On this day - 2 July


Name: Tim Breacker
Born: 2 July 1965, Bicester
Clubs: Luton Town, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers

Once West Ham United full-back Tim Breacker is today celebrating his 50th birthday.

Breacker, who had a recent spell as first-team coach at Championship outfit Millwall, made the switch from Luton Town in October 1990, to join Billy Bonds' then second-tier Hammers.

A £600,000 signing, Breacker would help West Ham back to the top flight in his first season at the club. It proved to be the start of a largely successful nine-season stint in claret and blue, one that saw him turn out 298 times, bagging eight goals along the way.

The popular right-back eventually called time on his West Ham career in February 1999, making the short trip across London to join Queens Park Rangers. Two seasons thereafter and Breacker hung up his boots at the age of 35.

Breacker subsequently took up assistant manager posts at Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Charlton Athletic, before being appointed to his role at the New Den.