Saturday 30 August 1969
Nottingham Forest 2 (Moore39, Hilley 90)
West Ham United 0
Maybe the trip past the Watford Gap was too much for the East Enders. Undefeated before today, West Ham can blame no one but themselves for the loss.
West Ham were a shadow of themselves today. Perhaps the melancholia of forever blowing bubbles got the better of them this afternoon.Players like Moore, Peters and Hurst were ineffectual in stamping any authority on the game. Only the young Brooking with an audacious shot from a throw in that hit the post and a disappointing shot that traveled well wide showed minor glimpses of creativity.
The home side were strong and purposeful and the more desperate team. They had chance after chance, yet Ferguson held them at bay. Hilley could’ve had a hat trick, but had to settle for one in the last minute of the game. Forest keep warming up as the season progresses. Meanwhile for West Ham, perhaps it was a mere aberration and the train journey back home will give them solace for next weekend.
Nottingham Forest: Hill, Hindley, Winfield, Chapman, Hennessey, Newton, Rees, Lyons, Hilley, Barnwell, Moore.
West Ham : Ferguson, Bonds, Lampard, Peters, Stephenson, Moore, Best, Boyce, Brooking, Hurst, Cross (Miller).