Ten year anniversary of the great escape


tevezIt was ten years ago today that West Ham completed the great escape by avoiding the drop largely thanks to goals from Carlos Tevez. The Hammers surprisingly won seven of their last nine games under Alan Curbishley including that memorable 1-0 win against champions Manchester United at Old Trafford on 13th May 2007.

Carlos Tevez got the all-important goal that day as the Hammers ended up finishing 15th, a feat which seemed almost impossible just two months before.

West Ham were later fined £5million by a Premier League inquiry for breaching rules governing third-party ownership, but controversially no points were deducted and Tevez was permitted to play in the final three games of the season.

The Hammers agreed on an out of court settlement worth £18.1million with Sheffield United in 2009 over Tevez’ role in keeping the Irons in the Premier League in 2007 at the expense of the Blades. This was paid in instalments with the final payment in July 2013.

The Team that day was: Green, Neill, Collins, Ferdinand, McCartney (Spector 28), Benayoun, Reo-Coker, Noble, Boa Morte, Zamora (Harewood 63), Tevez (Mullins 82). Subs Not Used: Walker, Davenport.

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  • kevin says:

    Great but , if he had scored more good goals we wouldn’t have been in that situation .
    Sorry but I don’t think Tevez was particularly that special .
    That goal saved us , yes , but we should never have been in that situation to begin with .
    Maybe I am alone with my opinion and of course I would understand other opinions .
    Can’t help feeling Tevez has been over Legenderized .

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Kevin I wonder what you watch each week, Tevez pulled us up by his bootstrings, he went on to win multiple championships at Utd, City, Juve etc where he played a major part, it was of course a team effort but to say he was too blame because he didn’t score enough goals earlier in the season…. if you remember he was denied by loads of keepers having Worldies against him the ball just wouldn’t go in but he never stopped trying and showing because he is World Class he was also left on the bench a lot as was Mascherano which was odd because you could see the quality of both players but hey, they were halcyon days the escape was the best I can remember of any team in history COYI !!!

      • kevin says:

        No way , whf32 . They weren’t Wonder saves . They were failures to tuck them away .
        Not much point of having strikers that can’t score , sorry . Plus he was also very selfish and we missed loads of chances because he refused to make the simple and obvious pass .

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