‘QPR were a good side at that time’ said Harry Redknapp watching TV footage from the game. Sadly not, Harry. They were to finish bottom 13 points from safety.
‘Bobby Moore scored a couple that day,’ again, wrong, boss.
Had the QPR manager been on The Weakest Link, Anne Robinson would have shown him the exit by now.
The World Cup legend got one. QPR manager Redknapp scored the second, his third of the season and last as it turned out, and the other two came from World Cup Hammers, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
By this time, Rangers were already struggling although not short of goals, just a defence.
Two weeks before, they lost 3-2 at Newcastle, and followed that up with a home defeat by the same margin to Manchester United.
Mick Leach scored Hoops seventh in three weeks at a boggy Upton Park - and still ended up on the losing side.
Harry got to spend his ‘four-bob lunch vouchers at the local caff’ after training as Rangers got stuffed 28 times that season.
A side shorn of Rodney Marsh with a foot injury, and player manager Les Allen trying to shore things up as third manager already, 46 years ago it was rare, were also reliant on players with a past rather than a future.
For example, Mike Keen lifted the League Cup against the odds in 1967 at Wembley. in January, the wing-back was lifting his last wage packet before departing for Luton Town in the old Division Three.
Leach opened the scoring for QPR as well as getting the last against Harry’s Hammers, and in between, record signing Barry Bridges at £55,000, scored the other.
According to Redknapp, his lot weren’t much better.
West Ham eventually finished eighth that campaign, but in his self-deprecating mind’s eye, “…We averaged 15th place with three World Cup winning players, world record keeper signing Bobby Ferguson, Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard (senior). It only goes to show how crap the other five were!”
West Ham: Bobby Ferguson, Bobby Moore, Alan Stephenson, Billy Bonds, John Charles, Trevor Brooking, Ronnie Boyce, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Trevor Hartley
QPR: Ron Springett, Ian Watson, Alan Wilks, Les Allen, Barry Bridges, Allan Harris, Tony Hazell, Ron Hunt, Mike Keen, Mick Leach, Ian Morgan
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