Three deeply emotional moments at Ewood Park


SlavandpayetThere were three fabulous moments away from the actual play itself at Ewood Park this afternoon and for this old fool they were emotional and thoroughly moving.

It was a truly great sight to watch Dimi’s free kick sail over the Rovers wall and into the top corner – a sublime moment of magic – but what followed was quite fabulous.

The midfield maestro clearly only had one thought on his mind following the goal: “Where’s the boss?” And with that he made off to the touchline and the dug-out where he shared an emotional embrace from our managerial mastermind.

As the top man in the dressing room it was a great insight into the esteem this manager is held in by the players after just seven months in the job.

The second moment came midway through the second half when – although we have heard muted versions at the Boleyn – for the first time in many years the manager was saluted with his own chant louder than at any time in a long time.

It was great to hear from the 8,000 travelling faithful ‘Super Slav, Super Slav Super Slaven Bilic ringing around the ground’¬†THANKS ALL OF YOU.

But it was Dimi who produced the most heart-tugging moment of all when he went over the Claret and Blue Army after the game and selected one little lad to be the lucky recipient of his shirt, ruffled his hair and said something along the lines of “There you are son, that’s for you.”

Such great days to see the fans, players and manager as one and what a difference to the way things were just a year ago.

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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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  • markrp1 says:

    Superb says it all

  • johnboy says:

    Lanzini turned us into Brazil !!! The team were lifted 100% when he entered the frame.
    Man.u, away , never a home game ? Bring em on !!!!!!

  • Dunlopilo says:

    This shows there is dignity and human sensitivity in this team. Love it when everywhere else it’s bad manners, insults, disdain for the fans and among team mates, selfishness.

    I am so happy to see this in my life time…

    By the way, McCarthy did one of his own trademarks yesterday against Bournemouth. Tackle from behind, aiming the ankle, no chance to get the ball, risking injury to the opponent. Got away with it with only a yellow. Then he commits hands in the box, penalty but no yellow. Really the type of player that should be banned from playing in a decent league. Happy we don’t have anything like that on our team.

  • bubs says:

    Never mind we dogged the cloggers,it’s about time the refs became wise about the Everton hackers instead of sending off players for nothing but a yellow card tackle,
    This manager shows his true colours every week and the players believe in him thank Christ he axed Anfitano on week one and now everyone respects him,he had to deal with the Nolan problem the early European experience the back biting from the Hippo fans all the injuries,bed Ref decisions and he has been so professional and honest,
    Unlike so many who are supposed to be better then him,bet United wish he was there manager about now,
    Slav for manager of the year

  • AnyOldIron says:

    Did payet really take off his shorts?

  • bubs says:

    Short what ?
    He must have known he was going to be great to day if he had signed his shirt before the game,

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