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Moyes’ touching Gold tribute

David Moyes has issued a touching tribute to David Gold.

The former co-chairman of the club died earlier this week after a short illness.

Gold was 86 and the Hammers wore black armbands against Leeds United on Wednesday night in the wake of the news, drawing 2-2 in a ding-dong battle at Elland Road.

David Sullivan and his son were at the game, watching on, and a floral tribute was arranged to sit in the seat that Gold would have occupied, had he been with us.

Moyes was asked after the game about his thoughts on Gold’s passing, having worked with him across two separate spells at the London Stadium.

Speaking after the draw, Moyes said, as per Football.London: “David Gold was incredibly supportive to me personally. Wanted me to stay after the first time and was thrilled when I came back the second time.

“He was a regular visitor to the training ground at Rush Green when he came in and saw us for his dinner. He was an old man, but a good man and when he talked, he was a sensible man.

“It’s a big miss for us, but obviously his family is the biggest, they’ll be really disappointed to lose him but he hasn’t been well for a little while. Everybody’s really saddened by it.”

West Ham have now broken their run of five consecutive defeats and now sit 17th in the Premier League table, with 15 points; they are only ahead of Everton because of goal difference after the Toffees were thumped 4-1 by Brighton earlier this week.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.