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Elvis Hammond

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Norwich Career: 2003 (4 appearances)
Current Club: Eastbourne Borough (Conference South)
Date of Birth: 06/10/1980
Nationality: Ghanaian


A sports journalist's dream, headlines revealed that Elvis Hammond had the Canaries "all shook up" when he joined on a month's loan from Fulham on 13th August 2003.

A product of Fulham's youth academy, Elvis had been described by many pre-season reviews as "the young talent to look out for" at Fulham. A pacy and powerful striker, Elvis progressed through Fulham's academy and reserves before making his debut in a Worthington Cup tie aged just 19. He spent some of 2002/03 on loan to Bristol Rovers.

With an abundance of strikers (Saha, Marlet, Hayles, Sava, Boa Morte) at Fulham, Cottagers Manager Chris Coleman was happy to let Hammond continue his footballing education and development at Carrow Road. Elvis made his Norwich debut as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Rotherham on 16th August 2003. Never quite living up to the initial hype, Elvis was soon overshadowed by the arrival of Peter Crouch and Darren Huckerby. An injury cut short his spell at Norwich and he returned to Fulham on 12th September.

On 17th September 2004, Elvis was linked in The Sun with a move to Rotherham on loan, although this was denied by the Millers.

At the end of January 2005, Elvis joined Dutch strugglers RBC Roosendaal on loan until the end of the season after impressing their coaching staff when training with them. Returning to Craven Cottage, Elvis was loaned out to Leicester City in August 2005. This was made permanent on 31st January 2005, in a deal that could earn the Cottagers £325,000.

At the beginning of March 2006, Elcis made his international debut for Ghana in a friendly clash with Mexico.

In June 2007, new Leicester boss Martin Allen informed Hammond and teammates Alan Maybury and Stephen Hughes that he had no need for them. "It is nothing personal, nothing they have done wrong, but I have got to make changes," Allen added. "People on the periphery may have to make way."

Hammond was released at the end of the 2007/8 season. On 12th November 2008, he joined Cheltenham Town on a short term contract after scoring for the reserves in their 4-0 Gloucestershire FA Senior Cup win over Forest Green Rovers at Whaddon Road on 11th November 2008. Hammond was at Leicester with Cheltenham manager Martin Allen

Elvis was released by Cheltenham on 8th March 2010

He joined Sutton United in October 2010 and scored on his debut against Margate. The following month, he moved to Woking. He remained there until May 2012

Hammond was imprisoned for a year on July 16th 2012 for money laundering, illegally transferring £278,532 from Ghana

On his release from prison, Elvis Hammond joined Farnborough in October 2012.

He joined Hastings United on loan for a month in March 2013, playing five games scoring once in the Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final victory over Crawley Town.
"It didn't seem financially viable to keep him," United player-manager Sean Ray admitted. "Elvis does not drive and making travel arrangements for him was proving to be difficult."

In the summer of 2013, Farnborough's squad was re-branded following sponsorship with Paddy Power. Instead of a line-up including the likes of Balls, Inns and Treacher, the yellow kit of Farnborough, will be adorned with all time great names like Gascoigne, Best, Pele, Banks and Beckenbauer. Hammond was re-branded Pele. Hammond and his team mates changed their names by deed poll so to register with the league.

On 24th January 2014, Hammond joined Eastbourne Borough although it was unclear whether this was a loan or a permanent move. He made his Eastbourne debut against Bath City on 25th January 2014.

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