Aston Villa 2-4 West Ham United
9 September 1961
The Hammers travelled to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa 52 years ago today, having won two, drawn two and lost two in a solid start to the new campaign.
Their record would be improved with a strong display at Villa Park, which saw them run in four goals to collect both points.
Villa were on target twice themselves, but it would be to no avail as the Hammers responded in kind.
John Dick scored twice, while Tony Scott and Alan Sealey were also on target on a successful afternoon for the Londoners.
Villa and the Hammers would be locked together for much of the season, with the two claret and blue clubs finishing in seventh and eighth place respectively.
Complete record - 9 September
1998 West Ham United 3-4 Wimbledon (Premier League)
1989 West Ham United 1-1 Swindon Town (Division Two)
1978 Burnley 3-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1972 Chelsea 1-3 West Ham United (Division One)
1967 Sunderland 1-5 West Ham United (Division One)
1963 Nottingham Forest 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1961 Aston Villa 2-4 West Ham United (Division One)
1959 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1957 West Ham United 0-3 Sheffield United (Division Two)
1950 Blackburn Rovers 1-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1946 Fulham 3-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1936 Newcastle United 5-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1935 West Ham United 1-0 Bradford Park Avenue (Division Two)
1933 West Ham United 1-2 Burnley (Division Two)
1929 West Ham United 5-1 Newcastle United (Division One)
1922 West Ham United 4-0 Rotherham County (Division Two)
Played 16, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 7, Scored 39, Conceded 31