Upton Park prepares to pay tribute to John

West Ham United fans are still grieving following the tragic death of John Lyall last week at the age of 66 and, tonight, home supporters will get the chance to pay their respects to the much-loved former manager.

Over 30 ex-Hammers players who had the privilege of working with John are attending tonight's tribute and will be introduced onto the pitch prior to kick-off. A message from Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters - who are unable to attend tonight due to prior charity commitments - will then be read out.

John Lyall's son Murray and his family will also join the ex-players on the pitch. The family were very moved by the spontaneous vocal celebration in John's memory prior to the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, and have therefore requested that a one-minute period of applause be observed before kick-off.

Those confirmed to attend tonight are as follows:

Sir Trevor Brooking, Paul Allen, Ronnie Boyce, Bobby Barnes, Ken Brown, Paul Brush, Tony Carr, David Cross, Alan Curbishley, Mervyn Day, Alan Devonshire, Brian Dear, Bobby Gould, Paul Goddard, George Parris, Pat Holland, Billy Jennings, Kevin Keen, Vic Keeble, Alvin Martin, Mick McGiven, Jimmy Neighbour, Phil Parkes, Geoff Pike, Steve Potts, Keith Robson, Alan Taylor and Steve Walford.