My sister had no doubt embellished the story with a few carefully chosen adjectives, which added to the severity of my sentence. This was partly due to the fact that I had improved as a player, and partly because we did a display on the wall at school for Guy Fawkes night, and Neil had been asked to write out the famous rhyme due to his superb handwriting. The video sits proudly on the shelf at home, and it gets the occasional airing. It was a typical season of highs and lows — raised hopes and unfulfilled promises. After all, the only thing West Ham ever brought home was the 1966 World Cup, but that doesn't count, apparently.
Cup Final When I was just a little boy, I asked my mother, what will it be? Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. The rubbish had piled up in the streets as the dustmen went on strike. This new volume is born into a very different world, where football fans seek instant gratification via social media - a world where everyone has an opinion and no matter how positive the mood there is always someone who will bring it down. I knew no better then, and blindly followed, but travel always seems to take twice as long when you are nine years old. Pocket money had gone up to fifty pence a week Well, that was a Labour Government for you. Then Saturday comes and he watches his team get thumped again.
This was the Saturday ritual. Only building site workers and Quantity Surveyors are afforded such luxury in adult life. That Saturday afternoon, Sylvia had sneaked out to see one of her boyfriends, and I think Lynn was probably studying away upstairs for some exams. A real-life Fever Pitch, and with a Hornby-esque deftness of tone, Banks' book shows how intricately in the life of a true fan, football interconnects with the everyday. Dutch World Cup stars Robbie Rensenbrink and Ari Haan were on top form. Banks' friendships, relationships, work, emotions of joy and despair all take place against a backdrop of claret and blue.
I heard Ron Atkinson refer to the other Bryan Robson — the crap one who played for England a couple of times — by that name the other day and it made me cringe. Blackburn Rovers 1 West Ham United 0 — 5. It was at this stage in my tender beginnings that I also met the wonderful Helen. Kelsey Park School for Boys, again in Beckenham. Then Saturday comes and he watches his team get thumped again.
Fortunately it was modified slightly for the next season, but it was an Admiral strip with a blue yoke and huge collars with Admiral badges on. After many brief encounters with concrete flower tubs, I decided to try and work on my game. A compelling and hilarious journey into the nature of obsession. A compelling and hilarious journey into the nature of obsession. . I will always feel guilty about Mr Chidley though. Dad said that he and Bob Morey were going to Upton Park to watch West Ham against Chelsea, and did I want to go? With the new found freedom that earning a bit of extra money brings, I was able to make my own arrangements to go out on a Saturday afternoon or a Wednesday night.
You could get that at home a lot cheaper. Not only was our team in the cup final, but our. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. The pigtails had gone, but the fascination remained as she continued to look down her pretty little nose at me. He was also a regular contributor to the now defunct Over Land and Sea fanzine. Not only did it mark the end of a season ending like a damp squib, with a 0—0 draw at Cardiff and a 1—2 defeat at Millwall to follow, but this very day, 5 May 1979 was one day after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister.
As hard as I try, I cannot conjure up wonderful memories of the year. This was the way I wanted to spend my Saturday afternoons, up to my neck in horse manure, beef burgers, peanuts and coke. Somewhere in a parallel universe there is another Robert Banks, who is a season ticket holder at Manchester United and is a highly successful novel writer and adored by everyone in the world, regardless of footballing, religious or racial denomination. They are full of people telling you what to do. He sounded as though he was about to burst into tears or have a nervous breakdown. Once the other semi had been decided, we knew we would be playing Arsenal, and all the games in the park became West Ham v Arsenal, in an attempt to try and predict the outcome. A rather dodgy penalty award, but calmly despatched by Ray Stewart.
Second half goals from Alan Taylor brought the cup to Upton Park and I celebrated by having another lemon bon-bon. Perry Fenwick, EastEnders actor Through a series of irrational, improbable West Ham defeats and even more irrational, improbable West Ham victories, Robert Banks sums up the enigma of being a Hammers fan. He died of cancer a few days later, and while I never regretted not going to see Crystal Palace against Chelsea, it taught me to be polite when rejecting offers. A team of persistent and historical under-achievers. Roberts Banks is a diehard supporter of West Ham United.
Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout. It was he, along with Dad, who took me to my first game at Upton Park, and then cunningly sloped off into the background, never mentioning West Ham again until he phoned me out of the blue in 1994 wanting my membership number to get tickets for the last game of the season. The vital importance West Ham United had was not so nagging. He stopped me and my sister in the street one Saturday and asked me if I wanted to go and see Crystal Palace against Chelsea that afternoon. The E-mail message field is required.