1958 - 1964

April 26, 1958
Football League Division Two
Ayresome Park
Middlesbrough 1 West Ham Utd 3

A jubilant crowd of 1,000 Hammers fans waited imperiously on the King's Cross platform to greet a West Ham team that had just steamed back to top flight football, for the first time since 1932.
The final game of the 1957-58 campaign saw top scorer Johnny Dick set Hammers on their way with a deft backheel to claim his 21st goal of the season.
And then Malcolm Musgrove's ninth and Vic Keeble's 19th of the term, at last secured the second division title for Ted Fenton's side.
That meant the champions headed south having won 23 and drawn 11 of their 42 games, netting a whopping 101 goals along the way.
"This is, indeed, a wonderful moment for us," confessed proud chairman Reg Pratt. "It is said that if you want something badly enough you'll get it in the end.
"We have waited for this occasion for a very long time, and now regard our present success not so much as an end but as a new beginning, a challenge, a spur to greater efforts."
Prophetic words.
For Hammers were about to embark upon a 19-season run in the first division, which was destined to incorporate those caviar years of the mid-60s and Moore, Hurst and Peters representing West Ham United during both the Club's and England's finest sporting hour.
WHU: Gregory, Bond, Cantwell, Malcolm, Brown, Nelson, Grice, Smith, Keeble, Dick, Musgrove.

May 2, 1964
FA Cup final
Wembley Stadium
West Ham Utd 3 Preston North End 2

West Ham Utd 3 Preston North End 2
Ronnie Boyce's last minute winner helped West Ham United to secure the first major trophy of their history after a titanic battle at Wembley.
Second Division Preston had started the match as underdogs against Ron Greenwood's men, but that counted for nothing as they twice took the lead and virtually matched the Hammers all the way.
After just 10 minutes, Preston opened the scoring when Howard Kendall - at 17 years-old the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup final - started a move that was finished by Doug Holden after Jim Standen had failed to hold Ally Dawson's shot. The Hammers hit straight back, though, when Johnny Byrne fed John Sissons and the young winger scored with a cross-shot.
Byrne then missed a great opportunity to put the Hammers in front and five minutes before the break Preston restored their advantage thanks to a powerful header from Dawson.
However, the Hammers replied again just seven minutes into the second half when Geoff Hurst's header hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line.
As the game wore on and legs became tired, it was clear that the next goal would be all-important and, with just minutes remaining, the Hammers scored it.
Hurst rode several tackles to find Brabrook wide on the right and the winger sent over a cross that Ronnie Boyce met perfectly to nod into the corner.
West Ham had won the Cup for the first time in their history - and the Hammers fans partied like never before.