Over Land And Sea-What Makes A True Hammers Fan?

How far away you are from 'your' team but still support them can be dependant on many circumstances, you might have moved areas, you might have moved countries or entire continents. Or maybe a team playing on the other side of the World just appeals to you, possibly for their footballing exploits and achievements, or maybe just because you liked the colour of their kit!

Declan Rice is greeted by enthusiastic Chinese fans

Either way, there are many many fans, particularly those of the Barclays Premier League, who support from afar. The globalisation of TV and Media sources guarantees copious amounts of fast 'gladiatorial' games that fans just adore which ever country they are in. This documentary, Over Land and Sea features West Ham's Mark Noble and Declan Rice and explores whether you can be a true fan if you live on the other side of the world to your club. We tell the story of Pan, a West Ham supporter who was born and lives in Shanghai, China, Hammers are set to achieve a top six place this season with Betway, although the doom and gloom merchants are already snapping at Manuel Pellegrini's heels after just two games!

Following your team from afar is a damn sight easier now than it was say 30 years ago, then apart from brief news snippets the only way to keep 'relatively' up to date was by purchasing extraordinarily expensive newspapers when they eventually arrived, usually almost a day late! Now of course we have wall to wall media, and a very comprehensive TV package available, which is soon to be added to by media and corporate giants Amazon.

In the broadcast Pan reveals how he became a West Ham fan, why he chose them over more successful sides such as Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea, who his favourite player is, and what the Hammers mean to him and the lengths he goes to follow his club.

Pan meets club captain Mark Noble

The documentary apart from featuring exclusive contributions from West Ham captain Mark Noble, England international Declan Rice and also includes a contribution from former Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta, as well as two local fans who travelled from London to Shanghai to watch the Hammers play in the 2018/19 Premier League Asia Trophy.

Hammers boss, Manuel Pellegrini, managed Hebei China Fortune from 2016 to 2018

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andycarrollstyle's picture

Good to see as many fans from overseas finding and the supporting the club - I welcome them! I hope they aren't put off by the few idiots on message boards and social media who give them stick... After the city game I witnessed some appallingly racist songs from our own fans. Don't care where youre from, west ham is for everyone

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

This was made for you :o) LOL

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When I get time my friend!!maybe I'm a bit old school & still proud of the fact that back in the day you supported your local club or the whole family were hammers & you were born into it!!I realise now the prem is a global market & it's nice to know foreign fans are supporting us over the usual lot,manure.liverpool etc

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

you have to embrace those popcorn munching tourists buddy!

Im off to Aus on Thursday, I hope I find a bar full of Aussie Hammers... better track these boys down :o) https://www.sydneyhammers.com.au/

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If your going to Sydney & feel energetic try the coogee walk starting at Bondi beach,lovely walk along the cliffs & a few different beaches...

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

sounds good 65, I will give it a go!

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Dicks is the man's picture

ive been a hammers fan since I was 5. born in Africa to an English mum and dad, I moved to u.k when I was 4. I lived in Essex and went to school in clacton. that's when we all 'chose' who to support. a lot were Ipswich fans for obvious reasons, some Man U etc, but nothing compared to the claret and blue strip for me, oh and the fact that Tricky Trev headed in the FA Cup! since then, I've lived overseas but never missed a result and watch the hammers whenever I can. unlike some overseas fans, I'm a one club man, there's never been anyone else for me. I don't claim to be a great fan like some of those that get to every game rain or shine, but I still love WHU.

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Clacton eh,one of my old haunts many years ago & used to go to the old butlins there as a kid!!

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Dicks is the man's picture

I might have seen you on the safari ride! lol

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The safari ride now that's a blast from the past

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albyforeverirons.'s picture

First game I fully watch was the hammers and fell in love with the passion of the fans. With the advent of sky and in Australia Austar it's easier to keep up to every game but until then it was bloody hard to hear or see games but I remember sitting in my car listening to a game on BBC radoio years ago waiting for my son and when he came out I made him wait for half an hour until the game finished.
I have only been to London twice to see my team, in 2009 I went to the Westham vs Tottenham match at the Boylen and then three games in 2016 at the stadium. My dream at 63 is to get the opportunity again to get over for another game or two before I pop off.

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