Matty Upson rejoins West Ham


MattyMatthew Upson has rejoined West Ham in a coaching capacity to help out with the Academy youngsters.

The former Hammers captain was spotted last night in West Ham training gear at Colchester with a notepad under his arm. He is understood to have a part time role with the Academy.

Upson has kept close contact with the club and was allowed to train with the Under 23’s in January this earlier year.

Upson joined West Ham as a player in January 2007 from Birmingham City after being sold by their then managing director Karren Brady. He agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract with West Ham with them paying Birmingham £6m rising to £7.5m with add ons

Birmingham City’s manager Steve Bruce later claimed that he did not want to sell Upson, but was forced to do so by Brady. Upson suffered a calf injury less than 30 minutes into his West Ham United debut, a 1–0 defeat against Aston Villa. He then lasted just 11 minutes of his comeback match before coming off injured against Spurs in a 4–3 loss at the Boleyn Ground in March 2007.

Following West Ham’s relegation from the Premier League in May 2011, new manager Sam Allardyce confirmed that Upson would leave the club when his contract expired.

He made 145 appearances in a West Ham shirt.

The news comes one day after Jack Collison confirmed his return to West Ham coaching the Under 14’s and Under 16’s.   Collison posted on social media “ITS OFFICIAL!!!… So excited to say that I will be returning to West Ham as Lead U14/u16 Coach… At the age of 16 I arrived at the club as a boy with a dream… At 25 I left a man, having lived that dream and experienced every emotion you could ever imagine… At 28, I will now give my all to help the next generation with the same dream I had”

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  • John says:

    I liked Matty so it’s good to have him back. If it’s going to be a club policy to employ former Hammers in these roles then that gets my support. Billic Potts Jack Julian and Matty. Good group there so long as they get coaching support from the club which I’m sure they will.

    I’m over the “non buy” option on Hart now. At the end of the day if we finish 14th and we have an option to buy him it’s still worthless if he doesn’t want to join us. There are a few examples of this and the club are powerless. Key will be Hart having a blinding season and us finishing top 4 and Hart falling in love with West Ham and its fans. That’s the proper fans not Messrs Doom Gloom and Gloomier. So much for the feel good factor. Thank God for posters like VOR and JimmyM who keep it in perspective.

    Arnie and Chico today and I’ll happy clap till I bleed.


  • Stan The Man says:

    Good too see you got over it quickly young John lol
    Players hold the sway and any agreement truly does mean nothing these days.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Yeah I have that problem too. Gaviscon helps mate.

  • Radai Lama says:

    I almost feel sorry for you now 64,knowing you suffer from outbreaks of wind.I always just put it down to you being full of hot air 😁😁

  • Hammer64 says:

    The stuff I have had to take from you Radai. Abuse. Mockery. Now it’s pity. Dunno which is worse….

    Still, on the bright side it looks as if we are in danger of having a half decent transfer window unless we somehow screw up the Arnautovic & Hernandez buys at the death. Mind you I thought we had done well in January so what do I know? What will there be to talk about on here if there is no transfer panic going on. I will have to give up watching these so called summer sports & think about football. I even tried a bit of the women’s euros but fell asleep after 30m. And no that is not sexist – I have slept through men’srugby, cricket, tennis & golf in the last month.

    • Radai Lama says:

      Take it as a compliment mate,if i didnt think you was a good geezer i wouldnt joke with you 😀
      Done the cricket and tennis and i can get on with that,golf,i cant stand it.Its really popular but i cant get in to it.
      Good luck with your noxious wind problem,if all else fails get a cork.Youre still better off than me,im full of shyt 😂😂

  • Hammer64 says:

    Cork-there’s an idea. Now you’ve reminded me of one of my old Dad’s jokes.

    Farmer goes the vet to tell him his cow has the squits. The vet suggests a cork. Next day there is a newspaper headline: ‘Farmer killed by cork in Kent – shower of sh** in Shropshire!!’

    Well I thought it was good when I was seven years old.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Wind-Shyte. We will be in trouble if we don’t get back to some football doom & gloom. Kouyate injured? What’s that clown Lewin being paid for? Buy another midfielder quick or else..

  • Radai Lama says:

    Lol that made me laugh as it works.Im just surpised you remembered it after 80 years 😁
    Yeah back to football or we will be in trouble for sure on here these days.Its a serious stuff only zone 😁

  • Hammer64 says:

    You are not too far out with the 80 years joke mate lol-unfortunately……

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