March 26, 2000. On this day 20 years ago, former Hammer Paolo Di Canio scored the greatest goal in West Ham United’s history.
A scissor-kick volley to give the Hammers the lead against Wimbledon at Upton Park; flair, technique and entertainment – that’s what the Italian forward provided for the West Ham fans, and on this occasion his strike was out of the very top drawer.
Since the Premier League launched back in 1992, Di Canio’s spectacular strike has always been part of any montages displayed across social media, and you can understand why. It was simply genius.
The Hammers went onto win the match 2-1, but it would be the magical No10 who would make the headlines. Breathtaking goals are always celebrated regardless of the team you support , but the face he did it in a claret and blue shirt makes it that more special.
Trevor Sinclair was the man who provided the assist with a special cross-field pass and the Italian did the rest. 20 years on and many West Ham fans have been reminiscing of that moment on social media:
Got a massive portrait of it for Christmas Last year, love it ⚒⚒⚒ pic.twitter.com/4O9Lad1vOA
— Lewis Tucker (@LewisTucker_94) March 26, 2020
I was there!
— Explorer (@Lynoflymo) March 26, 2020
— Jonas Nyborg (@JonasNyborg) March 26, 2020
I love this, partly because MVF gets a mention. #RIPMark
— Mr Grey (@Stug4grey) March 26, 2020