West Ham United

The Upton Park outfit has been dubbed the Academy Of Football thanks to its outstanding record in spotting and bringing on talented youngsters. The youth system bore fruit in spectacular style in the Sixties, with home-grown players such as Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters sweeping all before them. Even today gifted England regulars such as Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick all cut their teeth at Upton Park. The club's reputation for playing attractive football is well deserved.

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