Thursday, May 30

West Ham old boys struggle to beat David Forde

Offered a late ticket to England versus Ireland at Wembley last night where there was plenty of interest for the Hammer. Never thought I'd see former West Ham reserve goalkeeper David Forde play at Wembley, but there he was having a decent game in goal for the Republic. Ireland also had Tottenham double agent Robbie Keane up front, who got subbed and as we saw looked some years past his best.

Still, a reasonably entertaining game and Ireland's Aiden McGeady, now at Spartak Moscow, impressed on the wing. As for England, it was basically ex-West Ham, with Frank Lampard (not as good as Scott Canham) scoring his usual goal, Glen Johnson, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe all appearing. And predictably enough, West Ham old boys struggled to beat our former reserve keeper, now at bleeding Millwall, and a collection of Championship and Sunderland players.

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