On this day - February 26

Classic match

West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
FA Carling Premiership
26 February 1994

West Ham United came within three minutes of scoring a shock home victory over FA Carling Premiership champions-elect Manchester United on this day in 1994.

The Hammers were sat safely in mid-table and had snuck past non-league Kidderminster Harriers in to reach the FA Cup sixth round prior to the Red Devils’ visit to the Boleyn Ground.

With redevelopment work underway to replace the North Bank with what became the all-seater Centenary Stand the following year, a crowd of 28,832 filled a sold-out stadium for the mouth-watering clash with Alex Ferguson’s side.

It took just six minutes for Mark Hughes to put the high-flying visitors ahead, but Billy Bonds’ team rallied and went ahead through two goals in three second-half minutes from Lee Chapman and Trevor Morley.

Just when it looked like the Hammers would pull off a surprising win, Academy of Football graduate Paul Ince netted an equaliser with just three minutes remaining.
West Ham would end the season in 13th, while the visitors would retain their title, finishing eight points ahead of runners-up Blackburn Rovers.

Classic match

Luton Town 1-4 West Ham United
Division Two
26 February 1979

The Hammers travelled to Luton Town on this day in 1979 looking to extend their unbeaten run to a fourth game and maintain their promotion push from the second tier. They had beaten Oldham Athletic 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground just two days previously so were in good spirits for their journey to Kenilworth Road and that was reflected in the scoreline.

The majority of the 14,205 in attendance were to be left disappointed as a David Cross brace provided the cornerstone for the Hammers' victory. Alan Devonshire and Bryan Robson were also on target as the visitors smashed in four goals with just one coming in reply for Luton.

The victory lifted West Ham up to third in the table, but a run of one win in the next seven saw their promotion bid stall and they ended up in fifth place with 50 points, six behind Sunderland in that vital third spot.

Complete record - 26 February

1921 Bristol City 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1927 Bury 1-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1938 Barnsley 1-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1968 Stoke City 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1969 Mansfield Town 3-0 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1972 Huddersfield Town 4-2 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1977 West Ham United 2-0 Bristol City (Division One)
1979 Luton Town 1-4 West Ham United (Division Two)
1983 West Ham United 1-1 Southampton (Division One)
1992 West Ham United 2-3 Sunderland (FA Cup)
1994 West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United (Premier League)
2000 West Ham United 0-4 Everton (Premier League)
2005 Leeds United 2-1 West Ham United (Championship)

Played 13, Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 8, Scored 16, Conceded 25