Leigh Edwards looks at some links between the Hammers and Charlton Athletic…
Former Hammers left-back Chris Powell is currently in his second spell at Charlton Athletic. Initially moving to The Valley from Derby County for £825,000 in July 1998, the England international starred in Charlton's 1999-2000 First Division title triumph and joined West Ham United in September 2004. He was an experienced figure in our 2004-05 Championship play-off final triumph and made 36 League appearances before returning to Charlton in July 2005. Former England under-21 midfielder Shaun Newton also helped Charlton win the First Division title in 1999-2000 and West Ham win promotion last season.
MANAGING TO SUCCEED
Ex-West Ham United midfielder Alan Curbishley has achieved managerial success at Charlton Athletic. Signing professional at Upton Park in August 1975, the former England under-21 international netted five goals in 85 League games for the Hammers before being sold to Birmingham City for £275,000 in July 1979. He joined Charlton from Aston Villa in December 1984 and was a promotion winner in 1985-86, before returning from Brighton in July 1990 to score six times in 91 league games overall before becoming joint manager in July 1991. He has been sole manager since June 1995, plotting promotion in 1997-98 and 1999-2000.
Former Charlton Athletic defender Billy Bonds holds West Ham United's appearance record. Signing professional at The Valley in September 1964, he was ever-present for Charlton in 1966-67 and scored once in 95 Second Division outings prior to joining West Ham for £50,000 in May 1967. The England under-23 international was ever-present three times and starred in the 1975 and 1980 FA Cup final triumphs. Also starring as the Hammers were ECWC finalists in 1976, he netted 48 goals in a record 663 League games and was manager between February 1990 and August 1994.
One-time Charlton Athletic centre-half Malcolm Allison was ever-present for West Ham United in 1953-54. Moving to The Valley from Erith & Belvedere in February 1945, he made his First Division debut in Charlton's 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Christmas Eve 1949 and also played in their 2-1 reverse at home to Portsmouth two days later. He joined the Hammers in February 1951 and featured at the start of the 1957-58 Second Division title campaign, scoring 10 goals in 238 League outings while at Upton Park until illness ended his League career in September 1957.
Former West Ham striker Derek Hales was the leading marksman in Charlton Athletic's 1974-75 promotion success. Initially moving to The Valley from Luton Town for £4,000 in October 1973, he starred alongside Mike Flanagan and was sold to Derby County for £333,333 in December 1976. He joined West Ham United for £110,000 in September 1977 and scored 10 times in 24 First Division outings before rejoining Charlton for £75,000 in July 1978. Also top scorer in their 1980-81 promotion campaign, he netted 149 goals in 320 League games overall for the Addicks prior to joining Gillingham in March 1985.
England international midfielder Lee Bowyer has played for both Charlton Athletic and West Ham United. Signing professional at The Valley in April 1994, he starred as Charlton qualified for the First Division play-offs in 1995-96 and netted eight goals in 46 League games before being sold to Leeds United for £2,600,000 in July 1996. He joined the Hammers for £100,000 in January 2003 but was unable to prevent relegation and made just 10 Premiership appearances prior to joining Newcastle United in July 2003.
Former Charlton Athletic striker Paolo Di Canio was West Ham United's top scorer in 1999-2000. Moving to Upton Park from Sheffield Wednesday for £1,700,000 in January 1999, the Italian maverick scored West Ham's winner at Manchester United in the 2000-01 FA Cup fourth round and netted 47 goals in 118 Premiership outings prior to joining Charlton in August 2003. He scored four times in 31 League games for the Addicks before returning to Lazio in August 2004.
IN SAFE KEEPING
Former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Noel Dwyer was capped four times by Republic of Ireland while at West Ham. Moving to Upton Park from Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 1958, he made 36 First Division appearances for West Ham United prior to joining Swansea Town in August 1960. He joined Charlton from Plymouth Argyle in December 1965 and played six League games while at The Valley. West Ham United's former loan keeper Sasa Ilic made 51 League appearances for Charlton, while the Addicks' current first team coach Mervyn Day played 194 League games in goal for West Ham.
Ex-Charlton Athletic left-back Jack Burkett starred in West Ham United's 1964 FA Cup final triumph. Signing professional for the Hammers in October 1959, he also featured in the 1965 ECWC final success and 1966 League Cup final, netting four goals in 142 League games prior to joining Charlton in June 1968. He made eight League appearances before moving to Millwall in July 1970. The likes of Mark Bowen, Frank Burton, Benny Fenton, Matt Holland, Matty Holmes, Steve Jones, Harry Lane, Billy Lansdowne, Mark Robson, Leroy Rosenior, Simon Webster and Derek Woodley have also played for both clubs.