Bobby Zamora is another player to have flourished after his
release by the Canaries (see also Ade Akinbiyi,
Jamie Cureton, Dion
Dublin etc.). Thankfully for Norwich's embarassment, other
sides also overlooked Barking-born Bobby's talents. He was at
West Ham from the age of 11 til 14 having signed from Sunday side
Senrab along with John Terry (Chelsea), JLloyd Samuel (Aston Villa),
Paul Konchesky (Charlton) and West Ham products Joe Cole and Michael
Carrick. Bobby left the Hammers after a falling out with the coaches
and spent a brief spell with Chelsea before joining the Canaries.
He was released at the age of 15 for being too short to become
a professional. Southend offered him a traineeship but he rejected
it, chosing to move to Bristol Rovers as it meant living away
He made his mark during loan spells to Bath and Brighton, the
latter destination seeing 6 goals in 6 league appearances. As
Bobby had not scored in his 4 appearances for Rovers, they were
happy to sell him to Brighton in the summer of 2000 for £100,000.
His impressive scoring record continued with 34 goals in 49 league
appearances as of the end of the 2000/01 season
Celtic, Ipswich, Southampton, Monaco and Newcastle were all said
to be watching this young talent although only ambitious Cardiff
City had made a formal offer of £1.2million. Cardiff manager Alan
Cork was told to up his bid to £2million. Birmingham City entered
the race for Bobby's signature in February 2001 soon after he
was approached to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
Then Wigan manager Bruce Rioch had a £1.5million
bid rejected by Brighton. At the end of February 2001, Middlesboro
became the latest side to be linked with the young South Coast
hotshot whilst Bolton were linked in a £1.5million move in mid-March.
His 28 goals by 28 April 2001 were instrumental in leading Brighton
out of Division Three and into Division Two at the end of the
2000/01 season. In May 20091, Charlton, Southampton and Wimbledon
were all linked with signing Zamora with Southampton the favourites
if they appoint Brighton boss Micky Adams as their new supremo.
In June 2001, both Portsmouth and Crystal Palace enquiried about
signing Bobby but were told firmly by Brighton that they would
only sell to a big club. Supposedly they don't want their current
star to score against them in the league in the near future (we
could see a Division One or Two clash between Brighton and Palace/Pompey).
In July 2001, Cardiff allegedly offered the requested £2million.
Towards the end of August 2001, Southampton were alleged to have
returned with a £3million bid whilst The Sunday People
claimed on 26th August that Kevin Keegan's Manchester City were
preparing a £2million swoop. Whilst these were little more than
tabloid speculation, it was confirmed that Southampton had made
a £1.75million bid for Bobby at the end of August 2001. The Manchester
City link resurfaced at the start of October 2001 - possibly as
a kickstart to their stuttering season.
In October 2001, Brighton manager Micky Adams quit to become Assistant
to Dave Bassett at struggling Premiership side Leicester. It was
highly expected that Bassett and Adams' first move would be to
sign Zamora, possibly to replace Ade Akinbiyi
(if the Sunday Mirror of 14th October can be believed). The People
reported on 9th December 2001 that Everton were preparing a £2million
bid for Zamora whilst other reports linked him with Spurs. The
following weekend saw West Ham linked with a £3million swoop.
On 29th December, the media linked him with a £3.5million
move to Middlesbrough that was rejected by Albion. Everton were
the next side to be regularly linked with Zamora. In January 2002
it was speculated that Everton boss Walter Smith was preparing
a £3million move but after watching Bobby's below-par performance
for Brighton at Preston in the FA Cup, this was reduced to £1.5million
plus add-ons. Brighton were said to be uninterested possibly because
the media began linking West Ham with a £4million swoop.
The next side to show an interest was Crystal Palace who were
said to be deliberating between Bobby, Stern John (Forest) or
Ade Akinbiyi (Leicester) before they
swooped for the latter.
Bobby's goals led Brighton to the Division Two title and he was
selected for the PFA Division Two representative side. Speculation
linking Bobby with a move to White Hart Lane resurfaced at the
beginning of August 2002 with Bobby said to be disillusioned with
the lack of ambition shown by the Seagulls. In November 2002,
transfer speculation resurfaced with Middlesborough, Southampton
and Spurs all linked with a £3m move for the promising young
striker. After a period of quiet, rumours began circulating in
March 2003 that Spurs' major summer signing would be Zamora for
£4million.At the end of March 2003, speculation was rife
that Leicester would approach Brighton to sign Andy for £3million
if Leicester were promoted to the Premiership. Just over a month
later and the speculation switched back to Spurs with Tottenham
alleged by the Evening Standard to be signing Zamora and
West Brom's Jason Roberts to form a new striking partnership to
replace Terry Sherringham and Sergei Rebrov.
The Spurs speculation finally became fact on July 18th 2003 when
Bobby joined the White Hart Lane side for £1.5million. His
first appearance in a Spurs shirt came two days later against
Oxford in which he scored. He then scored again in the 3-0 defeat
of Norwich on July 22nd.
Zamora found it hard to settle at Spurs and in January 2004,
it was suggested that he might join West Ham United, possibly
as part of a deal that would take Jermaine Defoe to White Hart
Lane. This materialised on the last day that the transfer window
was open (2nd February 2004) with Zamora rejoining his former
club along with approximately £6million as Defoe joined
Spurs. In November 2004, Bobby was linked with a loan move to
Cardiff City who were said to be keen to take him to Ninian Park
on a permanent basis. The following month saw speculation that
Stoke City were lining up a bid for Bobby although this was denied
by manager Tony Pulis. "We are being linked to a lot of
people at the moment," said Pulis "We have tried
for numerous players and we are disappointed we have missed them."
Norwich were reported to be preparing a £250,000 swoop
for Zamora at the beginning of January 2005 but this was dismissed
by Nigel Worthington leaving reading and Stoke to fight it out
for Bobby's signature, if media speculation is to be believed.
Zamora nearly signed for Palace at the end of the January 2005
Transfer Window but the move fell through. Zamora scored twice
in May 2005 in the Championship Play-Off semifinal at Portman
Road to put West Ham into the play-off final and Joe
Royle's Ipswich facing another season in the Championship.
He then scored the only goal of the play-off final against Preston
to put West Ham back into the Premiership.
West Ham reached the 2005/6 FA Cup final against Liverpool. Dean
Ashton started instead of Zamora, who replaced him as substitute
during the second half. The game finished 3-3 and went to penalties.
Bobby took West Ham's first but it was saved by Jose Reina. The
game ended with Liverpool winning the cup 3-1 on penalties.
On 30th December 2006, the Sun suggested that Reading
manager Steve Coppell is interested in Hibernian midfielders Kevin
Thomas and Scott Brown, while West Ham striker Bobby Zamora is
also on his shopping list. During the January 2007 transfer window,
it was claimed that Celtic manager Gordon Strachan would pay £3m
for Zamora, that Alan Pardew would be runited with Zamora as he
signs him for Charlton for £2m whilst Reading were also
linked with a £2m swoop. In the end, he stayed at Upton
Park. Speculation continued into the 2007 close season with the
News of the World claiming on 17th June 2007 that Everton
have joined Fulham, Blackburn and Middlesbrough in the battle
for West Ham striker Bobby Zamora.
On 25th October 2007, the Daily Mirror reported that Fulham
are prepared to splash out £4m to capture West Ham striker
Bobby Zamora. In eary July 2008, West Ham granted Fulham permission
to speak with Zamora and defender John Paintsil. Zamora was restricted
to 14 games in 2007/8, scoring one goal, while Paintsil has started
just seven league games since joining the club in 2006. "We
recognise they had limited first-team opportunities last season,"
said West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury. "They want
regular football and we have given them permission to speak to
Fulham with a view to a move."
The joint move of Zamora and Pantsil to Fulham took place on
15th July fr a combined fee of £6.3million. Fulham manager
Roy Hodgson said ""Bobby is a talented striker who not
only has a desire to score goals but always looks to involve the
rest of the team with his intelligent play." The signing
of Pantsil enabled Fulham to loan out promising youngster Elliot
Omozusi to Norwich
Zamora was called into England's squad for the 11th August 2010
friendly against Hungary, and made his debut as a second half
With rumours rife in the winter of 2011/12 that he had a falling
out with Fulham manager Martin Jol, Bobby was linked with a January
2012 switch to QPR. This materialised on Transfer Deadline Day
(31st January 2012) with Zamora signing for QPR at a cost of £4m
Zamora scored the vital goal in the Championship play-off final
against Derby on 24th May 2014 which saw QPR return to the Premiership.
This was his 59th game for QPR and his 11th goal.
Zamora was released by QPR at the end of the 2014/15 season following
their relegation to the Championship. It was reported by the Sun
on 15th June 2015 that Zamora was offered a contract by Indian
Premier League side Pune FC. In the end he signed a one year contract
with Brighton on 3rd August 2015.
Zamora was released by Brighton on 20th May 2016. He had scored seven goals in 26 games in his second spell at the clib.
In December 2016, Zamora announced his retirement from football.