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Eddie Bovington (born 23 April 1941 in Edmonton, London) is an English former footballer who played for West Ham United as a wing-half.

Bovington played Junior football with West Ham, and was a member of the FA Youth Cup Final team of 1958-59 alongside Bobby Moore, Harry Cripps and Jack Burkett. After signing for the senior team, he made his League debut against Manchester United in 1960. Bovington made 138 League appearances for West Ham, scoring a single goal (against Nottingham Forest on 26 October 1966 at Upton Park). He also made 45 cup appearances, including the 1964 FA Cup Semi-final where he man-marked Bobby Charlton, and the final, when West Ham beat Preston North End 3-2. He scored in a League Cup game against Cardiff City, a 5-2 home win on 20 December 1965.

Bovington retired from the game at the age of 28 and joined the rag trade. He became a keen marathon runner and member of Woodford Green Athletics Club. He managed 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds at the 1990 London Marathon.

References

  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. pp. 31. ISBN 1 903135 50 8.  
  • Eddie Bovington, westhamstats.info, last accessed January 14, 2007

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