Anniversary - Iain Dowie

Former West Ham United striker Iain Dowie celebrates his 49th birthday today. A powerful front man, Dowie made a total of 97 appearances for the Hammers during two spells with the club and found the net on 15 occasions. The Northern Ireland international first moved to east London in 1991 from Luton Town after spending the early part of his career in the lower leagues. In his first stint at the Boleyn Ground he made 14 appearances before leaving to join Southampton later in 1991. Dowie returned in 1995 from Crystal Palace and stayed for three years, making 83 appearances before leaving to join Queens Park Rangers in 1998.

Classic match

West Ham United 4-2 Birmingham City
FA Cup third round
9 January 1965

West Ham welcomed Birmingham City to the Boleyn Ground in 1965 as the sides played out an exciting FA Cup third round tie.

A Geoff Hurst double and goals for Johnny Byrne and John Sissons saw the home side to victory in a six-goal thriller in front of over 31,000 fans.

The Hammers would find their cup run short-lived however as Chelsea proved too strong in the fourth round, beating West Ham by a single goal.

Complete record - 9 January

1926 Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1932 Charlton Athletic 1-2 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1937 Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1954 West Ham United 4-0 Huddersfield Town (FA Cup)
1960 Huddersfield Town 1-1 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1965 West Ham United 4-2 Birmingham City (FA Cup)
1971 Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1974 Hereford United 2-1 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1979 Newport County 2-1 West Ham United (FA Cup)
1988 West Ham United 2-0 Charlton Athletic (FA Cup)

Played 10, Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 4, Scored 17, Conceded 16