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The History of Brighton and Hove Albion v West Ham United

West Ham United are another of those sides with whom Brighton and Hove Albion have rarely crossed paths given that they've spent most of their existence in the top two flight of English football - and when they've been out of it we've either been mooching around the lower leagues or enjoying a brief top flight soirée of our own.

We've only ever one once away at West Ham in the Football League, arguably the greatest triumph of the Mark McGhee era. The 10-0-0 formation that McGhee was using at a time was an interesting way to approach things but worked a treat at Upton Park in November 2004. The Irons had 117% possession and 75 shots on target yet Guy Butters scored the only goal of the game to secure a ridiculous 1-0 win, much to the disbelief and dismay of the 29,514 in attendance.

Peter Ward returned to Albion colours on loan from Nottingham Forest for West Ham's visit to the Goldstone in October 1982, instantly adding 5,000 to the gate from the previous home game and being the best player on the pitch as goals from Gordon Smith, Steve Gatting and Michael Robinson gave the hosts a 3-1 victory.

Managers may complain about fixture congestion in this day and age, but it took five months to decide who would progress to the third round of the Southern League Cup in 1907. Brighton and West Ham originally met at the end of October, drawing 0-0 at the Goldstone. Three months later, at the end of Febraury the replay finally took place and that was another draw, this time 2-2 at Upton Park. One month after that, the second replay eventually delivered a winner with the Irons triumphing 2-1 at neutral venue Stamford Bridge.

And that is about as good as it gets in terms of games against West Ham. Our last encounter with them was that dreadful 6-0 defeat in April 2012 in which they stormed into a 3-0 lead after just 11 minutes, a game that was just about as bad as it can get on the pitch.

But at least we all came home alive from that, unlike one 72-year-old Albion supporter when we faced West Ham in the Football League for the first time. Hooliganism was at its most ripe through the late 1970s and early 1980s and the Hammers fans ran riot at the Goldstone in August 1979, breaking out of their pen in the North East corner of the ground and invading home sections with the result being an elderly gentleman losing his life on the East Terrace.

 
Football League P W D L F A
Top tier 4 2 1 1 6 4
Second tier 10 3 2 5 10 16
FA Cup 7 1 2 4 5 13
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1
Total 22 6 5 11 21 34
             
Southern League P W D L F A
Southern League One 24 8 9 7  28 23
Southern League Cup 3 0 2 1 3 4
Total 27 8 11 8 31 27
             
Wartime League P W D L F A
WWII League South 6 0 1 5 11 18
WWII League London 2 0 0 2 1 7
WWII League South Cup 2 0 0 2 2 11
WWII London Cup 2 0 0 2 3 8
Total 12 0 1 11 17 44
             

OVERALL

61 14 17 30 69 115

West Ham 6-0 Brighton Sat 14/04/12 / 2nd tier / Boleyn Ground / 32,339
The Albion's slim play off hopes are all but ended as the Hammers go 3-0 up inside of 11 minutes as Gus Poyet's side are completely destroyed.
Brighton 0-1 West Ham Mon 24/10/11 / 2nd tier / Amex Stadium / 20,686
West Ham 3-0 Brighton Sat 06/01/07 / FA Cup R3 / Boleyn Ground / 32,874
Carlos Tevez v Kerry Mayo. Needless to say, Tevez may not have scored but he certainly had the time of his life inspiring the top flight Hammers to beat the League One strugglers.
Brighton 2-2 West Ham Sat 23/04/05 / 2nd tier / Withdean Stadium / 6,819
Dean Hammond (2)
Dean Hammond scored twice including a 90th minute equaliser to keep Mark McGhee's side on track for Championship survival with Bobby Zamora missing a sitter for West Ham - cheers, Bob
West Ham 0-1 Brighton Sat 13/11/04 / 2nd tier / Boleyn Ground / 29,514
Guy Butters
The ultimate result for Mark McGhee's 10-0-0 formation as West Ham have 117% possession and 75 shots on target yet the Albion win through a Guy Butters header. Utterly incredible.
Brighton 1-0 West Ham Wed 10/04/91 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 11,904
John Byrne
The Albion kept their play off hopes alive by shocking leaders West Ham at the Goldstone thanks to John Byrne's goal
West Ham 2-1 Brighton Sat 17/11/90 / 2nd tier / Boleyn Ground / 23,082
Mike Small
West Ham 3-1 Brighton Sat 10/02/90 / 2nd tier / Boleyn Ground / 19,101
Gary Nelson
Demands for Barry Lloyd to be sack increase as defeat at Upton Park sends the Albion into the relegation zone for the first time in the 1989-90 season.
Brighton 3-0 West Ham Sat 16/09/89 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 12,689
Kevin Bremner, Robert Codner, Gary Nelson
Highly fancied West Ham are thrashed at the Goldstone with Brighton moving up into second as a result, the highest position they would attain that season.
West Ham 1-0 Brighton Tue 08/11/83 / League Cup R3 / Boleyn Ground / 17,082
West Ham 2-1 Brighton Sat 05/03/83 /Top tier / Boleyn Ground / 16,850
Gerry Ryan
Brighton 3-1 West Ham Sat 23/10/82 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 20,490
Gordon Smith, Steve Gatting, Michael Robinson
Peter Ward makes his first appearance since returning on loan from Nottingham Forest, instantly adding 5,000 to the gate and being the star in  a 3-1 win, the first victory for five games.
Brighton 1-0 West Ham Sat 16/01/82 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 22,620
Andy Ritchie
West Ham 1-1 Brighton Sat 29/08/81 / Top tier / Boleyn Ground / 30,468
Neil McNabb
West Ham 0-0 Brighton Sat 10/03/79 / 2nd tier / Boleyn Ground / 35,802
Mike Small
Brighton 1-2 West Ham Sat 28/10/78 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 19,101
Peter Sayer
The first ever league meeting between the two sides ends in tragedy as West Ham hooligans run amok, invading home sections with one 72-year-old Albion fan dying after being crushed on the East Terrace
West Ham 5-4 Brighton Sat 13/01/45 / WWII South / Boleyn Ground / 5,000
Bernard Moore (2), Cyril Hodges, Bert Stephens
Brighton 0-1 West Ham Sat 30/09/44 / WWII South / Goldstone Ground / 6,000
West Ham 6-2 Brighton Sat 06/05/44 / WWII South / Boleyn Ground / 4,000
Allenby Driver, Bernard Moore
Brighton 1-2 West Ham Sat 20/11/43 / WWII South / Goldstone Ground / 5,000
Bert Stephens
West Ham 7-1 Brighton Sat 03/04/43 / WWII South Cup / Boleyn Ground / 5,500
Johnny Shafto
Brighton 1-4 West Ham Sat 13/03/43 / WWII South Cup / Goldstone Ground / 3,000
Bert Stephens
West Ham 2-1 Brighton Sat 27/02/43 / WWII South / Boleyn Ground / 3,000
Bill Kinghorn
Brighton 2-2 West Ham Sat 21/11/42 / WWII South / Goldstone Ground / 3,500
Bill Kinghorn (2)
West Ham 6-2 Brighton Sat 04/04/42 / WWII London Cup / Boleyn Ground / 4,000
Arthur Cunliffe, Jock Davie
Brighton 1-2 West Ham Sat 21/03/42 / WWII London Cup / Goldstone Ground / 4,000
Jock Davie
Brighton 1-3 West Ham Sat 14/02/42 / WWII London / Goldstone Ground / 3,000
Arthur Cunliffe
West Ham 4-0 Brighton Sat 14/11/42 / WWII London / Boleyn Ground / 5,800
West Ham 1-0 Brighton  Wed 22/02/33 / FA Cup R5 Replay / Boleyn Ground / 36,742
West Ham eventually end the Albion's interest in the FA Cup but they needed extra time to do it, winning 1-0 through a Jackie Morton goal
Brighton 2-2 West Ham Sat 18/02/33 / FA Cup R5 / Goldstone Ground / 32,310
Reg Wilkinson, Arthur Attwood
A Goldstone record crowd that would stand for a further 25 years crammed in to see Brighton secure a replay against second tier West Ham.
West Ham 1-0 Brighton  Tue 07/02/23 / FA Cup R2 Replay / Boleyn Ground / 20,000
West Ham knock the Albion out via a replay at Upton Park on their way to making the first ever final at Wembley where they were famously defeated by Bolton Wanderers.
Brighton 1-1 West Ham Sat 03/02/33 / FA Cup R2 / Goldstone Ground / 19,531
Tommy Cook
West Ham 2-1 Brighton Sat 26/12/15 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 6,000
Bert Longstaff
Brighton 0-0 West Ham Fri 25/12/15 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 6,000
West Ham 1-1 Brighton Sat 18/04/15 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 10,000
Charlie Webb
Brighton 0-1 West Ham Sat 13/12/14 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 6,000
Brighton 0-0 West Ham Mon 24/03/14 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 10,000
West Ham 1-1 Brighton Fri 21/03/14 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 15,000
Bert Longstaff
Brighton 2-0 West Ham Sat 13/04/12 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 5,000
Fred Goodwin, Jimmy Smith
West Ham 1-0 Brighton Sat 09/12/11 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 8,000
Brighton 2-0 West Ham Thu 26/04/11 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 3,000
Bill Hastings, Tom Stott, Charlie Webb
West Ham 3-1 Brighton Sat 05/11/10 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 16,000
Charlie Webb
Brighton 3-0 West Ham Mon 27/12/09 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 10,000
George Featherstone, Bill Connor, Bill Jones
West Ham 1-1 Brighton Sat 25/12/09 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 12,000
Bill Jones
West Ham 1-1 Brighton Sat 02/01/09 / Southern 1 / Boleyn Ground / 6,000
Charlie Webb
Brighton 3-2 West Ham Sat 05/09/08 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 7,000
John Hall, Tom Morris, Bert Longstaff
West Ham 2-1 Brighton Mon 30/03/08 / Southern Cup R2 Replay 2 / Stamford Bridge / 3,000
John Hall
Five months after the original tie was played, West Ham eventually eliminate Brighton from the Southern League Cup after a second replay at Stamford Bridge
Brighton 3-1 West Ham Sat 25/03/08 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 1,500
Bert Longstaff (2), Dave Dougal
West Ham 2-2 Brighton Thu 27/02/08 / Southern Cup R2 Replay  / Boleyn Ground / 3,000
John Hall, Duncan Ronaldson
Brighton 0-0 West Ham Wed 30/10/07 / Southern Cup R2 / Goldstone Ground / 2,250
West Ham 0-0 Brighton Sat 05/10/07 / Southern 1  / Boleyn Ground / 6,000
John Hall, Duncan Ronaldson
Brighton 2-0 West Ham Sat 23/03/07 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 6,000
John Hall (2)
West Ham 0-0 Brighton Sat 17/11/06 / Southern 1  / Boleyn Ground / 5,000
Brighton 0-0 West Ham Sat 17/03/06 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 4,000
West Ham 2-0 Brighton Sat 11/11/05 / Southern 1  / Boleyn Ground / 8,000
Brighton 3-1 West Ham Sat 25/03/05 / Southern 1 / Goldstone Ground / 4,000
Bertie Lyon (2), Andy Gardner
West Ham 0-1 Brighton Tue 27/12/04 / Southern 1  / Boleyn Ground / 10,000
Ben Garfield
West Ham 1-2 Brighton Sat 10/12/04 / FA Cup Q6 / Boleyn Ground / 7,000
Tom White, Andy Gardner
West Ham 5-0 Brighton Sat 13/02/04 / Southern 1  / Memorial Grounds / 3,000
West Ham 4-0 Brighton Sat 31/10/03 / FA Cup Q3 / Memorial Grounds / 5,000
Brighton 3-2 West Ham Sat 17/10/03 / Southern 1  / Goldstone Ground / 3,000
Frank Scott (2), Ben Garfield