Johnny Byrne Trophy Cabinet ...
John Joseph Byrne was born in West Horsley in Surrey and played non-league football with Epson Town and Guildford City Youth, before signing a professional contract with Crystal Palace in May 1956. The goalscoring centre-forward with silky skills made his debut in October against Swindon Town. His early years at Selhurst Park saw Palace struggle but their fortunes improved and in 1960-61 his 30 goals helped them win promotion from Division Four. Byrne was the first Fourth Division player to be capped for England at under-23 level and with the Eagles he won one full international cap against Northern Ireland in November 1961. After six seasons with the south London club, making 220 appearances and scored 95 goals he transferred to West Ham on 8 March 1962 for a record fee between English clubs of £65,000 with Hammers’ Ron Brett who was valued at £7,000 going the other way. He made his debut at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday nine days later in a 0-0 draw. Scored only once in the remaining eleven games of his first season, against Cardiff City in a 4-1 win. However, his Hammers’ career strike ratio would speak for itself, with a better than a goal every other game. Nicknamed, ‘Budgie’ because of his constant chattering on and off the pitch won an FA Cup winners medal and Hammer of the Year in 1964. He missed out on place in the victorious 1955 European Cup Winners Cup side due to a knee injury. In his time at the Boleyn Ground ‘Budgie’ gained ten England caps and was also tagged the ‘English Di Stefano’ by West Ham manager Ron Greenwood. After making 206 appearances and scored 108 goals he returned to Crystal Palace on 17 February 1967 for a £45,000 fee, not a bad return for six seasons. Now past his best ‘Budgie’ made a further 39 appearances for the South Londoners before joining Fulham in March 1968 for only £18,000. At Craven Cottage he played as a half-back, recording 19 games before moving to South Africa in June 1969 to sign for Durban City where he played in 69 league games and scored 22 goals. He later became their manager and then in 1973 he joined Hellenic as manager where he spent 22 years with them before being sacked in October 1995.
Born: 13 May 1939, West Horsley, Surrey - Died: 27 October 1999, Cape Town, South Africa (aged 60)
West Ham United Career: 1961-1967, Appearances: 206, Goals: 108
International: England (10 caps), England Under-23 (1 cap), England Inter-League (2 caps), Inter-League (4 caps)
Individual honours: FA Cup Winner (1964), Hammer of the Year (1964). Charity Shield (1965), Football League Cup Runners-up (1966).
1964 FA Charity Shield
Liverpool v. West Ham United
15 August 1964
FA Cup holders West Ham United travelled to Anfield to meet League champions Liverpool in the annual Charity Shield match and the 38,858 in attendance witnessed a thrilling spectacle. Johnny Byrne and Geoff Hurst went close to scoring before the Reds went ahead on 28 minutes through Wallace. West Ham equalised a minute from the interval when a delectable chip from Eddie Bovington fell to Byrne who steered the ball past Lawrence. Four minutes into the second half, Liverpool full-back Gerry Byrne hit a 30-yarder into the top corner. Liverpool piled on the pressure but the Hammers held out and six minutes from time Hurst was on hand to grab the equaliser, meaning the Shield was shared.
The silver and black bakelite miniature replica of the
Football Association Charity Shield is inscribed
Liverpool v. West Ham United
at Anfield Road, Liverpool,
15th August 1964.
Bond, Burkett, Bovington, Brown,
Moore, Brabrook, Boyce, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons