West Ham United play their final game at the Boleyn Ground this evening, a place where David Martin enjoyed some memorable moments as a child.
“I can still remember the smell of the matchdays there – the burgers and the cigarettes and the noise of the crowd.” Martin said.
“There was a little gym inside and I used to play football in there for hours on a matchday with Tony Gayle’s son, Antony and all of Clive Allen’s kids as well.
“I never used to watch the games when I was young, I was just fixated on how my dad would be playing front of all these people because it was packed to the rafters most of the time.
"It was a special place.”
He continued: “I remember when they won the league. I was very young and I went up with my Dad to the second tier to celebrate. I couldn’t see over the barrier, so he picked me up and all the supporters cheered when he did – that feeling took my breath away!
“I also remember being mascot there. My Dad had two testimonials and I remember the first time, being on the pitch for the very first time – it gave me such a buzz.”