Classic match

Grimsby Town 1-5 West Ham United
Division Two
11 April 1981

David Cross enjoyed an afternoon to remember at Blundell Park on this day in 1981, as the Lancashire-born forward bagged himself four goals in a 5-1 win.

John Lyall's Hammers were, by this time, well on course for the Division Two title and victory here saw them extend their lead to eleven points at the top with just five games to play.

Cross, meanwhile, was in the midst of his most prolific campaign, finishing the season with 33 goals to show for his 60 appearances in all competitions. Incidentally, he would repeat the four-goal feat just five months later, in a 4-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Cross' impressive haul and a Geoff Pike strike helped the Hammers prolong an unbeaten run dating back to 27 December 1980, one that stood at a formidable 18 games come the season's end.

West Ham went on to win the league at a canter, finishing top by some 13 points and in doing so ending a three-year stay in the second tier.

Complete record - 11 April

2009 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1998 West Ham United 0-0 Derby County (Premier League)
1993 West Ham United 3-0 Leicester City (Division One)
1992 West Ham United 4-0 Norwich City (Division One)
1990 West Ham United 4-1 Bournemouth (Division Two)
1989 West Ham United 1-2 Middlesbrough (Division One)
1987 Everton 4-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1981 Grimsby Town 1-5 West Ham United (Division Two)
1977 West Ham United 1-0 Norwich City (Division One)
1964 Fulham 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1959 Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1955 Fulham 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1953 West Ham United 0-1 Huddersfield Town (Division Two)
1952 West Ham United 2-1 Notts County (Division Two)
1950 Coventry City 5-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1939 Bradford Park Avenue 1-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1936 Bradford City 3-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1931 West Ham United 3-2 Blackpool (Division One)
1925 Notts. County 4-1 West Ham United (Division One)

Played 20, Won 8, Drawn 3, Lost 9, Scored 29, Conceded 34