Being isolated in the house with nothing to do isn’t ideal, so let’s take a trip down memory lane to one of West Ham’s most depressing days in relatively recent times.
I’m sure, like me, most of you have tried to block the 2006 FA Cup final out of your memory banks as much as possible due to how the occasion ended in such inevitable West Ham fashion. But, despite the heartbreaking loss on the day, it was still a grand occasion, and the West Ham players undoubtedly put in maximum effort which so very almost dragged the club to its first piece of silverware since 1980.
To add to this, it is also easy to forget about a host of memorable FA Cup ties which these same players conquered to even reach the Millennium Stadium in the first place, including a two-legged affair with bogey team Bolton Wanderers, where Alan Pardew’s men came out on top at the Boleyn Ground in the depths of extra-time.
After that, an away clash at Eastlands was won against Manchester City to set the Hammers up for a semi-final showdown against Middlesbrough, where a rendition of “Johnny Lyall’s claret and blue army”, during what originally was supposed to be a minute’s silence, was chanted from the stands of Villa Park to urge the Irons on to a famous victory.
See? It wasn’t all bad, and a damn sight better cup run than any other West Ham side has presented to the Hammers’ faithful since.
Still, with people’s memories of the day so hazy, this quiz may be a little tougher than expected. If you can name the full West Ham squad that faced Liverpool back in 2006, you win… well, nothing. But it’s a fine effort anyway. Have a go!
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