On this day - 24 April


Stuart Pearce
Born: 24 April 1962
Clubs: Wealdstone, Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Manchester City

Former West Ham United left-back Stuart Pearce is today celebrating his 53rd birthday.

Famously nicknamed Psycho, the tough-tackling full-back signed for the Hammers in August 1999, having fallen down the pecking order under Ruud Gullit at St James' Park.

Sadly, his first season at the club was wrecked by injury, with Pearce twice fracturing his left leg in the space of just six months.

Despite that misfortune, he would go on to start all but four of the Hammers' 38 league fixtures the following campaign, as Harry Redknapp's last season at the helm saw the Hammers finish 15th in the top flight.

Pearce too, moved on in the summer, making the switch to Maine Road before calling time on his illustrious career at the end of the 2001/02 campaign, with 83 England caps to his name.

Classic match

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 West Ham United
Premier League
24 April 1999

Before the heroics of the current West Ham team's successes at White Hart Lane this season, the Club's last away victory against Spurs came on this day 16 years ago.

The Hammers drew first blood after just five minutes, with Ian Wright lobbing Ian Walker to score his ninth and final goal in claret and blue. It remained 1-0 for a further hour, before Marc Keller rounded off a neat move, slotting home to double the visitors' advantage.

The Frenchman's strike proved the precursor for a frenetic final 20 minutes. Firstly, David Ginola halved Spurs' arrears with a trademark long-range effort, before John Moncur (pictured) received his marching orders in stoppage time for two bookable offences.

The feisty midfielder defiantly saluted the travelling fans on his way down the tunnel and West Ham held on to notch a famous victory.

Ironically, a 5-1 home defeat home to Leeds United followed, compounded by a 6-0 reverse at Goodison Park the following weekend. Nevertheless, West Ham finished the season in a lofty fifth place, with some 57 points and an Intertoto Cup berth to show for their efforts.

Complete record - 24 April

2010 West Ham United 3-2 Wigan Athletic (Premier League)
2004 Stoke City 0-2 West Ham United (League Division One)
2002 Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1999 Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 West Ham United (Premier League)
1993 West Ham United 2-1 Bristol Rovers (League Division One)
1991 West Ham United 1-1 Newcastle United (Division Two)
1982 West Ham United 4-3 Leeds United (Division One)
1979 West Ham United 3-1 Burnley (Division Two)
1976 Everton 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1971 Newcastle United 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1968 West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland (Division One)
1954 Notts County 3-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1948 West Ham United 2-1 Leeds United (Division Two)
1939 Coventry City 0-0 West Ham United
1937 West Ham United 1-1 Chesterfield (Division Two)
1926 Birmingham 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1920 West Ham United 2-1 Hull City (Division Two)

Played 17, Won 8, Drawn 5, Lost 4, Scored 25, Conceded 22