Grown men had tears running down their cheeks



By Sean Whetstone

Saturday was a surreal adventure when pinching yourself was an absolute necessity.

‘Unbelievable’ is a vastly over-used word but it describes like the emotions of those watching like no other.

Those two early goals caught the Boleyn ground faithful off guard as the cockney boys went two up after seven minutes.

The atmosphere was beyond electric as Hammers fans around the ground sung their hearts out for the whole 90 minutes as a the Irons 12th man.

It looked to affect the Scousers in general and Steven Gerrard in particular who proved to be ineffective during the game.

As seasoned West Ham fans we have been there before so we didn’t want to get too optimistic and when we conceded just before half time there was some half time chat about a draw being an OK result.

It wasn’t simply about the result in the end – im,portant though that obviously was –  but the nature of the way we played.

Sure, we beat Spurs three times last year but this was a West Ham team passing the ball, dominating and entertaining.

It was almost as if they had finally found the magic ‘ West Ham way’ formula  which Sam once dismissed as being delusional.

I won’t deny it was a nervous watch second half  despite more, West Ham chances but the third goal was really icing on the cake.

As I looked around me there were grown men in their late forties in the stand with tears running down their faces as that third goal went in and we knew it was game over.

It was the best game I have seen at the Boleyn for five or more years and on Monday evening I’m still smiling from ear to ear.

I can even forgive Sam’s smugness in his post match interview because if he can serve up that kind of football week after week he can led us into the Olympic Stadium as far as I am concerned.

This Saturday I travel with my fellow season ticket holders to Manchester for our away outing at Old Trafford, it is a great time to play them after their 5-3 humiliation to Leicester and who knows what could happen?

More of the same please Sam, I could grow to actually quite like you……

Share this article

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


  • firefigterx says:

    Nice piece… Have to say at one point i asked the guy behind me who were we watching haha.. I dont get to as many games as i would like nowadays.. And the nearly 400 mile round trip from Cornwall can feel like twice that, when we loose. But i smiled from ear to ear all the way home, especially as my travelling companion was a Pool supporter… HAPPY DAYS.. If we can play like that for half of the matches this season ill be exstatic.. COUI more like that

  • Michael Miller says:

    I think the ‘grown men in their late forties in the stand with tears running down their faces’ was a bit OTT but I see what you mean.

    In the Alpari Upper we had a load of Japanese people running up and down the gangway taking ‘selfies’ and a couple of guys who’d been drinking since opening time making a nuisance of themselves!

    It takes all sorts!

  • mywhufc says:

    Do me a favour, tears running down their cheeks, must of had 2 much to drink, while it was a good win I’d like to point out that Avram Grant managed to beat Liverpool , so to suddenly say BFS should lead us into the OS is taking the f####### P###.
    If it wernt for the fact I know Sean I’d thought he was Barking.
    1 minute it’s Sam Out next its give him a new contract.
    It’s fans like you that Alladyce was right about when calling us deluded. Talk about fickle.

  • exsoulie says:

    A recent website posting asked fans- what does it mean to be a west ham and why are they so passionate when there is little hope of glory?-for me,its days like the liverpool game.When west ham players perform like that,i am in football nirvena.

  • Ohiord says:

    We’ve got a good side now. The team look like they want to play football, they were running at Liverpool. Sam looks smug in his chair chewing, thinking, you wanted it, you got it. I’m so happy, i could cry.

Comments are closed.