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History

Voting open for your Team of the 1970s

We're continuing our series to find the ultimate West Ham 5-a-side team in partnership with our Official Energy Partner Utilita!

You'll be able to vote for your top team of each decade from the 1960s through to the 2010s, when we'll pitch each winning side to find our 5-a-side Team of Teams.

Next up is the 1970s - check out the candidates below and submit your selection using the voting tool below. Remember you can see who was voted into the Team of the 1960s here!

The candidates

Goalkeepers

Mervyn Day
Mervyn Day

There are three candidates for the No1 jersey.  Bobby Ferguson missed out on a place in our 1960s team to Jim Standen, but he's also a candidate for this decade. He made 159 of his 277 appearances in Claret & Blue in the '70s, and was at the Club throughout this period. Mervyn Day took over as first-choice from Ferguson in the mid-part of this decade and was the youngest goalkeeper to play in an FA Cup final when the Hammers beat Fulham in 1975 - the same year he was named PFA Young Player of the Year. He turned out on 237 occasions for the Hammers, before Phil Parkes arrived for a then-world record fee for a goalkeeper of £565,000 in February 1979 and took over between the sticks.

Defenders

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard Sr

Only Billy Bonds has made more appearances for the Hammers than Frank Lampard Sr, who came through the ranks in the late '60s and was a regular in every season of this decade. The left-back was a key component of the team which lifted the FA Cup in 1975.

The opposite full-back that day was John McDowell. The East Ham-born defender was yet another Academy product of the time and he played more than 300 times for the Club before moving on to Norwich City in 1979.

Tommy Taylor arrived from near-neighbours Orient in 1970 and quickly became another mainstay of the period. His 403 West Ham games included both the 1975 FA Cup final at Wembley, and the European Cup Winners' Cup final defeat by Anderlecht the following year.

Joining Taylor at the back for the Wembley triumph against Fulham was Kevin Lock. Born in Plaistow, his chance came when Bobby Moore moved on to the Cottagers, and like Moore his destination after West Ham was also Craven Cottage.

Another defensive stalwart of the 1970s was Keith Coleman - and his CV includes appearing in seven of the Hammers' nine European ties of the decade, including that 1976 final in Brussels.

Rounding out the defensive choices is Paul Brush, who emerged in the seasons following the European adventure to become a regular as the Hammers sought to gain their top flight place back in the late 1970s.

Midfielders

Trevor Brooking
Trevor Brooking

Few can match the achievements of Billy Bonds 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.

Another legendary Hammers figure also excelled throughout this time was 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.

Brooking, of course, was the central figure in that famous European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in 1976, and he was joined on the scoresheet that Boleyn Ground night by Keith Robson. He netted 19 goals in total for the Hammers, including one in the final against Anderlecht too.

Graham Paddon was a virtual ever-present in the Hammers' most memorable campaigns in this decade, 1974/75 and 1975/76, among 152 appearances sandwiched by spells at Norwich City.

East Londoner Pat Holland, meanwhile, was with the Hammers from 1969-81 - his entire professional career - scoring 32 goals in 304 games and collecting an FA Cup winner's medal.

Forwards

Pop Robson
Pop Robson

Up front, Bryan 'Pop' Robson 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.

Robson was playing for Sunderland when the Hammers lifted the FA Cup in 1975 - an afternoon when Alan Taylor took centre-stage. He had only signed from Fourth Division Rochdale earlier that season, but netted twice at Wembley to write his place in West Ham folklore.

Clyde Best twice topped the goalscoring charts for the Hammers, in 1971/72 with 23, and two years later when his 13 goals meant he shared the honour with Billy Bonds.

Last but not least is Billy Jennings, who was another consistent goalscorer in the middle part of the decade, scoring 14 times in 1974/75, 14 again the next year, and ten in 1976/77.