WEST HAM 1965: Budgie and Muffin played part in route to the final

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 May 2015

Johnny Byrne, West Ham United

Johnny Byrne, West Ham United

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It was no simple ride to Wembley for the Hammers

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Victory at Wembley in May 1965 was not just about the 11 men who took to the field that day for West Ham.

There were no substitutes in those days of course, but there were five other players who represented West Ham in the competition that year and certainly made an impact.

Eddie Bovington, Peter Brabrook and Alan Dickie all made appearances, while John Bond and Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne actually scored goals to help them along the way.

Byrne was the unlucky one as injury forced him out of the second leg of the semi-final as well as the final, but he had played a vital part with three goals in the competition.

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So let’s go through the Cup run from game to game.

First round v Gent (Belgium)

Not a great tie against the part-time Buffaloes of Gent, who defended in numbers at home even after Boyce had put West Ham in front.

Back at Upton Park, the Belgians took a shock lead, before Byrne levelled and the game petered out to slow handclapping from home fans.

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Second round v Spartak Praha (Czechoslovakia)

Another team came to Upton Park determined to defend in depth and for 58 minutes, the white-shirted wall held out.

A thumping finish from John Bond gave West Ham the lead and Alan Sealey made it 2-0 after hitting a post and they did it all without the influence of Bobby Moore.

Over in Prague, just 120 West Ham fans made the trip, but they rose as one as John Sissons latched on to Byrne’s pass to find the net.

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Jim Standen saved a penalty and despite two late goals from the Czechs and seven stitches for Sealey courtesy of a Spartak stud, Greenwood described the display as ‘simply fantastic’.

Quarter-final v Lausanne Sports (Switzerland)

Bobby Moore was back, but young Brian Dear took the plaudits in this tie, scoring in Lausanne to help seal a 2-1 win and adding two more at Upton Park.

Semi-final v Real Zaragoza (Spain)

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Dear was at it again in the last four as he and Byrne netted to give West Ham a 2-1 home advantage, but it was a tougher task in Spain against the UEFA Cup holders whose forward line had been dubbed the ‘magnificent five’.

The Spaniards equalised, but playing without a number nine in the absence of Byrne, Geoff Hurst and Boyce were pulled back to stop their full backs and when Dear fed Sissons for the equaliser, the 400 travelling fans were in raptures, despite a volley of cushions being lobbed at them by the home fans!

Route to the finaL

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First round

v La Gantoise Gent (Belgium)

1st leg: La Gantoise Gent 0 West Ham 1 (Boyce 52)

Att: 18,000.

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2nd leg: West Ham 1 (Byrne 43) Gent 1 (Peters og 32) Att: 24,000.

Aggregate: 2-1

Second round

v Spartak Praha (Czech)

1st leg: West Ham 2 (Bond 58, Sealey 82) Spartak Praha 0 Att: 27,950.

2nd leg: Spartak Praha 2 (Mraz 73,88) West Ham 1 (Sissons 14) Att: 45,000.

Aggregate: 3-2


v Lausanne Sp (Swi)

1st leg: Lausanne 1 (Hosp 80) West Ham 2 (Dear 21, Byrne 53) Att: 20,000.

2nd leg: West Ham 4 (Tacchella og 42, Dear 43, 89, Peters 59) Lausanne Sports 3 (Kerkhoffs 37, Hertig 48, Eschmann 80) Att: 31,780.

Aggregate: 6-4


v Real Zaragoza (Spain)

1st leg: West Ham 2 (Dear 8, Byrne 23) Real Zaragoza 1 (Canario 54) Att: 34,864.

2nd leg: Real Zaragoza 1 (Lapetra 22) West Ham 1 (Sissons 54) Att: 29,400.

Aggregate: 3-2

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