Filed: Tuesday, 22nd March 2011
By: Staff Writer
Former Hammer Craig Bellamy has described his spell at West Ham as the happiest time of his career.
31-year-old Bellamy, currently plying his trade at Championship side Cardiff revealed that his year-and-a-half year spell in east London was the best time of his professional career which has spanned some 15 years so far.
"The happiest time in my career was probably at West Ham," he told the Mail. "The first year I was injured but the people were great. They just had that humour, and the supporters were funny. Even if they were giving you stick, it’d be funny stick.
"The training facilities were poor but if you bitched about it the first thing you’d hear was, 'Well, it was good enough for Bobby Moore'. How do you answer that? You can’t."
Bellamy, signed on Alan Curbishley's watch for a club record fee of £7.5million joined West Ham from Liverpool in the summer of 2007.
However he was restricted to just 20 Premier League starts during his time at the club due mainly to an ongoing abdominal problem - and joined Manchester City for a fee in the region of £14million during the January 2009 transfer window.
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