Hammerabilia Wembley special
West Ham United memorabilia collectors Steve Marsh and Stuart Allen have amassed a huge array of items linked to the Hammers' nine previous trips to Wembley.
From staple collectibles like ticket stubs and matchday programmes through to more unusual items like song sheets and paper hats, Marsh and Allen have unearthed a wide range of bits and bobs related to West Ham's visits to the Home of Football.
So, enjoy a journey through West Ham United history with a Hammerabilia Wembley special.
For much, much more Hammerabilia, visit Marsh and Allen's online museum They Fly So High by clicking here.
1923 FA Cup final
Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United
The first major event to be staged at the prestigious new British Empire Stadium will be remembered not for the game itself. The chaos surrounding the match attracted more coverage than the actual play. The size of the crowds swelling the stadium to bursting point and the heroic efforts of PC Scorey and his mount Billie clearing the fans from the pitch turned this into the 'White Horse final'. For the record, Bolton Wanderers emerged 2-0 winners.
1923 FA Cup final ticket stub
1923 FA Cup final Pathe postcard
1923 FA Cup final Colmans Mustard matchbox case
The below postcard features one of the most famous tramcars in the history of public transport, and one possibly unique in its connection with the world of soccer. There must be a multitude of West Ham United supporters who have heard about it, but only those who are approaching their centenary will remember it really well. Over 89 years have elapsed since this vehicle traversed the tramway routes of east London, decorated in 1923 to celebrate the Hammers reaching the first FA Cup Final at Wembley.
It was devised and designed by officials of the Tramways Department of the West Ham Corporation, and was based at the Greengate Street depot. From where it made its way around the main streets of the surrounding boroughs, and was a really splendid sight when it was illuminated after darkness had fallen.
1923 Tram postcard
1940 Football League War Cup final
West Ham United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
During the Second World War the Government of the time encourged the football authorities to keep football matches operating for the nation's morale. Because of the severe paper rationing, Cup final programmes from this Wembley period were printed invariably in patriotic red and blue on white paper.
1940 Football League War Cup final programme
1940 Football League War Cup final ticket stub
1964 FA Cup final
West Ham United 3-2 Preston North End
The Daily Express Community Singing Sheet was given to fans attending the 1964 FA Cup final. Community singing was primarily a form of entertaining the fans at FA Cup Finals from the mid 1920's through to the early 1970's, culminating in the rendition of the hymn Abide with me. All together now....
Daily Express Community Singing Sheets
Paper Hat Bands were also given out free to supporters outside Wembley on Cup final day by the Daily Express newspaper.
1964 Paper Hat Band
1965 European Cup Winners' Cup final
West Ham United 2-0 TSV 1860 Munchen
A large range of memorabilia has resulted from West Ham United's first European final - a 2-0 victory over German Cup winners TSV 1860 Munich in May 1965 thanks to Alan Sealey's two second-half goals. Below is a selection of mementoes from that amazing day, including goalkeeper Jim Standen's winner's medal, a train ticket from Munich to London for the final and an ultra-rare Daily Express hat band.
1965 European Cup Winners' Cup final medal
1965 Train ticket from Munich to London
1965 Paper Hat Band
1965 European Cup Winners' Cup final civic reception ticket
1975 FA Cup final
West Ham United 2-0 Fulham
The 1975 West Ham United team were the last all-English side to win the FA Cup. Alan Taylor was the hero of the hour, scoring twice to shoot the Hammers to victory over a Fulham team that included the great Bobby Moore and former England star Alan Mullery.
1975 FA Cup final programme
1975 FA Charity Shield
West Ham United 0-2 Derby County
After taking on Liverpool at Anfield in the 1964 FA Charity Shield, West Ham United faced Division One champions Derby County at Wembley in August 1975. The Rams proved too strong for the Hammers, running out 2-0 winners against John Lyall's team.
1975 Charity Shield rosette
1980 FA Cup final
West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal
Trevor Brooking's header gave Division Two side West Ham United a famous shock win over Arsenal in May 1980 - the club's third FA Cup success in 17 seasons. As was fitting of such an occasion, a host of collectibles were produced both before and after the big game.
1980 FA Cup winners sew-on patch
1980 FA Cup commemorative postal cover
1980 FA Cup final squad cartoon
1980 FA Cup final Rattle
1980 FA Charity Shield
West Ham United 0-1 Liverpool
West Ham United's third and most-recent appearance in the FA Charity Shield came in August 1980, when Division One champions Liverpool proved just too strong for John Lyall's side. Terry McDermott scored the only goal after 17 minutes as the Reds edged past the Hammers in front of a 90,000-strong crowd at Wembley.
1980 FA Charity Shield ticket stub
1981 League Cup final
West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool
Ray Stewart's last-gasp penalty earned West Ham United in their first-ever League Cup final appearance at Wembley. Having appeared in the two-legged final back in 1966, the Hammers held the Reds to a deserved draw following Alan Kennedy's controversial extra-time opener.
1981 League Cup runners-up medal
1981 League Cup final luncheon programme