Burke’s Mum and Dad make it “emotional”


Reece Burke was the major talking point before and after yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Loftus Road and the lad himself declared: “After Winston Reid picked up a little injury I thought he might chuck me in and I found out on Friday I’d be playing, so I had to prepare well.”

The Newham born 18 year old reckons he “did alright” and added “Hopefully there’s many more games to come.”

He told the official site: “”I’m just really happy we kept a clean sheet. There’s always room for improvement and that’s for me to go away, watch the game back and work on what I need to work on.

“It was a case of keeping it simple and not over-complicating things. That’s what the lads were telling me, make sure my first pass and first header were good and go from there. That’s the way it went so I’m pleased.

He continued: “My parents came to watch the game and I saw them at the end, which was a bit emotional.

“I’m happy and they’re happy as well. Saturday was a very emotional day for me – I’ve been at the Club since the age of nine so playing at QPR is looking back at a long journey. I just want to keep going.”

Burke also paid tribute to James Collins, whose experienced head helped him through his league debut.

“Ginge helped me throughout the game, talking to me and telling me not to get too tight to Bobby Zamora as he’s a strong lad.

“He spoke to me a lot during the game and helped me to do well.”

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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!"

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  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    Burke’s Mum and Dad make it “emotional”

    It’s all Allardyces fault. He did that on purpose yeah ! Allardyce out NOW ….. lol

  • bubs says:

    I just want him to keep his place in the side until he deserves to be dropped not when BFS decides to play one of his pets,
    I an glad he and his family had a great day and I am not going to comment on this article to spoil it for them

  • celticredhawk says:

    Well done, great performance for a debut. Well done to Collins too for helping him settle in.

    The great thing about Burke’s emergence is that, if potential is anything to go by, we are well covered at Centre Back with Reid, Collins, Tomkins with Burke and Henry also there. 5 quality players.

  • Well we all want him to keep his place. There’s nothing to comment on. Ah well!

  • Sarith says:

    just reminds of the time tomkins had a debut and “the mouse” didn’t give him any pointers or guidance at all, **** YOU MATTHEW UPSON U ****!

  • TysonM says:

    I think Dafishes is having an internal combustion moment.He cant get over the fact his Samuel wont be around next year.Poor old Dafishes 😀

  • Having trouble following his thoughts but aside it was pro Sam. Got no further than that not sure why he is the issue. I thought it was a Reese moment

  • mattefumi el loco says:

    Ahaha… Hugh sleeps is not a san lover… It’ just a fairy tail as he wrote some days ago… Lol


  • HammerJeff says:

    Well done Reece! At least the Forest game didn’t destroy his confidence then! First youngster to play in the league for us or was there a cameo sub appearance by someone?

    Good news for the future!

  • TysonM says:

    Poyet started at Man.Utd,but it seems he was good enough for old trafford but not again this season.Allardyce logic at its best!! 😉

  • I pop in now and again and know where most of you stand but can’t make head of tail of his comments LOL. Never read any of his before

  • I only read the geezer who gave me his hatred the other day cos it was pointed out to me. #dontcaremate

  • Dainon17 says:

    Keep playing Reece till the end of the season he deserves a run in the team.. played really well

  • Tony gore says:

    I can see him being a great player, and when he is west ham will sell him.
    REFERENCE TO PAST YEARS. I won,t mention names, but most supporters will know what I mean!.

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