|Playing career||1995 - 1997|
|Born||London, 8 December 1966|
Les Ferdinand joined United in the summer of 1995 from QPR, one of four major close-season signings made by Kevin Keegan. He knew he'd be a great signing for the club, perhaps he didn't know he would go on to gain legendary, even cult status on Tyneside.
Signed for £6m, a record fee at the time, Les banged in a goal in the season's opener against Coventry and gave a performance that lit up St. James' Park. Possessing all the attributes needed for a striker, tall, strong, powerful and composed on the ball and a great finisher with foot or head, he went on to hit 25 Premiership goals in his first season on Tyneside as United went so close to lifting the league title with a brand of football that left fans up and down the country drooling with appreciation.
In his second Gallowgate season, Les teamed up with Alan Shearer in what was possibly the most lethal and formidable partnership in United's history, especially with the likes of Peter Beardsley, Rob Lee and David Ginola playing just behind them. That was as good as it got though as Les moved on in the summer of 2007, Tottenham paying United £6m to take him back to London.
Always smiling, and with time for everyone, Les developed into a first-class ambassador for the club, always immaculately turned out and able to communicate with the media, he was without doubt the archetypal modern superstar.
Many players receive a great reception from their former fans when they return to their old stomping ground - but none greater than that reserved for Sir Les, a sign, if indeed one was needed, of his iconic status amongst the supporters of Newcastle United.
Coventry (h) 19/8/95
|Premier League||68 apps||41 gls|
|FA Cup||5 apps||2 gls|
|FL Cup||6 apps||3 gls|
|Europe||4 apps||4 gls|
|Total||83 apps||50 gls|
17 England caps