On this day - 25 September


West Ham United 1-4 Wigan Athletic
Carling Cup Round Three
25 September 2012

Dylan Tombides made his one and only first team appearance for the Hammers on this day three years ago.

Whilst the game was not one that will be remembered by West Ham fans, it was one the sadly departed Tombides would forever cherish.

He entered the fray with six minutes left of the tie, replacing Gary O'Neil just before Jordi Gomez stroked home Wigan's fourth from the penalty spot.

Tombides' appearance marked an impressive rise through the Academy at the Hammers following his move to England at the age of 15.

The Australian forward had been capped by his country at U17 level and appeared at that age group's FIFA World Cup the year before his West Ham bow.

Later in 2011 he was diagnosed with the testicular cancer which would tragically claim his life, yet he bravely battled through treatment and featured not only in this match, but Development Squad fixtures and the 2014 AFC U22 Championships for Australia.

He sadly passed away at the age of 20 on 18 April 2014, with a minutes' applause held in his honour at the Barclays Premier League match against Crystal Palace the following day.

Complete record

1920 Cardiff City 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1926 West Ham United 1-2 Sunderland (Division One)
1937 West Ham United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers (Division Two)
1948 West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Division Two)
1954 West Ham United 2-0 Port Vale (Division Two)
1965 West Ham United 1-1 Blackpool (Division One)
1971 West Ham United 2-1 Stoke City (Division One)
1974 West Ham United 3-0 Birmingham City (Division One)
1976 West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland (Division One)
1982 West Ham United 4-1 Manchester City (Division One)
1993 Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1994 West Ham United 0-2 Arsenal (Premier League)
1999 Coventry City 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
2010 West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)
2012 West Ham United 1-4 Wigan Athletic (League Cup Round Three)

Played 15, Won 7, Drawn 3, Lost 5, Scored 19, Conceded 15