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Top Hammers No 8: The guy who came back home

Blame self isolation and a sense of abnormality if you want but I’ll put it down to a silly Hughie Southon mistake. Here’s No 8 in the list of his all time top ten Hammers from our top blogger Allen Cummings.

With apologies from HS!



From the minute he scored his first senior goal for West Ham, at the tender age of 17, I’ve been a committed fan of Tony Cottee.

It might have helped that goal, scored on his debut, was against the spuds in a game we won 1-0. But that was just the start – TC went on to score 92 goals in 212 appearances for the club between 1982 and 1988.

He was one of our own, a goal scorer supreme, a master of his trade. The most prolific goal scorer we had seen at Upton Park for many years.

Cottee’s partnership with Frank McAvennie during that magnificent 1985-86 season, which for a time looked as if it could provide us with our first ever Division One title, was nothing short of sensational.

Tony moved to Merseyside in 1988 to join Everton, for £2.2m, becoming the most expensive player to be signed by a British club. But he was back ‘home’ in the east end in 1994, and was quickly doing what he did naturally – scoring goals for West Ham. Once a Hammer – always a Hammer. TC’s love for the club – and our love for him – is mutual.

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Top Hammers No 8: The guy who came back home

  1. Brooking stayed with us even after relegation. He is truly West Ham.

    • He did, that’s true Hemant – but everyone is allowed one mistake – TC’s was going to Everton lol. We can forgive him that hopefully!!

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