Anniversary

Joe Gallagher
Date of birth: 11 January 1955
National team: England B
Clubs: Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United, Burnley, Halifax Town

Born in Liverpool, Joe Gallagher was a central defender signed by West Ham United in late 1982 after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers two months previously.

The former Birmingham City player was drafted into the Hammers side following the suspension of Alvin Martin and proved to be a useful deputy at the heart of the club's rearguard. The highlight of Gallagher's short stay in east London came in the shape of a 3-0 Division One win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground on New Year's Day 1983, when his header was pushed on to the crossbar in the lead up to debutant Tony Cottee's first goal for the club.

Gallagher would go on to make nine Division One appearances and one in each of the two major cup competitions for the club before joining Burnley in the summer of 1983. He was loaned to Division Four side Halifax Town before returning to Turf Moor and playing a leading role as the Clarets retained their Football League status in the 1986/87 season.

Following his retirement from playing at the relatively young age of 32 in 1987, Gallagher went on to manage a number of non-league teams in the Midlands, including Coleshill Town, Atherstone United and Kings Heath. He now works for the Press Association.

Classic Match

Arsenal 0-1 West Ham United
FA Cup third round replay
11 January 1989

Arsenal would end the season as League champions and went into this match as the country's top scorers. West Ham United were bottom of the table without a win in five Division One matches and would end the season by being relegated.

The Hammers went into the replay 26 points behind their hosts. The Gunners' Alan Smith, Paul Merson and Brian Marwood had converted a total of 36 goals between them in all competitions, including Merson's brace in the original tie, which had ended 2-2 three days previously. All the odds pointed towards a home win for George Graham's side, but football is a funny old game.

Despite their lofty league position, the home side failed to create any clear goalscoring chances, handing Hammers goalkeeper Allen McKnight an unexpectedly uneventful evening.

Manager John Lyall was hailed as a tactical hero as the visitors stifled their opponents before snatching a shock victory through Leroy Rosenior's 77th-minute header past John Lukic. West Ham would go on to beat Swindon Town, after another replay, and Charlton Athletic before going down 3-1 to Norwich City in the quarter-finals.

Complete Record

1902 Kettering Town 1-0 West Ham United (Southern League)
1908 West Ham United 1-0 Rotherham City (Southern League - FA Cup 1st Round)
1919 West Ham United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (War Time - London Combination Principal Tournament)
1922 West Ham United 1-1 Swansea Town (FA Cup - 1st Round Replay)
1930 West Ham United 4-0 Notts County (FA Cup - 3rd Round)
1935 West Ham United 2-2 Luton Town (FA Cup - 3rd Round)
1941 West Ham United 2-1 Millwall (War Time - London War Cup 'B' Division)
1947 West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City (FA Cup - 3rd Round)
1958 Derby County 2-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1961 Stoke City 1-0 West Ham United (FA Cup - 3rd Round Replay)
1964 Sheffield United 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1966 Everton 2-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1969 Queens Park Rangers 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1975 Leeds United 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1986 Leicester City 0-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1989 Arsenal 0-1 West Ham United (FA Cup - 3rd Round Replay)
1992 West Ham United 1-1 Wimbledon (Premier League)
1997 Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2000 West Ham United 1-3 Aston Villa (Worthington Cup Quarter Final - Rematch for illegal player)
2003 West Ham United 2-2 Newcastle United (Premier League)
2011 West Ham United 2-1 Birmingham City (Carling Cup - Semi-Final 1st leg)
2014 Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham United (Premier League)

Played 22, Won 9, Drawn 7, Lost 6, Scored 31, Conceded 24