Anton Ferdinand Reflects on His Time with West Ham

Former West Ham United defender Anton Ferdinand claims that some of the best days of his life were at Upton Park.


Growing up under the shadow of illustrious brother Rio Ferdinand, Anton Ferdinand never was able to hit the heights as his famous brother. Over the years represented the likes of West Ham, Sunderland, QPR, and Reading amongst the top clubs. He has also played in some unknown leagues and for some unknown teams like Police United. He has now reflected on his career, which may have come to a premature end had it not been for the move to Southend United in the summer of 2016.

Anton Ferdinand says that some of the best time of his life came at Upton Park where he spent the first five years of his professional career. After coming through the ranks at the club, he was touted as one of the next stars from Upton Park.

Early on in his career, he managed to feature in all the youth teams of the England national team including 17 appearances for the England under 21s between 2004 and 2007. However, he was unable to take up the next step and progress up the ladder. His career has effectively come to a halt since the racism controversy with John Terry several years back.

Ferdinand is now hoping to revive his career and potentially get back into the Championship or beyond. “One of the best days of my life taking the club I support back to the Prem and achieving my own dreams of playing in the Prem #dreamsdocometrue,” said the defender on his Twitter account. Ferdinand will also be remembered for his time with QPR, where he was part of the team that got promoted under Alan Pardew. However, he did not last long at the club as he was quickly sold to Sunderland.

Southend United’s victory against Walsall was particularly special for Ferdinand

Southend United’s latest league victory saw them claiming a 3-2 triumph over Walsall in a thrilling match that was played on March 18 of the ongoing year.


Walsall got the early lead as Franck Moussa scored 2 goals in the 1st half but Southend United responded by scoring 3 times during the final 40 minutes of the match.

Anton Ferdinand was one of the players that scored a goal during this match but despite being able to find the back of the net, the goal was not one of the reasons of why the 32 year old defender considers being a special game and it’s because his 1 month old daughter was actually in the stands.

“It was an emotional afternoon for me because it was my daughter’s first game so that was for her. To come back like we did showed real character and I think we showed people why we should be up there.

‘’That game is how it is when you play higher in that if you give people chances they will punish you. It’s not always the case at this level and you can sometimes get away with things but that didn’t happen here. We needed team spirit to get back into it and credit to the manager as well for keeping it the same at half-time and then deciding to change it.” Anton Ferdinand said as he voiced just how important this victory over Walsall was due to the fact that his month old daughter Lila was in attendance.

This 3-2 triumph over Walsall allows Southend United to snatch the 6th spot of the English League One and another reason of why this match was particularly symbolic for Anton Ferdinand is because he managed to score a goal which is something that the veteran defender has not been able to do since December of 2016.

NEWCASTLE’S SHELVE BANNED FOR FIVE GAMES

English Championship side Newcastle United would lose their player Jonjo Shelvey for five games after he was banned for racial abuse.


Shelvey would also pay £100,000 after the FA found him guilty of misconduct.

Shelvey was earlier charged but he appealed the charge in Novermber. An Independent Regulatory Commission has now found him guilty of racially abusive language against Wolves player Romain Saiss. He has been ordered to attend an FA Education course to avoid a repeat.

“The sanction has been set aside pending consideration for an appeal. Any appeal must be lodged within seven days from receipt of written reasons which will be produced in due course,” the FA added after the ruling.

The incident is believed took place when Newcastle clashed with Wolves at St James Park. Shelvey is accused of abusing the player in the 87th minute after the defender raised the issue.

The FA charge says that the abuse breached Rule E3(1) and is an “aggravated breach as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality. The guidelines which were revised in 2013 states that any player that racially abuses or discriminates on basis of “religion, disability and sexuality should be banned for at least five games.”

A popular case was John Terry being handed a four match ban and a fine of £220,000 for racially abusing Rio Ferdinand’s brother Anton in 2012. The controversial incident was revisited when Ferdinand claims he does not talk with his former Three Lions teammate.

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was also banned for eight games ad fined £40,000 for abusing Patrice Evra whilst he was a Liverpool striker. The FA has been consistent in tackling issues of abuse in football.

DIOUF-GERRARD FEUD LIVES ON

Former Senegal international El-Hadji Diouf in one player who will not be sending his farewell message even after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from football.


The African previously blamed the failure of French striker Mario Balotelli on the former Reds star. As the Ex-Three Lions player announced his retirement after being released by LA Galaxy, Diouf slammed the player again.

“When I arrived, I showed him that he was nothing. I asked him, ‘what great competition have you played and where do people remember you?’ it wasn’t [Zinedine] Zidane,” Diouf told SFR Sport.

Diouf, who blamed Gerrard for “killing his team by slipping against Chelsea,” disclosed that he respected the player in Gerrard but not his personality.

“The player, I respect him. He’s a great player. But the man and the person not. I let him know. For me, he was a player like everyone else. He had to keep up well, and play as he knew how to go, but don’t go to the coach to report what happens in the dressing room,” Diouf said.
Diouf claims that Gerrard was scared of him after their clash at Anfield.

“He knows that I don’t mince words. He did not look in my eyes because he was afraid. And he was afraid to speak to me. And when I arrived Liverpool, it was he who asked me for my jersey, not the opposite,” the 35-year old player said of Gerrard.

Diouf hit at the 36-year old Englishman saying he carried the Senegalese national team for years. He said he was the hero and villain when the team lost as 14 million fans looked up to him. Diouf blamed Gerrard if the club never won a Premier League. The player wrote off his time at Sunderland, claiming Anton Ferdinand was the “number one w*****” in the team at the time. The player spent time at Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland whilst he played in the Premier League.

BROWN HAILS PLAYERS AS FERDINAND RETURNS

Phil Brown took did not hesitate to take to the media to hail his players after their match with MK Dons.


With Southend’s brutal 3-o win over MK Don, Brown has urged his players to keep on smiling. Goals from Anthony Wordsworth, who drove home a brace and a single goal from Simon Cox was enough to ensure that all three points from the game were secured by the Shrimpers.

Brown is really of the opinion that his players’ positivity was the underlying reason behind their emphatic win over MK Dons. The 57-year old coach had this to say after the match,
“I’ve got a smile on my face again and I think that’s really important.I blame myself when things don’t go right and I had been looking at what I could do better when we had some bad results.”

“I had a think about things and ever since then I’ve been making sure I’ve got a smile on my face because I’ve probably been bringing a lot of doom and gloom to the changing room. We need to be positive and it’s the same with how we’re playing now too.”

The Shrimpers have received a boost with the arrival of some of their top players such as Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox. However, it would take some time for them to up their fitness levels.

With Ferdinand’s return to the squad, he will be handling the captaincy position of the team while co-players, Jason Williams and Luke O’Neill might have to stay in the reserve for a few games.

Before this win, Southend had drawn 1-1 in a game at Bradford City and a 1-0 victory at home to Chesterfield. They have thus climbed higher up the League One table.

Anton Ferdinand has recently picked up an injury

Anton Ferdinand of Southend United sustained an injury back on September 3 when his club faced off with Bolton Wanderers and the match concluded in a 1-1 draw as both teams had to settle with 1 point from this battle.


Taking into consideration the fact that Bolton Wanderers is located in the top spots of the English League One after having secured 13 points from the 7 opening matches of the season, a draw against one of the top teams is a positive result for Southend United.

Southend United on the other hand has been struggling to secure a consistent amount of points as they have only collected 5 points from 7 matches and to make things moderately worse for the team which is being managed by Phil Brown is the fact that Anton Ferdinand sustained an injury during their recent encounter against Bolton Wanderers.

Anton Ferdinand was unable to perform for his club when they faced off with Scunthorpe United on September 10.

When it was confirmed that Anton Ferdinand was not going to be able to play against Scunthorpe United, the 31 year old defender tried to remain positive as the English player said:

“I just felt my hamstring tighten up on me so hopefully it’s not too bad. Fingers crossed there isn’t much damage but we will know more in the next couple of days. Sometimes these things just happen but I’ll be doing all I can to get back fit as quickly as possible and when I do hopefully I can have a clear run at it.”

Ferdinand is eager to recover and get back to the pitch as he has not been a regular starter in Southend United in this start of season. Even though he has been available to play since the start of the season, it wasn’t until very recently that he has been able to get some time on the playing grounds.

Charlton Athletic relegated into League One

A disappointing 2015-16 season saw Charlton Athletic relegated into the League One of English football.

However, the club are planning to get back into the top division once again. This led to the swift appointment of former Cardiff City manager Russell Slade as the new boss of Charlton. He has been eyeing several new signings in the hope of putting together a quality squad before the start of the new campaign. One of the reported transfer targets for Charlton Athletic is defender Anton Ferdinand, who is unable to get much first-team football at Reading.

He made only 24 appearances in all competitions for the Championship club last season. This is only expected to go down in the 2016-17 campaign, as Reading look to put off the disappointment of last season and reach the Premier League. In fact, the club decided to release him from his contract with a few signing him if needed. This looks unlikely to happen since Ferdinand has reportedly started training with Charlton Athletic. As a result, manager Slade has been able to have a closer look of the player. Any decision that he takes with Ferdinand has to come soon since the new season is upon Charlton.

After a disappointing pre-season in which the club managed to get only one victory, Slade will be hoping for a positive start. The team open the new campaign with an away match against Bury. This is the first of two back-to-back of a matches at the start of the campaign. Charlton do not get their first home match of the season until almost the third week of August. Their first home game is against Northampton Town. Apart from Ferdinand, Charlton are also reportedly looking at the possibility of signing Declan Rudd and Louis Thompson. Charlton have already brought in a number of players in the summer.

RIO BACKS PAYET

Anton Ferdinand’s brother Rio says that the injury that happened to Cristiano Ronaldo was not a fault of Dimitri Payet.

Payet was involved in the tackle which caused the injury and cut short the presence of the Portugal skipper on the pitch.

Some people, including the mum of the Blancos player, are taking on Payet, but, Rio, a one-time teammate of Ronaldo, is not of the opinion that there was any intention of the Frenchman to do what happened.

Rio said, “It was unintentional. You are supposed to tackle your opponent and the method of tackling was fine. He was looking to make his presence felt to Cristiano. There was nothing you can criticize him for. Everyone was sad to see Cristiano having to leave like that, but, it’s bad luck. He had his shoes getting stuck in the pitch and his left leg buckled damaging the knee the most.”

Ryan Giggs, another one-time teammate of Ronaldo, echoed Rio and said the reason the replays are making people feel Payet was at fault was that he was doing something he does not do often which is tackling.

As per Giggs, Payet is an attacking player and is not quite specialised in tackling which the defenders or the holding midfielders happen to be and thus, is looking ungainly on that occasion.
The night was the first of its kind for Ronaldo as he was representing his country in the maiden final and obviously, he didn’t want to give up easily after the blow. The winger made repeated tries to keep going, but, had to accept the fate at last.

The night however still remained Ronaldo’s night as his teammates did the impossible by downing the doubly powerful hosts by 1 goal to none.

INIESTA TO CONTINUE WITH SPAIN

There were reports that the captain of the Spain national team Andres Iniesta was set to quit international football after they were knocked out of the Euro 2016 in France despite being among the favourites to lift the trophy.

Spain are straight two-time winner and were gunning for the third one until they knocked out by Italy in the Round of 16 as they didn’t finish top of their group.

The international community just witnessed World’s best player Lionel Messi say he would not play again after their second successive defeat to Chile in Copa America finals. The Argentine superstar has played in four finals but has failed to bring home a trophy for the country. It has left him disappointed and the last encounter made him say he would hang up his boots. Fans in Argentina are hoping he would rescind his decision but there were reports that Spain international Iniesta would also join him after their disappointing performance in France.

The player took to his Twitter account to post: “It is a disappointment for everyone. Back to become stronger. Thanks for everything.” The Sun also quoted the player as saying: “I’m lost for words. There’s nothing else to it. It’s time to think about the future.” Major reports claimed it was a hint at resignation from the international scene but the player has cleared the doubts. He says he would continue with the team.

The 32-year old is likely to continue until after the World Cup in 2018 and plans are underway to get a suitable replacement for him at Barcelona, as he ages. However, his performance in the last two seasons as been impressive. He ended the last campaign in great form and was outstanding in the final of the Copa del Rey against Sevilla.

Ferdinand Praises Dele Alli

If you have been following the comments that Anton Ferdinand has been made on different social media platforms the recent ones are about Dele Alli of Tottenham and good thing about him. Anton Ferdinand is a former player for West Ham.

This time he had good things to say about the star of Tottenham Hotspur. Indeed, comments made by former players about upcoming star players are what makes others sit up and take notice. You would probably not have heard of Dele Alli or the contributions he has been made to his team’s games. He is being considered a rising star of Tottenham Hotspur.

Anton Ferdinand on the other hand, has been a defender in the Premier League and today he is considered a pundit in many circles. He recently gave an interview for ESPN and paid a tribute to the works of Dele Alli, who is considered a star from Tottenham Spur. This player, only 20 years of age, is a recent addition to the team.

However, he is having a great breakthrough season this year. He has scored about 10 times as well as helping to set up 12 goals which led to him being selected for the young player of the year award as well. These are considerable achievements for the player who is barely out of graduation levels. He flaunts toughness on the field in the midfield position that he plays which works for him as well as an advantage for his team.

He did come into conflict with other club players before like the tiff he had with a West Ham player last year, which led to him being banned for the next three consecutive matches. Today, however, his club is able to turn his aggression into good use and it definitely helps the club in getting the wins more and more.