Your West Ham Team of the 1970s

This is the first 11 of your team of players who played for West Ham predominantly in the 1970s.*.

Mervyn Day
Tommy Taylor
Billy Bonds
Frank Lampard
John McDowe
Patsy Holland
Trevor Brooking
Graham Paddon
Alan Curbishley
Clyde Best
Bryan Robson

Bobby Ferguson
Kevin Lock
Peter Eustace
Mick McGiven
Billy Jennings
Keith Robson
Alan Taylor

* Players like Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst overlap the turn of the decade have been put into the 1960s selection.


24 Responses to Your West Ham Team of the 1970s

  1. Simon from Gravesend says:

    As good as that team appears, Iain, I think they may need an 11th player to succeed!

    And Curbs in the team? Based on what, he hardly did anything as a player!

  2. Pavalova says:

    Clyde Best – someone is having a laugh !!

  3. aussie graham says:

    Alan taylor won us the fa cup clyde best won us zero.curbishley was like butch wilkins a crab at least when keith robson was off the drink he took it to the opposition and showed passion.

  4. Tc says:

    Must b John McDowell missing at right back?
    Seems like the playstation generation have got their comments in 1st. I’d take Best and Robson over any players we currently have. The players voted 4 in all the teams so far have restored my faith after the nonsense aimed at Boa Morte.

  5. Roy says:

    I often wonder how Johnny Ayris would have progressed if Chopper Harris didn’t end his career. Reckon he would have been on the list.

  6. aussie graham says:

    I think a person who played like harris should have been suited to aussie rules johnny ayris was breathtaking and we were robbed of a superstar.

  7. supernumbersix says:

    Looks like the team I remember as a schoolkid. Too young to have seen Ayris play but could have been one of our greatest by all accounts. How many other players did that Chelsea ‘footballer’ crock I wonder? I always love watching replays of that goal that the great George Best scored when he skipped past half the Chelsea defence and left Harris on his muddy arse after he came steaming in with one of his sliding ‘tackles’.

  8. Phil says:

    A lot of people must of voted who never saw them play in the 70’s otherwise Curbishly would be nowhere near the team.
    Clyde Best was a consistent performer over several years whereas Taylor was a one-season wonder.
    Ayris was one the most exiting players I ever saw until Harris crocked him.
    As for Peter Eustace as a reserve he only played a handful of games and was one of West Ham’s worst ever buys.

  9. Richard says:

    Hi Iain,
    Is there any more news about the buy out of West Ham.
    On sky sports under comments someone write, about West Ham being sold at the end of the month?.

  10. There was a fictional character called Useless Eustace, I seem to remember… Daily Mirror cartoon, was it?

    Anyway, I don’t think Peter Eustace was ever anything more than a journeyman midfielder.

    Hot topic from this line-up, though…. would you rather have Billy Bonds at right back, centre back or battling in midfield? My belief is that Bonzo was at his peak as a battling midfielder.

    Didn’t Clyde Best play a crucial role in a relegation survival season?

  11. Roshi says:

    Anybody who saw Mick McGiven during the relegation battle of 72/73 would include him in a “best of” team.
    With regards to Clyde Best anybody who saw him play would not include him in a “best of” team. I’m afraid that the “Clyde Best was a great player” is a story that has grown bigger as the years have gone on.
    Curbishley was trumpeted as the next “Bobby Moore” but never lived up to the hype, he played 50 odd games and was shipped out to Birmingham.

  12. budgie says:

    When we signed Peter Eustace the England manager, Don Revie (yes I know!) said he was the best signing anyone had made that season. Although I remember him having skill he was a great dissapointment.

    Graybo I think Bonzo was great as a marauding right back when we first signed him but midfield was where we got the best from him as he was all over the place doing great things.

    Clyde Best was ,and by all accounts still is, a gentleman of great dignity but I fear that distance is lending some enchantment to his ability. Sure he did score some good goals. Two at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day 1973 stay in the memory but he played 210 times and scored 58 goals. He was big and strong but stageley seemed to lack physical presence. I hear some saying it would be nice for us to have another striker get to 58 goals but they were different times. He was with us for seven years after all.

  13. budgie says:

    I think Kevin Lock was the next Bobby Moore but aside from that I agree with you

  14. Roshi says:

    Could be Budgie…time..age and all that! but he was held in very high esteem through the juniors and reserve team.

  15. DevoDevo says:

    Some interesting thoughts here, some I agree with and some I disagree with.

    Kevin Lock did appear to be the “next Bobby Moore” and played well for a couple of seasons before drifting into mediocrity, possibly by the expectations put upon him.

    Johnny Ayris was a lovely little winger, but I’m not sure he would have proved to be as good as some people imagine.

    My family used to call him Peter Useless. say no more.

    Curbishley was distinctly average as a player. nKeith Robson was far better.

    Clyde Best was also a lot better than some people believe here and although it is true that Alan Taylor almost single handedly won the FA Cup for us. He was found out from that day on and Billy Jennings was the better all-round footballer.

    Again, a poor decade overall with only the legends standing out and, of course, playing into the 80’s.

    Paddon (RIP) was an exquisite player and much underrated.

  16. hinsdaleman says:

    I think voters’ judgement had been clouded by nostalgia or they are just too old to remember how bad some of these selections were or they are just too young to know. Tommy Taylor was
    a very basic centre half who was prone to making stupid mistakes and giving away goals. The crowd were always on his back and how he makes this team is beyond me. I’d much rather have Bill Green who although didn’t play as many games but was another hard man alongside Bonzo and was more reliable than Taylor.
    Kevin Lock was hailed as the next Bobby Moore during that era but turned out more like Dorothy Lamour. Another one like Taylor. Prone to cock ups and more worried about what his hair looked like.

  17. budgie says:

    I agree about Kevin Lock and drifting into mediocrity or Fulham as it is sometimes known!
    I also agree about Johnny Ayris. Nice touches but very physically lightweight which is sadly why Chopper Harris had such a big effect on him.

    I personally think hinsdaleman is being rather tough on Tommy Taylor who if remember rightly was also used as a centre forward when injuries had struck. This harks back to comments Bernie made the other day about John Bond

    As for Keith Robson who amongst us who were there will ever forget Eintracht Frankfurt.

  18. Peddler says:

    I would definitely have had Keith Robson in for Curbs. For me, he would get a place in the starting lineup in a ‘best of the last 50 years’ vote. I would have Bobby Ferguson above Mervyn Day as well.

    I think Clyde is worth his place, I would certainly have him (and Billy Jennings tbf) in before Alan Taylor despite his heroics in the cup.

    As for Bill’s best position, god knows. He was probably the best right back I have seen at Upton Park but his later performances in midfield were awesome. How he didnt get an England cap is beyond comprehension. He was always described as swashbuckling, which is something we dont seem to have in the Premier League (or the England team) these days.

  19. Roymondo says:

    As good as Bonzo was as a right back he made a far bigger contribution in midfield. I agree that him not making the England team is one of football’s greatest mysteries. Emlyn Hughes played 60-odd timesw for England and he wasn’t in the same league as Bill.
    The Day/Ferguson argument is a difficult one. Day, for a couple of seasons, was as good as it got but then he seemed to lose it.
    I find it amazing that Curbishley made it but can’t agree that Keith Robson would be anywhere near the starting line up for the “best of the last 50 years”.
    Still, it’s all about opinions and if you believe it then it must be true!

  20. Peddler says:

    I think its because the 1970s were pretty much my formative years at UP, although my first match was in 1968. Robson caused such a change to the team when he arrived and I dont think that feeling has ever left me.

    Rose tinted specs, maybe.

  21. supernumbersix says:

    1. Tommy Taylor
    2. Kevin Lock
    3. Alan Curbishley
    In that order were considered the ‘next Bobby Moore’. I know because as a kid, every time it was mentioned that the ‘next Bobby Moore’ had been found I always kept an eye on that particular player to see if he was about to take over from my hero, needless to say it never happened. It still hasn’t.

    I too, never understood why both Billy Bonds and Graham Paddon didn’t make the England team. Total mystery. Any thoughts??

  22. DevoDevo says:

    Indeed, numbersix.

    Peddler, Keith Robson should be in the 70’s side, but I concur with Roymondo, never close to the best ever team.

    Still, if he became your firm favourite, it’s easy to be biased!

    Budgie – The Eintract game is by far the best atmosphere I have ever experienced at the Boleyn. What a night!

  23. Ozuptonparker says:

    Wot no Greavsie….It’s a funny old game Saint..

  24. Roshi says:

    Bearing in mind that Greave’s by his own admission cannot remember playing for West Ham, I think its only fair that we don’t remember him…hic…hic

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