David Sullivan

Remembering David Gold with thanks for everything!


A personal tribute from Hughie Southon

My love and best wishes go to the Gold family this morning!

Sometimes we forget too quickly although in this case there can be no forgetting the thoroughly admirable late DG and his daughter Jackie.

He and she would have been SO PROUD had they been in Prague last night

Gold’s dream was to own West Ham

DG was a personal friend whom I had known for many years and his only desire throughout his career in the game was to become part owner of our beloved club.

When it happened the man born on Green Street was the proudest and happiest man in football and later with his lifelong business partner David Sullivan promised to take this club into Europe.

He was mocked and vilified in a horrible manner at times – a man who least deserved such stuff but always insisted that David Moyes would always be the right man to lead West Ham to glory.

We had some opposite points of view on that but he was right and I was wrong. Moyes has done a remarkable job so apologies to David and all those who held the same view.

As a believer in these things I reckon DG and Jackie had a grandstand view of last night’s events and all of us at Claret and Hugh are thrilled to bits for them both.

Thanks for all you did for our wonderful club David!

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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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  • Good Old Daze says:

    This is very timely and very well said, Hugh. I was pleased to see David Moyes remember David and Jackie Gold when interviewed last night as well. Mr Gold came across as a loyal, passionate Hammer with a touch of class and integrity and there’s no higher praise than that.

    And no apologies are necessary regarding differing opinions about David Moyes – there are plenty of good reasons for those opinions, whether for or against. I remember you posted in early April that your club contacts said there was little chance of Moyes being sacked. In response, I posted that in that case we all needed to stick together – players, the staff and fans – till the end of the season and was told by one very regular anti-Moyes contributor that I was living in ‘cloud cuckoo land’. That may be so, but today I’m glad the club stuck by Moyes so the players, staff and fans can all celebrate our success together. What binds us together as Hammers will always be stronger than what pulls us apart. Just a real shame David and Jackie Gold and any other Hammers who haven’t made it to the end of this difficult season aren’t here to join in. COYI

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Hear hear Hughie lovely thoughtful post 👍

  • Clive says:

    Very well said Hugh. David Gold always stood by David Moyes. As someone who dared to dream of European success David Gold was vilified by certain sections of the fan base for his belief we could deliver European football in the new stadium. Such a shame he didn’t get to see us lift the trophy but I’m sure along with his daughter Jaqueline he was looking down from above.

  • Buster says:

    To be honest, I quite liked the old fella…….. When he used to post ‘Don’t Go To Bed’ on transfer deadline day, I always ignored it. hahahaha. I don’t remember one transfer late at night that the club managed to squeeze through. 🙂
    His Twitterings were usually good value. I remember sending him the tip to sign Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich….and much to my surprise, two months later the club actually did! I don’t suppose DG read my tweet, but I found it amusing when it happened, especially as there was no prior media speculation that West Ham were interested in signing Aaron.

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