LEGEND: Geoff Hurst was a pivotal figure in West Ham's emergence as a strong cup side in the 1960s. In his time at Upton Park (1959 to 1972), he scored 249 goals in 502 games, including one in the 1964 FA Cup final win, a hat-trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final and SIX against Sunderland in an 8-0 win over Sunderland on October 19, 1968 in the old First Division.
The arrival of Julian Dicks, the Terminator in 1988. Although West Ham began a period of yo-yoing between divisions in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dicks became an instant hit with the fans in a struggling team for his no-nonsense, totally committed approach to the game
VIDEO: Manchester City 1 West Ham United 5, March 21, 1970. This First Division game was notable for TWO reasons. Firstly it saw the West Ham debut of JImmy Greaves who continued his record of scoring on his bow for every team with a quickfire double. Then came a Match of the Day favourite, Ronnie Boyce's goal from the halfway line direct from a clearance by Man City keeper Joe Corrigan... who found the ball sailing over his head as he jogged back into goal
Harry Redknapp set about rebuilding West Ham and forging it into a club capable of holding it own in the top division. Between 1994 and 2001 there were a lot of exciting arrivals, such as Croatia international Slaven Bilic and defensive partner Marc Rieper of Denmark. But there were failures too, such as Paulo Futre, Florin Raducioiu and the elusive Marco Boogers