We’ve not enjoyed great success against Chelsea in the Premier League era, so if we do register a good result against them it’s always a well celebrated achievement. As you’d expect, we’ve had more fun against the Blues at home than we have at their place, but as we prepare to face them at Stamford Bridge this month I’m taking a look at some of the most memorable away meetings with Chelsea in the last 25 years.
Chelsea 1-2 West Ham October 1994
With a side that boasted 10 British players, West Ham went to Stamford Bridge and grabbed all three points for the first time since a 5-3 win there in 1986. Martin Allen put us in to the lead in the second half before Paul Furlong levelled for the hosts in the 62nd minute. John Moncur was on hand to net the winner just five minutes later, as the Hammers held on for their fi rst ever win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era.
Chelsea 1-2 West Ham February 1996
Having been comfortably beaten 3-1 at home earlier in the season, Harry Redknapp’s side went to Stamford Bridge in search of revenge, and with a starting XI that included two men currently bringing glory back to the club in Julian Dicks and Slaven Bilic, West Ham got just that. Gavin Peacock put the hosts in to a ninth minute lead but Dicksy drew us level just aft er the hour mark. Danny Williamson netted a 72nd winner to ensure we left west London with all three points.
Chelsea 2-3 West Ham September 2002
In season with very few highs and way too many lows, West Ham registered a historic victory at Stamford Bridge to set us on our way to what remains our only ever Premier League double over the Blues. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave Chelsea the lead from the penalty spot, but Jermain Defoe levelled five minutes before the break. A Paolo Di Canio brace either side of a Gianfranco Zola goal ensured we’d take home all three points. Of course, one of those Di Canio goals remains of the best goals ever seen in the Premier League, a 30-yard volley that left Carlo Cudicini with no chance.
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham January 2014
Th is one will forever be remembered for the term ‘19th Century Football’ and is arguably the game in which Adrian wrote himself in West Ham folklore. Th e Spaniard pulled off a string of world class saves, including one in the 97th minute to keep out Frank Lampard, to ensure we earned a valuable point against a Chelsea side who were on a run of seven consecutive wins.