Who is the best player to have turned out for West Ham and Bournemouth?
PUBLISHED: 19:30 10 March 2017
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We look at the cream of the Cherries and the Hammers over the years. Who is the best
After the quality of last week’s West Ham/Chelsea rundown of players who have appeared for both, this week’s Bournemouth/West Ham rundown may not have been so star-studded, but it did provide us with some tough choices for out first 11 players.
There were still plenty who missed out on a place in the run-down including goalkeepers David James and Stephen Henderson as they simply did not play enough games for the Cherries.
Striker Steve Jones may have been a little unlucky not to make the list while West Ham stars Jimmy Neighbour and Patsy Holland have also missed out.
There is no place for Bobby Barnes, Jack Collison, Dale Gordon and Elliot Ward, while others are less well-known.
Anthony Edgar, Phil Brignull, Zavon Hines, Everald La Ronde, Scott Mean, Keith Miller, Mark Watson and Paul Mitchell.
So who does make our top 11 players who have plied their trade for both and who is our number one?
11. KEITH ROWLAND
Solid, rather than spectacular midfielder, the Northern Ireland international was a good servant to both clubs. Started at Bournemouth and played 72 games for them, before joining the Hammers in a £110,000 deal in 1993. Made 80 league appearances in claret and blue, but injury hampered his time there and he moved on to QPR.
10. IAN BISHOP
Made his name at Carlisle United where he made over 100 appearances, before joining Bournemouth in 1988. Played 44 games for the Cherries, scoring two goals, but reached his peak at Upton Park between 1989 and 1998 after Lou Macari signed him. Made over 300 appearances and with his long, flowing locks became something of a cult figure.
9. JUNIOR STANISLAS
A player who will be looking to make his mark for Bournemouth on Saturday. Came through the West Ham Academy and looked impressive when he broke into the first team. However, was never really given a run of games and was sold to Burnley after 47 appearances and eight goals.
Moved to the Cherries in 2014 and has established himself as an important player on the wing in the Premier League.
8. MATTY HOLMES
Started at Dean Court where he made over 100 appearances for Bournemouth between 1988 and 1992, before joining the Hammers in a £40,000 deal, rising to £60,000
Proved a bargain as he helped West Ham gain promotion, before playing two seasons in the top flight. Made 89 appearances and then joined champions Blackburn in a £1.2million deal.
7. RIO FERDINAND
The young West Ham star was sent down to the south coast to mature as a player and came back a finished product.
Played 10 games on loan there in 1996/97 and returned to star in West Ham’s defence, making over 100 appearances, before moving on to Leeds United and Manchester United. Earned 81 caps for England.
6. BOBBY HOWE
Came through the West Ham ranks, winning the FA Youth Cup in 1963 and establised himself in the first-team squad. Was a member of the League Cup Final team in 1966 and played 82 games in claret and blue between 1966 and 1971.
Moved to Bournemouth and made over 100 appearances for them in two seasons before retiring. Later played and coached in the United States.
5. CARL FLETCHER
Started his career with the Cherries, making his debut at 17 and played nearly 200 games for them, including captaining and scoring two goals for them in the Division Three play-off final win over Lincoln City in 2003.
Joined West Ham in 2004 in a £275,000 deal, but was in and out of the team, though he did play in the FA Cup final in midfield after Hayden Mullins was suspended.
The Wales captain scored in that memorable ‘lasagne gate’ match which denied Spurs a Champions League spot in 2006.
4. JIMMY QUINN
The much travelled, prolific goalscoring Northern Ireland international made his name at Swindon Town and Blackburn.
Signed for newly-relegated West Ham in 1989 in a £320,000 deal and helped them back to the top flight with 18 goals in 47 games.
Earned the nickname of ‘Jimmy the Tree’ for his lack of movement, but had a good return in goals, but was never to play for West Ham in Division One as he joined then Third Division Bournemouth. Spent only one season on the south coast, but still scored 19 goals.
3. HARRY REDKNAPP
Obviously best known as a manager for both West Ham and Bournemouth, he also played for both clubs with considerable success.
Started in the Tottenham Youth Academy before moving to West Ham, he broke into the first team as a speedy winger in 1965, finally establishing himself in the 1968-69 season when he played 42 games.
Finally joined third division Bournemouth in 1972 and played over 100 games for the Cherries, although he could not prevent relegation to Division Four.
More successful as a manager for both clubs and one of the great characters of the game.
2. TED MACDOUGALL
An incredible scoring record at Bournemouth for the striker. The Scotland international signed from York City, but despite his 21 goals, the Cherries were relegated to Division Four.
“SuperMac” was not finished there though. He scored a club record six FA Cup goals in an 8-1 win over Oxford City and an incredible nine in an 11-0 FA Cup thrashing of Margate in 1971.
After a superb 103 goals in 146 games for the Cherries, he joined Manchester United in a £200,000 deal, but things never worked out in a United side looking to replace the likes of Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.
Joined West Ham the following season, but things never really worked out for him there either.
A dressing-room bust up with Billy Bonds over his lack of effort following a 4-1 defeat by Leeds United, signalled the end of his career at the club, scoring just seven goals in 26 appearances, before he moved on to Norwich.
His Bournemouth statistics earn him such a lofty position.
1. JERMAIN DEFOE
Still going strong, the beginnings of his goalscoring brilliance came during a loan spell with Bournemouth from West Ham.
The Hammers had poached him from Charlton Athletic and Harry Redknapp sent him out on loan to the south coast where he flourished at the second division side.
Equalled the record for goals in consecutive matches when he managed 10 in a row and he scored 18 goals in 29 league appearances for Bournemouth in 2000/01.
Established himself at West Ham on his return and scored 41 goals in 105 games in claret and blue.
A controversial character, he put in a transfer request within days of the Hammers relegation, it was denied and in the following season he was red-carded three times before moving to Tottenham.
An England international, he is still a top class striker at Sunderland to the extent that West Ham tried to buy him back in January at the age of 33.