On This Day: Ferdinand and Benayoun stunners see off Fulham
Relive a memorable London Derby win on this day in history, in association with Basset & Gold...
A Premier League victory over London rivals Fulham brought plenty of cheer to the Boleyn Ground on this day in 2006, as two incredible goals from Anton Ferdinand and Yossi Benayoun gave West Ham a 2-1 victory.
Anton Ferdinand opened the scoring for the Hammers with a once in a lifetime strike, a tremendous volley from the edge of the box that flew into the top-left corner.
Things got even better just eleven minutes later, when another fine effort put West Ham further in the ascendancy.
Yossi Benayoun received the ball on the edge of the box, twisted and turned to the right-hand side of the area and launched an audacious chip over Antti Niemi in-between the sticks, which came off to stunning effect.
The keeper was left rooted as the ball delicately flew over him and ultimately put West Ham clear on the day.
Fulham made West Ham work for their victory in the second half, as Heidar Helguson registered a goal back for the away side.
But the Hammers had too much for their London counterparts and managed to see out the game with all three points intact.
The men who beat the Cottagers
Roy Carroll completed a two-year stay with the Hammers, making 35 appearances in all competitions during his time at the Boleyn Ground.
Fast forward 12 years since his exit, Roy Carroll is still going strong at the age of 41 and now represents Linfield in the Northern Ireland Premiership.
Fan-favourite Tomas Repka was renowned for his tough tackling and tremendous work ethic during his five years at the club, from 2001 to 2006. After, he departed to return to his beloved Sparta Praha and then retired six years later with Dynamo Budejovice.
2006 Hammer of the Year Danny Gabbidon spent six successful years at the club, where he made 96 appearances. After moving on to QPR, Crystal Palace and then Cardiff, Gabbidon retired in 2015 and has since partaken in commentary, featuring on talkSPORT and BBC Radio Wales.
Coming through the ranks at the West Ham academy, Anton Ferdinand played 157 times for the Hammers in the first team, scoring five times. His goal against Fulham will always be regarded as one of his best moments at the club. Ferdinand is still playing now, currently serving St Mirren well in the Scottish Premiership.
Full-back Paul’s career is still continuing to this day – where he has taken up a player/coach role with sixth-tier East Thurrock United. The now 37-year-old was a regular during his two-year stay at the club, making 70 appearances in all competitions.
Hayden Mullins was a regular in midfield during the six years he spent at the Boleyn Ground. The now 39-year-old accumulated 206 appearances at the club, the most games he has played for any professional team. Hayden is now Watford’s Lead Under-23 Professional Development Coach.
Tricky winger Yossi joined West Ham in 2005 and his glorious strike against Fulham was his third goal of the season at the time. He departed the Boleyn Ground for Liverpool in 2007, returning on loan from Chelsea in 2013, and Yossi still plays today, in his homeland of Israel, where he is expected to retire this summer.
Nigel Reo-Coker was a regular fixture in West Ham’s midfield during his three-year stay at the club. The now 34-year-old scored 11 times in the Claret & Blue, and is now a free agent after leaving MK Dons in the summer.
The 2004 Hammer of the Year winner was adored at West Ham, a team he played 184 times over a six-year stay at the club. The tricky winger remains in the game since his retirement in 2014, plying his trade as Peterborough’s Under-18 coach nowadays.
Bobby was another clinical finisher that West Ham had in their ranks. Capped twice by England, Bobby Zamora was a reliable goalscorer for the Hammers, proven by the 38 strikes he accumulated in four years at the club.
Cult-hero Marlon Harewood is now back with West Ham working as a club ambassador. He retured to the club where he enjoyed three brilliant years from 2004 to 2007 as he went on to score 53 times.
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