Peterborough United v Irons
Saturday 13 July: 3pm kick-off
Peterborough United boss Dave Robertson will be star-truck when West Ham United’s galaxy of stars march into London Road for Saturday’s pre-match friendly.
For the Dagenham-born 41-year-old comes from a massive Hammers season ticket-holding family, and was the club’s first-ever mascot back in 1980, walking onto the Boleyn for the match against Preston North End alongside Hammers great, Billy Bonds.
Our picture shows him on that magical day 35 years ago!
And speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh, he said: “My passion in life has always been the Irons – I followed them everywhere as a youngster until I started getting involved in the game myself.
“The entire family are Hammers to this day, and all of them have season tickets. The club has had so much of my life and to be playing against them for the first time ever as a manager is unbelievable.
“I think we will have a great run out tomorrow afternoon, and I believe we both have fine seasons ahead of us. We need to get promoted to the Championship and stay there for a bit.”
Dave took over the reins at London Road after spending nine years developing the Posh academy. But although he’s got a big job on his hands, he admits his mind is never far from the Boleyn.
He said: “I think Slaven Bilic is exactly the right appointment for West Ham and certainly expect to see them in the top 10 and pushing on this season – maybe as high as the top seven.
“There’s a real good mood around the club at the moment and I couldn’t be looking more to Saturday. But I imagine I may be a little star-struck.”
Former Hammers midfield ace Jack Collison, having signed a one-year deal with The Posh, is a likely starter for the League One side against his old club.
Ticket prices: £10 and £5 concessions.