theyflysohigh : Steve Marsh

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Banner Hammers Logo theyflysohigh Washington - Miners Safety Lamp 02 Washington - Miners Safety Lamp 01 WHU v. European XI Hurst programme Geoff Hurst - Player gift The Sun Football Award - Most Entertaining Team

1970 - 1975 Trophy Cabinet ...

Glass Shelftop

Washington International Youth Football Festival

Most Entertaining Team


Glass Shelftop

The Sun Football Award 1975

Glass Shelftop

Geoff Hurst Testimonial

Geoff Hurst Testimonal


The Sun Newspaper Award


Trophy Cabinet


West Ham United v. European XI

Upton Park

23 November 1971

Washington International Youth Football Festival

One of the more unusual mementoes to arrive in the Upton Park trophy cabinet is this miners safety lamp. On closer inspection the inscription reads “Youth International Tournament 1972 Sunderland AFC”.


On further investigation it was given to the Club for participating in The Washington International Youth Soccer Festival organised by the Washington Development Corporation, the festival final taking place at Roker Park former home of the Weirside club.

Long before the revision of Local Authority boundaries, no-one had contemplated that this new area would include both Sunderland and Washington. Sunderland Football Club with commendable prescience had to built its gymnasium and  established the clubs practice pitches in the New Town which soon became a centre for football in the North of England.


The young Hammers kick-off the tournament on 12 May 1972 with a 0-0 draw against The Black Cats, followed by 5-0 back-to-back victories over Rotterdam AVS (Holland) and Dunkirk (France). Despite not losing a group match the Hammers faced Offenbach Kickers (West Germany) for a 3rd / 4th Play-off place, with the score locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes, West Ham brought the Miners Lamp back to Upton Park winning 5-4 on penalties.

Historically part of County Durham, Washington New Town was made up of ancient mining villages scattered over the north-east of England (hence the miners lamp) the area was designated a New Town in 1964, by 1974 the Town would be incorporated into a new County with the creation of Tyne and Wear.

Washington - Miners Safety Lamp 01

A managerial change in August 1974 led to Ron Greenwood moving upstairs to become the club's general manager with long-standing coach and former player John Lyall as team manager with responsibility for player selection.


The top-level arrangement brought instance rewards as new signings Billy Jennings and Keith Robson secured from Watford and Newcastle United respectively, both scored on their league debuts. November '74 brought a surprise signing when relatively unknown centre-forward Alan Taylor joined from Fourth Division Rochdale.


By the turn of the year the new signings had helped the Hammers into sixth place in the First Division table and the club picked-up 'The Sun Football Award, 1975' for the 'Most Entertaining Team'.