THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

21 February ~ Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United meet in the FA Cup fifth round today, a tournament they have won nine times between them. This season West Ham are pushing for a European place while Blackburn are languishing in the Championship. 

But in October 2001 things were very different as Rovers thumped West Ham 7-1 at Ewood Park. Garry Flitcroft, Damien Johnson, Matt Jansen and Craig Hignett all scored for Graeme Souness's side, while Tugay and David Dunn each netted superb 20-yard drives. A young Michael Carrick provided the only bit of joy for West Ham with a deflected finish, but a red card for Tomas Repka, an unbelievable miss from Trevor Sinclair and a farcical own goal from Grant McCann made for a miserable day for the visitors.

Blackburn fans had a lot to cheer that season as they won the League Cup, beating Tottenham in the final, and finished tenth in the league. West Ham didn't fare too badly, either. They recovered from this humbling to finish in seventh place, just shy of the UEFA Cup places. Adam Shaw

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