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Defenders
                 

Tomas Repka

             
Position : Defender
Born : Ostrava, Czech Republic
DOB : 02/01/1974
Height : 6 0


 
 

Czech international defender who endured a nightmare start to his Hammers career when he was sent off on his debut for the club against Middlesbrough on September 15 and then suffered the same fate in only his third outing - the humiliating 7-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on October 14.

The former Fiorentina star had completed his move from the cash-strapped Italian club just 24 hours earlier for a club record fee of £5.5million – eclipsing the previous record of £5million paid for Don Hutchison just weeks before.

Tomas had originally been reluctant to leave Florence, where he and his family were happily settled but, with the Serie A giants eager to ease their crippling debt by cashing in on their most valuable defender, he was finally persuaded to put pen to paper at Upton Park after being tracked by Glenn Roeder for more than a month.

One helpful factor in the transfer was the presence of goalkeeping coach Ludek Miklosko, who assured his fellow countryman that a move to east London would be in his best interests.

Tomas originally started his career at the same club that Miklosko left to join West Ham – Banik Ostrava in the Czech Republic, before moving to the country’s biggest club, Sparta Prague.

He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 1998 and earned a reputation as one of the league’s most solid and consistent defenders, helping the Florence club into the Champions’ League.

Tomas has 42 full caps for the Czech Republic to his name and played for his country at France 98 and Euro 2000.

 

 
Christian Dailly  
 
Position : Defender
Born : Dundee, Scotland
DOB : 23/10/1973
Height : 6 0

 

After weeks of on-off speculation, Christian Dailly finally became a West Ham United player on January 17, 2001 when he signed in a £1.75million deal from Blackburn Rovers.

The Club were resigned to missing out on the 27-year-old after he expressed worry about uprooting his young family from Lancashire and moving to London.
It appeared that the Scottish international was heading to Premiership rivals Leicester City but, after thinking over the choices on offer to him, he decided that his future lie at Upton Park.

After beginning his career with hometown club Dundee United, Christian made his move to the English Premiership in 1996 when Derby County swooped to sign him. Just over two years later, he was on the move again, when Roy Hodgson took him to Ewood Park in a £5.3 million deal. However, he was considered to be surplus to requirements by Graeme Souness last season, paving the way for the Hammers to snap up an experienced international defender at such a small cost.

He is a regular in the Scottish national side and holds the record for the most number of appearances for his country's Under 21 side, having played 33 times after making his debut at the age of 16.

He earned his first full cap in 1997 and was one of Scotland's few successes in the 1998 World Cup finals in France. He also starred in Scotland's Euro 2000 play off second leg victory over England.

 
                 

 
                 
Ian Pearce          
             
Position : Defender
Born : Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
DOB : 07/05/1974
Height : 6 3

                 

Solid and reliable central defender who made a welcome comeback last season after spending more than a year on the sidelines recovering from a serious knee ligament injury.

Ian's injury nightmare had originally began towards the end of the 1998-99 campaign, when he sustained a broken leg. However, that didn't prevent him from finishing as runner-up in the Hammer of the Year award as the team secured fifth place in the Premiership.

He returned for the start of the following season but tragedy struck in the opening match against Spurs when he collided with Stuart Pearce and tore cruciate ligaments.
14 months of gruelling rehabilitation followed, before he returned to action in the 1-0 win against Newcastle United in October 2000.

A Premiership title winner with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, Ian is equally comfortable at centre-back or as a striker, and has also slotted into the right wing-back position admirably on several occasions in the past.

A former England Under-21 star, Ian began his career at London rivals Chelsea, making just four substitute appearances at Stamford Bridge before joining Rovers for £300,000 in October 1993.

In September 1997, Harry Redknapp splashed out £2.3million to bring him back down south.

 
                 

 
                 
Rufus Brevett          
             
Position : Defender
Born : Derby, England
DOB : 24/09/1969
Height : 5 8

   
Signed from Fulham in January 2003 on deadline day. At the start of this season Rufus suffered broken ankle which has seen him miss over a quarter of the season.
   

   
Anton Ferdinand  
 
Position : Defender
Born : Peckham, England
DOB : 18/02/1985
Height : 6 4
   

   
Wayne Quinn  
   
 
Position : Defender
Born : Truro
DOB : 19/11/1976
Height : 5 10