Text  Larger | Smaller | Default

NewsNow

He floats like a butterfly...


Filed: Thursday, 10th May 2012
By: Staff Writer


...and stings like one too. So said Brian Clough of Trevor Brooking - just before the former West Ham and England legend stooped to head the goal that won the FA Cup for John Lyall's West Ham United 32 years ago to the day.

10th May, 1980 saw a second division West Ham meet Arsenal at Wembley as massive underdogs. Yet despite most pundits - including former Nottingham Forest boss Clough - predicting an easy win for the Gunners, it was the east Londers who went home victorious.

Lauded for his tactical masterstroke, John Lyall outfoxed Arsenal boss Terry Neill by sending his team out in a 4-5-1 formation with David Cross left to play as a sole striker - in effect, sacrificing himself for the greater cause.

Frustrated and rendered ineffective by United's five-man midfield, the favourites barely threatened Phil Parkes' goal. Meanwhile Pat Jennings' was breached just the once - when Brooking headed home Stuart Pearson's cross-cum-shot with 13 minutes on the clock - but it was enough for West ham to win the Cup for the third time in 15 years.

West Ham would have almost certainly doubled their lead in the closing stages but for one of the most cynical fouls ever committed during an FA Cup Final. Paul Allen, at just 17 the youngest player to feature in a Final was clean through on goal before Willie Young clipped his ankle with no intention of taking the ball.

West Ham's win was recently voted as the second greatest moment in the club's 112-year history, just behind the 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup triumph over 1860 Munich. To browse the top 100 West Ham moments as voted for by readers of KUMB, click here.

Highlights from the 1980 Final may be seen below. West Ham return to Wembley for the first time since 1981 in nine days' time when Sam Allardyce's side face Blackpool in the Championship play-off Final.






Related News

   arrow   The last time West Ham won at Anfield... [31st Jan 2015]
   arrow   Kouyate could make Liverpool comeback [28th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Reid eyes tricky Hawthorns trip [27th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Here we go again! [27th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Away draw leaves West Ham fourth favourites for the Cup [26th Jan 2015]
   arrow   FA Cup draws pairs West Ham with West Bromwich Albion [26th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Watch the fifth round draw live! [26th Jan 2015]
   arrow   The opposition view: Bristol City [26th Jan 2015]
   arrow   All eyes on number 15 [25th Jan 2015]
   arrow   Bristol City 0-1 West Ham Utd [25th Jan 2015]


Your Comments


by petert.
02:24PM 11th May 2012
''I went to the West Ham vs Chelsea game the day after Mr Clough came out with that comment. Trevor scored two of his best goals. The first he floated out onto the left wing and lashed it in a la England, The second he chipped it from a fair way out. Thanks Cloughie for wnding Trevor up.''

by tony hanna
12:50AM 11th May 2012
''From memory Cloughie was spared more blushes that day as there was a newspaper strike on the day of the Final and that was to be his headline in one of the national papers. He was never let to forget it though!''

by Tell how it is Charlie!
05:04PM 10th May 2012
''Have you got Ray Stewart's last minute penalty at Wembley? Cannot find it any where.''

comments powered by Disqus
 
News Image




On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Laudrup on....West Ham United
Michael Laudrup has the good grace to look and sound embarrassed at the ant...more
Three Years Ago
Nolan apologises for Ipswich debacle
Current West Ham United captain Nolan has apologised for the shocking performance at Portman Road la...more
Five Years Ago
Ilan in
Brazilian striker Ilan is at the Boleyn Ground to finalise a move to West Ham United....more