Who is your Cult Hero?

It is time to select your West Ham United Cult Heroes XI! Who will you pick and why?
Loyalty? Flamboyance? Character? Determination? Outrageous talent? Unpredictabilty? Versatilty? Longevity?

What is it that makes a player a West Ham United cult hero? One or more of the aforementioned traits? Or a combination of them all?

Throughout the long and eventful history of this famous Club, the Claret and Blue Army have always had their cult heroes.

In the early days, Harry Stapley was a goal-hungry forward who helped Great Britain win the Olympic football tournament in London in 1908, while local lad made good Danny Shea and the prolific Syd Puddefoot were also favourites in the Boleyn Ground stands.

Following the First World War, the likes of goalkeeper Ted Hufton and free-scoring Vic Watson were among the first cult heroes to pull on a West Ham shirt.

Hufton was not only an outstanding stopper who saved eleven out of 18 penalties he faced, but he also played his part as West Ham were elected to the Football League, promoted to Division One and reached the famous ‘White Horse’ FA Cup final at Wembley in 1923.

Watson’s popularity should come as no surprise, seeing as he broke all records by scoring an incomparable 326 goals in 505 appearances for the Club.

The inter-war period saw ‘Big’ Jim Barrett catch the imagination of West Ham supporters by spending 15 years in the first team and making 467 appearances covering every position on the field of play!