West Ham fan for over 25 years. Filmmaker living in London.From: London, United Kingdom Born: 1979
I'm a filmmaker and particularly love making sports documentaries. One of my favourite recent projects was telling the story of the first ever refugee team to compete at the Olympics. They are an inspiring group of people and it was a privilege to meet them.
I've been a proud Hammer for over 25 years. I love the romance and folklore of the Club. The West Ham Way, winning the World Cup, the Academy, our down-to-earth East London roots, our sense of humour, heroes like Moore, Brooking, Dicks, Tevez, Di Canio and thousands more singing in the stands under the lights... These are the things that give West Ham its soul and that truly matter to me, more so than winning. Which is a good job since we've never won anything since I've been a fan! That's not to say that I don't dream of the day those bubbles reach the sky...
How I came to support West Ham
I grew up in Kent so there wasn't a local team that everyone naturally supported. Most kids followed Liverpool. My older brother and I had a different destiny though. Dad was flying back from Europe in the early 80s and ended up sitting on the plane next to a proper gentleman called Trevor Brooking. At the end of the flight, Sir Trev gave Dad a kid's West Ham shirt to pass on to my brother who then started following the mighty Hammers. A few years later when I was about 7, the shirt was handed down to me. I've been a West Ham fan ever since.
First game was 2-0 v Oxford United in 1991 - Stuart Slater was amazing that day.
My best West Ham memory
Ogbonna's goal in extra time to beat Liverpool last season in the FA Cup. Not perhaps one of the most famous moments but it was very special to me. I went with my wife and it had everything you'd want from a West Ham game under the lights.
The best West Ham game I’ve ever seen
The final game of the Great Escape season where we beat Manu away 1-0 to survive. It was a proper nail biter!
Best Player of the Last 50 Years
Paolo Di CanioStriker
Top 11 of the Last Fifty Years
Julian DicksLeft back
Steve PottsRight back
Bobby MooreCentral Defender
Rio FerdinandCentral Defender
Paolo Di CanioStriker