First Time At Upton Park

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by jonnysissons » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:34 pm

My memory is very vague. I've a feeling it was in the 64/65 ECWC competition at home under lights. My old man took me and we had seats. He wasn't really into football but even then he knew how much I, a south London boy at the age of 9, thought of West Ham United.

I seem to think that Harry was on one wing (wearing No.7?) and Johnny Sissons was on the other wearing No.11.Were the opposition playing in white?

I could be wrong of course. I even forget stuff I did this morning let alone 50 odd years ago! Nurse...

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Puff Daddy » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:42 pm

This old chestnut again

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by timc01 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:47 pm

25th November 1972 West Ham 1 - 2 Derby County

Pop for us, Kevin Hector double for them. My 8th birthday present.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by peter49uk » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:49 pm

All I can remember was John Dick was center forward and he left 1962 so it was before then :D and I'm pretty sure I was there for Bob's first game that was 1958. Wow where did the years go :( Lets just say a long time ago.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by timc01 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:55 pm

JLCABA wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:25 am
October / November ish 1974

WHU 3 Middlesbrough 0 The brilliant Graham Paddon scored and not for first or last time ran the game
I believe this was my second game. 2nd Nov 74.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by ManInTheIronsMask. » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:19 pm

0-0 v. Derby October 1973.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by NedN » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:42 pm

November 1999 against Liverpool - Trev scored right before halftime to give us a 1-0 win.

Better part of two decades later, ran into him at HT in the concourse during the final game...kind of surreal

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by BethnalGreenHammer74 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:11 pm

2 February 1982, 1-1 draw against Man City under the lights, with my mate and his dad. Bonds with our goal. Was 8 years old and was hooked straight away for my sins.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Kilkhammer » Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:22 pm

29th Feb 1964 - FA Cup quarter final Vs Burnley @ Upton Park - Won 3-2 - John 'Budgie' Byrne (2) and Johnny Sissons (who became my favourite player)
I was 6 years old, taken by my dad and my uncles Vic and Ray (now both gone). I'll never forget my first sight of all that green, and the sound of the crowd. it was the most exciting thing that had happened to me up till then. Passed over the heads of strangers to the front of the chicken run with my claret and blue folding stool, and picked up at half time for a wee ! There till I die that memory.....

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by antonyirons » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:30 pm

29th November 1975,beat Arsenal 1-0 with an Alan Taylor goal that was a good yard offside as I could see being dead in line where I stood in The Chicken Run. No VAR then, fortunately. Took us up to 3rd place but of course it didn't last. A dreadful second half of the season saw us win only two more league games and finish 18th (out of 22 so at least we didn't get relegated). And people think it's bad now.....(though we did have the consolation of making it to the ECWC Final)

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by daytimedave » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:46 pm

my old man(QPR supporter) took me ,06 Mar 1985,i was 14,West Ham United v Wimbledon ,FA Cup 5th round replay , mid week under the lights ,north bank, remember leaving early to beat the rush,and we missed a couple of goals ,we won 5-1, tony cottee hat-trick i think ! hazy old memory now , :crest:

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by keithwright1977 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:00 pm

I can sense the feel good factor is coming back, both good and bad memories which tie us to the club we all love, thanks for replies MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Iron-on-transfer » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:04 pm

West Ham United v Huddersfield Town, 04 March 1972.

Cold and foggy I remember. I was 8 and the first game my Dad took me to. Miss him.

Won 3 - 0. Two for Clyde Best and one for Pop Robson. I distinctly remember one of Best's goal was a thumping header that he smacked with such force, it echoed round the misty ground as it came off his forehead. Great memories.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Jon » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:08 pm

22nd March 1980. Aged 12. Hammers 2 Fulham 3. All the goals in the first half.

Dad thought we were in Row A West Stand in line with the North Bank goal. We took our seats....

We had to move, we were in Row AA!! Felt like the gods up there but still closer than the new Rio and now Stratford....

Looking at the crowds there was (apparently) 30k there that day. After semi final vouchers perhaps? A few weeks later only 22k at home to Orient and then 19k just before the final!

We went to the semi final at Villa Park.

According to wiki, we played Sunderland 2 days after the cup final?????? Lost 2-0 in front of 47k. Can that be right?

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Faithless » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:21 pm

17 August 1991 0-0 Luton Town...not an eventful game to start off with

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Chicken Run Supreme » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:34 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:42 pm
This old chestnut again
Indeed, but I'm always happy to reminisce about that wonderful day in April 1973 when Dirty Leeds came to Upton Park for my first game. Just under 39,000 was the official gate but it felt like more as we were rammed in the corner of the North Bank next to the Chicken Run. Bobby Ferguson stretchered off so big Clyde Best stepped up to go in goal and we battled to a 1-1 draw against a very good, albeit dirty cheating b*stard's, Leeds side. A respectable 5th in the League that season which we've only bettered once since then! I was hooked from that moment on through the bad times and the truly awful times! Always in my blood.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by WCpete » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:43 pm

1973 vs Leicester. I believe score was a 1-1

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by V-M » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:53 pm

16/2/74

Home v Everton

Won 4-3

Watched with my Dad who borrowed 2 season tickets off of our neighbour in the West Upper.

Can remember the view but nothing about the game.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by Daytonahammer » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:07 pm

1997 vs Totennham
We won 4-3 pretty sure Dicks scored the winner. Went with my dad who is Arsenal and cousin who is totennham, it was an absolute magic night and after the game we went to the boleyn tavern for a couple of pints.

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Re: First Time At Upton Park

Post by S-H » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:08 pm

It's sad I don't remember, I know my Granddad took me, I'm guessing I was about 10, or younger as he was desperate to claim me as West Ham, everyone else in my family is Spurs.

I hate that I don't remember it, I'd give anything to go to a game with him now.

Don't do drugs, kids.

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