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698. Grant McCann to 717. Kevin Horlock

698. Grant McCANN ... (2001 - 2004)

Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland 14/04/1980

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TEMPLATE GHOST

Versatile left-footed midfielder who made his first team debut for the Hammers as a substitute in the final minute of the final match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in Glenn Roeder's solitary match as 'Caretaker' Manager 19th May 2001. The Northern Ireland Under-21 international had impressed with his loan spells at Notts County and then Cheltenham Town. His last first team action came in the horrific 1-7 defeat at Blackburn Rovers October 2001, when he came on as a half-time substitute and cruelly sliced a clearance into his own net to gift Rovers their fourth goal. However, things took a turn for the better later in the season, when he made his full international debut for Northern Ireland. Served his Academy apprenticeship at Cheltenham on loan in October 2002, which was made permanent 28th January 2003 when he signed for £50,000

699. Laurent COURTOIS ... (2001 - 2003)

Born: Lyon, France 11/09/1978

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Born: Gateshead 09/05/1971

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Born: Perth, Australia 04/09/1981

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Born: Pau, France 30/03/1978

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Born: Slavicin Zlin, Czech Republic 02/01/1974

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Born: Welwyn Garden City 08/01/1970

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Born: Derby 24/09/1969

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Born: Zilina, Slovakia 08/06/1974

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Born: Acton, London 08/12/1966

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Born: Hendon, Middlesex 12/12/1973

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Born: London 23/08/1984

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Glenn Roeder secured the signing of Laurent Courtois on a free transfer from French club Toulouse, who were relegated a division after financial irregularities. He was recommended by Frederic Kanoute who played with him at Youth level while in France. Previously played for Lyon and AC Ajaccio. Laurent made his Hammers debut on the 18th August 2001coming on as a 79th minute substitute in the 1-2 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield on the opening day of the 2001-02 campaign. Made a full Premiership debut in the 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at Upton Park 23rd September 2001. The excellent form of midfielders Trevor Sinclair, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick meant that opportunities were limited for the former French under-21 international.

Don Hutchison - Second Debut ... (2001 - 2005)

Hutch re-signed for the Hammers for a then club record transfer fee of £5 million in August 2001. He had previously broken the club's record transfer fee - £1.5 million - when he signed for his spell at the club in August 1994. Hutchinson sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in February 2002. When he finally regained full fitness, he found himself out of favour, having missed most of the 2003-04 season through injury, and was unable to force his way back into the first team in the 2004-05 season. Hutchison joined Millwall in August 2005 after being released at the start of the 2005-06. He spent barely three months at the New Den, before joining first Coventry City then Luton Town.

700. Richard GARCIA ... (2001 - 2004

Attack-minded midfielder who was the last remaining legacy of the club’s Australian youth academy that was founded in the mid-‘90s. Richard arrived at Upton Park in 1997 and enjoyed a prolific strike rate at youth level and was a key member of the record-breaking 1999 FA Youth Cup winning side. At the beginning of the 2000-01 season, embarked on a loan period at East London neighbours Leyton Orient, where he caught the eye with some impressive performances. However, his spell at Brisbane Road was cut short when he suffered a serious knee ligament injury. After his rehabilitation he was rewarded for his efforts by making his first team debut against Reading as a 84th minute substitute in the Worthington Cup (A) in a game which finished 0-0 but the Hammers losing out 5-6 on penalties 11th September 2001. Made his full Premiership debut against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium which also finished in defeat 0-1 9th February 2002. After the Hammers were relegated to the First Division in 2003, Garcia featured a few more times for the first team before moving on to Colchester United in September 2004. Went on to record 82 appearances and scoring 16 goals. Later played for Hull City.

701. Tomas REPKA ... (2001 - 2006)

Czech international defender who endured a nightmare start to his Hammers career when he was sent off on his debut for the club against Middlesbrough on 15th September 2001 and then suffered the same fate in only his third outing - the humiliating 7-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on 14th October. The former Fiorentina star had completed his move from the cash-strapped Italian club just 24 hours earlier for a club record fee of £5.5m – eclipsing the previous record of £5m paid for Don Hutchison just weeks before. Tomas had originally been reluctant to leave Florence, where he and his family were happily settled but, with the Serie A giants eager to ease their crippling debt by cashing in on their most valuable defender, he was finally persuaded to put pen to paper at Upton Park after being tracked by Glenn Roeder for more than a month. One helpful factor in the transfer was the presence of goalkeeping coach Ludek Miklosko, who assured his fellow countryman that a move to East London would be in his best interests. Tomas originally started his career at the same club that Miklosko left to join West Ham – Banik Ostrava in the Czech Republic, before moving to the country’s biggest club, Sparta Prague. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 1998 and earned a reputation as one of the league’s most solid and consistent defenders, helping the Florence club into the Champions’ League. Tomas has 46 full caps for the Czech Republic to his name and played for his country at France 98 and Euro 2000. After relegation at the end of the 2002-03 season, the appointment of Alan Pardew as manager saw Repka move to right back. In the summer of 2005, after the club had regained their Premiership status, he was re-signed by Pardew on a two-year contract, albeit on reduced terms, but left the club on 23 January 2006 to return to the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague to be with his family. He played his final game for them on the previous night against Fulham in what was an emotional swansong for the Czech hardman. To chants of Super-Tom from the West Ham faithful, he left the field in tears.

702. David JAMES ... (2001 - 2004)

Commanding figure who became Glenn Roeder's first major signing in the summer of 2001 when he arrived from Aston Villa for a fee of £3.25m. For James, it provided a welcome reunion with the Hammers boss, who played in front of him at Watford when the two were at opposite ends of their careers back in the early 90s. James began his career at Vicarage Road for the Hornets before a £1m move to Liverpool in July 1992. He spent seven years as first choice goalkeeper at Anfield, making a total of 277 League and Cup appearances before Aston Villa snapped him up for £1.7m in June 1999. In his first season at Villa Park, he picked up an FA Cup runners-up medal and also became a well-known figure at Upton Park after his much-publicised spat with Paolo Di Canio after the infamous Worthington Cup quarter-final between the two sides - a rift that the two have now happily put behind them. At the start of the 2000-01 season he handed in a written transfer request to Villa boss John Gregory before withdrawing it three days later. He then went on to prove himself as one of the Premiership's most consistent stoppers and was rewarded with a return to international football by England caretaker boss Peter Taylor for the friendly against Italy in November 2000. He impressed enough to keep his place for Eriksson's first match in charge against Spain in February 2001, and also came on as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win over Mexico in May. Sadly injured knee ligaments playing in England's warm-up game v Holland on 15th August, forcing him to miss the first few months of his Hammers career. David’s West Ham debut came against Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park 24th November 2001in a 0-1 defeat by the men from White Hart Lane. The Hammers were relegated to the League Championship at the end of the season, but James stayed and played 102 total matches before returning to the Premier League, signing for Manchester City on 14th January 2004 for an undisclosed fee as a replacement for the retired David Seaman. Later played for Portsmouth.

703. Vladimir LABANT ... (2002 - 2003)

Slovakian international defender who arrived at Upton Park in a £900,000 deal from Sparta Prague in January 2002. Encouraged by the presence of fellow countrymen Tomas Repka and Ludek Miklosko at Upton Park, Vladimir jumped at the opportunity to build a career in English football and made his debut as a 75th  minute substitute in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 1-1 draw 26th January 2002. Equally at home in a full-back or wing-back role, Labant was a dead ball specialist who could be lethal at set-pieces. Made his full Premiership debut 4 days later against Southampton at St Mary’s in a 0-2 defeat to the Saints. Made a total of 14 league and cup appearances before the end of his first season, often sharing the left-back role with Nigel Winterburn. Competition between Scott Minto and Nigel Winterburn the following campaign restricted the man with the white boots and the stylish left foot to one substitute appearance in the 0-4 defeat at Newcastle on the first day of the season. Having made just 15 outings, the out-of-favour Slovakian defender rejoins Sparta Prague on loan less than a year after his £900,000 move from the Czech Republic with a view to a permanent move.

704. Edouard CISSE ... (2002 - 2003)

French midfielder who was snapped up on the eve of the 2002-03 campaign from Paris St German on a one-year loan period with a view to a permanent move. A former France Under-21 midfielder who played alongside Fredi Kanoute at that level. After starting his professional career with PSG in 1997, he spent the 1998-99 season on loan with Rennes but returned the following year to claim a regular first team place at the Parc de Princes and has made more than 100 appearances for the club. Like many of his fellow countryman, the lure of the Premiership was a challenge that he was keen to take up, and Hammers fans were delighted he followed the likes of Kanoute and Schemmel as successful French imports at Upton Park. Edouard had the worst possible start to his Premiership career  finding himself on the wrong end of a 0-4 scoreline against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on the opening day of the 2002-03 campaign 19th August. Edouard was allowed to leave Upton Park after his loan period ended and the disappointment of losing their Premiership status at the end of the 2002-03 campaign. Joined French side Monaco 7th July 2003.

705. Gary BREEN ... (2002 - 2003)

Born: Peckham, South London 18/02/1985

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Born: Hitchin 14/08/1981

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Born: Plaistow, London 01/02/1966

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Much sought after Republic of Ireland international who arrived at Upton Park on a free transfer from Coventry City. Breen was widely regarded as a cultured ball-playing centre back. He rejected the chance to join a big club at the start of his career concentrating instead on his studies, but he quickly moved through the divisions with Maidstone, Gillingham, Peterborough and Birmingham before Gordon Strachan secured his services for Coventry City in January 1997 for £2.5m. The 28-year-old was reportedly being targeted by European giants Barcelona and Inter Milan after his impressive displays during Ireland’s valiant World Cup finals campaign in Japan and South Korea. Gary chose the Hammers and admitted that the principal factor in his decision was the presence of Glenn Roeder, who was manager at third division Gillingham when he was enjoying the early days of his professional career in 1992. Missed the start of his first pre-season with West Ham after undergoing an operation to repair a torn hernia over the summer. Made his Hammers debut in the heart of the claret and blue defence as a 68th minute substitute against League Champions Arsenal in a game which finished 2-2 at Upton Park 24th August 2002. Released by the Hammers, Gary joined Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland in August 2003 on a free transfer.

706. Lee BOWYER ... (2003 & 2006 - 2009)

The former Charlton Athletic player was the most sought after player in the summer of 1996, nearly all the Premiership clubs enquired after his services. He chose Leeds United as he felt he would have the chance to win medals with the Yorkshire club. In doing so he became the country's most expensive teenager at the time. Bowyer was without doubt a talented player, and had it not been for his much-publicised court case, would surely have been a regular in Sven-Goran Eriksson's England squad. The former Under-21 international made a solitary appearance for the senior side. He had the best season of his career in 2000-01 and there were repeated calls to see his inclusion in the England squad, but to no avail. He had been cleared of all charges relating to the assault on an Asian student. But a combination of injuries, suspensions and the FA's unwillingness to clarify their position meant that he did not join the World Cup party for Japan/South Korea 2002. Lee was the kind of combative, skilful, goalscoring midfielder that every manager wanted in their team and nobody likes playing against. The London born player reached double figures with his goalscoring exploits during 2000/01 and was a key ever-present in a Leeds squad blighted by injury. Bowyer won a string of England Under-21 caps in his early time at Leeds, having made an excellent start for the club. The controversial midfielder amassed over 250 appearances for Leeds and breached the 50 goal mark for the club - a record that any striker would be proud of. However, following O'Leary's departure from the Yorkshire club in the summer of 2002 the England international refused to sign a new contract. With his contract due to expire at the end of the 2002/03 campaign Leeds decided to get what they could for Bowyer by off loading him to West Ham for a cut price. As a life-long West Ham fan Lee Bowyer jumped at the opportunity to sign for Glenn Roeder’s Hammers for a reported £100,000 January 2003. Making his Hammers debut against Newcastle United at Upton Park 2-2 on the 11th January 2003. After making just 11 starts due to an ankle injury the potential Hammers saviour but eventual flop was heading out of the door. Hammers fan Bowyer did not turn out to be the messianic hope the fans were looking for. Joined Newcastle United in July 2003.

707. Les FERDINAND ... (2003)

Due to a lack of first team opportunities at White Hart Lane, former England striker Les Ferdinand signed for the Hammers in January 2003 to bolster the struggling Hammers for the remainder of their Barclaycard Premiership campaign. Making his Hammers debut against London rivals Charlton Athletic at The Valley 22nd January 2003, finishing on the losing side by 2-4.  A Spurs supporter as a boy his dream came true when he sealed a move from St James's Park down to the capital. Les did not take much time in agreeing to move south and fill the position vacated by Manchester United bound Teddy Sheringham. Injuries often prevented Les producing his best form while at Spurs, though his professionalism ensured he kept fit, and was rewarded when Glenn Roeder snapped him up during the January transfer window. Acton-born, he joined Queens Park Rangers from non-League Hayes in March 1987 and over the years worked off his rough edges to become the complete striker. In his last three seasons with the Loftus Road club he was the top scorer and his form was consistent and good enough to earn him England caps. And so the man who had a loan spell at Brentford early in his career and also went to the Turkish side Besiktas finally made a big money move to Newcastle, where he played alongside David Ginola for the first time. Immensely strong in the air, Les was a powerful and forceful runner who possessed a good touch despite his muscular physique. Roeder insisted Ferdinand meet all the criteria he was looking for in a striker to link up with Jermain Defoe and was signed by The Hammers as a target man for the young striker to run off. Les was offered a years contract to stay at Upton Park at the end of the campaign, but instead signed for Leicester City on a free transfer 11th July 2003.

708. Glen JOHNSON ... (2003)

Johnson started his career as a junior team player with Leicester City F.C.. He was released as a 12 year old and then found himself as a West Ham United F.C. junior. Johnson was a product of the West Ham United youth system, becoming a 15 year-old first year scholar in 2000. He signed a three-year professional contract for the Hammers on 1st August 2001 at the age of 16, and was given the number 23 shirt. In the 2001-02 season, he made regular Reserves appearances for West Ham, but was unable to break into the first team. He eventually signed an initial four-week loan deal with local rivals Millwall on 17th October 2002, making his Championship debut in an away loss against Norwich City on 19 October. His loan was twice extended by a month, before he was recalled early to Upton Park after having spent seven weeks at The Den. His Premiership and West Ham debut came on 22nd January 2003 in another away defeat to a London club, this time against Charlton Athletic, when he came on for midfielder Édouard Cissé. He made a total of 15 League appearances - and a solitary FA Cup appearance - in the 2002-03 season, becoming a more significant member of the West Ham side as the year went on.  He even signed a new four-year deal to remain in East London on 18th March 2003, appearing keen to help keep the club in the top flight. However, his last outing in a Hammers shirt was to come on the final day of the season, 11th May 2003, in an away draw with Birmingham City - the must-win match which saw his club relegated to the First Division. Just two months after that fateful Saturday in May, he was to join London rivals Chelsea, signing on 15th July for a fee of £6 million. The first purchase of the new Abramovich era making 63 appearances in all competitions over the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons. As the 2005–06 season unfolded, Johnson was still only a squad player at Chelsea he joined Portsmouth in a season long loan in June 2006. On 31 August 2007, Johnson signed for Portsmouth on a four-year contract, for a fee believed to be £4 million. Later joined Liverpool in June 2009 for a reported £17.5m

709.  Rufus BREVETT ... (2003 - 2005)

Brevett is sure to be a fans favourite at Upton Park with his crunching tackles and 100 per-cent commitment. The former Doncaster Rovers player made over 200 appearances for Fulham before deciding to switch to The Hammers. He made over 150 appearances for QPR in an attacking full back roll and had made the same left wing-back position his own when at Craven Cottage. He was impressive in the Premiership campaign of 2001/02, making 38 appearances and helping Fulham avoid the drop. Signed on transfer deadline day 31st January 2003 for an undisclosed amount. Rufus made his Hammers debut as a 59th minute sub against Liverpool at Upton Park on a 0-3 reverse 2nd February 2003. Restricted to just 3 senior appearances in 2003-04 season he found it increasingly hard to break back into first team contention and soon became out of contract 10th June 2005 and signed for Plymouth Argyle. Later played for Leicester City (loan), Oxford United and Leeds United.

=710. Anton FERDINAND ... (2003 - 2008)

When your older brother is the world's most expensive defender it must be difficult to avoid the inevitable comparisons, but the young Anton Ferdinand was determined to step out of Rio's shadow and carve a place for himself in the Premiership. Glenn Roeder offered Ferdinand junior a professional contract at the age of 17, the same week in which his older brother completed his £30million move to Manchester United. After seeing huge improvements in his game over the previous six months, Roeder felt it was time for Anton to make the step up to professional level and rewarded him with a three-year deal. Ferdinand was another product of West Ham's celebrated youth academy and could play centre-back or right-back. Making his West Ham bow against Preston North End at the start of their Nationwide campaign 9th August 2004 in a 2-1 victory at Deepdale. In the 2004-05 season under Alan Pardew, he cemented his first team place with several key performances, including scoring the opening goal on the final day as the Hammers beat Watford 2-1 as West Ham booked a play-off spot. West Ham went on to beat Preston North End in the Millennium Stadium final, earning them promotion back into the Premier League after an absence of two years. In the 2006 FA Cup Final against Liverpool in Cardiff, Ferdinand fell to his knees in tears after missing the decisive penalty in the shoot out. On 27 August 2008, Ferdinand signed for Sunderland for an undisclosed fee reported to be around £8 million. Ferdinand made a promising start to his Sunderland career in a partnership formed with Danny Collins but Sunderland's poor results at the start of the 2008–09 season saw him in and out of the side. Ferdinand fell out of favour with new manager Steve Bruce and first team opportunities became limited and joined Queens Park Rangers in August 2011.

Born: Sheffield 04/11/1982

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Born: Hitchin, Hertfordshire 02/02/1982

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Born: Lyon, France 08/07/1984

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=710. Matthew ETHERINGTON ... (2003 - 2009)

Exciting England Under-21 midfielder who joined the Hammers from Tottenham Hotspur 4th August 2003 as part of the deal that saw Frederick Kanoute move the other way. There was also a cash adjustment of £3.5m in West Ham’s favour. Matthew made his name as a young player at Peterborough United, coming through their youth ranks to make 65 senior appearances. Moved to Spurs in December 1999 for £500,000 and played nearly 50 first-team games for the club. Unable to command a regular first-team spot at White Hart Lane, the left footer was more than happy to join the Hammers where he added balance to the squad as well as supplying ammunition for the strikers. Made his West Ham debut in the opening day 2-1 victory against Preston North End at Deepdale 9th August 2003. A regular member of the team for seasons 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06, his appearances being more sporadic in the following three seasons. Etherington eventually lost his place in the starting eleven due to Gianfranco Zola's preference to play younger players. Transferred to Stoke City on 8 January 2009.

=710. Robert LEE ... (2003 - 2004)

Veteran midfielder who fulfilled a boyhood dream by signing for the Hammers in the summer of 2003 after impressing Glenn Roeder during pre-season. Rob aged 37, began his career at Charlton Athletic back in 1983 and made over 350 appearances for them before joining Newcastle United in September 1992 for £700,000. He quickly established himself as one of the game's strongest and most competitive midfielders. Won most of his 21 England caps while at St. James' Park where he stayed for 10 successful years before joining Derby County in February 2002. Signed for the Hammers on a year's contract after being released by the Rams. Robert made his West Ham bow in the opening day 2-1 victory against Preston North End at Deepdale 9th August 2003. Released on a free transfer by the Hammers on the 3rd June 2004 he later had trails with Oldham Athletic and Wycombe Wanderers, and later signed full-time for the latter, staying for two seasons. He played two seasons in League Two with the Chairboys, before leaving in June 2006, following the dismissal of John Gorman as the club's manager.

=710. Neil MELLOR ... (2003 - 2004)

Neil joined the Hammers on a year’s loan deal from Liverpool in August 2003. Son of former Manchester City star Ian Mellor. Progressed through the ranks at Anfield scoring 20 goals from the reserve team. A big, strong, competitive striker, who was exceptional in the air and worked extremely hard for his team-mates. Described by Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier as a “Goal-machine”. Neil made his Hammers bow in the opening fixture against Preston North End at Deepdale in a 3-1 victory. Neil scored two goals in the 3–0 win over Crystal Palace at the end of September, but an injury hit spell at Upton Park plus playing under three different managers and being forced to play out of position, proved unsettling. Mellor was soon back at Anfield and hit 10 goals in just four games for the reserves. Later played for Preston North End and joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan in July 2010.

714. David CONNOLLY ... (2003 - 2004)

Born in London to Irish parents, the impish striker began his career with Watford in 1994 and was given his debut by the then Hornet’s manager Glenn Roeder as a 16-year-old. Went on to make over 100 appearances for Watford and scoring 62 goals. David broke into the Irish squad at the age of 18. His international form caught the eye of Dutch club Feyenoord, where he moved on a Bosman free transfer in 1997. Had a difficult four years in the Netherlands, and after a spell with the Rotterdam outfit's nursery club Excelsior he returned to England with Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Wimbledon (Milton Keynes Dons) on a free transfer in July 2001. Signed for West Ham from Milton Keynes Don’s on 31st July 2003 for a £285,000 Fee. Scored the winning goal on his Hammer’s debut after coming on as a 60th minute substitute in the opening season victory Preston North End at Deepdale 9th August 2003. Unable to command a regular first-team place, David was allowed to sign for Leicester City 20th July 2004 for a £500,000 fee. Connolly kept up his one season appearances by signing for Wigan Athletic in August 2005 for a whopping £2m. Later played for Sunderland, Southampton and Portsmouth.

715. Youssef SOFIANE ... (2003 - 2005)

Highly-rated young prospect who became Glen Roeder’s first summer signing 27th June 2002. 18-year-old French youth International signed from Auxerre thanks to the odd transfer rules concerning transfers between countries came on a free transfer. Considered to be one of France’s leading lights in the development of youth football. Roeder promised to give him the same fast track into the matchday squad as Jermain Defoe. In reality his opportunities were rare however and he made only two appearances for West Ham, as a substitute in a 2-1 away win against Preston North End at Deepdale 9th August 2003, and in a 3-1 win over Rushden & Diamond in the first round of the League Cup. He was loaned to Lille in January 2004 until the end of the 2003-04 season, and to Notts County on a one-month loan deal in September 2004, where he made three appearances, scoring one goal. He then joined Dutch club Roda JC on loan through January-May 2005, where he made three substitute appearances. Despite playing in pre-season games, he was not given a squad number by West Ham for the 2005-06 season and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2005. After trials with MK Dons and Coventry City, he joined Coventry on non-contract terms in October 2005. However, he made only one substitute appearance for Coventry before being released in January 2006. He later played for La Louviere in the Belgian Jupiler League, Sportfreunde Siegen of the German Regionalliga, and US Lesquin in France. On December 7, 2011, Sofiane signed an 18-month contract with ES Sétif. He signed as a free agent having been without a club after his contract with MC Alger ended in summer 2011.

716. David NOBLE ... (2003 - 2004)

David Noble completed his transfer from Arsenal before the closure of the transfer window in January 2003 - with Glenn Roeder hoping he could do enough before the end of the season to convince him he is worthy of an extended deal. Noble joined on a short term contract until the end of the season," declares Glenn, "and he believes he can show us enough in three and a half months for us to want to secure him on a longer contract. David spent two years at Lilleshall with Joe Cole; they were partners in the midfield and David chose the Arsenal route while Joe chose West Ham. Glenn declared David as a very good footballer, who was comfortable on the ball, he knows his next pass before he receives the ball, and we just hope that we can get him up to the athletic side of the game - which is a must in the Premiership. Signed a new contact with the Hammers in June 2003, making his Hammers debut 13th August 2003 against Rushden & Diamonds in a 3-1 victory in the Carling Cup. David featured in Scotland “Future” Squads, before being farmed out on loan to Boston United in March 2004 before making the move to the Pilgrims permanent in September 2004. In January 2006 he moved to Bristol City for £80,000, after enjoying a successful loan spell which later was made permanent. On 4 January 2010, Noble signed for League One side Exeter City, at the end of the following campaign he was released after the club was relegated. Signed for Rotherham United on the 13th July 2012

717. Kevin HORLOCK ... (2003 - 2004)

Scored 11 goals as left-back in the Hammers youth-team during the 1990-91 season, Kevin was unable to make the breakthrough into the first team at West Ham United and joined Glenn Hoddle at Swindon Town for a small fee during the summer of 1992. Moved to Manchester City in 1997 for £1.25m playing under the management of Joe Royal for half that time. Quickly established himself as a dynamic midfielder and played a key role in Kevin Keegan’s promotion season 1999-2000. Horlock played on the left-flank for City. Northern Ireland international with 32 caps to his name. Glenn Roeder took him back to Upton Park 15th August 2003 for a bargain £300,000 fee. Made his West Ham United debut the next day against Sheffield United in a Nationwide First Division game at Upton Park which ended in a 0-0 draw.  The 31-year-old was a regular at the heart of the Hammers’ midfield for the first half of the season but he gradually drifted out of favour with new boss Alan Pardew and when the opportunity came to rejoin Joe Royal at Ipswich Town in July 2004 he grabbed it, signing a two year contract and making 58 league appearances before joining Doncaster Rovers on loan in February 2006 and being allowed to leave Ipswich at the end of the 2005–06 season. He joined Doncaster on a permanent two-year contract in May 2006 but missed the majority of the 2006–07 season due to a serious knee injury and a dislocated shoulder further restricted his opportunities, in January 2008 his contract was cancelled by mutual consent. Later played for Scunthorpe United however, he did not feature in the first team and joined Mansfield Town in March 2008 on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season. Horlock signed for Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Needham Market as player/assistant manager.

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