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|Full name||Leslie Ferdinand|
|Date of birth||8 December 1966|
|Place of birth||Paddington, London, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|1987–1995||Queens Park Rangers||163||(80)|
|1988||→ Brentford (loan)||3||(0)|
|1988–1989||→ Beşiktaş (loan)||24||(14)|
|2003||West Ham United||14||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Leslie "Les" Ferdinand MBE (born 8 December 1966 in Paddington, London) is a former English footballer. His playing career included spells at Queens Park Rangers, Beşiktaş, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers, during which period he earned a number of appearances for England. He became the first player to score for six different Premier League clubs.
He is the cousin of players, brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand, and Peterborough United player, Kane Ferdinand. His son Aaron currently plays for Harrow Borough in the Isthmian League. Popularly nicknamed Sir Les, he was made an MBE in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours.
On 5 November 2008 Ferdinand joined fellow ex-Spur Tim Sherwood on the coaching staff of Tottenham Hotspur, utilising his experience to work with the strikers. Ferdinand left the club on 19 June 2014.
In 1997 Ferdinand was bought by Tottenham Hotspur, the club he supported as a boy, again for £6 million. Injuries heavily disrupted his first season at the club, but towards the end of the campaign he formed a good partnership with Jürgen Klinsmann, and the pair's goals saved Spurs from relegation from the Premiership. Ferdinand helped Spurs win the League Cup in 1999, defeating Leicester City 1–0 in the final at Wembley, but injuries restricted him to just 12 goals in his first three seasons at the club.
He scored 10 goals in the 2000–01 season and 15 in 2001–02. He played in a second League Cup final for the club, against Blackburn Rovers, but was thwarted by three saves by Rovers' goalkeeper Brad Friedel as Spurs lost 2–1. Ferdinand scored the 10,000th goal in Premiership history on 15 December 2001 for Spurs against Fulham.
In January 2003, he moved to West Ham United, and scored his first goal for the club against former club Tottenham, but was unable to prevent the club's relegation from the Premier League and opted to remain in the top flight by signing for newly promoted Leicester City on a free transfer. While at Leicester Ferdinand scored 14 Premiership goals, despite being 37 years old. After the Foxes were relegated at the end of that season, he rejected a new contract and joined Bolton Wanderers.
Ferdinand memorably scored for Bolton Wanderers against rivals Manchester United in the last minute, despite playing from a centre back position, which looked to have given the Wanderers the win, but a goal from David Bellion even deeper in injury time gave United a point. This goal, his last in the Premier League, came three months before his 38th birthday.
He found opportunities from the start limited, but proved useful for all his experience when coming off the substitutes` bench, and scored against former club Tottenham in the League Cup, with what proved to be a mere consolation goal in a 4-3 thriller which Bolton lost. He left them on 2 January 2005. Four days later, he signed with Reading. His contract at the club lasted until the end of the 2004–05 season. He scored one league goal in his time at Reading, in a 2-1 loss to Coventry.
Ferdinand committed to non-contract terms with Watford during the 2005–06, but did not play a competitive game for the club and left after their promotion to the Premier League via the Football League Championship playoffs. He retired from football a few months short of his 40th birthday.
For England, Ferdinand was capped 17 times, scoring five goals. He was part of the Euro 96 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads. Despite his successful season with Newcastle he did not play a game in 1996, and an injury meant he did not play a match in 1998.
Post-playing career and personal interests
Ferdinand has for many years been thought to have been connected (along with Dennis Wise) with the vandalism of the Blue Peter garden in 1983; however, he has always rejected these claims. Although at one point he claimed to have "helped a few lads over the wall", he later claimed to have been joking.
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