On this day - 23 August


Name: James Collins
Born: Newport, Wales, 23 August 1983
Clubs: Cardiff City, West Ham United, Aston Villa, West Ham United
International: Wales - 41 caps, two goals

Hammers defender James Collins turns 32 today.

The Welshman is now in his second spell at the Boleyn Ground, and currently has 152 appearances for the Club to his name, along with six goals.

He initally arrived at the Boleyn Ground from first team Cardiff City in July 2005, spending four years in east London and forming part of the squad which competed in the 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool.

Collins then played for Aston Villa for nearly three years and returned to east London with the Hammers back in the Premier League in 2012, scoring his first goals upon his return in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Manchester United.

Classic match

West Ham United 3-2 Burnley
Division One
23 August 1975

The Hammers made it two wins from their first three fixtures of the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Burnley at the Boleyn Ground on this day 40 years ago.

West Ham did not have it all their own way, but just about managed to prevail and collect both points.

They were helped by a double by Alan Taylor, which was added to by a Graham Paddon goal.

West Ham sat sixth after this victory and would go on to top the league in November, but their form tailed off to finish 18th, although they did enjoy a run to the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Complete record - 23 August

1947 Bradford Park Avenue 4-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1948 Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1951 West Ham United 1-1 Bury (Division Two)
1952 West Ham United 1-0 Southampton (Division Two)
1954 Blackburn Rovers 5-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1958 Portsmouth 1-2 West Ham United (Division Two)
1961 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1965 West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland (Division One)
1966 Arsenal 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1969 West Ham United 1-3 West Bromwich Albion (Division One)
1971 West Ham United 0-0 Ipswich Town (Division One)
1975 West Ham United 3-2 Burnley (Division One)
1976 West Ham United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers (Division One)
1978 Newcastle United 0-3 West Ham United (Division Two)
1980 Preston North End 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1986 West Ham United 1-0 Coventry City (Division One)
1989 West Ham United 2-0 Bradford City (Division Two)
1995 Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
1997 Everton 2-1 West Ham United (Premier League)
2000 Leicester City 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2003 Rotherham United 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
2009 West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
2014 Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United (Premier League)

Played 23, Won 8, Drawn 5, Lost 10, Scored 28, Conceded 33