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2013-06-07T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:33:33

On this day - 7 June

Classic match

West Ham United 2-3 Queens Park Rangers
Southern Regional League
Saturday 7 June 1941, Boleyn Ground

By 7 June, modern-day footballers have usually packed their boots away for the summer in favour of flip-flops and swimming trunks. Back in 1941, at the height of the Second World War, it was a different story.

West Ham United arrived on this day in 1941 still playing for the Southern Regional League title. The Hammers knew, however, that they would have to overcome Queens Park Rangers at the Boleyn Ground to overhaul leaders Crystal Palace on goal average.

This task proved impossible as the visitors won a thrilling match by the odd goal in five, with the prolific Alec George Foreman and 1940 War Cup final hero Sam Small on target for the hosts. Foreman's goal was his 34th in 39 games that season, but it was not enough to hold off the Hoops in front of a brave crowd of just 2,100.

The title was decided on goal average as hostilities left many fixtures unfulfilled. The following season, 1941/42, West Ham competed in a London-only competition to save on resources and costs.

Anniversary

Brazil 1-0 England
FIFA World Cup Group 3
Sunday 7 June 1970, Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico

Today marks the anniversary of 'that tackle' by West Ham United and England legend Bobby Moore MBE. Moore was captaining England at the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico when they faced Brazil in their second group-stage fixture in Guadalajara.

Playing alongside fellow Hammers Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst in stifling heat, England started well before Brazil countered and Pele forced Gordon Banks into what is considered to be the greatest save of all time. Peters himself then missed a headed chance, while Brazil's attacks were repeatedly repelled by the imperious Moore.

Moore's performance was a highlight reel in itself, but the West Ham defender's greatest moment arrived when he bent down on one knee to make a perfect block tackle to deny Jairzinho. Unfortunately, the same player would score Brazil's winner just before the hour-mark to secure the narrowest of victories for the South Americans.

England would go on to beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in their third group fixture but were edged out 3-2 by West Germany at the quarter-final stage.

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