Former Hammer of the year Stuart Pearce appeared on Sky Sports Goals on Sunday hosted by West Ham fan Ben Shephard and was asked about his memories of his time at West Ham.
Stuart Pearce answered…
A real family club to be involved in you know from my point of view, I was born in London, not that side of London, it was a fantastic club to work for, some real scallywags there you know, I mean Harry bought the likes of (not myself being a scallywag obviously) of Razor Ruddock was there and a few others. It was fantastic, he bought the Winterburns at the end of their careers. There was a real mix of players John Moncur, real mix of players, it has a real sole to it, the football club and the staff as well, the salt of the earth people, fantastic people and you know what it is like at West Ham, real partisan there and to be fair I quite enjoyed playing my football there. To be Fair there were some good players there at the time and there was a good mix between senior players like myself coming in and Paolo was there, the likes of Kanoute was playing at the time, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole were coming through and making their mark, Michael Carrick was in the team as well so we had a real good mix of players, I think my first season we started, first eight games we were third in the league. I think Harry just had to juggle the books a bit, sell Kanoute to get Marc Vivien Foe or Vice versa. It’s a shame he just didn’t have enough money to carry on and build and build I think."
Stuart Pearce nicknamed ‘Psycho’ played for West Ham United towards the end of his playing career, making his debut on 7 August 1999 in a 1-0 home win against Spurs. His first goal came on 21st October 2000 in a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal. He made 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and in 2001 he was named Hammer of the year voted by West Ham fans. In the Summer 2001 he was Kevin Keegan’s first signing for Manchester City for what would be the final season in his career. He was sacked as England’s U21 coach last year after he lost all three games in the European Championship.