Anniversary

Justin Fashanu
Date of birth: 19 February 1961
Clubs: Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton (loan), Notts County, Brighton and Hove Albion, Los Angeles Heat, Edmonton Brickmen, Hamilton Steelers, Manchester City, West Ham United, Leyton Orient, Toronto Blizzard, Torquay United, Airdrieonians, Trelleborg, Heart of Midlothian, Atlanta Ruckus, Miramar Rangers

Few former West Ham United players represented as many different clubs during their careers as Justin Fashanu. A striker who made his name at Norwich City and Nottingham Forest, the Hackney-born player would make just two appearances in claret and blue.

Fashanu, along with brother John, spent their formative years in a Barnardo's children's home before being fostered at the age of six. As an athletic youngster, he would excel as a boxer before deciding to pursue a career as a professional footballer.

After impressing with his goalscoring exploits at Norwich, Fashanu became England's first £1m black footballer when he joined Forest in August 1981. From there, however, his career took on a nomadic appearance, criss-crossing the Atlantic Ocean as Fashanu attempted to rediscover his best form.

Fashanu would arrive at the Boleyn Ground in November 1989, making his Hammers debut in the 1-0 League Cup fourth round win over Wimbledon. However, after two Division Two appearances, he was on his way again, joining Ipswich Town on trial. Fashanu died on 2 May 1998 at the age of 37.


Classic Match

West Ham United 4-0 Sheffield United
League Division One
19 February 1966

Bobby Moore started in defence for the Hammers as they kept up an impressive record at Upton Park in the 1965/66 season with a 4-0 win over Sheffield United.

Ron Greenwood's side won 12 of their 21 home fixtures that campaign, while the Blades only triumphed five times on their travels, so perhaps the Hammers' thumping victory did not come as too much of a surprise.

West Ham were also in the midst of a European Cup Winners' Cup campaign, having won the trophy the previous year, and they reached the semi-finals before their journey was brought to an end by Borussia Dortmund.

21,220 came to the Boleyn Ground for this meeting with Sheffield United, and the majority went home happy after goals from Martin Peters, Peter Brabrook and Geoff Hurst, plus a Reg Matthewson own goal, gave the home side the points.

West Ham finished the season in 12th place in Division One, with 39 points from 42 games, while the Blades were three places and four points higher.

Complete Record - 19 February

2005 West Ham United 5-0 Plymouth Argyle (Championship)
1994 Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 West Ham United (FA Cup fifth round)
1980 Burnley 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1977 Arsenal 2-3 West Ham United (Division One)
1975 West Ham United 0-0 Liverpool (Division One)
1972 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace (Division One)
1966 West Ham United 4-0 Sheffield United (Division One)
1949 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1938 Fulham 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1927 West Ham United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion (Division One)
1921 West Ham United 0-1 Bury (Division Two)

Played 11, Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 2, Scored 18, Conceded 8

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