CandH follower’s call for dignity and respect


ClaretandHugh makes no apologies at all for posting another blog on Jermaine Defoe given the nature of the emotions expressed within it from one of our website followers.

He announces himself merely as  ‘John’ but his expressions of approval for Jermain Defoe and his feelings for young Bradley Lowrey touched a big nerve over here at CandH Towers 🙂 as it did with other readers of the site.

Thanks John – this is beautifully put – and sums up exactly the thoughts of every decent Hammers supporter!

jermain-defoe-STR_1510278cYou know what, young Bradley puts it all in perspective doesn’t he?

The young lad will die soon, and I’m sure he knows it, his brave parents certainly do, but look at his happy smiling face, look at him behaving just like the football loving kid that he really is.

Look at the dignity his parents show at the England match and look at Bradley’s “best friend forever” Jermaine Defoe, holding back his emotion when talking about him after the match.

A guy we have abused for nigh on 12 years because he dared to have ambition. Paul Ince was on TV after the match saying how touched he was by Joe Hart and Defoe and of course Bradley. Paul Ince our original hate figure.

Look at those who have nothing better to do than turn up on a blog all day and name call and abuse our owners for not spending the money they think they should spend and insulting and abusing Baroness Brady for daring to be a successful woman, and a Tory woman at that, and for doing her best for our club.

And finally look at me defending them and sinking to their level as if any rationale or reason that I state will make a blind bit of difference to their hateful rhetoric.

The more I read the blogs the sadder I become, why can’t people debate, or argue, their point of view without lies, name calling and hatred directed towards our club?

Hugh and Iain Dale should make a new statement of respect towards our owners and board. That’s not to say do not criticise them just to do it respectfully or they are banned without notice. I won’t hold my breath as traffic would decrease by 50%. I shall take a break however so hate all you like.

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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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  • The Long Dog says:

    When you see Bradleys parents and know what they are going to lose in the near future along with thousands of other parents in the uk who will go through the same upset and turmoil it really does send me crazy reading our fans still mopping and indulging in self pity about the love they have lost with regard to leaving Upton Park,sulking about brand West Ham,crying over a bloody word on a badge,constantly bleating about x2 STs and tourist fans.
    It is so trivial and petty in comparison to so much more in life but will it stop them moaning..not a cat in hells chance.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Bloody hell theres a first,John almost talking sense.Has he turned into the wise man of the woods overnight 😂😂

  • Hammer64 says:

    Good call Hugh. I cannot see the point of these campaigns against ex players, let alone current owners. I would have been for building bridges with Frank Lampard (I think he played against us just after the death of his mum- who obviously had her links with the club). Defoe didn’t handle the situation well in 2003, but 2003!! A decade and a half! My Dad used to say ‘Only idiots weigh ’emselves down lugging grudges around all their lives’ & he was no soft touch. I think Defoe has shown a lot of class in recent times & whether or not he comes back to us I was pleased for him getting that goal.

  • Stan The Man says:

    I have spent the last six months shaking my head at some of the moronic comments i have read.Brady,Gold,Sullivan,Noble,all had the same pathetic name calling and ill informed guff thrown their way.
    I have never really understood why people can say disgusting things about others on football sites which would never be tolerated on other social media.
    Maybe it is time that the site owners became more proactive and put their foot down.
    Some seem incapable of understanding that many of use love our sites but really dont need to read about The Dildo Twins or Porn Twins,two of the less gross terms used on sites.
    For a start kids read these sites,do we want them growing up thinking their peers are a sad bunch of moaning,moronic,foul mouthed idiots.
    Yeah,yeah i know im an old fart but it is all getting too much and spoiling what are some great sites.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    We dont need to be policed on here Stan,we already have a part time officer from Germany who is quick to put us in our place 😂😂

  • The Yellow Pampernel says:

    Im sure Dale is a top bloke but who cares what his site does.
    Quite frankly if you read it in September you havnt needed to read it again since.Its only the same few people who think they invented football talking total bull**** about things they dont have any facts on but comment like they are sat in the boardroom every day directly after coming from the training ground.

  • MerryMichaelW says:

    + 42, to “John”.

  • mooro66uk says:

    I find it very sad that so called fans can use such denigrating terms towards our owners. If my grandad were the same age as Mr Gold and some low life called him disrespectful names in a pub or other public place, I would feel within my rights to explain the errors of his ways. On social media however, cowards can hide behind any alias they assume and spout their vitriolic abuse at a soft target. Everyone is allowed an opinion but please present it without foul abuse. Done my best to be reasonable. Now shut it you c**7s. COYI X

  • mywhufc says:

    Im all for forgiving Ince, defoe and lamps, but in regards the owners, they have brought many of their ills on themselves.
    The abuse they get can be extreme at times, and while i am highly critical of the 3 of them i do draw a line at abuse.
    i won’t though stop criticising the owners

  • The Yellow Pampernel says:

    Maybe you need to get a life mywhufc.Its a big wide world that stretches beyond your office full of old Sullivan quotes you can regurgitate to your minions…

    • mywhufc says:

      Got a life thanks, very happy i am with it.
      As for Sully quotes, perhaps if they didn’t spout their rubbish so much, i wouldn’t need to regurgitate, as you put it, what he says.

  • mooro66uk says:

    Fair play Nigel but you don’t resort to abuse. I agree with some of your criticisms and you always present them well, I’m not saying don’t criticise, I’m saying do it in a reasonable, respectful way without resorting to name calling and personal abuse. COYI X

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Yep fair play aint never had a problem with Nige & his beliefs, thoughts whatever the hell you call them when it comes to the move and the owners.
    He aint ones of these bellends who were giving large about the move & are now snivelling little tits whinging all the time 😂

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Lol don’t​ come over here trying to get me in the shyte.I have survived 3 years without being banned by the skin of my teeth i dont need you helping me to get the hook 😂😂

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