#50GreatestHammers: 31-40

We're counting down the #50GreatestHammers to pull on the Claret and Blue in the Club's 123-year history, in association with our Official Investment Partner, Basset & Gold.

Catch up on who was ranked from 31-40 here...

40. Noel Cantwell

Noel Cantwell

One of the most-accomplished full-backs of his generation, Noel Cantwell starred for West Ham United throughout the 1950s.

Born in Cork, the tall, strong Irishman was spotted by the Hammers while playing for local club Cork Athletic and brought to east London in late 1952.

Over the next eight years, he would make the left-back berth his own, making well in excess of 250 appearances in all competitions.

Read more about Cantwell here.

39. Frank Lampard Jr

Frank Lampard

While he may now be more closely associated with another London club, Frank Lampard Junior remains one of the Academy of Football’s finest ever graduates.

Born in Romford the son of the West Ham United legend of the same name, Lampard Junior joined the club after leaving Brentwood School, where he passed his Latin GCSE, at the age of 16.

After a successful loan spell with Swansea City, the midfielder made his West Ham debut against Coventry City in a Premier League win in January 1996. Five months later, he appeared for the Hammers in the FA Youth Cup final.

Read more about Lampard here.

38. Alan Sealey

Alan Sealey

Alan Sealey scored two of the most important and most historic goals in West Ham United’s history.

The winger was the man whose brace at Wembley secured the European Cup Winners’ Cup with a 2-0 win over West German side TSV 1860 Munich in May 1965.

Sealey’s sharp reactions and even sharper finishing were enough to win the Hammers the first and, so far, only continental title.

Read more about Sealey here.

37. Pat Holland

Pat Holland

Few players spend an entire calendar decade at a club, win an FA Cup and score on their final appearance to keep their team top of the table.

Pat Holland did all those things during an outstanding career in Claret and Blue.

Born in Poplar in east London, the winger joined West Ham United as a schoolboy and came through the ranks at the Academy of Football.

Read more about Holland here.

36. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez

Was a stint with West Ham United ever as fleeting, yet endearing, as that of Carlos Tevez? 

Signed from Brazilian side Corinthians on transfer deadline day in 2006 alongside international compatriot Javier Mascherano, Tevez was voted Hammer of the Year in his only season with the Irons, establishing himself as a cult icon among the Claret and Blue faithful. 

The striker’s only season at West Ham was a difficult one, both on and off the pitch, for the Irons, but Tevez’s contributions were certainly the brightest spark for West Ham, with the striker a huge reason behind their successful battle against relegation. 

Read more about Tevez here.

35. Tony Gale

Tony Gale

Tony Gale played an integral role in the West Ham United team which secured the Club’s best-ever league finish in the 1985/86 campaign.

Not before, nor since, has a Hammers side ended a top flight season as high as the third place John Lyall’s men secured that term, and defender Gale played all 42 league games, helping his team concede less than a goal a game and come within four points of the title.

That was Gale’s second season as a Hammer following a summer 1984 move from Fulham, where he had already accumulated 277 league appearances after making his debut aged just 16.

Read more about Gale here.

34. Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet

From the moment Dimitri Payet made his West Ham United debut, supporters knew they were watching a special player. 

A summer 2015 signing from French side Marseille, Payet immediately endeared himself to the Claret and Blue faithful, providing an assist for Cheikhou Kouyate’s opening goal in the first game of the season at Arsenal. It was a sign of the good times to come. 

That debut-day assist was followed up by a first goal, on his maiden home appearance, against Leicester City. As Payet rose, so did West Ham. 

Read more about Payet here.

33. John Bond

John Bond

John Bond will always be remembered in the West Ham history books as being part of the team that won the Irons’ first ever FA Cup in 1964 against Preston North End, while also being part of the 1957/58 Division Two title winning team and the 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup team.

Bond joined the Hammers in 1952 and made his first appearance for the club in a Division Two victory over Coventry City on 9 February.

It was in the 1954/55 season when the right-back became a first team regular in the West Ham side. During that season he scored his first goal against Hull City in a 1-0 Division Two victory.

Read more about Bond here.

32. Steve Potts

Steve Potts

Few players can match the longevity at West Ham United of Steve Potts.

Having joined the Club as an apprentice in 1983, he turned professional two years later, and remained at the Boleyn Ground almost two decades on.

In fact, only 21 appearances of his professional career came away from the Hammers, when he wound down with a brief spell at Dagenham & Redbridge, and he pulled on the Claret & Blue shirt over 500 times.

Read more about Pike here.

31. Jim Barrett Sr

Jim Barrett Sr

Only seven players have made more league appearances in the history of West Ham United than Jim Barrett Sr.

The Stratford-born central defender spent 15 years with the Club, which included its first stint in the top tier of the English game, and turned out 467 times in total for the Club.

That figure would have been even higher had the Second World War not intervened – as he made a further 86 appearances in wartime football.

Read more about Barrett here.