On This Day - 2 February


Blackpool 1-3 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
2 February 2011

Robbie Keane marked his West Ham United debut with a goal, while Victor Obinna scored twice as the Hammers notched their second away Premier League win of the 2011/12 season at Bloomfield Road.

The large travelling contingent were warmed up on a bitterly cold evening on the Lancashire coast as Obinna opened the scoring when his low shot squirmed through the arms of goalkeeper Richard Kingson on 24 minutes. Keane doubled the advantage eight minutes before the break before Charlie Adam halved the deficit on 44 minutes. Obinna smashed in an unstoppable shot from 30 yards on the stroke of half-time to complete the scoring.

The victory lifted West Ham level on points with 17th-placed Birmingham City, but the season would end with both clubs - and Blackpool - being relegated from the top-flight.

Classic Match

Cardiff City 1-5 West Ham United
(West Ham United win 10-3 on aggregate)
League Cup semi-final second leg
2 February 1966

West Ham United secured their place in their first League Cup final by thumping Cardiff City 5-1 at Ninian Park on this date in 1966. Six months ahead of England's FIFA World Cup final victory over West Germany at Wembley, the Hammers were inspired by Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, who scored two goals apiece.

Full-back Dennis Burnett was the less likely scorer of West Ham's other goal as Ron Greenwood's team turned on the style in south Wales. Having won the first leg 5-2 at the Boleyn Ground, just 14,315 fans turned out to watch the Bluebirds - then in Division Two - be taught another lesson by their Division One opponents.

The Hammers would take on West Bromwich Albion in the final, winning the first leg 2-1 at home before missing out on the trophy courtesy of a 4-1 defeat at The Hawthorns.