McAvennie back at the Boleyn

Frank McAvennie has been back at the Boleyn Ground for his annual summer tournament which saw trophies handed out in honour of two club legends.

The former striker, who had two spells with West Ham United between 1985 and 1992, memorably scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in the famed 1985/86 season. His two-day tournament saw a team called Twenty-Niners win the inaugural Billy Bonds Trophy before a side dubbed The Soapies was victorious the next day and lifted the John Lyall Trophy. The latter success was made all the more special as Lyall's son Murray was on hand to make the presentation.

McAvennie, who only left West Ham United the first time for his beloved Celtic and is as passionate about the east London club as ever, said "These events are one of the highlights of the year for me as they give ordinary fans the unique opportunity to play on the pitch. I know how much this means to them and by the smiles on their faces it is obvious they thoroughly enjoy themselves. This year's events were even more special as for the first time two of the club's greatest ever figures were honoured with trophies in their names.

"I was delighted that Murray Lyall attended the Friday event and I know he is very proud his dad is remembered with such affection by the fans. The evening functions in the Castle Suite were great fun too and the raffles raised a few hundred quid for charity so all in all a very enjoyable couple of days." There have been various pitch events at the Boleyn Ground this summer. If you are interested in playing on the hallowed turf yourself next year, contact corporate hospitality on 0208 548 2777. For more information on the Frank McAvennie events, email here.

Frank McAvennie