On This Day - 13 January


Kepa Blanco
Born: 13 January 1984, Marbella, Spain
Clubs: Sevilla Atletico, Sevilla, West Ham United, Getafe CF

The vast majority of West Ham United supporters had never heard of Kepa Blanco before the Spanish striker arrived on loan from Sevilla in January 2007. However, it took just 70 seconds for the Marbella-born hitman to make his mark, scoring with his first touch after appearing as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat by Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground.

Unfortunately for Hammers supporters, Blanco would fail to score in any of his other seven appearances for the club. Despite his lean goalscoring record, the 25-year-old can still claim to have played his part in the 'Great Escape' from relegation at the end of the 2006/07 season.

Blanco - who was a prolific scorer for lower-league Sevilla Atletico in his youth - headed back to Spain at the end of the campaign before, in July 2007, he joined La Liga outfit Getafe CF on a four-year deal. The forward struggled for goals since then, however, scoring just three times in 25 appearances in all competitions for the Madrid-based club.

Classic match

Hull City 2-3 West Ham United
FA Cup first round
13 January 1923

A crowd of 14,000 assembled at Hull City's old Anlaby Road stadium to see West Ham United knock the Tigers out of the FA Cup at the first round stage. Goalscorer supreme Vic Watson scored twice while fellow forward Billy Moore added a third as the Hammers held on to win 3-2 and start out on their memorable run to the most famous FA Cup final in history.

The Hammers continued their trip to the 'White Horse' final at Wembley Stadium by beating Brighton and Hove Albion, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton and Derby County. Watson and Moore would go on to score 47 goals between them that season.

The 1922/23 season also saw West Ham United secure promotion to the First Division by finishing second behind champions Notts County, despite losing seven of their opening 15 league fixtures.

Hull City's Anlaby Road enjoyed a short yet eventful history. The club arrived in March 1906, but only 2,000 spectators turned out for the club's 2-2 draw with Blackpool. Fast forward three decades and the ground was heavily bombed during the Second World War. With the stands ruined, the Tigers continued to use it for training and reserve team matches until 1965, when a train line was built over the pitch. In between, on Easter Monday 1914, the main stand was destroyed by fire.