

Stade Olympique - Pontaise

Tuesday March 16, 1965

Dear 32 mins, Byrne 53 mins, Hosp 88 mins

Man of the match: Johnny Byrne

Attendance: 25,000

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The Hammers line-up at the Letna Stadium

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West Ham United 4 – 3 Lausanne Sports  (HT 2-1)

Aggregate: West Ham United 6 – 4 Lausanne Sports

Quarter-Final - 2nd Leg:

Upton Park

Tuesday March 23, 1965

Kerhoffs 37 mins, Tachellia og 42 mins, Dear 44 mins, Hertig 48 mins, Peters 61 mins, Eschmann,  Dear 88 mins.  Man of the match: Brian Dear

Attendance: 31,780

After the away first-leg victory the expectation was for West Ham to cruise through this home tie. But this wasn’t the case as a goal by Lausanne's Netherlands international forward Pierre Kerhoff in the 37th minute squared the tie on aggregate.


That goal sparked a Hammers revival which on the night bought an equaliser and then swept them into a lead. In a game littered with mistakes, West Ham ended as winners on the night and the quarter-final tie by a two goal margin.


Goal 42 mins:

Alan Sealey hammered home a low cross that Lausanne defender, Tachellia, turned into his own net as he tried to clear on the near post. Ely Tachellia was credited with an own goal.


Goal 44 mins:

Brian Dear scores from what seemed an impossible angle.



Half-time: 2-1


Goal 48 mins:

The Hammers concede a equaliser on the night three minutes after the re-start when Chaely Hertig ran past Moore before beating Standen from close range.


Goal 61 mins:

Martin Peters launched himself at a Sealey corner kick to head past brave and skilful goalkeeper Rene Kuenzi.


Goal 80 mins:

Lausanne equalised for a 2nd time when Swiss World Cup star Norbet Eschmann beat Standen with an overhead kick.


Goal 88 mins:

West Ham led 5-4 on aggregate as the final whistle approached, tension around Upton Park was relieved when Brian Dear rapped home a Hurst pass.


Brain Dear’s two goals on the night and three goals in the tie ensured West Ham reached the semi-final and tougher tests.


West Ham United:  

Standen, Kirkup, Peters, Boyce, Brown, Moore, Sealey, Hurst, Byrne, Dear, Sissons.


Lausanne Sports:

Kunzi, Grobety, Hunziker, Schneiter, Tecchella, Durr, Eschmann, Kerhoffs, Armbruster, Hosp, Hertig.

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In Bobby Moore’s absence for both of the Spartak Prague matches, Ken Brown took over the captaincy. Spartak came to Upton Park prepared to defend with a 5-3-2 formation which meant Hurst and Byrne were given little room.


In a frustrating evening West Ham had to wait until 14 minutes after the re-start to break the deadlock.  

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Ken Brown captain

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West Ham made a bit of a mountain out of a mole hill in this Alps tie. “West Ham had to fight their way out of a rut of indecision” reported the Daily Mirror.

The Hammers were rescued by a first half Brian Dear opportunist goal and a 2nd half Johnny Byrne solo effort. Though this didn’t stop the Swiss from fighting back with a late goal to keep Lausanne in with a chance of the following week’s 2nd leg.

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West Ham United 2 – 1 Real Zaragoza  (HT 2-0)

Semi-Final - 1st Leg:

Upton Park

Wednesday April 7, 1965

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Real Zaragoza 1 – 1 West Ham United  (HT 1-0)

Aggregate: West Ham United 3 – 2 Real Zaragoza

Semi-Final - 2nd Leg:

Estadio de La Romareda

Wednesday April 28, 1965

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Dear 9 mins, Byrne 24 mins, Canario 55 mins.  

Man of the match: Johnny Byrne

Attendance: 35,000

WHU v. Lausanne Ticket

Inevitably reaching the last four would mean the Hammers would face some classy opposition hereon in. Real Zaragoza did not disappoint.  But for this first leg West Ham rose to the occasion to beat the formidable Spaniards.  

While the first half belonged to West Ham as they raced to a 2-0 lead, the second was the Spaniards’ as they forced West Ham on the defensive to pull a goal back.


The Daily Mirror match report described the goals as follows.


Goal 9 mins: 

“Right winger Ron Boyce started a move with a quick pass to his inside partner Geoff Hurst. The ball was pushed on to Sissons, and his cross which arched over the Spanish penalty area was headed down by Brian Dear past goalkeeper Yarza.”


Goal 24 mins:

“A free-kick on the half-way line seemed to present no threat to the Spanish side. But centre half Ken Brown ran intelligently into a position on the right touchline. He took Bobby Moore’s free kick, raced on and hit a low centre that Sissons touched on for Byrne to score with an angle shot on the turn.”


West Ham’s “flow of wondrous football began to slow down. It became a trickle; it almost dried up completely.”


In the 2nd half the Hammers were forced to defend their goal. But Real Zaragoza found chinks in the Hammers’ armour after 55 minutes when Canario slipped past Jack Burkett to shoot and hit a post from 2 yards.  Then came the away goal as Canario put the ball through Bobby Moore’s legs and stabbed in a shot. The ball flew into the net off Jim Standen’s arm.


Sissons had another chance only to shoot past the far post and then came a golden opportunity to restore the two goal lead. “Byrne, the one West Ham man to remain a master player throughout the game, built up the chance of a certain goal for Boyce. Alas, poor Boyce. His moment of fame disappeared with the ball beyond the far post.”


At the end of the evening West Ham held a slender advantage to take to Spain.  Though now many thought they were the underdogs to progress to the final.

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Goal 01

Brian Dear and goalkeper Kunzi are both flat on the ground – but Dear’s opportunism has paid off and West Ham are 1-0 up

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West Ham’s second goal ... Brian Dear turns away as his shot beats Kunzi the Lausanne goalkeeper.

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The 2nd leg turned out to be one of the most memorable results in West Ham’s history. Starting as underdogs, they knew the Spaniards would be a formidable force in front of their home supporters. Despite Real Zaragoza having one of the finest club attacks in the world, with their all international “Magnificent Five” forwards and West Ham missing their most talented ball player, Johnny Byrne,  the Spaniards only managed to penetrate West Ham’s defences on a single occasion.


Three days after the first leg Byrne sustained a knee injury playing for England against Scotland at Wembley. The loss of Byrne was a bitter blow to the Hammers and Real Zaragoza must have felt confident not having to face the single player they feared the most.  But come the hour, cometh the man! To quote from The Sun’s match report “Led by England skipper Bobby Moore in his most magnificent mood, West Ham brave and indomitable, played the game of their lives. The score line can never relate the tremendous fight, stubbornness and courage of this achievement.”


“They (Real) were not prepared for the superb discipline, unflinching determination and purring team rhythm of a West Ham side that warmed the cockney hearts of the 400 supporters who flew over to cheer them on.”


Real had West Ham on the ropes but could only find the net once.


Goal 23 mins:

Left winger Lapetra “bundled the ball in after a header from jet-heeled leader Marcellino had created the chance”.



12 minutes earlier Jim Standen made what was described as possibly his “finest save of the season” when he threw himself across his goal to finger tip a rocket shot from their centre forward Marcellino away for a corner.


The Spaniards only had themselves to blame for failing to score with three clear cut chances.


In the 2nd half West Ham moved Sissons into the middle though Real continued to dominate until the 55th minute.













Goal 55 mins:

The Daily Mirror’s report : “A ball from Martin Peters found Brian Dear in the centre forward position that West Ham had left unfilled the whole match. Dear breasted the ball clear of two Spanish defenders and clipped a perfect through ball as Sissons came in from the left. Sissons looked for a second as though he would be caught. But he suddenly raised his pace, widened the gap like a thorough-bred. And as goalkeeper Yarza came off his line the winger tucked the ball into the net with his right foot.”

It was a goal that deserved to win any European contest – and it was to prove the golden goal.

Much of the credit for the 3-2 aggregate win lies with manager, Ron Greenwood. Greenwood the master tactician explained in his post-match comment “No one could be happier than I am tonight.  Our tactics worked perfectly.

We played the match without a centre forward and Zaragoza never used the extra man they could have thrown in at us until centre half Santamaria began to break out in the last quarter of an hour.”


Real Zaragoza:

Yarza, Cortizo, Reija, Enderiz, Santamaria, Violeta, Canario, Santos, Marcelino, Villa,  Lapetra    


West Ham United:  

Standen, Kirkup, Burkett, Peters, Brown, Moore, Boyce, Sealey, Hurst, Dear, Sissons


“This was our greatest game, a tremendous advertisement for football.”  Ron Greenwood’s post match quote summed up West Ham’s splendid achievement in beating TSV Munich to capture the European Cup Winners’ Cup.


All of the team were hero’s especially right winger Alan Sealey. His brace of goals in a second half two minute spell punctured the German’s challenge. Married the previous week, Alan Sealey chose the Wembley final to grab centre stage.


The team’s ability to grasp tactics, ability to apply their skill, to probe at Munich’s weaknesses and bounce their attack out of defensive positions was behind the club’s greatest victory.


Munich especially their captain and centre forward Rudi Brunnenmeier was a constant threat with his pace and shooting prowess. In the first 45 minutes West Ham made plenty of chances but failed to take them.  Dear and Sissons all had scoring opportunities. Early in the 2nd half a Sissons shot hit the foot of the far post.  Jim Standen had to be on his best form to stop the Germans.  Then finally the goals.


69 mins: Boyce pushed the ball through and Sealey on the edge of the penalty area exploded an angled shot into the roof of the net.


71 mins: The Munich goalkeeper, Radenkovic, failed to collect a free kick and Sealey was in the right place two yards out in front of the goal to push the ball into the net.


It was the end of Munich and perhaps the beginning of West Ham as they showed Europe that elegant and imaginative football can also be successful.


West Ham United:  

Standen, Kirkup, Burkett, Peters, Brown, Moore, Sealey, Boyce, Hurst, Dear, Sissons


TSV Munich 1860: 

Radenkovic, Wagner, Kohlars, Bena, Reich, Luttrop, Heiss, Kuppers, Brunnenmeier, Grosser, Rebele

Standen leaps high

West Ham United:

Standen, Kirkup, Burkett, Peters, Brown, Moore, Boyce, Dear, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons


Real Zaragoza: 

Yarza, Cortizo, Reija, Isasi, Santamaria, Violeta, Canario, Santos, Marcelino, Enderiz,  Lapetra

Jim Standen leaps high to clear from Zaragoza’s Marcelino

Lapetra 23 mins, Sissons 55 mins

Man of the match: Bobby Moore

Attendance: 28,000


Sealey 69 and 71 mins

Man of the match: Alan Sealey

Attendance: 97,974

West Ham United 2 – 0 TSV Munchen 1860  (HT 0-0)

Wembley Stadium, London

Wednesday May 19, 1965

Players relaxing on the boat across The Channel

Johnny Byrne at the back, Peter Brabrook, Alan Sealey, Eddie Bovington and John Sissons

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Table ECWC Moore exchanging Pennants 65_05_19 WHU v. TSV Munchen 1860 Final

In the previous season's seven game FA Cup campaign manager Ron Greenwood called on just 11 players. For the nine game ECWC campaign this increased to 16. In addition to the FA Cup winning XI, Greenwood called up Brian Dear, Alan Dickie, Joe Kirkup, Martin Peters and Alan Sealey.

Table of games and appearances

Cine Film Projector TSV_1860_München

Brunnenmeier and Moore exchange pennants

Munich side sticker ECWC Dressing Room Celebration Football 2


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European Cup Winners Cup

EC Sonderheft Bahr 1965

West Ham players soaking in the Prague atmosphere. Left to right: Martin Britt, Dennis Burnett, Bill Jenkins (physio), Martin Peters, John Sissons and Joe Kirkup

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