On this day - 24 May


Name: Keith Coleman
Born: Washington, County Durham, 24 May 1951
Clubs: Sunderland, West Ham United, KV Mechelen, Darlington, Hendon

Keith Coleman, who collected an European Cup Winners' Cup runners-up medal whilst with the Hammers in 1976, celebrates his 63rd birthday today.

Born in the North East, he began his career with Sunderland and made his debut in 1971. Two years later he moved on to West Ham United for a £20,000 transfer fee.

The full-back played 118 games for the Hammers in all competitions and although he did not play in the 1975 FA Cup win, he was involved throughout the next season's European adventure, which ended in a final defeat by Anderlecht in Brussels.

After his time at the Hammers, he returned to Belgium for two years with KV Mechelen, before ending his playing career with non-league side Hendon.

Classic match

West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough
Premier League
24 May 2009

West Ham United kept hold of their top-half position with a final-day victory over Middlesbrough on this day four years ago.

Middlesbrough were in the relegation zone, and needed to win to give themselves hope of avoiding the drop to the second tier, but despite Gary O'Neil's second-half equaliser, they were unable to claim the result they required and went down to the Championship.

The Hammers established a 33rd-minute lead through Carlton Cole, and recovered from that second half blow from O'Neil - a future West Ham player - to take all three points thanks to Junior Stanislas.

It meant that Gianfranco Zola's men ended with 51 points from their 38 games, enough to secure ninth position in the Premier League table.

Complete record

1947 Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
2009 West Ham United 2-1 Middlesbrough (Premier League)

Played 2, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Scored 2, Conceded 3