CITY 3 WEST HAM UNITED 0
League Division 1
13th April 1968
Scorer Young(11 & 60), Doyle(84)
Ref Mr Handley
City Mulhearn, Book, Pardoe, Kennedy, Heslop, Oakes, Lee, Doyle, Summerbee, Coleman, Young – sub Connor(unused)
West Ham Ferguson, Bonds, Stephenson, Moore, Lampard, Peters, Boyce, Brooking, Redknapp, Dear, Hurst – sub Charles
FROM THE PRESS BOX
West Ham played with the air of a team that has had a wonderful season. If they had, this display would have been excusable. They haven’t and their pedestrian style brought them the hiding they deserved.
City were even fooled by the lack of West Ham’s urgency, Neil Young had enough chances to grab a goal scoring record for himself but seemed bemused by West Ham’s complacency.
It was 74 minutes before the Hammers carved themselves a clear opening and then Peters waited lazily.
It was typical of West Ham’s meandering play that he waited too long. Heslop pounded in bravely to bang the ball clear.
Heslop a City hero, went off injured to sympathetic cheers from the fans. The cheers were deserved; Heslop’s determined defence had exposed the slowness of West Ham’s attack.
City’s attack should have torn West Ham apart. Inside 10 minutes Young screwed a shot wide from Summerbee’s header and Coleman blazed away a chance from Lee’s cross.
Hammers’ fate wasn’t long delayed. Coleman’s cross curled over to Young, who rammed a corking left-footer into the net.
Young scored the second when Lee had a shot deflected out to him on the left.
For the third goal Coleman slipped the ball to Summerbee who flicked it across for Doyle to head in.
PAUL DOHERTY WRITING IN THE PEOPLE 14TH APRIL 1968