WEST HAM 1965: Do you recognise these youngsters?
PUBLISHED: 09:01 24 May 2015
We take a look at the Newham Recorder from 1965 and a perfect day for three lucky young West Ham fans
The difference between the players of today and those of the 1960s is that most back then were local boys.
They had been spotted in their Essex Schools, many of them Newham schools, and advanced through the West Ham junior teams and into the first team.
It was a dream come true for these players, much as it must be for the likes of Mark Noble from Custom House and Reece Burke from East Ham today.
The Newham Recorder was not only the newspaper of the Hammers fans, it was also the newspaper of the West Ham players.
Unusually for the time, the Recorder produced a glossy colour pull-out in the lead-up to the final and there were pages galore in the aftermath, with pictures of the parade and messages of congratulation from all around the world.
There was also a story about a lack of trains taking fans back from Wembley (no change there!).
And there was a picture of young fans John Holmes and Alan Sherley (both six years old) and eight-year-old Clifford Hollanders, who got the chance to meet Bobby Moore and Jim Standen with the trophy inside Newham Town Hall.
All three lived in Gilett Avenue, East Ham
Where are those boys now? Let us know.