A prolific scorer throughout his career, it was not a happy time for Les Ferdinand when he joined his boyhood team to play at White Hart Lane.
Originally starting his footballing career as a part-timer at Southall and then Hayes, while steam cleaning taxis, Les Ferdinand was spotted by local league team QPR and he signed for a fee of £30,000 plus a share of any profit made from any transfer from the Hoops. The big forward was rough around the edges when he first went to Loftus Road and was sent out on loan - first to nearby Brentford and then to far-flung Besiktas in Turkey to get some experience. His time in the red-hot atmosphere of Turkish football set him in good stead later in his career when he played for some of the top sides in this country. He was also successful there and became a cult hero to the Besiktas fans.
Returning to the West London side, he made a name for himself as a goal-scorer, coming back stronger physically and mentally for the experience of his loan spell abroad.
His signing for Spurs from Newcastle in the summer of 1997 saw him come as a £6,000,000 striker, but injuries throughout his time at Tottenham stilted his goal-scoring record to about one every three games. Ferdinand scored the 10,000th Premiership goal of all-time for Spurs against Fulham on 15 December 2001 in a 5-1 win, but was never as prolific as at his previous two clubs. Brought in as a target man, his bravery in the air cannot be questioned, seemingly having the propensity to get knocked out on a regular basis. However, it was not one of the best spells in Tottenham's history and although he played a hard-working part of the League Cup final win over Leicester City in 1999, by 2002, he had chances to win the Cup again for Spurs, but was denied by Blackburn Rovers keeper Brad Friedel.
When Les found his chances at Spurs limited, he was released to join West Ham United on a free transfer in January 2003 and while he was only at the club until the end of the season, he still found time to score against Tottenham. That was also something he managed when at Bolton Wanderers, where his number of appearances were few, similarly at his club in between - Leicester City, where he stayed for a season.
A fleeting stop at Reading saw Ferdinand end his career with Watford, although he never made an appearance for the side, but it sparked an interest in coaching.
In 2005, Les received an MBE for his services to the game.
After leaving the game has been an expert summariser for BBC, Sky and Setanta, but has had time to indulge himself in his love for fast cars and helicopters.
In 2008, when Harry Redknapp took over as Spurs manager, he enticed Les back to the Lane as an ad hoc coach for the forwards at the club and in April 2010, he was officially appointed as a striker coach at the club.