I’m starting a new series on the blog asking figures from politics and the media about their support for the Hammers. We start off today with the Political Editor of the Mail on Sunday, Simon Walters.
How did you become a Hammer?
I became a Hammer because my mum grew up in the East End and as children, we used to visit my grandparents’ home there often.
Your first game?
Not sure about first game but the first one I remember is Chelsea v W Ham at Stamford Bridge which was a 5 – 5 draw. Must have been the Sixties.
How many games do you get to?
How many games do I get to? One or two a year mainly because I work on Saturdays. Managed to get to W Ham v Spurs on Sunday. What a save! Gave up going as a teenager partly because I got scragged on the Tube by QPR fans on the Tube. They stole my scarf and bobble hat.
Most memorable moment?
Most memorable moment at a live match was the 5 – 5 draw, though 1 – 0 over Man U at home last yr in Curbs’ first match came close.
Have you met any Hammers players?
Only Hammers player I recall meeting was Trevor Brooking who I persuaded to attend a childrens Xmas party at the Commons Press gallery.
Favourite current player?
What’s the football banter like in the bars of the House of Commons?
The only soccer banter I take part in at the Commons is with a Tory MP who once offered out of the blue – so to speak – to take me to a W Ham match. That was 15 years ago. I am still waiting and I remind him every time I see him.
Describe last season. How did it affect you?
My memory of last season is the Tevez goal at Old Trafford. I ran round my brother in law’s house screaming like a whirling dervish. I went there because he has Sky TV. He is a Man U fan and was Old Trafford – poor bloke.
What are your hopes for this season?
Two more wins and we could be eighth. As a Fulham fan pal of mine said the other day, we spend our whole lives saying that.
Choose your all time Hammers Eleven
Tevez x 5, Moore x 5, Robert Green.