Strong, robust and possessing a born goal-scoring talent, Marlon Harewood was certainly the type of player that the Claret & Blue Army tends to warm to and he enjoyed a fantastic spell in East London.
But, why did Harewood depart Upton Park at the time he did? How did he become a cult hero in a Hammers shirt? And where is he now?
Born in Hampstead and taken on by Nottingham Forest as a youth starlet, Harewood showed great promise from a young age as a forward but would be loaned out before his first-team bow.
Having served his loan time in an unusual location, the Finnish top-flight, he was finally ready to make his Forest debut, as it came against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
However, another loan with Ipswich Town would follow for the barnstorming striker, but he promptly returned to the Midlands after just six appearances.
Harewood could now finally establish himself in the starting Xl and form a famous partnership with David Johnson.
Having netted over 50 times in over 150 games for the Reds, it was time for the Englishman to move onto pastures new and more specifically West Ham United under new boss Alan Pardew.
Joining in November, Harewood would net an impressive 14 times as we narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Premier at the first attempt.
But, the forward had earned rave reviews and it wouldn’t be long before he did get a taste of the top-flight.
The No 10 would get off to a slow start in his second season in East London which included a red card at the Den, but he would soon recover to score 22 goals and play an integral role in our Play-Off promotion.
Heading into the 2005/2006 campaign, many questioned Harewood as a Premier League player, but the attacker duly delivered his weight of goals, netting 14 in a fantastic season.
However, the FA Cup was where he really made his name as his goal against Middlesbrough at Villa Park in the semis booked a place in the final, agony would follow in Wales as Harewood’s goal would only lead to a penalties defeat.
Despite it ending in bitter disappointment, the tall forward had picked up our Top Scorer Award and bagged his first league hat-trick, but things wouldn’t get much better than that for Harewood in Claret & Blue.
His second top-flight campaign would be a turbulent one as a change of manager saw him fall out of favour at Upton Park, and the vital home goal against Arsenal would stand to be his only real personal highlight.
It was time to move on for Harewood and just months after featuring in the completion of our “Great Escape” at Old Trafford, he was signed up by Aston Villa.
Relatively successful spells with Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackpool, Barnsley, and a bizarre period in China would follow.
Upon his return to England, he re-joined with former club Nottingham Forest but soon returned to Oakwell, time at Bristol City and Hartlepool United was next for Harewood.
However, his final club would turn out to be with Conference North outfit Nuneaton Town, where he would retire at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign.
Nowadays, Harewood is an entrepreneur after creating his own luxury lifestyle firm called AC13 Premier, among many of their services is Bespoke Car sale and hire.
The company recently was involved with Leicester City’s remarkable title win, as it provided a matte black wrap for Foxes players who were tired of losing their blue car in the club carpark.
Marlon Harewood may now be making the headlines with his business exploits, but he will always be best remembered by Hammers for his superb spell at Upton Park, as he enjoyed the peak years of his career in E13.