Date of birth
Ferdinand’s career started in non-league football with Southall, before moving to Hayes. He made his QPR debut at the age of 20, after a five-figure move to the London club in 1987.
During the 1992/93 season he managed to make it back into the first team, after having spells out on loan with Brentford and Turkish side Beşiktaş.
It was during that season that Ferdinand established himself as a top draw striker scoring 20 in 37 games as QPR finished fifth in the Premier League, highest of all the London clubs that year.
He moved on from QPR to sign for Newcastle for a fee of £6,000,000, and was to have arguably one of the most successful spells of his career.
Having scored 29 goals in his first season at Tyneside, they were in touching distance of the title being 12 points clear at one stage, but fellow contenders Man United were to eventually run them down.
He scored a staggering 50 goals in his 84 appearances at Newcastle, his partnership with Alan Shearer will live long in the memory with those on up north.
Having begun his professional career in the wrong hoops he ended it in the right ones, Les Ferdinand MBE made little impact during his half a season under Steve Coppell, but few Royals fans were complaining when the trifling Berkshire side signed a superstar of Ferdinand’s calibre to help push for a play-off place in January 2005.
A former England international, two-time Premier League runner-up with Newcastle United, League Cup winner at Spurs and PFA Player of the Year in 1996, Ferdinand was a star hoping to put Reading on the map.
But, undeniably in the twilight of his career, injury hindered his impact with the Royals; his one goal came in a 2-1 home defeat to Coventry City here in February 2005.
Reading missed out on a top six finish and Sir Les’ glittering playing career was over. He then retired a few months short of his 40th birthday and is now Director of Football at Queen’s Park rangers.