Albion’s only Premier League victory at West Ham was their first ever away win in the competition in September 2002 courtesy of a Jason Roberts goal, but six of the other nine meetings in east London have finished all square.
Since the Hammers moved to the former Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2016, Albion have visited them on three occasions. The first, in February 2017, was memorable for two late goals. With the game seemingly drifting towards a 1-1 draw, Manuel Lanzini gave the hosts what looked like a winner with four minutes of normal time to go only for Gareth McAuley to score a 94th minute equaliser.
The following season, it was the hosts’ turn to score in the 94th minute with Andy Carroll netting the winner, his second, after James McClean had given Albion a first half lead.
On their most recent visit in last season’s FA Cup, Conor Townsend scored what remains his only goal for the Baggies to decide the match (pictured).
There were many memorable games between the sides at Upton Park with the meeting in November 2003 sticking most in my mind. With Albion 3-0 inside twenty minutes thanks to a first minute strike by Jermain Defoe and a brace from Brian Deane, they struck back with a brace from Rob Hulse before Jermain Defoe was sent off on the stroke of half time. After the break, only one team looked likely to win as the visitors dominated, equalising through an own goal from Deane before Lee Hughes sent the home fans heading for the exits as he scored the winner with thirteen minutes remaining.
Another was just after Christmas 2013 when Nicolas Anelka’s Albion career reached its highest and lowest points simultaneously. In a topsy-turvy game, the Frenchman scored a brace just before half-time, his only goals for the Baggies, to put the visitors 2-1 up. West Ham scored twice in quick success just after the hour mark before Berahino equalised for Albion to make the final score 3-3. The real controversy emerged later, however, as a gesture that Anelka had made in celebrating his goals, the “quenelle”, was deemed anti-Semitic by the FA and he was banned for five games. After Anelka announced he was leaving Albion on social media, the club terminated his contract for gross misconduct.
Strangely enough, Mike Dean was the referee for that match and the 4-3 in 2003 but the most striking thing looking back at these fixtures are the men in the West Ham dugout. Alan Pardew was the Hammers’ boss in 2003, Sam Allardyce in 2013 and Slaven Bilić in 2017. I’m just wondering whether we can expect David Moyes or Manuel Pellegrini to turn up at the Hawthorns in a few years?
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All competitions; most recent game on the right
25 Jan 2020 – FA Cup 4th Round
West Ham United 0
West Brom 1 (Townsend)
Albion’s Record against West Ham United
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