The Aristocrats of British Football

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    The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  Campo on Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:27 am

    Stolen from Kumb

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    Just had lunch at the pub, and when they bring the basket with cutlery and condiments, you get a pack of Trivial Pursuit questions in there too. We read a few sets of questions to each other, including "What team has been dubbed The Aristocrats of British Football". Seemed like an odd question and we all looked blankly at each other. Well f*ck me, the answer was only West Ham.

    Has anyone ever actually heard that term in reference to us? If so, any idea of its origin?




    Guy called Vietnammer had the answer. an interesting one at that



    This is from The Independent Q&A sometime in 1998:

    Q. Why are West Ham United sometimes referred to as "The Aristocrats" of English football.

    A. This probably stems from the late Fifties and early Sixties when they were quick to embrace "continental" ideas, in the days before we were familiar with widespread European football. As a Second Division side in the late Fifties, captained by Malcolm Allison, they were among the first to use lightweight kit and continental boots and would even come on to the pitch before a game for a pre-match warm-up - unheard of in those days. This sophistication was continued into the Sixties by Ron Greenwood and they experimented tactically and played a strictly "ball on the ground" game. Greenwood encouraged his players to become qualified FA coaches and they were one of the first to go on extensive foreign tours. This skillful, intelligent way of playing attracted adjectives such as sophisticated or aristocratic.
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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  Jiggs on Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:44 am

    Very interesting, and something else I now know about the Hammers.  

    Nowadays I would prefer them to be known as the 'dogs bollix'   muttley


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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  Admin on Sat Nov 08, 2014 4:27 am

    muttley Nice one Jiggs
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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  alfiehammer on Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:57 pm

    interesting read dude. 


    sad to note that Mourinho said our football was outdated and archaic not so long ago. We was regressing then, until this season when the trend was reversed.
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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  RichB on Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:59 pm

    Made up rubbish, never heard of it even back in the 60s when I used to stand on the North Bank! We're the Academy of Football...
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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  mottinghammer on Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:11 am

    alfiehammer wrote:interesting read dude. 


    sad to note that Mourinho said our football was outdated and archaic not so long ago. We was regressing then, until this season when the trend was reversed.

    Hmm yes the special one, not many weeks after saying that he did exactly the same thing at, I think, Liverpool, but that was tactical genius!
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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  Jiggs on Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:23 am

    Isn't it awful though when you are top 4 and the opposition come to park the bus ............


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    Re: The Aristocrats of British Football

    Post  Charlie Ham on Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:08 am

    Jiggs wrote:Isn't it awful though when you are top 4 and the opposition come to park the bus ............

    Makes me feel good.

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