West Ham United made a double defensive swoop on this day eight years ago to bring Cardiff City pair Danny Gabbidon and James Collins to the Boleyn Ground.

The pair, both Welsh internationals, helped Cardiff rise from League Two to the Championship before earning their top flight chance with the Hammers, who had just been promoted via the play-offs.

They immediately played their part for the Hammers, Gabbidon featuring in 32 league games that season, while Collins was involved in 14.

The Club also enjoyed a thrilling run to the FA Cup final that season, and both Gabbidon and Collins were in the squad for that cruel penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool.

Danny Gabbidon
Danny Gabbidon

Gabbidon would remain at the Boleyn Ground for six years, playing 113 games in claret and blue without scoring a goal before moving on to Queens Park Rangers.

He currently plays for Crystal Palace and was part of their squad which won promotion back to the Barclays Premier League last term.

Collins, meanwhile, left for Aston Villa in 2009 but returned to east London last summer and remains an integral part of Sam Allardyce's squad as they prepare for the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

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