It was sad to read yesterday of the death of Peter Brabrook who featured as a flying winger for the Hammers between October 1962 and January 1968. Peter made 215 appearances for West Ham scoring 43 times and was part of the victorious 1964 FA Cup winning side.
On 17 December 1966 Brabrook was in the West Ham side that visited Stamford Bridge to play his old team, Chelsea in a First Division fixture. The Hammers made an uncharacteristic strong start to the game and were 2-0 to the good after 30 minutes with Brabrook himself scoring the first and Martin Peters the second. Tommy Baldwin pulled one back for Chelsea just before the break prompting a change in the direction of the match and ten minutes into the second half the hosts were leading 3-2 (Tony Hately, Charlie Cooke). Undeterred, West Ham regrouped to score 3 goals in an 8 minute spell (John Sissons (2) and a Johnny Byrne penalty) and with 10 minutes to go continued to hold a 5-3 advantage. Bobby Tambling then scored from the penalty spot and then completed the scoring in the dying minutes with one that came off his shin to make the final score 5-5. These goals elevated Tambling to Chelsea’s all-time record goal-scorer; a position that he held until overtaken in by Lampard Junior in 2013.
Standen, Bovington, Charles J (Burnett), Peters, Brown, Moore, Brabrook, Boyce, Byrne, Hurst, Sissons
On the 15 December 1971 it was the second leg of the Football League Cup semi-final against Stoke City. Confidence was high with West Ham having won the first leg in the previous week by 2 goals to 1. This was a full-bloodied affair under the Upton Park floodlights but with Stoke the better side on the night it remained goalless until the 73rd minute when a mix-up in the West Ham defence between Tommy Taylor and John McDowell allowed John Ritchie to convert a hopeful cross. No away goals rule in this competition at the time and the game went into 30 minutes of extra time. With the clock slowly ticking away Harry Redknapp was put through on goal only to be hauled down by a flying Gordon Bank’s rugby tackle. Not considered a sending off offence at the time it was then Banks against Geoff Hurst for the resulting penalty. Hurst had scored from the spot in the first leg and had a tremendous penalty record and so most in the 38,000 crowd considered it a formality and were already making plans for their trip back to Wembley. Hurst adopted his usual pile-driver approach to penalty kicks but somehow Banks managed to deflect the thundering shot over the bar. There was just enough time to take the resulting corner before the final whistle signaled that a replay was going to be required.
Ferguson, McDowell, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, Moore, Redknapp, Best, Hurst, Brooking, Robson
More League Cup action (then known as the Worthington Cup) exactly 28 years later with a 5th round home tie against Aston Villa. Ian Taylor put Villa ahead in the first half only for Lampard Junior to steer home a pass from Paolo Di Canio for a second half equaliser. Dion Dublin appeared to win the game for the visitors with an added time volley but there was still time for Paul Kitson to win a penalty which then Di Canio then converted. Extra time was goalless and so the game went to penalties which ended in West Ham’s favour when Gareth Southgate missed his sudden death kick. Of course the game is best remembered for the Mannygate affair where West Ham fielded an ineligible player when Emmanuel Omoyinmi came on as an extra time substitute for Paulo Wanchope. Omoyinmi had previously played both legs in an earlier round of the competition while on loan at Gillingham and was thus ineligible. The match against Villa was replayed which the Hammers eventually lost 1-3.
Hislop, R Ferdinand, Margas, Lomas, Ruddock, Cole (Kitson), Sinclair, Wanchope (Omoyinmi), Di Canio, Lampard, Keller
12 December Nobby Solano 42
15 December Aaron Cresswell 27
16 December Reece Oxford 18
17 December Andre Ayew 27
17 December John Bond d. 2012
17 December Joe Kirkup 77