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David James

Position : Goalkeeper
Born : Welwyn Garden City, Herts
DOB : 01/08/1970
Height : 6 5


Commanding figure who became Glenn Roeder's first major signing in the summer of 2002 when he arrived from Aston Villa for a fee of £3.25million. For James, it provided a welcome reunion with the former Hammers boss, who played in front of him at Watford when the two were at opposite ends of their careers back in the early 90s. Born in Welwyn Garden City, James began his career at Vicarage Road and made 98 League and Cup appearances for the Hornets before a £1million move to Liverpool in July 1992.He spent seven years as first choice goalkeeper at Anfield, making a total of 277 League and Cup appearances before Aston Villa snapped him up for £1.7million in June 1999.

In his first season at Villa Park, he picked up an FA Cup runners-up medal and also became a well-known figure at Upton Park after his much-publicised spat with Paolo Di Canio after the infamous Worthington Cup quarter-final between the two sides - a rift that the two have now happily put behind them. At the start of last season he handed in a written transfer request to Villa boss John Gregory before withdrawing it three days later.

He then went on to prove himself as one of the Premiership's most consistent stoppers and was rewarded with a return to international football by England caretaker boss Peter Taylor for the friendly against Italy in November 2000. He impressed enough to keep his place for Eriksson's first match in charge against Spain in February this year, and also came on as a second half substitute in the 4-0 win over Mexico in May. Sadly injured knee ligaments playing in England's warm-up game v Holland on 15th August, forcing him to miss the first few months of last season.

This season with releagtion David James has kept the number 1 jersey for england and is expected to be first choice in this years European championships.


Steven Bywater    
Position : Goalkeeper
Born : Manchester
DOB : 07/06/1981
Height : 6 2


Highly-rated goalkeeper destined for a fine future after joining the Club while still an apprentice with Rochdale.
Stephen was loaned out to Hull City and Wycombe Wanderers in the Second and Third divisions respectively to gain League experience at the start of two seasons ago, but he could never have predicted the sequence of events that saw him thrust into the Premiership limelight at the age of just 18.

With Craig Forrest on international duty, the young keeper was handed his debut when Shaka Hislop broke a leg in the third minute of the Hammers match against Bradford City in February. Sadly, the day turned into a personal nightmare for Stephen as his two errors gave Bradford a 4-2 lead, although his blushes were spared as the Hammers came back to win 5-4.

However, showing amazing resilience and strength of character, young Stephen returned for the final three matches of the season and did his confidence the power of good with fine performances against Arsenal, Sunderland and Leeds United.

The England Under-18 keeper capped off his season with a heroic penalty-saving display in the FA Premier Youth Academy Under-19 League Play-off final against Arsenal at Highbury.

Has also been on the subs bench a number of times this season and is tipped for a very bright future by former Hammers goalkeeping coach Les Sealey.