Friday 20 Nov
Updated Friday 20 Nov 12:30
Founders

Founder - 'It's in the blood'

Rob Robinson's father, Bill, was a player, coach and assistant manager for the Hammers, and now Rob, after a long hiatus, is a proud Season Ticket Holder once more!
More West Ham United fans than ever before are coming back to the Club they love to take their seats at the new Stadium. 
 
Among them is a certain Rob Robinson, whose father, Bill, enjoyed a long and illustrious association with the Hammers as player, coach and, ultimately, assistant manager.  
 
Nowadays, his son Rob is a resident of east Yorkshire, but, desperate to return to the fold, became a Season Ticket Holder again three years ago.
 
“I wanted to be involved in West Ham again,” he explained.
 
“It's in the blood. I just love it, absolutely love it. It's got a unique set of fans, who have been loyal for years and years. I live for West Ham.
 
“It’s a cracking laugh, it's really die hard West Ham fans and it brings back so many memories. I have the beauty of the old, right through the ages.”
 
With the beauty of the old is soon to come the excitement of the new and Rob is humbled by the prospect of a new West Ham dawn, particularly with Slaven Bilic at the helm.  
 
“I feel ever so privileged, proud, privileged, you name it, it's just amazing. Immense. I can't wait to see it. It'll be amazing.
 
“With Bilic coming back, he's a passionate man. He is West Ham, he really wanted the job and that's what set him apart for me.
 
“I've got my hotels booked for the weekends, absolutely amazing.”
 
Signed from Charlton Athletic in 1949 for £7,000, Rob’s father, the prolific Bill Robinson, amassed some 61 goals in 101 games, before injury put paid to his playing days. He went on to take charge of the youngsters, the A team, as they were then known, as Rob recalls only too well.       
 
“On Saturday mornings he would be off to all parts, south east and beyond,” Rob continued. 
 
“Actually, they were short on one occasion, so he had to play at Dunstable. He scored three and that was the only time I ever saw him play. Amazing!”
 
Under the stewardship of Ted Fenton, the highly-regarded Robinson was promoted to assistant manager and Rob, quite rightly, is exceptionally proud of his father’s association with his beloved Hammers.
 
“Obviously, I'm very biased, I've got to be, but I think about West Ham and some of the people that have come through the doors. There are not too many that have actually played with distinction, coached with distinction and assistant managed with distinction.
 
“He was held in such high regard. John Lyall was in his youth team and when John became manager, every time West Ham were in the north east, we'd go along to the hotel, see the team before the games. Any tickets my dad wanted, it was no problem at all. It just made me feel so proud.” 

With demand as it presently is, supporters hoping to be part of the Hammers’ historic first season at their new home are urged to join the New Stadium Season Ticket Priority List as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

For those who neither have a Season Ticket nor have plans to attend a Reservation Centre appointment with someone who does, this is the only way to guarantee priority for 2016/17 Season Tickets.