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Only the best for the Best


Filed: Thursday, 16th June 2016
By: Staff Writer


A London-based West Ham fan had a surprise gift for former Hammer Clyde Best, who lives some 3,500 miles away in Bermuda earlier this week.

William Stevens, who hails from Forest Gate sought out Best, who represented the Hammers between 1968 and 1976 when arriving in Bermuda as part of a Carribbean cruise earlier this week.

And following a pleasant lunch with the former striker, which had been previously arranged by the island's Royal Gazette, Stevens presented Best with a commemorative t-shirt from the final fixture to be stages at the Boleyn Ground as a memnto of his time at the club.

“The island was always a place I wanted to visit because of Clyde," Stevens told the newspaper. "Every fan was given a commemorative shirt and I wanted to present Clyde with one.

"My biggest memory of Clyde was when he played in goal against Leeds United in a 1-1 draw in the early 1970s. He let in the goal, by the way!"


Best greets Hammers fan Stevens, who presented him with the t-shirt


Best - who gave Stevens and his wife Pauline a mini-tour of the island following their meal - said that the gesture was typical of West Ham supporters, who continue to recognise him wherever he goes.

"What I really liked about the place was the people," said Best, referrring to his time in east London. "I tell people here one thing about the East End of London, if you’ve got a friend you’ve got a friend for life.

"It’s nice to get people coming over from England. Before last season started I met 30 guys here from England, all West Ham fans."

* Clyde Best's autobiography, 'The Acid Test' is released next month.





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