West Ham United hit the road again this Saturday when they travel to the south coast to take on Southampton.

The Saints pipped the Hammers to the second automatic promotion spot in the npower Championship last term, but Sam Allardyce's men restored their pride with a 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Saturday's opponents back in October.

Now they will hope to register their first St Mary's success on their fourth visit to Southampton's new home - recording their first 'double' of the season in the process.

In this article, whufc.com takes a look at six Hammers victories at Southampton's previous ground, The Dell.

Southampton 2-3 West Ham United
Premier League
25 November 2000

West Ham's most-recent victory at Southampton came on their final visit to the Dell, in the 2000/01 season.

The Hammers were hovering in mid-table, occupying eleventh position in the Premier League going into this fixture, and by prevailing by the odd goal in five, they moved up to ninth,

It was a real see-saw affair, with the Hammers overturning a 1-0 deficit to Matt Oakley's early goal to lead 2-1 at the break thanks to Frederic Kanoute and Stuart Pearce. James Beattie levelled again, but Trevor Sinclair's 69th-minute strike won it for the Hammers.

Although the Hammers would go on to complete a double over the Saints with a 3-0 Boleyn Ground success, they ended the season in 15th place.

Southampton 0-2 West Ham United
Premier League
29 November 1993

Having won promotion to the Premier League the previous year, West Ham climbed into the top ten with this 2-0 win on the south coast.

Following a 2-0 victory over Oldham Athletic and a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal, Ludek Miklosko was celebrating a third clean sheet in a row when West Ham triumphed at The Dell.

Trevor Morley and Lee Chapman scored 27 goals between them that season and they were both on the scoresheet on this occasion. By the season's end, West Ham were a comfortable 12th, while Southampton avoided relegation by just a point.

Lee Chapman

Lee Chapman

Southampton 2-3 West Ham United
Division One
1 September 1984

The Hammers travelled to a Southampton side who finished as top-flight runners up the previous season, and handed them an early blow as they looked to better that.

It was a high-scoring affair, with the Hammers eventually coming out on top thanks to two goals from Paul Goddard and one from Alan Dickens, allowing them to celebrate their first victory of the campaign.

West Ham went on to enjoy a strong autumn, reaching as high as fifth in late November, but a poor run of form after Christmas see them finish in 16th, just a couple of points clear of the drop zone.

Southampton 1-2 West Ham United
FA Cup third round
4 January 1975

The road to the Hammers' second victorious FA Cup campaign began with a third-round tie at Southampton.

The Saints were a division below the top-flight Hammers, but John Lyall's men nevertheless had to fight hard to overcome their challenge.

In the end, goals from Frank Lampard and Bobby Gould were enough to see off Southampton and begin a run in which the Hammers defeated Swindon, QPR, Arsenal and Ipswich before defeating Fulham 2-0 in the final. Southampton, of course, would win the FA Cup the following year, 1976, as a Division Two side.


Southampton 1-2 West Ham United
Division Two
20 December 1952

West Ham completed a second consecutive 2-1 victory away at Southampton when they journeyed down to Hampshire in December 1952.

The sides were locked in mid-table of Division Two when they met the previous year, but this time Southampton were in a relegation battle and the Hammers showed them no mercy to claim both points.

Terry Woodgate and Fred Kearns were the men on the scoresheet in front of a 12,184 Dell crowd, and the Saints were to go on to lose their second-tier status by finishing second bottom.

Southampton 2-4 West Ham United
Division Two
26 December 1935

West Ham and Southampton fought out a Christmas double header in the 1935/36 season, and following a Boleyn Ground 0-0 draw on Christmas Day, the Hammers claimed bragging rights by triumphing 4-2 at The Dell on Boxing Day.

This win represented West Ham's first-ever success away at Southampton and helped them on the way to a strong Division Two season.

Dave Magnall netted twice, while Len Goulden was also on target and the visitors were helped on their way by a Charlie Sillett own goal.

The Hammers went on to finish fourth, just three points behind Charlton Athletic in the second promotion slot.

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