‘I judge away grounds by the food and Watford is the best’

Football London's West Ham writer Sam Inkersole on life following the Hammers

First West Ham game

Well, I’ve only been covering the club for a couple of years so my first game I worked was was the NK Domzale match at the London Stadium in the Europa League. I’ll always remember it, even if it wasn’t the best game in terms of quality.

Favourite West Ham game

Got to be beating Spurs at home last season, ending their title hope, lovely. Spurs away in the Carabao Cup earlier this season was a blast as well, for obvious reasons.

Worst West Ham game

There’s a few candidates for this one. The 4-2 loss away at West Brom last season was horrendous, getting beat 4-0 at home by Liverpool as well. Not managing to beat a terrible Sunderland side at the Stadum of Light wasn’t great but the worst was probably the 4-2 defeat to Watford at home last campaign. This season, by a mile it was the 4-0 thumping at Everton.

Favourite West Ham goal

From last season, Edimilson Fernandes’ strike against Chelsea for what it meant to him and also the fans in that EFL Cup game. But obviously, all time, it’s got to be Di Canio’s volley against Wimbledon or Ricardo Vaz Te’s winner in the play-off final.

Favourite West Ham player of all time

Marco Boogers? No, in all seriousness…it’s hard to look past Bobby Moore but I wasn’t around in his era to see him properly. So for me, it’s got to be Di Canio. He was such a maverick, just loved watching him play.

Favourite West Ham player from the current squad

Those who follow me on Twitter will know who my favourite player is…Arthur Masuaku. He is a cult hero for many players but I’ve been championing him since he joined the club, it’s brilliant to see him getting all the plaudits currently.

Best opposition player you’ve seen play against us

Last season it was Alexis Sanchez after he destroyed us at the London Stadium but that was usurped by Liverpool’s Mo Salah this season. He completely ripped the Hammers apart, he was absolutely unplayable.

Best team you’ve ever seen play against us

Manchester City at the Etihad earlier this season and it’s not even close.

Favourite away day

As a journalist, I rate my away days on the quality of the food we get given and by far and away the best I had last season was Watford. I like the www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk ground too.

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