Tag: west ham

The rise and fall of the enigmatic Paulo Wanchope

Just over 20 years ago, as the team sheets were read out at Old Trafford, Derby County’s new signing, Paulo Wanchope, could still lay claim to being a relative unknown. Signed from Costa…

The curious case of Portuguese sensation Dani

Portuguese, devilishly handsome, full of himself and self-centred. A product of the Sporting Clube de Portugal academy, fond of a step-over or two and a footballer who made his name in the…

Frank Lampard: the last legend of a dying breed

If ever there was a time for Harry Redknapp to effusively proclaim a player as “triffic”, it was when describing Frank Lampard. The year was 1996, the venue was a West Ham…

Why is West Ham’s academy providing diminishing returns?

Will West Ham ever return to the days where local lads played beautiful football among their peers, with many born close to the stadium itself? It’s highly unlikely, but that won’t stop…

Michail Antonio: from Tooting and Mitcham to West Ham star

Michail Antonio’s rise from non-league star to getting an England call-up interestingly mirrors that of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy. Both came from semi-professional football to eventually reach the promised land of…

The polarisation of Craig Bellamy

Few players have split opinion amongst football fans as much as Craig Bellamy. The former Welsh international striker was the epitome of a Marmite footballer. Born and raised in a working-class area…