Fielding skills of West Ham No 1
Sunday 16 February 1997
A. West Ham United fielded seven players whose name began with the letter B in the 1964 FA Cup final, but the same 11 players had competed in every round of the Cup, including a replay against Leyton Orient, which must be some sort of a record in itself. This was in the days before substitutions were allowed.
A note about Jim Standen. As far as I can recall, Jim Standen was the first goalkeeper regularly to display the figure 1 on his jersey in the Football League. Other goalies wore plain green attire and it was considered very "continental" at the time for him to have a numbered jersey.
The following season, 1965, Jim won a European Cup- Winners' Cup medal when West Ham defeated Munich 1860 2-0 at Wembley. He also came on as a substitute fielder (in the covers) when England played South Africa at Lord's. - V A McLaren, Sheffield
Q. Whatever happened to Peter Shilton shortly after he played his 1,000th League match at Leyton Orient recently? I note his name no longer appears on Orient's teamsheet. - D H Donovan, Schull, Co Cork
Q. In December, Norwich City lost to West Bromwich Albion 5-1. Despite this, they actually rose one place in the table. Has any other team made progress up the table on the back of such a thrashing? - Malcolm Debbage, Peterborough
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