On This Day - 5 January


Steve Walford
Born: 5 January 1958, Highgate, England
Former clubs: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, West Ham United, Huddersfield Town, Gillingham, West Bromwich Albion, Lai Sun (Hong Kong), Wycombe Wanderers, Wealdstone

North London-born Steve Walford played for both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal but made his name in four years at West Ham United after signing from Norwich City in 1983. He played 146 times for the club, scoring four goals. Most memorable was his 33 games in the 1985/86 season with the left-back more than playing his part in the best league campaign in the club's history.

Walford has gone from strength to strength since hanging up his boots. Having played under Martin O'Neill at Wycombe Wanderers, Walford has followed him wherever he has gone in management. Now at Sunderland, the first-team coach is enjoying plenty of success as part of O'Neill's coaching set-up at the Stadium of Light.

Classic match

West Ham United 4-1 Port Vale
FA Cup third round
5 January 1985

A Paul Goddard hat-trick helped West Ham United through to the fourth round of the FA Cup in front of 11,452 spectators at the Boleyn Ground. Alan Dickens got the other goal.

The Hammers would progress through the fourth and fifth rounds, getting past Norwich City and Wimbledon respectively, before coming unstuck against eventual winners Manchester United in the sixth round.