On This Day: TC, Frank and Dev inspire Chelsea thrashing


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

West Ham United produced one of the finest all-round displays in the Club's history to thrash Chelsea 4-0 on this day in 1986.

John Lyall's high-flying Hammers turned on the style at a muddy Stamford Bridge, brushing the Blues aside with a performance that earned rave reviews and lifted the Irons back into the top six.

Frank McAvennie scored once, Tony Cottee twice and Alan Devonshire a 25-yard special, leaving the Scotland striker purring about his teammates.

"We went to Chelsea in April 1986 and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself so much on a football pitch as I did that season," said McAvennie. "Every game, I knew either myself or Tony, or both of us, was going to score.

"We went there and everyone was talking about them being the Kings of London and all that nonsense, but we absolutely battered them.

"My biggest memory of that game was that it made me realise how good Alan Devonshire was. The pitch was basically mud and when we came off at half-time he only had a couple of splashes on him, whereas I was covered in the stuff. The balance of the man was unbelievable, as he couldn’t even wear metal studs because he had something wrong with his feet.

"He scored an unbelievable goal, then he was running by people when they were trying to scythe him down. It was fantastic to watch.
Every one of our four goals that night was brilliant. I’ll never forget them to this day.

"I got my volley near the end when Tony sliced his shot, even though he swears he was passing to me!"

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