West Ham and Chelsea: Who is the best player to have turned out for both?
PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 March 2017
With Monday night’s Premier League clash between West Ham and Chelsea fast approaching, we look at the stars who have played for both?
When it comes to players who have turned out for both West Ham and Chelsea, there is a rich seam of quality players who have made huge impressions, not only for their clubs but also on the international stage.
There only seems to have been one goalkeeper in Craig Forrest, but there are a host of top class players who have not even made it into our top 11 stars.
That means no place for the likes of multi-titled Wayne Bridge, who had as tough a time at West Ham as he did in ‘I’m a Celebrity’.
There is no place for Hammers legend and Golden Boot winner Pop Robson, who played for the Blues in 1982/83, nor for another prolific scorer in Joe Payne, who once scored 10 goals in a game for Luton Town.
West Ham cup winner Joe Kirkup also misses out, as does striker Ron Tindall who formed such a prolific partnership with Jimmy Greaves at Chelsea (more of him later).
Others who didn’t make the cut were David Speedie, Demba Ba, Jon Harley, Ian Pearce, Scott Minto, Clive Allen, Yossi Benayoun, and even Tal Ben Haim, while perhaps the unluckiest to miss out was England full-back Glen Johnson.
Victor Moses is the most recent player to turn out for both and he will be hoping to show what he can do on Monday night.
So going into the big Premier League clash between West Ham and Chelsea, who are our top 11 players to represent both teams?
11. SCOTT PARKER
His time at Chelsea was slightly disappointing as he never really got the chance to show what he can do, but came into his own at West Ham. Was Hammer of the Year three times in a row. So consistent and earned 18 England caps before moving to Spurs after West Ham were relegated.
10. CARLTON COLE
Has scored more goals for West Ham this century than any other player and made a huge contribution to the club. Took a pay cut to stay at Upton Park after relegation and then scored one of the goals that helped them back to the Premier League at Wembley. Started at Chelsea and showed huge promise, but was sent out on a series of loans. Seven England caps.
9. ALAN DICKENS
Plaistow-born midfielder who came through the Academy system to become a regular at West Ham. Made over 200 appearances in claret and blue and played an important role as the Hammers finished third in the 1985-86 season.
Joined Chelsea for £635,000 in 1989, but was in and out of the team. Made over 50 appearances, but the arrival of Vinnie Jones saw him out in the cold.
8. JOHN SISSONS
One of the legends of West Ham in the 1960s. The little winger became the youngest scorer in an FA Cup final as he put the Hammers in front during the 3-2 win over Preston in 1964 and then was part of the team that beat Munich 1860 in the Cup Winners’ Cup final a year later. Joined a struggling Chelsea side from Norwich in 1974, but only played in 11 league games as the Blues were relegated.
7. LEN GOULDEN
Pre-war hero of West Ham who was a superb dribbler and scorer of goals and appeared for England when the Hammers were in the second division.
In one game against Germany in 1938 it is said that he hit the ball so hard, it ripped the net from the crossbar.
Would have added to that international tally but for the war and after hostilities he joined first division Chelsea.
The inside forward spent much of his time laying on goals for the prolific Tommy Lawton, but the honours eluded him. Died in 1995 at the age of 82.
6. ERIC ‘RABBIT’ PARSONS
A member of Montgomery’s eighth army during the war, the winger and crowd favourite who was so quick that he earned the nickname ‘Rabbit’ at Upton Park.
Made 152 appearances for West Ham, scoring 35 goals before joining Chelsea in 1950 Parsons joined Chelsea in November 1950 for a then club record fee of £23,000 where he achieved even more success.
Formed an important part of Chelsea’s title-winning side in 1955, scoring two goals in the game that clinched the title for the Blues. Would have played for England if he hadn’t been active during the era of footballing Knights Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney. Died in 2011 at the age of 87.
5. GEORGE HILSDON
You may not have heard of him, but from 1903 until 1915 there were few better strikers than George Hilsdon.
Born in Bromley-by-Bow, he started at West Ham where he earned the nickname of the ‘Gatling Gun’ because of the power of his ‘unstoppable’ shots.
Joined Chelsea in 1906 in £4 a week wages and scored five on his debut for the Blues on his way to a record of 107 goals in 164 appearances. Also scored 14 goals in just eight games for England.
Returned to West Ham in 1912 and continued scoring goals and was credited with helping to develop future Hammers scoring sensation Syd Puddefoot. Gassed during the First World War which ended his football career and when he died in 1941, only four people turned up to his funeral.
In 2015, Chelsea fans raised money for a headstone for him and a weather vane still at Stamford Bridge is modelled on him.
4. JIMMY GREAVES
Like Hilsdon, his statistics for both Chelsea and England are astonishing. The Manor Park born striker is the fourth highest England scorer with 44, the highest top flight scorer in English football with 357 and has also scored more hat-tricks for England than any other player (six) as well as finishing as first division top scorer in six seasons.
Started at Chelsea where his record was 132 goals in 169 games before he joined AC Milan.
He is also Tottenham’s record goalscorer and he joined West Ham in 1970 as Martin Peters went the other way. Never quite got going at Upton Park, scoring 14 goals in 30 games, but it was there that he found himself in the early stages of alcoholism.
A brilliant goalscorer, one of the best.
3. JOE COLE
Hailed by Harry Redknapp as the best young player he had ever seen, Man United reportedly offered £10million for him as a 16-year-old. Made his West Ham debut at 17 and went on to make over 100 appearances, playing with an exciting attacking, dribbling style, becoming Hammer of the Year in 2003.
Moved to Chelsea the same year for £6.6m and was a phenomenal success winning three Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and two League Cups, before moving to Liverpool in 2011.
Rejoined the Hammers in 2013 and though his best days were behind him, he still showed some magic and scored goals.
Earned 56 England caps.
2. PETER BRABROOK
A star for both Chelsea and West Ham in the fifties and sixties. The winger made three appearances for the Blues in their title-winning side of 1955 and established himself in the following season. Scored 57 goals in 271 appearances for Chelsea and also played for England in the 1958 World Cup.
Moved to West Ham in 1962 and became part of the brilliant Hammers team under Ron Greenwood, winning the FA Cup in 1964 against Preston North End and then following it up the following year with another Wembley win over Munich 1860 in the Cup winners’ cup.
Played for both Orient and Romford before retiring from playing, but then joined the Hammers as a coach and scout where he remained until his death last December at the age of 79.
A brilliant servant to both the Blues and especially the Hammers.
1. FRANK LAMPARD
Some may argue about his merits, but his statistics suggest that he is truly the number one player to turn out for both West Ham and Chelsea, whatever you may think of some of his comments.
Began his career under Harry Redknapp and father Frank Lampard snr at West Ham where he established himself in the first team at the age of 19. Was part of the team that helped the Hammers to their highest Premier League position of fifth and made over 150 appearances in claret and blue.
The free-scoring midfielder moved to Chelsea in 2001 for £11million and from the start he established himself as a vital part of their team.
He scored 211 goals for Chelsea, a club record, in 648 appearances and along the way he won three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, two League Cups as well as a Europa League and a Champions League in 2012.
He also made 106 appearances for England, scoring 29 goals and was a true legend of the game, built on the training ground at Chadwell Heath.
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