Former Player Blog – Ronnie Boyce

1964 FA Cup semi-final hero Ronnie Boyce is targeting another landmark victory over Manchester United
1964 FA Cup semi-final hero Ronnie Boyce is targeting another landmark victory over Manchester United. Nicknamed ‘Ticker’ due to his outstanding work-rate, the East Ham-born midfielder scored twice at a rain-soaked Hillsborough to take West Ham United to Wembley. Now 73, Boyce is looking forward to watching Sunday’s sixth-round tie from Old Trafford with interest…
It’s been a terrific season and I’d love it if we could get into Europe.

It most definitely looks like the West Ham way is back. The acquisitions we made last summer have been particularly good and they seem to have just fitted into the team.

For me, I think Europe is definitely on and we might even be able to achieve a little bit more than that. We’d be satisfied with getting back into Europe, though, because it’s been a while!

They are quality players and I’m not surprised. The boy Dimitri Payet plays very well and I like that sort of player. Michail Antonio has also done great for the Club.

Mark Noble is a local boy which is lovely and it’s nice to see an East Ender like myself in that side.
I’m sure the supporters are very pleased with the effort they’re all putting in and the results they have got recently.

It’s 52 years now since we went up to Hillsborough and beat Manchester United in the rain to get to the FA Cup final.

We weren’t expected to win the game, to be honest, because they had players like Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best, of course.

The rain was the big thing. As soon as we woke up on the morning of the game until we pulled back into Kings Cross on the train in the evening, it never stopped.

It was a great day for me personally but also for the Club overall. I managed to get a couple of goals when it had been said before that I wasn’t a natural goalscorer. I hit one from outside the box and a header from inside.

It was great for the Club, who had come up in 1958 and then we went on to win the first major trophy in our history. It was a marvellous day and we can do it again on Sunday.

Let’s face it, Manchester United aren’t playing great at the moment. They’re not the usual Man United side and we’re playing out of our skin, so I see no reason why we can’t get the win up there.

I’ll be watching the game on TV and cheering the lads on, for sure.

It’s been a much improved season for the Club and, with the progression that has been made, I don’t see any reason why it can’t continue.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of West Ham United