We had a fantastic time as guests of West Ham Chairmen – David Gold and David Sullivan – for the tasty ‘West Ham v Arsenal’ fixture at Upton Park.
And what a game it was – I can do no better than ‘paste’ Sky’s Phil Thompson’s verdict here.
“For the neutral this was absolutely stunning, it was a magnificent game. It was a second game in three days, with both sides giving everything. I didn’t want the game to end, it was that good. Szczesny deserves great compliments because he has made a big decision that anything in the air he is going to come and get and control the air in the penalty area. He had to be precise.”
Perhaps the only thing I should add is that West Ham were very unfortunate not to pick up at least a point from this game, where they had a superb Alex Song goal disallowed for a very dubious ‘offside – interfering with play’ decision – no ‘offside’ Hammers player touched the ball! Anyway, I was very proud of the lads fight back in the second half.
We loved talking to some of the celebrities in the lounge – as shown below:
– Motty Selfie
– Great selfie with James Corden
With Jack Whitehall (Gooner Supporter)
Thank you to David Gold for looking after us..
David, Peter & Patricia
I was very lucky to have been awarded second place prize at the West Ham Utd Player Awards dinner in May (see previous post). The prize was being guest of West Ham’s joint chairmen for the pre-season friendly vs UC Sampdoria (and I could also bring along my partner, Patricia and my brother Ian and his son – Michael (both lifelong Hammers fans).
As part of the Prize, I got to choose the man of the match and present the award. I choose one of our most reliable players – Mark Noble – who was a pivotal part of our display. Peter Rayney Tax Consulting Ltd was also featured on the screen as the Match Day sponsor.
We thoroughly appreciated the kind hospitality shown by everyone at the club, especially chairmen David Gold, David Sullivan, Jill Moore, Julie O’Leary, and Charley Harding, for making it a magical memorable day…
Here are some photos from our adventure…
Presenting Man of the Match award to Mark Noble
Pitchside with David Gold and nephew Michael
Sitting in Big Sam’s hot seat in the dug-out (with Patricia)
Cross arms ‘Irons’ pose with David Gold and David Sullivan (and Brother Ian)
Brother Ian and son Michael with Mo Diame