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Wednesday 25 March Updated Wednesday 25 March 00:00
On this day

On this day - 25 March

Classic match

West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea
Division One
25 March 1978

West Ham's bid to stave off relegation to the second tier gathered fresh impetus on this day courtesy of a 3-1 derby-day win over Chelsea in 1978.

Having seen off Ipswich Town 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground the day before, the Hammers secured another priceless home victory thanks to goals from Sir Trevor Brooking, Bill Green and Pat Holland. Incidentally, it was centre-half Green's only goal in his 40 appearances in claret and blue.

It proved to be the second of six wins in the club's final nine fixtures, though West Ham would still be relegated on the final day of the season, along with Newcastle United and Leicester City.

Needing a draw at the very least, John Lyall's men succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool, ending the Hammers' 20-year stay in the top division as they finished 20th, just a solitary point from safety.

West Ham United: Ferguson, Bonds, Lampard, Curbishley, Taylor, Green, Pike, Holland, Cross, Brooking, Robson.

Complete record - 25 March

1921 West Ham United 0-2 Notts County (Division Two)
1922 Rotherham County 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1932 West Ham United 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday (Division One)
1933 Grimsby Town 2-1 West Ham United (Division Two) 
1939 Plymouth Argyle 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1950 Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1961 Arsenal 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1967 West Ham United 3-2 Burnley (Division One)
1972 Chelsea 3-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1978 West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea (Division One)
1989 Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham United (Division One)
2006 Wigan Athletic 1-2 West Ham United (Premier League)

Played 12, Won 5, Drawn 2, Lost 5, Scored 14, Conceded 17

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