West Ham United v Liverpool (19/09/2009) - Double Agents
Thursday, 17th September 2009
In advance of our trip to West Ham United on Saturday evening, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both the Hammers and the reds over the years.

Current double agents
Glen Johnson signed professional terms for the Hammers in August 2001. He failed to score in sixteen games before moving on to Chelsea for £6m in July 2003 to become the first signing of the Roman Abramovich era. He joined the reds from Portsmouth for a whopping £17m in June, and has already notched twice in six reds outings.

Yossi Benayoun signed for the East London club from Real Racing Club de Santander for £2.5m in July 2005. He struck eight times in 72 games for the Hammers, and featured against the reds in the 2006 FA Cup Final. He signed for £5m in July 2007, and has so far netted twenty times in 93 reds games, including trebles in three different competitions.

Javier Mascherano joined West Ham from Corinthians Paulista for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day in August 2006. After just seven outings for the Hammers, he signed on loan for the reds in January 2007, and has so far struck once in 95 games, impressing greatly in the holding midfield role, signing on permanently in February 2008 for £18.6m. Mike McGlynn is Assistant Chief Scout for the reds, heading up a team of UK scouts who report on opposition teams, also working under Chief Scout Eduardo Maciá to find new players. He had worked as a senior coach with the FA for two decades before becoming northern scout for West Ham. Frank McParland then offered him a part-time role at Liverpool, and he has been with the club full-time since 2007.

In charge
George Kay became Liverpool boss after five years leading Southampton, and was responsible for signing Billy Liddell, Bob Paisley and Albert Stubbins. He led us to our fifth League title in 1946/47, securing a unique quadruple by also claiming the Liverpool Senior Cup, Lancashire Senior Cup and Lancashire County Combination Championship Cup! He also led us to our second FA Cup Final three years later when we lost out to Arsenal. Unfortunately, he had to step down due to illness in early 1951. He had joined West Ham in 1919 from Belfast Celtic, where he had become the first Englishman to captain an Irish League club, playing in the Irons' defence 259 times, and was captain as they lost to Bolton Wanderers in the famous ‘white horse' FA Cup Final of 1923.

Up front
Harry Bradshaw became the reds' first international in February 1897 when he won his only England cap. He struck 53 times in 138 reds games after signing from Northwich Victoria in October 1893, winning two Second Division titles, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898, going from there to West Ham, for whom he struck twice in twelve matches. Danny Shone signed on with the reds as an amateur in 1915, and then as a professional in May 1921. He bagged 26 goals in 81 games, helping us to claim the League title in his first season. He joined the Hammers in June 1928, netting five times in twelve games.

Craig Bellamy arrived in L4 from Blackburn Rovers for £6m in June 2006, grabbing nine goals in 42 reds games before being sold just thirteen months later, joining the Hammers for a club record £7.5m. He struck nine times in 26 outings before moving to Manchester City for a reported £14m in January. Neil Mellor joined First Division United on loan in August 2003, but only managed two goals in 21 games as the Irons went through a series of managers. He bagged six goals in 22 senior reds games, before moving on to Preston North End for a reported £0.5m in August 2006. Kenny Dalglish signed David Speedie from Coventry City for £700,000 in January 1991. He netted eight times in fourteen reds games before moving to Blackburn Rovers seven months later. He struck four times in eleven League outings while on loan from Southampton at Upton Park during 1992/93 as his career wound down.

Titi Camara signed from Olympique de Marseille for £2.6m in June 1999, scoring ten times in 37 reds games, most famously against West Ham on the day his father died in October 1999. He joined the Hammers as part of a joint deal with Rigobert Song in November 2000, although he only played fourteen times for them. Daniel Sjölund moved in the opposite direction to Camara at the same time, for a £1m fee. He never made either club's first-team, and is now playing for Swedish side Djurgårdens IF. Mike Newell also did not break through from our reserves, and he moved to Upton Park on loan from Birmingham City in December 1996, failing to score in seven games.

At the back
Rigobert Song signed from Italian club Salernitana for £2.6m in January 1999, making 38 reds appearances before joining the Hammers as part of the Titi Camara deal. He only played 27 times for them before joining Racing Club de Lens for £1m in June 2002. Julian Dicks arrived at Anfield in September 1993, with David Burrows, Mike Marsh and £1.5m heading in the opposite direction. None of them lasted much beyond a year at their new club. Dicks has the honour of being the last red to score in front of the standing Kop, and returned to Upton Park in May 1994 after three goals in 28 reds games. Burrows made 193 reds appearances, helping us to a League title, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield, and then played 35 times for the Hammers, netting twice, before joining Everton a year later.

David James arrived from Watford for a fee of £1m in July 1992. He went on to make 277 appearances in his five years at Anfield, before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m. He moved on to West Ham United in a £3.5m deal in July 2001, after just under two years at Villa Park. He played 102 times for the Hammers before moving on again to Manchester City in January 2004. Rob Jones signed for the Irons on a non-contract basis in July 1999. He had famously failed to score in his 243 reds appearances, but persistent back problems led to his departure from Anfield. He was unable to achieve full fitness while with the Hammers and subsequently retired from the game.

Neil Ruddock signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5m in July 1993, and made an inauspicious debut, breaking ex-red Peter Beardsley's cheekbone, as well as scoring, in Ronnie Whelan's testimonial match the following month. He made 152 first-team appearances while at Anfield, before moving to West Ham United for £100,000 in July 1998. He played 56 times in his two seasons with the Hammers, before moving on to Crystal Palace.

In the middle
Ray Houghton started out at Upton Park, but only made one substitute appearance before joining Fulham in July 1982. He joined the reds from Oxford United for £825,000 in October 1987, striking 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield in five years at Anfield. Right-half Ted Savage played 105 reds games after signing from Lincoln City in May 1931. He debuted as a forward, netting twice in a 4-0 defeat of Grimsby Town at Anfield that September. He moved to Manchester United in December 1937, and guested with the Hammers during the Second World War.

Paul Ince played 81 games in his two years at Anfield after signing from Internazionale for £4.2m in July 1997, scoring seventeen times. However, his best days were behind him, and Gérard Houllier shipped him off to Middlesbrough within a year of taking charge, due to his unruly influence. He had started his career with West Ham, notching twelve times in 95 games before controversially joining Manchester United for £1m in September 1989.

Don Hutchison left Anfield for West Ham United for £1.5m in August 1994, after ten goals in sixty reds games. Exactly seven years later, he moved back to Upton Park, joining from Sunderland for £5m. He struck seventeen times in 110 games for West Ham across his two spells there. Mike Marsh played 101 reds games before being part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield. He bagged two goals in 61 games while at Upton Park, before joining Coventry City for £450,000 in December 1994.

Left-winger Peter Kippax joined the reds from Burnley as an amateur in 1948. He made one League outing, against Birmingham City in March 1949, having already netted in a Wartime League fixture for the reds against Bolton Wanderers in August 1945, before moving on to Yorkshire Amateurs in 1950. He had also guested for the Hammers during the war.

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