Anniversary

Mauricio Taricco
Date of birth: 10 March 1973
Clubs: Argentinos Juniors, Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, AS Villasimius, Brighton and Hove Albion

Mauricio Taricco spent just 27 minutes as a West Ham United player, but will forever be thought of fondly in east London after generously agreeing to have his contract ripped up after suffering a serious hamstring injury on his debut.

The Argentina-born former Argentinos Juniors, Ipswich Town and Tottenham Hotspur full-back joined the Hammers in the autumn of 2004 and was named in the starting XI by manager Alan Pardew for the Championship fixture at Millwall on 21 November.

However, when the defender tore his hamstring at The New Den, ruling him out for eight weeks, he offered to pull out of the short-term contract he had signed with the club and retired from professional football. The gesture was lauded by Pardew and the club's Board and supporters alike.

Taricco was able to return to playing with Italian lower-league club AS Villasimius before taking on a coaching role under Gus Poyet at Brighton and Hove Albion. There, he pulled on his boots again in November 2010 - six years after his last game in English football. He has not played a competitive fixture for the Seagulls since January 2012.

Classic Match

Lincoln City 0-2 West Ham United
Football League Division Two
10 March 1934

Jimmy Wood was a speedy outside-right who bagged 13 goals in 67 appearances for West Ham United between 1929 and 1935, including one in a 2-0 Division Two win at Lincoln City on this date in 1934.

Born in Royton in Lancashire - now Greater Manchester - Wood began his professional career with Hyde United. After a short spell with Bournemouth, he returned to Hyde before joining West Ham in July 1929. Over the next six seasons, he was in and out of the first XI, never making more than 17 appearances in a single season. However, Wood did start the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Everton at Molineux on 18 March 1933.

Despite his uncertain status, Wood scored at least one goal in each of his six campaigns in claret and blue, including four in 16 appearances in 1933/34. One of those goals came in a 2-0 win at Sincil Bank. Jimmy Ruffell was also on target in front of a crowd of just 5,213 as the Hammers climbed to 12th in the table.

West Ham would finish the season in seventh place, while Lincoln would end up bottom of the table. As for Wood, he moved to Crystal Palace in 1935, scoring four goals in ten matches for the Eagles.

Complete record - 10 March

2012 West Ham United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers (Championship)
1990 West Ham United 2-1 Portsmouth (Division Two)
1984 West Ham United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Division One)
1979 West Ham United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion (Division Two)
1973 Sheffield United 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1956 West Ham United 2-1 Bristol Rovers (Division Two)
1951 Leicester City 1-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1934 Lincoln City 0-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1928 Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)

Played 9, Won 3, Drawn 5, Lost 1, Scored 9, Conceded 6

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