On this day - 7 May

West Ham won through to the Play-Off final with a convincing win against Cardiff City in 2012

Classic match

West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
7 May 2006

Sunday 7 May 2006 is a day no West Ham United – nor Tottenham Hotspur – supporter will ever forget. 

The final afternoon of the season saw Spurs make the short trip to the Boleyn Ground knowing victory would secure a UEFA Champions League place for the first time. A few miles away, Arsenal hosted Wigan Athletic in their final game at their famous Highbury stadium, hoping to cap an emotional afternoon by pipping their greatest rivals to fourth place.

West Ham, meanwhile, were completing a fine first season back in the Premiership – one which saw them finish in ninth place – and preparing for the following weekend’s FA Cup final showdown with Liverpool.

Alan Pardew’s players could have been forgiven for saving themselves for the Millennium Stadium showpiece, but to their credit they gave absolutely everything to prevent Spurs from achieving their European dream.
With a number of Spurs players struggling with stomach issues, Carl Fletcher fired West Ham into the lead from long range before half-time. However, when Wigan came from behind to lead at Arsenal and Jermain Defoe scored past Shaka Hislop, it was the Tottenham fans who were singing loudest.

Teddy Sheringham then missed a penalty against his former club, but elsewhere Arsenal went up a gear to go 4-2 up courtesy of Thierry Henry's hat-trick. Yossi Benayoun then fired high past Paul Robinson with just minutes remaining to secured a dramatic win for Pardew's side.

While Tottenham’s shattered players fell to the turf, sick to the stomach that their Champions League ambitions had been smashed, Benayoun wheeled away, while the Claret and Blue erupted in the stands all around him.

Classic match

West Ham United 3-0 Cardiff City
Championship Play-Off semi-final
7 May 2012

West Ham secured their place in the Championship Play-Off final by emphatically beating Cardiff City at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers led 2-0 from the first leg through two Jack Collison strikes and that was added to after just 15 minutes of the second leg, when Kevin Nolan headed in Matt Taylor's corner.

Ricardo Vaz Te made it 4-0 on aggregate with a powerful strike after 40 minutes, before Nicky Maynard put the finishing touches to a dominant performance with a thurnderous third late on.

Wembley success was to follow 12 days later as the Hammers struck late in the day to see off Blackpool and secure a swift return to the Premier League.

Complete record - 7 May

2012 West Ham United 3-0 Cardiff City (Championship Play-Off semi-final)
2011 West Ham United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers (Premier League)
2006 West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
1994 West Ham United 3-3 Southampton (Premier League)
1988 Newcastle United 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1984 Arsenal 3-3 West Ham United (Division One)
1983 West Ham United 2-0 Notts County (Division One)
1977 West Ham United 2-2 Derby County (Division One)
1966 Stoke City 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1949 Fulham 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1936 Chesterfield 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1932 Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1927 West Ham United 3-3 Liverpool (Division One)
1921 South Shields 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)

Played 14, Won 4, Drawn 6, Lost 4, Scored 23, Conceded 21