Where Are They Now? #10 – January’s Deadline Day Signings (2003)

Where Are They Now? returns with the 2003 January transfer window deadline day signings and what happened to them including a one time international, an FA Cup winner from the 1980s and a man named Rufus…

Pierre-Yves André (Striker, Nantes to Bolton, Loan)

Bolton were struggling near the foot of the Premier League under Sam Allardyce in January 2003 and Big Sam needed reinforcements badly. So, he turned to French striker Pierre-Yves André in the hope that he would fire Bolton to safety. However, André’s scoring record in France was not what you’d call prolific. 17 in 120+ games for Rennes and 27 in 110+ for Bastia were not great records and André lived up to those low expectations with no goals in nine appearances in England. Bolton survived but André didn’t and he was sent back to France where he spent a season at Guingamp before ending his career with a six year stint at Bastia. He retired in 2010.

Brian Barry-Murphy (Midfielder, Preston to Sheffield Wedneday, Undisclosed)

Irishman Barry-Murphy had joined Preston in 1999 from his hometown team Cork City but it was fair to say he wasn’t a huge success. Little game time and two loan spells in the lower leagues pretty much confirmed that he was heading out the door. And so it was off to Sheffield for the Irish midfielder who actually made a good fist of it. 58 games in 18 months weren’t enough to stop him being sold to Bury in 2004. It was in the fourth tier where Barry-Murphy established himself in England and he was a regular for Bury until his move to current club Rochdale in 2010.

Dave Beasant (Goalkeeper, Wigan to Brighton, Free)

Old man Beasant was still going strong in 2003
Old man Beasant was still going strong in 2003

Famous for being the first keeper to save a penalty in the FA Cup final (John Aldridge’s in 1988), Beasant’s career was lengthy to say the least.  Spells at Wimbledon, Chelsea, Newcastle, Southampton, Portsmouth, Grimsby, Wolves, Bradford and a solitary game on loan at Tottenham eventually ended up in Wigan in 2002. He never played for the Latics and moved to Brighton on deadline day where he played his final Football League game at 43 years old. Finally retired in 2004 to do some goalkeeping coaching.

Raul Bravo (Defender, Real Madrid to Leeds, Loan)

A far cry from the white of Real Madrid
A far cry from the white of Real Madrid

Leeds in 2003 were a club in dire straits. Financial problems had led to the sale of many of the stars and overreaching in the transfer market was costing them. During this time though, an entertaining cast of misfits passed through the doors of Elland Road and amongst them was Spaniard Raul Bravo, who appeared on loan from Real Madrid in 2003. Bravo had come through the B and C teams in Madrid and had made a few appearances for the first team but you never would have guessed. His five appearances for Leeds were shambolic at best and he was back off to Spain in the summer. Remarkably, he played for Real the following season and played every minute for Spain at Euro 2004! He eventually had stints in Greece with Olympiacos, Numancia, Rayo Vallecano and Beerschot of Belgium before joining current side Cordoba in 2013.

Rufus Brevett (Defender, Fulham to West Ham, Undisclosed)


A regular at previous sides Doncaster and QPR, Brevett had helped Fulham get to the Premier League and stay there. West Ham were fighting hard to avoid relegation and needed a proven Premier League defender. So Rufus made the move across London to Upton Park. West Ham failed to stay up but Rufus remained, sporadically playing in the next two seasons before leaving following promotion in 2005. He retired in 2007 follwing spells at Plymouth, Leicester City and Oxford United.

Mark Burchill (Striker, Portsmouth to Dundee, Loan)

Mark Burchill’s time at Portsmouth is a familiar story of a bad time at a club – injuries and managerial change. So off it was to Dundee to play for the Dark Blue side of the city which had not yet been fully crippled by financial problems. He even got a Scottish Cup runners up medal after they lost to Rangers in the final. Unfortunately for Burchill, Dundee didn’t make the deal permanent and he was off on loan to Wigan, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham before finally leaving Fratton Park permanently when he joined Hearts. Spells at Dunfermline, Rotherham (again), Kilmarnock, Enosis Neon in Cyprus and Esan United of Thailand. Burchill is currently player/assistant manager at Livingston.

Tony Caig (Goalkeeper, Hibernian to  Newcastle, Free)

Perhaps the most confusing and jaw dropping transfer of deadline day 2003 involved English goalkeeper Tony Caig. An unassuming career at modest clubs like Carlisle, Blackpool and Charlton preceeded his move to Scotland and Hibernian. In Edinburgh, Caig was a back up at best and only played 16 times in 18 months before he somehow got a transfer to Premier League side Newcastle. As it turned out, Caig was no more than a third choice and he left after 3 years and no appearances. What followed was spells with Vancouver Whitecaps, Gretna (pre-going bust), Houston Dynamo, Chesterfield, Workington before returning to Carlisle as a player/coach in 2010. He retired from playing in 2013 and continues to coach the goalkeepers at Carlisle.

Malcolm Christie (Striker, Derby to Middlesbrough, £3 million [combined with Chris Riggott])

A rare sight – Malcolm Christie actually playing for Middlesbrough

With Derby having slid out of the Premier League the previous season, they were looking to offload some of their bigger earners and star names. One of those names was Malcolm Christie – the striker plucked from non-league by Jim Smith who scored pretty regularly in the Premier League. Steve McClaren decided he wanted Christie and the deal was done. However, his arrival on Teeside signalled the beginning of Christie’s problems. Serious injury after serious injury hampered his few chances to play which explains his seven league goals in just 43 games in three and a half years. Christie left in 2007 and eventually found his way to Leeds in late 2008. Everything was looking promising until he got a spinal injury in training and was forced to retire in January 2009. Christie is now a car salesman for Aston Martin.

Mathias Coelho (Midfielder, Argentinos Juniors to Livingston, Free)

Jim Leishman brought a continental flair to the dump that is Livingston. Players from all corners came to Almondvale – Candians, Togolese, Frenchmen. Perhaps the most surprising was the Argentines. One of those Argentines was a young midfielder by the name of Mathias Coelho. He scored once for Livi, done nothing else and then left. And he’s done nothing since.

Warren Cummings (Defender, Chelsea to Bournemouth, Loan)

Scottish full back Cummings had come through the ranks at Chelsea but was clearly not good enough for the first team. That was pretty evident from his three loan spells away from Stamford Bridge. Cummings eventually found his home thanks to this loan move. Cummings went on to join Bournemouth permanently just months after joining on loan and went on play over 250 games in the next nine years. He was released in 2012 and had a poor spell at AFC Wimbledon. He currently plays for non league side Poole Town.

Wilko de Vogt (Goalkeeper, Sheffield United to Roosendahl, Free)

Here’s a name for Blades fans to try and remember – Wilko de Vogt. The Dutch keeper only 6 league games for the Blades before returning to Holland on deadline day. He struggled for game time at Roosendahl and RKC Waalwijk before joining FC Oss. It was here that de Vogt established himself, playing over 200 for the club. He finished his career with spells at FC Twente, VVV-Venlo and NAC Breda. He retired in the summer of 2013.

Talal El Karkouri (Defender, PSG to Sunderland, Loan)

Moroccan defender El Karkouri was already an established international when he joined struggling Sunderland on deadline day. Unfortunately he wasn’t of much use due to injuries as Sunderland were relegated. He did return to England the following summer, this time with Charlton Athletic where he had a great debut season before his performances dipped. He left Charlton after they were relegated and spent the rest of his career in Qatar with spells at Qatar SC and Umm-Salal. El Karkouri retired from football in May 2012.

David Grondin (Winger, Arsenal to Dunfermline, Loan)

French winger Grondin had played for the Arsenal first team four time by 2003 but never made the grade. His loan to Dunfermline was his fourth and final temporary spell away from the Gunners. Grondin impressed enough in his short spell to get a permanent deal at East End Park but his only full season in Scotland was not a huge success. He returned to France with Stade Brest before moving to Belgium and finishing his career with spells at Mouscron, KV Mechelen, Mons and FC Brussels. He retired in 2010.

Danny Higginbotham (Defender, Derby to Southampton, £1.5 million)

Yet another Derby player offloaded on deadline day was defender Higginbotham. He moved to the south coast and Southampton where he earned a FA Cup runners up medal just months after joining. He left Southampton in 2006 for a two spells at Stoke with a season at Sunderland in between. Higginbotham was a useful member of the squad that established Stoke in the Premier League but injuries and better performers kept him out of the side. Loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Ipswich followed before he signed for Sheffield United in January 2013. Higginbotham currently plays for Chester having joined them in August 2013 and has reportedly agreed to represent the Gibraltar national team thanks to his grandmother.

Leigh Hinds (Striker, Clyde to Aberdeen, Free)

English striker Hinds was one of the new faces at Pittodrie under new manager Steve Paterson. Hinds never really set the world on fire during his 18 months in Aberdeen and left the club in 2004 for Partick Thistle. A season at Stranraer followed and he left professional football in 2006.

Duncan Jupp (Defender, Wimbledon to Notts County, Free)

Defender Jupp had spent six years or so at Wimbledon warming the benches and occasionally appearing when he was sold off to Notts County on deadline day. His spell with the Magpies was very brief as he was off to Luton after just months before being shipped out months later to Southend. At Roots Hall Jupp was regular and even scored in the 2005 play-off final against Lincoln to send the Shrimpers up. Jupp had an 18 month spell at Gillingham before joining Bognor Regis Town where he ended his playing career in 2009. He currently coaches football at a local school.

Florent Laville (Defender, Lyon to Bolton, Loan)


Frenchman Laville had spent his entire career at Lyon before joining the struggling Trotters on deadline day along with countryman André. Unlike his French counterpart, Laville was somewhat of a hit as he slotted in at the back and helped keep the side in the Premier League (despite a red card in a game against Arsenal). He impressed boss Sam Allradyce so much that he was signed permanently in the summer of 2003. However, a serious injury just a few games into the next season and Laville was pretty much done. A short loan spell at Coventry didn’t do much and he left England in 2005 for Bastia in France. He managed some first team football before retiring in 2007.

Stefan Magnusson (Goalkeeper, free agent to Bradford)

Icelandic goalkeeper Magnusson had already had an interesting career before he turned up in Yorkshire on deadline day. He had two years at Bayern Munich as a teenager in the late 90s before short spells with different clubs around Scandinavia. His time at Bradford was short as well and he left in the summer for more touring of Scandinavia. He joined Norwegian side Lillestrom in 2009 and was number one until recently. He is currently on loan at Ull/Kisa in the Norwegian second tier.

Julian Maidana (Defender, Racing Club to Livingston, Free)

Another of the Livi Latinos was defender Julian Maidana. He arrived from Racing Club on deadline day and played pretty regularly before an acrimonious departure in the summer. He then returned to South America and had spells in Argentina (Talleres (twice), Newell’s Old Boys, Banfield, Central, Ascasubi and General Paz Juniors), Brazil (Gremio) and Chile (O’Higgins). He retired from football in 2011.

Carlos Marinelli (Midfielder, Middlesbrough to Torino, Loan)

Boro loved their foreigners didn’t they? Juninho, Emerson etc. all came and went with varying degrees of success. One player who didn’t have much success was their “new Maradona”, Carlos Marinelli. A £1.5 million buy from Boca Juniors, Marinelli just was not cut out for English football and he was shipped off to Torino on deadline day. His time in Italy wasn’t brilliant either and he was back at Boca Juniors in 2004. His time at Boca was short and he left for spells around the world at clubs including Racing Club and Aldovisi in Argentina, Braga in Portugal, Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) in the US, Torino (again), Millionarios in Colombia and Gyori in Hungary. He joined current club Universidad San Martin in Peru in 2011.

Roberto Martinez (Midfielder, Walsall to Swansea City, Loan)


Yes, the rise of Roberto Martinez in English football began on deadline day 2003. Cast aside by Walsall, Martinez joined Swansea on loan as they battled to stay in the Football League. They achieved this and Martinez stayed at the Swans in the summer of 2003. As captain of the side, Martinez helped lead the Swans to promotion to the third tier in 2005 before being released in the summer of 2006. He had a short spell at Chester before being appointed manager of Swansea in February 2007. This sparked the beginning of the Swansea rise as he led Swansea to the League One title in 2008 and guiding them to 8th in the Championship the following season. He left the Swans to join Wigan (the club that had initially brought him to England) in the summer of 2009. His time at Wigan is viewed as a success by many as he kept them in the Premier League for three straight seasons and won the FA Cup in 2013 before their relegation in 2013. He left Wigan to join Everton this past summer and has made a positive start at his new club.

Junior Mendes (Striker, St Mirren to Mansfield, Free)

Striker Mendes made one of his many, many moves on deadline day as he left St Mirren for Mansfield. His time at Mansfield was reasonably successful but unsurprisingly short as he left in 2004 and went on a tour of England with spells at Huddersfield, Northampton, Grimsby, Notts County, Lincoln, Aldershot, Stevenage and Ilkeston Town. He appeared in Scotland with Ayr United as well before joining current club Nairn County in the summer of 2012. Mendes has also played internationally for Montserrat earning 9 caps since 2004 with a solitary goal.

N’Diwa Lord-Kangana (Defender, Djurgardens to Bolton, Undisclosed)

The Angolan born Lord-Kangana eventually joined Wanderers on deadline day after the move had fallen through a couple of months earlier. However, Bolton should have just left it fallen through as Lord-Kangana never proved good enough to make the first team. Loan spells at Oldham and Rochdale were not very useful and he was released at the end of his contract in the summer of 2004. He joined Stalybridge Celtic in 2004 and played just once before leaving a few months later for Slovenian side NK Drava Putj. He left Slovenia after a short time and returned to the UK for spells with Worthing (where he managed just 45 excruciating minutes as Worthing conceded 5), Montrose, Wealdstone, Hednesford Town, Radcliffe Borough and AFC Liverpool. He hasn’t been heard from in footballing circles since a trial at Lincoln in late 2009. Incredibly, Lord-Kangana has played two international games for DR Congo in 2004 and one of them was at the African Cup of Nations!

Paco Luna (Striker, Hibernian to Almeria, Free)

It was a shock when Hibs signed Spanish striker Paco Luna in 2001. He had been plying his trade at Monterrey in Mexico so to see him in rough and tumble world of the SPL was surprising to say the least. He was a reasonably successful buy too but after 18 months he was back off to Spain with Almeria where he some success before leaving in 2006 for Ecija. He retired in 2009.

Richard Offiong (Striker, Newcastle to Motherwell, Loan)

An England Under 20 international, Offiong was expected to deliver at least a little bit during his loan spell at Motherwell but contributed nothing in his nine substitute appearances. Another brief loan at York followed before the striker left Newcastle for a mini world tour. He had small spells in Turkey (Istanbulspor), Belgium (Patro Massmechelen) and South Korea (Chunam Dragons). He returned to the UK with Doncaster before a very successful 3 year stint with Hamilton. Spells at Carlisle, Darlington, Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, Osterunds of Sweden, Oakleigh Cannons of Australia and Johor FA of Malaysia before retiring due to injury in 2012.

Fernando Pasquinelli (Striker, Temperley to Livingston, Free)

Another of the continental arrivals at Almondvale and perhaps the best of the lot, Pasquinelli will forever be etched in Livi history as he played a part in their 2004 League Cup success. He joined Aberdeen in the summer of 2004 but only lasted a year before being released because of injuries. Pasquinelli returned to Argentina and has had spells with Talleres, Platense, Temperley, LDU Portoviejo, Sarmiento and Tristan Suarez. He is currently without a club.

David Prutton (Midfielder, Nottingham Forest to Southampton, £2.5 million)


Southampton got the deal through for the highly rated Prutton on deadline day and the midfielder slotted right into the Saints team and cemented his place in the side over the next couple of seasons. His 2004/05 campaign was blotted by a ten match ban for pushing the referee after being sent off against Arsenal and the fact that Southampton were relegated from the Premier League. Prutton broke his foot the following season and by January 2007 he was nowhere near the first team. He rejoined Forest on a six month loan before moving to Leeds in the summer of 2007. Like at Southampton, Prutton began as a regular before eventually ending up in the reserves until his departure to Colchester in the January 2010. His time in Essex was short but impressive as he joined Swindon in the summer of 2010 before moving to Sheffield Wednesday the following summer where he still plays. He most recently had a short loan spell at Scunthorpe to get some game time.

Chris Riggott (Defender, Derby to Middlesbrough, £3 million [combined with Malcolm Christie])

The other Derby player to join Boro on deadline day was centre back Riggott. He started off very well including scoring twice in the derby game against Sunderland in only his second match and being one of the stars of the UEFA Cup run in 2006. However, signings and injury meant Riggott lost his starting place in the team and he ended up on loan at Stoke late in the 2007/08 season to get games. Riggott’s injuries really restricted his game time for Boro and in 2010 he left for Cardiff in the hope of a fresh start. He only played twice in the league before being released due to his ongoing injury problems. He returned to Derby in the summer of 2011 but never played due to his persistent back injury which destroyed his short stay at Burton Albion and forced him into retirement in 2012.

Michael Ricketts (Striker, Bolton to Middlesbrough, £3.5 million)

Boro’s track record of strikers being signed in January is a poor one (Lee Dong-Gook and Afonso Alves being examples) and Michael Ricketts is the original poor striker. An England international (45 minutes against Holland), Ricketts cost a fair amount for Boro to buy and repaid them with just 4 goals. He only lasted 18 months before being shipped off to Leeds in 2004 where he scored only twice. Loan spells at Cardiff, Burnley and Stoke followed before he joined Southend in 2006. He was released after just a couple of months for being overweight and has since had spells at Oldham, Preston, Walsall and Tranmere. He was released by Tranmere in 2010 and is now retired from playing after no team picked him up. Ricketts was most recently in the news after he headbutted his girlfriend in 2011 but avoided jail.

 Mortiz Volz (Defender, Arsenal to Wimbledon, Loan)

German right back Volz will never be mistaken for a Xavi or Iniesta but is a hero at most clubs he played for. He impressed in his ten apperances for Wimbledon and it earned him a move to Fulham in the summer of 2003. He quickly became a fan favourite at Fulham and even scored the 15,000th goal in the Premier League. He joined Ipswich on loan for the 2008/09 season before being released in 2009 by Fulham along with a club statement praising him. He joined German side St Pauli in June 2010 before moving to current side 1860 Munich in 2012.

Guillaume Warmuz (Goalkeeper, Lens to Arsenal, Free)

French keeper Warmuz was signed as cover by Arsene Wenger which helpfully explains why he never played for the club. He left in the summer of 2003 to replace the Arsenal-bound Jens Lehmann at Borussia Dortmund and provided competition to a relatively inexperienced Roman Weidenfeller. He returned to France in 2005 with Monaco but after no games in the 2006/07 season, Warmuz announced his retirement.

Jonathan Woodgate (Defender, Leeds to Wimbledon, £9 million)


One of many offloaded by a financially struggling Leeds, Woodgate only spent 18 months at Newcastle but established himself as one of the best centre backs in the league. He was so good that Real Madrid payed over £13 million to sign him in 2004. His spell at Madrid was marred by injury and calamity (check out his debut) but there were some bright spots. Despite that, he left to join Middlesbrough in 2006 on loan and was successful enough to earn himself a permanent move in 2007. However, injury and the form of David Wheater saw Woodgate move to Tottenham in January 2008. Woodgate began well and scored the winner in the 2008 League Cup final but saw the most of his time in London ruined by injury before moving to Stoke in 2011. His season at a Stoke was a mixed bag as he played more than he had for a while but his form wasn’t that great. He eventually returned to Middlesbrough in 2012 and still plays there today.

That is the 2003 deadline day signings and what happened to them. If you have anything to add or want to make a suggestion about a future part for this series then get in touch here or on social media (links on the right hand side).



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