Anniversary

Freddie Ljungberg
Born: 16 April 1977
Clubs: Halmstads BK, Arsenal, West Ham United, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic, Shimizu S-Pulse

Former West Ham United and Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is today celebrating his 36th birthday, eight months after announcing his retirement from the game.

Signed by Alan Curbishley on a four-year deal in the summer of 2007, a then 30-year-old Ljungberg ended a trophy-laden nine-year stint at Arsenal to make the switch to east London.   

The goalscoring midfielder made his debut on the opening day of the campaign, captaining West Ham in a forgettable 2-0 home defeat to Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City.

In all, Ljungberg would make 28 appearances in his first and, as it turned out, last season at the Boleyn Ground, scoring twice, in a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham City and a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

Capped 75 times by his native Sweden, Ljungeberg parted company with West Ham in August 2008, before subsequently signing for Major League Soccer outfit Seattle Sounders.  

Classic match
West Ham United 6-1 West Bromwich Albion
16 April 1965
Division One

This resounding home win against West Bromwich Albion will forever be remembered for the exploits of a certain Brian Dear.

The Plaistow-born forward, who had not long fought his way back into the team, struck five times in a sensational 20-minute spell either side of the half-time interval.

For the record, Martin Peters was also on the scoresheet, as the Baggies endured an afternoon to forget in east London.

It was, however, just the precursor to a glorious end to the season for Ron Greenwood's men, as Dear and his fellow Hammers teammates went on to seal the European Cup Winners' Cup at Wembley in May.

Dear, meanwhile, ended the season with a prolific record of 14 goals in his 15 appearances in all competitions.

Now working for npower League 2 side Southend United, Dear shared his memories of his five-goal haul prior to this season's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on 30 March. Read the full interview here.     

Complete record - 16 April

2011 West Ham United 1-2 Aston Villa (Premier League)
2005 West Ham United 1-1 Millwall (Championship)
2001 Newcastle United 2-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
1994 Oldham Athletic 1-2 West Ham United (Premier League)
1983 Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1979 West Ham United 1-1 Cardiff City (Division Two)
1977 Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1968 Nottingham Forest 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1966 West Ham United 2-1 Arsenal (Division One)
1965 West Ham United 6-1 West Bromwich Albion (Division One)
1960 West Ham United 1-2 Fulham (Division One)
1955 West Ham United 1-2 Rotherham United (Division Two)
1954 West Ham United 2-2 Plymouth Argyle (Division Two)
1949 West Ham United 2-0 Barnsley (Division Two)
1938 West Ham United 3-1 Bury (Division Two)
1932 Everton 6-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1927 Burnley 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1923 Barnsley 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1921 Rotherham County 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)

Played 19, Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 10, Scored 26, Conceded 34

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