On This Day: Five star Hammers run riot against Newcastle


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

Promotion-chasing West Ham United ran riot against Newcastle United on this day in 1979.

Alan Devonshire opened the scoring with an outstanding individual goal on 20 minutes, dancing through the defence before calmly placing the ball past goalkeeper Steve Hardwick.

Pop Robson made it two against his old club with an emphatic finish from Trevor Brooking’s pass before Frank Lampard’s long-range shot was deflected past the stranded Hardwick by striker Peter Withe.

It was still not half-time when Pat Holland skipped to the left wing before crossing for John McDowell, who fired a first-time shot in from the edge of the penalty area. And McDowell completed the rout after the break when he took advantage of a loose touch before rifling an unstoppable left-foot half-volley into the net from all of 25 yards.

Victory sent the vast majority of the 24,650-strong Boleyn Ground crowd home happy and kept John Lyall’s side in touch with the Second Division pace-setters.

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