Picture: Brian Deane / Tony Cottee
Brian Deane is of course to mention, talking about players in both camps, joining West Ham from Leicester back in 2003, Tony Cottee certainly is another, real legend at West Ham being an iconic figure at the club, also doing his business brightly with Leicester winning the Worthington Cup 20 years ago.
Keith Robson is one under the radar, a player that turned up at Leicester in the early 80’s, being in the squad that managed promotion to the first division under Gordon Milne. Robson had a past at Newcastle, West Ham and Norwich, probably most known for his performance against Anderlecht in the European Cup winners Cup final in 1976.
Former coach and player at Leicester Chris Powell also had a spell with West Ham United, with most of his career played for Charlton Athletic. At West Ham he was a bit in his prime at Leicester he started to break records for being the oldest player to make different appearances in different cups and league’s.
David Speedie made a bit of a trip around England after leaving Chelsea, and had spells at Leicester at West Ham among those moves. Nolberto Solano is another former fox with a life with The Hammers.
David Martin who had almost a season loan spell at Leicester City in the League One winning season 2008/09 made a surprising switch back to his boyhood club in front of this season after a number of seasons with Millwall and MK Dons. The 33 year old has made a number of appearances in the Premier League this season.
Leicester signed the Republic of Ireland international David Connolly from West Ham back in 2004/05, with him having a short spell in both camps. He was a proven goalscorer and Leicester made a great profit on that move selling him on to Wigan Athletic.
Matt Upson was on top of his game when playing at West Ham, joined Leicester late in his career and injuries stopped him from being involved enough to gain a first team place. The former England international spent that first season back in the top flight (2014/15) at Leicester City.
Andy Impey played for both Leicester and West Ham, joining during the MON period at the club. He spent about six seasons at Leicester. He started out at Queens Park Rangers and that was were he served the longest.
A favorite at Leicester City was Mike Newell, both a record signing and a record sale at the club. He never played at the highest level with Leicester, but had that joy with Everton and Blackburn. He had a short loan spell at West Ham during his days with Birmingham a few years after leaving Leicester.
Another player that we might have forgotten is John Pantsil, joining Leicester during the Svennis years coming in from Fulham. He also played for West Ham and today the assistant manager at Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.
A list of players in both camps,
- David Martin
- Chris Powell
- Nolberto Solano
- Matthew Upson
- John Pantsil
- Keith Robson
- Andy Impey
- Tony Cottee
- Brian Deane
- David Connolly
- Les Ferdinand
- Paul Kitson
- Mike Newell
- David Speedie