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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

LeroysBoots 4:19 Fri Apr 3
Alan Devonshire
Best player I ever saw in C&B


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wanstead_hammer 1:14 Wed Apr 8
Re: Alan Devonshire
Told this before in here about how he used to pop into our bookies in Stepney green (where our lot used to meet up before an home game) on Saturday dinner time.

A car would pull up and he’d come in there and back the dogs. We’d all start singing his name etc. but he was just so humble and down to earth. He’d just give a smile.
Then he’d jump back in the motor (capri i think) and fuck off lively to the ground and then run rings round the other team.
Think he ended up owning greyhounds.

Talk about a world away!

Great player.

lowermarshhammer 12:45 Wed Apr 8
Re: Alan Devonshire
A bloke I worked with played under Devonshire for a couple of non league sides that he managed.

My colleague was a prolific striker at his level and an exceptionally modest humble bloke who most people at work had no idea of what he did.

I only got to know this when I saw him reading a non league newspaper and asked him who he supported....

I loved Devonshire as kid. He was fucking class.

Gary Strodders shank 11:34 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Devonshires Maidenhead side are one of only a few that remain part time in the national league having gained promotion a couple of seasons back.

They are indeed strong and physical but so are many other sides at that level as it seems to be the most effective way to play
Saw them play in the cup at Wealdstone earlier in the season and was impressed.
Have been struggling in the league this season but had previously been holding there own since being promoted which is a testament to the man..

One of my fondest memories is his performance after coming on as a sub against Wimbledon in the league cup in 89.
He was a class apart and to be frank the dirty tricks brigade had no right to share a pitch with the man.
Such a cool head and great silky skills even in the twilight of his career.

wanstead_hammer 10:39 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Think he ended up at Leicester for a little while as well, in between Spain.

He’ll be well remembered in that west brom team that beat the Mancs in the cup at OT when he scored and then big cyrille finished off a great move to score a corker.

eusebiovic 10:36 Tue Apr 7
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Sven Roeder 10:15 Tue Apr 7

He got a severe knee injury in training while at Real Madrid. Rumour has it he was taking the piss out of one of his teammates who probably had a problem with him being black.

I think there is a lot of truth in the rumour...judging by numerous past recollections in the Spanish sports press...

Sven Roeder 10:15 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
A bit bizarre that Cunningham ended up briefly at Wimbledon and was a sub in the FA Cup final win over Liverpool

wanstead_hammer 10:09 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Yeh Cunningham was a quality player. Remember being over orient as a kid and me old man singing his praises then. Good winger.

eusebiovic 9:56 Tue Apr 7
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Athletico Easthamico 12:48 Sun Apr 5

Missing out on Cunningham always stuck in my craw...He would have been an absolute legend for us...criminal we let him go to West Brom

Lee Trundle 7:14 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Yeah, but I guess you can still try to play football the right way that's pleasing on the eye.

I'm only taking his word for it, but the way he went on he was describing him as the Tony Pulis of the National League.

Sven Roeder 6:53 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
I guess at that level you play with what you’ve got and most Maidenhead players would be park footballers.
If there any £5,000 Alan Devonshires knocking about in that league we’d be happy to have them

fossil 6:51 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Doesn't look anything like his younger version. If I had seen that video and been told it was an ex West Ham player, I couldn't have guessed it was Dev.

Hello Mrs. Jones 6:47 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Was my favourite player in the 70s but shit he looks old now. He's younger than me (just) and looks like my grandad..

Lee Trundle 6:38 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
Funnily enough, I was chatting to a Maidenhead United supporter the other day about him.

I was quite surprised that he wanted him gone, and even more surprised to hear that he wasn't complementary at all about the style of football he plays there. Said it was the complete opposite to how he played as a player.

I liked DEVO.

fossil 6:29 Tue Apr 7
Re: Alan Devonshire
My first match in September 82, 5-0 against Birmingham. I'd never seen West Ham over 90 minutes and yep he was the man of the match, never lost the ball and made it look so easy.

But did Bobby Robson really want to build the England team around him? Not sure, I think he was the type of boss who flattered everyone. I remember a lot of names in the midfield coming and going in every game.

boleynkid 12:57 Sun Apr 5
Re: Alan Devonshire
Zico 1:31

Remember when he first came along that me and my mates used to joke he will be the best West Ham player to never score a goal. At least he put that right but he definitely wasn't the best finisher around. Shame in a way because he had everything else.

A truly wonderful box to box player. The best I have ever seen in a West Ham shirt.

Athletico Easthamico 12:48 Sun Apr 5
Re: Alan Devonshire
I think Lawrie Cunningham was playing for Orient at the time.
Should have bought him.

Devonshire, Brooking, Cunningham and a tackler.

What a midfield that would have been.

Alan Alan Devonshire 12:39 Sun Apr 5
Re: Alan Devonshire
Like the way that Jimmy Hill refers to him as 'Les Devonshire' after the FA cup semi final win v Everton. Knob!

eusebiovic 11:18 Sat Apr 4
Re: Alan Devonshire
Sven Roeder 5:41 Sat Apr 4

Derek Hayles was another...probably because he was a miserable cunt

Admiral Lard 11:11 Sat Apr 4
Re: Alan Devonshire
NIce one Leroy

For me, Devo was up there as one of the best but Trevor Brooking was magic and my all time no one.

I never saw Booby Moore play for us, only for Fulham in the 75 final. Had I been a few years older perhaps it would have been Bobby Moore

None of that matters, if he was the best player you remember enough said and thanks for the clip

Sven Roeder 5:41 Sat Apr 4
Re: Alan Devonshire
Brooking Devonshire Bonds , SHIRLEY?

Noticed in the Dev film he talks about Lyall having a clean out of time wasters and half hearted types are the 1978 relegation.
Quite a lot left after that season and the next when we stayed in the second Division.
Curbishley was one.

Swiss. 4:31 Sat Apr 4
Re: Alan Devonshire
Commentators at the time quoted that the Brooking, Devonshire, Curbishley midfield was the best in England. II'd agree.

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