On This Day: Dowie's debut goal helps Hammers to stunning comeback win over Barnsley


Taking a look back at a classic West Ham United moment on this day in history, in association with Basset & Gold...

Iain Dowie marked his West Ham United in style with a goal as Billy Bonds' side came from two goals down to beat Barnsley on this day in 1991.

The Hammers looked set to fall to a disappointing home defeat when first-half goals from Andy Saville and Owen Archdeacon put the Yorkshiremen in firm control by half-time.

But Bonds' men had other ideas as Frank McAvennie pulled one back with a fine header, diving to send substitute  Kevin Keen's right-wing cross past Tykes goalkeeper Clive Baker eleven minutes after half-time.

Northern Ireland international Dowie then rose high to meet Martin Allen's cross and send a trademark header into the top corner to level with seven minutes to play.

And the comeback was complete two minutes from the end when Keen supplied a left-wing corner and centre-back Colin Foster beat Baker to the ball to power yet another header into the Barnsley net, sending the vast majority of the 24,607 fans inside the Boleyn Ground into a state of rapture.

West Ham would have more to celebrate come the end of the season, too, as Bonds guided his team to promotion from the Second Division as runners-up to champions Oldham Athletic.

Enjoy the goals from a memorable afternoon in Upton Park again and again here!

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