Where Are They Now? Christian Dailly

A true Hammers Cult Hero if there ever was one and an Icon of Scottish Football, Christian Dailly enjoyed a memorable stint in Claret & Blue during the mid-noughties.

But, how did his time in East London draw to an end? How did he go onto taste European success after leaving West Ham United? And more importantly, where is he now?

Christian Dailly

Starting out his long-Playing Career with Dundee United in his native Scotland, the defender showed promise at a very young age, making his debut at the tender age of 16 and becoming the then youngest ever player to represent the club.

Ironically, the first position that he adopted as a Footballer was up-front, but his talent for being a central defender was soon spotted, adapting into a centre-back not too long after.

Having made over 100 appearances for his hometown club, the highlight coming in 1994 when he tasted Scottish cup glory with them, Dailly was spotted by Derby County.

Featuring in The Premier League for the first time, the physical star was able to help The Rams to a respectable midtable finish but was largely underappreciated in his second campaign, moving to Blackburn Rovers for over £5 million in the summer of 1998.

But, this venture also wouldn’t work out as he couldn’t prevent Rovers from Relegation a matter of years after they were crowned FA Premier League Champions.

Dailly eventually departed Ewood Park in 2001, a move that would finally see him arrive at Upton Park at the start of the 2000/2001 season under Harry Redknapp.

After initial success, the long-haired defender couldn’t avoid Relegation once more, but this time stuck around to contribute to our painstaking Promotion back to the Premier League at the second attempt in 2004/2005.

It was in this time that the man who represented Scotland at the 1998 world Cup would enjoy the highlight of his Hammers career, scoring the winner over Ipswich Town in the 2003/2004 Championship Play-Off Semi-Final at Upton Park, although we would lose in the Final to Crystal Palace.

In the meantime, Dailly had prompted fans to parody a song originally thought up for legendary Paulo Di Canio, featuring verses about his curly locks of hair, something that further etched his name into West Ham United folklore.

The tall defender returned to The Millennium Stadium in 2006 for The FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool, in which he came on as a late substitute, departing as the longest-serving player in East London following a loan to Southampton in January.

Well into his 30s, Dailly was soon picked up by Scottish Giants Rangers in the same year of his final international for the most successful spell of his Career.

As well as getting to a UEFA Cup Final and narrowly losing out to Zenit Saint-Petersburg at The City of Manchester Stadium, he triumphed in two Scottish Cups, one Scottish League Cup and won an SPFL Title.

Thus, proving that he still had it in him as he was subsequently signed up for Charlton Athletic, back in London, winning Player of the Season in his first campaign at The Valley.

But, he would be ultimately shifted on once more, finishing an illustrious tenure in Football with spells at Portsmouth and Southend United, having already returned from International Duty.

In 2016, Dailly made a popular return to Upton Park as a player in Mark Noble’s Testimonial along a star-studded Xl of Claret & Blue greats including Julian Dicks and Ian Bishop.

Nowadays, the former defender can be seen doing the odd bit of Punditry work as well as appearing watching his beloved Irons at The London Stadium, in addition to mentoring sun and Dundee United star Harvey Dailly.

Christian Dailly many not have had the most successful of West Ham United Careers, but there is no denying his status and stature among Hammers fans, who will never forget his trademark style and curly hair.