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On this day

On this day - 18 April


Dylan Tombides
8 March 1994 - 18 April 2014

Dylan Tombides sadly lost his brave three-year battle with testicular cancer a year ago today.

A hugely popular figure among his team-mates, coaches, backroom staff, supporters and opponents alike, the Australia U23 international was loved and respected throughout the football community for his talent, his smile and his spirit. 

Dylan Tombides was born in the city of Perth in Western Australia. As a youngster, he played football before moving with his family to Hong Kong.

The amiable Australian joined West Ham United at the age of 15 after being spotted playing youth football in Hong Kong and his family moved with him to London to help him fulfil his ambition of playing professional football.

After impressing at Under-18 and reserve-team levels, Tombides was included in the first-team squad for the first time when he was named as an unused substitute for the Barclays Premier League home fixture with Sunderland on 22 May 2011. The same month, he was named Academy Player of the Year.

Tombides appeared and scored for Australia at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico in June 2011. Illness curtailed the striker's progress during the 2011/12 season, but his first-team debut arrived as a late substitute in the 4-1 home Capital One Cup third-round defeat by Wigan Athletic on 25 September 2012.

Tombides represented Australia in the U22 AFC  Championship where he helped the Socceroos reach the quarter-finals before they were defeated 2-1 by Saudi Arabia.

The DT38 Foundation, which aims to raise awareness support and awareness for testicular cancer, was launched last month - visit the website here. 

Classic match

Orient 0-2 West Ham United
Division Two
18 April 1981

The Hammers' march to the Division Two title continued unabated as they completed a league double over fellow east Londoners Orient on this day 34 years ago.

West Ham had topped the table ever since November and this victory over the O's was the third in a run of five straight wins.

Jimmy Neighbour and Geoff Pike - a league ever-present that season - were the goalscorers as the visitors notched a 25th maximum-point haul of the campaign.

John Lyall's side would go on to claim the title by a huge 13-point margin in the era of two points for a win, having dropped only 18 points all season.

Complete record - 18 April

1923 Notts County 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1925 West Ham United 4-1 Everton (Division One)
1927 West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Division One)
1930 West Ham United 1-0 Sheffield United (Division One)
1931 Manchester City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1936 West Ham United 1-3 Charlton Athletic (Division Two)
1938 Plymouth Argyle 2-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1949 Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1953 Sheffield United 3-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1956 Nottingham Forest 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1959 West Ham United 1-1 Preston North End (Division One)
1960 Manchester United 5-3 West Ham United (Division One)
1961 Burnley 2-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1981 Orient 0-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1987 Leicester City 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1992 Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1998 West Ham United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers (Premier League)
2007 West Ham United 1-4 Chelsea (Premier League)
2009 Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United (Premier League)

Played 19, Won 4, Drawn 6, Lost 9, Scored 23, Conceded 33

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