1979–80 West Ham United F.C. season

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A Second Division West Ham side beat an Arsenal side that had been in the previous two FA Cup Finals, had just finished 4th in the First Division and who were overwhelming favourites to win.

Winning the Cup for the third time, West Ham manager John Lyall tactically outsmarted his Arsenal counterpart Terry Neill by paying a 4–5–1 system, stifling Arsenal's creative midfield that included future West Ham signing Liam Brady and the steely Brian Talbot.

The only goal in the 1–0 victory was scored by Trevor Brooking.

No. Player Position Lge Apps Lge Gls FAC Apps FAC Gls LC Apps LC Gls Date Signed Previous Club
FA Cup Final Team
1 England Phil Parkes GK 40 8 8 1979 Queens Park Rangers
2 Scotland Ray Stewart RB 38 10 8 3 8 1 August 1979 Dundee United
3 England Frank Lampard LB 35(1) 7 1 6 1964 Academy
4 England Billy Bonds (Captain) CD 34 1 5 9 May 1967 Charlton Athletic
5 England Alvin Martin (Hammer of the Year) CD 40 2 7 8 1 August 1974 Academy
6 England Alan Devonshire LM 34 5 8 1 7 September 1976 Southall & Ealing Borough
7 England Paul Allen RM 31 2 7 (1) 1 7 1979 Academy
8 England Stuart Pearson F 24(1) 5 8 2 3 1 August 1979 Manchester United
9 England David Cross CF 38(1) 12 5 1 9 5 December 1977 West Bromwich Albion
10 England Trevor Brooking CM 36 3 8 1 3 1 July 1965 Academy
11 England Geoff Pike CM 27(4) 5 7 (1) 1 6 1 July 1973 Academy
Important Players
3 England Paul Brush LB 27 6 4 1977 Academy
11 England Jimmy Neighbour W 22(1) 1 4 September 1979 Norwich
6 England Pat Holland M 21(5) 4 1 8 1 April 1969 Academy
Other Players
8 England Billy Lansdowne F 5 (3) 1 4 (1) 3 1978 Academy
11 England Nicky Morgan F 4 (2) 1 1 1978 Academy
8 England Dale Banton F 2 (2) 1 1979 Academy
1 Scotland Bobby Ferguson GK 2 1 1967 Kilmarnock
3 England Mark Smith LB 1 1 1979 Academy