Former Hammer in third Wembley Playoff Final

garyoneillFormer Hammer Gary O’Neil bids to win a third Premier League promotion with a third club through the Championship play off final at Wembley today

In 2012,  O’Neil was part of the West Ham side who beat Blackpool to secure Premier League promotion at the first attempt.

And just 12 months ago O’Neil was sent off in a QPR shirt for a professional foul on Derby’s Johnny Russel in the play off final at Wembley. Luckily another former Hammer Bobby Zamora saved his blushes by scoring the winner to ensure promotion for QPR.

O’Neil said: “I’ve never lost at Wembley, and I don’t imagine it’s great to go home as a loser – hopefully I’m not about to find out.

“With West Ham, we went there as favourites and just about managed to get over the line.

“Last year we were just about the underdogs because Derby had been going so well, and they had an extra man in midfield so they were always going to dominate possession.

“There was a lot made of my sending-off at the time, but it was a tackle I felt I had to make. Obviously it resulted in a red card, so hopefully there will be nothing like that this year.


About Sean Whetstone

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

4 comments on “Former Hammer in third Wembley Playoff Final

  1. I always liked Gary O’Neil,perhaps not the most gifted player but he always gave his best so good luck to him today

  2. Yep,good luck Gary.

  3. The lad always did what was asked of him.Pretty reliable,Good luck today son.Prefer Norwich to go up than the Smoggies 😉

  4. Always gave 100% but not blessed with that special touch but that never stopped Nolan,
    Good luck Gary

Comments are closed.