This Tottenham and Newcastle legend is the best non-league player ever

During his time at QPR, Newcastle and Tottenham, Les Ferdinand proved to be one of the greatest strikers to hit the Premier League.

“Sir Les” ranks ninth on the list of all-time Premier League top goalscorers, with an impressive 149.

But he wasn’t always a top-flight king pin, notching up goals for fun.


Back in 1987, Ferdinand was spotted by QPR while playing for non-league Hayes, having previously played at AEL and Southall.

The West London club picked him up for a cool £30,000, and their new striker was a roaring success.

Ferdinand scored 80 goals in 163 league games with QPR and, after loan spells at Besiktas, where he won his only domestic title, he signed for Newcastle in 1995.

He was similarly prolific in the North East, netting 41 goals in 68 games. After two years at Newcastle, Ferdinand moved back to London, signing for Tottenham for £6million.

A lifelong Spurs fan, Ferdinand didn’t disappoint on his return to London either, scoring 33 in 118 Premier League games.

Next time you think Jamie Vardy is the king of the non-league who made it big in the Premier League, remember the mighty Sir Les Ferdinand.

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