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David Cross Interview: ‘We were never 100% fit’


Former Hammer David Cross has explained players of his generation were never 100% and were no more than 85% at best and often carried a niggle or two as if they didn’t play they wouldn’t get paid as much.

In an hour-long special Moore Than Just A Podcast presenter Nigel Kahn interviews to David Cross about his time as a Hammer.

David told Nigel: You were never 100% you were always 85% upwards when you played, there was always something wrong with you!!

Cross explained: “We were very working class in terms of whether we should go on, if you had a niggle you played because if you didn’t play your money wasn’t as good. I was on appearance money and bonuses the same as a lot of the other lads and my wage could double from the basic if I was in the team and we won, that could double my money that week, that was a big difference in what the pay packet could be.”

“We wanted to play, so you would play with the odd niggle. I did play alot of games over five seasons but it was only after I got injuries when I went to Man City and a couple illnesses that cost me when I was playing for West Bromwich Albion. I also had an injury when at Bolton which finished my career, I fractured my skull and that actually knocked the stuffing out of me.Any West Ham fan who watched me after that injury wouldn’t recognised me as I wasn’t the same player just really knocked the stuffing out of me completely.”

You can listen to the full podcast at https://www.acast.com/moorethanjustapodcast/season7-episode8davidcrossspecial

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter