Wembley Stadium hosted the 1965 European Cup Winners Cup final between England’s 1964 FA Cup winners West Ham United who faced West Germany’s DFB-Pokal Cup winners 1860 Munich. It was the first European final for both sides and 98k supporters packed out the Empire Stadium as it was called back then.
The reach the final the Hammers from East London had bypassed Gent, Sparta Prague, Lausanne and Real Zaragoza enroute to Wembley, whereas The Lions from Munich beat Union Luxembourg, Porto, Legia Warsaw and Torino to reach the final.
The final was a close encounter with both sides creating some great chances but it was West Ham United who finally opened the scoring on the 70th minute from an Alan Sealey goal. It wasn’t long before the Irons outside right was on the scoresheet again and within just two minutes he’d registered his second of the game and secured European success for Ron Greenwood’s boys in claret and blue with a 2-0 victory. The legendary Bobby Moore lifted the first piece of European silverware for West Ham United.
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