Tag: west ham

Names of the Nineties: Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio was something special. The skill, passion and a face that was permanently of extreme emotion were features idolised by fans in England

Names of the Nineties: Neil Ruddock

At his peak, Neil Ruddock represented much of what was beloved in an English defender: commanding in defence and calmness and confident on the ball

Names of the Nineties: Julian Dicks

Julian Dicks was undoubtedly a player who was hard as nails but he was also talented and blessed with the sweetest left foot you could wish for

Names of the Nineties: Stuart Pearce

If somebody wrote a football version of the Art of War, the first page should show Pearce placing the ball on the spot before his penalty against Spain in ’96

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…