West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion have been involved in many exciting games against each other over the years. Let’s take a look back at 6 of the very best fixtures between the two sides.
The 1966 League Cup Final was the last to be contested over two legs, and West Brom were able to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to lift the trophy. Jimmy Hagan led his side to a victory over a West Ham team featuring soon-to-be England World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. Goals from Tony Brown, Clive Clark, John Kayne and Graham Williams handed the Throstles an emphatic win in front a packed Hawthorns crowd.
2) West Ham 3-3 West Brom (Division One – 12th November, 1977)
These two sides played out a high-scoring thriller in front of over 23,000 at the Boleyn Ground. An early penalty from West Ham’s Bryan Robson put the Hammers into an early lead. Albion fought back to take the lead with two goals from John Wile – who had doubled his tally for the season. Alan Devonshire scored with a deflected strike to take the sides in level at half-time. Laurie Cunningham was at the centre of the action and headed Albion into a 3-2 lead. However, another deflected strike from Devonshire meant West Ham came away with a draw.
3) West Brom 2-3 West Ham (Division One – 3rd May, 1986)
West Ham left the Hawthorns victorious after a tremendous performance from John Lyall’s side. Frank McAvennie headed the Irons into an early lead – his 28th goal of the season. West Ham doubled their led after a beautiful passing move was finished off by Tony Cottee. But the Baggies fought back. Craig Madden tapped home from a free-kick, before a George Reilly penalty brought Ron Saunders’ side level. The scoring wasn’t finished, and West Ham were given their own penalty when Derek Statham handled in the penalty area. Ray Stewart converted the spot-kick to send the West Ham fans behind the goal into raptures.
4) West Ham 3-4 West Brom (Division One – 8th November, 2003)
West Brom fought back from three goals down to leave the Boleyn with an unlikely win. Two goals from Brian Deane and an own-goal from Phil Gilchrist had put the Hammers into a comfortable lead. The Baggies fought back before half-time and two goals from the in-form Rob Hulse gave Gary Megson’s side the impetus. In the second-half, Albion pushed hard for the equaliser and were rewarded when Jason Koumas’ cross was turned into his own net by Deane. Lee Hughes came off the bench to complete a stunning comeback from West Brom, capitalising on an error from West Ham keeper David James. West Ham’s miserable night was made worse by a Jermain Defoe red-card for a tackle on Sean Gregan.
5) West Brom 3-3 West Ham (Premier League – 12th February, 2011)
This time it was West Ham’s turn to pull off an incredible comeback. A Graham Dorrans free-kick was followed up by goals from Jerome Thomas and Wiston Reid (OG) give the Baggies a 3-0 lead at half-time. However, Roy Hodgson’s side got complacent in the second-half, as West Ham pulled back two goals through Demba Ba and Carlton Cole. In the 83rd minute, Ba volleyed home the equaliser to ensure West Ham climbed off the bottom of the table.
6) West Ham 3-3 West Brom (Premier League – 28th December, 2013)
Managerless West Brom earnt a dramatic draw against struggling West Ham at the Boleyn. Sam Allardyce’s side took an early lead through Joe Cole but a double from Nicolas Anelka meant the Baggies went in leading at half-time. The Frenchman’s ‘Quenelle’ gesture celebration overshadowed his first league goals for the club and would later result in a five match. An injury-hit West Ham regained the lead through Kevin Nolan but could only hold onto the lead for two minutes as Saido Berahino’s fine finished levelled the score once again.