19 year old West Ham United midfielder Jimmy Bullard played for
Norwich Reserves against Barnet in February 2001, assisting with
2 of Norwich's goals in a 4-1 victory. A native of Newham, Jimmy
played alongside Rio Ferdinand as
a schoolboy but made his name as at non-leaguers Gravesend whom
West Ham paid £30,000 in January 1999.Jimmy played for Norwich
again impressing in the 4-2 defeat at home to Millwall on Thursday
1st March, improving chances of a move to Norwich in the summer
when his contract with West Ham expires. Bullard stated on 19th
March that he would prefer to come to Norfolk rather than travel
to Belgium whose Mechelen had also watched him and were keen to
In April 2001, Jimmy had a trial with Peterborough scoring their
3-3 reserve team draw with Bournemouth. He then joined Gillingham
on trial on 30th April and impressed in their 1-0 reserve team
victory over Portsmouth. However the relationship was not expected
to proceed any further as Jimmy has "plans up his sleeve"
according to Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler.
On May 10th, Jimmy signed a 3 year contract with Peterborough
on a free transfer from the Hammers. He became Barry Fry's third
signing of the summer after Neale Fenn
(Spurs) and Daniel Pearce (Notts County). Jimmy's impressive start
to the 2001/02 season led to transfer speculation that Ipswich
were preparing a bid but boss Barry Fry slammed this as pointless
In January 2002, Ipswich were again linked with Bullard but so
were Bristol Rovers and Birmingham who were said to be preparing
a £1.5million move. A year later, Barry Fry alleged that
Wigan were to offer £500,000 for Bullard and that Peterborough's
financial situation would mean that they would need to sell. Wigan
boss Paul Jewell confirmed that they had looked at Bullard at
the end of the previous season but were not preparing a move for
him at this time. This was obviously a lie as Wigan splashed out
£275,000 for him on January 31 2003. It was apparently the
right move as Wigan secured promotion to Division One in April
Bullard's impressive form in the 2004/5 season saw him named
in the Championship Divisional Team of the season. His impressive
form continued in the 2005/6 season as Wigan impressed in the
Premiership. On 20th November 2005, the Daily Star on Sunday
linked him with moves to West Ham United, Middlesborough, Everton,
Liverpool and Birmingham. In January 2006, he was linked with
£2.5million moves to either Manchester City or Middlesborough.
On 27th April 2006, it was confirmed that Jimmy, Wigan and Fulham
had agreed a £2.5million transfer that would take him to
Craven Cottage for the 2006/7 season and onwards.
Jimmy missed much of the 2006/07 season through an injury to
his knee sustained playing against Newcastle on 9th September
2006. It wasn't until 12th January 2008 that he returned to the
match squad, coming off the bench to play against West Ham. Jimmy
then started in a 2 - 1 win against Aston Villa on February 3
setting up the equaliser then scoring the winning goal from a
25-yard free kick and thus winning man of the match. He scored
an identical free kick weeks later, to rescue a point against
On 10th March 2008, The People reported that Aston Villa
and Middlesboro were both preparing £4m bids for him. The
Star on Sunday reported two weeks later that Villa boss Martin
O'Neill will head the queue to snap up Jimmy Bullard for a
bargain £3m if Fulham fail to stay in the Premier League.
On the same day, The People repeated their claim that Bullard
is a £4m target for Boro boss Gareth Southgate.
Jimmy was a surprise call-u to the England squad at the end of
August 2008 for the World Cup quaifiers against Andorra and Croatia,
following injuries to Steven Gerrard, Owen Hargreaves and Michael
According to The Sun on 12th November 2008, Jimmy is interesting
both Spurs and Sunderland. In January 2009, Jimmy was supposedly
in talks with Hull City about becoming their record signing at
a fee of around £5m. His switch to Hull became reality on
23rd January 2009 for £5m.
Jimmy and Hull were relegated to the Championship at the end
of the 2009/10 season. Bullard was linked with a move to Celtic.
Bullard joined Ipswich on loan on 27th January 2011
At the end of the 2010/11 season, he was linked with both Norwich
and QPR. He rejoined Ipswich on 25th August 2011, signing a two
year deal. Bullard started just 12 games for Ipswich and left
by mutual consent on 13th August 2012. He was quickly linked with
a move back to Peterborough.
On 28th August 2012, Bullard signed a short term contract with
MK Dons until the end of 2012. However he announced his retirement
at the beginning of October 2012, having played just three games
for MK Dons.