Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Julian Dicks & Steve Keen

Met Julian Dicks, ex West Ham & Liverpool star, and recent West ham caretaker at a charity match event at Upton Park yesterday.

It was evident what makes these stalwarts such heroes at the club. Both legends signed autographs, mingled with fans throughout.

Dicksie took pictures with fans right from the gates opening at 6:30 pm through till the 7:30 kick off. No warm up for the man mountain as he joined the game right away. Both did the same at half time.

This is the total opposite to when me and the boys greeted the Ivory Coast team as they came off the coach for their Boleyn Ground training session prior to playing Italy in a friendly last August. Apart from Salomon Kalou, we were snubbed by Eboue and his mates. Last summer, Chelsea stars attended the Adidas store in Central London for a very short time. It was ridiculous. The queues stretched as far as you could see and amidst the drizzle a helpful steward told us not to waste our time as we wouldn't make it in.

In a hugely entertaining match, Tony Cottee's Hammers Legends defeated a team representing the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity 6-3.
Visitors were also able to take part in a special fundraising raffle, with shirts signed by the Legends and former West Ham star Frank Lampard among the prizes to be won, with proceeds going towards Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. The hospital, in central London, treats more than 175,000 youngsters every year.

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