LBC Drivetime presenter and lover of all things claret & blueFrom: Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom Born: 1962 Follow on Twitter: @iaindale
Iain Dale presents the Drivetime show on LBC Radio. He was named Radio Presenter of the Year for 2013 at the Arqiva Awards in July, and was shortlisted for Speech programme of the year at the 2013 Sony Radio Awards.
He is one of Britain’s leading political commentators and bloggers. He is contributing editor for GQ Magazine, writes for the Daily Telegraph, and pens a fortnightly diary for the Eastern Daily Press. He has also just started a monthly column in the gay lifestyle magazine, Attitude. He presents Radio 4’s What the Papers Say and is Managing Director of Biteback Publishing.
He founded Total Politics magazine (sold to Dod’s in December 2012) and was the brains behind Politico’s Bookstore. He was a presenter of Radio 5 Live’s Sunday Service programme alongside Fi Glover and Charlie Whelan from 2000 to 2004. He has also appeared on Radio 4’s Any Questions.
Iain is a former political lobbyist, financial journalist and is the creator and host of the theatre production A Night With Ann Widdecombe, which tours provincial theatres all round the country. He stood for Parliament for the Conservatives in 2005 but has now decided to give up his political aspirations.
Iain has written or edited more than twenty books including Memories of Margaret Thatcher, the Little Book of Boris, 500 of the Most Acerbic, Witty & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics and West Ham: When Football Was Football.
How I came to support West Ham
I shall whisper this, because it’s a tad embarrassing, when I was a kid I was a Man U supporter. Well, it was natural, I lived in Essex! However, I saw the light when I was about ten years old and switched to supporting the Hammers. I think it was because my best friend at primary school, Roger Sizer, supported them. I vaguely remember going to see them play Cambridge United in a testimonial game in the early 1970s (can’t find details of it on the net) and that was what finally did it. My first game at Upton Park came in 1977, when we lost 1-0 to Chelsea. I stood in the lower tier of the West Stand, very near to where my current seat is. I remember walking along Green Street and seeing a series of fights. It’s not like than now! I didn't get a season ticket till I had moved to London and could afford it. And I have had one ever since. It's a drug I haven't been able to wean myself off of. Not that I have tried.
I have been a season ticket holder since 1991. I sit in Row X of the Dr Martens Stand lower tier, not too far from the dug outs. I used to be in the East Stand Upper, which to be honest I preferred. I sit with the same group of people I have done for 20 years.
I'm always in Ken's Cafe from 1pm on a match day. Do come and say hello!
My best West Ham memory
The 2006 Cup Final. A fantastic game, played in the true tradition of the FA Cup, We lost, but it didn't feel like we had. When we went 2-0 up I thought I was living in dreamland. But when Gerrard scored, you just knew how it was going to play out.
The best West Ham game I’ve ever seen
West Ham 5 Bradford 4
Best Player of the Last 50 Years
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Top 11 of the Last Fifty Years
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