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Five months ago challenging for a Champions League place would have been a pipe dream. But the 2015-16 season’s form under new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, coupled with the 'long goodbye' as we bid an emotional farewell to the Boleyn Ground, has seen the team exceed the expectations of even the most fanatical claret and blue supporters.


This season’s impressive results are a refreshing change from those achieved by the tired and predictable style preferred in Sam Allardyce’s reign. Improved team performances see the Hammers climb to the dizzy height of fifth place in the Premier League, helped by the matching of one of the club’s Premier League records.


In beating AFC Bournemouth in the Tuesday January 12, 2016 fixture at the Vitality Stadium the Hammers equalled their club record for an unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Hammers Equal their Premier League Unbeaten Run

Record-equalling Unbeaten Run ...

by Roger Hillier

A Champions League place?  

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Two goals from Ecuadorian Enner Valencia and one from French midfielder Dimitri Payet in the 3-1 victory over Eddie Howe's Cherries stretched their unbeaten run to eight games to equal the claret and blue record set over 20 years ago. In 1994-95 season West Ham set an eight game undefeated run starting on March 11, 1995 and finishing on May 3, 1995.

2015-16 Season’s Unbeaten Run

Crossed Hammer

This season’s sequence started with the 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday November 28, continued with five unbeaten matches in December, and after two more wins in early January was finally closed with a defeat as the Magpies burst the Hammers’ record aspirations.

On Saturday January 16 Newcastle United beat West Ham 2-1 at St. James' Park.  


2015-16’s run also matched 1994-95’s as in both sequences the Hammers won three and drew five. Though 1994-95’s goal difference of seven was marginally higher than this season’s five.  

West Ham’s All-Time Unbeaten League Record

While this season’s and 1994-95’s unbeaten stretches are to be admired and are the best the club has achieved in its 20 seasons of Premier League football, they fall a long way short of the club’s all-time unbeaten league sequence.  


This is a highly impressive benchmark of 27 games which straddles two seasons: the last 18 games of 1980-81 and the first 9 fixtures in 1981-82.  


1980-81 season saw the Hammers comprehensively win the Division Two championship by 13 points and in the following season they finished a credible ninth in the top tier.

94-95 Table 2015-16 table

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1994 - 95 Season

2015 - 16 Season

Crossed Hammer Articles The Blackpool Affair Centenary Match League table 15_11_29 WHU v. WBA 15_12_05 Manchester United v. WHU 15_12_12 WHU v. Stoke City 15_12_20 Swansea City v. WHU 15_12_26 Aston Villa v. WHU 15_12_28 WHU v. Southampton 16_01_02 WHU v. Liverpool 16_01_12 AFC Bournmouth v. WHU

Tables comparing the two seasons’ undefeated runs

20 Year Wait?  

Let’s hope the Hammers do not have to wait 20 years for their next eight match unbeaten run in the Premier League.  

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