Saturday 16 May
Updated Saturday 16 May 09:00
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On This Day: West Ham rout Middlesbrough to secure top-five Premier League finish


West Ham United secured their highest-ever Premier League finish with a 4-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough on this day in 1999.

Harry Redknapp's Hammers routed Boro on a memorable afternoon at the Boleyn Ground to secure their best result since finishing third in the old First Division in 1985/86.

Frank Lampard kicked things off with a low, first-time shot from 25 yards that skidded past Mark Schwarzer inside four minutes.

On 26 it was 2-0 when French midfielder Marc Keller finished an outstanding move involving Eyal Berkovic and Trevor Sinclair.

Sinclair himself made it 3-0 with a neat touch and finish before completing the rout by again beating Boro's awful offside trap and confidently shooting past Schwarzer.

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