West Ham 8
Dundee Utd 2

West Ham 

8 - 2

Dundee Utd

Sunday, May 25th, 1969
Civic Stadium (Portland, Oregon). Att. 3,073
7:00 PM Kick-off

Geoff Hurst (7)
Peter Bennett (19)
Peter Bennett (22)
Martin Peters (24)
Harry Redknapp (29)
Geoff Hurst (36)
Wilfred Howe (58)
Martin Peters (65)
Alec Reid (53)
Kenny Cameron (82)

Team Managers
Ron Greenwood Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Ferguson
2. Paul Heffer
3. John Charles
4. Martin Peters
5. Alan Stevenson
6. Bobby Moore
7. Harry Redknapp
8. Ron Boyce
9. Peter Bennett
10. Geoff Hurst
11. Bobby Howe
Don Mackay .1
Andy Rolland .2
Jimmy Briggs .3
Doug Smith .4
Dennis Gillespie .5
Ian Mitchell .6
Alan Gordon .7
Alec Reid .8
Kenny Cameron .9
Wilson Wood .10
Davie Wilson .11

12. Trevor Brooking Kenny Cameron .12

Trevor Brooking for Peter Bennett (45) None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

United met West Ham in the first ever soccer match to be played on an outdoor artificial grass surface. At the Portland Civic Stadium in Portland, Oregon, the Tannadice men played the challenge game on a synthetic grass surface which became known as tartan turf. It wasn't just the surface that looked different. The goals for instance had a cross bar adorned with an ironwork pelmet. The net was actually wire mesh supported by six uprights. United once again benched Kenny Cameron and drafted Ian Mitchell into the middle.

By the 8th minute it became apparent that the Scots' defence was to be under siege. First Geoff Hurst was right on the spot to slickly slip a Harry Redknapp corner into the United net. In a 10 minute spell the Londoners almost scorched the turf bare with some brilliant attacking play. In the 19th minute Peter Bennett picked up a Redknapp pass and hooked the ball over the poorly positioned Mackay into the net. Four minutes later it was Peter Bennett again and once more the Dundee keeper's positioning at Redknapp's corner was faulty. Before the Scots could work that one out, Martin Peters and Hurst ambled upfield and the big no.4, although suspiciously offside, was allowed to carry on and beat the aggrieved Mackay. In the 29 minutes the humiliation continued and it was Harry Redknapp who almost lifted the bird-cage type goal away from its moorings with a rocket drive. United were reeling but the Hammers were not finished and Geoff Hurst burst through past Doug Smith and let go a missile from about 15 yards. Mackay bravely blocked the drive but Hurst followed up to score easily.

In the second half, 2 goal Bennett was called off and Trevor Brooking took over at centre. But out of the blue the United men found the right gear and it was Alan Gordon who came up with a spectacular score. Dennis Gillespie and Ian Mitchell performed a neat duet before sliding the ball clear to Gordon and the fair-haired big man lofted a great shot into the net via an upright. The time on the clock was 53 minutes. It was a goal which met the full approval of the large crowd but West Ham quickly replied on the hour with another simple score. Brooking ran clear of Rolland and rolled pass in front of Bobby Howe and the winger just couldn't miss. In the sixth minute Martin Peters left Mackay helpless with a scorching shot from 20 yards for goal number 8. To their credit United kept fighting hard and Rolland hammered the ball against the steel cross-bar before Kenny Cameron slid in for a second goal.

After the game a number of players reported leg burns, sustained by sliding tackles on the surface. United winger Davy Wilson, who took part in the Portland Turf game, had this to add, "I think the injury rate would soar if football every swing over to imitation turf. While the ball moves well, players found it hard to turn quickly and in my view the cartilage tally would be high. In addition, only flat soles are of any value on the surface and I can hardly see the boot manufacturers welcoming this form of grass."

Squad Statistics (as at May 25th, 1969)

1968-69 All Time

League Table (as at May 25th, 1969)

No league table has been added for this season.