Hunting for some footage of West Ham goalkeeper Bobby Ferguson purely because he was the first No. 1 I had the pleasure of seeing in the flesh (more of that below) and I came across this footage.
It’s the 1972 FA Cup replay against Hereford United and I’d never seen this particular report before.
It’s filmed from the Hereford angle, with footage around the town, part-time players having to secure time off work, and the British Rail specials (six trains) bringing fans to Paddington.
But once they arrive at Upton Park it’s a wonderful trip back in time, with the commentator mentioning the formidable West Ham forward line of Best, Hurst and Robson ‘costing half a million pounds.’ Heh-heh.
Grab a coffee and enjoy the clip, then carry on reading, below.
I’m going to go into Goatygav Bullets mode now …
- Do you remember why this was played midweek in daylight (not under floodlights)
- Who remembers singing ‘We’ve got ’Arry ’Arry ’Arry Redknapp on the wing, on the wing’?
- The sound effects were strange, obviously added afterwards
- Great to see the sandwich-makers hard at work on the train, and what about all that ale?
- Poor old Bobby with muddy shorts – and a rip in them! He wouldn’t have been happy about that
- Silky skills of Sir Trevor on that mudbath of a pitch. I can remember the sound the ball used to make as it plopped onto the interesting combination of mud and sand
So, back to the original reason for posting. With some of our correspondents debating the current goalkeeping situation I went back to look for footage of Bobby Ferguson.
The clip shows him making a great finger-tip save right near the end of the match.
I also had the pleasure of seeing Mervyn Day and Phil Parkes between the sticks. I also remember Peter Grotier. On one Saturday I stood next to a bloke and his kid and the kid was asking why the crowd were giving Grotier some stick.
I thought it was pretty obvious it was because he wasn’t playing very well (and the crowd getting on his back wasn’t going to make things better) but the learnéd fan I was standing next to replied to his nipper by saying ‘I think it’s because he’s so ugly.’
So, to close my midweek ramblings, a question, and some West Ham goalkeeper-related content
- Which West Ham goalkeeper have you most enjoyed watching?
- Metro story from 2015 on West Ham goalkeepers, good and indifferent
- Ex-Hammer website lists West Ham goalkeepers
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