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Ultimate West Ham 1970s 5-a-side team revealed


The votes are in and the West Ham Ultimate 1970s 5-a-side Team, powered by our Official Energy Partner, Utilita, can now be revealed!

This decade saw the Hammers land their second FA Cup title, when they defeated Fulham 2-0 at Wembley, along with reaching the European Cup Winners' Cup final the following year.

With World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst moving on at the start of the 70s, it was time for the next generation of Hammers heroes to emerge and the cream of the crop make your team.

In goal, Phil Parkes joined the club at the back end of the decade for a then-world record fee for a goalkeeper - £565,000 - and he immediately set about paying that back.

With 18 clean sheets in his first 45 games for the Hammers he had already shown what he was all about, and there was so much more to come.

At the back, Frank Lampard Snr was a regular in every season this decade, and only Billy Bonds can lay claim to having played more than his 670 games in Claret & Blue.

That brings us on neatly to midfield, where Bonds of course takes one of the slots. Few can match his achievements in a West Ham United shirt and it was during the 1970s that he really came to the fore. Moved from defence into midfield in the early part of the decade by Ron Greenwood, he won the Hammer of the Year in 1971, 1974 and 1975 - the year he climbed the Wembley steps to lift the FA Cup for the first of two occasions.

Alongside him is Trevor Brooking. He won the first of 47 England caps in 1974 and enjoyed the best goalscoring season of his career in 1972/73, when his eleven strikes helped the Hammers to a sixth-placed finish in Division One.

Completing the line-up in a forward role is Bryan 'Pop' Robson. He netted over a century of goals for the Hammers across two spells in the 1970s, with his hauls of 28 in 1973/74 and 26 in 1978/79 standing out. He was also named Hammer of the Year in 1973.

Don't miss the vote for the Hammers Team of the 80s, which opens on Friday!