About me
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West Ham from birth & 'til death do us part. Dedicated husband & father. Works in sales in technology based products. In between West Ham, family & work I play darts in a local league and coach football with an U11 team.
I became a West Ham fan due to the rest of my family all supporting the club.

How I feel about Football says a lot about why I support West Ham. Inspired by the words of Johan Cruyff I wrote my poem, 'The Beautiful Game' in 2006: -

No higher football honour
May history bestow
Than soccer played with style and skill
Redefining creative flow

In the mind’s eye of every fan
Their tricks and turns to see
Onlooking viewers bedazzled ghasps
At this poetic artistry

Unpredictable and sporadic
But with complete devotion
We suffer the frustrating heartache for moments
Of genius in motion

Call me a purist, call me fickle
Neither do I care nor complain
My admiration lies wherever it’s found
Immersed in the beautiful game

Are we in it for the winning
Solely for three points
Visions spectacular with hearts a-racing
The rest just disappoints

Hide it in the corner
Watch the clock run out
For the win professionally waste time
Is that what it’s all about


How I came to support West Ham

My Dad was born a couple of hundred yards from the ground in Compton Avenue (just off the Baking Road) and my mum was from East Ham. All the family supported West Ham.

From the age of 8 to 17 I lived in the North West of England. Surrounded by Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton fans in the main. I never swayed. Cup win in 1980 was a particular high point. Many kids at my school, Near Macclesfield, in Cheshire sided with West Ham for that afternoon and, I believe, tended to have a bit of a soft spot for us ever since.

The lowest point was always (now overtaken by the display against Hull City on 26th Mar, 2014) our 6-0 loss at Anfield (1985 I think) but even that spoke volumes about our club with the West Ham faithful singing "We Want 7" with 5 minutes left to play :) . Other memories include standing in the Stetford End when Jasper Olsen was warming up and laughing at the lads singing "Oops Upside your Head" at him while he did his stretches on the touchline. Also managed to sneak in with the West Ham fans on a later visit. Standing adjacent to the jungle listening to "Where's your famous ICF," as it was the first visit after the infamous documentary 'Hooligan' then nearly getting herded on to a Special back to Euston. Happy Days.


My best West Ham memory

Lifting the cup in '80. Meant a great deal to me.


The best West Ham game I’ve ever seen

02/02/86 West Ham United 2-1 Manchester United

Best Player of the Last 50 Years
Alan Devonshire
Midfielder
Top 11 of the Last Fifty Years
  • 1
    Phil Parkes
    Goalkeeper
  • 2
    Ray Stewart
    Right back
  • 3
    Alvin Martin
    Central Defender
  • 4
    Billy Bonds
    Central Defender
  • 5
    Bobby Moore
    Central Defender
  • 6
    Alan Devonshire
    Midfielder
  • 7
    Joe Cole
    Midfielder
  • 8
    Liam Brady
    Midfielder
  • 9
    Trevor Brooking
    Midfielder
  • 10
    Geoff Hurst
    Striker
  • 11
    Paolo Di Canio
    Striker