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Tony Cottee - man of irons

PUBLISHED: 17:32 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 11 August 2010

Tony Cottee

Tony Cottee

Steve Bacon

THEY have been described as football s Morecombe and Wise and now the Two Tonys are back on stage. For one night only Tony Cottee and Tony Gale the Hammers funny men are coming to the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – and they have brought a very special gues

THEY have been described as football's Morecombe and Wise and now the "Two Tonys" are back on stage.

For one night only Tony Cottee and Tony Gale the Hammers funny men are coming to the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend - and they have brought a very special guest.

West Ham legend, former captain and manager, Billy Bonds!

The lads will delight you with an evening of football nostalgia, it's a must see for all Hammers fans.

Speaking about the show "Forever Blowing Bubbles" Tony Cottee told the POST: "Basically the show is a night of funnies and stories with myself and Tony Gale.

"Our special guest will be Billy Bonds who is a West Ham legend.

"In the first half myself and Tony will be on stage telling a few old tales from back in the day.

"Then we bring Billy out in the second half and do a bit of an interview asking him about his experiences and memories of the club.

"After that we will take some questions from the audience."

The two Tonys have performed live shows in Brentwood and Newham and are delighted to have Billy share the stage.

Tony said: "It is fantastic that a great player like Billy is joining us this time.

"He must be one of the longest serving members of the club having played for 20 odd years through the 60's, 70's and 80's.

"And then of course he was manager in the 90's.

"I have to give full credit to my friend Tony Gale for persuading him to join us."

Previous shows were very successful and the lads have already been given a great reception in Southend selling 1,000 tickets so far.

Tony said: "A lot of people who are coming to see the show in Southend saw one of the other shows as well.

"We always get fantastic feedback; lots of people send letters to say how much they enjoyed it.

"We just need to sell 500 more tickets to have a full house so if you want a ticket, be quick!"

The show starts to the sound of the infamous "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" but even Tony admits he's not 100 percent sure why the club adopted that song.

He said: "There are quite a few stories about why that is the Hammers' song but I don't know for sure.

"It dates way back over 100 years, I think there may have been a player called bubbles."

Even though it is not his natural environment Tony seems to feel quite at home on stage and relishes every performance.

Tony said: "It's a great experience for us and we really enjoy it, I've done lots of formal speaking at dinners and things like that but being on stage is totally different.

He added: "But I don't think I would want to make a career out of it though - I won't be doing pantomime any time soon!"

But for the "Two Tonys" the best part of the night is meeting their fans.

Laughing, Tony said: "We get all sorts of questions from the audience usually football related but sometimes we get the odd silly one, like "Who is the longest in the shower?" you can take that whatever way you want!"

He added: "We're all London boys and being in Southend is like being on home turf for us, we can't wait to meet our fans there."

The former Hammers team mates will appear at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on Monday May 12 at 8pm.

Tickets cost £19.00, concessions £17.00, to book call 01702351135.


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