1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
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Event 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date5 May 1976
Venue Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Referee Robert Wurtz (France)

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.


Route to the final

Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht
OpponentAgg.1st leg2nd legOpponentAgg.1st leg2nd leg
Flag of Finland.svg Reipas Lahti 5–22–2 (A)3–0 (H) First round Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Rapid București 2–10–1 (A)2–0 (H)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Ararat Yerevan 4–21–1 (A)3–1 (H) Second round Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Borac Banja Luka 3–13–0 (H)0–1 (A)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Den Haag 5–5 (a)2–4 (A)3–1 (H) Quarter-finals Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wrexham 2–11–0 (H)1–1 (A)
Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt 4–31–2 (A)3–1 (H) Semi-finals Flag of East Germany.svg Sachsenring Zwickau 5–03–0 (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 clear penalty in the 73rd minute, after Holland rashly challenged and fouled Rensenbrink who then scored from the penalty. Holland obviously misjudged the tackle and was duly penalised. With two minutes left, as West Ham fell apart, van der Elst ran through to score Anderlecht's fourth goal for a deserved victory.[ citation needed ]


West Ham United Flag of England.svg 2–4 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht
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Robson Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Report Rensenbrink Soccerball shade.svg 42', 73' (pen.)
Van der Elst Soccerball shade.svg 48', 88'
Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 51,296
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)
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West Ham United
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R.S.C. Anderlecht
GK1 Flag of England.svg Mervyn Day
DF2 Flag of England.svg Keith Coleman
DF3 Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard Sub off.svg 47'
DF4 Flag of England.svg Billy Bonds (c)
DF5 Flag of England.svg Tommy Taylor
MF6 Flag of England.svg John McDowell
MF7 Flag of England.svg Pat Holland
MF8 Flag of England.svg Graham Paddon
FW9 Flag of England.svg Billy Jennings
MF10 Flag of England.svg Trevor Brooking
FW11 Flag of England.svg Keith Robson
FW12 Flag of England.svg Alan Taylor Sub on.svg 47'
Flag of England.svg John Lyall
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GK1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Ruiter
DF2 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Michel Lomme
DF3 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Hugo Broos
DF4 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gilbert Van Binst (c)
DF5 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jean Thissen
MF6 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jean Dockx
FW7 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg François Van der Elst
MF8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arie Haan
MF9 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Peter Ressel
MF10 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Ludo Coeck Sub off.svg 32'
FW11 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rob Rensenbrink
MF15 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Franky Vercauteren Sub on.svg 32'
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hans Croon

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