Big night for 'Moose'

Lifelong West Ham United supporter and talkSPORT football reporter Ian 'Moose' Abrahams will see one of his dreams come true on Wednesday evening.

Moose, a regular contributor to the official matchday programme this season, will assume the role of stadium PA announcer during Tony Carr's Testimonial match at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers supporter said he was delighted when the Academy Director asked him to handle the microphone on his big night.


"I was hugely honoured to be asked by Tony to be involved in his Testimonial match. I didn't even think Tony knew who I was, but he told me he listens to talkSPORT, so that was a real thrill for me too.

"As a West Ham fan, I used to sit on the Chicken Run with my uncle and watch all the players come through that Tony had developed in the Academy, and it will be fantastic to see them all playing at the Boleyn Ground again.

"The players who have come through in the past 30 years have been second to none, and Tony should be held up as a shining example of how to coach and develop young footballers.

"For me, announcing the names of the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick at the stadium I love will be something very special. I have been lucky enough to be involved with the club this season writing for the programme, and this will be another thrill for me.

"I am hoping that loads of fans turn out to celebrate Tony's career and also those of the players he helped to produce - many of whom will of course be off to the World Cup with England this summer."

Moose has been a regular visitor to the Boleyn Ground this season, reporting on games and interviewing manager Gianfranco Zola and his players for radio station talkSPORT.

Earlier this year, the portly presenter and newsreader also took part in a charity penalty shootout with Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green, planting three of his five spot-kicks successfully past England's No1.

On Wednesday, however, Moose will be back to doing what he does best, reading out the team lineups and keeping supporters updated with substitutions and other announcements on what promises to be an unforgettable evening for everyone involved.

Advance tickets for Tony Carr's Testimonial, priced from £15 for adults and £7.50 for Over-65s and Under-16s, are available online, by calling 0871 222 2700 or in person from the West Stand ticket office. On Wednesday night itself, tickets will be available from both the West Stand and Priory Road ticket offices up until kick-off.