On This Day: 18 February

Anniversary

Name: Anton Ferdinand
Date of birth: 18 February 1985
Clubs: West Ham United, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers, Bursaspor (loan)

Born in Peckham on 18 February 1985, Anton Ferdinand graduated from West Ham United's Academy as a trainee in 2002, making his first-team debut in the 2-1 Division One victory at Preston North End on 9 August 2003.

The brother of former Hammers defender Rio and a cousin of ex-West Ham and England striker Les, Ferdinand was comfortable at either right-back or in the centre of defence. The youngster was a key figure during the 2004/05 promotion season, playing in the Championship play-off final win over Preston North End at the Millennium Stadium.

Ferdinand's form was recognised at international level as he became a regular member of the England Under-21 squad, earning his first cap in a 3-1 win over Ukraine at the Riverside Stadium on 17 August 2004.

Back at West Ham, Ferdinand netted a spectacular goal in the 2-1 Premier League victory over Fulham at the Boleyn Ground on 23 January 2006 - a strike that helped him to win the Premier League player of the month award.

Ferdinand also started the 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool, but unfortunately missed the decisive penalty in the Reds' 3-1 shoot-out victory. He would join Sunderland in August 2008, having made a total of 163 league and cup appearances for the club, scoring five goals. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in 2011 before being loaned to Turkish club Bursaspor in January 2013.


Classic Match

Charlton Athletic 0-1 West Ham United
FA Cup Fifth Round
18 February 1989

The Hammers' most-recent win on this date came in an FA Cup fifth round tie at Charlton Athletic back in February 1989.

With Charlton based at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park ground as The Valley was out of use at that time, John Lyall's men made the trip to south London looking to secure a place in the last eight of the competition. The two clubs had drawn 0-0 at the same venue in Division One on New Year's Eve 1988 and the cup tie was to be another closely-fought affair.

Stuart Slater scored the only goal as the Hammers won through to the sixth round, despite having Mark Ward sent off. Slater notched two goals in 22 appearances that season, and West Ham's FA Cup run was to come to an end at the quarter-final stage, as Norwich City progressed following a replay.

Complete Record

2006 Bolton Wanderers 0-0 West Ham United (FA Cup fifth round)
1995 Coventry City 2-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1990 Swindon Town 2-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1989 Charlton Athletic 0-1 West Ham United (FA Cup fifth round)
1978 Everton 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1953 West Ham United 0-1 Plymouth Argyle (Division Two)
1950 Preston North End 2-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1939 West Ham United 5-0 Nottingham Forest (Division Two)
1935 West Ham United 1-0 Norwich City (Division Two)
1932 Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1928 Burnley 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)

Played 11, Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 5, Scored 12, Conceded 11

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