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James Collins says goodbye

Hammer James Collins said goodbye on social media today saying “It’s official I will be leaving West Ham on June 30th. Heartbroken’

The centre-back was given a glimmer of hope that Manuel Pellegrini might offer him something as the new incoming manager but his post on Instagram confirms he has reached the end of his 10 year West Ham career.

Over 5,600 have signed a petition to give the Welshman a testimonial even HMRC rules insist that the 10 years in continuous to qualify for tax relief.


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West Ham insiders say hiring the London Stadium for a testimonial would cost up to £550,000 with no guarantee the game would break even.

Collins first stay at West Ham was 4 years and 3 months from 2005 to 2009 followed by his second stay between August 2012 and May 2018 adding another 5 years and 10 months.

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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

7 comments on “James Collins says goodbye

  1. Thanks for the memories JC”

  2. What memories, short back passes, muck ups and injured al the time, great memories !
    He’s heartbroken because the West Ham gravy train has run out.
    The best players in the world run out of time eventually.

    • Yep, he was guilty of all the above Dave & Co. He will be remembered by me as a head it and kick it defender who made the best of his limited talents, just the way I remember Iain Dowie lol 😂

  3. I’m with Dave. Great servant, loved the attitude. But he ain’t dying, he’s just ending a very lucrative career. It’s sad but I don’t feel sorry for him. Given his age and injury record, locally ifs rhe right decision entirely.

  4. Interesting. When the article was first published on Collins it was 250,000 the article was then updated within two hours to say 500,000 now its 550,000

    Not blaming the blogger involved just maybe when the club are b.s ING you might want to check your facts properly. Maybe check with the owners of the ground on what the rental was for the Rugby etc.

  5. On another note is it just me or is our squad getting really thin… It’s getting ridiculous tbh. On the website under the first team we have (excluding those who have now left on loan) 23 players.
    This 23 includes Cullen, Quina, Haksabanovic, Oxford, Hugill and Snodgrass


  6. Yes, bye bye …..
    Enjoy everything in the future……..proper iron Man!

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