I t’s great to see my old teammates Cottee and McAvennie as the Big Interview for this month’s issue. It’s crazy to think just how long ago our 85/86 season was. What made their partnership so special? Th ey just had one of those seasons where everything clicked. So much so they could’ve scored with their backsides!
They were just thrown together and they hit it off . Paul Goddard was supposed to play up top with Tony but then he got injured and Frank ended up playing there. Every time we walked out to play, you just felt one of them was going to score. Even if they only got one chance, you just knew they’d take it.
There was never a point during that season where we talked about how we were doing and what we could achieve. We just went out there and played. There was never talk about us winning the title or finishing in the top three or anything like that. Th ere was a period where we played a number of games in a short period and we accumulated a lot of points that really put us in the mix.
It was disappointing that our efforts that season weren’t rewarded with European football. I think it will be very tough for West Ham to match our third place finish. Winning the FA Cup would be just as good a feeling though.