On this day 17 years ago, Nigel Winterburn became a Hammer as he joined the club from London rivals Arsenal.
Winterburn spent 13 years with The Gunners before moving to Upton Park for the measly fee of £250,000 in June 2000. The veteran defender spent three years with the Hammers, making just shy of a century of appearances and found the net on a solitary occasion (he never was known for his goalscoring prowess) against Leeds United in November of his first season.
A leading figure in the West Ham defence, the now 53-year-old was the epitome of a good old fashioned full-back: never say die, happy to show players wide and solid in the tackle, even if that did mean he didn’t get forward all too often.
Since retiring from football in 2003, Winterburn first had a brief stint at Blackburn as part of Paul Ince’s coaching staff and has since moved into a career in the media, working for BT Sport as a pundit and as a regular columnist in the Evening Standard.
Here’s one for the scrapbook, Nigel!