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QPR: Played for Both Clubs - Les Ferdinand MBE

A look at former Bolton and QPR striker Les Ferdinand.

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Les Ferdinand, born on the 8th December 1966, started his career with non-league side Hayes in 1985. After impressive performances for Hayes, Queens Park Rangers bought Ferdinand for a fee of £15,000.

After a brief loan spell for Brentford in 1988, Ferdinand joined Turkish side Besiktas, scoring 14 goals in 24 goals. Ferdinand returned to QPR in 1989, only to find chances limited, making only 9 appearances in the 1989/1990 season.

It wouldn't be until the creation of the Premier League where Ferdinand found his best form for the hoops, the form that earned him the nickname 'Sir Les'. Playing in the first three seasons of the Premier League for the R's, Ferdinand averaged 20 goals a season, his best season being the 1994/1995 season, where Les scored 24 goals in 37 games.

In 1995, after playing 185 times for QPR, scoring 91 goals, Ferdinand moved to Newcastle United for £6 million. Due to a sell on clause, Hayes received £600,000 and with the money received Hayes built a function suite and named it "The Ferdinand Suite" in his honour. His arrival at the club came nearly three years after the Magpies had offered QPR £3.3 million for him during their Division One promotion season, but the offer had been turned down.

It was at Newcastle where Ferdinand had the best form of his career. In his two year spell on Tyneside, Les Ferdinand scored 50 goals in 84 games, and also formed a formidable partnership with Alan Shearer in the process. Newcastle would also finish Premier League runners up in both seasons.

Ferdinand then moved to Tottenham for £6 million in 1997. Injuries played a major part in Ferdinand's five and half year spell at White Hart Lane, restricting him to just 12 league goals in three seasons. Ferdinand did win the 1999 League Cup, playing in the final against Leicester City, where the score finished 1-0. Ferdinand would also score the 10,000 Premier League goals whilst playing for Tottenham, against Fulham in December 2001. In January 2003, after 149 games and 39 goals for Spurs, Ferdinand moved to West Ham United.

Ferdinand couldn't prevent the Hammers relegation to the First Divison. Deciding to stay a Premier League player, Les Ferdinand left on a free transfer to join Leicester City. Despite scoring 12 league goals for the Foxes, Leicester were relegated in 2004, and after a year with Leicester, Ferdinand joined Bolton Wanderers.

Even though Ferdinand was 37 when he joined Bolton, he still managed to play a part in his six months at the Reebok. Against Manchester United, Ferdinand scored what was nearly a famous winner for the Trotters, only to be denied by a David Bellion/Nicky Hunt fuck up in stoppage time. In total, Les Ferdinand scored 2 goals in 14 games for Bolton.

Ferdinand left Bolton in January 2005, and retired at the age of 39 after short spells with Reading FC and Watford FC. Les Ferdinand scored 149 goals in the Premier League, making him the 8th highest ever scorer.

In 2005, Ferdinand was awarded with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

On 5 November 2008 Ferdinand joined fellow ex-Tottenham player Tim Sherwood on the coaching staff of Tottenham Hotspur, to work with the strikers. After six years as a coach with Spurs, Ferdinand left after the departure of Sherwood. In October 2014, Ferdinand re-joined QPR as the Head of Football Operations, and in February of this year, he became Rangers' Director of Football.