On this day - 6 January


Ronnie Boyce
Born: 6 January 1943, East Ham, England
Club: West Ham United

East Ham-born Ronnie Boyce played 339 games in a 12-year career with West Ham United - his one and only club. 'Boycie' is probably best remembered for his brace of goals in the 1964 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester United, followed up by the winning goal against Preston North End at Wembley. A year later, Boyce was celebrating at the Twin Towers again as West Ham United won the European Cup Winners' Cup against TSV Munich 1860. Widely regarded as the heartbeat of both those cup winning teams, Boyce earned the nickname 'Ticker'.

After retiring from playing, he served under John Lyall - where he played a key role in the FA Cup successes 1975 and 1980 - and Billy Bonds as first-team coach and took charge of one first team game as caretaker manager in February 1990. He then succeeded Eddie Baily as chief scout in September 1991, a position he held for the next four years.

Other anniversaries

David Di Michele (1976), Ilie Dumitrescu (1969), Dave Swindlehurst (1956) 

Classic match

Walsall 2-3 West Ham United
FA Cup third round
6 January 2001

Two goals from Freddie Kanoute add to Frank Lampard's sixth-minute opener to help West Ham United through to the fourth round of the FA Cup in front of 9,402 fans at the Bescot Stadium.

It was to be a memorable cup run with the Hammers going to Old Trafford 22 days later and knocking Premier League champions Manchester United out. Paolo Di Canio famously won the battle of minds against Fabien Barthez to seal the victory with just 14 minutes left on the clock. United would go on to beat Sunderland away in the fifth round before finally losing 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at the next stage.