Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst MBE is a retired England footballer best remembered for his years with West Ham. He made his mark in World Cup history as the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final. His three goals came in the 1966 final for England in their 4–2 win over West Germany at the old Wembley.
Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English footballer. He plays at centre back for Manchester United in the Premier League and is captain of the England national team. He has amassed 76 caps for England and been a member of three FIFA World Cup squads.
James Peter 'Jimmy' Greaves (born 20 February 1940 in East Ham, England) is an English former football player, England's third highest international goalscorer, the highest goalscorer in the history of English top flight football and more recently a television pundit - famous for his trademark catchphrase it's a funny old game. He is considered to be one of the finest goalscorers of his generation.
Ian Edward Wright, MBE (born 3 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer turned television and radio personality. Wright enjoyed great success with London clubs Crystal Palace and Arsenal, spending six years with the former and seven years with the latter. He is considered as somewhat of a legend at both clubs. With Arsenal he has lifted the Premier League title and both major domestic trophies.
Clyde Cyril Best MBE (born 24 February 1951 in Bermuda) was a Bermudian football player who most notably played as a striker for West Ham United, and was one of the first post-World War II black players in British football. While he initially suffered through some racist chanting, Clyde became a true fan favourite at Upton Park. He was a strong, powerful player with the skills of the traditional English centre forward, tough to dispossess when he had the ball and good in the air.
Marc-Vivien Foé (1 May 1975 – 26 June 2003) was a Cameroonian international footballer, who played in midfield for both club and country. With success in the French League, and stints in the English Premier League, his sudden death, while in the middle of an international competitive fixture, came as a shock to the worldwide footballing community. He was posthumously decorated with the Commander of the National Order of Valour.
Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris (born 12 March 1956) is an English musician, best known as the bassist, band leader, primary songwriter and only constant member of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden (although Dave Murray has played with the group since 1976). In addition, he plays keyboards, and sings backing vocals. He founded the band as a teenager in 1975.
Peter Leslie Shilton, OBE is a former football goalkeeper who holds the record for playing more games for England than any other player. His international career earned him 125 caps, making him England's most capped player. In a 30-year career, which included eleven different clubs, three World Cups, two European Cup finals and more than 1,000 competitive matches, Shilton emerged as one of the English game's genuine legends.
Karl Fredrik "Freddie" Ljungberg (born 16 April 1977 in Vittsjö) is a Swedish professional footballer currently playing for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer. Ljungberg has spent the majority of his career playing as a winger in Europe, either on his preferred right side or occasionally on the left, although in MLS he often plays as a central midfield playmaker. He was the captain of the Swedish national team until he announced his international retirement after Euro 2008.
Martin Stanford Peters MBE, (born 8 November 1943 in Plaistow, London) is a former football player and member of the victorious England team which won the 1966 World Cup as well as playing in the 1970 FIFA World Cup. With pace, industry, creativity and exquisite timing on the run, Peters was described by England manager Alf Ramsey as being "ten years ahead of his time". His versatility was such that while he was at West Ham he played in every position in the team, including goalkeeper.
Leslie "Les" Ferdinand MBE is a former English footballer. His playing career included spells at Reading, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Bolton Wanderers F.C. , during which period he earned a number of appearances for England. He became the first player to score for 6 different Premier League clubs. He is the cousin of current Premier League players Rio and Anton Ferdinand and his son Aaron currently plays for Harrow Borough in the Isthmian League.
Edward Paul "Teddy" Sheringham MBE (born 2 April 1966) is a retired English footballer, and the father of footballer Charlie Sheringham. Sheringham played as a striker, and had a successful career at the club level, winning almost every domestic honour available with his clubs, most notably the Treble with Manchester United in the 1998-99 season, the pinnacle of his career being both scoring and setting up the two last-minute goals in the European Cup final.
Joseph John "Joe" Cole is a professional footballer who plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League and plays for the England national team. He started his career with West Ham United where he played more than 100 games during five years, until he left for Chelsea in 2003. He has won a number of trophies with Chelsea, including two Premier League titles and the 2007 FA Cup.
Craig Douglas Bellamy (born 13 July 1979) is a Welsh footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Welsh national team as a striker. He has previously played for a number of sides in England as well as a spell in Scotland since making his debut for Norwich City in 1997. He is captain of the Welsh national side. During his career he has been well known for his exceptional pace and skill which has seen him win the Scottish Cup and Community Shield.
Davor Šuker, (born 1 January, 1968 in Osijek) is a former Croatian footballer. Best known for his goal scoring ability, which has earned him a spot in FIFA top 100 greatest players. He played as a striker for a number of European clubs as well as the Croatian national team, where he is the all-time top goal scorer with 45 goals. Šuker began his footballing career in his hometown, playing for the local first division team Osijek as a 16-year-old.
Paulo Jorge dos Santos Futre (born February 28, 1966 in Montijo) is a former Portuguese professional footballer, who played mostly as a left winger. After exploding at Sporting Clube de Portugal well before his 20th birthday, he soon moved to Futebol Clube do Porto, after which embarked in an extensive career - until 1998 - having represented clubs in Spain, France, Italy and Japan, most notably Atlético Madrid.
Richard Ian Wright (born 5 November 1977) is an English goalkeeper, currently playing for Ipswich Town, his second spell with the club, after rejoining in July 2008. He has been a member of the England squad, and has two caps.
Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English footballer who is currently playing his club football for Premier League club Chelsea and at international level for the England national football team. He plays most often as a box-to-box midfielder and has also enjoyed spells in a more advanced attacking midfield. Lampard began his career at West Ham United, his father's former club.
Paolo Di Canio (born 9 July 1968) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a striker. Active in Italy, Scotland and England, Di Canio made over 500 league appearances in his career, scoring over 100 league goals.
David Benjamin James is an English professional goalkeeper who currently plays for the England national team and is captain of English Premier League club Portsmouth. As of 14 February 2009, he achieved the all-time Premier League record of 536 appearances, having overtaken Gary Speed with 535. He has also been capped 49 times by England, having made his first appearance in 1997.
William Arthur "Billy" Bonds MBE (born 17 September 1946) is a former professional footballer and manager, who is most often associated with West Ham United with whom he spent 27 years as player and manager. He played 793 first-team games for West Ham in a career spanning 21 seasons.
Stuart Pearce MBE, nicknamed "Psycho", is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of the England Under-21 team. As a player, Pearce had a long and distinguished career, during which he captained the England team and became one of the most highly regarded defenders his country has ever produced. He is best remembered for his time as captain of Nottingham Forest and his England international duties.
John Harkes is an American former soccer player. Harkes was the first American ever to play in the English Premier League, and the second American to score at Wembley Stadium. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He appeared in two FIFA World Cup tournaments, and won two MLS Cup titles with D.C. United, and was the second American footballer to appear in the final of a major English tournament since Julian Sturgis in 1876.