What the RNIB knows about Big Sam?


Blind Hammer gets a surprising suggestion from the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Sam Allardyce’s name is always met with mixed feelings by Hammers fans but I had nothing but laughter as I searched  night on the RNIB Talking Book Reading Service for Sam Allardyce’s autobiography Big Sam.

Now look I know people in glass houses should not throw stones, especially in this case me, as I am hardly a svelt figure, but below I reproduce what the search result was from the RNIB in response to the search term “Sam Allardyce Big sam 

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My Father, born in 1891 was brought up in the shadows of the Thames Ironworks Memorial Ground. I remember as a child jumping over the settee when Alan Sealy scored in our 1965 European Cup Winners triumph.

My first game was against Leicester in 1968, when Martin Peters scored what was adjudged by ITV’s Big Match as the Goal of the Season.

I became a season ticket holder in 1970.

I was registered blind in 1986 and thought my West Ham supporting days were over. However in 2010 I learnt about the fantastic support West Ham offer to Blind and other Disabled Supporters. I now use the Insightful Irons in-stadium commentary service and West Ham provide space for my Guide Dog Nyle.

I sit on the West Ham Disabled Supporters Board and the LLDC Built Environment Access Panel.

David Griffith aka Blind Hammer