Wow… That’s all that needs to be said about this goal, I highly doubt there will ever be a goal scored in the Play-offs that comes close to the quality of this one.
Marlon Harewood wins the ball well inside his own half, nutmegs an Ipswich defender, plays a one-two with Nigel Reo-Coker then puts an absolute peach of a cross into the box that drops straight onto Zamora’s foot, but take nothing away from Zamora, the control he had to put into the chip-shot was a goal any striker in the world would be proud of and Kelvin Davis is not a goalkeeper to be laughed at; he is a quality shot stopper and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. I could sit here and write
about this goal all night and praise it to the corners of the earth and back, but I should get on, plenty more quality to talk about from the famous WHU!
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4. Bobby Zamora v Preston (Play off Final)
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Here he is, that man again, with the goal that sent the Hammers back into the Premier League! Not a lot of goals could be more important that this one. After the heart break of the year before where West Ham lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in the play off finals,
every West Ham fan was on their feet all game praying that this was not the case for a second year running. Matthew Etherington sprints down the left hand side of the pitch and floats a perfect
cross over to the far post where Zamora keeps his composure and slots the ball into the bottom right of the net sending the Hammers faithful into raptures. This begun the revitalisation of West Ham as a club as they went on to have a very successful return season to the Premiership, finishing 9th in the league and reaching the FA Cup final.
3. Harewood V Middlesbrough (FA Cup Semi Final)
I’m sure, no matter how old or young, everyone will know about this goal. West Ham were having a fantastic return season to the Premiership after being promoted back to the division in the 2005-06 season, West Ham subsequently finished the season in 9th
place, which is a great position to finish in for a newly promoted side. The highlight of the season however has to be the clubs cup run, in which they beat Norwich 2-1 in the third round, Blackburn 4-2 in the fourth round, Bolton 2-1 in a fifth round replay (The first game ended 0-0). The quarter finals were played against Manchester City where West Ham won 2-1 with Dean Ashton getting both of the Hammers goals and now we come to the semi final, where this goal comes to light. Anton Ferdinand picked the ball up in the 76th minute near the half way line where he punted the ball up to the target man at the time, Dean Ashton who showed great strength and balance to out-jump the Middlesbrough defender and nod the ball down to the waiting Harewood, Harewood used his strength to hold off Gareth Southgate and put
everything behind his left boot to smash the ball past the Middlesbrough goalie. This goal may not have been one of the most amazing to watch, but it opened up all kinds of doors for West Ham that they could have taken advantage of. The win set up a FA Cup Final against Liverpool which gave West Ham the opportunity to win their 3rd FA Cup in their history and to take a seat amongst some of the best in Europe by taking part in the UEFA Cup (It is now known as the Europa League). West Ham did go on to lose the FA Cup final on penalties 3-1 after the game was drawn 3-3 after normal and extra time. The Hammers also made it to the UEFA Cup as Liverpool had qualified for the Champions League but unfortunately this was disappointing as West Ham lost their first leg game against Palermo 1-0 and the
second leg 3-0. This put an end to any big dreams West Ham fans may have had.
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2. Tevez V Manchester United (Premiership)
Does this man need an introduction? I think not, he is a legend at West Ham and it is after a short spell at the club. Tevez played for the mighty Hammers between the years of 2006-07 making just 26 appearances in the league, scoring 7 goals. If there is one thing West Ham fans love, it’s a runner, if you come to this club and you don’t run then there is now way you’ll be accepted by the fans. Carlos Tevez is a dog when it comes to football, he never stops running, it doesn’t matter if his team are losing and in the 92nd minute of the game he will run until the final whistle is blown and
that shows his passion. This goal is of the highest importance for West Ham, not only was it the only goal in the game which bought around a 1-0 win over Manchester United, it was the goal that
kept West Ham in the Premiership. It seemed impossible for us to get the win over arguably the biggest club in England, one of the biggest in the world actually. The goal showed Tevez at his best, winning a header against a United defender he passed the ball on and got a lovely pass back, yes he was fortunate the way it looped over in front of him, but the sheer class and excellence was shown with a gorgeous first time shot which he kept low and put between the ‘keepers legs.
I’m not the first and nor will I be the last to say, Carlos Tevez. “You’re a legend! We would welcome you back to the greatest club in England anytime, with wide open arms!”
1, Paolo Di Canio V Wimbledon (Premiership)
Really? Need I write more than the link above? This goal wasn’t of any particular importance, nor was it something which kept West Ham in the league, but it is something that is going to go down with West Ham forever in their history as possibly one of the best goals EVER scored by someone wearing the West Ham strip.
Sheer brilliance written all over this goal, the ball played into Di Canio was inch perfect from Trevor Sinclair and Di Canio is a pure mastermind and a genius, he had merely seconds to get into position, make the jump at just the right height, swing his leg back and then forward for the power while timing the whole thing perfectly and hitting it with the side of his foot. It was as if the ball was laser guided onto his foot.
Everyone knows this is one of the best goals that will ever be seen and that’s why it is voted as one of the best volleys in footballs history. As soon as I was asked to write about West Ham’s top 5 goals I knew exactly what was going at number 1. I will be the first to admit I love this man Paolo for so many reasons, but this goal sure as hell contributes a lot towards it.
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