David Moyes’ West Ham United and Paul Lambert’s Stoke City meet at the London stadium on Monday evening for a crucial Premier League relegation six-pointer, ahead of the encounter, we bring you five Classic Clashes involving the pair since the year 2000.
West Ham United 3-1 Stoke City (October 2010)
We start by going back to 2010 for the only Cup meeting on this list, a Carling Cup round of 16 affair at the Boleyn Ground in the early winter that was decided by extra-time.
Tony Pulis’ Potters were in their third season in the Premier League and came to East London with confidence, taking an early lead through Kenwyne Jones, who headed home from a corner inside the first ten minutes.
Avram Grant’s Hammers toiled for a way back into the game and finally found one on 84 minutes, talisman and eventual Hammer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, Scott Parker levelling on 84.
This meant that an extra 30 minutes were required, and the visitors just ran out of steam in the end, conceding a header from Manuel da Costa and succumbing to a Victor Obinna strike to put the hosts into the draw for the next round.
They would reach the semi-finals of the tournament that year before being dumped out by winners Birmingham City and ultimately, relegated down to the Championship, while the West Midlands side lost in the final of the FA Cup and finished out in 13th.
West Ham United 3-0 Stoke City (March 2011)
The 2010/2011 campaign wasn’t a very happy one for Stoke at Upton Park as they conceded six goals in their two visits to face the league’s bottom-placed team, inevitably, losing heavily twice.
In a fixture that has been rather deprived of goals in the last 18 years, it’s not hard to see why this particular encounter, just months after our previous one, makes the list with flying colours.
The Irons were drifting closer to the drop by this stage and were in desperate need of building on last weekend’s shock home win over Liverpool, while the visitors were also looking over their shoulders a tad, not yet mathematically safe.
West Ham were to produce the kind of dominant display that the doctor ordered, leading from the front and going ahead through 21st and 29th minute Demba Ba and Da Costa efforts, the cherry being put on the cake by veteran Thomas Hitzlsperger in the latter stages.
The victory took Grant’s side out of the bottom three, but as aforementioned, this was their final win of the season and they were relegated in the end, the two teams met again eight days later and Stoke finally got their revenge by knocking their opposition out of football’s oldest competition at the quarter-final stage.
Stoke City 2-2 West Ham United (November 2014)
Ironically, our next two Classic Clashes also come from the same term although they would have felt like two different seasons for both teams, the first of them coming in November 2014 at the then Britannia Stadium.
Sam Allardyce’s East Londoners journeyed to Stoke in fourth position after a remarkable start to the season with the home side that day well on course for their joint-best-ever PL season, position-wise.
Mark Hughes’ men were the ones to strike first and second, in fact, two extremely well-taken goals either side of half-time from future Hammer Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf putting them two goals to the good by 56 minutes.
However, the visitors were about to show their character and launch a classy comeback, initially pulling one back through a clever diving header from Enner Valencia from a Stewart Downing delivery, Downing then popped up with the equaliser from a corner to send the travelling Claret & Blue Army wild and ensure the points were shared.
The draw kept the team from East London in and around that top-four, form they continued to show over the next few months, remaining fourth at Christmas, but soon crumbling and finishing 12th, the Potters were a little more consistent throughout the season and finished ninth for the second term on the bounce.
West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City (April 2015)
We have chosen this match to make the list for one reason and that is, of course, late drama and two goals out of the very top drawer when these two met for the second time that season.
Things had changed a lot for Allardyce’s team in that time, they were no longer fighting for the top four, but just a place in the top-half and now a totally different opposition for Stoke to play.
the Irons looked like they were heading for only a third league win in 2015 so far when Hammer of the Year Aaron Cresswell beat Asmir Begovic from a stunning free-kick in the first-half.
They held on for another 88 minutes, only for the one and only Marko Arnautovic, now banging in the goals in Claret & Blue, to net a wonderful solo effort in the dying embers and score his team a point to end a three-match losing streak.
The away side on that day in East London would have hardly believed that they would end up getting seven more points than their opponents in the PL after the first meeting back in November 2014, but they did, the Staffordshire outfit finishing three places above the one from the capital that year.
The fifth and final affair on this list is one that everyone reading this will probably and hopefully remember a little better, seeing as it only occurred just under four months ago in December 2017.
Both sides found themselves in slumber heading into the festive period, the visitors to the Bet365 Stadium having already opted to change their manager, from Slaven Bilic to Moyes and the hosts about to do a similar thing.
The Hammers started the day in 19th position and the Potters weren’t much better off either, although there looked to be a distinct difference between Hughes’ and Moyes’ men right from the word go.
But, it took a moment of contention to open the game up, Manuel Lanzini winning a penalty in the first period and later being banned for diving, Mark Noble converted it and that laid the foundations for a thumping victory, you guessed it Arnautovic getting himself on the scoresheet and substitute Diafra Sakho wrapping things up for the 0-3.
A few months down the line and the fortunes of victorious team have improved dramatically and not so much the other, West Ham are now six points clear of the bottom three with six games left to play and have not been in it since, although Stoke have very much stayed in the mix, now four points from safety in 19th, a grave predicament.
However, can Moyes’ West Ham United and Lambert’s Stoke City re-create a matchup as exciting as any of these five in Stratford on Monday evening? Find out right here on MooreThanJustAClub with our Live Blog, featuring live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from the match, live from the Press Box of the London Stadium from 6 PM BST.