West Ham and Sunderland: Who is the best player to have turned out for both?
PUBLISHED: 20:00 14 April 2017
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Who is our number one player to play for the Hammers and the Black Cats?
With West Ham travelling to play Sunderland tomorrow afternoon, what better way to consider the clash than by lacking back on the players who have turned out for both.
We have found 24 in all, but alas, no goalkeeper has played for the two teams with Chris Woods a tenuous link as he was at Sunderland but never played, while he is now the West Ham goalkeeping coach – I said tenuous!
There are plenty who have missed out on the top 11 places. Players like David Bellion, Tal Ben Haim, Wayne Bridge and Christian Basilla hardly merited a mention, but what about Stewart Downing? What about strikers Brian Deane and David Kelly and Lee Chapman?
Clive Clarke misses out, as does Mick McGiven, Calum Davenport and perhaps unluckily Gary Breen, so who are the eleven to have made our list for this week?
11. ANTON FERDINAND
It was always tough to follow in the footsteps of big brother Rio, but he carved a place in the West Ham team and helped them to promotion thanks to his partnership with Elliot Ward at the back.
Scored a memorable late goal at Spurs which saw him run the length of the field to dance in front of the Hammers fans.
After five years and 138 league appearances for the Hammers, Roy Keane took him to Sunderland in a four-year deal.
Made 85 league appearances, before falling out with new boss Steve Bruce and moving on to QPR.
10. KEITH COLEMAN
The full back had to share his position with John McDowell and Frank Lampard, but played an important part as West Ham made their way to the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1976.
Joined from Sunderland after an initial loan spell in 1973 and made 121 appearances in claret and blue in three years, before joining Belgian outfit Mechelen.
He began his career at Roker Park, making his debut in 1971 and he made 49 appearances, scoring two goals in Division Two.
But he will be most remembered for playing in the Cup Winners’ Cup final against Anderlecht in Brussells which West Ham lost 4-2.
9. ANDY MELVILLE
The Welshman earned 65 caps for his country and had a good career making well over 100 appearances for Swansea City, Oxford United and Fulham.
But the defender stayed longest and played over 200 games for Sunderland between 1993 and 1999, helping them to the Division One title along the way.
Joined West Ham from Fulham, initially on loan in 2004 and played 21 games before departing for Nottingham Forest on loan and then into retirement.
8. DANNY COLLINS
Still plying his trade at Grimsby Town, the central defender made his name at Chester City, before moving to Sunderland in 2004 for a fee of £140,000. Initially a back-up player to the likes of Gary Breen and George McCartney, he did enough in his first year to earn a Championship medal.
Worked his way into the team in the Premier League season the following year, but it proved a nightmare for Sunderland who amassed just 15 points.
The Wales international joined West Ham on loan in January 2011, playing 11 games and scoring on his first start at Leeds United as the team won their place back in the Premier League.
7. DAVE SWINDLEHURST
We saw Dave in our Crystal Palace comparison list and here he is again after similar careers with West Ham and Sunderland.
Signed to the Hammers from Derby County in 1983 for £160,000, injuries hampered his appearances, but there was no doubt that he was an accomplished goalscorer.
Managed 16 goals in 61 league games for the Irons before moving on to Sunderland where in two seasons he managed 11 goals in 72 league games. His best days were at Crystal Palace, but he showed that he had an eye for goal for both the Hammers and the Black Cats when he got the chance.
6. BILLY MOORE
Not Bobby, but Billy Moore and one that few would have heard of, but who played a significant role for both teams.
The Geordie started his league career with Sunderland, playing as an inside left alongside Henry Martin between 1913 and 1922.
But it was his move to West Ham that was to be the making of him. He was an ever present in the side that won promotion to Division One in 1923 and played in the famous ‘White Horse’ FA Cup final against Preston that year.
Played once for England against Sweden that year, scoring twice in his only appearance and stayed at the Hammers to become assistant trainer and stayed until his retirement in 1960. Died in 1968, aged 73.
5. GEORGE MCCARTNEY
The left-back proved a great servant to both clubs, earning Northern Ireland caps along the way.
Started at Sunderland and was voted player of the year during their successful Championship winning campaign of 2003/04. Was injured for much of what was a disastrous following season. Made 157 appearances for Sunderland before moving on to West Ham.
Made a good impression for the Hammers too with his consistent performances and was voted second in the player of the year competition as he made 61 league appearances before being sold back to Sunderland, a move that caused Alan Curbishley to resign.
Injury did not help his cause back at Sundertland and he even returned to West Ham again on loan, helping the team to earn promotion under Sam Allardyce.
4. HARRY HOOPER
The outside forward started at West Ham and in six years there helped to transform the club into a side ready to go into the top flight.
The man from the north east joined West Ham when his father, also known as Harry, became the assistant trainer and he made his debut as a 17-year-old in February 1951.
Went on to play 119 league games in claret and blue, scoring 39 goals and he was also names as a reserve for the 1954 World Cup squad.
Didn’t travel though and the England under-23 and England B man never won a full cap.
Moved on to Wolves and Birmingham where he also impressed before returning to the north east with Sunderland where he made another 65 league appearances, scoring 16 goals.
3. DON HUTCHISON
Twice signed by West Ham for a then club record fee, Hutchison became a firm favourite at Upton Park, though his second spell was marred by a serious cruciate ligament injury.
Harry Redknapp signed him from Liverpool in 1994, scoring on his debut against Newcastle. Poor discipline and some controversy off the field meant he was allowed to move on to Sheffield United in 1996 after 41 games, scoring 11 goals.
Moved to Sunderland in 2000 from Everton where he helped them to a second consecutive seventh placed finish before moving back to West Ham for a fee of £5million.
That injury scuppered his hopes though and he eventually moved on to Millwall. A popular player for both clubs though.
2. JERMAIN DEFOE
He was our number one when we did the Bournemouth list, but he just misses out on top spot this time by a whisker.
Still a prolific scorer, he has more goals this season for the Black Cats than the rest of the squad combined, while last year his goals kept Sunderland in the Premier League.
Scored 29 goals in 93 league games for West Ham, but controversy marred his departure as he put in a transfer request just 24 hours after relegation was confirmed.
Moved on to Spurs and joined Sunderland in 2015 after a short spell in Toronto.
Has been superb for the Black Cats, but there are rumours that he may make a return to West Ham this summer.
1. POP ROBSON
The goal machine has already played over 200 games for Newcastle when he moved to West Ham in 1971 for a club record fee of £120,000.
Scored on his debut against Nottingham Forest and was top scorer in two of the three seasons at Upton Park, winning the prestigious Golden Boot along the way.
Moved to Sunderland for £145,000 in 1974 and continued his goalscoring feats with 34 in 90 league games, before returning to Upton Park in 1976 to complete a two-spell tally of 104 goals in 254 appearances.
Returned to Roker Park again and his goals twice helped them to promotion as champions in 1976 and runners-up in 1980.
A true legend for both clubs.