After nine years of dedicated service, Carlton Cole’s time at West Ham appears to be up.
During his 293 appearances for the club, Carlton managed to enrage many a fan when he’d struggle to convert the easiest of opportunities in-front of goal. Despite this, he was a true servant to the club. Taking a pay-cut to stand by us in the Championship, and then firing us to promotion. Even when we managed to offload him the first time, he brought him back in a time of crisis, and his goals helped keep us afloat.
With very few peaks and many troughs over than span, he edged his way towards 68 goals for the club, including several special moments. Our writers pick out some of those moments in this week’s Roundtable.
Here’s one several of our writers picked out. Synonymous with what some may consider the ‘West Ham Way’, this free flowing move culminating in an exquisite finish from Sir Carlton himself in April 2009 typifies what West Ham fans want to see from the side going forward. Masterminded by Gianfranco Zola during his brief and unsuccessful tenure as manager, this was one of the few bright spots.
Another fabulous strike from Carlton here. Alasdair Hooper picks out this strike from the big man against rivals Tottenham in August 2009 is another glimpse of the truly world class ability he had. The flick around the defender with his right, the swivel, and the first time volleyed finish with his weaker left from 25-yards, rifled into the top corner giving the ‘keeper no chance was something special for sure.
More team heroics picked out by Kai Barrett, who singles out Cole’s performance against Manchester United, in that memorable 4-0 home win in the Carling Cup Quarter-Final in November 2010. His dominance playing as a lone striker than cold, snowy night against a United team who were the holders of the League Cup, and went on to finish the 2010/11 season as Premier League Champions and Champions League runners up. A truly historic night at Upton Park.
George Crabb and Luke Clancy both pick out Carlton’s efforts in the 2012 Play-Off Final against Blackpool as their favourite moment. With everything on the line, in a game we were outplayed in, Cole stepped up to the plate and delivered. A goal and an assist from him was enough to see us promoted and back in the big time, and boy, did he celebrate in style. Here’s highlights from that day.
Moving away from his efforts on the pitch, Carlton was never one to take himself seriously. Although, not a big fan of party hats it seems.
Loved a spot of nude modelling too.
Alexander Lynn selects a montage of Carlton Cole, displaying all of his marvellous traits, proving once against that he is the Greatest of All Time, or, the GOAT. (Caution, video contains strong sarcasm).
Here’s my personal favourite Carlton Cole moment, that post match interview after our Carling Cup semi-final first-leg triumph against Birmingham during the 2010/11 season. Cole, having netted in our 2-1 victory that night, unleashes his inner Casper with that steam emanating from his being. It really was something to behold.
And that brings an end to our looking back at Carlton Cole’s time at West Ham. The man somehow managed to nab himself seven England caps during his heyday in 2009-10, where he tallied 10 Premier League goals, his best seasonal total to date (and to think that was the production of our man striker, eesh).
You’ll be missed, Carlton. Your banter, eccentricity an remarkable knack for making jumping for headers look more difficult than they should be means you’ll always have a place in our hearts.
I’m not too worried though, we’ll re-sign him in October when Andy Carroll inevitably gets injured again. But until then, adios.
I’ll always believe in your soul.