Three-time Hammer of the Year, Football Writer’s Player of the Year, and England Player of the Year. Scott Parker really has been forgotten to history.
The now caretaker-manager for Fulham, the 38-year-old coach remains one of English football’s most mysterious figures. A classy midfielder in his prime who was a star for both club and country, Parker remains a forgotten figure in this era of the game, and one of the few players to be loved by West Ham fans despite playing for Tottenham.
Signed from Newcastle in the summer of 2007, Parker had a slow start to life in east London, only making 18 appearances for the club in his debut season with the Hammers, but his second campaign with West Ham proved to be a lot more successful.
His orchestrating of the midfielder made him an enjoyable player to watch for those who preferred the football of old, and his tough-tackling attitude made him a fan favourite over time in east London.
Parker’s performances kept the Hammers in the league despite near close calls with relegation, and in doing so the English international was named Hammer of the Year three times in a row, an achievement only managed by West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking.
Despite being one of West Ham’s best players, the midfielder was unable to stop the club from being relegated in the 2011/12 season a year after being named the FWA Player of the Year.
Although Parker remained with the club for the start of the Championship season, the midfielder eventually got his move back to the Premier League in the form of a transfer to Tottenham, where the England international was unable to find the form that made him so highly rated at West Ham.
In 2013, Parker was on the move yet again after an underwhelming spell with Spurs, this time to west London side Fulham, his fifth London club in his career, and the final team of his career and where he remains at today as caretaker-manager.
Whether or not Parker has all the hallmarks of a top-level manager is yet to be seen, but wherever he ends up managing in the future, West Ham fans will always see him as one of their own, and one of their best performing players to play for them in the Premier League.
West Ham fans, what is your favourite memory of Parker? Let us know!