Hammers V Toffees

HAMMERS will have history against them for Wednesday night's trip to Goodison Park, a ground where away victories have been scarce and large scorelines have been plentiful.
West Ham United do average a win at Everton roughly every 11 years however, with the last one coming in 1994, so fingers crossed.

The 1-0 win in 1994 courtesy of Tim Breaker is the only Premiership victory over the Toffees on their patch. The last meeting saw a 0-0 draw, but in 2000 Freddie Kanoute had equalised with seven minutes to go before Paolo Di Canio sportingly handled the ball to help injured goalkeeper Paul Gerrard receive treatment, instead of notching a Hammers winner.

Other rather more forgettable matches include 5-0 and 6-0 thrashings, but Steve Walford struck the winner in August 1983, the preceding victory, which was also 1-0.

The most memorable encounter between the sides however, occurred at Elland Road, in April 1980. A trademark Alan Devonshire mazy run and cool finish put the Hammers in front, but after an Everton equaliser it was down to the clinical finishing of Frank Lampard with a diving header to send West Ham to Wembley.

Hammers won 2-1 in 1972 and 1-0 two seasons before. Trevor Brooking and Clyde Best were on the scoresheet in November 72 and West Ham won thanks to an own goal in March 1971.

In 1986 when the dream was over and the league title had been claimed by the red half of Merseyside, Hammers and Everton battled it out for second place on the final game of the season. Tony Cottee bagged the only goal in a 3-1 defeat, and they finished third.

West Ham went the whole of the 60's without a Goodison Park win, but they were victorious in October 1959. Malcolm Musgrove scored the only goal on that occasion, and in 1954 Jim Barrett Junior and Tommy Dixon grabbed a goal a piece in a 2-1 win.

Hammers have suffered heavy scorelines at Everton long before the Premiership began, with a 6-1 loss in 1932 and a 7-0 defeat in 1927.

Results that went our way though seemed a little more positive. Either side of that 7-0 loss West Ham notched seven of their own without reply. In fact April 10th1929 was the last time Hammers won by more than one goal at Goodison. It's only happened twice!

Vivien Gibbbins claimed a hat-trick, and an Everton own goal secured a 4-0 win, and two years before, the Hammers won 3-0 in their first away victory at Everton ever. Vic Watson struck twice along with Billy Moore.