The Boleyn Ground, often referred to as Upton Park, was a football stadium located in Upton Park, east London. From 1904 to 2016 it was the home of West Ham United, the stadium was briefly used in the early 1990s by Charlton Athletic during their years of financial difficulty. The seating capacity of the ground at closure was 35,016, from the 2016–17 season, West Ham United play their home games at the London Stadium in nearby Stratford. The last first-class match played at the Boleyn Ground was on 10 May 2016, the stadium is set to be demolished to make way for a new development. The club rented Green Street House and grounds in the Municipal Borough of East Ham from the Roman Catholic Church from around 1912. Green Street House was known locally as Boleyn Castle because of its nature and an association with Anne Boleyn. Hence renting the grounds of Boleyn Castle the name Boleyn Ground came into being, the ground is often referred to as Upton Park, after the Upton Park, London area in which it is located.
In August 1944, a V-1 flying bomb fell on the south-west corner of the pitch and this forced the team to play its games away from home while repairs were undertaken, but it did not affect performances as West Ham managed nine consecutive victories. Upon their return to the ground in December, they lost 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur, the record attendance at Upton Park since it has become an all-seater is 35,550, recorded against Manchester City on 21 September 2002 in a Premier League match. The stadium has a capacity of 35,016 all seated. The stand incorporates executive boxes as well as a digital clock,1995, North Bank replaced by a new 6,000 seat, two-tier stand named the Centenary Stand now renamed as the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand. The East Stand Lower is made all seater,2001, West Stand replaced by a new 15,000 seat, two-tier stand named the Dr. Martens Stand. The stand incorporates executive boxes on two levels as well as the West Ham United Hotel and this will result in a fully enclosed stadium by joining the new stand to the Centenary Stand and the Bobby Moore Stand.
Relegation to the Football League Championship in 2003 resulted in the development being delayed, however promotion to the FA Premier League via the Play-Offs in May 2005 resulted in the immediate re-submission of plans to Newham London Borough Council. Rumours suggested that West Ham could move to a new located at the Parcelforce depot near to West Ham Underground/mainline station. On 7 November 2007, London mayor Ken Livingstone announced that a new site had been identified for West Ham to build a new stadium. On 23 March 2010, the announced they were in fact working on a joint bid with Newham London Borough Council to move into the Olympic Stadium. When the Premier League fixtures were drawn-up at the start of the 2015-16 season, Swansea City were planned to be West Hams final opponents at the Boleyn Ground, on 7 May 2016
Cardiff City Stadium
The Cardiff City Stadium is a football stadium in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, Wales. It is the home of Cardiff City Football Club and the Wales national football team. Following expansion of the Ninian Stand in July 2014, the now officially holds 33,280 supporters - meaning that it is the 24th largest stadium in the United Kingdom in terms of capacity. The stadium replaced Ninian Park as Cardiff Citys home ground in 2009 and it hosted the home matches of the Cardiff Blues rugby union team until the 2011–12 season, although originally the Blues had a lease until 2029. After the Millennium Stadium, it is the second largest stadium in Cardiff, the stadium is part of the Leckwith development, which includes the Cardiff International Sports Stadium. A branded sponsor name will be assigned as and when the rights are sold. The stadium was opened on 22 July 2009, with Cardiff City playing a friendly match against Celtic. The stadium was built on the site of the former Cardiff Athletics Stadium, in November 2002 the club and Cardiff Council signed an outline agreement for the development, subject to agreement for outline planning permission.
This was increased in light of Cardiff Citys promotion to the Championship in May 2003 with local fears over traffic, on 9 September 2003 the Welsh Assembly gave approval to the plan. In April 2004, Cardiff Council gave the first phase covering the stadium with a capacity of 30,000 seats, on 1 March 2005 the club delayed the development until at least July 2005. After a 1–0 home loss to Sheffield United and a mobbing by fans, on 6 March 2005 Hammam apologised to fans, on 31 January 2006 the developers secured Asda as the lead retailer of the new development, which enabled the final funding of the stadium to start. This allowed the council timetable to extend by four months to September 2006, on 24 October 2006 Laing ORouke won the contract to develop the 30,000 seat stadium, which Ridsdale stated would be ready for December 2008. In March 2007, the plans were altered to allow construction to begin as soon as possible. The former chairman of Cardiff City, Steve Borley, said in March 2008 that We are working to raise the capacity, the task is to raise that even further, and we believe it could be almost 28,000 when the stadium opens.
When work finally commenced Peter Ridsdale stated that he expected the stadium to be ready by Christmas 2008, although some believe this slight delay was caused by Cardiff Citys ongoing legal action with Langston, it was actually caused by unexpectedly poor weather during the summer of 2007. Land clearance started on 21 February 2007, while on 9 May, final finances were put in place for Laing ORourke to bring equipment on site and start construction. Developers and contractors The lead developer was PMG Developments, a Cardiff-based property developer led by Cardiff City director Paul Guy, cowlin was picked as the preferred contractor for the new athletic stadium. Required analysis of soil and water for the site was performed by TES Bretby, schedule Leckwith Road was widened to a dual carriageway over 18 months, with the scheme allowing for an extra access lane to become available on matchdays
Carlton Michael George Cole is an English professional footballer plays as a striker for Liga 1 club Persib Bandung. He scored 51 goals in 289 Premier League appearances for four clubs, Cole began his career at Chelsea in 2001, spending spells out on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa before being transferred to West Ham United in 2006. He was released by West Ham in 2013 only to be re-signed several months later, in October of that year, he resumed his career at Scottish Premiership club Celtic. He made 19 England under-21 appearances, and made his debut for the England national team on 11 February 2009 in a match against Spain. Cole was born in Croydon, London to a Sierra Leonean mother and he began his career as a trainee with Chelsea, before signing his first professional contract with the club in October 2000. He made his debut in April 2002 as a substitute for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in a 3–0 victory against Everton. He made his first senior start three weeks later, scoring a goal as Chelsea beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium and he made one more appearance for Chelsea in the 2001–02 season, in a 3–1 home defeat against Aston Villa in May 2002.
He suffered a fracture in his leg in August but returned to action in a League Cup tie against Gillingham in November. Claudio Ranieri, the manager of Chelsea, described Cole as being the best young player that he had ever coached, saying. Hes fantastic even though he hasnt really started his career yet and he has a very long contract, and, in my opinion, a very big future at Chelsea. Having made seven appearances for Wolves, scoring one goal against Norwich City, his spell was cut short as Chelsea, needing cover. Cole made a further 12 league and cup appearances for Chelsea in the 2002–03 season, despite Charlton being keen to retain Coles services for the 2004–05 season, he joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan in July 2004. This move sparked off a dispute as Charlton were expecting Cole to return to the club as part of the deal that took Scott Parker from Charlton to Chelsea, the dispute was resolved when the two clubs reached a settlement. He returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2005 where he appeared in pre-season friendlies and he joined West Ham United in July 2006, having made a total of 31 league and cup appearances for Chelsea, scoring eight goals.
Cole joined West Ham United in July 2006 for an undisclosed fee and he scored seconds into his competitive debut for West Ham United after coming on as a substitute in injury time to seal a 3–1 home win against Charlton in August 2006. Into 2007–08 and Cole began to repay the faith shown in him by the Hammers, scoring six goals, Cole ended the Premier League season with nine assists, illustrating his influential role in the side. It was the 2008–09 season, that saw Cole finally come of age and he scored twelve goals in all competitions, as well as picking up a further four assists. He started the season in form, scoring four goals in his first eight games
Stephen Dobbie is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a striker or attacking midfielder for Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship. Dobbie is currently in his spell with the Dumfries club and is the current vice-captain. Dobbie began his career in 2002 at Rangers followed by other generally unremarkable spells at Hibernian, dobbies career was revived by a loan spell at Dumbarton in 2006. Dobbie scored 54 goals in 98 appearances for Queen of the South in his first spell at Palmerston Park, Dobbie played in the clubs first ever appearance in the Scottish Cup Final in 2008. Dobbie moved to Swansea City in 2009, Dobbie was loaned to Blackpool and won promotion to the Premier League, winning the 2010 play-offs. Dobbie returned to Swansea City and won promotion to the Premier League, Dobbie was again loaned to Blackpool in 2012 and played in a third successive play-off final, this time as a runner-up. In 2012 Dobbie signed for Brighton & Hove Albion, before joining Crystal Palace, Dobbie helped the Selhurst Park club to win promotion in 2013 to the Premier League but on this occasion was not part of the play-off winning team.
Dobbie had a spell at Blackpool and played for Fleetwood Town and Bolton Wanderers. Born in Glasgow, Dobbie started his career at Rangers, in 2002 he went on loan to Australian National Soccer League club Northern Spirit, scoring three goals in three league games in the 2002–03 season. He was transferred to Hibernian in 2003 after no first-team league appearances for Rangers, Dobbie made his debut on 9 August 2003 as an 85th-minute substitute in a 2–1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice Park. After five substitute appearances, he made his debut on 23 September. His full league debut four days in a 1–2 defeat to Celtic at Easter Road. On 5 February 2004, in the semi-final of that seasons Scottish League Cup at Hampden Park against his former club Rangers, the game ended 1–1 after extra time and Hibs won 4–3 on penalties. Despite this, Dobbie failed to win a place in the Hibernian first team as Garry OConnor. Dobbie was a 70th-minute substitute in the 2004 Scottish League Cup Final defeat by Livingston, Hibs lost 2–0 to goals by Derek Lilley and Jamie McAllister.
He made a total of 33 appearances, scoring six goals that season. On 3 July, he made his European debut in the round of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, as a 76th-minute substitute. He started the 2004–05 season with Hibernian, making seven League, a lack of opportunities at Hibs under the management of Tony Mowbray meant that Dobbie was sent on loan to Scottish First Division side St Johnstone on 26 January 2005
Nicholas David Nicky Maynard is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for League One side Milton Keynes Dons. Born in Winsford, Maynard spent a year as a schoolboy with Arsenal and he joined Crewe Alexandras academy, famous for producing players such as Danny Murphy, Rob Hulse and Dean Ashton, at the age of seven. He represented Crewe at every age level and scored 27 goals in one season at Under–18s level. As a reward for his form in the team, Maynard was offered his first professional contract of his career in the summer of 2005. During the 2005–06 season, Maynard was loaned out to Witton Albion in January 2006, Maynard made a big impression at the non-league side, helping them to their most successful run of the season in the Northern Premier League. Maynard performed well in his year of professional football, forming a productive goal-scoring partnership with Varney. During his first full season, Maynard picked up the Player of the Month award for September, with Luke Varney a £2m transfer to Charlton Athletic, Maynard was seen as Crewes most likely goalscoring threat for the 2007-2008 season.
In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Maynard admitted that he had broke down a few times during his four months of rehabilitation, although he would recover and return to fitness. He was a substitute in an away match against Nottingham Forest before playing the second 45 minutes of the FA cup tie versus Oldham Athletic in December. Maynard initially struggled to score upon his return to the first team, but in February and March, the young striker showed his potential by scoring in seven consecutive games, including a first senior level hat-trick, against relegation rivals Cheltenham Town. Ive scored a couple of doubles before he said in an interview in 2008, I got all the lads to sign the match ball for me. Crewe managed to avoid relegation for the time in three seasons at the expense of Bournemouth, despite losing 4–1 to Oldham on the last day of the season. On 31 July 2008, Maynard signed a contract with Bristol City for a fee of £2. 25m. Maynard made a start to his second full campaign with City.
He helped his side to three consecutive 1–0 victories, against Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and away at Brentford in the Football League Cup and he scored twice in a defeat of Middlesbrough. The goal was voted the Football League goal of 2009, out of five selected goals from 2009, following a pre-season knee injury, his first appearance in the 2010–11 season was as a substitute against Leeds United on 12 February 2011. He started and scored in each of the three games as City went on a winning run to pull themselves away from the relegation zone. On 23 April 2011 Maynard received the first red card of his career in a 3–2 defeat at Sheffield United, Maynard was put up for sale in the January 2012 transfer market after failing to negotiate a new contract at Ashton Gate
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, England, which opened in 2007, on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002–2003. The stadium hosts football matches including home matches of the England national football team. The stadium will be the home of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur while White Hart Lane is being demolished. Wembley Stadium is owned by the body of English football. The FA headquarters are based in the stadium, with 90,000 seats, it is the largest football stadium in England, the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe. Designed by Populous and Foster and Partners, it includes a retractable roof. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million, a UEFA category four stadium, Wembley hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals, and will host both the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020. The stadium hosted the Gold medal matches at the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament, the stadium hosts rugby leagues Challenge Cup final, the NFL International Series and music concerts.
The design of the services was carried out by Mott MacDonald. It is one of the most expensive ever built at a cost of £798 million. The all-seater stadium is a design with a capacity of 90,000. It can be adapted as a stadium by erecting a temporary platform over the lowest tier of seating. The stadiums signature feature is a circular section lattice arch of 7 m internal diameter with a 315 m span, erected some 22° off true and it supports all the weight of the north roof and 60% of the weight of the retractable roof on the southern side. The archway is the worlds longest unsupported roof structure, a platform system has been designed to convert the stadium for athletics use, but its use would decrease the stadiums capacity to approximately 60,000. No athletics events have taken place at the stadium, and none are scheduled, the conversion for athletics use was a condition of part of the lottery funding the stadium received, but to convert it would take weeks of work and cost millions of pounds.
Demolition officially began on 30 September 2002, with the Twin Towers being dismantled in December 2002, delays to the construction project started as far back as 2003. In December 2003, the constructors of the arch, subcontractors Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company of Darlington, Cleveland Bridge withdrew from the project and replaced by Dutch firm Hollandia with all the attendant problems of starting over. In October 2005, Sports Minister Richard Caborn announced, They say the Cup Final will be there, by November 2005, WNSL were still hopeful of a handover date of 31 March, in time for the cup final on 13 May
In 2010, he became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year. Throughout his professional career, Webb drew praise for his authoritative and respected approach to refereeing from football bodies, colleagues and he announced his retirement in August 2014 to become the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board. Webb was born to Sylvia and Billy Webb and grew up in Rotherham and his father was a referee for 35 years. Webb first took up refereeing in local leagues in 1989, in 1993, he progressed to the Northern Counties East League as an assistant referee, becoming a referee for that league two years later. He was an officer with South Yorkshire Police but took sabbatical leave to concentrate on his refereeing. His first game in the top tier of English football was on 18 October 2003 when he took charge of a 0–0 draw between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers and he was appointed to FIFAs international referees list in 2005.
Since then, Webb has been appointed to some of world footballs highest-profile matches, including a UEFA Champions League final. Webb officiated the 2005 Community Shield at Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, the match between the Premier League winners and the FA Cup winners of the previous season. League winners Chelsea went 2–0 up through two Didier Drogba goals, but Cesc Fàbregas netted a goal for FA Cup winners Arsenal 25 minutes before the end and it was a tense finale, but Chelsea held on to secure a 2–1 victory. Webb issued three yellow cards in a game that saw 11 substitutions, in May 2006, Webb took charge of the FA Trophy final at Upton Park in London. Grays Athletic beat Woking 2–0 through goals from Dennis Oli and Glenn Poole, no players found their way into the book. The 2007 Football League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was an incident-filled match, the match ended with a brawl, with most of the players on the pitch becoming involved. Managers José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger both entered the pitch in an attempt to calm the situation.
As a result of the mêlée, Webb sent off John Obi Mikel of Chelsea and Kolo Touré and Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal and this was the first time that three red cards had been shown in a League Cup final. Indeed, before this, game only three red cards had been shown in all of the previous finals, Webb took charge of the 2009 FA Cup final, the 128th final of the worlds oldest domestic football cup competition. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London and was the time that an FA Cup final had been staged at the stadium since it was rebuilt. The match was contested by Chelsea and Everton, with Chelsea coming out on top to record their fifth FA Cup success, Webb cautioned Mikel John Obi and Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Tony Hibbert, Phil Neville and Leighton Baines of Everton. Webbs first international game was at Windsor Park, Belfast, in November 2005 when Northern Ireland hosted Portugal in a friendly match, Tony Capaldi, Keith Gillespie and James Quinn were booked for Northern Ireland
Cardiff City F.C.
Cardiff City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Cardiff, Wales that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club was founded in 1899 as Riverside A. F. C. before changing its name to Cardiff City in 1908 and they play their home games at the Cardiff City Stadium, after moving from Ninian Park in 2009. The club reverted to their traditional blue in January 2015 and they have long-standing rivalries with nearby clubs Swansea City, known as the South Wales derby, and Bristol City, known as the Severnside derby. The club was founded in 1899 as Riverside A. F. C and their first season saw them playing friendlies against local sides at their Sophia Gardens ground, but in 1900 they joined the Cardiff & District League for their first competitive season. To combat this they arranged to join the South Wales Amateur League in 1907, with the club growing in stature, they were forced to turn down the opportunity to join the newly formed Southern League Second Division due to the lack of facilities at their Sophia Gardens ground.
The club eventually secured land to build their own stadium, moving into Ninian Park, the club made its first signing the following year with the acquisition of Jack Evans from fellow Welsh club Cwmparc. With the new ground in place, Cardiff joined the Southern League Second Division, and appointed their first manager in Davy McDougall, who became player-manager. They went on to finish in place in their first year in the league but the board decided to replace McDougall with Fred Stewart. In 1920, the club submitted an application to join the Football League and were placed into the Second Division for the 1920–21 season. Stewart brought in players with Football League experience, breaking the clubs transfer record on two occasions to sign Jimmy Gill and Jimmy Blair from The Wednesday. In the 74th minute, after collecting a throw George MacLachlan, dan Lewis, the Arsenal goalkeeper, appeared to collect the ball but, under pressure from the advancing Len Davies, clumsily allowed the ball to roll through his grasp.
In a further attempt to retrieve the ball Lewis only succeeded in knocking the ball with his elbow into his own net, captain Fred Keenor received the FA Cup trophy from King George V only seven years after Cardiff City had entered the Football League. However, he was unable to turn the fortunes around by the end of the season. McCandless left the club soon after and was replaced by Cyril Spiers who led the club to promotion the in 1951–52 season, despite spending five seasons in the First Division, the club continually struggled in the bottom half of the table and were eventually relegated in 1957. They returned to the First Division for two seasons between 1960 and 1962 before again suffering relegation, during the 1960s, Cardiff began qualifying for European competition for the first time as a result of winning the Welsh Cup. They went on to reach the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Real Zaragoza, despite their exploits in Europe, the club were still struggling in league competition under the stewardship of Jimmy Scoular, finishing in 20th position in the Second Division.
After a 1–1 draw in the first leg, just over 43,000 fans turned out at Ninian Park to watch Hamburg win 3–2, during the 1970–71 season, Cardiff reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners Cup where they faced Spanish side Real Madrid. The first leg of the tie was held at Ninian Park where 47,000 fans watched one of the most famous victories in the history when Brian Clark headed in to give Cardiff a 1–0 win
James Tomkins (footballer)
James Oliver Charles Tomkins is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Crystal Palace. He has represented England at all levels up to the under-21 team and he primarily plays as a centre back, but can play at right back or defensive midfield. He is a product of the West Ham youth academy, aged seven, Tomkins was spotted while playing for his local Sunday League side and signed into West Ham Uniteds youth academy. Initially a striker, he switched to his current position in central defence. He signed scholarship forms in 2005, prior to making his first-team debut, his career had been marred by several injuries. Tomkins made his Premier League debut on 22 March 2008 in a 1–1 draw away to Everton, although his costly slip allowed Yakubu Aiyegbeni to score the opening goal, He made five more starts and a substitute appearance. On 27 November, Tomkins signed for Derby County on a loan spell. He made his debut for Derby in their 3–0 away defeat to Burnley on 29 November 2008 and he played 8 times in all competitions for Derby County during his loan spell, before being recalled to West Ham on 31 December 2008 by manager Gianfranco Zola.
After his stint with Derby, he started to feature regularly with the Hammers first-team, on 21 March 2009, he started and played the full 90 minutes alongside Jonathan Spector in a 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The same month, he and several fellow youth products were awarded long-term contract extensions and he regained his place, starting alongside captain Matthew Upson. He was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports as he, Tomkins made 28 appearances in all competitions in the 2010–11 season scoring once against Manchester City at Upton Park. On 1 January 2011, he made his 50th first-team appearance for West Ham in a 2–0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and it was the 2011–12 season that Tomkins found his feet in the West Ham United first team, forging a partnership at the back with New Zealands Winston Reid. He scored the first goal in the 4–0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road and received WHUFC player of the month for August, the opening month of the season. After signing he proved his commitment and love for the club by saying Im a local boy and have come through the ranks at the club and loyalty is a far bigger currency to me than money.
For his outstanding performance in the 2011–12 Championship season he was voted by his fellow professionals into the PFA Championship Team of the Year and he was voted runner-up Hammer of the Year by West Ham fans, losing out to Mark Noble. In 2015 Tomkins signed a new, long-term contract which would keep him with West Ham until 2020, shortly after he dislocated his shoulder in training, an injury which was expected to keep him from playing for several weeks. In March he received surgery for the same injury and he played 25 games in all competitions for West Ham including three FA Cup games. He scored a goal, in a 2–1 away win against West Bromwich Albion on 2 December 2014
Barry Ferguson MBE is a Scottish football player and coach. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire on 17 June 2006, Ferguson spent most of his career at Rangers, in two spells either side of a £7.5 million transfer to English club Blackburn Rovers. He totalled 431 games and 60 goals for Rangers, whom he captained from 2000, Ferguson won the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup five times apiece for Rangers, including a treble in 2003 which earned him the honour of SFWA Footballer of the Year. He helped them to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, Ferguson made 45 appearances for the Scotland national team, starting from 1998. In 2009, following behavioural incidents while on Scotland duty, he was stripped of the captaincy of Rangers, in his career, he returned to England with Birmingham City and Fleetwood Town. Towards the end of his spell with Blackpool, he was appointed caretaker manager of the club. Ferguson was appointed player-manager of Clyde in June 2014, he resigned from this position in February 2017, born in Hamilton, Fergusons older brother, was a member of the Rangers squad in the 1980s.
Ferguson was promoted to the first team squad for the 1996–97 season and he made his debut on the last day of that season against Hearts on 10 May 1997. He would make a number of appearances the following season under manager Walter Smiths policy of easing him into the first team. Ferguson became a fixture in the first team during the 1998–99 season under new manager Dick Advocaat. The Dutchman soon secured Ferguson on a contract as he became an important member of the squad. He scored his first career goal in a League Cup match against Alloa Athletic on 18 August 1998, injury prevented him from being involved in the 1998–99 season run-in as the club achieved the Treble. Ferguson watched the 1999 Scottish Cup Final from the stands as Rangers won the match 1–0, Ferguson was so influential the following season that he was given an extended six-year deal at Rangers in October 1999. He was named the Scottish Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year for 1999–2000, in the autumn of 2000, with Rangers having a poor start to the season and the defence in particular having a horrendous run of form, Advocaat was already thinking about changes.
Ferguson received minor injuries after engaging in a drunken hotel brawl following the 6–2 defeat to Celtic in August 2000. After being sent off in the match, Ferguson had made obscene gestures to the crowd gone drinking in Bothwell in his club tracksuit. An incident in two bags of ice were thrown at the Celtic dug-out during a 2–0 defeat at Ibrox in September 2001 was attributed to Ferguson. Celtic manager Martin ONeill played down the incident, saying he thought the ice had been thrown by his clubs doctor
Thomas Christopher Tom Ince is an English professional footballer who plays as either an attacking midfielder, winger or a forward for Championship club Derby County. He spent time that season on loan at Football League One club Notts County, at the end of the season, Ince turned down a new contract and moved to Blackpool, who had just been relegated from the Premier League. In two-and-a-half seasons at Blackpool, Ince played 113 games in all competitions and he won the 2013 Football League Young Player of the Year Award and was named in the 2012–13 PFA Team of the Year. Ince did not feature regularly for Hull in the 2014–15 season, a loan spell at the end of the season with Derby County was a success, with Ince scoring 11 goals in 18 appearances. At the end of the season, he joined Derby for a fee of £4.75 million, Ince has been capped internationally for England at U17, U19 and U21 levels. Ince signed for Liverpool as a player in 2008 and was handed a first-team squad number at the start of the 2010–11 season.
On 29 July 2010, he was a substitute for the first time in Liverpools UEFA Europa League qualifier against FK Rabotnički. He made his début for Liverpool on 22 September 2010 as a 106th-minute substitute for Dani Pacheco in the third round League Cup defeat to Northampton Town at Anfield. On 1 November 2010, Ince linked up with his father Paul Ince and he signed on loan alongside 22 year-old right back Stephen Darby. Ince made his County début on 6 November in the 2–0 FA Cup first round victory against Gateshead, on 13 November, he made his league début in the 3–1 away loss to Exeter City. On 11 December, Ince scored his first career goal, in Countys 2–0 league win against Milton Keynes Dons. At the end of December 2010, Ince said that joining his father at Notts County had benefited him as he had got a bit lost at Liverpool, who had tried to change his style of play. He found that his father wanted me to be the player that I was, Ince scored for County for a second time on 3 January 2011 in a 3–0 win against Hartlepool United before his loan expired on 10 January and he returned to Liverpool.
Despite his fathers repeated attempts to re-sign his son on loan, Inces contract expired at the end of the 2010–11 season and they would not let Ince go back out on loan unless he signed a new long-term contract. Inces father described the offer as derisory and called Liverpool silly for refusing to let Ince re-join his club on loan. Ultimately, Ince declined to sign a new contract with Liverpool, on 3 August 2011, Ince signed a two-year contract with Blackpool, with an option for a third. As Ince was under 24 years of age and had offered a new contract by his previous club. Liverpool and Blackpool agreed a fee and a sell-on clause which entitled Liverpool to 35% of any fee that Blackpool received for selling Ince
West Ham United F.C.
West Ham United Football Club is a professional football club based in Stratford, East London, England. They compete in the Premier League, the top tier of English football, in 2016 the club re-located to the London Stadium. The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United and they moved to the Boleyn Ground in 1904, which remained their home ground for more than a century. The team initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before joining the Football League in 1919 and they were promoted to the top flight in 1923, when they losing finalists in the first FA Cup Final held at Wembley. In 1940, the won the inaugural Football League War Cup. West Ham have been winners of the FA Cup three times, in 1964,1975, and 1980, and have been runners-up twice, in 1923, and 2006. The club have reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965 and finishing runners up in the competition in 1976. West Ham won the Intertoto Cup in 1999 and they are one of eight clubs never to have fallen below the second tier of English football, spending 59 of 91 league seasons in the top flight, up to and including the 2016–17 season.
The clubs highest league position to date came in 1985–86 when they achieved third place in the First Division, three West Ham players were members of the 1966 World Cup final-winning England team, captain Bobby Moore and goalscorers Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. The club, Thames Ironworks were the first ever winners of the West Ham Charity Cup in 1895 contested by clubs in the West Ham locality and they turned professional in 1898 upon entering the Southern League Second Division, and were promoted to the First Division at the first attempt. The following year they came second from bottom, but had established themselves as a fully fledged competitive team and they comfortably fended off the challenge of local rivals Fulham in a relegation play-off, 5–1 in late April 1900 and retained their First Division status. In 1899, they acquired their now-traditional home kit combination of claret shirts and sky blue sleeves in a wager involving Aston Villa players, because of the original works team roots and links, they are still known as the Irons or the Hammers amongst fans and the media.
West Ham Utd joined the Western League for the 1901 season while continuing to play in the Southern Division 1. In 1907, West Ham were crowned the Western League Division 1B Champions, the reborn club continued to play their games at the Memorial Grounds in Plaistow but moved to a pitch in the Upton Park area in the guise of the Boleyn Ground stadium in 1904. The Cup Final match itself ended 2–0 to Bolton, the team enjoyed mixed success in Division 1 but retained their status for ten years and reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1933. In 1932, the club was relegated to Division Two and long term custodian Syd King was sacked after serving the club in the role of manager for 32 years, following relegation, King had mental health problems. He appeared drunk at a meeting and soon after committed suicide. The club spent most of the next 30 years in division, first under Paynter