Dream Team Deadline

Time is fast running out for any Hammers fans who haven't yet selected their ultimate West Ham United Dream Team. Hundreds of fans - and several former players  - have already had their say, and the closing date for selections is this coming Saturday (January 18).

All you need to do to contribute to this survey, which will form the basis of an exciting new official book, is to list your dream Hammers line-up in a 4-4-2 formation (Goalkeeper; two full-backs, two centre-backs, four midfielders and two strikers). We'd also like to hear your views on the Club's greatest manager, greatest goal and greatest game.

If you take the trouble to send us your selection, you'll not only get your name featured in the book but also enter a prize draw, with the chance to win an original painting of the final dream team and a home shirt signed by the current first team squad.

So don't waste any time. Start selecting your dream team now and e-mail it to us at [email protected] Alternatively, you can write to us care of: West Ham United Dreamteam, Hamlyn, 2-4 Heron Quays, London, E14 4JP.

To whet your appetite, here are a couple of selections provided by names that should be familiar to most West Ham United fans. Former players Tony Gale and Tony Cottee are among the ex-Hammers who have submitted teams and taken the trouble to talk to authors Dave Smith and Adam Ward. Their two teams show a remarkable similarity; with ten players in common. The only difference is that the ever-modest TC has picked Geoff Hurst ahead of himself.

Galey, however, opted for TC and Frank McAvennie as his front pair, explaining: "I know Geoff was a great goalscorer and a World Cup winner but I would have to go for McAvennie and Cottee simply because of the partnership they established in that wonderful 1985-86 season."

TC, meanwhile, found it hard to leave out his boyhood hero Bryan 'Pop' Robson. "He was my idol when I was a youngster. He was a natural goalscorer and, like me, he was not the tallest! I'd often spend an entire game just watching how he played and the runs he made."

Tony Gale's team:
1. Phil Parkes
2. Ray Stewart
3. Julian Dicks
4. Billy Bonds
5. Alvin Martin
6. Bobby Moore
7. Martin Peters
8. Trevor Brooking
9. Frank McAvennie
10. Tony Cottee
11. Alan Devonshire

Tony Cottee's team:
1. Phil Parkes
2. Ray Stewart
3. Julian Dicks
4. Billy Bonds
5. Alvin Martin
6. Bobby Moore
7. Martin Peters
8. Trevor Brooking
9. Frank McAvennie
10. Geoff Hurst
11. Alan Devonshire