Romford’s the place for retro for Hammers

ROMFORD is the place to be on Sunday for all West Ham fans who remember the good old days, as a host of former players will be on hand to meet the supporters. Tony Cottee, Mark Ward and Eddie Bovington will be at the Romford United Services Social Club in

ROMFORD is the place to be on Sunday for all West Ham fans who remember the good old days, as a host of former players will be on hand to meet the supporters.

Tony Cottee, Mark Ward and Eddie Bovington will be at the Romford United Services Social Club in Mawney Road for an afternoon of all things West Ham at a special Retro & Memorabilia Fair.

It will also be the first chance to purchase a new book on the club featuring one of their stars of the sixties.

The Jack Burkett Story by Clayhall writer Terry Roper is packed full of stories about the club's first golden era.


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The former left back played alongside Bobby Moore in Hammers' first FA Cup Final victory against Preston in 1964 and returned to Wembley the following year for the European Cup Winners' Cup victory over TSV Munich 1860.

The 272-page tome gives a rare insight into the club during those times, and also includes more than 180 pictures - many of them previously unpublished.

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Both Burkett, now 67, and writer Roper, will be on hand at the fair on Sunday, along with Cottee, Ward and Bovington, for a special Q&A session at around 2pm.

Ward will also be signing copies of his recent book - From Right Wing to B Wing - Premier League to Prison.

The event, which is on from midday to 4pm, has been organised by Football World, who publish the Ex-Hammers retro magazine and numerous West Ham related books.

There will be a number of stalls selling all things claret and blue - from signed memorabilia to books, magazines, photos, DVDs, videos, trade cards and badges.

Organiser Tony McDonald said: "We staged the fair for the first time last year and it was hailed a great success.

"We've made it even bigger and better this year, so we're expecting a huge turnout of Hammers fans who will be able to do all their Christmas shopping under one roof!"

Admission on the door is �2 per adult and a licensed bar, food and refreshments will be available.

(Don't miss our review of the Jack Burkett story, plus a competition to win copies of the book over the next couple of weeks.)

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