Anniversary

Name: Noel Cantwell
Date of birth: 28 February 1932
Clubs: Western Rovers, Cork Athletic, West Ham United, Manchester United

Noel Cantwell was born in Cork on 28 February 1932 and spent the early part of his career playing in his homeland for Western Rovers and Cork Athletic.

He moved across the irish Sea aged 20 to link up with the Hammers and he was selected as part of the London XI to play in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (later to become the UEFA Cup) in 1958.

The same year he skippered West Ham United to the Division Two title, restoring the Hammers' top flight status after a near-30 year absence.

After 248 league appearances and 11 goals, Cantwell joined Manchester United in 1960, winning the league title in both 1965 and 1967.

Capped 36 times by Ireland, he went on to manage Coventry City and Peterborough United in England, and New England Tea Men across the Atlantic. He sadly died in 2005 at the age of 73.


Classic match

Watford 1-2 West Ham United
League Division Two
February 28 1981

West Ham United were already well on the way to securing the Division Two title when they made the short journey to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on the last day of February in 1981.

Having topped the table since early-November, the Hammers showed no sign of letting their foot off the pedal as they maintained a six-game unbeaten run with victory over the Hornets.

David Cross, who would go on to end the season with a net-busting 33 goals to his name, scored a brace for the visitors, who took the spoils by the odd goal in three in front of a 20,786 crowd.

In the days of two points for a win, John Lyall's side ended up clinching the title by a mammoth 13 points over second placed Notts County.


Complete record - 28 February

2004 West Ham United 1-0 Cardiff City (Division One)
1987 Luton Town 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1981 Watford 1-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1976 Manchester United 4-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1975 West Ham United 0-1 Newcastle United (Division One)
1970 West Ham United 0-0 Southampton (Division One)
1959 Birmingham City 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1953 West Ham United 0-0 Blackburn Rovers (Division Two)
1948 West Ham United 0-2 Newcastle United (Division Two)
1931 West Ham United 2-4 Arsenal (Division One)
1925 Burnley 5-4 West Ham United (Division One)
1920 Clapton Orient 1-0 West Ham United (Division Two)

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