In March 1997, West Ham hosted Chelsea at Upton Park and it proved to be a memorable game.

The Hammers had only won one Premier League match against Chelsea at this point. That came in their first ever encounter in the new era as Trevor Morley’s goal split the sides.

In a dramatic game, the Irons pulled off a 3-2 victory to take all three points. Here is how the game panned out.


West Ham fell behind on 26 minutes after some catastrophic defending gifted Chelsea the opener.

Gianfranco Zola burst through the defence, leaving Chelsea two-on-one and a simple square pass to Gianluca Vialli gave him a clear sight at goal.

Ludek Miklosko did not have a chance as the Italian confidently found the bottom corner.


The turnaround

15 Mar 1997: Julian Joachim of Aston Villa plays the ball under pressure from Julian Dicks (left) of West Ham United during the FA Premiership at Villa Park, Birmingham. The game was drawn 0-0. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

West Ham went into the break 1-0 down. But it only took 10 minutes of the second half before they were level.

Frank Sinclair fouled half-time substitute Hugo Porfirio in the box and Julian Dicks stepped up to slam home a thunderous penalty kick.

With 68 minutes on the clock, West Ham took the lead. Paul Kitson raced onto a headed through ball and controlled his left-footed shot to make it 2-1.

The dramatic climax

West Ham looked certain to be heading for three points. But three minutes from time, Mark Hughes rose above Dicks at the back post and nodded in an equaliser from close range.

The drama didn’t end there, though. In the 90th minute, Kitson was there to turn the ball in from a corner and West Ham had claimed a famous victory over the Blues.

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