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Connections: Ahead of tonight's game with West Ham United, we look at three players to play for both

Posted: Tue 12 Jan 2016

Ahead of tonight's clash with West Ham United, we look at three players to play for both the Hammers and the Cherries.

Our trio starts with one of the most successful players of the modern era who adorned the Cherries shirt in the 1996/97 season.



It's often forgotten that one of the England's best ever centre-halves played for the Cherries.

While coming through the ranks at West Ham United, the Cherries took him on loan in 1996.

Better known for being Les Ferdinand's cousin, at 18-years old Ferdinand really shone at Vitality Stadium alongside Ian Cox at centre-back.

He played ten games in two months before being recalled, but it was clear back then he was always going to be special.

81 England caps, six Premier League titles and one European Cup later, Cherries fans can boast they saw a glimpse of Ferdinand before everyone knew about him.



Our very own under-21s manager came through the youth system at the Hammers.

He never actually made a first-team appearance and joined the Cherries in June 2000.

He made over 250 appearances before joining Leyton Orient but returned for a second spell in June 2010.

But after suffering a serious injury in February 2012, the former Cherries defender became the club's under-21s coach.

After his retirement in 2013/14, Purches had a memorable testimonial at Vitality Stadium which came against the Hammers. Watch the video below to see what everyone had to say about Purches before the special day!



Once a promising star for West Ham, Collison burst onto the scene for the Hammers under Gianfranco Zola but injuries halted his progress.

He was loaned to the Cherries for a month back in October 2013 in order to try and regain full fitness and match practice. The club were that keen to play him in his debut against Leeds, that he was flown up to Yorkshire for the game and the paperwork was completed in the nick of time to allow the midfielder to play.

The Wales international returned to the Boleyn Ground after four impressive appearances and is now with League One side Peterborough United.