In 1974, West Germany won the World Cup on home soil, Ceefax was started by the BBC and Victoria Beckham was born.
It was also the last time Church won what could be classed as ‘serious’ silverware.
Roll on 36 years and the West End side are hoping to finally boost their trophy cabinet tonight (Friday) when the take on Ramsbottom in the Twenty20 competition at Blackburn Road (6.15pm).
Not that the cabinet is bare – the club did win the Holland Cup for finishing runners-up in the league in 2004 and got to the final of the Worsley Cup where they lost at Ramsbottom in 2002.
But they have been waiting a long time for a all-or-nothing clash and the opportunity to win something on home territory – their 1974 Worsley Cup success was the last time, against Nelson at Blackburn Road.
No wonder there is a big buzz around West End that this could finally be their year.
"It’s a massive game for the club," said Church stalwart Jack Houldsworth. "It’s a big lift and, if the number of people who say they are coming do, then is should be a full house. Everyone is talking about it."
It is also a chance for Church pro Luke Woodcock to sign off in style.
The New Zealander heads to Brisbane for a training camp on Monday and may not return until mid-August as an Emerging Players tournament is being held until the 21 August involving Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
"It would be nice to leave Church with some silverware," said Woodcock. "I am well aware of the history – everyone keeps telling me about this being the first final at home since 1974 – but we can’t wait to play now.
"We have been playing some good cricket recently and it could be our day.
"We saw Ramsbottom at first hand a few weeks ago and they are a good side but so are we.
"Their pro Francois du Plessis looks pretty good – he has done well for Lancashire and is a quality player and, by all accounts, they have experience of playing in finals.
"They are on a run of form but it is all about what happens on the night.
"Our problem is that we have been inconsistent this season but if we play well we know we can do it.
"We can only control what we do and I have got to hope I have a good game.
"I am used to the Twenty20s from back home where we play it a lot.
"I know there will be a bit more pressure on me as the pro tonight, especially as we are at home, but hopefully we will all enjoy it and we will win it and I can go away knowing I have helped Church win something."
Church have had to sit back and watch the other Hyndburn teams have success in recent years.
Accrington won the Worsley Cup and the league twice; Rishton clinched the league and the Twenty20 competition in it’s first year as a competition and Enfield also snapped up the quick-fire winners trophy.
Wicketkeeper Sam Tucker said: "We have a young squad of players committed to improving and striving for success, with the belief that we can compete for major honours.
"In recent years our club coach Mark Aspin has changed the way in which we prepare both mentally and physically for a match. We hope this will continue to pay dividendsas we look to deliver much needed silverware into the club.
"As a player, the opportunity to play in a cup final in front of your own members and supporters against a world class professional in Francois du Plessis is an exciting challenge and doesn’t happen on too many occasions in a career.
"We hope we can deliver a similar level performance which has seen us win five out of five in this year’s Twenty20 campaign."
The most important win was last Friday when they saw off Edenfield by 21 runs in the semi-final.
It did look uncomfortable for Church when they were were restricted to 124-6 but once again a highly efficient performance in the field proved decisive.
Ammer Mirza top scored with 30 but a vital fifth wicket stand of 36 between Levi Wolfenden (16) and Nasser Hussain (25) provided some much needed acceleration at the end of the innings.
Hussain hit 18 of his runs from the 17th over bowled by Azam Shah.
In reply, skipper Andy Bentley removed opener Jamie Smith for four and he then got the vital wicket of free scoring Edenfield professional Raheel Majeed, caught by his opposite number Luke Woodcock for 15 with the score on 22. Majeed had scored centuries against Haslingden and Bacup in the competition so it was a huge scalp.
It was an uphill battle for the Ribblesdale League outfit after that with Bentley (3-24), Woodcock (3-8) and Ryan North (3-24) all chipping in with wickets.
Wicketkeeper Sam Tucker claimed four victims and fine catches by Phil Gilrane and Craig Fergusson ensured a first final for Church.
l CHURCH second team are also on a roll at the moment. They top their league and have so far gone through the season unbeaten with 11 wins and one no result. They are also through to the final of the Lancashire Telegraph Cup facing Bacup at home on July 31.