Popular East London-native Paul Konchesky enjoyed many an iconic moment in the colours of Claret & Blue, which he proudly sported from the summer of 2005 to the summer of 2007.
But, why did Konchesky’s spell at the Boleyn Ground only last just under two years? What was the highlight of his West Ham United career? And more importantly, where is he now?
Born in Barking in May 1981, the Cockney dreamed of being a professional Footballer growing up, turning out for popular youth club Senrab and West Ham in his teenage days.
But, he would choose to start his playing career with Charlton Athletic of South East London, making his debut with the club in the Championship in 1997, becoming the youngster ever player to turn out for their first-team.
But, as the years went on, he found it hard to break back into that team, enduring an unsuccessful loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur along the way in 2003.
Although, it was around this time that he earned his only two caps for England, eventually looking to leave the Valley in 2005 after eight years there, this was when he was spotted by then Hammers manager Alan Pardew as a potential Transfer target.
That summer Konchesky was signed up for just over £1 million, mere months after the club were Promoted back to the Premier League, following two seasons in the Championship.
The 2005/2006 campaign would be a very successful one for the East Londoners, as the defender aided them to a high League finish, making 46 appearances in all Competitions and netting his first for the cub in a home League triumph over Sunderland.
But, the second goal of his spell with his boyhood team would by far be the most memorable, having proved instrumental in the route to the 2006 FA Cup Final against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
It was the first Final of any description that he had been involved in and talk about marking the occasion, with the score poised at 2-2 in the 64th minute, he produced a moment of magic.
Picking up the ball on the left side, Konchesky assessed his option before launching a cross/shot into the box, the strike was so precise that it flew into the top corner, almost giving the Irons FA Cup glory, though they would lose on penalties.
The season after, things didn’t go so swimmingly in East London, both for the Hammers and Konchesky as he was largely left out of the frame by new Boss Alan Curbishley, figuring just over 20 times and departing in unhappy circumstances at the end of that campaign after PL survival on the final day at Old Trafford.
The left-back was in demand when it became apparent that he would be leaving Upton Park, heading to West London for a multi-million-pound fee to Fulham.
Here, Konchesky would prove pivotal in helping to guide the Cottagers to the 2010 Europa League Final, losing out to Atletico Madrid, while other highlights included a goal against the Irons at Upton Park, though he was soon heading somewhere much bigger.
In what was uncountably the most significant Transfer of his playing career Roy Hodgson took him to Anfield in the summer of 2011, though things didn’t pan out for him on Merseyside.
With his powers now starting to date, he was not a favourite amongst the Liverpool supporters, having his campaign split by a loan to Nottingham Forest amid leaked comments by his Mother about the people of Liverpool.
Unsurprisingly, Konchesky was sold at the end of his one season in the North West, hooking up with Leicester City a Division bellow for the 2011/2012 Championship term.
In the twilight years of his career and after two seasons in the Midlands, his first Silverware arrived as Leicester won the second tier, with “Konch” proving vital in both the Promotion and survival the next season.
However, he missed out on the Foxes’ incredible title-winning escapade during 2015/2016 on loan at Queens Park Rangers and subsequently left the club in June 2016.
The final two spells of his lengthy career took him to Kent, enjoying a short period with Gillingham and then back to Essex, joining Isthmian League outfit Billericay Town, eventually being made Captain, but leaving out of the blue in November 2017.
Nowadays, and at the age of 36, though having not officially announced his retirement, the former Three Lions man is back at West Ham, lending a hand in coaching with the youth set-up and focusing on his business, “Konch’s Kafe”, a Pie and Mash shop in Brentwood, Essex.
Paul Konchesky’s remarkable playing career spanned 18 years and ten clubs, while his time in Claret & Blue was very much a tale of what could have been, he is now set for a promising coaching career and may even be seen back in front of the Claret & Blue Army one day.