Son of Mooro’s coach launches ‘Sam Out’ bid


Bill Robinson

Devoted West Ham fan Rob Robinson (left), son of former striker and assistant manager Bill, is setting out on a mission to get a new manager installed at The Boleyn.

Bill is seen in our picture supervising training with right back John Bond leading the way, followed by the immortal Bobby Moore!

After what he describes as a horrendous season under Big Sam Allardyce, Rob believes the club must change direction and find a new man to take over.

Via Twitter and the ClaretandHugh Facebook forum he has declared that the non renewal of season tickets is the only way the discontents who want the manager out, can succeed in their quest.

In a call to fans he said: “How about sending in real protests that West Ham fans will not be renewing our season tickets if Sam is in charge.

“Fan power will be the only way we will see the back of him. All on Twitter RT my tweet about it @billrobinsonwhu.

Let’s get the protest started try and save our club. Because Big Sam won’t. ”

ClaretandHugh will be publishing a blog from Rob later this week and we are delighted to announce that he has agreed to write exclusively for us whenever he has an issue close to his heart

Rob’s Dad Bill (April 4, 1919 – October 7, 1992) played as centre forward for the Hammers between 1949 -1952 scoring 60 goals from 101 games.

He also played for Sunderland and Charlton and in one memorable game on Saturday, March 4, 1939, just short of his 20th birthday  he scored four goals in a 5-2 win against Manchester United.

This included a four-minute hat-trick, starting in the 60th minute before netting his fourth near the end, possibly the fastest hat trick on record.

At Charlton Bill  scored 16 goals in 51 appearances and was an FA Cup winner in 1947 0n the day Rob was born!

West Ham signed him for a fee of £7,000 and he typically scored on debut in a 1-2 away win at West Brom.

After an injury ended his career Bill joined the coaching staff at West Ham United and looked after the youth team where he was instrumental in helping to produce players such as Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.

He became assistant manager under Ted Fenton and was responsible for coaching the first team. Under their guidance West Ham were promoted to Division One before he left to become manager of Hartlepool in his native north-east.. 

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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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