What happened when West Ham last met Chelsea in their first Premier League game of the season

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Mario Stanic grabbed two on his debut as Chelsea beat West Ham 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Wednesday morning saw the Premier League officially announce their fixtures for the 2016/17 campaign.

As usual, the opening day was where every fan looked to as they found out whether their side had been handed a good or bad start to the season.

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West Ham United fans will not have been happy as they were handed another London derby, this time away at Chelsea.

The last time they beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge was all the way back in 2002, as goals from Jermain Defoe and Paolo di Cano saw them secure a 3-2 victory.

But what happened the last time the two sides met on the opening day of the Premier League campaign?

We decided to head back in time to August 19 2000 - the last time the two sides met in their first game of the season - to find out.


And it was not a happy day for the Hammers as they were beaten 4-2 despite their best efforts.

The game started badly for them after goalkeeper Shaka Hislop clattered into Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to give the home side a penalty.

The Dutchman duly converted to hand Chelsea 1-0 lead at half time; although Di Canio would draw the visitors level early in the second half.

It would not last long though, as Chelsea were soon back in the lead when Gianfranco Zola curled a delightful free kick into the corner to make it 2-1.

They soon added to that as Mario Stanic curled a 30-yard effort into the top corner to make it 3-1 before Frederic Kanoute met a Di Canio corner to make it 3-2.

It would be their rivals who would seal the points though, as that man Stanic grabbed his second, heading home a Roberto Di Matteo corner to cap off an impressive debut.

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