Players and fans.

Saturday late afternoon and we proud Hammers fans who made the journey south (yes south) to Preston were not only treated to an entertaining fare but at Preston Railway Station managed to catch up with the squad as they waited for the train to Euston. Our boys travelled from Cumbernauld, Blantyre, Hamilton, Motherwell, (all just outside Glasgow) Kilmarnock, Perth and Edinburgh, a father and very young son from Edinburgh approached the players and the little lad with programme in hand got the boss and players autographs and had some pics taken of him with the players. It made his day and he will have that fantastic memory for the rest of his life. The look of sheer delight on his face was something special and he was looking forward to showing his mum when he got home.
I was lucky to get my pic taken with Adrian, Arnie and Robert Snodgrass (all very obliging and Snods is a really nice fella). Arnie agreed to a pic only when I put down a four pack and I wouldn't mind they weren't mine but my mates (I was guarding them while he went to the loo!!!!) I could understand Arnies point and duly obliged as the last thing you want to see is the wrong impression created and some plank on through social media would try and make capital out of it. The players and staff were very receptive to us all and with some of the bad press some players get and the game in general that makes it all the more worthwhile.
I was thinking about how our lads reacted and remembered a story a mate told me about his nephew who was a ball boy at Spuds and it was his Birthday when Man U were the opposition, Fergie was the Mancs boss at the time and the lad too a ball into each dressing room and everyone duly signed except one.... the one player who refused to sign the lads ball was Gary Neville! (Not that the lad was all that bothered , but remarked later that Neville was a plank!) So good on all the players and as a footnote I never realised how tall Declan Rice and Manuel Pellegrini were!

Great to hear this Plaistow. That's how it should be. Bring back football to the fans. I'll be at Ipswich on Saturday with my son. Not such a young un but he would still be well chuffed if he got the chance of the same treatment.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Just seen the pics on ya facebook steve,brillant how you could all mingle like that mate.

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Did you have to act as the translator between the players and the Scottish Hammers mate?

Yes I saw the picture of you and Adrian on FB, sounds like it was a good day out.
I still have fond memories of when my youngest was the mascot at Bolton a few years ago when Zola was in charge. As he was the only mascot we had the freedom of the changing room to take as many photos as we wanted. The likes of Zola, Parker and especially Noble were great to my lad and a day he will never forget.
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plaistow-man's picture

Robert Snodgrass helped me out ;)

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Just seen the photos & your resemblence to adrian in the photo of you two is uncanny mate...is their something your not letting on!!;)

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plaistow-man's picture

My boy, "por favore" :)

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Dont normally look at facebook,etc but i thought thats a good thing youve got going there mate the anglo scottish "Jockney" hammers... how long ago did you leave the smoke then plaistow?

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plaistow-man's picture

Hey 65 left Nov '70 age 10 returned "home" '77 to find work, headed north again in '94 and been here since.
A few years ago I started the Anglos (around 2010) to find any like minded people.... out of that cam the "Glasgow Hammers" but many just looking for a jolly and getting "ratted" A few of us formed a core and before a game about 15 of us met up and had breakfast so we founded the "Happy Hammers Breakfast club" qualification was you had to have brekkie before we left or en route. Then I decided we needed a proper identity and put out a poll to decide a name and I suggested Jockney Hammers/Irons which got a majority of votes so a blend of Jocks and Cockneys which we found quite amusing. We mainly go to games in the North of England. We are of course living in hope the club may do a pre season north of the border near us one day. We in our group have managed to ditch the "headaches" and are left with a good bunch of lads.

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Keep up the good work!!COYJI...

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Burkie 1's picture

What the fupp ,?premiums players travelling by train ?thought all that finnished yonks ago , you'll have the Summer signings thinking "who have we signed for ,Hartlepool"

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Burkie 1

I agree whats that all about.

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plaistow-man's picture

Keeps them grounded I s'pose after all we fans travel by train (well at least us from beyonds Hadrians mud pile)

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plaistow-man's picture

I bet it was first class though not like us lot slumming it :D

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