Jamie Carragher has special memories of West Ham in Liverpool FC career
Jamie Carragher 300 WHEN the time comes for Jamie Carragher to look back on his glittering career, the names of Everton, Manchester United, AC Milan and Alaves will be recalled with great fondness. Memories of great tussles and trophy-winning exploits will easily be reflected upon with good reason; local derbies, games against Liverpool's biggest rivals and finals that led to European honours mean those four teams will hold a special place in his affections. But, to that list, add West Ham United. At first, you may wonder why an erratic club from London's East End would be special to Carragher but cast a glance through the years he has been a Liverpool player and you will see the Hammers have been the opposition for some landmark moments. First there was success in the 1996 FA Youth Cup. In January 1997, West Ham came to Anfield when a fresh-faced Carragher made his Premier League début as a second-half substitute and in May 2006, Claret and Blue was the colour of the opposite corner as Liverpool won the FA Cup. Now, as Carragher prepares to make his 650th appearance for Liverpool, West Ham again arrive on Merseyside; though you might not instantly appreciate where that puts him on the all-time list, this latest start means Carragher will draw level with Phil Neal, the club's most decorated player. Only Ian Rush (660), Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence (both 666) and Ian Callaghan (857) are in front of Carragher, who will be captain in Steven Gerrard's absence, and, fitness permitting, he will move into clear second place sometime early in the New Year.
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