Glenn Roeder: The Day I Collapsed

Glenn Roeder, a boyhood supporter of West Ham United, was named caretaker manager of the club in the aftermath of Harry Redknapp’s sacking, losing the final match of the 2000/01 season 2-1 at Middlesbrough. By the start of the following campaign, Roeder had been named permanent manager after approaches for Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren had proved unsuccessful. David Moyes and Alex McLeish had also been linked with the position.

Roeder, who had previously managed Gillingham and Watford and been a coach under Glenn Hoddle with England, finished seventh in his first season but the failure to improve the squad led to a downturn in form in 2002/03 – only Gary Breen (free transfer) and Edouard Cisse (loan) were brought in over the summer of 2002. The Hammers were second from bottom in mid-February 2003 but a six-game unbeaten run led to a key match at Bolton in mid-April – the Irons lost the match 1-0, meaning a miracle would be required to stay in the top flight. The next match, an Easter Monday home encounter with Middlesbrough was won by a goal to nil, but events after the match overshadowed the result – Roeder takes up the tale himself in the video below.

Trevor Brooking took caretaker charge, winning two matches, at Man City and at home against Chelsea. Needing to better Bolton’s result on the final day, the Irons drew 2-2 at Birmingham whilst Bolton beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium. Roeder returned to the dugout in the First Division at the start of the 2003/04 season, winning the opening game 2-1 at Preston and beating Rushden & Diamonds in the League Cup at Upton Park. A goalless draw at the Boleyn against Sheffield United was followed by a 1-0 loss at Rotherham. Roeder was sacked the next day. He has since managed Newcastle and Norwich, and also worked at Sheffield Wednesday and Stevenage.

In this interview with Maxine Mawhinney, Glenn Roeder discusses the day he collapsed with a brain tumour, the pressures of management and the current state of the game. A caption early in the piece introduces Roeder as a singer/performer but, apart from that, it’s an interesting watch.


West Ham Fixture List Published

Nice easy one to start with…


‘That’s Zamora’

I do not have distinct memories of my 7th birthday, I’m sure I got some decent presents. With hindsight I am convinced that none of the presents were as enjoyable and impactful as my trip to Upton Park in March 2005. My Dad took me to my first football game on the 5th March: it was a glamorous fixture against Preston North End.

When I reflect upon watching my first game at Upton Park, I recall feeling excited and ready to watch a team which included the lumbering Malky Mackay at the back as well as the unpredictable Stephen Bywater in goal! I feel the appropriate quote to include is one from the brilliant Bobby Robson when he said in response to the question, what is a club?

’ It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.’

Robson’s poignant response to this question embodies how I felt entirely. I had already started to play football and was enthusiastic when on the pitch, but going to my first game cemented my love for the game and West Ham. I have no doubt my Dad informed me that supporting West Ham would come with pain and frustration but with that some very special moments.

A couple of years ago I was having a conversation with my Dad about this Preston fixture, and it was only with the help of Google that I realised we actually lost the game 1-2! In my excitement of watching football at a stadium for the first time, I seemed to think we had won. A player who I grew to love and scored some good goals for us, Bobby Zamora actually scored what was a mere consolation goal in the 87th minute. I recall aspects of the game, I believe Stephen Bywater made a rather inexcusable error which lead to one of the goals scored by David Nugent and Patrick Agyemang. Up until recently, I had also forgotten that the perhaps cult hero figure in the form of Czech right back, Tomas Repka received a straight red card on the stroke of half time. If we had kept eleven men on the pitch for the second half, perhaps we could have turned it around and my first trip to Upton Park would have seen us win. At least my expectations were tempered from the off!

Only a couple of months later we were able to avenge this disappointing defeat as we won 1-0 against The Lilywhites in the Championship playoff final courtesy of another Zamora goal. I am certainly not alone amongst the West Ham fans in the theory that Mark Lawrenson has a vendetta against the club because he supports Preston and we beat them in Cardiff. It seems ridiculous but most weeks when he does his predictions for the weekend games, he predicts us to lose regardless of the team we are playing and the form we are in. I remember seeing the Premier League table from a couple of seasons ago and if it was according to Lawrenson’s predictions, we finished 17th or 18th unsurprisingly because he dislikes us. In reality we finished 7th. I think as it was the farewell Boleyn campaign. My advice to Lawrenson comes in the form of a quote that’s been reworked from an American motivational speaker, Josh Shipp when he said ’Don’t get bitter, get better’

As I’ve mentioned previously, there are some aspects of the 1-2 loss that I don’t remember but I do remember being taken aback by Teddy Sheringham’s skill and calmness on the ball. He was 38 years old when he dropped down to the Championship, and he scored 20 league goals whilst winning Championship Player of the season. I immediately appreciated his composure on the ball but it was probably only when I was older and had watched more football that I properly realised his class and the fact that despite his age he was still one of our best players. Bobby Zamora is one of few players I got on the back of my shirt, as I’ve said I liked Teddy as well as Matty Etherington but understandably my Mum and Dad did not want to fork out that much on the individual letters!

Ultimately, I look back on my first game at Upton Park with very fond memories. Getting the train and tube to the ground eating the snacks my Mum had prepared, smelling the spices along Green Street and the sound of the barriers as we entered the ground. Whilst we did not win the game, I knew immediately that this would be the club for me and that my Dad would be taking me back to Upton Park for many more games.

Have a good week.

Nigel Kahn’s Column

Lifetime Collecting Prt 2

This week I continue on giving you all a taste of my collection and perhaps some examples of some of the easy ways for kids to start their own collections without spending too much money (to begin with)
When I say I collect anything to do with West Ham I generally do mean anything, if it has a badge or link to the club, I’m interested. I may not buy it but I’m always interested and the more obscure the better I like it, even to the point I have a carrier bag collection.
Ticket stubs were again, one of the first things I kept. As with my programmes, it just started as not throwing anything away but then it grew. It was helpful my Uncle was in the ticket (cough) industry so could supply me easily with them.

The pic shows some of my favourites, including the Liverpool East Terrace ticket and the Spurs South Bank ticket. Special for two reasons, not many terraces back in the day needed a ticket to get onto them, you just queued up and paid on the door, so to have those two is rare I like to think. What sets them apart is they have the counterfoil, which makes them not only very rare but adds a bit to the value I’m told. But as I say to those who ask about the value of stuff I have, its only worth it, if I was selling, since I’m a collector, not a seller, I’m not interested in its worth.
Over the years the west ham ticket style constantly changed, but I believe I have at least 1 ticket from every year since the late 70s. Of course these days with ticket scanning, you can’t tell if a ticket has been used or not but I have some very nice tickets from games gone by. Ive shown some of my England tickets as well, I must admit the old Wembley tickets are my favourites.

I think the cigarette card collections started in the 1920s, I bought a set at Walthamstow town hall boot sale 1 Sunday for about £20 I think back in 1992, I had just bought my 1st house and thought my neighbour who was in his 80s would love to hear about them, he was blind but used to go West Ham back in the day before he lost his sight.
I was sitting in his living room, showing reading him out the names, What you know about Len Gouldon, I said. Len said his wife, that’s old Len across the road, used to play for West Ham. So off Isabelle went to get Old Len, in he came, and, yes, The cigarette card I had of West Hams own Len Gouldon was indeed Old Len. He then tells us that Tommy Lawton was the best forward of the time, had great feet, in his opinion, better than Dixie Dean.
You can see the card with Old Len in the picture, the more modern-day collection came from the fake cigarette sweets we used to get as kids, I only bought them to get the cards as I never really liked those sticks, too sweet for me. The West Ham collection in the binder is Hammers News all-time West Ham 100. A collection that came every month with Hammers News every month I think around 2008.
Also, are some of the very modern-day Match Attax cards, I bought a complete set for my son years ago when trying to get him into football. He wasn’t interested so I gave it away, apart from of course the west ham cards. All add to the collection.

The fanzine started appearing around the late 80s, the first I remembered was On The terraces, swiftly followed by Over Land & Sea. Some of the others are also found in the picture, The Ironworks Gazette which was the name of the actual in house Thames Ironworks magazine that carried the advert by Dave Taylor that he was setting up a football team and needs players. On a mission, The Water in Majorca and the oddly named, We ate all the pies all followed in the 90s. It’s great to read them at times to get a sense of what fans thought at the time and the humour found in them is sadly missing from today’s West Ham. The pic below shows a short-lived but excellent fanzine, 5 Managers. Which was produced for just the last season at the Boleyn, as well as the great Ex Hammer which for me is sadly missed and Blowing Bubbles, which if I’m honest, I struggle to see as a fanzine as its too well produced? Add to the fact they had David Gold write for them I can’t say im a fan of it. If anyone knows of any others please let me know

Lastly for today, if any of you heard last weeks Moore than just a podcast, podcast, then you would have heard about a West Ham programme that recently sold for over 3,000 pounds. it was from the 60s I think but it was for a game that was never played as it was called off in advance, and apparently, there was only 2 known in existence.
I then mentioned that I used to go to the ground if a game was called off and buy a programme if they were on sale.
The first time I did this was Boxing Day 1979, my uncle came to pick me up but said the game was called off. I got upset so he took me to the ground to prove it was off, outside the gates was a programme seller so my uncle bought me one to try to cheer me up.
The game wasn’t played until April which obviously means a totally different programme was needed.
The game itself is well known as Billy Bonds was sent off for fighting with Colin Todd that night and also it was the first game back at Upton Park of local lad and former hero, Alan Curbishley.
I can’t say I know what the Un-played game programme is worth but as I said before, Its only worth something if I’m selling.

Thanks for reading

Dan Coker's Match Preview

Crossed Hammers & Three Lions: Kieron Dyer

Welcome to the latest in a series of articles designed for international matchdays – a look back at former Hammers players who wore the Three Lions of England.

Today, as England prepare to face Switzerland in the inaugural Nations League Third Place Play-Off, we look back at a former Hammers and England midfielder. Kieron Dyer was born in Ipswich on 29th December 1978 and came through the youth system at his hometown club, making his full debut in 1996. He played for England Under-20s and Under-21s, as well as the B team, and made 112 appearances in his first spell at Ipswich, scoring 12 goals.

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After reaching the Play-Offs in each of his three seasons as a first team player at Portman Road but failing to secure a promotion, Dyer joined Premier League Newcastle in the summer of 1999 for a fee of £6m, with the Magpies outbidding Harry Redknapp’s West Ham to clinch his signature. He was the only English player signed by Ruud Gullit during his spell as Newcastle’s manager. The 20-year-old Dyer made his England debut at right-back under Kevin Keegan in a 6-0 European Championship qualifying win against Luxembourg at Wembley on 4th September 1999. He missed out on a place in Keegan’s Euro 2000 squad but was selected in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s party for the 2002 World Cup, and made three substitute appearances against Sweden, Denmark and Brazil. Dyer was also part of Eriksson’s 23-man squad for Euro 2004 in Portugal, and made one substitute appearance against Switzerland, detailed at the end of this piece. He missed out on a place at the 2006 World Cup due to a hamstring injury.

After eight seasons at St James’ Park, taking in 250 appearances and 36 goals, Dyer moved to Alan Curbishley’s West Ham United for £6m in August 2007, joining up with former Newcastle team-mates Scott Parker, Craig Bellamy (who had both signed for the Hammers earlier in the summer) and Lee Bowyer. The 28-year-old Dyer played the full 90 minutes of his Hammers debut in a 1-0 victory at Birmingham on 18th August 2007. Four days later, Dyer won his 33rd and final England cap against Germany in a 2-1 friendly defeat at Wembley. Dyer never scored a senior goal for his country.

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Dyer also played the full 90 minutes of his home debut for the Irons, a 1-1 home draw with Wigan, but disaster struck at Bristol Rovers in a League Cup second round match when Dyer broke both the tibia and fibula of his right leg following a tackle by Joe Jacobsen. Dyer himself takes up the tale, writing in his autobiography:

“Breaking my leg in 2007 was the beginning of a long, debilitating, dispiriting process that killed my career. It led to the West Ham hierarchy trying to shame me, because I played so few games for the club. I’d tell any young injured player to get the best person available to look after you. West Ham didn’t feel it was necessary to do that. I wish I’d taken control and stuck up for myself. You start to hate yourself because you can’t get back to doing the thing you love – and you get slammed by the press, owners and fans.”

Dyer made his return just over 16 months later as a substitute in a 3-0 FA Cup third round home win against Barnsley on 3rd January 2009. He didn’t start a match until April 2009. Dyer goes on to discuss how he became embarrassed to say he had an injury, saying that he had played on after suffering an injury on more than one occasion to avoid the “shame” of walking off the pitch.

“Later at West Ham I felt my thigh pop with my last kick of training. My heart sank. I was in pain but it was nothing compared to the dread, disappointment and embarrassment flooding over me. I couldn’t tell the physio so I said my thigh was tight, even though I knew I’d pulled it. I was trying to convince myself too. On the morning of our first game of the 2009/10 season [at Wolves] we did a fitness test in the hotel corridor. Stabbing pains were shooting through my thigh with every stride I took but somehow I passed and played with a grade one tear in my thigh.”

Dyer didn’t score in 35 appearances for the club and donned the claret and blue for the final time as a substitute in a 3-1 League Cup semi-final second leg defeat at Birmingham in January 2011.

“After I left West Ham, joint chairman David Gold said I had cost the club £16million in fees and wages. That was a classy touch. When Gold and David Sullivan bought the club they talked about the extraordinary wages West Ham were paying and how one player who had barely played ought to have the decency to retire. The arrow was pointing right at me. West Ham fans would say what a waste of money I was. I didn’t score a goal for them in four years and didn’t play four or five games on the trot, ever. But you know what? Every time I went out there, they were brilliant with me and I will always remember that. It kills me that they didn’t even see a fraction of what I once was.”

Dyer had a loan spell at Ipswich in 2011 as the Hammers struggled vainly against relegation and moved permanently to QPR on a free transfer in the summer of that year. He retired after a short spell at Middlesbrough in 2013. Now 40, Dyer is the assistant manager of Ipswich’s Under-18 side.

Switzerland v England

England face Switzerland this afternoon in the Nations League Third Place Play-Off – it will be the 26th meeting between the two nations. The pair have met in a European Championships Finals on two previous occasions, with the Three Lions winning one of those games on Portuguese soil, 3-0 in the group stages at Euro 2004. The match was played in front of 30,616 at the Estadio Municipal de Coimbra on 17th June 2004. Mario Winana featuring Enya and P Diddy was number one with ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban topped the UK box office and Ken Livingstone had just been announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London.

Switzerland fell behind after 23 minutes when Everton’s Wayne Rooney converted a Michael Owen cross to register his sixth goal for the Three Lions, becoming (at the time) the youngest player to score in a European Championship. Swiss right-back Bernt Haas was sent off on the hour mark for picking up two yellow cards and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England doubled their lead with 15 minutes left when Rooney’s rifled shot hit the post and richocheted off goalkeeper Jorg Stiel’s head into the net. Steven Gerrard completed the scoring in the 82nd minute when he turned home Gary Neville’s cross. Today’s featured player, Kieron Dyer, came on as a substitute for Rooney a minute later.

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Switzerland: Jorg Stiel (captain, Borussia Monchengladbach), Bernt Haas (West Brom), Patrick Muller (Lyon), Murat Yakin (Basel), Christoph Spycher (Grasshopper), Fabio Celestini (Marseille), Raphael Wicky (Hamburg), Benjamin Huggel (Basel), Hakan Yakin (Stuttgart), Stephane Chapuisat (Young Boys), Alexander Frei (Rennes).

Subs: Daniel Gygax (Zurich) for Chapuisat; Ricardo Cabanas (Grasshopper) for Celestini; Johann Vonlanthen (PSV) for Hakan Yakin.

England: David James (Man City), Gary Neville (Man Utd), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), David Beckham (captain, Real Madrid), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paul Scholes (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Everton), Michael Owen (Liverpool).

Subs: Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich) for Scholes, Darius Vassell (Aston Villa) for Owen, Kieron Dyer (Newcastle) for Rooney.

The previous articles in the series are:

Vic Watson
Jack Tresadern
Billy Moore
Ken Brown
Bobby Moore
Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne
Sir Geoff Hurst
Martin Peters
Frank Lampard Senior
Sir Trevor Brooking
Alan Devonshire
Alvin Martin
Paul Goddard
Rio Ferdinand
Stuart Pearce
Frank Lampard Junior
Joe Cole
David James
Robert Green
Stewart Downing

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