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by Roger Hillier

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Teddy Sheringham must have thought his top level playing days were over when Portsmouth’s manager Harry Redknapp released him in May 2004 after a single season with the south coast club.  Prior to helping Pompey retain their Premiership status, Sheringham had enjoyed a glittering career with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, evidenced by a trophy cabinet overflowing with major honours.

Aged 38 and now surplus to requirements, where next for the evergreen veteran? In stepped West Ham United’s manager, Alan Pardew, to make an inspired free transfer acquisition.

 

On July 14, 2004 the mercurial striker signed up for a season of Championship football with the Hammers. And what an astute signing it turned out to be, as his performances in the claret and blue must have exceeded all fans’ expectations when he finished the season as the club’s top scorer.

 

Who would have thought that the aging striker, still had goals left in his scoring boots?

 

Teddy was no one season wonder as he stayed in east London for three seasons, playing 87 league and cup matches and more importantly netting a very healthy 33 goals. Six of his 33 goals were netted from his 38 appearances as substitute.

 

This bare record of his claret and blue career hides some notable records he set.  His records at club and Premier League level:

Aged 38 years, 128 days he became West Ham’s oldest debutant

 

He became the first 40 year old to score in the Premier League

 

Sets and today remains the record holder as the oldest player to have netted a Premier League goal

 

He holds the record as the oldest outfield player to appear in a Premier League match (40 years, 272 days).

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On Saturday August 7, 2004 Teddy stepped out at Filbert Street for his claret and blue competitive debut in the season’s opening Championship fixture. Points shared in a goalless encounter with Leicester City.  

 

Aged 38 years and 128 days he took the mantle of oldest Hammer debutant from goalkeeper, Les Sealey. Sealey was aged 37 years 352 days when making his debut in a Premiership game away to Arsenal in September 1995.  Bizarrely, Les came on as an attacking sub at Highbury.

1. Oldest Hammer Debutant

In the last of Sheringham’s three seasons, 2006-07, he started just four Premier League matches and came on as substitute in 13 to net a brace of goals. His first strike of the season came on Sunday October 29, 2006 in a 2-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers which meant he achieved the notable landmark of becoming the first 40 year old player in the Premier League’s 26-year history to score a goal.

2. First 40 Year Old to Net a Premier League Goal

Two months after becoming the first 40 year to net a Premier League goal, Teddy scored his second goal of the season, and what turned out to be his last for the Irons.

 

On Boxing Day 2006 Teddy making his 13th substitute appearance from the bench came on to score West Ham’s consolation goal in a 2-1 home defeat to his former Fratton Park club Portsmouth. He was 40 years and 268 days old.

 

The previous Premier League record holder for oldest scorer was West Ham United’s defender Stuart Pearce.  Stuart scored in the 3-2 away win over Southampton on November 25, 2000 when aged 38 years and 216 days.

 

Since Sheringham set the new Premier League benchmark a couple more players have pushed Pearce into 4th place in the standings. The top four oldest Premier League goal scorers are currently:

3. Current Record Holder :

Oldest Premier League Goalscorer

Again in his last season Teddy became the oldest outfield player to have participated in a Premier League match.

 

Aged 40 years and 272 days he was made captain for the day in place of regular leader Nigel Reo-Coker when he started the home match against Manchester City on December 30, 2006. Not the most memorable of matches as the Hammers lost 1-0.

4. Current Record Holder :

Oldest Outfield Player in a Premier League Match

Summary of Sheringham’s Three Claret & Blue Seasons

First Season : 2004-2005

Second Season : 2005-2006

At the end of 2006-07 season West Ham United released Teddy and on July 4, 2007 he signed for Colchester United. As to be expected he scored on his debut for The U’s in their first match of the season at Sheffield United.  

 

He hung up is boots at the end of 2007-08 after netting three goals in his 19 league appearances at Layer Road. During this last of the “summer wine” phase Sheringham was the oldest player in all four divisions of the Football League.

Joins Colchester United in July 2007

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Sheringham's landmark game against Blackburn Rovers

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Promotion to Premier League via Championship Play-off

 

21 goals – 20 goals in 33 Championship games, plus a single goal in his four FA Cup appearances.  Injury meant he did not play a part in the play-off semi-final though he recovered in time to be an unused substitute for the play-off final against Preston North End. The play-off final win over Preston North End gave West Ham a return ticket to the Premier League.

 

21 Championship & FA Cup goals placed him as the Championship’s joint second highest goalscorer with Jason Roberts (Wigan Athletic). In first place was Roberts’ Wigan Athletic team mate, Nathan Ellington with 24 nets.

 

In a notable season, seven of Teddy’s Championship goals were scored in a run of six consecutive Championship matches starting on March 12 and finishing on April 9, 2005.

 

Winner of the Hammer of the Year

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9th in Premier League & FA Cup Finalists

 

West Ham reach their 5th FA Cup final. In the final against Liverpool, held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, the match ends 3-3 after extra time. In the ensuing penalty shoot-out the Hammers lose 3-1.The evergreen Teddy Sheringham was the sole West Ham player to successfully convert from 12 yards.  

 

Sheringham became the third oldest player to appear in a FA Cup final, at 40 years and 41 days old.

 

Six Premier League goals included two from the penalty spot. This made his claret and blue penalty record as taken seven and netted six for an 85.71% conversion record. In Teddy’s first two seasons in east London he shared spot-kick duties with Marlon Harewood, who converted seven during this time.

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15th in Premier League

 

20 Premier League and Cup appearances, 16 as substitute, in his last season of Premier League action.  Plus the two landmark goals of the first 40 year old to score in the Premier League and his last goal to make him the oldest to net.

 

Adds to his “European” record with a UEFA Cup appearance when coming on as a substitute in Sicily in a 3-0 defeat to Palermo in September 2006.  

 

His final game in a claret and blue shirt was the FA Cup 4th round 1-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, aged 40 years and 300 days on January 27, 2007.  In the table of oldest Hammers in their final game, Teddy lies in 3rd place behind Billy Bonds (41yrs 226 days) and Charlie Bicknell (41yrs 59 days).

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GOAL... Blackburn's Brad Friedel can only watch as Teddy Sheringham’s header flies into the top corner.

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Sheringham scores his last Hammers' goal against his former club Portsmouth

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