On this day: 16 January


Bobby Zamora
Date of birth: 16 January 1981
Clubs: Bristol Rovers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham

Barking-born Zamora will probably be best remembered for scoring the goal that won West Ham United promotion back to the Premier League in May 2005. The striker scored the only goal of the game to defeat Preston North End in the Championship play-off final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Zamora joined the West Ham United Academy as a schoolboy but was released before turning professional. He was picked up by Bristol Rovers as a trainee but only made six substitute appearances. Loan moves to Bath City and Brighton and Hove Albion followed with the latter deciding to make his move permanent.

Zamora proved himself a prolific goalscorer on the south coast, scoring 76 goals in 125 games and helping Ablion to two consecutive titles. That form caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur who bought the forward for £1.5m in July 2003. However, 18 appearances bought just one goal.

Six months later Zamora moved to east London to rejoin his boyhood club and immediately made his mark by scoring on his debut against Bradford City. The following season he struck 13 times, including two in the semi-final win over Ipswich Town and the one in the final against Preston.

The striker, who wore No25 in his time at the Boleyn Ground, made his mark the following season in the Premier League, scoring ten goals. Eleven goals followed in the 2006/07 season as United miraculously avoided relegation. However, fitness was to hinder the forward in the 2007/08 campaign and he made just 14 appearances with a solitary goal in return before moving to Fulham in July 2008.

Classic match

West Ham United 2-0 Portsmouth
First Division
16 January 1993

A comfortable home win on the day, but few could have predicted how important the result would be at the end of the season. Trevor Morley put the Hammers in front with a diving header in the 26th minute before Colin Foster doubled the lead with another headed effort ten minutes after half-time in front of 18,127 at the Boleyn Ground.

Portsmouth boss Jim Smith was full of praise for the home side, saying: "West Ham are the best team we've played this season." The result was to prove vital in West Ham United's successful promotion campaign. Following the game, Portsmouth went on a great run that would see them finish the season third, one place below the promoted Hammers on goal difference. Crucially, though, if the game had finished 1-0, Portsmouth would have been promoted at United's expense.