What a great year to be born and smack bang in undoubtedly West Ham's golden era. Caption:18th August 1964: West Ham United with the FA Cup and Charity Shield trophies. The youth team are in the first two rows. The English World Cup winners Geoff Hurst (third row, fourth from right) and Bobby Moore (second row, first right) are also present. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
No Hammers fan will ever forget their first relegation dog fight experience and 1976-77 was my maiden seat of the pants time. Caption:18th April 1977: West Ham United footballers, Mervyn Day, Tommy Taylor, Trevor Brooking, Bryan Robson and Bobby Ferguson, winners of the Evening Standard team award. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
The incredible kit worn for the European Cup Winners Cup final against Anderlecht in Brussells. I was shocked as an 11 year seeing it for the first time and even now as a 50 year I hold my breath. I suppose money talks...and I wouldn't be surprised if that collar did, too. This superb photo was found on the wonderful site: http://icwhsshirts.webs.com
28th December 1987, White Hart Lane. The Park Lane end was so full for this Christmas encounter that the police moved us so close to the notorious Shelf we were practically exchanging gifts. When Paul Hilton equalised with this goal I seemed to be jumping higher than anyone behind the goal...until I realised I was bouncing on my dad who'd fallen on the terrace. He got up in Del boy style with his cigarette still in his mouth.
The 1976-77 was the "slap in the face" season as the harsh reality hit me that maybe my faith in my beloved Hammers wasn't going to help them. This was another SHOOT pull out I found in my old bedroom.
I can't believe there have been 66 "new" Hammers kits since I got my first one. In many ways they have become like ex-girlfriends; some you'll wonder why it ended while others would quickly grate and become stale on you. You'll never replicate that excitement and thrill when you touched your first.