Derby day reminds of City classic

The 5-0 win at Derby County last Saturday had historians scrambling for the record books to see how the result measured up in West Ham United's proud past.

The answer is it equalled the club's all-time winning margin for a top-flight away fixture - with West Ham United previously earning a 6-1 victory at Manchester City on 8 September 1962. The team that day at Maine Road featured Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, along with other notable names like Ken Brown and Johnny Byrne.

Leading the way 45 years ago was Malcolm Musgrove, the Newcastle-born attacker who spent ten years at the club and scored 85 goals in 282 league appearances. He opened the scoring in the 27th minute and added a second in the 70th minute, with winger Tony Scott, Byrne and Peters all finding the net in between. Hurst made it six in the 80th minute to cap a miserable afternoon for City, who had by then seen legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann dismissed.

Also in the side that day was former defender John Bond, who recalled the enjoyment of being part of such a classic victory. "It's a long time, some 45 years ago, so I can't remember the whole match," he laughed. "What I do remember is that we seemed to walk through them like water that day. That's no disrespect to Manchester City, as they were a decent side then, so a result like that against such a team on their own patch was no mean feat.

"To get a high scoring result for any team away from home was also something to behold in those days. It was a day when we went out there and everything clicked, our passing, our attacking play and our defending, although we let one goal in, so hopefully that wasn't my fault!"

Bond, who played for West Ham between 1951 and 1965, making 428 league and cup appearances, was an attack-minded full-back who bagged 35 goals during his time at the Boleyn Ground. "That was the way I played, I liked to get forward as much as I could. In this match, I would have done the same, the fact we were getting forward so much suited me down to the ground and I do remember thinking that we had scored goals against a very good keeper in Bert Trautmann, who didn't let many in at the best of times!"

Bond, who was delighted to see the current West Ham United team win so well at Derby last weekend, said that he can look back with pride knowing he was involved in a stunning result. "I can sit here and feel very good that I played in the team that was involved in matches like this. The years have flown by, but it is something like that can never be taken away from me and my team-mates, same as the boys who played last Saturday."

The West Ham United team that day was Leslie, Bond, Burkett, Peters, Brown, Moore, Scott, Woosnam, Byrne, Hurst, Musgrove