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Farewell Boleyn: Godfather of the Academy

 

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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

3 comments on “Farewell Boleyn: Godfather of the Academy

  1. Great man. Would like to see Slav appoint an ex player as scout. Someone who understands the type of player West Ham fans love. Good ones mainly. Ha ha.

  2. How times have changed – thinking about that 1975 Cup Winning team, there were two ‘foreigners’ in Graham Paddon (Manchester) and Alan Taylor (Hinkley) and of course the sub Bobby Gould (Coventry) all the others were relatively local boys – Mervyn Day born the furthest away in Chelmsford and Billy Bonds from south of the river in Woolwich signed from Charlton – all the others were real locals – John McDowall (East Ham), Frank Lampard (East Ham), Tommy Taylor (Horchurch) although he was signed from Leyton Orient, Kevin Lock (Plaistow), Billy Jennings (Hackney) signed from Watford, Trevor Brooking (Barking) and Patsy Holland (Poplar).

    Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Frank Lampard, Trevor Brooking and Patsy Holland were all home grown!

    Why do so few players now come through our Academy nowadays?
    Why so few true locals?
    Is there less talent around nowadays?

    It’s a mystery!

  3. Funny, I obviously went to this game as I found the programme just the other day. Wish I could remember any of it 🙂

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