West Ham and Watford: Who is the best player to feature for both?
PUBLISHED: 19:30 24 February 2017
We look at the players who have graced West Ham and Watford and assess the best. Do you agree?
When it comes to players who have plied their trade for both West Ham United and Watford there are perhaps a few more than you might expect, so on the eve of the match between the two teams we have taken a closer look.
The great goalkeeper Ted Hufton who made over 400 appearances for the Hammers between 1919 and 1932 ended his career at Watford.
Jimmy Lindsay was a reliable player for both Hammers and Hornets, while there have also been contributions in both camps by Jobi McAnuff, David Noble, Manuel Almunia, Henri Lansbury and a player looking to get one over his old team this weekend in Mauro Zarate.
But here is our definitive top 10 countdown of the players who have donned both team’s shirts. See what you think.
10. LUCAS NEILL
The West Ham skipper was named as the top Aussie Hammer in our recent poll. Played 79 league games, many as captain after signing from Blackburn Rovers, while he made one appearance for Watford in 2014.
9. ALESSANDRO DIAMANTI
An exciting play-maker who lit up one season at Upton Park after Gianfranco Zola brought his fellow Italian to the club in 2009. Excellent at set-pieces, he scored seven goals and finished as runner-up to Scott Parker in the Hammer of the Year awards. Left for Brescia in 2010 and joined Watford for a loan spell in 2015, making just three league appearances.
8. MARK ROBSON
Started at Exeter City before moving to Tottenham, the Upton Park born player never made it at Spurs and went on various loan deals before signing for West Ham in 1992.
Played a starring role in their promotion, making 51 apperances and scoring nine goals from the wing.
Played just one game on loan at Watford in 1989.
7. DAVID CONNOLLY
Ireland international Connolly started at Watford where he scored 15 goals in 34 games between 1994 and 1997, before earning a big move to Feyenoord.
After an impressive spell at Wimbledon, he joined the Hammers in 2003 where he made 48 appearances, scoring 14 goals. Earned 41 caps for the Republic.
6. MALKY MACKAY
Moved from Norwich City to West Ham in 2004, but his career at Upton Park was cut short by injury after 22 games and his time on the sidelines coincided with the emergence of Elliot Ward to replace him and eventual promotion for West Ham.
Mackay moved to Watford where he made over 50 appearances before becoming their manager.
5. VALON BEHRAMI
The Swiss international arrived from Lazio in 2008 and was an important part of the West Ham midfield, providing the engine room with his non-stop running from box to box.
Moved on to Fiorentina in 2011, but signed for Watford in 2015 where he currently still plays.
4. COLIN FOSTER
Lou Macari’s second signing, he has already had plenty of games at both Leyton Orient and Nottingham Forest before joining the Hammers. The six feet four inch central defender made 107 appearances for the Hammers up to 1994, before joining Watford for £100,000 and making another 66 league games.
3. BILLY JENNINGS
Another who started his career at Watford, where the lightning-fast striker scored 33 goals in 92 league appearances for the Hornets between 1970 and 1974.
Signed for the Hammers in a £110,000 deal and was part of the FA Cup winning team against Fulham in 1975, playing up front with Alan Taylor.
Scored 34 goals in 99 appearances for West Ham before moving to Leyton Orient and later Dagenham.
2. DAVID JAMES
Began his career at Watford where he made his debut in 1989, establishing himself as first-team keeper and winning the player of the year award in 1990/91. Moved on to Liverpool in a £1.5million deal. Joined West Ham from Aston Villa in 2001, making 102 appearances for the Hammers. Earned 53 caps for England
1. ALAN DEVONSHIIRE
West Ham legend who signed for £5,000 from non-league Southall and became a star for the Hammers playing 446 games on the wing and scoring 32 goals. It was his style that endeared him to the West Ham fans and he deserved more than his eight England caps.
Moved to Watford in 1990 and spent two years at Vicarage Road before moving into management.
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