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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Les Ferdinand Turns 39!

Born December 18, 1966...Les Ferdinand
Happy Birthday!

- Really nothing else needs to be said about one of greatest players; our biggest non-league "steals" and our highest-priced player sold. And from all accounts, a great guy!

1986-1987 Played 2 Scored 0
1987-1988 Played 1 Scored 0

Brentford: 1987-1988 on loan
Besiktas: 1988-1989 Played 24 Scored 14 goals

1989-1990 Played 9 Scored 2 goals
1990-1991 Played 18 Scored 8
1991-1992 Played 23 Scored 10 goals
1992-1993 Played 37 Scored 20 goals
1993-1994 Played 36 Scored 16 goals
1994-1995 Played 37 Scored 24 goals

Transferred to Newcastle United on 7/6/1995 for £6, 000, 000

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Les Ferdinand MBE (born December 18, 1966 in London) is an English footballer. He was a powerful and elegant centre forward famed for his ability in the air. He is the cousin of Rio and Anton Ferdinand.
Ferdinand started his career in non-league football, first at Southall and then moving to Hayes. He was spotted by QPR and moved there for £30,000. Ferdinand had two loan spells at Brentford and Besiktas (in Turkey). He became first choice at QPR in 1991 and made his England debut in 1994. He had a great career with Rangers and was a often seen leaping like a salmon to power home headers. Much to the fans' disappointment, Ferdinand was sold to Newcastle in 1995 for £6 million, with Hayes receiving £600,000 of this (a huge sum for a non-league side) due to a sell-on clause. He scored 29 goals in his first season with them, and got them within touching distance of the Premiership title. Meanwhile, his absence precipitated Queens Park Rangers' relegation in the 95/96 season.
In 1997 Ferdinand was bought by Spurs, again for £6 million. In the 2002/2003 season he moved to West Ham, but the club was relegated at the end of the season. Ferdinand joined Leicester on a free transfer at the beginning of the 2003/2004 season. After the Foxes were relegated at the end of that season he joined Bolton Wanderers, but left them on January 2, 2005. Four days later, Ferdinand signed with Reading. His contract at the club lasted until the end of the 2004/2005 season, at which point he retired from professional football. He was made an MBE in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List. In September 2005, Ferdinand committed to non-contract terms with Football League Championship side Watford as both part-time player and coach.
For England, Ferdinand was capped 17 times, scoring five goals. He was part of the Euro 96 and 1998 World Cup squads.

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