About me

I was born a Hammer, in the former County Borough of West Ham. I attended my first match in 1967, a 3-0 home victory over WBA . The top highlight of my time as a fan was watching Moore, Hurst and Peters play. Those all time greats were then succeeded by the legendary Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking, who carried on claret & blue flame. The sides in the period 1980-83 were excellent and played great football. And the 1985-86 team was not half bad either, although we really should have won the title that season. More recently, it was a joy to watch the 100% commitment of Julian Dicks and the high artistry of Paolo Di Canio.

I was too young to attend either the 1964 FA Cup Final or the 1965 ECWC Final, but I have a clear memory of being taken to see the team parade the ECWC trophy. I have, however, attended every major cup Final and semi-final since 1972, including both FA Cup wins in 1975 and 1980. I still have ambitions, and high hopes, of adding to that tally, in the next few years. Always the optimist!

I enjoy the history of West Ham Utd and I have built up quite a good knowledge over the years. The players that I would have loved to have seen play are: Shea, Puddefoot, Ruffell, Watson, Foxall, Cantwell, Dick, Byrne and, above all, the great Len Goulden.

I am an academic, writer and consultant and I still live and work in East London. Besides West Ham, I also write on wider sports issues, politics, culture, history and philosophy.

I have a season ticket in the Bobby Moore Stand and I regularly attend away matches, although not many as in my younger days.

How I came to support West Ham

Born to it!

My best West Ham memory

Probably, turning in to Wembley Way on 10 May 1980 and being confronted by the awesome sight of a giant human sea of claret and blue, both dominating the horizon and dwarfing the red and white of Arsenal. From that moment I was absolutely certain that the day would be ours!

The best West Ham game I’ve ever seen

Probably the defeat of Eintract Frankfurt in the 2nd leg of the 1976 ECWC Semi-Final.

Best Player of the Last 50 Years
Bobby Moore
Central Defender
Top 11 of the Last Fifty Years
  • 1
    Phil Parkes
  • 2
    Julian Dicks
    Left back
  • 3
    Alvin Martin
    Central Defender
  • 4
    Billy Bonds
    Central Defender
  • 5
    Bobby Moore
    Central Defender
  • 6
    Alan Devonshire
  • 7
    Martin Peters
  • 8
    Trevor Brooking
  • 9
    Bryan Robson
  • 10
    Geoff Hurst
  • 11
    Paolo Di Canio