My first transfer memory

Its that time of year again so i thought i would hark back to the first west ham transfer which really hit home with me and it was of non other than Phil Parkes for the princely sum of £565thousand from QPHAA cossack hairspray and all....i rmbr the papers with pics of big Phils hands as he was then the most expensive GK in the world and lil ol west ham did that..it blew my socks off....i just about rmbr Martin Peters being sold to the spuds(will we never learn)so what was your standout Hammers transfer buy?

plaistow-man's picture

My first real memory was when Martin Peters went to Spuds which was made somewhat easier as my favourite non Hammer was Jimmy Greaves came to us.

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Deluded Hammer's picture

Cried my eyes out when Martin left us. And getting Greavesy didn't numb the shock.

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And Uncle discussing it when it happened I was only a nipper,they were saying 'cant believe hes gone to them C---s!' First time i ever heard him swear!!

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NorthHertsIron's picture

signed from palace for i think £65:000 in 1962

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moore 6 legend's picture

Alan devonshire 5k arguably our best signing for value for money ,what a steal,magic player,shame about that poxy injury v wigan.

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What a player yes 5k stan! Upton park under lights Devo gets the ball in our half,goes on one of his runs & the whole stadium erupts,never forget those memories mate

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moore 6 legend's picture

That's the one dave,i'm picturing it now mate,worth the entrance fee alone,sir trev mark 2, joyful memories mate.

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hammergirl's picture

Those shorts sigh ahh come on what else was i going to say:-)

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nevillenixon's picture

Knew you would say that, but what about Bonzo in his Prime? Him, Frank Snr and Graham Paddon all had side burns and long locks, they looked like buccaneers as well as wearing the shortest shorts you could ever imagine ( or fantasize) about!

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moore 6 legend's picture

And they were proper men HG ;)

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darrenharry's picture

Never a more beautiful man to have graced UP.
Utterly stunning, dahling.

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The one I remember was Francois Van der Elst. But have to agree with Moore 6 Legend. Devonshire had to be the greatest transfer ever. He would be priceless today in his pomp.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Wouldn't he just mate.

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mcbikeman's picture

used to do a play by mail football game(anybody else?)and you had to make players names up and because of him i inspiringly called one of my players in the game "Urts van rental" of course getting Frankie Mac for £250thousand from St Mirren was a total stroke of genius...Tonka to great great Player

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

... made some real game changing purchases, Hartson and Kitson and the Two Paulo's.. Wanchope and Di Canio but my favourite was business by John Lyall ..........Frank McAvennie!

Worst signings in my time, John no goals Radford, Julien Faubert but my all time favourite Sandy Clark, what a waste of space. Remember the first time I saw him in claret n blue, preseason friendly against Charlton at the Valley, seen milk turn quicker! Again bought by JL... just shows you what a difficult job it is!

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Seen milk turn quicker! Love it mate

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40k from Rochdale....roy of the rovers stuff

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Great signing that was 65!!!!

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moore 6 legend's picture

Ah yes we cant forget deadly double taylor living the dream.

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Braces in the previous rounds of the Cup too? Unreal...the only thing that was weird in that great cup final win was seeing mooro leading out Fulham just didnt seem right

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moore 6 legend's picture

Sure did mate,2 v the arse and ipswich,yes dave seemed so strange and felt so sorry for mooro being on the losing side,but glad we won if you know what i mean.

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Oh for another cup win eh mate

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moore 6 legend's picture

not many benny.

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boogerscaravan's picture

For me it has to be Billy Jennings from Watford in 1974, he banged in a few goals and ouside of Bonzo was my favourite Hammer as a 10 year old boy....

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Billy Jennings too

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Deluded Hammer's picture

First transfer that I can remember is Peter Eustace. Remember reading that one on my paper round and think who the fk is he? Standout? Pop Robson. Both times.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Love it! Remember my Dad saying Useless Eustace.. I thought it was a bit harsh. Pop Robson in his last days at WH I thought he was poor / past it. That said his goal scoring record was brilliant. I think David Psycho Cross took over from him?

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And David Cross now your talking...

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mcbikeman's picture

Here you go Dartford....a night i will never forget....just turned 18 ha! spuds fans as ever crying in there beer

https://youtu.be/hdgNhNGk0hQ

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

I went up to Man U a few seasons back, mid week game, pretty sure we lost but, before the game met a lovely couple in the near by Burger King, strong Northern accents but Hammers through and through. I asked why they supported WH and the young lady replied that her Uncle played for us in the 70's but you probably never heard of him...Psycho!!!!

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When Pop Robson came back the second time he was poor,and felt David Cross got lazy towards his end.We had our ups and downs in th 70s and early 80s,and had some good players,the likes of Bonds and Lampard were main team regulars proper hard men,not like now different times,but back then were great times,FA Cup twice in 5 years,and nothing since,though i think if we can keep a strong place in the league,without the worry of relegation,we can play the strongest team possible,and perhaps go for a cup or two

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