This month Blowing Bubbles caught up with Tony Sutton to learn more about the Dubai Hammers.
When was Dubai Hammers founded?
In May 2012 a number of smaller groups of West Ham fans who could not get back for the play off final decided to try and get as many people together as possible for the game. In the following months, two of those groups merged to form the official Dubai Hammers group.
How many members in your group today?
Membership has risen year on year since our formation season of 12/13 when we only had around 50 members. We currently have more than 120 fully paid members and get regular crowds of 50 plus to watch the games.
Where do you watch games?
We struck a deal with the CEO of Media Rotana who is also a West Ham fan and he welcomed us into the hotel’s traditional English Pub, Nelson’s.
What have been your most memorable days as a supporters’ club?
There are two that really stand out. In 2013 we arranged for club members to attend a private training session during the first team’s warm weather break. Fans were given the chance to meet the whole squad, have photos and get shirts signed. More recently we were very proud to welcome legends Tony Cottee, Tony Gale and Frank McAvennie for an evening of stories about the Boys of 86 season. The former greats could not have been any nicer and stayed with us throughout the night.
What are the benefits of being part of your group?
Members get a DXB Hammers t-shirt and members card (DXB is the airport code for Dubai) which entitles them to 20 per cent off all food and drink in Nelson’s Pub.
How can people get in touch with your club?
Our facebook group (www.facebook.com/ groups/DubaiHammers) or you can can email us at Nelsons@DubaiHammers.com. Our website is dubaihammers.com, you can find us on Twitter @dubaihammers and on Instagram @ DXBHammers