On this day - 7 March

Classic match

West Ham United 2-1 Premiership XI
The Bobby Moore Memorial Match
7 March 1994

A year after Bobby Moore's passing, on 7 March 1994, West Ham United hosted an all-star Premiership XI comprised of players from all 22 top-flight clubs in memory of the late, great Hammers and England captain.

The evening also saw Moore's contemporaries invited back to the Boleyn Ground to commemorate their late team-mate and friend, including fellow 1966 FIFA World Cup winners Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, as well as 1964 FA Cup heroes John Byrne and Jim Standen, who had flown in from South Africa and the United States respectively.

Ken Brown, Peter Brabrook, Jack Burkett, Brian Dear, Ronnie Boyce, Joe Kirkup and Eddie Bovington were also on hand to pay tribute to Moore, as were Alan Sealey and John Bond - both of whom have since passed away.

A 20,311-strong crowd turned out for the match, which marked the official opening of the new Bobby Moore Stand, and they were rewarded with a 2-1 West Ham victory.

After an immaculately observed minute's silence, the Premiership XI took a 15th-minute lead through former Hammers striker Tony Cottee.

West Ham battled back and were level on 26 minutes when Clive Allen robbed Newcastle United's Barry Venison before finishing past Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn.

An entertaining and emotional evening was climaxed with 13 minutes remaining when Dutch striker Jeroen Boere headed past Sheffield Wednesday stopper Kevin Pressman to clinch a victory that Moore would no doubt have cheered.

The match raised more than £200,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research and the Bobby Moore Family Trust.


West Ham United 7-0 Arsenal
Division One
7 March 1927

Vic Watson plundered a hat-trick as West Ham United romped to their biggest-ever win over Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on this day in 1927. The club's all-time record goalscorer netted his fourth treble in claret and blue, starting a run of ten goals in six matches that saw the Hammers climb to fourth in the Division One table.

Unfortunately, a crowd of just 11,764 were on hand to witness Watson and his team-mates rip the Gunners to shreds, with own-goals from Arsenal's Tom Parker and Bob John aiding the hosts' cause.

Another outstanding goalscorer, Jimmy Ruffell, also scored, while the lesser-known Joseph Johnson bagged one of the seven goals he managed in just 15 West Ham appearances.

The Hammers would end the season in a then-record high sixth position in the table, just a year after finishing 18th. Watson would play every one of the club's 42 league games, scoring 34 goals.

Complete record

1925 West Ham United 0-0 Leeds United (Division One)
1927 West Ham United 7-0 Arsenal (Division One)
1931 Sheffield United 1-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1936 West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United (Division Two)
1953 Nottingham Forest 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1959 West Ham United 3-1 West Bromwich Albion (Division One)
1964 West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United (Division One)
1970 Derby County 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1981 West Ham United 1-0 Newcastle United (Division Two)
1987 Charlton Athletic 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1990 West Ham United 3-0 Oldham Athletic (League Cup semi-final second leg)
2001 West Ham United 0-2 Chelsea (Premier League)
2012 West Ham United 1-1 Watford (Championship)

Played 13, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 5, Scored 19, Conceded 14