Anniversary

Richard Hall
Date of Birth: 14 March 1972
Clubs: Ipswich Town, Scunthorpe United, Southampton, West Ham United

Richard Hall made the switch to east London in the summer of 1996, ending a six-year spell on the south coast with Southampton.

Signed by Harry Redknapp for £1.4 million, the England Under-21 international would endure an injury-plagued stint with the Hammers. After suffering a foot injury in pre-season, the Ipswich-born centre-half was restricted to just seven appearances in his first season at the club.

Sadly, over the course of the following two campaigns, he would turn out just once more in claret and blue, in an FA Cup third-round defeat against Swansea City.

Hall was subsequently forced to retire in April 1999, before latterly embarking on a coaching career. He firstly took up the position as reserve-team coach at boyhood club Ipswich Town in 2006, before joining Colchester United three years later. Hall remains at the U's to this day, where he is currently Development Squad Coach.

Classic match

West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea
Premier League
14 March 1998

West Ham United fought back from a goal down to topple Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground some 15 years ago today.

In front of 25,289, the in-form Trevor Sinclair helped Harry Redknapp's Hammers move to within just four points of the Premier League's top four, as West Ham turned out for a fourth time in 12 days.  

French full-back Laurent Charvet opened his account for the Blues with the game's first goal in the 52nd minute, a lead that would last just 15 minutes.

Sinclair, who had signed from Queens Park Rangers just two months earlier, netted his fifth goal in six games, before setting up David Unsworth's 73rd-minute winner. Victory cemented the Hammers in eighth spot, where they would go on to finish the campaign.        

Complete record - 14 March

1998 West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
1994 West Ham United 0-0 Luton Town (FA Cup)
1992 West Ham United 0-2 Arsenal (Division One)
1987 West Ham United 0-2 Norwich City (Division One)
1978 Queens Park Rangers 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1970 West Ham United 0-0 Ipswich Town (Division One)
1969 West Ham United 5-2 Coventry City (Division One)
1959 Burnley 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1953 West Ham United 3-1 Everton (Division Two)
1936 Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1925 Birmingham City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)

Played 11, Won 4, Drawn 3, Lost 4, Scored 14, Conceded 12

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