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July 20, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 07/20/2010

This first of a two-part article on England and the West Ham connection that originally appeared on my 2010 England World Cup blog. Apologies to anyone who read it there, but I know many England supporters stopped visiting after England limped out in disarray and, of course, many West Ham fans aren't neccessarily supporters of the English national side, so I make no apologies for re-running it on the West Ham page as, following David Sullivan's comments to Soccernet (Here), the appointment of Avram Grant and a raft of foreign signings, I think it as relevant to supporters of the Hammers as much as 'Team England'.

July 19, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 07/19/2010

This first of a two-part article on England and the West Ham connection that originally appeared on my 2010 England World Cup blog. Apologies to anyone who read it there, but I know many England supporters stopped visiting after England limped out in disarray and, of course, many West Ham fans aren't neccessarily supporters of the English national side, so I make no apologies for re-running it on the West Ham page as, following David Sullivan's comments to Soccernet (Here), the appointment of Avram Grant and a raft of foreign signings, I think it as relevant to supporters of the Hammers as much as 'Team England'.

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Billy Blagg Born at an early age a mere defenders' spit from the Boleyn ground, Billy Blagg has seen every West Ham game from 1898 onwards. Blagg was mentioned by Kenneth Wolstenholme in 1966 as one of the people on the pitch during the famous Hammers win over West Germany that lifted the World Cup and he returned to the pitch again for the 1975 FA Cup Final but stayed on the terrace for 1980 FA Cup victory. Blagg, 26, now lives with his eighth wife and innumerable children in a small semi-detached with chintz curtains in Dagenham, Essex and still attends every Hammers match and training session.

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