West Ham United were saddened to hear of the death this month of former player Albert Foan, who served the club to distinction in the 1950s.

Born in October 1923, the year of the club's first FA Cup final appearance, Foan was a popular winger and inside-forward at the Boleyn Ground between 1950 and 1956. He passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Norwich at the age of 85 on 14 August, leaving two sons - Andy and Patrick - three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His spell with the Hammers, playing a total of 60 games and scoring nine goals. A third of those strikes came in a memorable FA Cup tie against Preston North End on 7 January 1956, with Foan scoring a hat-trick to book the club's place in the fourth round. The Hammers went on to reach the quarter-finals.

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