By CandH’s high blogger Allen Cummings

 

When West Ham tackle Eintracht Frankfurt on the London Stadium on Thursday will probably be a semi-final event lots of in the present day’s Hammers’ fan have by no means skilled earlier than.

The pre-match pleasure coupled with comprehensible expectancy is rising with each hour – and might be at fever pitch by the point the 2 groups stroll out of the tunnel.

A number of older supporters like myself, who’ve been round to see the highs and lows of our club for quite a few years now, will look upon the upcoming sport with a contact of déjà vu blended in with a big serving to of nostalgia.

It was 46 years in the past when West Ham took on this similar German club facet at this exact same level of a serious European cup competitors. That evening we have been confronted with a 2-1 deficit to make up, however got here out the opposite facet victorious after a pulsating night below the lights at Upton Park.

It was an evening many, myself included, charge as one of many easiest ever on the previous floor.

Two objectives from Trevor Brooking, a participant who had a knack of netting on the large event – and one from Keith Robson -took care of enterprise, regardless of a late aim by our guests, to earn us a spot within the ultimate of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

It was additionally answerable for one among my all-time favorite black and white West Ham pictures with Brooking and Pat Holland sharing a celebratory bottle of bubbly within the dressing room after the sport.

This Thursday’s encounter could also be a extra cagey affair than the winner takes all assembly 46 years in the past, this being the primary leg with the second leg to comply with in seven days  time.

In 1976 West Ham went into the tie after a reasonably detached season within the previous First Division – in actual fact they lastly completed in 18th place – simply six factors above the relegation zone.

This season in fact David Moyes’ group have spent virtually your complete season within the high half of the desk – and far of it battling it out within the high six. So our hopes are entitled to be excessive.

It was a reasonably moist and unwelcoming day in East London 46 years in the past – in actual fact the sport was considered at risk of postponement at one stage, however was ultimately handed match for play late on.

I used to be one of many 39,202 crammed into the Boleyn Floor, having come straight from work within the city, hardly dressed for an evening on the South Financial institution in a swimsuit, collar and tie (though I did ditch the tie earlier than the sport).

Rigidity was excessive and nerves have been jangling after a goal-less first half. However after the break a Brooking header put us one up – Keith Robson then made it two – and Trev made it three following a trademark gliding run over the sodden floor earlier than curling in a magnificence along with his left foot.

Eintracht Frankfurt – the 2022 model – are not any mugs astray, having reached this far by advantage of the 3-2 away defeat of Barcelona within the final spherical.

They shouldn’t be taken evenly – and there’s no worry on that rating coming from Moyes and his group. However a repeat of our final efficiency away in Lyon – coupled with what might be one other unbelievable ambiance on the LS, there is no such thing as a motive to consider West Ham can’t construct a strong basis to take to Germany in seven days’ time – after which in the end transfer on to that date again in Seville for the ultimate.

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