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THE LOWDOWN ON BOBBY ZAMORA

3 August 2015



Bobby Zamora has signed for Brighton & Hove Albion for a third time - following a goal-laden three-year spell with the club between August 2000 and July 2003.
 
Zamora began his career as a trainee at Bristol Rovers and made six appearances as a substitute before a subsequent loan spell at non-league Bath City.
 
The striker sampled life on the south coast during an initial loan spell with the Seagulls where he scored six goals in six appearances.


 
The striker moved to Albion on a permanent basis the following summer, as Micky Adams paid a not insignificant £100,000 fee to sign the youngster.
 
Zamora found the net a total of 77 times in three seasons, and was part of the Albion side which secured back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002.
 
His 14 goals in the second tier couldn't save Albion from relegation, and he moved to Premier League Tottenham Hotspur in 2003, as Glenn Hoddle paid £1.5million to take him to White Hart Lane.
 


He moved to his boyhood team West Ham United in February 2004 as part of a swap deal for Jermain Defoe.
 
The forward quickly adapted to life at Upton Park after finding the net on his debut against Bradford City, before scoring on his first home appearance for the Hammers versus Cardiff City.
 
He went onto to score 40 goals for the East Londoners in four-and-a-half seasons, including the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Preston North End in the 2005 Championship Play-Off Final.

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Zamora was an integral part of Alan Pardew’s squad in West Ham’s first season back in the Premier League in 2005/06 and made a total of 42 appearances, scoring ten goals.
 
He received an FA Cup runners up medal, after West Ham were beaten in the 2006 final by Liverpool.
 
The following season, Zamora formed a formidable partnership with Carlos Tevez, which came to fruition at the end of the season, and helped West Ham retain their Premier League status - winning at Old Trafford on the final day.
 
A move to Fulham followed in July 2008 and Zamora played a key part as the Cottagers progressed to the Europa League Final in 2010 - most notably in a memorable win over Juventus at Craven Cottage.
 
He took pain killing injections in a troublesome Achilles to help Fulham win their semi-final with Hamburg, and although he managed to start the final, it proved too much and Fulham eventually went down 2-1 to Atletico Madrid.


 
Zamora left to join Fulham's West London rivals Queens Park Rangers in January 2012, with his stand-out moment being the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Derby County in the 2014 Championship Play-Off Final.
 
He gave a number of talismanic displays in the Premier League last season, including a superb instinctive goal against West Bromwich Albion in a 4-1 win for Rangers at the Hawthorns.

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