WHZ View: Three who've played for both West Ham and Newcastle
West Ham clash with Newcastle United on Saturday in an important Premier League clash at both ends of the table.
Victory for either side will go a long way. After 31 matches, the Hammers are still occupying the final Champions League spot and it’s in their hands to qualify now. Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen have stepped up in the absence of Michail Antonio.
The Magpies are 17th in the table, but have a six-point gap over the bottom three. They picked up a crucial three points on the weekend thanks largely to Allan Saint-Maximin. Steve Bruce also welcomed Callum Wilson back from injury, he’ll be raring to go.
In anticipation of the clash, West Ham Zone have looked back on three players who’ve represented both the Hammers and the Magpies.
Nolan joined Newcastle in January 2009 for £4million from Bolton. They were relegated at the end of the season, but he chose to stay and help win promotion back to the Premier League. He scored 17 goals and got the Magpies back up the first time of trying.
As club captain, Nolan led Newcastle to safety in their first season back in the Premier League. West Ham were relegated that year, and brought in Sam Allardyce to steer them back up. Nolan became his first signing and was immediately named club captain.
Back in the Championship, Nobby (as he was known by the Hammers players) scored 12 league goals as we went up via the playoffs. He spent the next four seasons with us, scoring 30 goals in his time in east London. Now retired, Nolan is back at West Ham, now as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff.
The Peruvian is something of a legend on Tyneside. Solano became the first Peru-born player to sign for a Premier League club when he joined Newcastle in 19998. He was very popular with the Newcastle fans, playing over 150 times during his first spell.
Solano moved to Aston Villa in 2004 before rejoining the Magpies in 2007. It was another successful spell up north, but he wasn’t able to win the fans a trophy. Overall, he scored 37 goals in black and white before moving to West Ham.
Now 32, Solano moved to east London to be closer to his family, who had settled in the capital. He signed a one year contract and played 23 times overall for the Hammers, scoring four goals. This included freekicks against Derby and Aston Villa.
Parker joined Newcastle from Chelsea in July 2005 for a deal worth £6.5million. He was a hit at St James’ Park and was named successor to Alan Shearer and given the captain armband in 2006. West Ham swooped in for him after two successful years with Newcastle.
Given the number eight shirt, Parker signed for £7million in June 2007. He won back-to-back Hammer of the Year awards in 2009 and 2010, repeatedly performing heroics in a dier West Ham side.
Despite relegation in 2011, Parker was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, and actually won the FWA Footballer of the Year award. He left for Spurs at the beginning of the 2011/12 season, joining Tottenham. Sadly, it tainted his legacy with the club.