Bish thrilled to be back with his Irons family



Ian Bishop was thrilled to provide the assist for goal of the season qualifier from Dean Ashton in Mark Noble’s fabulous testimonial this afternoon (Mon).

The great former midfielder was the oldest player on the pitch at 50 but barely looked a day older than when he was in his Hammers pomp.

And speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh as he and the legends enjoyed a few bevvies after the game he said: “To play my part in a goal like that was a thrill -what a screamer that was. Good on the old boy.”

Bish came on halfway through the second half defying the years with his physical shape and ability after flying in from his American home.

And he said: “It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of at the Boleyn because the capacity has been increased since my playing days. It was a beautiful afternoon and had a bit of everything – fun, emotion – it was all there.

“But Upton Park is all about the fans and they don’t change as the years go by. They are as passionate now as they were in my day. What a bunch they are.

“Wherever you live – and I’m miles away and wherever you watch West Ham is family. Always has been – always will be and it was a pleasure and privilege to play out there for Mark today. It was great and he’s a fabulous fella.”



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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Bish thrilled to be back with his Irons family

  1. Still looked like he could hold his own at a decent level. Always liked Bish – I’ll never forget that infamous incident with the young ladies, Trevor Morley’s wife, a kitchen knife and a stabbed buttock! Should I have used the ‘allegedly’ in there somewhere?

    Such is the magic of West Ham.

  2. Yes , Bish , bash , bosh !
    Fantastic player of the west ham way , one of us !

  3. Great the way he looked up and picked Deano out. What an incredible goal. Biggest West Ham crowd I’ve ever witnessed too. Not least because the away supporters section of the ground was full of West Ham fans too. Ha ha.

  4. he’s got the haircut like mine when I was twenty… the Lorenzo Lamas of Milan… lol 😀

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