Former Player Blog - Jimmy Walker

Ex-Hammers goalkeeper and crowd favourite Jimmy Walker was back at the Boleyn Ground for a memorable Wednesday night!
Goalkeeper and fans’ favourite Jimmy Walker made 20 first-team appearances between 2004-06, including the 2005 Championship Play-Off final...

Hello everyone,

What a fantastic night!

When you talk about leaving it all out on the pitch, every one of the West Ham lads left everything they had out there.

Sometimes it wasn’t pretty but it doesn’t need to be when you win a massive game like that one-nil. It’s my favourite result in football too, so it’s really good.

I love coming back to West Ham. I had a fantastic time here and every player who has played here loved it, so it’s just great to come back and see them doing so well at the minute.

I looked at the table after the game and getting another three points and they’re right up there with a right good chance of doing something special.

From the first minute against Spurs, they were on the front foot. They had set up a little bit different, which I hadn’t seen before and they got right in their faces and didn’t give Spurs time to settle.

Spurs had been fantastic. They are right up the top and they could win it and that would be great to see for them, but I think West Ham really stopped them playing from the first minute.

I think they looked comfy, really. Spurs had a couple of half-chances near the end, but you expect that. I think overall Spurs are disappointed with their performance but you’ve got to give credit to the Hammers for the front-foot performance and setting up the way they did.

Michail Antonio did fantastic, got Man of the Match and rightly so. His energy levels were superb.

I am coaching at Gillingham and there is some good talent down there in the Football League. I’m in League One and you see some players in there who could really do well and go to the Premier League and it’s great to see.

When you serve your apprenticeship there it makes you appreciate it more later in your career. I certainly did. It’s a long hard road to get to here and when I did, I loved every minute of it. I appreciated being here and everyone I speak to among the young players, I tell them that.

Getting back to the here and now, we’re sixth in the Premier League and in the FA Cup quarter-finals and I think West Ham are on the verge of something really special.

What a season to do it in, too! With everything that’s going on, it’s going to be heart-wrenching to leave the Boleyn Ground but the Club is moving onto massive things and what a way to send it off!

It’s been great so far, so with another push, who knows where West Ham could end up?


The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of West Ham United