Hundreds of West Ham United supporters flocked to the Club’s Stadium Store in Stratford on Sunday to meet Hammers heroes Sir Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds.
The fans, a mix of young and old, were able to get their merchandise, including the new 2018/19 Home, Away and Goalkeeper strips, signed by the legendary pair.
An opportunity for a photo and a selfie was rarely passed too, as both the distinguished former players – who both also managed the side later in their careers – shared their West Ham stories with delighted supporters.
With the new season’s Kits on sale in the Store for the first weekend since they were released, the queues to meet Brooking and Bonds were supplemented with Hammers coming to London Stadium to get their hands on the new gear, with training kit also on sale.
Young Hammer Frankie, at the Store signing with his Dad, enjoyed rubbing shoulders with former players held in such high regard in east London.
He said: “It was really nice to meet these West Ham legends, because sometimes doing this is only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“What I like best about our new Home kit is that it has stayed claret. The blue on the away kit is also really nice.”
With both ex-players having lifted the 1975 and 1980 FA Cup trophies in Claret and Blue, there were also plenty of supporters their to get their older shirts signed, and share tales of where they were on those famous days.
And although youngster Stanley was born well after those famous victories, the supporter loved his time meeting the pair having watched footage of them on DVD.
“My Dad and brother have showed me them playing and they were both very good players. I was really excited to meet them.
“It was really surprising for me to meet two legends that played and won things like the FA Cup.
“I got my new Kit signed and that was great because I really like the Home shirt. I play football and I am going to wear it to training with my team. It is comfier than the last Kit and I really like it.”
Get your hands on the new West Ham United 2018/19 home and away kits now at any of our four Official Stores - London Stadium, Lakeside Thurrock, Liberty Romford or Basildon Eastgate, and officialwesthamstore.com.