Thankfully, success is a measure that can be broken down into smaller achievable goals including:
- Not being relegated
- Finishing in the top half of the table
- Watching West Ham win in person
- Having fun
- Beating Spurs
Unfortunately, the later eluded West Ham this season. The home encounter (a 1-0 defeat) was action packed with 2 red cards (one apiece) and a rare penalty miss from Mark Noble.
The Spurs game was one of 3 games during the 2014/2015 season I made to West Ham in person. A grand day out with my son which including a boat trip in Regents Park.
West Ham then went on a fantastic run reaching the dizzy heights of fourth. Unfortunately, the closest I got to Upton Park during this time was watching the highlights on Match of the Day.
The next game my son and I watched was the New Years Day match against West Brom. A less action packed 1-1 draw but with a great headed goal from top scorer Diafra Sakho. Another great day out which included a trip on the London Emerites Air Line, a cable car ride across the Thames.
With the season running out the Stoke game looked like it would be a great chance to see West Ham win in person. However, it was a disappointing performance from West Ham with Stoke equalising deep in injury time to make the score 1-1. There was a corker of a free kick by hammer of the year Aaran Cresswell. My son and I had an another great day out including walking down by the Thames and around The Olympic Stadium (soon to be used for West Ham home games).
West Ham finished a promising season struggling to score goals let alone winning games. Was this season a failure? Absolutely not! The fun my son and I had during our trips to Upton Park were as good as it gets.
It is not all about winning – it is about personal happiness!
Come on you Irons!