Oppos View – West Ham

A bit about you:

Name: Rob Bolton

Current home town:  Sudbury, Suffolk

Birthplace: Plaistow, East London

How long have you supported your team? All of my life (37 years)

 

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The atmosphere and the volume of the crowd

Favourite match played by your team & why: 2006 FA Cup final. Although we didn’t win it was a great game

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Bobby Moore

 

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Nicky Maynard. His work rate is superb

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Next Up – West Ham

Coming Next – West Ham United Mon 23 April 2012

Manager    Sam Allardyce  

Founded       1895

Ground      Upton Park  

Address    Boleyn Ground, Green Street, London, E13 9AZ   

Capacity       35,647

Squad:

1        Robert Green           Goalkeeper 

2        Winston Reid           Defender 

3        George McCartney  Defender (on loan from Sunderland)           

4        Kevin Nolan              Midfielder 

5        James Tomkins        Defender 

7        Sam Baldock           Striker 

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Oppos View – Burnley

Name: Shaun Dyer

Current Home Town: Leicester

Birthplace: Bury

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground:  It’s a proper old ground in the town, none of this identikit bowl on an industrial estate nonsense.

Favourite match played by your team & why:  Burnley 1 Manchester United 0 our first big game in the premiership Robbie Blake smashes a screamer and the best saves a penalty it gve us hope that we could survive and also gave me bragging rights over a few of my mates for a change.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  I’ll be controversial and say Steve Davis, he captained the club and managed it in my lifetime. He was a defensive rock and also scored some big goals for the club (I remember him bagging a brace to put Spurs out of the cup one year). Just a shame he jumped ship with Judas (Coyle) and forever sullied his good name.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why: Kieran Trippier, undoubtedly our signing of the season best attacking full back in the division by a country mile and cost us half the price we got for Mears who isn’t half the player Tripps is. He scores goals, sets them up and runs all day what more can you want?

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Next Up – Burnley

Next Up – Burnley 17 April 2012

Manager        Eddie Howe

Founded       1882             Ground         Turf Moor

Address       Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4BX

Capacity      22,456           

Highest Gate 54,775 v Huddersfield FA cup 3rd, 23 Feb 1924

Squad:

1        Lee Grant                Goalkeeper 

2        Kieran Trippier         Defender 

3        Danny Lafferty         Defender 

4        Michael Duff            Defender 

6        Chris McCann          Midfielder 

7        Ross Wallace            Midfielder 

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Oppos View – Millwall

A bit about you:

Name: Bob Asprey

Current home town: Now living in Aylesbury

Birthplace: Sidcup

How long have you supported your team? Since 12th April 1966 when we beat Bournemouth 1-0.  This was during the run of 59 home matches unbeaten, which took us from the old 4th Division to the 2nd.

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: Not surprisingly many fans miss our old ground, I’m sure it’s the same at Leicester.  Best thing about our ‘new’ place (it’s 19 years old now) is that it’s not a sexy warm surroundsound arena like yours and many others.  It’s stark utilitarian and cold, just how we like it.

Favourite match played by your team & why: This has to be the FA Cup Semi Final v Sunderland at Old Trafford in 2004.  The greatest moment in our history, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, not at our end anyway.  We’d been in three FA Cup semi finals before, all before the war, and lost them all.  The 2004 final itself was a great day out, but was like a trip to the FA circus compared with the raw emotion of the semi.  Look how far we’ve fallen in four years.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Harry Cripps.  Not the best or most talented of players but his big heart and uncompromising style epitomized the club and he became a Millwall legend in the sixties and seventies.  Not far behind Harry is Barry Kitchener, who played a record 602 times for the Lions between 1967 and 1982.  This gentle giant tragically passed away suddenly just two weeks ago.  Honourable mentions go to Keith Weller, we taught him everything he knew, and Steve Claridge, the type of 100 per center loved by fans everywhere.  Which is where he played.

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