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Why I’m a Fan of West Ham United

Hello, my name is Jack and I support West Ham United, I made this reckless decision when I was 6-years-old. It’s weird that many of the teams we chose to support come from decisions made in our childhoods. You wouldn’t let a child make similar life-long commitments for you, but choosing a sports team is acceptable.

In my 20 years of supporting the Irons I have witnessed two relegations, a heartbreaking FA Cup Final loss and had many people laugh at my team. I wouldn’t change anything because supporting West Ham is part of my identity because they’re a great team to support.

This journey began in 1996, come with me as we re-visit my childhood growing up in the London suburb of Woodford Green – about 10 miles from Upton Park.

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Effigies, Clown Costumes and Pitch invasions | Inside the Leyton Orient Fans’ Protest

On Easter Monday I went to see relegation-doomed Leyton Orient, I was expecting this to be the club’s last home game in the Football League after 101 consecutive years. Things didn’t go as expected, in what was one of the most memorable games of football I have attended. I ended the game running around the pitch living out childhood fantasies.

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