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THE DATE: October 28, 1967

THE PLACE: Stamford Bridge

THE EVENT: Chelsea 1 West Ham United 3

THE STORY: Against a backdrop of the architectural curiosity that was the ground's North Stand, two of "Swinging London's" leading teams fought out a typically incident-packed encounter. Those in a crowd of 40,303 who had travelled on the District Line from the East End to the West found the afternoon the more satisfying.
With Geoff Hurst - then just plain Mr ~ in dominant form, the Hammers ran out comfortable winners and all Chelsea fans had to soothe their injured feelings was the memory of a stunning seventeenth-minute solo goal from Peter Osgood that brought the score level at 1-1. West Ham fans making the first of successive trips to Fulham Broadway station tomorrow would doubtless settle for the same scoreline.

JIM FINNEY (referee): One of the leading officials in the world, the roll call of games in which he took charge makes impressive reading. After being appointed to the Football League list in 1959, he refereed the Amateur Cup final of that year and the FA Cup Final of 1962. He was also a linesman at the first European Nations Cup final, in Paris in 1962.
His matches in the 1966 World Cup finals included the quarter-final between Uruguay and West Germany and he would have received the ultimate accolade of taking charge of the final had England not been one of the teams. He officiated at the 1971 League Cup final and had been appointed to the European Cup final, also at Wembley,later that year when injuries sustained in a car accident ended his career. He became an official at Hereford United and was secretary of Cardiff City until last year. Now aged 77, he lives in Hereford.

RONNIE BOYCE (West Ham wing halt):
Made perhaps the most important contribution of all to the club's 1964 FA Cup triumph with two goals in the semi-final victory over Manchester United and the injury-time winner against Preston North End at Wembley. Born in East Ham, he made his first-team debut in 1960 and was a vital part of the club's successes in that decade, earning the nickname "Ticker" for the way that his unspectacular efforts kept the team moving. Joined the backroom staff after making 339 appearances and scoring 29 goals and was No 2 to John Lyall and Billy Bonds, also serving as caretaker manager after the departure of Lou Macari. He was chief scout when, in 1995, he was dismissed by Harry Redknapp, then the manager, ending 37 years' unbroken service. Celebrated his 59th birthday earlier this month and is a member of the scouting staff at Tottenham Hotspur .

GEOFF HURST (West Ham striker): The main difference between the teams in this match, he scored the second goal - after 53 minutes - and created the other two. Scored 25 goals in 45 games during 1967-8, a measure of the stature he had acquired since the summer of 1966. Like all the Hammers players in this photograph, he graduated through the youth system. Made his debut away to Nottingham Forest in February 1960. When he left for Stoke City in 1972, he had made 502 appearances and scored 252 goals. His managerial career included a spell in charge of Chelsea between 1979-81. He was knighted in 1998 and, aged 60, divides his time between working in insurance and various promotional activities.

BOBBY MOORE (West Ham midfield player): Shifted forward from his usual defensive role in this match - a tactic sometimes employed by Ron Greenwood his masterly displays won him the third of four Hammer of the Year awards at the end of this season. Achieved a remarkable Wembley treble in lifting the FA Cup, Cup Winners'Cup and World Cup in successive seasons between 1964-66 and stayed with the club until 1974. His total of 652 appearances puts him behind Frank Lampard Sr and Billy Bonds on the club's all-time list. He died, aged 51, in February 1993.

RON HARRIS (Chelsea defender):
Sporting an early version of the cropped haircut so favoured by modern-day players, "Chopper" was - despite the ferocious nickname and reputation - a fine defender.
Born in Hackney, he arrived at Stamford Bridge as a junior in 1960 and was a member of the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1961. Won a League Cup winners' medal in 1965 and was captain when the club triumphed in the FA Cup and CupWinners' Cup in 1970 and 71. Made the last of 795 appearances -a club record - in 1979-80, a tribute to his fitness and dedication. Now aged 57, he owns a holiday chalet complex in Warminster, Wiltshire.

MARVIN HINTON (Chelsea defender):
Had won three England Under-23 caps when he joined the club from Charlton Athletic in August 1963. Like Harris he could play at full
back or in central defence and was a stylish, accomplished figure in both positions. A member of Alf Ramsey's original party for the 1966 World Cup, he never won a full cap but played in two FA Cup Finals for his club, coming on as a substitute in both games against I.eeds United in 1970. Aged 61, he is a partner in a removals business in Crawley.

MARTIN PETERS (West Ham midfield player): The third member of Upton Park's World Cup "Holy Trinity", he missed out on the FA Cup success of 1964 but made amends by being player of the year in the Cup Winners' Cup campaign that followed.
Secured the points in this match by scoring his team's third goal, in the 69th minute.
Made 364 appearances, scoring 100 goals, before joining Spurs in Britain's first 200,000 pounds transfer in March 1970. His World Cup medal and West Ham memorabilia - along with that of Hurst and Moore - will be the star .attraction at the new West Ham museum, which opens in the spring. Aged 58, he lives near Brentwood and works in insurance.

JOHN BOYLE (Chelsea midfield player):
Walked into Stamford Bridge, aged IS, while on holiday in London from Scotland, and asked for a trial. When he left, 12 years later , he had made 266 appearances (12 goals) and picked up winners' medals in the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup. As a ball-winner he played a vital part in ensuring that Dave Sexton's team had enough possession to play their fluent football. He celebrated his SSth birthday on Christmas Day and works for a security firm in central London.

THANKS John Helliar West Ham United: The Elite Era, a complete record by John Helliar (Desert Island Books, 18.99 pounds) is available from


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Bob Dunning
20 April 2002

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