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Saturday 23 March Updated Thursday 19 February

On this day - 23 March

Classic match

West Ham United 4-2 Manchester City
Premier League
23 March 1996

The Hammers were en route to a 10th place finish in the Premier League - their best campaign since winning promotion from the second tier in 1993 - when they welcomed Manchester City to the Boleyn Ground on this day 17 years ago.

City, meanwhile, found themselves in a relegation fight, and the Hammers were to show them no mercy as they triumphed by a 4-2 margin.

Northern Ireland international Iain Dowie (pictured) notched two of the goals - part of a tally of nine for the season - while left back Julian Dicks and Portuguese forward Dani were also on target for the home side, meaning Niall Quinn's double for the visitors counted for little.

The victory came as revenge for the Hammers' 2-1 loss to Manchester City earlier in the season, and set them up for a top half finish, with 51 points from the 38 games played.

City's conclusion to the campaign was more bleak, as they were relegated on goal difference, with Southampton and Coventry City escaping.

Complete record - 23 March

2010 West Ham United 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League)
1996 West Ham United 4-2 Manchester City (Premier League)
1994 Luton Town 3-2 West Ham United (FA Cup sixth round replay)
1993 Oxford United 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1991 Hull City 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1985 Leicester City 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1974 Sheffield United 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1968 West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea (Division One)
1963 Bolton Wanderers 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1957 Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1951 West Ham United 1-1 Swansea Town (Division Two)
1935 West Ham United 4-3 Barnsley (Division Two)
1929 West Ham United 2-1 Birmingham (Division One)
1925 West Ham United 2-1 Arsenal (Division One)

Played 14, Won 5, Drawn 2, Lost 7, Scored 17, Conceded 21

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