“Hammers were never a one man team” says ex Iron


Former Hammer Paul Ince will forever be remembered as the guy who betrayed us by appearing in a Man United shirt before he left the club.

It was poor judgement from a young man who even at those tender years should have known our fans better and he let himself down very badly.

Having said that had he not been such a fine player for us maybe it wouldn’t have drawn as much attention as it did among us all.

Now much older and mature he offers views which make a great deal of sense and his thoughts post-Declan Rice on West Ham make a great deal of sense.

He has been talking to on the player’s move to Arsenal and how important her may have been to the Irons during his time when we were described by some as a one man club.

During his comments he said:”It was never all on Declan Rice. Maybe for some it was, but not me. West Ham was not Declan Rice, there were 10 other players on the pitch.

“If you’re going in every day and all anyone talks about is Declan then it will affect you as a player. Whenever a key player leaves, like Declan has, you have to come together and, without being disrespectful, show that they don’t need him.”

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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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