My West Ham
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The delights of supporting West Ham United and understanding the hardships. A lot of these pins were recovered from my old wardrobe.
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.

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.

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)

What a great year to be born and smack bang in undoubtedly West Ham's golden…

The chicken run go wild and can't believe their eyes as Dave "psycho" Cross attempts to pick Pop Robson up by his ears during the first game of the 1978-79 season.

The chicken run go wild and can't believe their eyes as Dave "psycho" Cross attempts to pick Pop Robson up by his ears during the first game of the season.

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

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

Thankfully by the start of the 1976-77 season "that" shirt had been slightly adjusted. Not by much but enough to take the sting out of your eyes. This SHOOT/GOAL pull out was kept under a rug to protect it from another dustbin day disaster hence the poor quality; which in hindsight was quite a reflection on the season.

Thankfully by the start of the 1976-77 season "that" shirt had been slightly adjusted. Not by much but enough to take the sting out of your eyes. This SHOOT/GOAL pull out was kept under a rug to protect it from another dustbin day disaster hence the poor quality; which in hindsight was quite a reflection on the season.

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.

The 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.

Another one of my SHOOT magazine pull outs that I still have stashed away. This one was from the ill fated 1977-78 season. I love the car park advice expressing that there are plenty of "free" spaces in the nearby streets. Oh for those times.

Another one of my SHOOT magazine pull outs that I still have stashed away. This one was from the ill fated season. I love the car park advice expressing that there are plenty of "free" spaces in the nearby streets.

Tony Cottee celebrates clinching a win at a very different looking Vicarage Road on April 19, 1985. Getting to the away end always involved a unique walk round a massive bank of allotments. Strange what you remember.

Tony Cottee celebrates clinching a win at a very different looking Vicarage Road on April Getting to the away end always involved a unique walk round a massive bank of allotments.

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)

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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.

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 European Cup Winners Cup Final on the 5th May 1976 at the Heysel Stadium. After such a heroic adventure I was left in tears.

The European Cup Winners Cup Final on the May 1976 at the Heysel Stadium. After such a heroic adventure I was left in tears.

The 1976-77 photo call from the Tiger & Scorcher comic still sitting in my old wardrobe. This time limited to the first team squad with the youth players sent to run around the pitch.

The photo call from the Tiger & Scorcher comic still sitting in my old wardrobe. This time limited to the first team squad with the youth players sent to run around the pitch.

This was the holy grail of my sticker album collection as I genuinely believed The Hammers were on a crest of a wave.

This was the holy grail of my sticker album collection as I genuinely believed The Hammers were on a crest of a wave.

Here's a MATCH special from the 30th August 1986 on Tony Cottee. The beauty was I was at all these games and many more with my dad continually reminding me we were the same age..

Here's a MATCH special from the August 1986 on Tony Cottee. The beauty was I was at all these games and many more with my dad continually reminding me we were the same age.

This was my favourite season spent at the Boleyn with my dad. Every home game apart from the Chelsea one where we were among an estimated 10, 000 "locked out". It was said the if the Hammers were in the First Division the title would of been theirs such was the quality within Upton Park.

This was my favourite season spent at the Boleyn with my dad. Every home game apart from the Chelsea one where we were among an estimated 10, 000 "locked out". It was said the if the Hammers were in the First Division the title would of been theirs such was the quality within Upton Park.

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