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It all began at the start of the 1968-69 season, the acquisition of my first matchday programme 17th August 1968 West Ham United v. Nottingham Forest. A game which saw Geoff Hurst scoring the only goal of the match, even a 1-4 home reverse against Everton two days later didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for my new found passion West Ham United and memorabilia associated with the Claret and Blue. By then it was too late, I was hooked.

 

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If you suggested to a top tier club that they embark on a three-week close season tour taking in over 13,000 miles of travel including numerous flights, driving on rough roads and tolerating a hot, humid and often wet climate with no air conditioning, you would be considered a lion short of a full safari!

 

1962 Summer Tour of Africa

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But that is exactly what West Ham undertook when they toured Africa in the summer of 1962.

The club’s history books and local newspapers have given this tour scant coverage. This feature covers it in more detail with references to club secretary Eddie Chapman’s personal account in the 1962-63 club’s handbook, the club’s first home programme of the season in August 1962, Terry Roper’s scintillating book “West Ham in the Sixties The Jack Burkett Story”, Ron Greenwood’s autobiography “Yours Sincerely” and reporting in various Rhodesian and Ghanaian newspapers.

 

The importance of the 1962 tour has possibly been underestimated as it could be argued that it marked a watershed in the building of manager Ron Greenwood’s first team squad. Greenwood alluded to this in his autobiography:

“The tour had a hidden bonus for us, however. Through all its adversity our team spirit grew even stronger. The problems we shared welded us together. It also taught me a lot about the character of my players. I noted those who had a good sense of humour, those I could count on, those who looked for problems and those who were idle. And on my first tour as manager I discovered much about myself.”

 

Many of the tour’s players would go on to contribute to the 1963 USA International Tournament, 1964 FA Cup and 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup triumphs while for others the door on their West Ham careers soon closed. Less than three months before this tour commenced, Ron had already made a crucial investment by signing Johnny Byrne.  

 

Nine of the tour’s players would go on to play roles in the 1963, 1964 and 1965 successes. These were: John Bond, Eddie Bovington, Ron Boyce, Ken Brown, Jack Burkett, Johnny Byrne, Martin Peters, Alan Sealey, and Tony Scott. The remaining seven would play their last competitive first team games in the following season.

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GLENN ROEDER

1955 - 2021

'theyflysohigh' are sadden to hear that former West Ham United, Watford, Newcastle United and Norwich City boss Glenn Roeder has died aged 65 after a long battle with a brain tumour.

Roeder, who was a defender during his playing days, began his managerial career with a spell in charge at Gillingham.

He began his playing career at Leyton Orient before going on to represent Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle, Watford and Gillingham.

 

Born in Woodford, Essex, Glenn Roeder joined Arsenal as a schoolboy before enjoying a successful playing career as a full-back with Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Watford.

 

After captaining Queens Park Rangers in the 1982 FA Cup final and being capped seven times by England at ‘B’ level, the full-back was appointed as player-manager at Division Three club Gillingham in 1992.

The following year, Roeder moved to Watford, spending nearly three seasons in charge at Vicarage Road before departing in February 1996. After serving as his former Newcastle team-mate Chris Waddle’s assistant at Burnley for a single season in 1996-97, Roeder worked as a coach under England manager Glenn Hoddle.

 

In 1999, Harry Redknapp offered him a return to club football with West Ham – the team he supported as a child and cheered on from the famous ‘Chicken Run’.

 

After two seasons on Redknapp’s staff, Roeder was appointed as manager in the summer of 2001. He guided the Hammers to seventh in the Premier League in his first season in charge.

 

However, the 2002-03 season proved more difficult as West Ham struggled for consistency, despite possessing a talented squad that contained Paolo Di Canio, Frederic Kanoute, Tomas Repka, David James and a number of outstanding Academy graduates including Michael Carrick and Joe Cole.

 

In April 2003, Roeder was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to take a break from his role to undergo surgery and a recovery process.

 

Despite finishing the season with a flourish under caretaker boss Trevor Brooking, West Ham were relegated on the final day of the season at Birmingham City with a record-high 42 points.

 

Roeder returned to the dugout in July 2003 but, following a defeat at Rotherham United in Division One, he was relieved of his duties on 24 August of the same year.

 

Following his departure from West Ham, Roeder had spells in charge at Newcastle United, where he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006, and Norwich City. In April 2015 he was advisor to Sheffield Wednesday and a year later joined Stevenage in the same capacity until March 2018.

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