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PLAYED FOR BOTH: WEST HAM UNITED

2 February 2018

George Parris, Alan Curbishley and Bobby Zamora during their Albion days.

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United at the Amex Stadium, here’s a look at three players that have played for both clubs over the years.



George Parris

After coming through the youth ranks at West Ham United, the midfielder/defender went on to become a legend for the club, making 266 appearances and hitting the back of the net on 18 occasions.

His debut for the club came against Liverpool at Upton Park towards the end of the 1984/85 season - before scoring his first goal in a 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the following campaign.

Parris made 48 approaches in league and cup competition during the 1985/86 season, as he started to cement his place in the team at Upton Park.

After 11 years at the club, his departure came in 1993 - with spells at Birmingham City and IFK Norrkoping coming before his move to the Goldstone Ground in 1995.

During his two seasons with the Seagulls, Parris was made captain and made 63 first-team appearances - which included his memorable goal against Bristol Rovers, where he stole possession off the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an unguarded goal.



Alan Curbishley

Curbishley also began his career at West Ham and was included in the matchday squad against Everton in 1974 at the tender age of 16, however the midfielder didn’t come on to make an appearance.

His first appearance came the following year against Chelsea as the Hammers lost 1-0 at Upton Park -  and over the following years he racked up over 80 games for the London club.

He found the back of the net five times during his time in east London, but transferred to Birmingham City in 1979 after having disagreements with manager John Lyall.

Spells at Aston Villa and Charlton Athletic followed before his move to the Seagulls was confirmed in 1987 - and it proved a memorable first season at the Goldstone Ground for the midfielder.

Curbishley fired six goals for Albion during the 1987/88 campaign - four of which were penalties - to help the club secure promotion to the second tier of English football.

During the following season, Curbishley scored penalties in three consecutive games against Oxford United, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

His time at Albion came to an end in 1990 - as he signed for Charlton Athletic before taking over as manager for 15 years.



Bobby Zamora

Signed from Bristol Rovers for £100,000 - following a successful loan spell at the Withdean Stadium, where he scored six goals in six games - Zamora became a club legend for the Seagulls, as he rocked the Football League with impressive goal tallies season upon season.

The striker notched 28 league goals in successive seasons to guide the Seagulls to back-to-back championships - picking up the respective league’s top goalscorer award twice in a row.

Despite scoring another 14 league goals in Albion’s first season back in England’s second tier, the Seagulls were relegated on the final day of the season.

Spurs came in for the Albion forward during the summer and splashed out £1.5 million to secure his services, as he left the south coast to compete for a place in the Premier League.

Zamora found opportunities hard to come by at White Hart Lane, which prompted a move to West Ham in 2004, and the forward made a fine start - scoring on his debut against Bradford City.

The Albion and West Ham favourite scored four goals during the club’s successful Championship play-off schedule in 2005 - netting the winning goal against Preston North End as the Hammers were promoted to the Premier League.

Zamora scored important goals in victories for West Ham over Arsenal at both Highbury and the Emirates Stadium - which made up part of his 38 goals in 147 appearances for the club.

The striker returned to Albion in 2015 for a season - scoring seven goals in 26 games, including a memorable winner against Leeds United at Elland Road - before retiring from the game in December 2016.


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