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A nightmare in Newport

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Earlier this week West Ham United were drawn away to Newport County in the third round of the FA Cup.

40 years ago West Ham United - a Division Two team at the time - travelled to Division Four Newport for a third round FA Cup tie on a freezing cold, January night.

And for those Hammers fans of a certain age, it brought back uncomfortable memories of the only other occasion on which the two clubs have previously met in a Cup competition.

* A litre of fuel cost 22p on average during 1979 * Blondie's 'Parallel Lines' was the year's best selling album * James Callaghan's minority Labour government were ousted by Maggie Thatcher's Conservatives in May, who won with a 44 seat majority * West Ham set a world record fee for a goalkeeper, paying £565,000 for QPR's Phil Parkes * The Hammers went on to finish fifth in Division Two at the end of the 1978/79 season * Thanks to Christopher Bowen for providing the program cover and match reports

"It was my first job, working in a laboratory for a company that made adhesive tapes - and I hadn't been there long," recalls Peter.

As you can imagine, they were very popular amongst football fans at the time!

The match, originally planned for the previous Saturday had been postponed until 72 hours later due to snow - meaning that any Hammers fans making the journey faced a potentially hazardous midweek trip.
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