Welcome to the West Ham United Memorabilia Collection featuring everything Claret and Blue
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Born at Enugu, Nigeria.
Came to England with his parents and attended Edith Cavell School, Hackney. Played for Hackney, Middlesex and London Boys and in local youth soccer. Signed apprentice professional in April 1972
1972-73 Reserves: 6 (0 gls) Cup: 0/1 (0 gls)
1973-74 Reserves: 1 (0 gls)
1974-75 Reserves: 1/2 (1 gls)
Craig had trials for England Under-16 Schoolboys and joined West Ham United in preference to a whole host of other top clubs, including Leeds United, who where chasing him. He is a cousin of Clive and the footballing Allen family, so he comes with a good pedigree
Holmar Orn EYJOLFSSON
2008-09 Under-18 4 (0 gls)
2009-10 Under-18 5 (0 gls)
2010-11 Reserves 7/2 (0 gls)
Born: Sauoarkrokur, Iceland 6 August 1990
Position: Defenfer / Midfielder
The Hammers signed the Icelandic Under-21 central defender on a long term contract from HK Kopavogur July 2008. The 17-year-old first spent a week on trail at Chadwell Heath having caught the eye as he rapidly rose through the Icelandic youth ranks. The young defender joined Martin Allen’s Cheltenham Town on a one month loan deal October 2009. January 2010 saw the 19-year-old join Belgian top-flight club KSV Roeselare on loan to the end of the season. The Hammers loanee helped the club reach the Belgian Cup semi-finals, however he was unable to prevent them from being relegated to the Belgian League Second Division.
He then left West Ham in May 2011 and signed for VFL BOCHUM in Germany 19 June 2011
Born: 12 March 1964, Kehl, West Germany
National team: West Germany
Clubs: 1. FC Nuremberg, Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Nuremberg, FC Schalke 04, West Ham United, SV Waldhof Mannheim, FC Winterthur, FC Augsburg, SG Post/Süd Regensburg, SV Heidingsfeld, TSV Neusäß, FC Erzberg-Wörnitz, FSV Weißenbrunn, TSV Burkersdorf.
The much-travelled Dieter Eckstein joined West Ham United from German Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 in 1995. The 31-year-old former West Germany international forward had previously helped his country to reach the semi-finals of the 1988 UEFA European Championship and had scored nearly 100 league goals in his homeland. It was therefore hoped Eckstein could continue his prolific ways in English football when manager Harry Redknapp moved to bring him to east London.
Unfortunately for both Eckstein and the Hammers, the German did not make a single first-team appearance for the club and, after a short period, he moved on to Bundesliga 2 side SV Waldhof Mannheim for the remainder of the 1995/96 season.
Eckstein rediscovered his scoring touch at Swiss side FC Winterthur in 1996 before netting 26 times in 48 games for Germany regional league club FC Augsburg. From there, Eckstein dropped into the lower divisions before hanging up his boots. Having survived both testicular cancer and a heart attack, Eckstein continues to work as a coach.
Newham Recorder April 1971
1969-70 Metro: 17 (0 gls)
Born: Epsom, Surrey 29 October 1983
Joined: 1 July 2000
Arrived on the youth scene at a late age, having had no Academy experience as a young boy. A hard-working striker who impressed ona short trial. Freddy is proof that 15-year-olds should not give up on their football careers. However Freddy was not considered good enough by the then manager Glenn Roeder and was released by the Hammers in May 2003, he tought of quitting football altogether and worked briefly as a car salesman.
Eastwood joined Conference South side Grays Athletic in August 2003 and scored 37 league and cup goals in his first season, winning the Grays' Golden Boot and prompting attention from a number of professional clubs including Southend United who he joined initially on loan. He made his debut for the club in spectacular style, scoring the opener after 7.7 seconds, an English league record for a debut. After making 115 appearances and 53 goals he moved first to Wolverhampton Wanderers then Coventry City before returning to Roots Hall with Southend United.
2000-01 Reserves: 1 (0 gls)
2000-01 Under-19: 1/2 (0 gls)
2000-01 Under-17: 26 (24 gls)
2001-02 Reserves: 2/3 (0 gls)
2001-02 Reserves: 1/1 (0 gls)
1994-95 Reserves: 2 (0 gls)
1994-95 Sprintheath Print: 1 (1 gls)
THE NORTHAMPTON MERCURY
15 June 1928
Joseph Eccles signs for Northampton Town June 14, 1928
1927-28 Reserves: 23 (5 gls)