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West Ham 2003

Kick Off 7.30pm

The weather was not ideal for a footballing debut, as 30 excited West Ham fans arrived at Upton Park to play in their Football Aid game.

After a guided tour of the stadium, the players were taken into the changing rooms to meet “Hammer Heroes”, Tony Cottee and Tony Gale. Tony Cottee was the manager for the home team and Tony Gale manager for the away team.

After a warm up and a team talk from their respective managers, the two teams assembled in the tunnel to be led out by the mascots, Sophie Collins, Samuel McCarthy and Daniel Edwards.

The game started off as a close-fought battle, with both sides evenly matched. At the half time whistle the home team were leading by 3-2. It must have been a fairly inspirational team talk by Tony Gale at half time, and a new lease of life from the oncoming subs, that brought the score to an amazing 14-5 to the away team. This score saw Alec Johnson on the away team score 5 goals, and Marcus Troy score 3.

The conclusion of the evening was that it was a great game, despite the goal difference and the rainy weather.

Ian Collins, number 11 for the home team won man of the match, after scoring 2 goals. This was made a doubly great evening as his daughter Sophie was a mascot. The away team man of the match was Alec Johnson, number 11, who scored an amazing five goals.