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Vic Keeble scores for West Ham in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in the old Second Division, April 26, 1958

Vic Keeble scores for West Ham in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in the old Second Division, April 26, 1958

Clyde Best takes on Tony Gough of Hereford in an FA Cup fourth round replay at Upton Park in February 1972.

Clyde Best takes on Tony Gough of Hereford in an FA Cup fourth round replay at Upton Park in February 1972.

West Ham United v Newcastle United 21st April 1986 8-1

West Ham United v Newcastle United 21st April 1986 8-1

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.

World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst: a career in pictures

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.

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Billy Bonds lifts the FA Cup after Second Division West Ham have beaten Arsenal of the First Division 1-0 at Wembley on May 10, 1980

Hope for Cardiff against Liverpool? Six of the biggest upsets in Wembley history

Billy Bonds lifts the FA Cup after Second Division West Ham have beaten Arsenal of the First Division 1-0 at Wembley on May 10, 1980

The 1975 FA Cup final saw Billy Bonds lead First Division West Ham against Fulham from Division Two

The 1975 FA Cup final saw Billy Bonds lead First Division West Ham against Fulham from Division Two

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

Football's top 10 hard men

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

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

Slaven: Harry fits the Bil for England

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

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