Iron Cast | Dave Martin on his famous father, joining West Ham and his unforgettable debut

Dave Martin is the latest guest to join the official West Ham United podcast, Iron Cast

The beloved goalkeeper spent three years in Claret and Blue, playing for the Club he grew up supporting, and made five appearances for the Irons in the 2019/20 campaign. 

Adored by the Hammers fans, Martin joins co-hosts Chris Scull and James Collins to discuss his time playing for his boyhood Club, his lifelong association with West Ham and his 20-year career.


Born in Romford to West Ham legend Alvin Martin, the shot-stopper discusses growing up in a footballing family alongside his father and his brother, Joe, who began his career in the famous Academy of Football.

The 37-year-old spent many happy days around Chadwell Heath as a kid, and fondly recalls his dad taking him to training with the likes of Julian Dicks, Luděk Mikloško, Ian Bishop and many others.

David Martin and Alvin Martin

Martin talks about beginning his journey into football as a defender before starting again with his district, Havering, as a goalkeeper in his teenage years. The youngster was picked up by Wimbledon in 2003 and reflects on being part of the club when it relocated to Milton Keynes that year before reforming as MK Dons.

The goalkeeper opens up on joining Liverpool following a trial, before subsequent loan moves through the football league and returning to Milton Keynes Dons in 2010. 

Martin signed for the Hammers in 2019 and, while initially signed to provide competition for Łukasz Fabiański and Roberto, he would make his West Ham and Premier League debut in a now-famous 1-0 win away to Chelsea; a match after which Martin shared an emotional embrace with his father in the Stamford Bridge stands.

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