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Incredibly in the ensuing 50 years West Ham has played at Anfield on 43 occasions (40 League games, 2 Football League Cup games and 1 Charity Shield match) and failed to register a single win. Liverpool has won 31 of these 43 encounters, with only 12 ending in draws. Though there have been some draws where the Hammers were unlucky not to have come away with all of the points. A sobering thought is that if West Ham has to wait another 50 years for three points from Anfield, it will not be in my and many, many other West Ham supporters’ lifetime!
This feature provides a reminder of September 1963’s rare achievement of West Ham’s landmark triumph.
Bobby Moore gives a word of encouragement to debut boy Dave Bickles as West Ham leave London for the game at Liverpool
Dave Bickles tackles Ian St John
Dave Bickles, Ronnie Boyce, Peter Brabrook, Jack Burkett, Johnny Byrne, Brian Dear, Geoff Hurst, Joe Kirkup, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Jim Standen.
The answer is the taste of victory at Anfield. On Saturday September 14, 1963 this XI was the last West Ham team to beat Liverpool at Anfield. In a close game watched by 45,497 the Hammers beat the team which would go on to become the season’s Division I champions 2-1.
What have the following 11 players experienced which no other Hammer has in the last 50 years?
Football League Division I
September 14, 1963
WEST HAM UNITED:
Jim Standen, Joe Kirkup, Jack Burkett, Martin Peters, Dave Bickles, Bobby Moore, Peter Brabrook, Ron Boyce, Johnny Byrne, Geoff Hurst, Brian Dear
Man of the Match Contenders
According to match reports the two main contenders for man of the match performance were goalkeeper Jim Standen and captain Bobby Moore.
But it would be an injustice to the rest of the team to simply single out Standen and Moore. An indication of how well the West Ham team played is in the scores out of ten allocated to each player in one of the national newspaper match reports. The West Ham United players average seven out of 10 compared with Liverpool’s six. A marked difference. Bobby Moore received a nine while Standen, Peters and Hurst each received eight. In the red corner, Roger Hunt was Liverpool’s best performer with an eight.
Jim Furnell 5, Gerry Byrne 5, Ronnie Moran 5, Gerry Milne 6, Ron Yeats 6, Phil Ferns 7,
Ian Callaghan 7, Roger Hunt 8, Ian St.John 6, Jimmy Melia 5, Peter Thompson 5.
West Ham United:
Jim Standen 8, Joe Kirkup 7, Jack Burkett 7, Martin Peters 8, Dave Bickles 7, Bobby Moore 9, Peter Brabrook 5, Ronnie Boyce 6, Johnny Byrne 7, Geoff Hurst 8, Brian Dear 5.
Not surprisingly many of the match reports headlined Moore and focussed on his excellent individual performance. The following from the Newham Recorder was typical of the reporting: “Moore in particular deserves praise. He marshalled his “troops” like a general, helped to calm them down when pressure was at its highest and rarely wasted a ball no matter how he was being harassed by opponents.” Bobby received generous plaudits despite conceding a penalty. But the upside of the penalty for West Ham was for Jim Standen to pull of a tremendous save.
The full scores were as follows:
The Goals & Penalty Save
Bobby Moore warming up prior to kick off September 14, 1963
Liverpool 1 - 2 West Ham United
(Hunt) (Peters, Hurst)
The match was a game of two halves. The first was West Ham’s as they strode to a two goal half time lead. West Ham deserved their half time lead when their only two shots bought the two goals. The second half was Liverpool’s as West Ham was forced to defend for most of the half with Liverpool’s keeper hardly touching the ball.
Liverpool 0 - 1 West Ham United
11th minute: From a corner Johnny Byrne pulled it back to Burkett whose pass to Peters, deflected by Moore, enabled Peters to slot home a deliberately placed shot which was in the net before the home custodian could move.
Liverpool 0 - 2 West Ham United
33rd minute: A long clearance by Standen was tapped forward by Boyce to Hurst, who was practically unmarked. Hurst took it in his stride, eluded a tackle by Yeats, and once more Furnell (Liverpool’s goalkeeper) was helpless to do anything about it.
Geoff’s goal, his first of the season, was described in a West Ham programme’s match report as “a splendid solo effort”.
Liverpool 0 - 2 West Ham United
The Penalty Save
60th minute: A penalty was awarded when Moore was judged to have handled. Many thought he had charged the ball away with his shoulder. But Jim Standen rescued the Hammers.
Jim “had a great game in the West Ham goal. The 60th minute was his greatest moment. Moore conceded a penalty and Moran hit the ball hard and low to Standen’s right, but the goalkeeper dived to make a magnificent save.” But for Standen West Ham might well have lost. The reported story is that Moore remembered Moran’s spot kick technique and as Moran prepared to shoot, Moore pointed to Standen’s right and Jim dived that way to make the save.
This was the second successive home game that Liverpool’s Moran had failed to score from the penalty spot.
Liverpool 1 - 2 West Ham
64th Minute: Liverpool’s pressure soon delivered a goal. Roger Hunt’s net was described a fine individual effort which bought the Reds back into the game.
League Debut for Dave Bickles
With the usual centre half Ken Brown injured, 19 year old Dave Bickles stepped into the team to make his league debut. What more memorable a league debut could any player have than a win at Anfield? Accolades for Dave’s performance included “new boy Bickles slotted in as though he had been there for years”.
Sign of greater accomplishments
Dave’s performance was good enough for him to retain his first team place for the next league game. Though typical of the Hammers, a memorable result at Anfield was followed by a forgettable 3-0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest. Perhaps the Anfield result gave an insight into greater things that would happen that season.
In 1963-64 West Ham enjoyed two fantastic Cup runs. They reached the semi-final of the League Cup before succumbing to Leicester City in the two legged semi-final. While in the FA Cup at 1964’s Wembley final………………well that’s another story.
West Ham United's Anfield results
ANFIELD MATCH REPORTS
Standen saves Moran penalty
Jim Standen clears as Geoff Hurst shields him from Ron Yeats No.5
Newspaper coverage courtesy of Richard Miller
Football League Champions 1963-64
7th December 2013:
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez took his goal tally for the week to six with a double which sent the Hammers to a 4-1 defeat at Anfield. Sam Allardyce's men held out until the 42nd minute, but had no answer once Guy Demel's unfortunate own goal had given the home side the lead. Martin Skrtel scored soon after half time to double the lead, and although he scored at the other end to briefly give the Hammers hope, Suarez's late double, coupled with Kevin Nolan's red card, took the game away from the Londoners.
The Hammers have now played on 44 occasions (41 League, 2 League Cup games and 1 Charity Shield) and failed to register a single win.
29th August 2015
Fingers Crossed Bilic can finally get one over the Reds.