1964 FA Cup Final

The 1964 FA Cup Final was the 83rd final of the FA Cup. It took place on 2 May 1964 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between West Ham United and Preston North End.

West Ham, captained by Bobby Moore and managed by Ron Greenwood, won the match 3–2 to win the FA Cup for the first time. Second Division Preston led twice through Doug Holden and Alex Dawson respectively, with John Sissons and Geoff Hurst equalising for West Ham. Ronnie Boyce then scored the winner for the London club in the 90th minute.

Preston's Howard Kendall became the youngest player to play in a Wembley FA Cup Final, aged 17 years and 345 days.[2] He retained this record until 1980, when Paul Allen played in that year's final for West Ham at the age of 17 years and 256 days.[3]

Ronnie Boyce at Upton Park 02 May 2015
Ronnie Boyce, scorer of West Ham's winning goal, in 2015.


1964 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1963–64 FA Cup
West Ham United Preston North End
3 2
Date2 May 1964[1]
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeArthur Holland (Barnsley)

Road to Wembley

Preston North End

Round 3: Nottingham Forest 0–0 Preston North End

Replay: Preston North End 1–0 Nottingham Forest

Round 4: Bolton Wanderers 2–2 Preston North End

Replay: Preston North End 2–1 Bolton Wanderers

Round 5: Preston North End 1–0 Carlisle United

Round 6: Oxford United 1–2 Preston North End

Semi-final: Preston North End 2–1 Swansea Town

(at Villa Park)[4]

West Ham United

Round 3: West Ham United 3–0 Charlton Athletic[5]

Round 4: Leyton Orient 1–1 West Ham United[6]

Round 4 Replay: West Ham United 3–0 Leyton Orient[7]

Round 5: Swindon 1–3 West Ham United[8]

Round 6: West Ham United 3–1 Burnley[9]

Semi-final: West Ham United 3–1 Manchester United

(at Hillsborough)[10]

Match details

Preston North End2–3West Ham United
Holden Goal 10'
Dawson Goal 40'
Sissons Goal 11'
Hurst Goal 52'
Boyce Goal 90'
Preston North End
West Ham United
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Alan Kelly
RB 2 Scotland George Ross
LB 3 Scotland Jim Smith
RH 4 England Nobby Lawton (c)
CH 5 England Tony Singleton
LH 6 England Howard Kendall
OR 7 England Dave Wilson
IR 8 England Alec Ashworth
CF 9 Scotland Alex Dawson
IL 10 England Alan Spavin
OL 11 England Doug Holden
Scotland Jimmy Milne
GK 1 England Jim Standen
RB 2 England John Bond
LB 3 England Jack Burkett
RH 4 England Eddie Bovington
CH 5 England Ken Brown
LH 6 England Bobby Moore (c)
OR 7 England Peter Brabrook
IR 8 England Ronnie Boyce
CF 9 England Johnny Byrne
IL 10 England Geoff Hurst
OL 11 England John Sissons
England Ron Greenwood


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  2. ^ Robert Galvin (2008). The Football Hall of Fame: The Ultimate Guide to the Greatest Footballing Legends of All Time. Anova Books. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-1-906032-46-3.
  3. ^ Viner, Brian (29 May 2009). "Howard Kendall: 'This Everton side takes me back to the Eighties'". The Independent. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Swansea Town v Preston North End: FA Cup Semi-final (1964)". Scfheritage.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Game played 4 January 1964". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Game played 25 January 1964". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Game played 29 January 1964". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Game played on 15 Feb 1964". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Game played on 29 Feb 1964". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  10. ^ West Ham v Man Utd. British Pathe. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 2014-12-27.

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1963–64 FA Cup

The 1963–64 FA Cup was the 83rd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. West Ham United won the competition for the first time (despite having reached the 1923 final), beating Preston North End 3–2 in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1964 FA Charity Shield

The 1964 FA Charity Shield was the 42nd FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's First Division and FA Cup competitions. The match was played on 15 August 1964 at Anfield, Liverpool and contested by Liverpool, who had won the 1963–64 First Division, and West Ham United, who had won the 1964 FA Cup Final. The teams played out a 2–2 draw and shared the Charity Shield.

Alan Kelly Sr.

Alan Kelly (5 July 1936 – 20 May 2009) was an Irish international football goalkeeper who played for Bray Wanderers and Drumcondra in his home country, and most notably for Preston North End in England. He was capped 47 times for the Republic of Ireland, and was the father of Gary Kelly and Alan Kelly Jr., who also became professional football goalkeepers.

Alec Ashworth

Alec Ashworth (1 October 1939 – 1995) was a professional footballer born in Southport, Lancashire.Ashworth played as an inside forward and started his career at Everton. He played 12 games for Everton and scored 3 goals. He then moved to Luton Town in 1960 and scored 20 goals in 63 games. His most prolific season was 1962/63 when he played for Northampton Town scoring 25 goals in only 30 games. Ashworth played out the rest of his career at Preston North End where he played 43 games between 1963 and 1966 and scored 14 goals. Whilst at Preston he played in the 1964 FA Cup Final.

Alex Dawson

Alexander Downie Dawson (born 21 February 1940) Is a former Scottish football player.

Although born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dawson started his career as a trainee with Manchester United under Matt Busby in the mid 1950s. He was given his First Division debut as a 17-year-old on 22 April 1957, when he scored in a 2-0 home win over Burnley in the First Division. He also found the net in United's next two league games against Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion. These games came after United had sealed the First Division title for a second successive season.

In 1957-58, he made just one appearance during the first six months of the season, but then came the Munich air disaster in which eight Manchester United players lost their lives, including forwards Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan, while Bobby Charlton and Dennis Viollet were unavailable for several weeks as they recovered from their injuries. He was on the scoresheet in United's first game after the crash, scoring one of United's goals in a 3-0 victory of Sheffield Wednesday in the fifth round on the FA Cup. He remained a regular player in the team until the season's end, scoring a hat-trick against Fulham in the FA Cup semi-final replay at Highbury. He remains the most recent player to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup semi-final. He was in the team for the Wembley final against Bolton Wanderers, but United lost 2-0.

He faced competition for a first-team place from new signing Albert Quixall, which restricted him to 11 appearances in 1958-59. The subsequent two seasons saw Dawson enjoy more regular first team action, and in the 1960-61 season he scored an impressive 20 goals in all competitions.

Dawson's first team chances were limited in 1961-62 following the arrival of David Herd.He left United for Preston North End in 1961 after scoring 54 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils. At Preston, he became known as the "Black Prince of Deepdale" and featured in their 1964 FA Cup Final team. He scored in the final as Preston lost 3–2 to West Ham United. He later played for Bury, Brighton and Brentford.

Arthur Holland (referee)

Arthur Holland (26 November 1916 – March 1987) was an English football referee.

Claydon railway station

Claydon railway station is a former railway station on the 'Varsity Line' (former Oxford – Cambridge line), that served the village of Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire.

Doug Holden

Doug Holden (born 28 September 1930) is an English former professional footballer who played as a Winger.

Eddie Bovington

Edward Ernest Perrian Bovington (born 23 April 1941) is an English former footballer who played for West Ham United as a right-half.Bovington played Junior football with West Ham, and was a member of the FA Youth Cup Final team of 1958–59 alongside Bobby Moore, Harry Cripps and Jack Burkett.He made his senior debut in a Football League match against Manchester United on 18 April 1960, although it was to be another 18 months before his second game. His cup debut was in the Football League Cup against Rotherham United on 16 October 1962. Bovington made a total of 138 League appearances for West Ham, scoring a single league goal (against Nottingham Forest on 26 October 1966 at Upton Park). He made another 46 senior appearances for the Hammers in other competitions, including the 1964 FA Cup Final and eight European Cup Winners Cup matches. His only cup goal was against Cardiff City, in a 5–2 home win on 20 December 1965 in the League Cup semi-final.He retired from football, aged 28, to join the rag trade. He later became a keen marathon runner and member of Woodford Green Athletics Club.

George Ross (footballer, born 1943)

George Ross (15 April 1943 – 7 May 2016) was a Scottish footballer who played as a full-back in the Football League during the 1960s and 1970s, most notably with Preston North End. Surprisingly, Ross never started his senior professional football career with any of the three Highland Football League Clubs in Inverness at that time, and went south to Preston as a schoolboy.He started with Preston as a junior and after making his debut for them in the early 1960s, he went on to play 386 league games for them. This included a place in the 1964 FA Cup Final team.

In the early 1970s, he left to join Southport and played 31 league games for them in Football League Division Four.

In April 2009, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by Preston, and he worked for them in the commercial department on matchdays.Ross died on 7 May 2016, aged 73.

Howard Kendall

Howard Kendall (22 May 1946 – 17 October 2015) was an English footballer and manager.

Kendall joined Preston North End as an apprentice and stayed with the club when he turned professional. He was a runner-up in the 1964 FA Cup with Preston, and at 17 years 345 days was the youngest player to play in a Wembley final. In 1967 he joined Everton, where he played in midfield with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, the trio gaining the nickname "The Holy Trinity". With Everton, Kendall won the First Division title, the Charity Shield, and was again an FA Cup runner-up. He became Everton captain for three years before being sold to Birmingham City in 1974. Kendall joined Stoke City in 1977, where he became a player-coach and helped the club achieve promotion from the Second Division.

Kendall's managerial career began as a player-manager with Blackburn Rovers in 1979. He returned to Everton in 1981, again as a player-manager, but retired from playing after four games. With Everton he won two Football League titles, an FA Cup, three Charity Shields, and the 1985 European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as a league runners-up place and reached two further FA Cup finals and a League Cup final. Frustrated by the ban from UEFA competitions imposed on English clubs, Kendall left to manage Spanish club Athletic Bilbao in 1987. He was sacked in 1989, but quickly returned to management with Manchester City. After less than a year in Manchester he rejoined Everton but, after three middling seasons he resigned and spent a short time managing Greek side Xanthi. After a few months spent as manager of Notts County, Kendall joined Sheffield United, saving the club from relegation and then taking them to the 1997 play-off final. He returned to Everton for third time as manager in August 1997, but left the club by mutual consent having only managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the season. His final managerial position was a four-month spell back in Greece, where he took charge of Ethnikos Piraeus and was sacked with the team at the bottom of the table. A member of the League Managers Association's "Hall of Fame", the English Football Hall of Fame, and listed as an "Everton Giant", Kendall remains the last English manager to win a UEFA competition with an English club.

Jim Smith (footballer, born 1937)

James Alexander Grant Smith (16 October 1937 – 10 April 2002) was a Scottish footballer who played as a central defender for Preston North End and Stockport County.

Smith was signed by Preston from his hometown club in 1956, making his first-team debut in the 1958-59 season.Smith played in the 1964 FA Cup Final.

John Bond (footballer)

John Frederick Bond (17 December 1932 – 25 September 2012) was an English professional football player and manager. He played from 1950 until 1966 for West Ham United, making 444 appearances in all competitions and scoring 37 goals. He was a member of the West Ham side which won the 1957–58 Second Division and the 1964 FA Cup. He also played for Torquay United until 1969. He managed seven different Football League clubs, and was the manager of the Norwich City side which made the 1975 Football League Cup Final and the Manchester City side which made the 1981 FA Cup Final. He is the father of Kevin Bond, a former footballer and coach.

John Charles (footballer, born 1944)

John William Charles (9 September 1944 – 17 August 2002) was an English footballer who played for West Ham United as a defender. Nicknamed ″Charlo″, Charles was the first black player to represent England at Under-18 level and became the first black player to play for a first division West Ham United side when he made his debut in 1963.

Ken Brown (footballer)

Kenneth Brown (born 16 February 1934 in Forest Gate, London) is an English former football player and manager. As player, he made more than 400 appearances in the Football League representing West Ham United, where he spent the majority of his career, and Torquay United, and was capped once for the England national team. As manager, he took charge of Norwich City, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle.

Preston North End F.C.

Preston North End Football Club (often shortened to PNE) is a professional football club in Preston, Lancashire, whose team currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Originally a cricket club, Preston have been based at Deepdale since 1875. The club first took up football in 1878 as a winter fitness activity and decided to focus on it in May 1880, when the football club was officially founded. Deepdale is now football's oldest ground in terms of continuous use by a major league club.

Preston North End was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. In the 1888–89 season, the team won both the inaugural league championship and the FA Cup, the latter without conceding a goal. They were the first team to achieve the "Double" in English football and, as they were unbeaten in all matches, are remembered as "The Invincibles". Preston won the league championship again in 1889–90 but their only major success since then has been their 1938 FA Cup Final victory over Huddersfield Town. The club's most famous players have been Tom Finney and Bill Shankly, who are both commemorated at Deepdale by stands named after them. Other notable players include Tommy Docherty, Alan Kelly Sr. and Graham Alexander.

Until 1961, Preston were usually members of the First Division but, having been relegated after the 1960–61 season, they have not yet returned to the top flight. They were first relegated to the Third Division after the 1969–70 season and have spent 28 of the 49 seasons since 1970 in the bottom two divisions, including a span of 19 seasons from 1981 to 1982 to 1999–2000. Preston have faced serious financial issues and were twice in danger of closure. The club is now owned by businessman Trevor Hemmings and has been established in the EFL Championship since gaining promotion in 2015.

Ronnie Boyce

Ronald William Boyce (born 6 January 1943) is an English former professional footballer who played his entire career for West Ham United, making 282 Football League appearances for them.

West Ham United F.C.

West Ham United Football Club is a professional football club based in Stratford, East London, England. They compete in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club play at the London Stadium, having moved from their former home the Boleyn Ground in 2016.

The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. They moved to the Boleyn Ground in 1904, which remained their home ground for more than a century. The team initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before joining the Football League in 1919. They were promoted to the top flight in 1923, when they were also losing finalists in the first FA Cup Final held at Wembley. In 1940, the club won the inaugural Football League War Cup.

West Ham have been winners of the FA Cup three times, in 1964, 1975, and 1980, and have also been runners-up twice, in 1923, and 2006. The club have reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965 and finishing runners-up in the same competition in 1976. West Ham also won the Intertoto Cup in 1999. They are one of eight clubs never to have fallen below the second tier of English football, spending 60 of 92 league seasons in the top flight, up to and including the 2017–18 season. The club's highest league position to date came in 1985–86, when they achieved third place in the then First Division.

Three West Ham players were members of the 1966 World Cup final-winning England team: captain Bobby Moore and goalscorers Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

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