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Tuesday 20 August Updated Thursday 19 February

On this day - 20 August

Classic match

West Ham United 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
Division One
20 August 1985

With just one win in 13 outings on this day in history, 20 August is hardly the most treasured of dates in the West Ham United archives, but prolific frontman Frank McAvennie is not likely to forget it. 

Having enjoyed his Hammers bow three days earlier in a 1-0 reverse at St Andrews, the Glaswegian made quite the impression upon his first runout at the Boleyn Ground.

A £340,000 signing from St Mirren, McAvennie struck twice, in addition to an Alan Dickens goal, as John Lyall's men emerged comfortable 3-1 victors against Queens Park Rangers.  

It proved to be the first of some 26 league goals for the Scot that season, with the Hammers famously embarking on their finest ever league campaign, eventually finishing third, just four points adrift of champions Liverpool.

Complete record - 20 August

2005 Newcastle United 0-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1994 West Ham United 0-0 Leeds United (Premier League)
1991 Sheffield United 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1985 West Ham United 3-1 Queens Park Rangers (Division One)
1979 West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea (Division Two)
1977 West Ham United 1-3 Norwich City (Division One)
1969 Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1962 West Ham United 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Division One)
1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1956 West Ham United 1-3 Blackburn Rovers (Division Two)
1955 West Ham United 1-1 Rotherham United (Division Two)
1949 Luton Town 2-2 West Ham United (Division Two)

Played 13, Won 1, Drawn 6, Lost 6, Scored 13, Conceded 22

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