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Anton Ferdinand

Squad Number: 5
Position: Defender
Born: 18th Feb 1985 (Peckham)
Signed: 14th Dec 2002 (£0)
Contract: Details unknown
Previous Club: Youth Team

Anton Ferdinand is a home-grown talent who rose through the ranks at West Ham in much the same fashion as his elder brother Rio (who still watches Anton whenever he can).

The central defender made his first team debut in the opening game of the 03/04 season - a 2-1 televised win in searing heat at Preston.

The tall defender took a little time to bed into the first team but has since grown in stature, so much so that he now looks at home in the Premiership.

His form in the 04/05 promotion season saw readers of KUMB vote him their Most Improved Player.

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

Anton Ferdinand is yet to play this season.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

Anton Ferdinand is yet to play this season.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

Anton Ferdinand is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

Anton Ferdinand is yet to play this season.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

Anton Ferdinand is yet to play this season.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-3 v MLS AllStars (n) 25th July 2008
by Graeme Howlett

Not at his best, hopefully because he's yet to reach full fitness as opposed to his thoughts being elsewhere.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

2-2 v Aston Villa (h) 10th May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A welcome return but was made to battle.

0-1 v Portsmouth (h) 8th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Still ill at ease in the “senior” centre-back role. At least showed a small bit of willing to get forward from time to time.

1-2 v Sunderland (a) 29th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Battled away in the air bit it was his 97th minute header that set up the winner. We need Upson back alongside him.

1-1 v Everton (a) 22nd March 2008
by Graeme Howlett

Much better than in recent weeks, good concentration throughout.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Alex Shilling

Struggles without Upson and was given a torrid time by Santa Cruz & co.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Struggles without Upson and was given a torrid time by Santa Cruz & co.

0-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 10th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

It’s all very well playing ok ish for 20-30 minute spells but if you fall asleep and cost two goals to start with you haven’t done your job.

0-4 v Chelsea (h) 1st March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Don’t stick your leg out Anton – you know they’ll dive. His daft moment started the rot.

1-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Fairly steady though he did have one worrying moment as both he and Upson lost out to McBride & Camara respectively.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by East Stand Martin

Another fine match. In front of Capello too.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Another fine match. In front of Capello too.

1-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 2nd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

The improvement continued. In a game like this you need your central defenders to keep it simple and he did so. The pick of the bunch albeit on a poor day.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by East Stand Martin

Excellent. Has been a revelation since his return from injury/court. Maybe the close shave with the law has taught him a lesson. If so it has been well-learned.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent. Has been a revelation since his return from injury/court. Maybe the close shave with the law has taught him a lesson. If so it has been well-learned.

0-1 v Manchester City (a) 16th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

I'd need to see the goal again to comment whether it was Ferdinand or Upson who lost Bianchi. Either way, that lapse aside he gave an otherwise assured performance.

2-1 v Fulham (h) 12th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Another good run out – again after a dodgy start. Finished the goal well.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

Lucky to escape for his 'foul' on Petrov, he was otherwise assured and produced one moment of outstanding defending.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Steady enough but that challenge was definitely a penalty whatever Styles says.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

After an uncertain start he recovered to have a decent game at the back, once he’d started to concentrate on defending.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Parker, 55) Fine performance defensively. Cracking goal up front.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Parker, 55) Fine performance defensively. Cracking goal up front.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(replaced Parker, 55) Although Spector played well, the defence did look more solid with him there and he took his goal well.

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 30th October 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Back in the side after recent injury but succumbed to what looked like a hamstring injury late on.

0-1 v Arsenal (h) 28th September 2007
by Josh Tappin

Doing okay until the injury.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Imperious. He was woeful in last year’s 6-0 and scored an own goal. No chance of that yesterday. Lita was in his back pocket.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by East Stand Martin

Outstanding. Just shows what one can do with a bit of concentration and the intelligence to deal with things as simply as possible. Won just about everything against Lita.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Outstanding. Just shows what one can do with a bit of concentration and the intelligence to deal with things as simply as possible. Won just about everything against Lita.

2-1 v Bristol Rovers (a) 28th August 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Another good performance although his lack of concentration, which led to Rovers' goal, could have ultimately cost us dear.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Kept Heskey quiet which is why the decision to swap with Upson for the goal was all the more mysterious and annoying.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Kept Heskey quiet which is why the decision to swap with Upson for the goal was all the more mysterious and annoying.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A good performance from a much-maligned player in recent times. He dealt well with Heskey's strength.

1-0 v Birmingham City (a) 18th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Another much better performance – one early lapse in concentration apart he focussed on getting there and getting rid.

1-0 v Birmingham City (a) 18th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another much better performance – one early lapse in concentration apart he focussed on getting there and getting rid.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Some players have a languid, laid-back style that is deceptive. Not this one. Lost the ball far too many times and seemingly wasn’t too worried too much about getting it back.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Poor. Out of position too often and caught out, while his distribution was careless.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Some players have a languid, laid-back style that is deceptive. Not this one. Lost the ball far too many times and seemingly wasn’t too worried too much about getting it back.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

At the risk of repeating myself, he has benefited immensely from Collins’ presence in recent weeks.

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

At the risk of repeating myself, he has benefited immensely from Collins’ presence in recent weeks.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

Beginning to build a nice partnership with Ginge and coped surprisingly well with the aerial onslaught. Another beneficiary of the arrival of a settled back four line-up.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Beginning to build a nice partnership with Ginge and coped surprisingly well with the aerial onslaught. Another beneficiary of the arrival of a settled back four line-up.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

He dealt with the Wigan strikers well and appeared to be in the correct state of mind.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

He dealt with the Wigan strikers well and appeared to be in the correct state of mind.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by East Stand Martin

A better game – no silly free-kicks in dangerous positions and he wisely opted for safety first.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by Gordon Thrower

A better game – no silly free-kicks in dangerous positions and he wisely opted for safety first.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Fought like a lion to keep the Arse at bay. One player who has benefitted hugely from a settled back four.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Fought like a lion to keep the Arse at bay. One player who has benefitted hugely from a settled back four.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A decent game, apart from when he lost Yakubu late on.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

A good performance from Anton who appears to be getting back to his best. Made one mistake when he allowed Mark Viduka to wriggle free but that aside it was a competent effort.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Still one or two questions over his overall defending but a fair performance. Held a high line well along side Collins.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

Still one or two questions over his overall defending but a fair performance. Held a high line well along side Collins.

3-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 4th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

At fault for third goal by giving away a needless free-kick. Mindset is questionable. Are his days at Upton Park are numbered?

0-4 v Charlton Athletic (a) 24th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

I missed the third goal. So apparently did he.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Nick Bull

His terrible season continues. A nervous and unsettled was topped off by the poor penalty gift.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by East Stand Martin

Look you’ve seen them diving all over the place why give them the option by trying to pull them back? Tested only the once and found wanting.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Look you’ve seen them diving all over the place why give them the option by trying to pull them back? Tested only the once and found wanting.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Nick Bull

We need Anton to get up to 100% fitness, him and Davenport could really be the best pairing at the back.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Obviously not 100% fit - but gave 100% effort until the injury.

3-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 6th January 2007
by Nick Bull

Looked nervous and shaky. The injury could be a blessing in disguise.

3-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 6th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Was doing ok prior to the untimely injury.

1-2 v Portsmouth (h) 26th December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Has had better days as he found it tough against Kanu.

0-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent at the back. Kept it simple and coped well despite a tendency for opposition forwards to leave their foot in on him.

1-0 v Manchester United (h) 17th December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent. Saha was tricky and Anton had his work cut out but he stuck to his task well and wasn’t found wanting.

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Nick Bull

Clearly missed Gabbidon. Very sloppy. Won little in the air.

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Too casual today, his game was littered with silly little errors.

1-0 v Sheffield United (h) 25th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

Battled well and dealt with the route one stuff admirably.

1-0 v Sheffield United (h) 25th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Battled well and dealt with the route one stuff admirably.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Nick Bull

Solid by Anton, but firmly in the shadow of his centre-back partner.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Another solid game against star-studded opposition. Managed to do all that without moaning at the ref. Terry take note.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

A couple of lapses in concentration could have proved costly but for Chelsea's profligacy in front of goal.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

An imposing performance.

1-0 v Arsenal (h) 6th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

Didn't put a foot wrong before hurting his ankle deflecting an Arsenal shot, and gamely fought on for several minutes before coming off. One hopes the injury won't be too serious.

1-0 v Arsenal (h) 6th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Was coping well until his injury.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 29th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

Back to his best, calm, assured and inspirational. A definite contender for the captaincy (in the unlikely event that Pardew ever drops Reo-Coker).

1-2 v Chesterfield (a) 24th October 2006
by Nick Bull

Not too bad, struggled to form a solid pairing in the centre with Gabbidon, which only aided the opposition.

1-2 v Chesterfield (a) 24th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

Our best defender on the night, it was an assured performance from Anton.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd October 2006
by Nick Bull

Coped very well with all that was asked of him. Only thing missing was a last minute equaliser again.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

The best of the back 4 though might have got a bit closer to Mido for the goal.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Allowed Kanu the wrong side for the goal though Poll might have given him a “get out of jail free” card by awarding the foul.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Nick Bull

Unsurprisingly poor, midweek events all told.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by Nick Bull

The shining light in a tepid display.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by East Stand Martin

We missed him when he went off. Hopefully not too bad an injury.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

We missed him when he went off. Hopefully not too bad an injury.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Not really given a hard time by the opposition. Possibly the least worst of our defenders if I can put it like that.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by Nick Bull

One of the better players in a West Ham shirt yesterday, but the failure to shine shows how bad the side were.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by East Stand Martin

Nothing outstandingly bad but like the rest of the defence he didn't exactly exude confidence.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Guilty of backing off Martins for the first goal. Guilty of long ball rubbish.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by East Stand Martin

Potentially embarrassed by a nutmeg early on he recovered to have a good game.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Potentially embarrassed by a nutmeg early on he recovered to have a good game.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by Nick Bull

Look satisfactory defensively, aside from falling asleep on the goal. Had a great chance from a Benayoun corner which he failed to convert.

1-1 v Aston Villa (h) 10th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Another who recovered from a shaky start. Fortunately the lapses at corners weren’t punished. We may not be as lucky another time.

1-1 v Aston Villa (h) 10th September 2006
by Nick Bull

Mixed afternoon; cleared vitally off of the line, but also fell asleep at times.

1-2 v Liverpool (a) 26th August 2006
by Nick Bull

Very solid performance at the back again. Three games in, and he has been the shining light so far.

1-2 v Liverpool (a) 26th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

A couple of touches aside he had a good game. Wasn’t put out by anything thrown at him.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Must have a bit of a headache from all the headed clearances he made. A couple of shaky spells and that “clearance” could have proved very costly.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by East Stand Martin

Anton struggled tonight against Watford's big strikers, and had Roy Carroll to thank for saving his blushes when he made a hash of a clearance late on in the game. Had a hard time of it as a result of being continuously pressured by the opposition. "Worse than your brother" sang the home fans; not the biggest insult really, when you consider that Rio was one of only two England players to escape with any praise from England's recent World Cup debacle.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Anton struggled tonight against Watford's big strikers, and had Roy Carroll to thank for saving his blushes when he made a hash of a clearance late on in the game. Had a hard time of it as a result of being continuously pressured by the opposition. "Worse than your brother" sang the home fans; not the biggest insult really, when you consider that Rio was one of only two England players to escape with any praise from England's recent World Cup debacle.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by Nick Bull

Another quality performance from Ferdinand Jnr when asked upon.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Looked comfortable against the fat Eddie Murphy and thankfully showed no reaction to the hamstring injury that messed up his pre-season.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by East Stand Martin

Both of West Ham's centre halfs suffered a nervy start but soon got into the groove.

1-1 v Olympiakos (h) 12th August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Looked as composed as he did towards the end of last season. A big season for Anton beckons.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

3-3 v Liverpool (n) 13th May 2006
by Gordon Thrower

No further comments.

3-3 v Liverpool (n) 13th May 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Solid and trustworthy at the back and absolutely distraught to be the one whose penalty miss proved oh so costly.

2-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 7th May 2006
by Gordon Thrower

I must admit that, as well as Ginge has done when he’s played I do like the Anton and Gabbidon pairing in the middle. I expect nton wil be back on the right by Cardiff though.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 26th April 2006
by East Stand Martin

Oddly he was better in attack than defense tonight. Very shaky against Cisse but went on one of the runs of the season in the second half.

1-0 v Middlesbrough (n) 23rd April 2006
by East Stand Martin

They targeted him in the absence of much protection from Yossi but he coped quite well.

1-0 v Middlesbrough (n) 23rd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

They targeted him in the absence of much protection from Yossi but he coped quite well.

0-0 v Charlton Athletic (h) 2nd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Comfortable in a right-back position in which, according to AP, he feels less than comfortable. However, there were occasions I felt he could have got forward a bit more.

0-1 v Manchester United (a) 29th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced Scaloni, 67) Comments to follow.

2-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 15th March 2006
by Richard Osborne

A classy understated performance.

2-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 15th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Stood strong at the heart of the Hammers defence in the face of wave after wave of Bolton attacks.

1-4 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 11th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Non-existent in the first half as a midfielder and hopefully that will be the end of that experiment. For me, that mistake lies with Pardew. Other than winning a few headers, really had no influence in the midfield. Honestly, he looked lost. I guess the thinking was that since Bolton are dangerous from midfield with Stelios, Nolan, Speed and Okocha, two defensive midfielders were needed. The plan didn’t work. The Bolton midfielders were extremely dangerous and creative and Ferdinand seemed at a loss as to how to stop their flow. Played at centre-back in the second half without any notable mistakes.

2-2 v Everton (h) 4th March 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Not his usual confident self and he allowed himself to be dragged out of position far too much.

2-2 v Everton (h) 4th March 2006
by Richard Osborne

Lost his rag and his composure. He'll learn a lot today.

0-0 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 18th February 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Vary few errors (bar the odd erratic pass) in a busy game. However he was fortunate not to have been punished for losing Kevin Davis for Bolton's best chance of the first half.

3-0 v Birmingham City (h) 13th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Awarded the Barclays Player of the Month award which, unlike the corresponding managerial gong, doesn’t seem to affect the recipient’s performance.

3-0 v Birmingham City (h) 13th February 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Another competent performance from Ferdinand who started the game by picking up his recent Premiership award as January's Player of the Month.

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Like the rest of the defence he was able to have a bit of a rest for much of the match.

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th February 2006
by East Stand Martin

Like the rest of the defence he was able to have a bit of a rest for much of the match.

3-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Campbell could do worse than look at a video of Anton and Gabbidon’s performance in this match. I understand he’ll have plenty of time to watch it. Meanwhile Anton goes from strength to strength – has apparently played in every minute of every league match.

4-2 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 28th January 2006
by East Stand Martin

Another one who might be deemed culpable when backing off for the first goal. Played well after that.

4-2 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 28th January 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Another one who might be deemed culpable when backing off for the first goal. Played well after that.

2-1 v Fulham (h) 23rd January 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent in defence and as for that goal……..

2-1 v Aston Villa (a) 14th January 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Distribution went wrong a couple of times in the first half but a generally solid performance. Always looks at his happiest with Gabbidon as his partner.

2-1 v Aston Villa (a) 14th January 2006
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

1-3 v Chelsea (h) 2nd January 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Charlton Athletic (a) 31st December 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Wigan Athletic (h) 31st December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Portsmouth (a) 26th December 2005
by Richard Osborne

At one point he dragged the ball back to avoid a challenge. Pure quality.

2-4 v Newcastle United (h) 17th December 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Kept Shearer fairly quiet. The experience is beginning to show – one bit where Shearer was looking to draw a foul only to find Ferdinand had taken a clever step back was particularly amusing.

2-1 v Everton (a) 14th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-3 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 10th December 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Birmingham City (a) 5th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Manchester United (h) 27th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

Like Gabbidon, he struggled against the foraging Red forwards although produced the game's most sublime piece of skill when he span on a sixpence in his own six-yard box to wrongfoot Van Nistelrooy.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 20th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

Good in defence and his goal – if not his celebration – will probably go into Hammers folklore alongside Jimmy Walker’s penalty save at Chelsea last year.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 20th November 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Good in defence and his goal – if not his celebration – will probably go into Hammers folklore alongside Jimmy Walker’s penalty save at Chelsea last year.

1-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 5th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

Like Repka he had one silly moment when he allowed Earnshaw to get a cross in. However he knuckled down after that and had another good match.

1-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 5th November 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Like Repka he had one silly moment when he allowed Earnshaw to get a cross in. However he knuckled down after that and had another good match.

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st October 2005
by East Stand Martin

A solid game, and he managed to keep Cisse under wraps for much of the game. Some of the home fans were very impressed by his performance.

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st October 2005
by Graeme Howlett

A solid game, and he managed to keep Cisse under wraps for much of the game. Some of the home fans were very impressed by his performance.

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 23rd October 2005
by Gordon Thrower

The partnership with Gabbidon continues to inspire. Saw off Maccarone and even at the end when ‘Boro threw three up he looked comfortable. Harshly booked.

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 23rd October 2005
by Adam Leatherbarrow

Booked for a silly foul but his towering headers, clearences, passing and tackling made up for his minor faults.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 16th October 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Another who seemed a bit tired out there. Needs to sharpen up a bit.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 16th October 2005
by East Stand Martin

A better game than at the Stadium of Light a fortnight ago, although there still appeared to be little defensive cohesion between the back four.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 1st October 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Seemed to have his mind elsewhere – not as focussed as normal and his distribution seemed to have gone to pot for the evening. An off day.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 1st October 2005
by Greg Mansell

Having began this year like a rock, the real Anton didn’t show up at the Stadium of Light. Just hope he wasn’t out on the jars with Re-Coker the night before. Hurried and scrappy thought, my lasting memory of Anton’s display will be that back pass going out for a corner.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 1st October 2005
by Graeme Howlett

What happened there, part 2? Now I'm sure footballers no longer go out on the piss the night before matches but Anton did a bloody good impression of one who had today. Some of his defending was almost comical at times; attempted back passes being sliced out for corners, clearances completely mis-hit (or kicked up an opponent's arse), passes going astray ... dear oh dear. Still, it would be harsh to criticise too much as he has been outstanding this season prior to today. A blip, for sure.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by East Stand Martin

Growing in stature at the weeks go by and on current form is probably the more valuable of the two Ferdinand brothers.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by Greg Mansell

A performance we have grown used to from young Anton. For me, he has showed the same quality and assurance that his older brother Rio did at the same age and we are rightly expecting big things from him. Euro 2008 must be a credible shout. Although it would have been interesting to see how Anton might have coped with an Henry or a Bergkamp, he didn’t put a foot wrong.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Impressive. The bloke who discovered both Anton and the other chap drinks in my local and has always maintained that Anton is the better footballer. This statement is beginning to raise fewer eyebrows than it used to.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Growing in stature at the weeks go by and on current form is probably the more valuable of the two Ferdinand brothers.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 17th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Fairly solid, thoughhis early failure to get a challenge in on Jensen might have proved costly on another day.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 17th September 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Solid and determined against some big opponents. Did the simple things, and was rarely beaten in the air.

4-0 v Aston Villa (h) 12th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Another one who seems to have made the transition between Championship and Premiership with few problems. Seems to relish the battle more and more each week.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 27th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

Another superb outing. Apparently he has an elder brother playing for some minor team up north. I wonder if he’s any good? My MOTM.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 27th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Another superb outing. Apparently he has an elder brother playing for some minor team up north. I wonder if he’s any good? My MOTM.

0-0 v Newcastle United (a) 20th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Hello Sven? After last week are you sure you’ve got the right brother? Ok that may be premature but it may not be totally out of the question – ask Shearer.

0-0 v Newcastle United (a) 20th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

Anton has come of age in the last two games, and has proved that he can play on the main stage - just months after some people were questioning his ability to do it at Championship level. Good stuff.

3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 13th August 2005
by David P Lewis

The defence had a decent game for the most part – though the marking at corners may need looking at. In the battle against Kuqi and Bellamy Anton did exceedingly well and he is rapidly maturing into the player many observers thought he could be.

3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 13th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

The defence had a decent game for the most part – though the marking at corners may need looking at. In the battle against Kuqi and Bellamy Anton did exceedingly well and he is rapidly maturing into the player many observers thought he could be.

3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 13th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

The defence had a decent game for the most part – though the marking at corners may need looking at. In the battle against Kuqi and Bellamy Anton did exceedingly well and he is rapidly maturing into the player many observers thought he could be.

 

2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Preston North End (n) 30th May 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Must be looking forward to waving his medal at big brother when next they meet. Must be a strong candidate for most improved player.

1-0 v Preston North End (n) 30th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

In a week when Zak Knight and Glen Johnson were partners at the back for England one wonders how long it will be before Anton gets the nod from Sven, who will no doubt be delighted to be able to visit the Boleyn once again. Terrific today, shame about the moves at the end!

2-0 v Ipswich Town (a) 18th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

Excellent again, and looking like a Premiership footballer. More of the same in the final please.

2-2 v Ipswich Town (h) 14th May 2005
by Graeme Howlett

A brilliant performance tarnished by a moment of supreme confusion which allowed Ipswich back into the game. Still just about the best defensive performance by any defender at Upton Park this season.

2-2 v Ipswich Town (h) 14th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

A brilliant performance tarnished by a moment of supreme confusion which allowed Ipswich back into the game. Still just about the best defensive performance by any defender at Upton Park this season.

2-1 v Watford (a) 8th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Sunderland (h) 29th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Not the best of nights for the youngsters in the middle. Anton was occasionally guilty of getting on the wrong side of his man – notably on the first goal.

2-2 v Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 23rd April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

The same comments made for Ward apply.

1-0 v Stoke City (a) 19th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

Continues to improve but really ought to have scored when put through by Etherington’s break.

1-0 v Stoke City (a) 19th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Continues to improve but really ought to have scored when put through by Etherington’s break.

1-1 v Millwall (h) 16th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

It was a bit of an aerial battle for the centre pairing. For the most part they nullified the threat pretty well but there were times when Anton had more time on the ball than you might have though from his tendency to play it high and long every time.

1-1 v Millwall (h) 16th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

In recent weeks Anton has been something of a revelation, earning rave reviews from many journalists. However today he had what can only be described as a 'stinker'; culpable to some degree for the Millwall goal he struggled throughout - and his distribution was woeful. Hopefully just one of those off-days.

3-0 v Coventry City (h) 9th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

The improvement shown by this lad has been one of the more pleasing things to happen over the course of the season. He seems to thrive on the responsibility of being the more experienced partner in the middle. Unlucky not to score when Steele pulled off a marvellous save to deny him in the second half.

3-0 v Coventry City (h) 9th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

His partnership with Ward is reaping great dividends. His efforts only spoiled by some occasional poor distribution.

1-0 v Burnley (a) 5th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

aka Lips - Looking less like Ja Ja Binks now. One Hail Mary.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (a) 2nd April 2005
by East Stand Martin

Exceptional, and further continued his good run of form. Becoming more dominant in the air plus he gains good distance. The partnership with Ward is promising. Athletic and composed, Anton with every performance becomes more assured leading to (the inevitable) comparisons with his brother. Whilst some may fault him for the goal I thought he did well to get his head to the ball and thought it was perhaps Ward who should have dealt better with Roberts.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (a) 2nd April 2005
by Madhammer

Exceptional, and further continued his good run of form. Becoming more dominant in the air plus he gains good distance. The partnership with Ward is promising. Athletic and composed, Anton with every performance becomes more assured leading to (the inevitable) comparisons with his brother. Whilst some may fault him for the goal I thought he did well to get his head to the ball and thought it was perhaps Ward who should have dealt better with Roberts.

2-2 v Leicester City (h) 18th March 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Another excellent 90 minutes. I was concerned as to how the youngster might handle the wily Dublin. I needn’t have worried.

2-2 v Leicester City (h) 18th March 2005
by East Stand Martin

A decent game for the rapidly improving Anton, who appeared to relish his battle with the ever-tricky Dion Dublin. Has a good chance to score the winner late on but he planted a free header into row Z of the BML.

1-1 v Crewe Alexandra (h) 15th March 2005
by East Stand Martin

Not sure that he’s 100% after injury but he seemed to revel in the role of senior partner alongside rookie Ward.

1-1 v Crewe Alexandra (h) 15th March 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Not sure that he’s 100% after injury but he seemed to revel in the role of senior partner alongside rookie Ward.

1-0 v Gillingham (a) 22nd February 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Continues to improve. Matches like these test another side of his game but he wasn’t afraid to get the blocks in.

5-0 v Plymouth Argyle (h) 20th February 2005
by Gordon Thrower

A fine game. He is now benefiting from an extended run in his proper position and his confidence increases visibly with each game.

5-0 v Plymouth Argyle (h) 20th February 2005
by East Stand Martin

Had a few really good performances recently ... Rio-esque at times today .

1-1 v Sheffield United (a) 13th February 2005
by East Stand Martin

I thought the youngster had a fine game – especially when you consider his central defensive partner wasn’t having the best of days.

1-1 v Sheffield United (a) 13th February 2005
by Gordon Thrower

I thought the youngster had a fine game – especially when you consider his central defensive partner wasn’t having the best of days.

1-1 v Sheffield United (a) 13th February 2005
by Northern Paul

Comments to follow.

1-0 v Cardiff City (h) 7th February 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Recovered from a shaky opening period when he misjudged bounces and took extra touches in dangerous positions. In the second half he went back to basics and was all the better for it.

1-0 v Cardiff City (h) 7th February 2005
by Wycombe Wicks

I thought he was the weak link in the Hammers defence. Too many “hoofs”.

1-0 v Cardiff City (h) 7th February 2005
by Chris Scull

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Sheffield United (h) 29th January 2005
by East Stand Martin

Not a bad game, though he and Mackay both left Jagielka for the goal.

1-1 v Sheffield United (h) 29th January 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Not a bad game, though he and Mackay both left Jagielka for the goal.

1-1 v Sheffield United (h) 29th January 2005
by Chris Scull

Comments to follow.

2-4 v Wolves (a) 15th January 2005
by East Stand Martin

Needs to eradicate those lapses of concentration sooner rather than later.

2-4 v Wolves (a) 15th January 2005
by Sean Newman

Bad mistake for the first goal but apart from that looked quite comfortable.

2-4 v Wolves (a) 15th January 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Needs to eradicate those lapses of concentration sooner rather than later.

1-0 v Norwich City (h) 8th January 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Always looks better in the middle of defence to me and he coped well today.

2-0 v Ipswich Town (a) 1st January 2005
by Richard Osborne

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 85) Shored things up in the centre for the short time he had.

2-0 v Ipswich Town (a) 1st January 2005
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 85) One nice touch during the few minutes he was on.

3-2 v Nottingham Forest (h) 26th December 2004
by Graeme Howlett

Complacency, laziness, unprofessionalism - call it what you will but Anton didn't appear to be at the races for large chunks of today's game. He was eventually hauled off after standing with arm raised waiting for a non-existent offside call which never arrived, and led to Forest's equaliser.

1-2 v Preston North End (a) 18th December 2004
by KUMB

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Leeds United (h) 10th December 2004
by East Stand Martin

A confident match, though the way he left his leg out for the penalty incident was worrying. Hopefully that's another lesson learned.

1-1 v Leeds United (h) 10th December 2004
by Gordon Thrower

A confident match, though the way he left his leg out for the penalty incident was worrying. Hopefully that's another lesson learned.

2-0 v Sunderland (a) 4th December 2004
by Matthew O'Greel

Comments to follow.

3-2 v Watford (h) 27th November 2004
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Etherington, 89) Given only a few minutes at the end. Not enough time to do anything good or bad.

3-2 v Watford (h) 27th November 2004
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Etherington, 89) Given only a few minutes at the end. Not enough time to do anything good or bad.

0-1 v Millwall (a) 21st November 2004
by Matthew O'Greel

(Replaced Taricco, 27) Crucified by Ifill when he came on. Unable to handle the Millwall man running at him at pace and was skinned on several occasions. He might not be his fault as a: he is a centre back being played out of positio,n and b: NRC gave him no protection.

2-1 v QPR (h) 6th November 2004
by Sean Newman

(Replaced Hutchison, 87) Replaced Hutch late on without really having much time to influence proceedings.

2-1 v QPR (h) 6th November 2004
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Hutchison, 87) Replaced Hutch late on without really having much time to influence proceedings.

2-1 v QPR (h) 6th November 2004
by [HH]

(Replaced Hutchison, 87) Stuck on the right of midfield for the final few moments.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 27th October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

One “laid-back” aberration that let in Klezman aside, this was a good performance. Was desperately unlucky with his late header.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 27th October 2004
by East Stand Martin

One “laid-back” aberration that let in Klezman aside, this was a good performance. Was desperately unlucky with his late header.

0-1 v QPR (a) 16th October 2004
by Sean Newman

Okay, but a few of his mistakes may have been punished by more clinical teams.

0-1 v QPR (a) 16th October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Perhaps not 100% fit but pressed into service in view of the fact that just about every other defender in the club is on the treatment table. Looks better in his preferred central position but still needs to differentiate between those moments when it's ok to play out of defence and those when row Z is the preferred option.

0-1 v QPR (a) 16th October 2004
by Richard Osborne

Looked rusty, switched off, passed like he was wearing his boots on the wrong feet.

1-2 v Coventry City (a) 30th August 2004
by Matt Helm

Reasonably solid.

1-2 v Coventry City (a) 30th August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Didn't really do much wrong. A few wayward passes though and still looks like the shoulder is hurting him.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 28th August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Looks a lot more happy in the centre of defence than at right back and you can see his confidence growing the more he plays there.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 28th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Looks a lot more happy in the centre of defence than at right back and you can see his confidence growing the more he plays there.

3-2 v Crewe Alexandra (a) 21st August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Seems lots more comfortable in the middle of the back four than at right back and this was probably the ideal game to play him in his preferred position. Might even have scored as well.

3-2 v Crewe Alexandra (a) 21st August 2004
by Nic Stoke

Finally got his chance to start in the centre of defence. Never looked too concerned and dealt with most things well. Went down like a sack of potatoes a couple of times in the second half; not sure what that was all about.

3-2 v Crewe Alexandra (a) 21st August 2004
by East Stand Martin

One of his best performances in a claret shirt, distribution was good and although he played the last quarter of the match with a serious shoulder injury, he started to show the qualities of big bruv.

1-3 v Wigan Athletic (h) 15th August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Just called into the England under 21 squad he had some confident moments though nobody in defence today exactly covered themselves in glory.

1-3 v Wigan Athletic (h) 15th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Just called into the England under 21 squad he had some confident moments though nobody in defence today exactly covered themselves in glory.

1-0 v Reading (h) 10th August 2004
by Nick Homer

(Replaced Melville, 61) Replaced Melville, but still wants to step-over twirl his way out of defence. Looking better than last season though.

1-0 v Reading (h) 10th August 2004
by Richard Osborne

(Replaced Melville, 61) Melville chucked his toys out of his pram when he was subbed. At the time I didn't understand the change either. Melville had won many headers, made a few blocks and timely challenges. Once Repka went to the centre, the pace was more abundant and it shored up our defence no end (well done Pards!). As for Anton, good headers, tackles and even passes; who's under Sherry's wing then? ;)

1-0 v Reading (h) 10th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Melville, 61) Did ok when coming on for Melville and played some nice passes doen the line.

4-4 v Anderlecht (h) 31st July 2004
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Melville) No comments.

1-1 v Peterborough (a) 24th July 2004
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Melville, 61) No comments.