"I nearly signed James Collins" "Ex left back and the full monty"
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 7 January 2016 at 9:14pm
I was looking forward to having a lazy Saturday morning and watching the Liverpool game on TV.
A late call on Friday evening changed that and I was instead getting ready to get picked up and taken to the game !My mate had a spare ticket and thankfully picked up the phone to me. Even better, it was in the Chicken Run !
I got picked up and the three of us headed to a local cafe. We stopped at one and there was only 1 person in there, Keith Rowland smashing his way through a full monty ha ha. Keith used to live with me when he moved up from Bournemouth. We’ve remained good friends. Half hour later and were on our way to Upton Park through the usual traffic up the Barking Road !
We all didn’t know what to expect from the game and all would have taken a draw beforehand.
When Liverpool come to Upton Park, its never a disappointing game and Saturday’s was no exception. I really enjoy watching West Ham this season, they work hard, look solid defensively and are exciting going forward. It was my first chance to watch Antonio live and he was very impressive. Physically strong, quick and powerful, at times Liverpool could not handle him.
His goal summed up his afternoon, making a sliding tackle on the edge of our box and then arriving at the opposite end to head home from 6 yards out 9 seconds later. For me though, the stand out player by a mile was James Collins, Benteke didn’t get a kick or header all afternoon. Taking nothing away from us, but i was disappointed with Liverpool and think thats the worst Liverpool side Ive seen. It was also good to see Payet making a 20 minute cameo appearance after his injury. All in all what a great way to see in 2016 and we can now put the League to one side and concentrate on a good Cup run.
Little story was I tried to buy Ginge when he was a kid at Cardiff City and I was Manager at Barry Town. I went and watched a reserve game and he was playing as a centre forward. Big, aggressive and a real handful. Lennie Lawrence was the Manager at the time but thought too much of him to let him go. Proved to be a wise decision !
Saturday brings Wolves to Upton Park in the 3rd round of the FA Cup but I will be up at Everton watching our Dag & Red 1st team. FA Cup games are always special and my best memory was scoring at Wycombe in a 2-0 win in the 4th round. All the press and TV were predicting a Cup shock but we were comfortable winners with TC and myself scoring the goals.I came on as a 2nd half substitute and scored our 2nd goal with a header from a Michael Hughes cross.