Marlon Harewood believes the current West Ham United squad can emulate the class of 2006 by reaching the Emirates FA Cup final.
Thirteen seasons ago, the popular centre forward scored the unforgettable goal which saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park and took the Hammers to their first final in 26 years.
And, with that unforgettable experience still fresh in his memory, Harewood is backing Manuel Pellegrini’s side to follow in the footsteps of Alan Pardew’s men in 2019.
West Ham kick-off their challenge for a fourth FA Cup success on Saturday 5 January, when Birmingham City visit London Stadium, and you can be there in person - with the game not being on TV, the only way to see the game live!
Tickets for the 12.30pm kick-off start from just £10 for Adults and £1 for U16s.
I’d encourage a lot of fans to be here because it’s an opportunity to get to a final and the team that we’ve got here is capable of getting there
“To get that goal, to get us through to the final, the whole thing was unbelievable,” he smiled. “The atmosphere around the ground every time we played, at home, running up to the final, was amazing.
“I can’t explain it because it was… you really have to be in it and when I was celebrating and I stood still and all the fans were celebrating and the lads came on top of me, all I felt was the floor erupting!”
West Ham have not advanced past the FA Cup quarter-finals since that memorable 2005/06 season, when they defeated Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Middlesbrough to set up a final meeting with Liverpool.
That amazing game ended 3-3 before the Reds triumphed on penalties, but Harewood believes his old club can go one better in 2019.
“I’d encourage a lot of fans to be here because it’s an opportunity to get to a final and the team that we’ve got here is capable of getting there,” he enthused.
Supporters on the Automatic Cup Scheme have had their tickets processed from Monday onwards, while supporters who will have to relocate from the Upper Sir Trevor Brooking Stand due to Birmingham City's 5,200-seat allocation are be able to select their alternative seats now.
Tickets went on sale to Season Ticket Holders and Claret Members in all other areas of the Stadium from 11am on Thursday 13 December, with sales to supporters with a previous booking history and a General Sale to follow.
Relocation window for Season Ticket Holders in blocks 217, 220, 221, 222, 223 and 224* 3pm, Monday 10 December
Bondholders/Season Ticket Holders (own seat) 11am, Tuesday 11 December - 5pm, Wednesday 12 December
Bondholders/Season Ticket Holders/Claret Members (up to four tickets per client reference) 11am, Thursday 13 December
Supporters with a West Ham booking history (up to four tickets per client reference) 11am, Friday 14 December
General Sale (up to four tickets) 11am, Monday 17 December
Season Ticket Holders
How to buy
Telephone: 0333 030 1966
In Person: London Stadium Ticket Office
Please note that every purchaser is responsible for the behaviour of all those who they are purchasing on behalf of and all other ticketing terms and conditions apply.
Ticket sales will be audited and we reserve the right to cancel down any tickets for this game and are on sale to home supporters only.
All Sales dates are subject to change by the club at short notice.
*This affects supporters in Blocks 217 with seat numbers 152 and below and Block 224 with seat numbers 809 and above