Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Arsenal, April 1973
This weekend at The Boleyn Ground, West Ham United take on Arsenal in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. This match marks the beginning of an important few days for West Ham, who also finally play their FA Cup quarter-final replay match against Manchester United next week in two matches that will go a long way toward deciding the fate of the club’s season. Dropping two points at home against Crystal Palace last weekend has put them on something of a back foot with regard to grabbing a Champions League place, but they can get back on track by picking up a result against an Arsenal team whose hopes of winning the Premier League still exist, although they are now really hanging by a thread.
We’re going back forty-three years for this morning’s video, and end of season First Division match between the two clubs from the last weekend in April 1973. Arsenal went into the match in second place in the table, four points behind leaders Liverpool but with two games left to play as opposed to Liverpool’s one. In an era of two points for a win, Arsenal’s title challenge had been fatally holed by losing one and drawing three of their previous four matches, but a win would at least mean that Liverpool would require a draw from their last match of the season in order to put the mathematics of the title race beyond any doubt. West Ham United, meanwhile, had enjoyed a reasonably successful season. They went into this match in fifth place in the table, and would finish the season in sixth position after being overhauled by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Commentary comes from Brian Moore, and there’s some post-match punditry thrown in on this clip, courtesy of Jimmy Hill.
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