Les Ferdinand

Date of birth08 December 1966
Place of birthActon
NationalityEnglish
Weight85 kg
Height1.80 m
PositionForward

Fondly known as 'Sir Les', the powerful centre-forward was a worthy addition to the hallowed list of Newcastle No. 9s when he was signed to replace Andrew Cole. He became the first United player to win the PFA Player of the Year award and subsequently formed a revered strike force with Alan Shearer.

Les began the 2000-01 season partnering Sergei Rebrov up front for Tottenham Hotspur, scoring with a header in the 3-1 defeat of Premiership newcomers Ipswich Town in the opening game. Looking lean and focused, he returned to the exciting form that he had displayed in his younger days and netted regularly throughout the campaign to finish as the club's leading scorer. Probably his finest performance in a Spurs shirt came in the home game with Leicester City when he almost single-handedly destroyed the opposition defence with three superbly taken goals. Ironically, Les did not get to take the ball home with him that day after a disappointed City defender kicked it into the crowd in frustration, and it was only after a public appeal that he received his prize several weeks later! Strong, pacy and good in the air, he received his reward with a new two-year contract.

After concluding the 2002-03 campaign with West Ham United, Les retained his Premiership status when he agreed a one-year deal with newly-promoted Leicester City in July 2003. He then moved on to Bolton Wanderers with another 12-month contract which was cancelled by mutual consent in December 2004. He then joined Reading with a contract to the end of the season.

Les joined Watford in September 2005 on non-contract terms.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Hayes 01 Jul 1986 12 Mar 1987
Queens Park Rangers 12 Mar 1987 07 Jun 1995
Beşiktaş 01 Mar 1988 22 Mar 1988 L
Brentford 24 Mar 1988 05 Apr 1988 L
Beşiktaş 01 Jul 1988 31 May 1989 L
Newcastle United 07 Jun 1995 05 Aug 1997
Tottenham Hotspur 05 Aug 1997 20 Jan 2003
West Ham United 20 Jan 2003 30 Jun 2003
Leicester City 11 Jul 2003 30 Jun 2004
Bolton Wanderers 05 Jul 2004 31 Dec 2004
Reading 06 Jan 2005 30 Jun 2005
Watford 14 Sep 2005 30 Jun 2006

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1987-88 Queens Park Rangers Presidents Cup 1
1989-90 Queens Park Rangers League Division One
1
1992-93 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 37
20
7
1993-94 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 35
1
16
2
1
1994-95 Queens Park Rangers FA Cup 3
1
1994-95 Queens Park Rangers League Cup 2
1
1994-95 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 37
24
5
1
1995-96 Newcastle United FA Cup 2
1
1995-96 Newcastle United League Cup 5
3
1995-96 Newcastle United Premier League 37
25
4
1996-97 Newcastle United FA Charity Shield 1
1996-97 Newcastle United FA Cup 2
1
1
1
1996-97 Newcastle United League Cup 1
1996-97 Newcastle United Premier League 30
1
16
3
1996-97 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 4
4
1997-98 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 2
1997-98 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 1
1997-98 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 19
2
5
1
1998-99 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 6
1
1
1998-99 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 2
2
1
1998-99 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 22
2
5
5
1999-00 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 5
4
2
2
2000-01 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 4
1
2000-01 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 2
1
2000-01 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 25
3
10
4
2001-02 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup 3
1
1
2001-02 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 5
5
2001-02 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 22
3
9
3
2002-03 Tottenham Hotspur League Cup 1
1
2002-03 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 4
7
2
1
2002-03 West Ham United Premier League 12
2
2
1
2003-04 Leicester City FA Cup 1
1
1
2003-04 Leicester City Premier League 20
9
12
1
1
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 1
1
1
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 1
11
1
1
2004-05 Reading FA Cup 2
2004-05 Reading League Championship 4
8
1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
21 Jun 1988 USA v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Presidents Cup C
28 Apr 1990 Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers L 2-1 League Division One
17 Aug 1992 Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
19 Aug 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton W 3-1 Premier League
22 Aug 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United W 3-2 Premier League
26 Aug 1992 Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers W 0-1 Premier League
29 Aug 1992 Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
02 Sep 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
05 Sep 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Ipswich Town D 0-0 Premier League
12 Sep 1992 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers W 1-2 Premier League
19 Sep 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Middlesbrough D 3-3 Premier League
26 Sep 1992 Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers D 0-0 Premier League
24 Oct 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United W 2-1 Premier League
01 Nov 1992 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers L 2-0 Premier League
07 Nov 1992 Wimbledon v Queens Park Rangers W 0-2 Premier League
23 Nov 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool L 0-1 Premier League
28 Nov 1992 Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
05 Dec 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Oldham Athletic W 3-2 Premier League
12 Dec 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace L 1-3 Premier League
19 Dec 1992 Sheffield Wednesday v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
28 Dec 1992 Queens Park Rangers v Everton W 4-2 Premier League
09 Jan 1993 Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers W 0-1 Premier League
27 Jan 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
30 Jan 1993 Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers W 1-2 Premier League
06 Feb 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
09 Feb 1993 Ipswich Town v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
20 Feb 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City W 2-0 Premier League
24 Feb 1993 Nottingham Forest v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
27 Feb 1993 Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers L 3-2 Premier League
06 Mar 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City W 3-1 Premier League
10 Mar 1993 Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
13 Mar 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Wimbledon L 1-2 Premier League
20 Mar 1993 Oldham Athletic v Queens Park Rangers D 2-2 Premier League
10 Apr 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest W 4-3 Premier League
12 Apr 1993 Everton v Queens Park Rangers W 3-5 Premier League
01 May 1993 Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
04 May 1993 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers D 0-0 Premier League
09 May 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa W 2-1 Premier League
11 May 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-1 Premier League
14 Aug 1993 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers L 4-1 Premier League
18 Aug 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool L 1-3 Premier League
21 Aug 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton W 2-1 Premier League
25 Aug 1993 Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers L 2-0 Premier League
28 Aug 1993 West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers W 0-4 Premier League
01 Sep 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United W 2-1 Premier League
11 Sep 1993 Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers L 3-0 Premier League
18 Sep 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City D 2-2 Premier League
27 Sep 1993 Wimbledon v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
16 Oct 1993 Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers W 1-2 Premier League
23 Oct 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City W 5-1 Premier League
30 Oct 1993 Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers L 2-1 Premier League
06 Nov 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers W 1-0 Premier League
20 Nov 1993 Everton v Queens Park Rangers W 0-3 Premier League
24 Nov 1993 Swindon Town v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
27 Nov 1993 Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Premier League
08 Dec 1993 Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers L 3-2 Premier League
11 Dec 1993 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers W 0-1 Premier League
29 Dec 1993 Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
01 Jan 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday L 1-2 Premier League
03 Jan 1994 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers D 0-0 Premier League
16 Jan 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United L 1-2 Premier League
05 Feb 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United L 2-3 Premier League
05 Mar 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
16 Mar 1994 Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
19 Mar 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Wimbledon W 1-0 Premier League
26 Mar 1994 Ipswich Town v Queens Park Rangers W 1-3 Premier League
02 Apr 1994 Oldham Athletic v Queens Park Rangers L 4-1 Premier League
04 Apr 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United L 0-4 Premier League
09 Apr 1994 Sheffield Wednesday v Queens Park Rangers L 3-1 Premier League
13 Apr 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
16 Apr 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Everton W 2-1 Premier League
24 Apr 1994 Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
30 Apr 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Swindon Town L 1-3 Premier League
03 May 1994 Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United D 0-0 Premier League
07 May 1994 Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers W 1-2 Premier League
20 Aug 1994 Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers L 2-0 Premier League
24 Aug 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-2 Premier League
27 Aug 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Ipswich Town L 1-2 Premier League
31 Aug 1994 Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
10 Sep 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City D 2-2 Premier League
17 Sep 1994 Everton v Queens Park Rangers D 2-2 Premier League
20 Sep 1994 Carlisle United v Queens Park Rangers W 0-1 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
24 Sep 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Wimbledon L 0-1 Premier League
02 Oct 1994 Nottingham Forest v Queens Park Rangers L 3-2 Premier League
05 Oct 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Carlisle United W 2-0
Agg: 3-0
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
08 Oct 1994 Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
15 Oct 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City L 1-2 Premier League
31 Oct 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool W 2-1 Premier League
05 Nov 1994 Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers L 2-1 Premier League
19 Nov 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United W 3-2 Premier League
26 Nov 1994 Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers L 4-0 Premier League
04 Dec 1994 Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
10 Dec 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United L 2-3 Premier League
17 Dec 1994 Sheffield Wednesday v Queens Park Rangers W 0-2 Premier League
26 Dec 1994 Crystal Palace v Queens Park Rangers D 0-0 Premier League
28 Dec 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Southampton D 2-2 Premier League
31 Dec 1994 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers W 1-3 Premier League
07 Jan 1995 Aylesbury United v Queens Park Rangers W 0-4 FA Cup 3rd round
14 Jan 1995 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers L 2-1 Premier League
24 Jan 1995 Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers L 4-0 Premier League
04 Feb 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle United W 3-0 Premier League
11 Feb 1995 Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 Premier League
18 Feb 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Millwall W 1-0 FA Cup 5th round
26 Feb 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest D 1-1 Premier League
04 Mar 1995 Wimbledon v Queens Park Rangers W 1-3 Premier League
12 Mar 1995 Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers L 2-0 FA Cup Quarter-final
15 Mar 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City W 2-0 Premier League
18 Mar 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Everton L 2-3 Premier League
04 Apr 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers L 0-1 Premier League
08 Apr 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal W 3-1 Premier League
11 Apr 1995 Ipswich Town v Queens Park Rangers W 0-1 Premier League
15 Apr 1995 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers L 2-1 Premier League
17 Apr 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace L 0-1 Premier League
29 Apr 1995 Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers L 1-0 Premier League
03 May 1995 West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers D 0-0 Premier League
06 May 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-1 Premier League
14 May 1995 Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers W 2-3 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 England FIFA World Cup 3
1
1992-93 England US Cup 1
1993-94 England FIFA World Cup 2
2
1994-95 England International Friendly
1
1995-96 England International Friendly 3
1
1995-96 England Unofficial 1
1
1996-97 England FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
1997-98 England B International 1
1
1997-98 England FIFA World Cup 1
1997-98 England International Friendly
1
1997-98 England King Hassan II Cup 1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
17 Feb 1993 England v San Marino W 6-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
28 Apr 1993 England v Netherlands D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
02 Jun 1993 Norway v England L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Jun 1993 USA v England L 2-0 US Cup
08 Sep 1993 England v Poland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
17 Nov 1993 San Marino v England W 1-7 FIFA World Cup Group 2
07 Sep 1994 England v USA W 2-0 International Friendly
12 Dec 1995 England v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 1996 England v Bulgaria W 1-0 International Friendly
18 May 1996 England v Hungary W 3-0 International Friendly
26 May 1996 Hong Kong v England W 0-1 UNOFFICIAL
09 Oct 1996 England v Poland W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Nov 1996 Georgia v England W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
12 Feb 1997 England v Italy L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
10 Sep 1997 England v Moldova W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
21 Apr 1998 England v Russia W 4-1 B INTER
23 May 1998 England v Saudi Arabia D 0-0 International Friendly
27 May 1998 Morocco v England W 0-1 King Hassan II Cup
29 May 1998 Belgium v England L 0-0 (3-4) King Hassan II Cup


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.