Richard Maher from Barking writes

As a West Ham fan I was proud of the team for holding strong to beat Millwall 3-1, I was proud of young Junior Stanislas and Zavon Hines for showing incredible potential and netting three goals between them, I was proud of Jack Collison, showing incredibl

As a West Ham fan I was proud of the team for holding strong to beat Millwall 3-1, I was proud of young Junior Stanislas and Zavon Hines for showing incredible potential and netting three goals between them, I was proud of Jack Collison, showing incredible bravery, strength and courage to put in a professional performance just two days after his father was unfortunately killed in a motorcycle accident, but I was certainly not a proud Hammer.

Thanks to a group of imbecilic idiots who unbelievably call themselves "football fans" the name of the great club West Ham United and their loyal fans has been dragged through the mud and blood shed at Upton Park on that disgusting night which brought football back to its hooligan days of thirty years ago.

It was clear to see the obese, drunken buffoons running around the hallowed turf of Upton Park in designer polo shirts were not fans of West Ham United, nor were they fans of football, they were fans of unimaginable violence and everything bad about the beautiful game that England has worked so hard for so long to lose it's tag as, a game filled with thugs and hooligans.

Most of the pathetic troublemakers were well into their 40s and 50s looking for a chance to liven up their worthless lives showing little interest in the football, simply searching for a fresh opportunity to cause havoc on the well respected ground of Upton Park which will now have it's name permanently tarnished.

Neil Harris netted the first goal in the opening half an hour and Gianfranco Zola must have feared the worse when the clock got to eighty minutes without an equaliser, but young Junior Stanislas skilfully placed an equaliser in at the far post to send the cup tie into extra time. Stanislas doubled his and West Ham's tally by calmly scoring a dubious penalty and young Zavon Hines deftly strolled past the last defender and beat keeper David Forde with ease, effectively ending the game and showing signs he could follow in the footsteps of former Hammer Jermain Defoe and become another successful academy player for the coming season.

With West Ham currently facing financial difficulty the last thing they need is a large fine meaning Zola will be unable to recruit a much needed striker for his squad currently only sporting Carlton Cole as a recognised, senior striker. With Eidur Gudjohnsen, Alessandro Diamanti and Marouane Chamakh heavily linked with the club it's questionable as to whether any player would want to make the switch to Upton Park after hearing of Tuesday's events.

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The pure stupidity of the rowdy gang was quite clear to see as they set a bad example and scared children at the game of a well renowned family club, some even irresponsibly brought children who looked as young as three into the war zone.

Hopefully everyone of the criminals are identified and banned from football for life and the public can understand that in no way do West Ham or their true fans condone any of the destructive, disturbing scenes that occurred on this night of shame for English football. You have to ask yourself whether blockbuster films such as "Green Street", "Cass" and "Football Factory" have glorified this form of gang wars and brought it back to the attention of the public, 30 years after it was seemingly a thing of the past.

No matter how it happened, whether the scum set out to feel important for a night, get on TV or damage the opposing fans, the only thing that has been damaged is West Ham United Football Club.

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