Hammers veterans bow out in Masters

A West Ham United team of veterans endured a difficult day in the annual Southern Masters tournament at the weekend, losing all three of their matches at the London Wembley Arena.

A Hammers side containing former favourites such as Julian Dicks, Frank McAvennie, John Moncur and Steve Potts gave it their all but couldn't manage to come out on top - losing 2-1 to QPR and Southampton, and 6-4 to eventual winners Chelsea, who were inspired by the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet.

Reserve team coach Kevin Keen, who appeared in his third Masters tournament and notched two goals in the final match against Chelsea, said: "Despite the results, it was an enjoyable day and great to see some old faces. It was nice to see Dicksy again, and my old youth team colleague Lee Bracey, who I haven't seen for many years.

"We were a bit unfortunate in the three games we played, especially the goal-fest against Chelsea at the end, but it was still a good experience again, and the competitive nature was definitely still on show!

"As part of the entertainment, our under-14s also played at the arena before the main tournament, so that was a nice experience for them, and it was generally a good day out for the supporters and families who turned up to watch."

West Ham United Masters line-up: Lee Bracey, Steve Potts, Kenny Brown, Julian Dicks, John Moncur, Keith Rowland, Kevin Keen, Steve Jones, Frank McAvennie.