'Stone Cold' is a Hammer

West Ham United have another famous fan to add to a long illustrious list in the shape of wrestling star turned actor 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin.

The American was a special guest of Kieron Dyer's at last Sunday's 2-2 draw with Fulham while on a promotional tour for his new move Damage. Although the result was not the preferred one, Austin took away plenty from the experience and has pledged that he is now a Hammer for life.


"I'm going to turn into a fan when I go back over to the States, I'm going to start following them. I know Vinnie Jones from a movie and from some things in a wrestling ring a few years ago so I'm starting to catch on to the support and it's exciting.

"You will see me back at West Ham. I've got a new movie coming out next year so I will be back over. It's been interesting for me to see how physical the game is up close."

Austin was grateful to Dyer for the invitation. "I guess he watches wrestling so it was real nice for him to invite me down," added Austin. "I always enjoy enjoying sports, especially US football. But this is a totally different. I went in front of the crowd and there was a lot of adrenalin going out there.

"It was exciting. This is my first football game and I've been watching it on the last few days on TV while I've been doing my cardio to try and learn some more about the game.

"My first perception of soccer was just a bunch of guys kicking the ball around but when you get paid to do something, they are very good at it. Those guys are tough, it took me a while to realise just how intense the sport is."