Anniversary (1)

Sebastien Schemmel
Born: 2 June 1975, Nancy, France
Clubs: Nancy, Metz, West Ham United, Portsmouth, Le Havre
Honours: Hammer of the Year (2002)

French right-back Sebastien Schemmel was something of an unknown when he joined West Ham United from French side Nancy for £765,000 in January 2001.

However, it would not be long before the Hammers' supporters realised why manager Harry Redknapp had brought the marauding defender to the Club, as Schemmel's second appearance in claret and blue saw West Ham defeat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round.

The following season, 2001/02, Schemmel made 35 Premier League appearances as West Ham finished a creditable seventh in the Premier League table. He was rewarded for his consistent performances by being voted Hammer of the Year by the Club's supporters.

Schemmel remained at the Boleyn Ground for a further six months before leaving east London for Portsmouth in January 2003, where he was reunited with former Hammers boss Redknapp. He had made 73 appearances for West Ham, scoring once.

The defender spent 18 months with Portsmouth before being released and, after one season back in France with Le Havre, he retired in 2005.

Anniversary (2)

England 1-0 Romania
FIFA World Cup finals, Group C
Tuesday 2 June 1970, Estádio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico

West Ham United's 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning trio of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were in England's starting XI as they began their defence of the trophy in Mexico four years later.

England had been drawn in Group C alongside fellow Europeans Romania, Czechoslovakia and South Americans Brazil. Sir Alf Ramsey's side began their challenge by facing Romania in front of 50,560 supporters at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara on Tuesday 2 June 1970.

Just as he had done three times at Wembley in the 1966 final, Hurst was on target again, converting a cross from fellow World Cup winner Alan Ball with 25 minutes remaining.

England would go on to be edged out 1-0 by Brazil in their second match, despite Moore's outstanding individual display, and beat Czechoslovakia by the same scoreline to reach the quarter-finals. There, despite Peters scoring and England taking a 2-0 lead, they were beaten 3-2 by West Germany after extra-time.