Anniversary

Name: Frank McAvennie
Born: Glasgow, Scotland, 22 November 1959

Frank McAvennie is today celebrating his 55th birthday.

The Scottish striker started the first of two spells at the Boleyn Ground in style after signing from St Mirren in the summer of 1985, helping the Boys of 86 secure the Club's highest ever finish of third in the top flight.

Originally signed as an attacking midfielder, an injury to Paul Goddard in the opening game pushed him up front and McAvennie formed a strong partnership with Tony Cottee.

He notched 26 league goals - a tally only bettered by Everton's Gary Lineker in Division One that season - but following a less successful second season, he moved back north of the border to join Celtic in October 1987.

Less than two years later he was back with the Hammers, and although he suffered a broken leg at the start of the 1989/90 campaign, he helped the Club win promotion back to the top flight the following year.

In all he scored 60 goals for the Hammers in 190 games, and later turned out for Aston Villa, Cliftonville, South China, Swindon Town, Airdrieonians and Falkirk before ending his career where it all began - at St Mirren.

Classic match

Derby County 0-2 West Ham United
Premier League
22 November 1998

The Hammers were en route to a fifth place finish in the Premier League when they defeated Derby County 2-0 on this day 16 years ago.

Goals from Marc Keller and John Hartson ensured their good form would continue as the Hammers left Pride Park with all three points.

They moved up to second a  week later with victory over Tottenham Hotspur and although that would prove to be the season's high point, Harry Redknapp's men never dropped below ninth for the rest of the campaign.

Complete record - 22 November

1919 Fulham 1-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1924 West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Division One)
1930 Derby County 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1947 Brentford 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1952 Huddersfield Town 0-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1958 West Ham United 0-3 Leicester CIty (Division One)
1969 West Ham United 3-0 Derby County (Division One)
1975 West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough (Division One)
1980 West Ham United 2-0 Swansea City (Division Two)
1986 West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa (Division One)
1989 West Ham United 1-0 Wimbledon (League Cup Round Four)
1995 West Ham United 0-0 Liverpool (Premier League)
1998 Derby County 0-2 West Ham United (Premier League)
2003 Watford 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)

Played 14, Won 7, Drawn 6, Lost 1, Scored 17, Conceded 9