YNWA takes a look back at past memorable away League encounters as we prepare to visit West Ham United for the 53rd time in the League on Saturday. Our overall away League record against the Hammers is good, reading nineteen wins, fifteen draws and eighteen defeats to date.
We won 3-0 last May thanks to a Steven Gerrard brace and a goal from Ryan Babel. The skipper's second goal came when keeper Robert Green saved his penalty, although he followed in to net the rebound. The comedy moment of the game came when David Di Michele performed a laughable dive that led to a booking.
In January 2008, we lost thanks to a last-minute Mark Noble penalty after Jamie Carragher brought down Freddie Ljungberg. A year earlier, Peter Crouch was on target on his 26th birthday as we won 2-1, after Dirk Kuyt had opened the scoring straight after the break. The board members had met before the game to reconsider DIC's offer for the club in the light of a potential new bid from George Gillett.
Xabi Alonso eat your heart out!
Donald Mackinlay scored from ten yards inside his own half as we won 2-1 in January 1926, with Tom Scott grabbing the other. Nine months earlier, Mackinlay bagged the only goal of the game as we secured our first win at Upton Park.
Luis García and the Hammers' Hayden Mullins were both sent off in April 2006, meaning that they were both suspended for the upcoming FA Cup Final meeting between the two sides. Mullins was the fifteenth opposition player sent off against us that season. Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as we won 2-1, with the game being preceded by a perfectly-observed minute's silence for former Hammers manager John Lyall, who had died the week before.
We secured our 200th Premiership win in February 2003 with a Milan Baroš header and a Steven Gerrard thunderbolt giving us an early cushion. A late Emile Heskey goal, his third header in as many League games, wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 win over the Hammers, who were relegated at the end of the season. This goal trickled over the line with such a lack of pace that it failed to actually hit the back of the net! In December 2001, Michael Owen scored his hundredth reds goal after Trevor Sinclair had given the Irons the lead, as we drew 1-1. This was our 200th League goal under Gérard Houllier's sole charge.
Ian Callaghan became our youngest post-War player to reach 300 League appearances in February 1969, aged 26 years and 318 days. We drew 1-1, with Roger Hunt on target as the Hammers opened a new 8,500-seater stand.
Trevor Sinclair struck the only goal in November 1999. In January 1964, the Hammers completed the only League double over the reds that season, winning 1-0. Vic Watson netted four times as we were crushed 7-0 in September 1930. In January 1924, our first league visit ended in a 1-0 defeat.
In October 1983, Michael Robinson bagged a hat-trick, his first League goals for the reds, as we won 3-1, despite Craig Johnston being sent off just after the hour mark. Billy Bonds made his 700th West Ham appearance in this game, as we closed the gap on the second-placed Hammers to two points.
John Toshack bagged a genuine hat-trick of right-foot shot, left-foot and then a header as we triumphed 4-0 in January 1976. Kevin Keegan netted our other goal late on. ‘Sir' Roger Hunt netted a treble in our 5-1 win in September 1965, after Gordon Milne and Ian Callaghan had opened the scoring.
Doug Livermore, who became the club's Assistant Manager under Roy Evans, made his reds bow in our 1-0 defeat in April 1968. He only played eighteen games for us during his five year spell as a player at Anfield. Les Bruton made the first of his eight reds appearances in a 1-0 defeat in February 1932.
Centre-forward William Devlin scored on his reds debut in a 3-3 draw in May 1927, with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace in our final game of the season as we finished in ninth.
A big win
Substitute Kenny Dalglish struck twice in a 5-2 victory in September 1986, with Ronnie Whelan, Craig Johnston and Ian Rush also on target.
John Toshack struck as we drew 2-2 in April 1974, with Kevin Keegan on target at the death. Alec Lindsay had a penalty saved by Mervyn Day in the first half.