Anniversary

Name: Keith Coleman
Born: Washington, County Durham, 24 May 1951
Clubs: Sunderland, West Ham United, KV Mechelen, Darlington, Hendon

Keith Coleman, who collected an European Cup Winners' Cup runners-up medal whilst with the Hammers in 1976, celebrates his 62nd birthday today.

Born in the north east, he began his career with Sunderland and made his debut in 1971. Two years later he moved on to West Ham United for a £20,000 transfer fee.

The full-back played 118 games for the Hammers in all competitions and although he didn't play in the 1975 FA Cup win, he was involved throughout the next season's European adventure.

After his time at the Hammers, he spent two years in Belgium with KV Mechelen, before ending his playing career with non-league side Hendon.

Classic match

West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough
Premier League
24 May 2009

West Ham United kept hold of their top half position with a final day victory over Middlesbrough on this day four years ago.

Middlesbrough were in the relegation zone, and needed to win to give themselves hope of avoiding the drop to the second tier, but despite Gary O'Neil's second half equaliser, they were unable to claim the result they required.

The Hammers established a 33rd minute lead through Carlton Cole, and recovered from that second half blow from O'Neil - now a West Ham player of course - to take all three points thanks to Junior Stanlslas.

It meant that Gianfranco Zola's men ended with 51 points from their 38 games, enough to secure ninth position in the Premier League table.

Complete record

2009 West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough (Premier League)
1947 Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)

Played 2, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Scored 2, Conceded 3

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