Hammers Author Teaches Czech Students Bubbles!

WEST Ham United author Pete May was invited by the Czech Republic branch of the British Council to visit Prague as a "fan ambassador" while West Ham's youth team played Sparta Prague's youth side in a friendly match at Spart'a training complex.

Pete, the author of West Ham: Irons In The Soul, lectured to a group of Prague students (16 years plus) on the history of West Ham United and what it is like to be a football fan in England.

He dressed them up in Hammers scarves and hats, taught them to shout "Come On you Irons!" and showed them a DVD of Hammers victorious Play-off final, which they clapped at the end.

The group then did a workshop where they learned the lyrics of I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles and other useful chants such as "Alan Pardew's claret and blue army!", "We all follow the West Ham over land and sea" and of course "Super Tomas Repka!" in homage to the Czech Republic defender.
There was also "One-nil to the cockney boys!", "Is that all you bring at home?" and "Who ate all the pies?".

West Ham United Goalkeeping Coach Ludek Miklosko, a former Czech Republic international, also answered questions from the students and the day before England fan Mark Perryman held a seminar on how England fans are trying to get away from the hooligan image and lay out giant flags for both sides at England home games and visit schools wherever England play.

The friendly match finished 2-2, after Hammers had led 2-0 at half-time, and was even shown live on the Czech TV national news.

Pete May's new book Hammers In The Heart: West Ham's Journey Back To The Premiership is out in late October, published by Mainstream.