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Wednesday 12 February Updated Wednesday 18 February

Mascot dances to Nolan's tune

The sight of Kevin Nolan performing his trademark 'Chicken Dance' goal celebration has been a familiar sight for Hammers fans of late, but on Tuesday night the West Ham United skipper watched on as someone else performed their version of his dance.

Mascot for the Barclays Premier League match against Norwich City, seven-year-old Brandon Stirman, strode out of the tunnel alongside Nolan and took his place beside his heroes ahead of the customary pre-match handshakes.

As Nolan led the Hammers along the line of the visiting Canaries, Stirman amused both sets of players by opting not to shake hands and instead broke into the 'Chicken Dance' all the way along the line.

West Ham fans have seen Nolan's celebration four times in recent weeks with the midfielder netting braces against Swansea City and Aston Villa, but nobody inside the Boleyn Ground expected to see it performed by one of the mascots, not least his Dad.

Paul Stirman told whufc.com: "It was all his idea and he didn't tell me he was going to do it!

"As Kevin has been scoring a few goals recently and obviously doing the dance, Brandon told Kevin in the tunnel instead of shaking the Norwich players hands that he was going to do the 'Chicken Dance'.

"Kevin laughed at Brandon's idea so he decided to do it! I was cracking up laughing when I saw it and he told me that he spoke to Kevin before saying he was going to do it!"


Mascot Brandon Stirman performs the Chicken Dance

While Club captain Nolan didn't find the net against Norwich, it didn't stop his team from continuing their fine run with a 2-0 victory.

Nolan will hope to add to his six league goals in the coming weeks and one young fan will be replicating his goal celebration once again when he scores for his own team.

"Kevin Nolan is his favourite player and he loves his 'Chicken Dance' goal celebration, Brandon even does it when he scores for his team!"

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