Anniversary

Name: John Harkes
Date of birth: 18 March 1967
Clubs: Albany Capitals, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, West Ham United (loan), DC United, Nottingham Forest (loan), New England Revolution, Columbus Crew
National team: United States (90 caps, six goals)

Former American international John Harkes enjoyed a brief spell in Hammers colours during a loan spell from Derby County in the 1995/96 season, prior to his move to DC United for the first Major League Soccer campaign.

Born in Kearney, New Jersey on this day in 1967, Harkes played soccer at the University of Virginia, but was to forego his senior year in 1988 in order to play full-time with the United States national team, as they went to the Summer Olympics in Seoul.

He moved to England in 1990 when he joined Sheffield Wednesday, where he won a Division Two title and a League Cup at Wembley.

After a couple of years with Derby, he was recuited by the MLS for its debut season in his homeland, and spent time on loan with the Hammers as he waited for the campaign to begin in 1996, playing 14 games for the club.

He turned out for DC United, New England Revolution and Columbus Crew, as well as returning briefly to England on loan with Nottingham Forest in 1999, prior to hanging up his boots in 2002.

Classic match

Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham United
Premier League
March 18 1995

The Hammers still had relegation worries hanging over their heads with nine games left of the 1994/95 season.

Successive draws against Norwich City and Southampton gave Harry Redknapp's side some momemtum going into this trip to Villa Park and they made full use of it by claiming a vital three points.

John Moncur and Don Hutchison were the men on target as Villa, who were in a similar position to the Hammers, failed to beat away keeper Ludek Miklosko.

Four teams were to go down from the top flight that season, as the Premier League trimmed its membership to 20, and Villa only just avoided being one of the relegated sides, finishing 18th of 22 - a mere three points clear of Crystal Palace.

West Ham, meanwhile, took 16 points from their final nine fixtures to end up 14th, thankful to their late run for taking them five points clear of Palace in the last relegation place.

Complete record - 18 March

2006 West Ham United 2-4 Portsmouth (Premier League)
2005 West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City (Championship)
2000 West Ham United 0-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
1997 Wimbledon 1-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
1996 Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1995 Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham United (Premier League)
1989 West Ham United 0-0 Norwich City (FA Cup SIxth Round)
1978 Aston Villa 4-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1975 Birmingham City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1972 West Ham United 4-2 Nottingham Forest (Division One)
1967 Nottingham Forest 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1964 Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1963 West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United (Division One)
1961 West Ham United 1-2 Fulham (Division One)
1950 West Ham United 4-0 Bury (Division Two)
1939 West Ham United 0-1 Luton Town (Division Two)
1922 West Ham United 1-2 Rotherham County (Division Two)

Played 17, Won 4, Drawn 6, Lost 7, Scored 24, Conceded 26

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