Back in the days when over the Christmas period teams would face each other both home and away, West Ham travelled to Leicester City just 4 days after trouncing them at the Boleyn ground on Boxing Day 4-2, with a young Trevor Brooking scoring his 1st goal for the hammers, and Brian Dear with a hat-trick.
West Ham repeated the scoreline again and this time Dear followed up his Hat-trick with a double to make it 5 goals in 4 days. The 19 year old Brooking also scored, with the other goal netted by Winger Johnny Sissons.
Brian Dear claims to the player born nearest the Boleyn Ground, having been just behind the Chicken Run Stand, in 8 seasons at the club he supported and joined as a boy he played just 67 league games for the hammers netting on average a goal a every game, 33.
The curtain on his time at West Ham was brought down after he was involved in the Blackpool drinking saga in January 1970, where Brian, Clyde Best, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Moore, and the physio Rob Jenkins were out drinking before a FA Cup game, which was lost 4-0.
While his career with West Ham ended on a sour note, Dear is still a well loved player with the older generation that saw him play and can still be found entertaining fans at various Ex Player evenings through the years.
In goal for Leicester was 18 year old Peter Shilton, in what was his breakthrough season, 29 years later, Shilton would join West ham as reserve Goalkeeper where he failed to appear at all though he made the bench often.
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