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Wednesday 17 October Updated Tuesday 17 February

1971-1981

1971:
John Lyall appointed as assistant manager to Ron Greenwood.

1972:
Finally beaten by Stoke City in the semi-final of the League Cup after a four-game marathon. April 15 - Geoff Hurst played his last game for Hammers at home v Liverpool before his £80,000 transfer to Stoke City.

1974 March 14:
Bobby Moore left to join Fulham on deadline day for a token £25,000 fee after making a then record number of appearances for the Club. Mooro had made his last senior appearance for Hammers in the FA Cup tie v Hereford United on January 5 and his last-ever game for the Club was at home against Plymouth Argyle Reserves.

1975:
- this time by Ipswich Town, 5-1 on aggregate. May 3 - West Ham United played met Bobby Moore's Fulham in the all-London FA Cup final and won 2-0 thanks to two Alan Taylor goals. August 9 - Derby County beat us 2-0 at Wembley in the FA Charity Shield.

1976:
Hammers lost 4-2 to Anderlecht (Belgium) in the European Cup Winners' Cup final at the Heysel Stadium, Brussels.

1977:
Manchester United were the visitors for the first all-ticket match at Upton Park, on the insistence of the Football League, since pre-World War Two. December - Ron Greenwood left the Club to succeed Don Revie as manager of England. John Lyall replaced him as Hammers' team boss.

1978:
Relegated to the Second Division.

1979:
In February, giant goalkeeper Phil Parkes transferred from QPR to Upton Park for a then Club record fee of £565,000. This was a then world record fee for a goalkeeper. Len Cearns succeeded Reg Pratt (who became President) as Chairman.

1980:
Hammers beat overwhelming favourites Arsenal on 10 May to win the FA Cup final at Wembley. Trevor Brooking scored the winner - with his head!

1981:
Won promotion back to the First Division as champions of the second division with a record number of points - 66. Hammers reached the League Cup final but lost to Liverpool, 2-1, in a replay at Villa Park after drawing 1-1 at Wembley. Won the FA Youth Cup final for the second time - against Spurs, 2-1 on aggregate.
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