Classic match

West Ham United 4-0 Watford
Division One
1 May 2004

Alan Pardew's Hammers had their eyes on the Division One Play-Offs when they welcomed Watford for their final home fixture of the regular season on this day nine years ago.

With just two games to play, top two Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion had the automatic promotion slots sewn up, while the Hammers were in fifth position, with their place in the end-of-season showdown threatened by the likes of Reading and Sheffield United.

So it came as a relief to the majority of the 34,685 crowd at the Boleyn Ground when Don Hutchison gave the Hammers a 17th minute lead.

The Scottish midfielder netted four league goals that term, and another was to follow from the spot before the break as the hosts took a firm grip on proceedings.

Top league scorer Marlon Harewood weighed in with two further goals in the second period as West Ham took the points in some comfort to move up to third.

That all but secured the Hammers' Play-Off berth, which was confirmed with a 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic the following week, and although Pardew's side defeated Ipswich Town in the semi-finals, they would suffer final heartbreak at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Complete record - 1 May

2011 Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
2006 West Bromwich Albion 0-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
2004 West Ham United 4-0 Watford (Division One)
1999 West Ham United 1-5 Leeds United (Premier League)
1982 Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1972 West Ham United 1-0 Southampton (Division One)
1971 West Ham United 0-1 Huddersfield Town (Division One)
1968 West Bromwich Albion 3-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1963 Birmingham City 3-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1953 Lincoln City 3-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1948 Fulham 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1937 West Ham United 1-0 Sheffield United (Division Two)
1926 West Ham United 0-2 Bury (Division One)
1920 West Ham United 2-0 Stockport County (Division Two)

Played 14, Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 8, Scored 17, Conceded 22

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