West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (partially found footage of FA Cup match; 1956)

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Programme for the match.

Status: Partially Found

On 8th March 1956, West Ham United hosted Tottenham Hotspur for an FA Cup Sixth Round replay match at Upton Park. Tottenham ultimately won the match 2-1, securing a place in the Semi-Finals in the process.


West Ham and Tottenham, as Second and First Division members respectively, both entered the FA Cup in the Third Round.[1][2] West Ham defeated Preston North End, Cardiff City, and Blackburn Rovers to make it to this round.[2] Meanwhile, Tottenham's campaign saw it overcome Boston United, Middlesboro, and Doncaster Rovers.[2] The two sides initially clashed on 3rd March 1956 at Spurs' White Hart Lane.[3][2] In front of 69,118 fans, the encounter was a goalfest, with the Hammers' John Dick securing a hattrick, and Spurs' Len Duquemin, Tommy Harmer, and George Robb all scoring to end the match 3-3.[4][5][3][2] Thus, a replay was ordered, with West Ham now holding the home advantage.[6][2]

The replay occurred five days later, in front of 36,000 fans at Upton Park.[6][5] Based on the surviving footage, West Ham generally controlled the game's flow. Particularly, John Dick almost made it 1-0 for the home side but ultimately the ball hit the post. Albert Foan made a shot on goal which appeared to hit Harry Clarke's arm, but demands for a penalty were rejected by the referee. Despite West Ham's offence, it was the visitors who took the lead courtesy of a Harmer goal prior to half-time.[6] With this goal, Tottenham started the second-half as the stronger side. However, West Ham then equalised when Billy Dare scored via a flying header.[6] With this, the hosts gained a second wind, making multiple attempts on-goal plus a few penalty appeals that were all rejected. Ultimately however, Spurs regained the lead following a cross that enabled Duquemin to slam the ball into the West Ham goal to make it 2-1.[6] The Hammers were unable to respond, enabling Tottenham to progress to the Semi-Finals.[6][2][5] It was here that Tottenham lost 1-0 to eventual Cup winners Manchester City.[2][5]


According to ITV Football and Upstart Football, the match's second-half received live coverage from ITV, with commentary provided by Kent Walton.[7][5] This was done to avoid affecting match attendance, as well as to ensure it fit within ITV's schedule.[5] It was also one of the earliest FA Cup matches to be televised live by the then-new ITV network.[5][7] The broadcast has yet to fully resurface, although some match highlights can be found online. Although the video includes first-half footage, it does not contain Tottenham's first goal.



Highlights of the replay.

British Pathé newsreel of the initial game.

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