Super Stags deliver a Hammer blow in Cup
THE recent FA Cup shocks, with the likes of QPR, Spurs and Liverpool going out to lower league opposition, have rekindled memories of one of Mansfield Town's glory days.
Remember February 26, 1969? That was the day mighty West Ham, boasting World Cup stars like Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore came to town.
The Hammers were certainly not underestimating little Mansfield, who were then plying their trade in the old Division Three.
In fact, they fielded a reasonably strong side. Bobby Ferguson was in goal and the line-up also included legendary Hammers like Billy Bonds, Harry Redknapp, Trevor Brooking and Johnny Sissons.
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It took a long time to get this fifth round tie out of the way because it was postponed five times because of the snow.
There were 21,117 in Field Mill that day but few of those on the terraces would have expected a final score of Mansfield Town 3 West Ham United 0.
Talk about the magic of the Cup! This was the stuff dreams are made of.
It was the first time the Stags had defeated a First Division side and they did it in style with goals from reliable striker Dudley Roberts, Ray Keeley and Nick Sharkey.
The visitors had chances early on but they were shocked by a goal from Roberts after only 22 minutes.
They never really recovered from that blow and, with the fans going wild, Keeley grabbed a second in the 37th minute. It was all over as a contest just four minutes into the second half when Sharkey struck the third.
Stags fans celebrated into the early hours of the morning, chanting and singing Christmas carols in the streets.
For the record the teams that memorable day were:
Mansfield Town: Hollins, Pate, Hopkinson, Quigley, Boam, Walker, Keeley, Sharkey, Ledger, Roberts, Goodfellow.
West Ham: Ferguson, Bonds, Howe, Peters, Stephenson, Moore, Redknapp, Lindsay (Boyce 14), Brooking, Hurst, Sissons.
The Stags Cup run started on November 16 with a 4-1 home win over Tow Law Town with goals from Ledger (2), Keeley and Sharkey.
Incredibly they were drawn at home five times as they beat teams from five other divisions.
Rotherham United were pipped 1-0 after a replay thanks to another Ledger goal, then Roberts grabbed two as Sheffield United were beaten 2-1.
Roberts and Sharkey were on target in a 2-1 win over Southend, but the magnificent run came to an end when they lost 1-0 to Leicester City in the sixth round, in front of a bulging Field Mill crowd of 23,500.
Sadly, the cup exploits under manager Tom Eggleston were not translated to the league, where the Stags finished a disappointing 15th.
It was a shame because there was certainly plenty of quality and experience in the side.
The late Johnny Quigley, a bargain £3,000 buy, had won the FA Cup with Nottingham Forest.
Goalkeeper Dave Hollins was a Welsh international, Kirkby-born defender Stuart Boam went on to manage the club from 1981-83, while Derby-born Roberts bagged 73 goals in 230 games in six years before joining Scunthorpe in 1964. He retired in 1976 due to injury.
Full-back Sandy Pate made 366 consecutive appearances for the Stags (479 in all from 1967-78), while Mick Hopkinson had a new lease of life after being released by Brian Clough at Derby County.
The late Jimmy Goodfellow had been a star at Leicester City. He went into management with Workington Town and then an electrician's shop when he retired.