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2013-03-08T07:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:09:24

On this day - 8 March


Dylan Tombides
Date of birth: 8 March 1994
National team: Australia U17
Clubs: West Ham United

An all-round centre-forward blessed with pace, power and superb finishing ability, Dylan Tombides was born in the city of Perth in Western Australia. As a youngster, he played football before moving with his family to Hong Kong.

The amiable Australian joined West Ham United at the age of 15 after being spotted playing youth football in Hong Kong and his family moved with him to London to help him fulfil his ambition of playing professional football.

After impressing at Under-18 and reserve-team levels, Tombides was includedin the first-team squad for the first time when he was named as an unused substitute for the Barclays Premier League home fixture with Sunderland on 22 May 2011. The same month, he was named Academy Player of the Year.

Tombides appeared and scored for Australia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico in June 2011. Illness curtailed the striker's progress during the 2011/12 season, but his first-team debut arrived as a late substitute in the 4-1 home Capital One Cup third-round defeat by Wigan Athletic on 25 September 2012.

Classic Match

West Ham United 8-0 Rotherham United
Football League Division Two
8 March 1958

John Dick had already made himself the West Ham United hero against Rotherham United once during the 1957/58 season, scoring the winner in a 2-1 Division Two victory at Millmoor in October 1957.

Since that win, the Hammers had climbed from eighth to top of the table on the back of a run of just one defeat in 22 league matches - 14 of them victories. As such, it came as little surprise that West Ham tore their mid-table opponents to shreds on their visit to the Boleyn Ground on this date 55 years ago.

Inside-left Dick was again the main man, netting four goals as Ted Fenton's side recorded a club-record 8-0 victory - beating the 8-2 mauling of Leeds United in February 1929 and 7-0 win over Liverpool in September 1930.

Rotherham United record win

Centre foward Vic Keeble got the ball rolling on 13 minutes before Dick doubled the lead nine minutes. Two goals in three minutes from the same pair made it 4-0 at half-time. Ten minutes into the second half, Keeble and John Smith combined for Dick to complete his hat-trick.

The goals continued to flow as inside-forward Smith converted the sixth on 69 minutes before driving home the seventh from 25 yards with seven minutes remaining. It was then left to Dick to complete the rout, lobbing Keeble's pass into the net with four minutes left to play.

West Ham, of course, would go on to clinch the Division Two title on the final day of the season. Rotherham, meanwhile, would finish 18th.

Complete record - 8 March

2000 West Ham United 2-0 Southampton (Premier League)
1998 Arsenal 1-1 West Ham United (FA Cup sixth round)
1995 Newcastle United 2-0 (Premier League)
1969 Nottingham Forest 0-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1958 West Ham United 8-0 Rotherham United (Division Two)
1952 West Ham United 0-1 Birmingham City (Division Two)
1930 West Ham United 3-2 Arsenal (Division One)
1924 West Ham United 1-1 Notts County (Division One)

Played 8, Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 2, Scored 16, Conceded 7

West Bromwich Albion

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