The co chairman is on his way to tonight’s big match with hope in his heart but admits it will “be a huge and bitter disappointment if we fail.”
He said: “I was there in 1964, 1975 and 1980 and we need to be there again. The match against Everton will be incredibly tough but we have a terrific advantage at home under the lights.
“I fancy us and I want to go back to the stadium with West Ham while I’m still young enough to enjoy the experience!”.
“However, were we to be beaten it would be a bitter blow to get beaten and we have to watch out for Baines who always does well against us.
“However, in Carl Jenkonson he has a very hard opponent and it could be a whole different story tonight.
“This competition has been high on our agenda since the start of the season and I know Sam will put out the strongest team possible.”
Alex Song is expected to play but Winston Reid and James Tomkins both face late fitness tests after carrying knocks since the weekend match against Swansea.