4 thoughts on “Midweek Mashup – West Ham United, 1980

  1. Brilliant. I had no idea the FA Cup once decreed both sides must change if there was a clash. Is this what happened with West Brom v Everton in the 68 final? Another yellow-blue-yellow job losing to a “West” in white shirt and shorts (though those West Brom red socks made theirs iconic … or maybe it was winning the Cul that made it iconic).

    1. Yes there was a rule in the FA Cup that stated if there was a colour clash, then both teams would have to change kits. With regards to West Brom in 1968, whilst the rule would have been applied regarding clashing, I’m pretty sure I read that they wore the white third strip during their cup run even when there was no clash (a “lucky strip”). I once saw video footage of West Brom against Liverpool in the cup run, which looked like it was at the Hawthorns, and West Brom wore all-white despite there being no colour clash.

      Come to think of it, on a related note, it could be argued that in actual fact Sheffield Wednesday v Everton in the 1966 final was an earlier example of only one team changing kit for the final in the event of a clash – the Owls wearing all white whilst Everton were in their usual home kit. Wednesday had worn their white away kit a few times in earlier rounds, albeit against other teams who usually would have worn blue, so again may have felt the kit was a lucky charm (though it wasn’t to be as they lost 3-2 after being 2-0 up).

      Curiously, as an aside from the FA Cup in 1966, when Wednesday faced Chelsea in the semi-final, Chelsea wore a one-off Inter Milan-esque kit in blue and black stripes.

  2. All through my childhood the rule was that both teams changed, even if they had to borrow kit to do it. When Gravesend & Northfleet drew Sunderland in the cup they played in Charlton’s blue change kit. In those pre-TV days it was the only time many of us fans saw their team’s change shirts.

  3. I do love white top and shorts with any kind of colour socks. Even Sevilla’s classic home kit with the black socks.

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