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Games that shook The Hawthorns - No.1

31 May 2019

In at number one...

Albion 4 West Ham United 1 (Agg. 5-3)

Competition: 1966 League Cup final second leg

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 1966

UK prime minister: Harold Wilson (Labour)

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Most popular toy in 1966: Twister

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Albion clawed back a one-goal deficit to earn a memorable victory over West Ham United in the last two-legged League Cup final in 1966.

The Throstles trailed the Hammers 2-1 following a tight affair at Upton Park before dismantling a team featuring Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst in front of a buoyant crowd at The Hawthorns.

John Kaye, Tony Brown, Clive Clarke and Graham Williams were on the scoresheet for the Baggies with Peters netting what proved to be a consolation goal for Ron Greenwood’s men.

Albion went on to reach a final in three of the four seasons that followed, finishing as League Cup runners-up ’67 and ’70 before clinching their fifth FA Cup in ’68.

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“Even before the game in the dressing room, I’ve never known a group of players so up for a game,” recalls Tony Brown. “The lads were banging the door down to get out to do their job.

“We absolutely murdered them, I think we were 3-0 up in half an hour. The Hawthorns was rocking. The atmosphere was brilliant. It was fantastic to win a trophy at our own ground.

“There are a dozen games I can recall when the atmosphere was really exceptional and that night was right at the top.”

Goals: Kaye, Brown, Clark, Williams

Albion XI: Potter; Cram, Fraser, Williams (c), Fairfax; Hope, Brown, Campbell, Clark; Astle, Kaye.

Manager: Jimmy Hagan

Attendance: 32,013


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