Anniversary

Serhiy Rebrov
Date of birth: 6 March 1974
National team: Ukraine (75 caps, 15 goals)
Clubs: Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kyiv, Tottenham Hotspur, Fenerbahce (loan), West Ham United, Rubin Kazan

After starting out as a teenager with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine's industrial east, Serhiy Rebrov caught the attention of the country's biggest club - Dynamo Kyiv - during the inaugural 1992 season of the Ukrainian Premier League.

Having switched to the capital, Rebrov formed a fearsome partnership with Andriy Shevchenko, with the pair plundering dozens of goals both at home and in Europe. In 1999, the pair shot Dynamo to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League - a competition in which he has scored an impressive 30 goals.

In June 2000, Rebrov's form earned him an £11m move to England and Tottenham Hotspur, but the Ukrainian failed to settle and went out on loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2003. In the summer of 2004, the striker moved to West Ham United on a one-year contract.

As he had at White Hart Lane, Rebrov struggled to regain his goal-scoring form at the Boleyn Ground, netting just twice in 32 league and cup appearances in claret and blue. In May 2005, he played his final game for the club, coming on as a substitute for Shaun Newton in the 2-2 home Championship play-off semi-final draw against Ipswich Town.

In June 2005, Rebrov returned to Dynamo Kyiv and immediately rediscovered the form that had made him a star, scoring 20 goals in 55 games. Then, even more impressively, the veteran forward picked up a Russian League winner's medal in 2008 after performing superbly for Rubin Kazan in a new midfield role.

Classic Match

West Ham United 2-2 Aston Villa
League Division One
6 March 1982

An end-to-end tussle saw the newly-promoted West Ham United share the spoils with the reigning Division One champions at the Boleyn Ground.

Villa, who would end the season as European Cup winners, had returned from a midweek trip to the Soviet - now Georgian - city of Tbilisi, but still summoned up enough energy to take the lead through Gordon Cowans on 18 minutes.

The home side hit back six minutes before half-time when Ray Stewart converted a penalty after Des Bremner had upended Trevor Brooking. John Lyall's team then took the lead through Belgian Francois Van der Elst eight minutes after half-time.

Villa would not be beaten and the Midlanders, being led by new manager Tony Barton, hit back to snatch a point when Peter Withe headed home Gary Shaw's flick-on on the hour-mark.

West Ham would end the season in a very creditable ninth place - two ahead of Villa.

Complete record - 6 March

2010 West Ham United 1-2 Bolton Wanderers (Premier League)
2004 West Ham United 0-0 Walsall (Division One)
2002 West Ham United 1-0 Everton (Premier League)
1999 Southampton 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1993 West Ham United 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Division One)
1982 West Ham United 2-2 Aston Villa (Division One)
1976 West Ham United 1-2 Birmingham City (Division One)
1971 West Ham United 0-0 Crystal Palace (Division One)
1965 Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1954 West Ham United 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1948 Birmgham City 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1937 Doncaster Rovers 1-4 West Ham United (Division Two)
1933 West Ham United 1-1 Preston North End (Division Two)
1926 West Ham United 3-0 West Bromwich Albion (Division One)

Played 14, Won 5, Drawn 5, Lost 4, Scored 17, Conceded 12

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