West Ham United was one of three London clubs Chris Hughton played for in his playing career.
Chris Hughton – played 34 times for West Ham
The Stratford, London born player made his debut for Tottenham when he was just 18 years old, and had over 300 appearances for Spurs over 13 seasons, before he went on to play at West Ham, and then finished his career at Brentford.
The former full-back played 53 times for Ireland.
Chris will receive a good reception on his return to Upton Park tomorrow – as he was in the West Ham side that gained promotion back to the then First Division in 1991, and that team went on to reach the last four of the FA Cup, but were beaten by Nottingham Forest.
Forest were then beaten 2-1 by Chris’ former club Tottenham, in the 1991 FA Cup Final. Chris made 33 appearances for West Ham before moving onto Brentford and retiring form the game – as a player – in 1994 at the age of 34.
The Newcastle manager talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’ve still got a lot of friends there.” “I wasn’t there for that long a period – just over a year. I was there 1990/1991 – I went at Christmas and played through the rest of that season.”
“We got promotion and got to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.” “That was the semi-final where Tony Gale got sent off, and we lost to Nottingham Forest. They played Spurs in what people will remember as the Gazza final.”
“They were good times – but I was there at a good time. We got promotion from the old Second Division to the First Division.” “There are similarities between the supporters.” “They’re very much a working-class support – the sort who will support their team through thick and thin.”
“They’re a support which isn’t afraid to say what they feel, but they very much get behind the team.”
And unfortunately for Newcastle it seems that West Ham are finding their best form under new manager Avram Grant, after losing their first four league games of the season.
The Hammers are now unbeaten in their last four league games, so we know it will not be an easy task for the lads tomorrow.
A draw would be a decent result for Newcastle and a win would be great!