9th September 1998 ring a bell?
West Ham 3-4 Wimbledon
9th September 1998
This was a London derby after the hearts of every neutral and cockney alike, it was non stop, high octane stuff with an unprecedented outcome. After just 25 minutes, West Ham were coasting at 3-0. John Hartson reacted to an Ian Wright knockdown from Trevor Sinclair’s cross and buried the ball past Neil Sullivan, before an effort by Hartson fell to Wright who made no mistake. Australian winger Stan Lazaridis then crossed expertly for Wright to plant a header into the corner to secure three easy points. Not if Wimbledon had anything to do with it…
Just three minutes after West Ham’s third, Alan Kimble proved his delivery credentials by inch perfectly finding Marcus Gayle, who headed past Shaka Hislop to set about some claret nerves. After half time, Javier Margas played a sloppy defensive ball, and Jason Euell pounced for 3-2. The equaliser came in the 77th minute, after Hislop fumbled a corner, allowing Gayle to score again. With both sides looking for the winner, the point disappeared when Wimbledon went on a counter attack and Euell’s pass found Efan Ekoku, who headed down and in, sending the 17 Wimbledon fans in the away end into raptures.
Yet again we are always on the receiving end of these great games….
p.s. as you have guessed this wasn’t the game, but as I couldn’t find any media involving this game I thought I’d add Di Canio’s goal instead. I’m sure you don’t mind.