On This Day: Kitson heads Hammers past Jokerit in Intertoto Cup


Taking a look back at a classic West Ham United moment on this day in history, in association with RoadX Tyres...

A solitary Paul Kitson goal was enough to secure West Ham United a 1-0 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round first-leg win over FC Jokerit on this day in 1999.

A slick passing move saw Paolo Di Canio released down the left-hand side after just 18 minutes and the enigmatic Italian lifted a cross to the back post where Kitson arrived to head home.

The Hammers, who had finished fifth in the Premier League the previous season, edged out their Finnish opponents in front of 11,908 supporters at the Boleyn Ground on a scorching hot July afternoon.

The Irons went on to complete a 2-1 aggregate win over Jokerit before defeating Dutch opponents Heerenveen 2-0 and French side Metz 3-2 to become one of three Intertoto Cup 'winners' and qualify for that the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup.

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