Frank McAvennie got many Claret and Hugh followers vote as the club’s best ever summer signing in the wake of my Thursday column.
But I was pulled up by some readers who chastised me for failing even to mention some other outsanding “summer” signings the club made down the years.
I did volunteer that I had not trawled through all the record books and was working off instinct so there were bound to be some glaring omissions.
Oh Boy I was right.
And as much as I will stand by the case the huge “overnight” impact McAvennie made when it comes to longevity and class then there are I agree with those fans who berated two outstanding examples.
Their names : Billy Bonds and Alan Devonshire.
Bonzo was of course signed in 1967 for a mere £50,000 and became one of the greatest players in the club history registering the most appearances (793) and lifting the FA Cup twice as skipper.
But sorry to be a pedant here Bonzo moved from Charlton to the Hammers in |May 1967 just before the summer recess.
Then there was Devonshire. Devo was signed for a mere £5,000 from non league Southall and became one of the most thrilling players I’ve ever seen play for the Hammers.
Don’t like to split hairs here again but Devo arrived in early October according the record books.
I take the point though.
The counter debate of course who is the clubs WORST ever summer signing ?
Surely that is just a straight debate between Joey Beauchamp and Marco Boogers. Any other takers ?