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589. Simon LIVETT ... (1990 - 1992)

589. Simon Livett to 618. Danny Williamson

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Born: Hackney, London 06/08/1971

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590. Matthew RUSH ... (1990 - 1995)

Powerful and pacy wide man who progressed through the Upton Park youth ranks before making his League debut in the Second Division clash against Hull City at Upton Park as a 75th minute substitute for Kevin Keen in the 7-1 thrashing of the Tigers. Showed encouraging signs so-much-so that the Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton put his faith in the strong, pacy right-winger by capping him twice in the European Under-21 Championships. Matthew hit the headlines with two stunning first half goals, both with his head from identical positions against Norwich City in April 1992. Matthews fortunes changed after he was placed on the transfer list in September 1993 and a subsequent loan spell took him to Swansea, West Ham recalled him towards the end of the 1993-94 campaign, scoring on his return. "Rushey" signed for Norwich City the day before the start of the 1995-96 season for £330,000 plus an additional sum after a certain number of appearances for the Canaries. But soon after sustained serious knee ligament damage. After trying to resurrect his career with Oldham Athletic, he sadly retired at aged just 28.

Born: Plaistow, London 08/01/1969

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A product of Hammers' successful youth policy, a local East End lad who supported West Ham as a schoolboy. Simon made his League debut for the Hammers against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the 15th September 1990, after being injured in the first 45 minutes Simon was replaced by George Parris. Simon's First team games were restricted to just the Wolves game in the League and two cup games, the 1-5 thrashing by Luton Town in the Zenith Data Systems Cup and the 0-0 draw at home to Aldershot in the F.A. Cup. For the 1991-92 campaign he was on a weekly contract, was free to negotiate his own move  in the summer of 1992, Leyton Orient gave him the chance to continue his career at Brisbane Road.

591. Tim BREACKER ... (1990 - 1998)

Born: Bicester, Oxfordshire 02/07/1965

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Born: Forest Gate, London 11/12/1958

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Born: Chelmsford, Essex 23/09/1971

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Born: Preston 24/09/1966

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Born: Hatfield, Hertfordshire 09/01/1965

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Born: Barking, Essex 11/07/1967

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Born: Luton 02/10/1964

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Became Billy Bonds' first ever managerial signing when he joined from Luton Town in October 1990 for a £600,000 fee. A strong-running right-back, made his Hammers debut as sub in the match against Swindon Town in a 1-0 victory at the County Ground on the 20th October 1990, the blond Breacker proved his value to West Ham's defence when he switched to the centre during the absence of Tony Gale and Alvin Martin during 1992 before reverting to his familiar role. A quite, unassuming person, Tim was particularly disappointed to be sent off for the first time in his career at Everton in December 1991, after committing two bookable offences. Tim found himself out in the cold  in 1998. After a three-month loan spell with Queens Park Rangers Tim persuaded manager Harry Redknapp to let him make the move permanent with a mid-season free move across London to the R's where he enjoyed two seasons at Loftus Road. In nOvember 2007 Tim became assistant manager at Leicester City after following Ian Holloway from Plymouth Argyle where he was also assistant manager. He left Leicester by mutual consent in July 2008 after Nigel Pearson had taken charge at the club. A year later Breacker was named assistant manager to Phil Parkinson at Charlton Athletic.

HUGHTON Chris Blue

592. Chris HUGHTON ... (1990 - 1992)

BREACKER Tim Blue

After spending two months on loan, Chris joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur - the club he joined as a boy and where he had spent all of his career. While at the Spurs he earned 51 international caps, made 297 League appearances and scoring 12 goals. With injury limiting his opportunities at White Hart Lane, Chris was glad to resume first team football when Billy Bonds brought him to Upton Park after regular left-back Julian Dicks was sidelined by knee injury. "Chrissey" reluctantly left West Ham when his first team outings were limited after "Dicksy" resumed his usual role in the side, he joined another London club - Brentford, until he retired from the game due to injuries, when he then took-up coaching, which allowed him to stay in the game he so loved. Later joined the coaching staff at Tottenham Hotspur. He joined Newcastle United as first team coach in 2008, and following their relegation, Hughton as caretaker manager took charge of their first season in the Championship, before being announced as permanent manager in October 2009.

593. Simon CLARKE ... (1991 - 1992)

Simon never managed to play a full 90 minutes in a West Ham shirt, made his debut for the last 60 seconds against Watford in a Second Division clash at Vicarage Road which resulted in a 1-0 victory on the 12th January 1991. Playing the full second half (in place of Mike Small) at Manchester City in April 1992, his third and final substitute appearance was against Millwall at The Den in November 1992. Simon's substitute appearances were all made away from Upton Park. Simon was not retained for the 1993-94 season and slipped into non-league football with Kettering Town where he was a regular goalscorer.

594. Franz CARR ... (1991)

Nottingham Forest and England under-21 international winger was signed on a month's loan, as a replacement for the sidelined Trevor Morley, made his debut for Hammers in the 1-2 defeat at Oxford United on the 13th March 1991. Hammers boss Billy Bonds had hoped that Carr would strengthen his squad for the final promotion push, but Franz made only two more appearances for West Ham both as substitute, and was allowed to rejoin Forest. Later played for Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Leicester City and finally Aston Villa in the Premier League.

595. Iain DOWIE ... (1991 & 1995 - 1998)

Iain was signed from Luton Town for a reported fee of £480,000 in the later stages of the 1990-91 campaign to help the Hammers gain promotion to the First Division and to solve a goalscoring problem. Made his debut in the 0-0 draw at Boothferry Park on the 23rd March 1990. Iain's five month Upton Park career came to an end just as the new season in the First Division got under way when the 26 year-old was transferred to Southampton. The deal was delayed for a week while Dowie underwent treatment and X-ray tests on his injured foot, and although a stress fracture of the foot was diagnosed, his £500,000 move to The Dell went through.

596= Kenny BROWN ... (1991 - 1997)

Signed initially as a stop-gap in August 1991 when West Ham were badly hit by pre-season injuries, Kenny soon earned a contract with the club where his dad, Ken, was an F.A. Cup and European Cup medal winner in the mid-60's. Made his Hammers debut along with Mitchell Thomas and Mike Small in the home fixture against Luton Town which resulted in a 0-0 draw on the 17th August 1991. Although recognised mainly as a tigerish right-back, he liked nothing more than to surge forward and link with the midfield and attack, and he netted one of the goals of the season with a thunderbolt in the home win over Aston Villa. It was after that great strike that his move to the Boleyn became permanent, with the Hammers paying Plymouth Argyle £175,000 plus another £60,000 after his 50th league game. Kenny stayed at Upton Park for six years, but found it very hard to command a regular first team place. After five loan spells in his last 18 months, which saw him travel to Huddersfield Town, Reading, Crystal Palace, Reading again, Kenny eventually joined Birmingham City under the leadership of Trevor Francis in a £100,000 deal. Later played for Portadown and Barry Town.

Born: Birmingham 02/03/1962

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Born: Hackney, London 28/01/1963

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Born: Whitechapel, London 20/05/1961

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Born: Halifax, West Yorkshire 27/08/1966

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596= Mitchell THOMAS ... (1991 - 1992)

Cost Hammers £500,000 when he joined from London rivals Tottenham Hotspur shortly before the start of the 1991-92 season. The former England B and Under-21 international brought more versatility to the squad, having played in both full-back positions as well as in midfield. "Mitch" joined his local club, Luton Town, from school and he became David Pleat's first signing when the former Hatters' boss moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 1986. Mitchell made his Hammers debut against the Hatters at Upton Park on the 17th August 1991 in a 0-0 draw along with fellow newcomers Ken Brown and Mike Small. Thomas was a regular in the Hammers' side in his initial season and would have added to his total had it not been for a back injury and suspensions. After Julian Dicks returned from injury, he switched from left-back to central midfield where his height and determination were always a factor. Made his last appearance in the first team in September 1992 and in October 1993 he went on the transfer list at his own request. Mitchell went on loan to his former club Luton Town in November 1993 and the long-running saga ended when he rejoined his first club on a free transfer in March 1994 where he once again teamed-up with David Pleat. Transferred to Burnley for the 1999-00 season.

596= Mike SMALL ... (1991 - 1993)

Signed just days before the start of the 1991-92 campaign from Second Division Brighton & Hove Albion for a fee of £400,000. Had just one season with the Seagulls, scoring 21 goals in their challenge for promotion which ended in the play-offs. Brighton signed him from the Greek club PAOK De Salonique for a fee in the region of £70,000. Mike gained useful experience on the Continent, having previously had spells with Standard Liege (Belgium), Twente and Go Ahead Eagles (both Holland). He began his pro career with Luton Town but, frustrated in his efforts to make the first team breakthrough, he went on loan to Peterborough for a brief spell before turning his attention abroad. Enjoyed a very productive first season with the Hammers. Making his debut in the 0-0 draw against Luton Town at Upton Park on the 17th August 1991. The tall, powerful striker scored 13 goals in his first 20 appearances and while it was an impossible sequence to sustain, Small's final haul in his debut season in the top flight was 18 goals. Loss of form and a series of injuries prevented Mike from making a big name for himself at the Boleyn. A one month Loan spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers was arranged in September 1993 but further injuries followed, the big man was allowed to leave on a free transfer in the summer of 1994.

599. Tony PARKS ... (1991 - 1992)

Tony initially came to Upton Park on trial but two solid displays, against Notts County at Upton Park on the 31st August 1991 and Queens Park Rangers, earned him a contract for the rest of the 1991-92 season. Signed as cover to Ludek Miklosko after West Ham released Allen McKnight. Tony was a starry-eyed 'wonder-kid' whose save won Tottenham the 1984 UEFA Cup. Discarded by Spurs, amidst off-the-field controversy, and drifted around the lower divisions with Oxford, Gillingham, Brentford and Fulham. At the start of the 91-92 campaign Parks was all set to battle for a place at Southend when West Ham stepped-in. Played a further 7 games that season in place of the injured Miklosko. Could not agree terms for the following season and was allowed  to leave, initially joined Stoke City and eventually playing for Scottish side Falkirk for 3 seasons. Joined Blackpool, Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Scarborough all in quick succession ending with Halifax Town.

600. Dean MARTIN ... (1992)

When signed by manager Billy Bonds in the summer of 1991 this diminutive striker was tipped as one for the future. Signed at a time when money was tight at Upton Park from non-League Fisher Athletic for a fee of £20,000, although he did train with the Hammers as a schoolboy. Dean had his first taste of senior football as an 81st minute substitute in the Makita tournament match against Panathinaikos at Highbury. His debut for the Hammers came in the F.A. Cup fourth round replay win at Wrexham on the 4th February 1992 (also as sub.) His League bow (again as a sub.) at Coventry in the last away game of the season...and marked the occasion by being booked within seconds of coming on! Played his first full match for the first team in the final game that campaign against Nottingham Forest. Dean was allowed to sign for non-League Kettering Town on a free transfer soon after the start of the 1993-94 campaign. Alas "Deano" never lived-up to "Bonzo's" early predictions of stardom. Ended playing for Stevenage Borough.

601. Ray ATTEVELD ... (1992)

Dutch 'B' and under-21 midfield international Ray Atteveld joined West Ham from Everton on loan after injuries ruled out  fellow midfielders George Parris, Martin Allen and Ian Bishop, while Mitchell Thomas was suspended for two games. He joined Everton from FC Haarlem for £250,000 at the start of the 1989/90 season but was unable to establish himself in the Toffeemens first team. The 25 year-old, Amsterdam-born Atteveld made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland in the F.A. Cup at Roker Park on the 15th February 1992. In all Ray played 3 games for the Hammers, Sheffield Wednesday in the League and the replay against Sunderland.

602. Clive ALLEN ... (1992 - 1994)

West Ham became his sixth London club when he joined on the eve of the March 1992 transfer deadline from Chelsea for £250,000. Scored on his debut - ironically, at Stamford Bridge in a 1-2 defeat on the 26th March - but hamstring problems restricted him to just four games before the season's end. Allen, whose cousins Paul and Martin also both played for the Hammers, continued his prolific goal-scoring record the following season. Very sharp in and around the penalty box, capped five times by England and in 1987 was voted the PFA's Player of the Year after netting 49 goals for Tottenham. Played on the losing side for Queens Park Rangers and Spurs in the 1982 and 1987 F.A. Cup Finals. Scored the decisive goal in the final game of the 1992-93 campaign against Cambridge United at Upton Park to insure West Ham's place back amongst the elite in the Carling Premiership. Injuries restricted him to nine appearances during the second half of his stay, Clive knew that his Hammers' career was over when he was not involved in the ill-fated F.A. Cup quarter-final at Luton in March 1994. Clive's two-year spell with the Hammers ended when he joined Millwall for £75,000 on transfer deadline day March 1994.

603. Peter BUTLER ... (1992 - 1994)

Peter began his career at Huddersfield Town and had limited opportunities with Cambridge United (loan) and Bury before returning to establish himself at Cambridge. Won promotion in consecutive seasons with Southend United after joining them in the 1987-88 campaign. Tenacious central midfielder who joined the Hammers from the Shrimpers in August 1992. The fee of £170,000 was decided by conditional tribunal, but Hammers were happy to complete the signing of this gutsy player who always gave 100%. "Butts" League Division One debut came in his native Yorkshire against Barnsley on the 16th August 1992 in a 1-0 victory.  But his first-ever Premiership campaign was marred by three knee operations which restricted him to just 29 outings. Hammers' manager admitted he was sorry to see the trojan midfielder leave West Ham. "Peter was a smashing little player and a great character to have around the club. But the fact was we were overloaded with midfielders, and I could not give every one of them a game" Peter joined Notts County at the beginning of October 1994 for a fee of £350,000. Later played for Grimsby Town, West Bromwich Albion and Halifax Town.

604. Mark ROBSON ... (1992 - 1993)

Born: Luton, Bedfordshire 01/08/1969

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Skilful, nippy right-winger who joined the Hammers in the summer of 1992 on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. Signed after a brief trial period with West Ham, making his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 victory over Barnsley at the Oakwell Ground on the 16th August 1992. The move to Upton Park was a "dream come true" for the blond youngster, who supported the Hammers as a kid and in fact trained with the club as a schoolboy. His first professional club, though, were Exeter City, although a move to Spurs brought him back to London. Due to limited first team opportunities at White Hart Lane, he spent loan spells in the West Country with Plymouth Argyle and his first club Exeter. A bad knee injury, sustained in a first team game for Tottenham against Crystal Palace, sidelined Mark for around a year, but he bounced back in style. Mark was a key player in helping West Ham achieve Premier League status at the end of his first season with the club, but with the introduction of Keith Rowland from Bournemouth for the 93-94 campaign "Robbo" was allowed to leave to join Charlton Athletic for a £125,000 fee.

605. Matt HOLMES ... (1992 - 1995)

Talented winger who shrugged off the disappointment of being rejected by his home town club, Luton Town - for being too small! - and teamed up with Harry Redknapp at Bournemouth. Redknapp's subsequent appointment as assistant manager quickly saw Holmes follow his old boss to Upton Park for a bargain £40,000 in August 1992 (with a further £60,000 due after his 60th appearance). Matt broke his nose on his Hammers debut at Newcastle United 29th August 1992 in a 0-2 reverse. Frequently in the wars during his time at Upton Park. But with a huge heart in a pint-sized body, the popular winger just kept coming back for more and was deservedly voted runner-up in the Hammer-of-the-Year poll in 1993-94. A season later was transferred to Kenny Dalglish's Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers for a staggering £1,200,000 the Hammers receiving Robbie Slater and a cash adjustment of £600,000. Ray Harford took over as manager at Ewood Park. Mattie rarely featured in Harford's plans and later transferred to Charlton Athletic for £250,000. Sustained a broken leg against Wolves soon after he joined the Addicts which forced him into premature retirement from top flight football. The former Hammers midfielder found a new lease of life however playing for Dorchester Town in the Dr Martens League.

606. Steven BANKS ... (1992)

Shared Reserve team goalkeeping responsibilities with Tony Parkes. Played for Berkshire Schools and spent a spell on loan to his home town club, non-league Wokingham, where he came under the watchful eye of his former mentor, Phil Parkes. Steven made his Hammers debut in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park in an Anglo-Italian preliminary game against Bristol Rovers on the 2nd September 1992. Never a serious contender for the goalkeeping jersey whilst at West Ham with the likes of Ludek Miklosko in such outstanding form. Steven was given a free transfer in the summer of 1993 and Gillingham were quick to take him aboard.

607. Steve JONES ... (1992 - 1994 & 1996 - 1997)

Plucked from Billericay in November 1992 after scoring a massive 120 goals for a bargain £22,5000, the former Yardley Soap worker - who delighted tabloid headline writers whenever he scored. "Jonah" made his initial First Team bow in the 1-0 away victory over Cosenza in Italy on the 8th December 1992 in the Anglo-Italian Cup. His League debut came the following month, coming on as a substitute against Leicester City at Filbert Street in a 2-1 victory, 30th January 1993. The following season saw Hammers gain Premiership status, but the rigours of Premiership football were considered just too big a jump from non-League. Having initially gone to Bournemouth on loan, "Cherries" boss Mel Machin, continuing a tradition of frantic trading between the two clubs, soon saw his value and decided to snap him up permanently for the Dean Court club at a fee of around £250,000 in November 1994.

608. Alex BUNBURY ... (1992 - 1993)

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Canadian international striker Alex Bunbury cost the Hammers £200,000 in October 1992 from Montreal Supra (Canada). Made his debut in the Anglo Italian Cup against Pisa of the Serie B League, at Upton Park on the 16th December 1992 which resulted in a 0-0 draw. Alex never established himself as a regular first team member, mainly because of the time spent on international duty in helping Canada qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the United States of America, also the restriction placed upon him by the Department of Employment, forcing foreign players to make appearances in 75 percent of first team games, under these limitations West Ham had no option but to allow him to move on. Alex joined Portuguese side Sporting Maritimo for a fee of £50,000. West Ham will also receive 50 per cent of any future sell-on price.

609. David SPEEDIE ... (1993)

After two loan spells with Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, Southampton allowed Speedie to join the Hammers on loan in March 1993 to the end of that season. The experience he had gained in his time at Darlington, Chelsea, Liverpool, Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers was just what the Hammers needed in their quest for promotion. Tenacious Speedie had not settled since his move to Southampton  from Blackburn Rovers, it was Speedie's goals that finally gained Rovers promotion in the play-off final at Wembley, and he relished the opportunity to star again in a London side. Made his debut against Tranmere Rovers at Upton Park in a 2-0 victory on the 20th March 1993. Played his part in helping West Ham into the runners-up position behind Newcastle United. Billy Bonds was unable to secure his signature on a more permanent basis due to lack of money in the Upton Park coffers. Southampton agreed to let Speedie join Leicester City in July 1993.

610. Dale GORDON ... (1993 - 1996)

Arrived in the summer of 1993 in a £750,000 deal from Glasgow Rangers, Dale made his West Ham debut in the 1-3 defeat by London rivals Wimbledon at Upton Park on the 14th August 1993. Managed just nine starts in his first season with the Hammers. After seemingly recovering from an ankle injury, he was struck down by a mystery virus, and then more misery followed when he had to undergo knee surgery. Previously, his dazzling wing play for Norwich City attracted interest north of the border, and he moved to Ibrox in a £1.2 million deal in November 1992. After scoring twice on his debut at Dunfermline, Gordon won successive Premier Division championships during his two year stay, as well as Scottish Cup and Skol Cup winners' medals, before returning south. Grabbed a slice of Hammers' history when he netted the club's first-ever Premiership goal in the 1-1 draw at Coventry City. Dale's stay at Upton Park was short lived, he was constantly hit with injury problems and missed the whole of the 94-95 campaign and was eventually forced to retire from the game. Joined Bournemouth as player-coach.

611. Keith ROWLAND ... (1993 - 1998)

Crossed the Irish Sea as a teenager to play under Harry Redknapp at Bournemouth. Teamed up with his old boss again, along with Paul Mitchell, just a week before the start of the 1993-94 season in a £110,000 move. Rowland's first season in the Premiership was one of contrasting fortunes. Broke into the side early on, making his debut against Wimbledon at Upton Park on the 14th August 1993 in a 1-3 reverse, but he found the campaign punctuated by injuries and, at times, struggled to regain his place. On a positive note, he won his first senior cap for Northern Ireland when appearing as substitute against Latvia in September 1993. Keith could play at right back and in midfield, but he found his opportunities limited by the return of Julian Dicks. Fearing lack of first team soccer would harm his international chances, Rowland asked to go after failing to break into the side at the start of the 95-96 campaign. His request fell on deaf ears, though, and West Ham reportedly turned down a subsequent seven-figure bid from champions Blackburn Rovers. The Northern Ireland international was eventually allowed to join Queens Park Rangers, January 1998 in search of a regular first-team place. Keith was valued at only £200,000 in the same transfer deal that saw Iain Dowie also going to the Loftus Road club with Trevor Sinclair moving the other way.

612= David BURROWS ... (1993 - 1994)

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612= Mike MARSH ... (1993 - 1994)

After finding himself out of favour with Liverpool boss Graeme Souness, Burrows was given less than 24 hours to agree upon the swap deal that brought him and Mike Marsh to Upton Park, as Julian Dicks headed to Merseyside. "Bugsy" wasted no time in showing that he is a quality player in his own right. He proved he was as good as any left-back in the country. And with a better disciplinary record than his predecessor. Boasts a shot that was officially timed at 84 miles per hour on BBC TV's Record Breakers, and was never afraid to have a pop at goal, as he demonstrated with two sizzlers in his first nine games for the club. Made his Hammers debut along with Mike Marsh and the other newcomer Lee Chapman in a 2-1 victory over high fliers Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the 18th September 1993. Burrows bravely delayed a much needed knee operation, until he finally succumbed to the inevitable surgery in January 1994, missing half a dozen matches. Towards the end of his first campaign with West Ham, the injury began to flare up again and reluctantly sat out a handful of games. A forceful competitor with excellent passing and crossing abilities, this former Anfield favourite was one of Billy Bonds' most prized assets. Hammers lack of fire-power up front the following season, was instrumental in new Hammers boss Harry Redknapp exchanging him for former Upton Park hero Tony Cottee from Everton. David later played for Coventry City.

Made his Hammers debut along with David Burrows and the other newcomer Lee Chapman in a 2-1 victory over high fliers Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the 18th September 1993. Mike's family found it hard to settle in their new surroundings, and after his first season had drawn to a close he sought a move nearer to his native  north-east, no firm offers came in for the likeable scouse midfielder. Having sorted his family life out in the close season, he withdrew his request for a transfer, but was no longer certain of a regular first-team place. He started 13 League games and got on as sub in three others, as well as playing in three Coca-Cola Cup ties the following campaign, when a surprise move by Coventry City manager Phil Neal took "Marshie" to Highfield Road for £500,000 just before the New Year. Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness flashed the cash just six months later, the lure of the lira saw him forget all about the green, green grass of home. Curiously moved to Turkish side Galatasaray before returning to Southend-on-Sea where a knee injury culminated in early retirement.

612= Lee CHAPMAN ... (1993 - 1995)

Much travelled veteran striker who signed for Hammers on the same hectic day as Mike Marsh and David Burrows, having rejected a move to Upton Park in favour of Portsmouth five months earlier. Made a dream start to his Hammers career by scoring after just 33 minutes, in a 2-1 victory over high fliers Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on the 18th September 1993. The son of former Aston Villa , Mansfield, Port Vale and Lincoln inside-forward Roy, "Chappie" started his career at Stoke City. After nightmare spells with Arsenal and Sunderland, he enjoyed better luck with Sheffield Wednesday before embarking on an ill-fated excursion to struggling French Second Division side Niort. His return to England saw him enjoy a change of fortune and with it came the most rewarding spells of his career, with Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. Won a championship medal and indeed, finished top scorer in each of his three seasons at Elland Road.  At 6ft 1in. his aerial threat made him an ideal target man, and ended his first season at Upton Park in second place in the scoring charts with 11 goals. Sadly after Christmas his impact was not as great, and when the net stopped bulging he became the target of some harsh abuse from the frustrated Upton Park crowd. Despite heading home vital winners against Notts County and Kidderminster in the F.A. Cup, he struggled to hold onto his place following Hammers' shock exit from the competition. A pre-season friendly against Oxford City, Harry even replaced his injured striker with a fan who claimed he could do better! Married to actress Leslie Ash, and a wine connoisseur, "Chappie" was also carving out a name for himself in the media as a soccer pundit. Lee was loaned out to Southend United, initially for a month, but after scoring in his first game for the Shrimpers, Ipswich Town stepped in and took him to Portman Road for £70,000 in January 1995.

615 Jeroen BOERE ... (1993 - 1995)

Self-confident Dutchman who didn't make the best of starts for the Hammers after coming on as an 65th minutes substitute, the big man was sent off after a second bookable offence in the 89th minute against Newcastle United at St James's Park in a 0-2 defeat on the 25th September 1993. Making just 18 starts and netting seven times, he could claim that he was never given a real run in the side, while Harry argued that his off-field 'refuelling' did him few favours. March 1994 saw him go on loan to Portsmouth followed by a spell at West Bromwich Albion. Headed to Crystal Palace along with some  £200,000 as Iain Dowie moved the other way - September 1995. After a subsequent spell at  Southend United, Boere headed for Japan where his career hangs in the balance following a nightclub stabbing incident that saw him lose an eye.

616. Paul MARQUIS ... (1994)

Born: Bournemouth 20/10/1971

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Paul joined West Ham from Cheshunt in the summer of 1989 as a left-back and also proved to be an excellent central defender. Made his senior Hammers debut as  substitute against Manchester City at Maine Road on the 12th February 1994 in a 0-0 draw. Just when the tall defender thought he had made the break-through at Upton Park he was let go on transfer deadline day the following month to join Doncaster Rovers of the Endsleigh League Division Three for a small fee.

617. Paul MITCHELL ... (1994)

Joined West Ham in the summer of 1993 along with Keith Rowlands from Bournemouth for a fee of £40,000, where they had both previously played under Harry Redknapp. Can play either full-back or midfield. "Mitch" Hammers' career was hampered by injury soon after arriving in East London. Paul made his Premiership debut some eight months later as substitute - six minutes from time in the 1-2 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on the 27th April 1994. Eventually handed a free transfer that enabled him to return to Dean Court. Subsequently moved to Torquay United and later Ilkeston Town.

618. Danny WILLIAMSON ... (1994 - 1997)

The first youth product at Upton Park to score on his home debut since Tony Cottee (1983) when he netted the first v. Southampton in the final game of the 1993-94 season. This promising midfielder had made his first team bow a week earlier, as substitute in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Highbury on the 30th April 1994. Danny gained experience earlier in the 1993-94 season during a 13-match loan spell with Third Division Doncaster Rovers making his League debut v. Lincoln City on the 9th October 1993. Failed to build upon his promising Hammers start for the 1994-95 campaign. It was his excellent close control and an eye for goal over the following 18 months that earned him an extension to his contract, followed by a surprise move to Everton in a £1 million deal. Ankle problems have sadly made a sticky mess of his transfer to the Toffees.

606 BANKS Steven 607 JONES Steve 608 BUNBURY Alex 609 SPEEDIE David 615 BOERE Jeroen 617 MITCHELL Paul 594 CARR Franz Autographs : Harry Redknapp Autographs : Lou Macari