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.