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Happy Hammers: revisiting West Ham's 1980 FA Cup triumph – in pictures

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With their team well outside the promotion spots with just one game to go, the FA Cup final was a chance for the second division side to finish the season on a high and their fans at Wembley were certainly up for the cup Arsenal were overwhelming favourites, having been in the previous two finals and on their way to finishing fourth in the first division, However, in the 13th minute West Ham’s Trevor Brooking stooped to head the ball past Arsenal keeper Pat Jennings. ‘I know I wasn’t noted for my heading,’ Brooking said. ‘Some think that Stuart Pearson’s cross simply hit me on the head and bounced in. It wasn’t quite like that … I leaned back to put myself in line with the ball … made contact with my head and tried to steer it into the net … It was one of the great moments of my career’ Despite having the majority of the possession, Arsenal were unable to break down the Hammers with keeper Phil Parkes and their defence holding firm to give West Ham an unlikely victory. West Ham’s manager John Lyall tactically outsmarted his counterpart Terry Neill by paying a 4–5–1 system, stifling Arsenal’s creative midfield talent that included future West Ham signing Liam Brady West Ham skipper Billy Bonds holds the trophy aloft. Bonds later recalled: ‘We didn’t really go into the game thinking we were underdogs because, although we were a second division side, we had a lot of very good players in that team. If you look through that team a lot of them became legends at the club’ The victorious players pose with the trophy. Back row (left-right): Phil Parkes, goalscorer Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds, Alvin Martin, Pat Holland, Jimmy Neighbour, Paul Brush, Bobby Ferguson. Front row: David Cross, Stuart Pearson, Alan Devonshire, Paul Allen, Ray Stewart, Geoff Pike and Frank Lampard. Geoff Pike and Paul Allen, right parade the FA Cup during their lap of honour The West Ham fans took the the streets the next day to celebrate a famous win via convertible … … van ... … and on foot East London homes were decorated in celebration of the Hammers’ win And adorned with banners Waiting patiently for the celebrations to begin in earnest The streets soon filled up with an estimated 200,000 people lining the route of the victory parade This fan and his stein put in some miles while out celebrating Fans crowd the streets as they wait to see the team … … and take advantage of any vantage point to get a better view The players boarded the coach at Stratford Broadway and then took a route to get to East Ham town hall, a few miles away. It took hours to get there due to the number of fans lining the route Players on top of the coach, Ray Stewart is holding the trophy, behind him Alan Devonshire is waving with both hands and Paul Brush is seated at the back (far left) David Cross at East Ham Town Hall. Cross told the club website earlier this month: “I wanted to remember the whole thing. I remember our celebrations, then the next day the parade past the town hall was just a fantastic occasion. The good thing about that was that we were able to share it with all those fans. It wasn’t just about us. It was about the fans as well. It was just the whole weekend, it was fantastic. I was really pleased that I made that decision not to get over excited and forget about everything. I do recall everything vividly’ Devonshire lifts the trophy above his head at the civic reception to celebrate the club’s third FA Cup triumph Topics West Ham United Memory Lane FA Cup Arsenal Photography

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