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1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

The 1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match between West Ham United of England and Anderlecht of Belgium. The final was held at Heysel Stadium in Brussels on 5 May 1976. It was the final match of the 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup tournament and the 16th European Cup Winners' Cup final.

1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Event1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date5 May 1976
VenueHeysel Stadium, Brussels
RefereeRobert Wurtz (France)


Route to the finalEdit

  West Ham United   Anderlecht
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  Reipas Lahti 5–2 2–2 (A) 3–0 (H) First round   Rapid București 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
  Ararat Yerevan 4–2 1–1 (A) 3–1 (H) Second round   Borac Banja Luka 3–1 3–0 (H) 0–1 (A)
  Den Haag 5–5 (a) 2–4 (A) 3–1 (H) Quarter-finals   Wrexham 2–1 1–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
  Eintracht Frankfurt 4–3 1–2 (A) 3–1 (H) Semi-finals   Sachsenring Zwickau 5–0 3–0 (A) 2–0 (H)



Pat Holland put West Ham into the lead in the 28th minute. Just before half-time, Frank Lampard misjudged a back pass, allowing Peter Ressel to collect the ball and pass it to Rob Rensenbrink to score the equaliser. In attempting the backpass, Lampard tore a stomach muscle that ruled him out of much of the remainder of the game. Three minutes into the second-half, François van der Elst scored, assisted by Rensenbrink. Keith Robson later equalised for West Ham from a cross by Trevor Brooking. Anderlecht were awarded a contested penalty in the 73rd minute, after Holland was harshly adjudged to have fouled Rensenbrink who then scored from the penalty. Holland appeared to make a clean tackle and take the ball. With two minutes left, as West Ham pushed forward, van der Elst ran through to score Anderlecht's fourth goal.


West Ham United  2–4  Anderlecht
Holland   28'
Robson   68'
Report Report 2 Rensenbrink   42'73' (pen.)
Van der Elst   48'88'
Attendance: 51,296
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)
West Ham United
R.S.C. Anderlecht
GK 1   Mervyn Day
DF 2   Keith Coleman
DF 3   Frank Lampard   47'
DF 4   Billy Bonds (c)
DF 5   Tommy Taylor
MF 6   John McDowell
MF 7   Pat Holland
MF 8   Graham Paddon
FW 9   Billy Jennings
MF 10   Trevor Brooking
FW 11   Keith Robson
FW 12   Alan Taylor   47'
  John Lyall
GK 1   Jan Ruiter
DF 2   Michel Lomme
DF 3   Hugo Broos
DF 4   Gilbert Van Binst (c)
DF 5   Jean Thissen
MF 6   Jean Dockx
MF 7   Ludo Coeck   32'
MF 8   François Van der Elst
MF 9   Peter Ressel
FW 10   Arie Haan
FW 11   Rob Rensenbrink
MF 12   Franky Vercauteren   32'
  Hans Croon

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