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On this day - 12 March

Classic match

West Ham United 3-2 Chelsea
Premier League
12 March 1997

West Ham United were on a run of one win in eight league matches when Chelsea visited east London in March 1997.

The Hammers had also suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit to Second Division Wrexham on their bad run, but the gloom was lifted by a superb performance against their London rivals.

Paul Kitson provided the inspiration the home side badly needed, grabbing a brace as Julian Dicks converted a penalty to fire the hosts to a much-needed victory.

Success against the Blues seemed to bring the confidence back to Harry Redknapp's side and they lost only twice more in their final ten matches to finish the season in 14th place.

Complete record - 12 March

1921 Barnsley 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1927 West Ham United 3-0 Sheffield United (Division One)
1928 West Ham United 4-0 Leicester City (Division One)
1930 Portsmouth 3-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1932 West Ham United 2-1 Derby County (Division One)
1938 Newcastle United 2-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1949 Cardiff City 4-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1955 Stoke City 0-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1960 Blackpool 3-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1966 West Ham United 4-1 Blackburn Rovers (Division One)
1977 West Ham United 1-0 Manchester City (Division One)
1983 Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1988 Charlton Athletic 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1997 West Ham United 3-2 Chelsea (Premier League)
2005 Reading 3-1 West Ham United (Championship)

Played 15, Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 6, Scored 26, Conceded 26

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