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Six of the best - Chelsea

West Ham United travel to Chelsea on Sunday looking to record back-to-back away wins for the first time this season.

To get Hammers fans in the mood for this weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge, we take a look into the archives to remember six fine claret and blue victories at Stamford Bridge.

A ten-goal show during the Second World War, a four-star performance from the Boys of '86 and a match-winning performance from Paolo Di Canio all feature in our Six of the Best against Chelsea.

Chelsea 2-3 West Ham United
Premier League
28 September 2002

Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio (pictured, celebrating with Jermain Defoe, Scott Minto and Sebastian Schemmel) took centre-stage on the occasion of West Ham United's most-recent victory at Stamford Bridge - and their long-awaited first win of the 2002/03 Premier League season.

After Jermain Defoe had equalised Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's penalty opener before half-time, the Italian forward took control of proceedings after the interval. On 48 minutes, Di Canio allowed a throw-in to bounce before controlling on his thigh and sending a rasping volley past a stunned Carlo Cudicini in the Chelsea goal.

Future Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola then made his own case for goal of the match by curling an exquisite free-kick high into David James' net with 16 minutes remaining. Di Canio would have the last laugh, however, firing a low shot between Cudicini and his near post after William Gallas's clearance had ricocheted off Defoe's head.

Chelsea 1-2 West Ham United
Premier League
17 February 1996

West Ham United arrived at Stamford Bridge having been humbled 3-0 at Division One side Grimsby Town in an FA Cup fourth-round replay in their previous fixture - missing out on a potential fifth-round meeting with Chelsea. However, Harry Redknapp's Hammers turned things around by pulling off a stunning Premier League victory over the Blues in west London.

With Julian Dicks playing in a central defensive role, West Ham stormed to their fourth consecutive Premier League win, despite falling behind to Gavin Peacock's 13th-minute opener.

Dicks himself headed in the equaliser just after the hour-mark before midfielder Danny Williamson completed the turnaround with 18 minutes remaining, silencing the majority of the 25,252-strong crowd inside the three-sided Stamford Bridge.


Chelsea 0-4 West Ham United
Division One
29 March 1986

Easter Saturday 1986 is a date that will be forever remembered by West Ham United supporters. On a muddy quagmire of a pitch, the Hammers turned on the style to rip Chelsea to shreds at Stamford Bridge.

Alan Devonshire put West Ham in front on 23 minutes before the Hammers truly turned on the style after half-time. Tony Cottee scored twice in the space of nine minutes - the first to complete a sweeping counter-attack led by George Parris and the second a clinical finish from Frank McAvennie's square pass - before McAvennie himself completed the rout by smashing Cottee's mis-hit high past goalkeeper Tony Godden.

Victory took West Ham up to sixth in the table and continued a fine second half to the season that ended with John Lyall's side finishing in a club-record high finish of third in Division One.

Chelsea 0-3 West Ham United
Division One
28 November 1964

Six months on from lifting the FA Cup at Wembley for the first time in the club's history, Ron Greenwood's West Ham United chalked up another memorable victory. Having defeated Arsenal and Leeds United in their previous two league fixtures and scored a 2-0 win over Sparta Prague in the European Cup Winners' Cup second round first leg in midweek, the Hammers travelled to Chelsea full of confidence.

Alan Sealey, who would scored both goals in West Ham's Cup Winners' Cup final victory over TSV Munich 1860 the following May, opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge after just eight minutes. Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst then made the game safe.

Amazingly, West Ham's win meant they had scored at least one goal in every one of their 19 league matches played so far in the 1964/65 season. The Hammers would complete the 'double' over Chelsea the following April, but the Blues would knock the holders out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage in January 1965.


Chelsea 2-4 West Ham United
Division One
19 September 1959

John Dick

John Dick (pictured) scored twice as West Ham United stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September 1959. The centre forward kick-started an injury-affected season in claret and blue by scoring his first two goals of the 1959/60 campaign in a 4-2 Division One victory.

Amazingly, Dick failed to score in any of his next six appearances before going on a tear for the remainder of the season, netting ten goals in 14 appearances between November and early March.

Concentrating on the 4-2 win that lifted West Ham up to seventh in the Division One table, Phil Woosnam and Malcolm Musgrove also found the net at Stamford Bridge in front of a bumper crowd of 54,349.

Chelsea 3-10 West Ham United
War League South C Division
30 March 1940

With many regular players away serving their country and others making guest appearances for clubs, weird and wonderful scorelines were something of the norm during the Second World War.

Indeed, during their seasons in the War League South, West Ham United chalked up 10-3, 8-4, 6-2, 5-0 and 4-3 victories over Chelsea. The biggest and most eye-catching of those occurred on Saturday 30 March 1940, when the Hammers scored ten times on their visit to the Blues.

Sam Small bagged four goals, while Ted Fenton helped himself to a hat-trick. Alec George Foreman netted a brace and Joseph Stanley Foxall was also on target for Charlie Paynter's side. Foreman would end the campaign with an amazing 42 goals in 43 appearances to his name.

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