Luděk Mikloško

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Luděk Mikloško
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-12-09) 9 December 1961 (age 52)
Place of birth Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1969–1975 Němčice nad Hanou
1975–1976 Železárny Prostějov
1976–1980 Baník Ostrava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 RH Cheb 23 (0)
1982–1990 Baník Ostrava 211 (0)
1990–1998 West Ham United 315 (0)
1998–2001 Queens Park Rangers 57 (0)
Total 606 (0)
National team
1982–1992 Czechoslovakia 40 (0)
1996–1997 Czech Republic 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luděk "Ludo" Mikloško (born 9 December 1961 in Prostějov) is a Czech retired football goalkeeper. Starting his career in his native Czechoslovakia, he played over 200 games for Banik Ostrava before moving to England where he played over 300 games for West Ham United. He later played for Queens Park Rangers where he was also goalkeeping coach; a role he later held with West Ham United. He played 40 games for Czechoslovakia and two games for the Czech Republic.


Club career[edit]

Mikloško started his career in his native Czechoslovakia with Baník Ostrava. His talent was noted by West Ham United manager Lou Macari, who signed him on 19 February 1990, just before his resignation and the appointment of Billy Bonds as his successor, for a fee of £300,000.[1]

A brave and excellent shot stopper with a huge clearance kick, he went on to play 374 times for the team. He was named Hammer of the Year in 1991 - the year that West Ham were promoted to the First Division as Second Division runners-up and reached the FA Cup semi-final. Although the Hammers were relegated the following season and missed out on being founder members of the new FA Premier League in 1992, he helped them win promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt - beginning a 10-year unbroken spell at this level, although during Miklosko's time at the club they never finished higher than eighth (in his final season). He is well remembered for a man of the match performance against Manchester United on the last day of the 1994–95 season where West Ham drew 1–1 with Manchester United to help secure Blackburn Rovers their first league title in over 80 years.

He was eventually sold to Queens Park Rangers in 1998 for a nominal fee after a successful loan spell. He retired due to injury in 2001.

International career[edit]

Mikloško received 40 caps for Czechoslovakia and two caps for the Czech Republic.[2]

Post-football career[edit]

After retirement, Mikloško returned to West Ham to take up a goalkeeping coaching role. He left the club in March 2010; neither club nor Mikloško commented as to why.[3]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Ludek Miklosko". 1961-12-09. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Miklosko leaves Hammers". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 

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