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Tuesday 27 August Updated Thursday 19 February

On this day - 27 August

Classic match

West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal
Division One
27 August 1923

The first-ever top flight game at the Boleyn Ground was played on this day 90 years ago when the Hammers hosted London rivals Arsenal.

West Ham needed only four years of Division Two football before rising to join the game's elite for the first time, and they turned up at the Boleyn Ground having drawn 0-0 with Sunderland in the opening fixture of the campaign.

Their meeting with Arsenal would go even better as Albert Fletcher notched the only goal of the 90 minutes to give the 20,000 home crowd a happy afternoon.

Fletcher would only play another six games for the Club, but will always have his place in the history books as the Hammers' first Division One goalscorer.

West Ham's debut top flight campaign ended satisfactorily, with a 41-point haul earning them 13th place in the table.

Complete record - 27 August

2008 West Ham United 4-1 Macclesfield Town (AET) (League Cup Second Round)
2005 West Ham United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers (Premier League)
1997 Coventry City 1-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
1994 Norwich City 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1988 Southampton 4-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1984 Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1983 West Ham United 4-0 Birmingham City (Division One)
1977 West Ham United 0-1 Manchester City (Division One)
1973 West Ham United 3-3 Ipswich Town (Division One)
1966 Leicester City 5-4 West Ham United (Division One)
1960 West Ham United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (Division One)
1956 Blackburn Rovers 0-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1955 Swansea Town 4-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1949 West Ham United 2-1 Barnsley (Division Two)
1938 Fulham 3-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1934 West Ham United 1-2 Burnley (Division Two)
1932 Swansea Town 1-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1927 Derby Couhty 2-3 West Ham United (Division One)
1923 West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal (Division One)
1921 Stoke City 0-2 West Ham United (Division Two)

Played 20, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 11, Scored 32, Conceded 37


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