Sealey seals European glory

19 May 1965
European Cup Winners' Cup final
Wembley Stadium,
West Ham Utd 2-0 TSV Munich 1860

West Ham United put themselves on the footballing map in front of a watching Europe.

"The match exceeded my wildest hopes," enthused triumphant Ron Greenwood after two-goal Alan Sealey left Wembley's 100,000 sell-out crowd in raptures. Having beaten La Gantoise, Sparta Prague, Lausanne and Real Zaragoza along the Wembley way, West Ham were back in the shadows of the Twin Towers, 12 months after their classic FA Cup final win over Preston North End.

Sealey may have missed out on the glory of the previous campaign, but this was to be the night upon which he inscribed his name in Hammers' history books. Remarkably a free-flowing end-to-end encounter remained goalless until 20 minutes from time when Ronnie Boyce's defence-splitting pass enabled Sealey - who had scored just three goals all season - to fire home from a tight angle.

With the Germans still reeling, Sealey bundled home his second, just two minutes later when Radenkovic failed to claim Bobby Moore's cross. As the Hammers' skipper went up to collect his second trophy inside 12 months, Moore was blissfully unaware that in just over a year's time, another epic win over a team of Germans would see him climb those steps for a third time to claim football's ultimate prize.

West Ham United: Standen, Kirkup, Burkett, Peters, Brown, Moore, Sealey, Boyce, Hurst, Dear, Sissons.