Hammers V Magpies

HAMMERS host Newcastle this weekend at Upton Park and are undefeated to the Magpies at home since 1997.

West Ham United have claimed victory four times at Upton Park in the Premiership since then, and have drawn once. That was 2-2, the last time the sides met at
the Boleyn. Joe Cole equalized before Jermain Defoe put Hammers in front, but Newcastle leveled in the last 10 minutes.

In 2001 Don Hutchinson, Paolo Di Canio and Freddie Kanoute helped Hammers to a 3-0 win, while Kanoute struck the only goal of the game a year before, and Di Canio and Paul Kitson notched in 1999.

In April 2000, Hammers went behind to Gary Speed in the second half, but Paulo Wanchope scored in the 60th and 89th minute to grab the three points.

By far the most memorable encounter came in 1986, when West Ham triumphed 8-1, and Alvin Martin scored a hat-trick against three different keepers - including Peter Beardsley.

Ray Stewart, Neil Orr, Paul Gaddard and Tony Cottee were the other scorers that day, as well as a Glenn Roeder own goal.

Trevor Brooking claimed three in 1968, along with two from John Sissons to make it 5-0 to West Ham, and the scoreline was repeated in 1979. Alan Devonshire, Frank Lampard, Pop Robson and two from John McDowell contributed.

The first five meetings between the sides, including the first two at Upton Park, were in the FA Cup. Hammers drew 0-0 at home in 1909, only to lose 2-1 away, and they drew 2-2 in 1915 only to lose 3-2 away.

Amazingly they teams have never met in either domestic cup competition since.

Five was not an uncommon scoreline back in the 20's either. Vivien Gibbins bagged a hat-trick and Jimmy Ruffell scored two in 1927 during a 5-2 win, and two years later Vic Watson, Tommy Yews and John Ball were amongst the goals in a 5-1 victory.

Hammers and the Magpies also shared a fantastic 5-5 draw in 1960 at St James Park. Malcolm Musgrove, John Dick, John Bond and Dave Dunmore struck, and there was a little help from another own goal.