West Ham United were delighted to welcome Blesma veteran Matt Woollard to London Stadium for last weekend's Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Matt, a lifelong Hammer, had his lower right leg amputated after being injured while serving in Afghanistan ten years ago. The infantryman stepped on a landmine during a morning patrol, suffering burns to his upper limbs and losing his right foot.
Matty was in a critical condition for a number of weeks and underwent months of gruelling rehabilitation as he came to terms with adapting to life with a prosthetic limb.
The West Ham supporter participated in our pre-match memorial service, joining Co-Chairman David Gold in presenting a wreath on the pitch prior to a minute's silence in memory of all those who have given their lives in service to this country.
“It was a huge honour to be asked to attend Saturday’s match with Liverpool,” Matt said. “I’ve been a West Ham fan ever since I was a little boy.
“It was also a privilege to be asked to be a part of the memorial service prior to the match. The chance to remember my fallen brothers alongside thousands of my fellow West Ham fans is something that will live with me forever.”
See Matty's full story in the video above.