Little Iron Zara to be remembered at Chelsea game


Little Hammer Zara Banks – who passed away at the age of just eight years old last month – is to be remembered by the club at the next home match against Chelsea on March 6.

Zara went to school as normal on Wednesday 11th January but sadly suddenly collapsed in class and was taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital

She passed away at 3.30pm on Thursday 12th January 

Her death was cause by a Spontaneous Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. She had no knowledge of what happened to her and didn’t suffer at all.

Both Zara and her father Mark were massive Irons, went to games together. They would also sit together watching games on TV – yelling at the ref and screaming with joy when West Ham scored. The same as we all do or have done with our children..

Now Zara will be remembered at the London derby with a club spokesman telling Claret and Hugh: “We have something planned which  involves a piece in programme, a tribute on the big screen and if fans clap at 8th minute we will show picture again.”

We encourage all CandH suppoerts and follow to remember this little one and our heartfelt sympathy to Mark and the family – in our thoughts.

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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!"

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  • boo says:

    This hadn’t even been conveyed to Zara’s dad so thanks for that as we were dealing with it on his behalf 👍🏼

    • hI bOO, we WERE TOLD ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT and immediately contacted the club…this was the response. We were requested to do so and had no knowledge of anyone else being involved. We were just trying to help. I assume your contact was responsible for the club having acted on it. Well done. Pleased. We published and will again in order to ensure that as many people as poss get involved in remembering Zara. Congratulations for getting it sorted

  • mooro66uk says:

    Bless her little heart. So sad . God Bless little angel x

  • John says:

    This has made me glum now. Bless her little cotton socks. When you do the next article pre the Chelsea game be sure to do her justice with a photograph.

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