First West Ham game
It was March 1975. I was 12 and West Ham were at home to Chelsea. Alan Curbishley made his debut. We stood at the foot of the West Stand. Green Street was a war zone. We lost 1-0.
Favourite West Ham game
It’s a toss up between the 5-4 victory at home to Bradford in February 2000 and the 2006 Cup Final in Cardiff when we lost to Liverpool. We played them off the park and should never have lost. Afterwards, it didn’t feel as if we had.
Worst West Ham game
Where do I start? I remember a particularly awful 0-0 at home to Sheffield United when Dave Bassett was their manager. Purgatory. Any match with Iain Dowie up front was a contender for this accolade.
Favourite West Ham goal
I remember a couple of screamers from Matthew Rush and Steve Jones in the mid 1990s but I’d have to go for Di Canio’s volley against Wimbledon. Trouble is, I missed it as I was stuck in the Blackwall Tunnel!
Favourite West Ham player from the current squad
I like players who can take our breath away. Manuel Lanzini is a player who can do that and I think he will be a key player for us this season. Skilful, with the ability to beat players and launch a rocket of a shot.
Best opposition player you’ve seen play against
us The one that springs to mind is Gareth Bale when he almost singlehandedly beat us 3-2 a few seasons ago. Everything he touched seemed to come off.
Best team you’ve ever seen play against us
I think Manchester City at their most powerful were a sight to behold and impossible to compete with. They had fantastic individual players but they knew how to play as a team as well.
Memorable West Ham moments
When the floodlights went out, Paolo Di Canio sitting down on the pitch refusing to play, when the Konchesky goal went in in Cardiff, Dani’s goal at White Hart Lane, the final game at Upton Park
Favourite away day
When we beat United 1-0 with Jermain Defoe scoring the winner. It’s the only time I’ve been to Old Trafford and I vowed never to return. It couldn’t possibly get better than that. It really was a perfect day.