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Dying Hammer has night of his life!

A dying West Ham fan and season ticket holder for 45 years had the night of his life when watching his beloved Irons one last time.

Eighty-two years old George Davies moved from East Ham to Cheltenham five years ago but last year was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer.

However Cheltenham Live reports that George had an  unexpected chance to see the Hammers again when they drew with Cheltenham Town.

The website reported: ‘West Ham got in touch and gave him two tickets for the game on August 23, which he watched from a wheelchair.’

And the icing on the cake was that one of his all-time favourites Sir Geoff Hurst came to side of the pitch and presented him with a West Ham shirt complete with his name.

Mr Davies said: “It was terrific and it was a bit awe inspiring. My favourite ever West Ham player is Billy Bonds but Geoff Hurst is my second favourite.”

“It was out of this world for me because it was the last one. I knew I wasn’t going to see them again. But it was really great. I couldn’t explain it to someone else,” he said.

He added that the intimate atmosphere in the jam-packed Robins’ stadium reminded him of years gone by at West Ham’s old ground, the Boleyn Ground, before their switch to the Olympic Stadium.

He said: “I think Cheltenham were the better team on the night. They should have had a penalty.”

Former Port of London Authority clerk Mr Davies was told a year ago that he had 18 months to live.

He hopes to be around for long enough to follow West Ham and Cheltenham’s progress until the end of this season.


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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