West Ham United celebrates its 125th anniversary on 29 June – and as part of our celebrations we're counting down to the date with the Club’s #50GreatestMatches – brought to you by Monster Energy!
Since the Hammers were formed as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, we have played in excess of 5,500 matches – reaching five FA Cup finals - and one women's FA Cup final, lifting European silverware and competing across the globe and enjoying thousands of memorable moments.
With your help and recommendations, we've whittled down that list of 5,500 matches to a top 50, featuring landmark goals, trophies held aloft, heroic individual performances and remarkable collective efforts.
We continue the #50GreatestMatches countdown by moving into the top ten...
4 August 2016 heralded the dawn of a new era for West Ham United as they kicked-off life at London Stadium with a UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie against Slovenian side NK Domzale.
Despite falling to a 2-1 defeat in Ljubljana the previous week, a sell-out 53,914 crowd descended on Stratford to take their place in history.
And it was a successful night on the pitch too, as a Cheikhou Kouyate double and a maiden strike for Sofiane Feghouli secured progression to the play-off stages of the Europa League.
Slovenian side NK Domzale were downed by Senegal midfielder Kouyate’s first half brace before Feghouli struck in the final ten minutes to record a 4-2 aggregate victory over two legs in east London.
In a first half the Hammers dominated, the opener came as a result of a slick move. Skipper Mark Noble released Enner Valencia who, twisting and turning, laid back to full-back Sam Byram.
First time, Byram slid the ball across goal for Kouyate to push past the goalkeeper and give the hosts a lead seven minutes into the tie.
And he was at the double 17 minutes later, prodding home to extend Slaven Bilic’s side’s lead. Andy Carroll started the move, feeding Michail Antonio who came racing down the right-hand-side.
The full-back, standing up a cross to the back stick, found Carroll again, who cleverly knocked down for the Senegal international to finish.
The visitors were limited to half-chances and pot shots, their best coming after half an hour. Zan Majer struck well from 20 yards but saw his effort clear the crossbar.
Having never even scored a brace before, it was so nearly a hat-trick for Kouyate moments later. Antonio again was quick out the blocks, but his square pass across the six-yard-box – on a plate for Kouyate – was excellently cut out by right-back Alvaro Brachi.
From the resulting corner, Valencia didn’t connect properly with a volley as it sailed well over, but a minute before the break, it was a different story for Antonio. His first time volley flew inches wide before the referee brought things to a halt.
Despite seeing little of the ball in the first half, the Slovenians started the second period brightly, and tested Darren Randolph early on. Matic Crnic broke away down the left-hand-side and, cutting in, struck a fierce drive straight at the Republic of Ireland stopper.
Another opportunity for a third came the Hammers’ way halfway through the second period, as the lively Feghouli connected with an Antonio cross, only to nod just wide of Axel Maraval’s right-hand post.
And moments later, the Algerian was at it again, finding some space following Valencia’s pass but driving just wide.
There was joy for the winger late on however, as he opened his Hammers account to secure the team’s Europa League progression.
Mark Noble released the Algerian and, racing beyond the Domzale defence, he fired fiercely past the goalkeeper to put the result beyond doubt.
The Slovenians had little left, and the Hammers played out the final ten minutes comfortably to seal their place in the next round of the competition.
Don't miss No9 in the countdown on Sunday...