Forget Sunday – it’s a big big night for the under 23s

George-Dobson1West Ham’s under 23s tonight turn out at Newcastle in the biggest game of their season – a Play Off Final which could catapult them into the big league alongside the likes of Arsenal, the Manchester clubs Chelsea and the like.

After a lost Hammers generation of youngsters over the last 10 years this really is a huge moment for a group of lads who can help us forget the miseries of the weekend and a horrible season.

Academy boss Terry Westley speaking to ClaretandHugh was in positive mood claiming: “I think we will win. It’s a big big game.”

The young Irons scored a 4-0 at West Bromwich Albion to sneak into the play-offs, quite an achievement given a slump in mid season which saw them win only once in nine games.

And they were minutes away from being beaten in the semi-final at Wolverhampton before late goals from substitute Jahmal Hector-Ingram and Martin Samuelsen ensured the Hammers made it to the final.

Westley revealed his team exclusively to CandHΒ and it will be: Trott or Speigel; Knoyle, Akinola, Rice, Sylvestre; Kemp, Makasi, Dobson (above right), Holland; Samuelsen, Martinez.Β 




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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

4 comments on “Forget Sunday – it’s a big big night for the under 23s

  1. Good luck to all the boys COYI !!!

  2. Forgot about Sundays match as soon as the first post match beer hit my lips.Where is everyone,still phoning The Samaritans πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Good luck lads,go smash The Barcode kids πŸ˜‰

  3. 2-1 up after going behind. Toni Martinez wiTh a brace either side of half time. COYI

  4. Brilliant!!! The young uns have done it. Promotion to Div 1. Well done lads. you did us proud. COYI X

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