The passing of David Gold earlier this month was incredibly sad for myself and the Blowing Bubbles team. The Joint-Chairman had been such a strong supporter of the fanzine for the past decade and he’d agreed on a number of occasions to sit down and chat to me about all things West Ham.
It wasn’t so long ago that we were trying to meet up again, and it saddens me that we never got the chance to make this happen. As much as he was happy to answer my questions, he was always curious to get my input on what was happening at the club, which was always refreshing.
He’d remind me every time we met that he’d grown up on Green Street and that he’d played for the club’s youth teams. And, without fail, he’d always throw into our conversation that “no-one pays to watch hop, skip and jumpâ€ when discussing the London Stadium and the Olympic legacy.
He’d also always manage to weave Accrington Stanley into every interview when making comparisons.
I’ll never forget our first meeting was at his office at the Ann Summers HQ near Whyteleafe towards the end of the 2012/13 season, along with our meetings in subsequent years. But I’ll always fondly remember our last was at his home in the opening months of the 2021/22 season.
I have started to read back on some of our chats over the past decade and it is so evident in what he’s saying that he loved West Ham so very much. I will miss these afternoons in his company. May he rest in peace.