To mark a special milestone in our cross-city rivalry with West Ham, we have a selection of our favourite memories against the Clarets and a poll for you to vote in...
Tomorrow’s game against West Ham United will be our 50th meeting with the Hammers in the Premier League. The Blues boast 26 victories to their 14 and in those matches there have been some incredible moments.
Today (23 April) also marks a decade to the day since one of those special highlights - Fernando Torres scoring his long-awaited first Chelsea goal at a rain-soaked Stamford Bridge.
To mark the half-century of west versus east in the Premier League era, we've selected 13 of our favourite memories below, with video or imagery to help aid your journey down memory lane. At the bottom of the page, there is a poll for you to rank your favourites.
Getting off the mark
Our first Premier League win was a 2-0 triumph at the Bridge in 1994. Full-back Darren Barnard had the honour of scoring our first goal against West Ham in the competition, while this game also saw player-manager Glenn Hoddle net his only goal for the Blues.
Stein channels Van Basten
Mark Stein was known as a striker whose best work took place in the six-yard box, but he smashed home an outrageous half-volley from outside of the area – with shades of Marco Van Basten’s legendary effort – to secure a 2-1 win in February 1995.
Scottish striker John Spencer was left with blood pouring from his head after an over-zealous challenge by West Ham hardman Julian Dicks during a game at Upton Park in the 1995/96 season – but the pint-sized forward had the last laugh when he netted twice in a 3-1 victory.
Zola twists Dicks inside-out
Gianfranco Zola was a brave man. Dicks may have had a reputation as being one of the toughest centre-halves in the country, but our carefree Italian was having none of it, as he nutmegged Dicks en route to scoring a spectacular goal in a 3-1 win in December 1996.
Debut delight for Stanic
Croatian midfielder Mario Stanic marked his Premier League debut for the club with an outrageous volleyed effort, after a couple of keep-ups – one of two goals he scored in a 4-2 win on the opening day of the 2000/01 season. Has anyone ever marked their top-flight debut with a better goal?
Away hoodoo ended
Chelsea had to wait until March to record our first away victory of the 2000/01 Premier League season – and our first since the previous April – but we finally got off the mark at Upton Park. Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored our goals in a 2-0 win.
Strike duo seal biggest win
Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen were at it again the following campaign, as they formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in our history. One of their best games came against West Ham, as they each bagged a brace in a 5-1 win, which remains our biggest triumph over them in the Premier League.
10 men and we won 4-1
Despite the early sending off of Maniche and going a goal down, there was no stopping the class of 2005/06. Didier Drogba and Hernan Crespo were both on target in a thumping 4-1 win which moved us a step closer to Premier League glory.
Upton Park was the venue for an incredibly rare occurrence in Chelsea’s history – a penalty taken three times before the referee was satisfied. Frank Lampard converted all three of the spot-kicks for his one goal in this 2009/10 meeting, but the two sides played out a draw. In case you’re interested, Mike Dean was the ref that day…
Torres off the mark
At the 14th time of asking, club-record signing Fernando Torres opened his goalscoring account for Chelsea to help put the seal on a 3-0 triumph over West Ham in April 2011. As the ball hit the back of the net, the roar that went up around Stamford Bridge was deafening!
An even bigger milestone goal came in West Ham’s next trip across London, as Lampard netted his 200th for the Blues to edge closer to Bobby Tambling’s club-record tally, as well as helping us to a 2-0 win in March 2013. He would pass Tambling’s mark of 202 a couple of months later at Villa Park.
Conte off to a flier
Antonio Conte's first game as Chelsea boss was a narrow victory over the Hammers, secured courtesy of a last-minute goal by Diego Costa. The Italian coach quickly endeared himself to the Blues faithful by diving into the crowd to celebrate – and at the end of the campaign we were crowned champions.
Solo sensation by Hazard
A parting gift from Eden Hazard to Chelsea supporters came in April 2019, when we welcomed West Ham to Stamford Bridge. The brilliant Belgian scored a quite sumptuous individual effort in a 2-0 win, as he skipped past several challenges and finished confidently to score another Goal of the Season contender.
Now rank these moments in order of most memorable in the poll below. Scroll to the bottom, drag the cards up and down and then, when you're happy, click submit!