On This Day: Cottee's goal secures snowy win at Ipswich


Taking a look back at a classic West Ham United moment on this day in history, in association with Basset & Gold..

West Ham United's attentions were mainly focused on challenging for the First Division title during the 1985/86 season, but John Lyall's side still took the FA Cup seriously.

With cold weather affecting the fixture list, the Hammers played three games in the space of five days at the start of February 1986, defeating Manchester United 2-1 in the top-flight on Sunday 2 February before drawing 1-1 at Ipswich Town in the FA Cup fourth round a little over 48 hours later.

With games coming thick and fast, the Irons headed up the A12 to a snowbound Portman Road for a replay on Thursday 6 February. There, in difficult conditions, Tony Cottee took advantage of a defensive error to send the West Ham supporters in the 14,515-strong crowd home happy.

The Hammers would not play again for a month, due to the inclement weather conditions, and returned to action on 5 March, when they took on Manchester United in the fifth round. Again, the tie ended in a draw, before West Ham went to Old Trafford four days later and won the replay.

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