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Why West Ham United's last Upton Park cup-tie stirs memories in Huddersfield

It was real Roy of the Rovers stuff for Emley

Emley fans during FA Cup third round January 1998 against West Ham United at Upton Park

West Ham United’s last-ever FA Cup tie at Upton Park against Manchester United will have stirred memories for Huddersfield football fans.

It’s almost 20 years since the original Emley, of the Northern Premier League, went there in the third round of the famous competition.

Doug Thomson on Emley's match at West Ham

Ronnie Glavin’s side had battled their way through four qualifying rounds before beating Morecambe, then Lincoln City, back in 1997-98.

They were big achievements, so to play Premier League opposition was real Roy of the Rovers stuff.

See pictures from the match below

The village side took a couple of thousand followers to the East London ground.

And the ranks were swelled by some Huddersfield Town fans, who detoured to the capital after the late postponement of the third-round tie at Bournemouth.

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Emley did themselves, and Huddersfield, proud by pushing a side which included the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard all the way.

Harry Redknapp’s men eventually emerged victorious 2-1 with goals from Lampard and John Hartson, after Paul David had equalised for Emley - but only after a bit of a scare!


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