With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with Monday's opponents...
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Chelsea and West Ham United lock horns at Stamford Bridge for the 50th occasion under league rules. The Blues have won 25, the Hammers 12, and 12 have been drawn.
Although the Blues can extend our unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge against West Ham to 14 games in all competitions, the east Londoners are unbeaten against Chelsea in the past three meetings home and away (one win, two draws).
In four years’ time this fixture will have been in the diary, on and off, for a century. The first instance was a 0-0 in October 1923 in which, according to one reporter ‘play was generally poor.’
The Blues’ record victory was recorded in April 1966, George Graham and Bobby Tambling both grabbing braces in a 6-2 victory. Among other memorable encounters at the Bridge was the 5-5 draw in December the same year, with another two late Tambling goals securing a point for the Blues.
It was only the fifth 10-goal game in which points were shared since the 1940s. Remarkably, Tony Hateley, who scored Chelsea’s second, had also hit four for Aston Villa in their 5-5 draw with Tottenham the previous season.
Since the advent of the Premier League, west London’s most celebrated win was the 5-1 in January 2002. Deadly striker partners Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (pictured top) and Eidur Gudjohnsen hit two each with substitute Mikael Forssell completing the scoring. Paolo Di Canio was sent off for the Irons.
Four years later, the dismissal of on-loan midfielder Maniche appeared a problem for the Jose Mourinho’s defending champions, especially as the Hammers had taken an early lead through Collins.
Instead the reorganised Blues threw caution to the wind and blew Alan Pardew’s side away with four goals in 42 minutes from Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo, John Terry and William Gallas.
A year ago the matchday programme cover for West Ham’s visit was dedicated to the late, great Ray Wilkins, who had died four days earlier aged 61, and inside supporters unfurled banners in his honour.
The game is not one the cultured midfielder would have savoured. The Hammers appeared there for the taking for the first hour but all Chelsea had to show for their efforts was a single Cesar Azpilicueta goal and two ruled out for offside. Midway through the second half the visitors realised a point was still viable and, perhaps inevitably, Javier Hernandez equalised three minutes after coming off the bench.
A last-gasp Tommy Baldwin winner from a Tony Hateley knock-down against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 8 April 1967 took Chelsea to the club’s third FA Cup semi-final appearance in succession. ‘I just had a bang,’ admitted the Geordie forward. ‘I didn't connect properly but at least the direction was right.’
West Ham’s last win at Stamford Bridge was in September 2002. Hasselbaink opened the scoring with a penalty but Jermain Defoe and Paolo Di Canio either side of the break put Glenn Roeder’s side in the driving seat. A sublime Zola free-kick brought the scores level but another Di Canio goal seven minutes from time secured West Ham’s first win of the season.
OUR LAST MEETING AT THE BRIDGE
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
09/04/1966 Chelsea 6-2 West Ham
29/03/1986 Chelsea 0-4 West Ham