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End of an era as Bacon bids farewell

Filed: Wednesday, 12th November 2014
By: Staff Writer

Local photographer and fans' favourite Steve Bacon has ended his association with the Recorder Group after more than 40 years of (almost) uninterrupted service.

Bacon, now 62, has maintained a pictorial history of West Ham since the early 1970s when he first joined the local Recorder. But after 42 years of reporting on the Hammers, he has been made redundant by the newspaper.

West Ham United's official photographer for more than 30 years, Bacon has suffered with health issues recently - something that led to him missing the end of the 2011/12 season after having surgery on a knee.

However he was back the following year in time for the launch of his recent book entitled 'There's One Stevie Bacon' - the chant which he used to be greeted with in the 1980s when he first became a cult hero on the terraces.

Bacon, who also has a burger named after him - the 'Bacon Burger', naturally - admitted recently that he was 'flattered' to have been involved with West Ham United throughout his career.

"I put it down to longevity," he said. "If you are in the same place for long enough, you are always going to become part of the furniture.

"I am a local lad who still lives ten minutes from the ground, so to become so heavily involved with the fans and the club is something very close to my heart."

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