Classic match

West Ham United 5-2 Notts County
Division Two
19 August 1978

West Ham United have hit five goals three times on this date on the calendar, with the most recent coming 35 years ago.

The Hammers were still reeling from relegation when Notts County visited the Boleyn Ground for the opening game of the season, but this five-star display helped lift the mood for the new campaign.

A David Cross hat trick provided the base for the thumping 5-2 victory, with a Jeff Blockley own goal and an Alan Devonshire strike completing the scoring.

West Ham would never drop any lower than seventh in the Division Two table in the 1978/79 season, but a final points tally of 50 was only good enough for fifth, six points shy of the promotion places.

The Hammers have also struck five goals on 19 August in 1972, when defeating Leicester City 5-2, and when they beat Lincoln City 5-0 in 1953.

Complete record - 19 August

2006 West Ham United 3-1 Charlton Athletic (Premier League)
2002 Newcastle United 4-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2000 Chelsea 4-2 West Ham United (Premier League)
1995 West Ham United 1-2 Leeds United (Premier League)
1989 Stoke City 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1980 Bristol City 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1978 West Ham United 5-2 Notts County (Division Two)
1975 Liverpool 2-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1974 West Ham United 2-0 Luton Town (Division One)
1972 West Ham United 5-2 Leicester City (Division One)
1968 West Ham United 1-4 Everton (Division One)
1967 West Ham United 2-3 Sheffield Wednesday (Division One)
1961 West Ham United 1-1 Manchester United (Division One)
1953 West Ham United 5-0 Lincoln City (Division Two)
1950 West Ham United 2-2 Hull City (Division Two)

Played 15, Won 5, Drawn 5, Lost 5, Scored 34, Conceded 30

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