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West Ham Fans To Get A Surprise

When the final whistle went and those West Ham fans who’d spent most of Saturdays game against Chelsea abusing former old boys, Frank Lampard and John Terry, had disappeared to the pubs around and about, I bet they never thought they’d ever see either player back at Upton Park that soon. Obviously they were unaware that both players have agreed in principle to play for West Ham in a testimonial match for the Hammers’ academy director, Tony Carr as a celebration of his 36 years working for West Ham.

Now the West Ham fans have to swallow their pride after Saturday and think about how their actions toward those two former players reflects on Tony Carr’s night. Here’s a guy who’s given years of service to West Ham United and brought through countless players since he took over the role as Director Of Youth Development in 1973.There’s no doubt if Chelsea had played anywhere that weekend, they’d have got a lot of stick, especially Lampard and Terry and the chants weren’t that bad in the context of some of the things that are sung at football matches.

Yet, Lampard hasn’t helped himself before, with some comments about how his time was at West Ham, that he didn’t enjoy it as well, his family was badly treated by the club, he also said in a Chelsea supporters meeting he’d love to score the goal that sent West Ham down as well as the allegation that when he broke his leg playing for West Ham, some fans were cheering. I’d hate to think that was true, in fact I find it very hard to believe that West Ham fans would do that at all.So the abuse he got on Saturday was to be expected really.

People forget that Lampard has a history of slating West Ham whenever he seems to be interviewed but to say Lampard had a tough week last week would be an understatement, with the anniversary of his mothers death, an on air argument with a sad little shock jock and then the gauntlet of abuse he ran at Upton Park.

West Ham fans didn’t sing anything about his mother, but they did about the rant with the DJ and splitting up with his girlfriend, Terry got the same about his mother’s shopping indiscretion. That’s what happens at football matches, away players get rude songs sang at them, always have done, always will do. Some of the criticism the West Ham fans have received seems to be rather calculated in my opinion and I don;t think the stick they got was any worse than they would have received at Arsenal, Tottenham and Fulham.

I’m sure the majority of  West Ham fans that attend Tony Carr’s testimonial remember it’s a celebration of someone that has brought through the calibre of  Joe Cole, Lampard, Carrick, The Ferdinand brothers, Glen Johnson, Mark Noble,Tony Cottee, Paul Ince and the latest batch of Collinson, Tomkins, Sears and Stanislas. Let’s hope the minority don’t spoil a celebration of a man who would bleed claret and blue if you cut him, a more humble and proud Hammers fan you’d be hard pressed to find. Save all your singing for the next time you play Chelsea and give them the stick you feel they deserve, just don’t overstep the mark or spoil Tony Carr’s night.

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  1. bella

    September 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    look at the window, and you can see


  2. julia

    September 13, 2011 at 6:29 am

    hola soi julia

  3. lluc

    September 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I like to play football. My favourite team is Barça but I only can play with Olot team.

  4. Jamie

    July 18, 2009 at 11:54 am

    In most cases Westham fans sing chants to have a bubble and lift the mood in the ground but in lampards case his just a fat mug and deserves every bit of abuse he gets and more. KOYI

  5. john

    April 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    lampard where you may be you aint got no family
    your life left you
    and took the kids
    we hate you more than we hate the yids

  6. limbu

    April 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    i think, frank, now has realized that he was wrong when he said all the words against WHU. but then it was just an angry emotions one would feel when his father and uncle gets sacked(which caused him to leave). with all the abuse he gets (which a bit more), he surely can’t admit that…

  7. irons

    April 30, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    terry and lampard are a pair of pricks

  8. bronaldinho

    April 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

    West Ham fans, living up to their reputation as the worst in the world. They should be so lucky to even see class players like Lampard and Terry play in their lifetimes (this coming from an admitted Chelsea hater). It’s ridiculous to suggest that the chants were “not that bad in context”. In the many times I’ve travelled to upton park I have heard nothing but a litany of racist, sexist, anti-semitic and homophobic chants.

  9. Rob

    April 30, 2009 at 11:30 am

    This is a celebration for Tony Carr!!!!! Not piss and moan about past players.
    Any one who would rather boo Frank Lampard than to enjoy one of West Ham greatest servant’s testimonial match, in my opinion is no West Ham fan!
    Get over yourself, grow a pair, and move on! No class, ever notice how hard Frank jr. work’s when we light a fire under his ass? If you are a real West Ham supporter, you would enjoy a nice day at Upton Park, and wish Tony all the best, it is his day after all.

  10. Hampshire Hammers

    April 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Tony will have a great testimonial and the knowledgable UP crowd will do a stand up job for him. However inviting Lamps to it is a big mistake after the way he has conducted himself since moving on from West Ham. Some of the things he has done and said have been downright disprespectful to the management and staff of the club responsible for developing him as a footballer. Amongst these important people of course.. Tony Carr! Imagine bringing up your kids only for them to leave home and then slag off everything about the house they grew up in!

    While I wont join in some of the songs about Lamp’s family as they are a bit over the top, the shock horror treatment we are getting in the press is just another chance for some good old West Ham bashing! I think we are all used to it now.

    Sod off Frank, you will never be welcome at West Ham. Terry I couldnt give a monkeys about.

  11. bob o'shea

    April 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Why cant WEST HAM fans grow up and behave like adults
    FRANK lAMPARD left west Ham when Harry Rednapp got the sack along with
    his dad FRANK LAMPARD SNR.
    Harry Phoned Frank Junior and advised him that he should get out of WEST HAM as he could do better elseware.
    Thats why we sold him to CHELSEA
    All previous players leave WEST HAM and start slating them as soon as they go
    Remember Paul Ince
    But time moves on and We should be thinking about the club and not slagging off the old players.

    ZOLA AND CLARKE are doing a fantatic job and if we get into the EUROPA cup what a great season we will have in 2009/2010

  12. hammer mad

    April 30, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Lampard does not deserve the praise of any West Ham fan and i for one will never ever welcome him back to West Ham. Fact of the matter is that he is a moaning little tosspot.How can people say his club will always be West ham?? He kisses the Chelsea badge time and time again.This in my opinion is unforgivable. I dnt kno too many West Ham fans who do tht!! Lampard has moved on and he deserves the stick he receives….. He gets paid ridiculous amounts of money and in my opinion needs to stop bringing trouble on2 himself. Keep the stick going on him……. forget about Terry he is just Lampards Bum Boy and all the punishment he needed was tht penalty miss in the champions lge final last season!!

  13. PeeWee

    April 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Well I will be giving Lampard & Terry grief at Tony Carr’s testimonial. I hate the men and they deserve all the abuse that comes their way. Did they call a truce on 9/11 when they were taking the piss out of some americans? of course they didn’t.

  14. Richard WHUFC

    April 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I think you’ll find most West Ham fans knew about the testimonial and the v good chance of Frank playing over a month ago, you will see he won’t get slagged off that night because 99% of hammers fans, see the abuse as a bit of stick for someone very keen to play the pantomime villain and not the angel he has been portrayed to be by some sections of the press this week.

  15. Patrick

    April 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    It is a bit hard to chant Big Fat Frank to a guy with near zero % body fat… And I have to give credit to the two for coming back. The other funny thing is on WHU Boards you see posts like ” is it time to stop the Lampard abuse”.

    And I think when Terry and Lampard ran ver to the West Ham support to celebrate the goal Saturday they where asking for everything they goy, so hopefully we can all get over it.

  16. Shiv Bagga

    April 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Frank, you are a great fotballer and a lot better person then you are percived by some of the Hammers fans. However, never forget that there are lots who appreciate your game and admire your ability and wish you were still a Hammer. I will always be a Hammer, but I will never stop admiring your appetite for the game and the manner in which you play. I always wish you well and sincerely wish you can find some love in your heart for your club, which I know will always be WEST HAM.

  17. freddyfreddy

    April 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    good work with this article – it’s nice to read something that hasn’t destroyed west ham fans for some songs that really were not all that bad at all!

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