Emley launch search for their former stars

Emley and West Ham players swap shirt at the end of their FA Cup third-round tie at Upton Park in January 1998 (Picture: Steve Riding).
Emley and West Ham players swap shirt at the end of their FA Cup third-round tie at Upton Park in January 1998 (Picture: Steve Riding).
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Frank Lampard and John Hartson sunk many top-flight teams when they operated in tandem for West Ham.

So it was hardly surprising that this renowned duo were the Hammers’ FA Cup third-round heroes in 1998 when the side featured such as Rio Ferdinand, Paul Kitson, Stan Lazaridis and Eyal Berkovic.

What was a shock, however, was that Harry Redknapp’s multi-talented side could only win 2-1 at Upton Park when they came up against non-league club Emley all those years ago.

Lampard struck in the fourth minute but West Ham had to rely on an 82nd-minute winner from Hartson after Paul David had equalised after half-time for the Huddersfield club, who are now planning a reunion night to celebrate the club’s glory years from the Sixties to 2000.

“We want everyone to come along to the Welfare Club on Friday, June 12 but, the problem is that we have lost contact with many of the players,” says organiser and former player Roger Wood, who helped run the side alongside the late Mick Pamment for a decade.

“The more we look at the record, the better it seems to get,” says Wood.

“None of us are getting any younger and we have had this in mind for some time. We swept the board at least twice in the Yorkshire League and it was like a big family here.

“We reached the last 16 of the FA Amateur Cup as a Huddersfield League side in the late Sixties – none of the London sides fancied coming up here.

“Then, of course, we went to Wembley for the 1988 FA Vase final where we lost to Colne Dynamoes and then we had that famous FA Cup third-round encounter with West Ham when Ronnie Glavin was in charge.”

Any ex-players wishing to attend the reunion can contact 
Mr Wood in the evenings on 01924 848921.