Former Player Blog - Ken Brown

Former West Ham defender Ken Brown will never forget his memorable spell at the Club and his partnership with Bobby Moore

Ken Brown will never forget his spell at West Ham United where he made 474 appearances for the Club and forged a memorable partnership with Bobby Moore.

Brown spent 14 years with the east London Club and was influential in helping the Hammers win the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners' Cup a year later.

With the Club making a historic move into the new Stadium this summer, Brown says he will always remember the magical times he enjoyed at the Boleyn Ground.....

I was brought up at West Ham and had the best years of my life.

I used to come into the Boleyn Ground in the early days with a fella called Dick Walker who taught me how to approach football and I have never forgotten that.

There have been lots of other people at the club who have all made me feel welcome and always wanted me to do well.

I didn't expect to be named Hammer of the Year but when I look back now it is something that I fully appreciate.

No matter what anyone says no-one will ever take my memories away from this place.

From day one it was such a pleasure to play with all my old team-mates. Dick Walker encouraged me how to behave as a footballer and everyone loved him. I would always try to live in his footsteps.

Bobby Moore was different class. He was two or three steps ahead of anyone he played against and he was an incredible player.

It was a privilege to play next to him. He certainly made my life a lot easier!

The wonderful managers including Ron Greenwood who was fantastic for me and put so many ideas into our heads.

I sometimes thought that I wasn't good enough to play under Ron because he had so many brainwaves of perfection that I could never live up to that!

But I had so many magical memories and of course it was a pleasure for me to see my son Kenny play for the Hammers as well.

I will take so many memories with me from the Boleyn Ground and it is a bit of everything that made it so special.