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TWO goals by Rob Hulse plus Lee Hughes' strike and Brian Deane's own goal gave leaders West Brom a 4-3 First Division win on their last League visit to Upton Park on 8th November 2003. Brian Deane scored to give West Ham a 1-1 draw in the return fixture at The Hawthorns four weeks later. The Hammers last League victory at home to West Brom was 3-1 in December 1990 as goals by George Parris, Trevor Morley and Frank McAvennie kept Billy Bonds' team on top of the Second Division.


Former West Ham striker David Cross had two spells at West Brom. Initially moving to The Hawthorns from Coventry City in November 1976, he was West Brom's leading marksman in 1976-77 and joined West Ham in December 1977. He was top scorer as the Hammers won the FA Cup in 1979-80 and Second Division title in 1980-81, netting 77 goals in 179 League outings prior to joining Manchester City in August 1982. Returning to West Brom from Vancouver Whitecaps in October 1984, he scored 20 times in 54 First Division games overall for the Baggies before joining Bolton Wanderers in June 1985.


Ex-West Brom striker Geoff Hurst was capped 49 times by England while at West Ham. Signing professional at Upton Park in April 1959, he starred in West Ham's 1964 FA Cup and 1965 ECWC final triumphs and was leading marksman in six successive seasons. He grabbed a hat-trick in England's 1966 World Cup final success and netted 180 goals in 411 First Division games for the Hammers before being sold to Stoke City for £80,000 in August 1972. Joining West Brom for £20,000 in August 1975, he featured in their 1975-76 promotion campaign and scored twice in ten League outings while at The Hawthorns.



One-time West Ham United left-back Harry Kinsell was an influential figure in West Brom's 1948-49 promotion success. Signing professional at The Hawthorns in June 1938, he was twice selected for England Victory internationals and partnered Jim Pemberton in Albion's defence. He made 83 Second Division appearances (158 games overall) for the Baggies before being sold to Bolton Wanderers for £12,000 in June 1949. Joining West Ham from Reading for £5,250 in January 1951, he had a spell as captain and scored twice in 101 League outings before moving to Bedford Town in July 1955.


Former West Brom midfielder Peter Butler featured prominently as West Ham United regained top-flight status at the first attempt in 1992-93. Moving to Upton Park from Southend United for £125,000 in August 1992, he netted three goals in 70 League games for West Ham before being sold to Notts County for £350,000 in October 1994. He joined West Brom for £175,000 in March 1996 and made 60 First Division appearances while at The Hawthorns prior to joining Halifax Town as player-coach in August 1998. The likes of Jeroen Boere, Franz Carr and David Speedie also played for both clubs during this period.


Former Hammers central defender Gary Strodder starred in West Brom's 1992-93 Second Division play-off final triumph. Moving to Upton Park from Lincoln City for £150,000 in March 1987, he helped West Ham to reach the Littlewoods Cup semi-finals in 1989-90 and scored twice in 65 League games prior to joining West Brom for £190,000 in August 1990. He replaced Chris Whyte in the heart of the Baggies' defence and netted eight goals in 140 League outings for the Baggies before being sold to Notts County for £145,000 in July 1995.

Former West Ham striker Bobby Gould had a spell as West Brom's manager. Initially moving to The Hawthorns as a player from Arsenal for £60,000 in September 1971, he netted 18 goals in 52 League outings for West Brom prior to joining Bristol City for £69,000 in December 1973. He joined West Ham in November 1973 and scored 15 times in 51 First Division outings while at Upton Park before returning to Wolves in December 1975. Rejoining West Brom as manager in February 1991, he remained in charge of the Baggies until July 1992. Ex-West Ham wing-half Archie Macaulay also managed West Brom.


West Brom's former loanee central defender Steve Walford helped West Ham to finish third in the top-flight in 1985-86, the Hammers' highest-ever final position. Moving to Upton Park from Norwich City in August 1983, the England Youth international missed just one match for West Ham in 1983-84 and featured in the FA Cup sixth round tie at Manchester United in 1984-85. He was loaned to West Brom in March 1989 and made four League appearances while at The Hawthorns. Scoring twice in 115 League outings for West Ham, he moved to Hong Kong side Lai Sun in August 1989.


One-time West Brom left-back David Burrows played top-flight football with West Ham United. Signing professional at The Hawthorns in October 1986, the England U-21 international scored once in 46 League games for West Brom before being sold to Liverpool for £500,000 in October 1988. He joined West Ham with Mike Marsh in a September 1993 exchange deal involving Julian Dicks and his solitary goal in 29 Premiership outings came in the Hammers' 3-1 victory at home to Manchester City two months later, moving to Everton in exchange for Tony Cottee in September 1994. 


West Brom's former loanee midfielder Alan Dickens was an influential figure as West Ham reached the Littlewoods Cup semi-finals in 1988-89. Signing professional at Upton Park in August 1982, the England U-21 international also helped the Hammers to twice reach the FA Cup sixth round and finish third in the top-flight in 1985-86. He netted 23 goals in 192 League games prior to joining Chelsea in August 1989 and was loaned to West Brom in December 1992, scoring once in three League games while at The Hawthorns. The likes of Freddie Fenton and Tommy Green have also played for both clubs.