‘I have very strong feelings for Adrian. You can’t beat passion’

West Ham World founder James Jones on his love of a talented shot-stopper

First game It was a 4-0 win over Norwich, April 1992. My Dad was desperate to introduce me to his first love as early as possible. I cried after every goal because the crowd was too loud for a little three year-old!

Favourite game It used to be the play-off final at Wembley but the last game at the Boleyn Ground tops it. The way we won that against Man United, on such a historic occasion, will stay with me forever.

Worst game Where do I start? I think it has to be when I sat in the Spurs end when they thrashed us 4-1 at White Hart Lane during that memorable last season at the Boleyn Ground. It was 90 minutes of pure torture.

Favourite West Ham goal Ricardo Vaz Te’s winner at Wembley. I’d dreamt of seeing us play and win at Wembley so when that goal went in, Vaz Te gave me everything I’d ever dreamed of and more. Thank you, Ricardo.

Favourite player of all time Mark Noble. Paolo Di Canio is a very close second but for me, Mark Noble just epitomises everything the club stands for. He’s one of us and has lived every West Ham fan’s dream by captaining the club and making over 400 appearances. Not many of his kind left in the game.

Favourite player from the current squad Noble aside, I have very strong feelings for Adrian. That man’s passion for the badge is second to none and you just can’t beat that in today’s game. He’s not the greatest goalkeeper ever but he always gives 100 per cent and would die for the shirt.

Best opposition player you’ve seen play against us Luis Suarez. Just an outstanding striker. His movement off the ball is incredible and his finishing ability is up there with some of the greatest. The same can also be said for Sergio Aguero.

Best team you’ve ever seen play against us Manchester City on a number of occasions in recent seasons. A few times I’ve found myself in absolute awe when seeing them smash five or six past Adrian.

Memorable moments Play-off final at Wembley, final game at the Boleyn Ground, Scott Parker’s winner v Wigan to keep us up, that FA Cup final v Liverpool. There are so many and there many more to come.

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