Six of the best: Swansea City

Swansea City are in town on Saturday as West Ham United look to climb out of the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.

Previous home results against the Swans offer cause for Sam Allardyce's side to be optimistic, with the Hammers only ever losing to their visitors once on home soil.

Here whufc.com takes a look at six memorable home wins for West Ham against the Welsh side.

West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City
Barclays Premier League
2 February 2013

Andy Carroll returned to banish a run of six games in league and cup without a win as he netted the winner in front of a relieved Boleyn Ground crowd.

Carroll, who was making his first start following injury, could again feature in the starting line-up against the Swans this weekend and Sam Allardyce will be hoping he can have a similar impact.

The striker's bullet header from Mark Noble's corner with 13 minutes to play won it for the home side, who had previously been frustrated by their inability to take the chances that came their way.

The teams were evenly matched in the encounter and the league table also had them level pegging as they both finished on 46 points.

West Ham United 3-0 Swansea City
League Cup round two first leg
24 September 1985

There was never even a sniff of an upset when Third Division dwellers Swansea visited the Boleyn Ground in the League Cup back in 1985.

The top-flight Hammers put in a superbly professional performance as they secured a three-goal lead to take to the Vetch Field for the second leg.

Ray Stewart tucked away a trademark penalty as Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie also got their names on the scoresheet.

A passage to the third round was duly confirmed thanks to two more penalties from Stewart and another goal for Cottee securing a 3-2 second leg victory.

Frank McAvennie

McAvennie applauds the West Ham faithful

West Ham United 3-2 Swansea City
First Division
27 December 1982

There was plenty of Christmas cheer at the Boleyn Ground in 1982 as the Hammers moved into fourth place in the table with an entertaining triumph against Swansea.

Once again it was Ray Stewart who made absolutely no mistake from the spot - one of 78 successful penalties during his time with the Hammers.

The foreign flair of Francois Van der Elst brought him a goal and there was also one for Paul Goddard in a good home win for West Ham.

By the end of the season the Swans suffered the agony of relegation, a fate which was not helped at all by a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the east Londoners at Vetch Field late in the season.

West Ham United 2-0 Swansea City
FA Cup round five
16 February 1980

A win which ultimately helped West Ham United on their way to FA Cup glory in 1980 was secured in relatively comfortable fashion.

An all Division Two affair ended in a Hammers victory with David Cross and substitute Paul Allen netting the goals that secured progress to the sixth round.

Aston Villa were overcome in the next round before Everton were accounted for after a replay in the semi-final. First Division Arsenal were the Hammers' opponents for the final at Wembley with Trevor Brooking's goal the defining one as West Ham lifted the FA Cup.

David Cross

David Cross was crucial in helping the Hammers to Wembley in 1980

West Ham United 6-2 Swansea City
Division Two
18 January 1958

West Ham's Welsh visitors were powerless to stop them in 1958 as the Hammers' free-scoring ways continued at the Boleyn Ground.

The 1957/58 season saw Ted Fenton's team plunder an amazing 101 goals from their 42 league matches, helping that record with six of the best against the Swans.

Goals for John Bond, Noel Cantwell, John Dick, Bill Landsdowne and a brace from Vic Keeble earned a momentous win as the Hammers continued their march to the Division Two title.

West Ham United 5-1 Swansea City
Division Two
24 December 1955

West Ham bought some festive cheer to their fans on Christmas Eve as they ended a run of nine matches without a win in tremendous style.

The Hammers hadn't won since beating Doncaster Rovers 6-1 back on 22 October, but recorded three points here thanks to an equally convincing display.

John Bond, Harry Hooper, Billy Dare, John Dick and Ken Tucker all bagged a goal to ensure an emphatic win was had.