West Ham chairman: Wembley win was the best day of my footballing life

10:52 24 May 2012

West Ham co-owner David Gold with the trophy - Blackpool vs West Ham United , npower Championship Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, London - 19/05/12 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE

West Ham co-owner David Gold with the trophy - Blackpool vs West Ham United , npower Championship Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, London - 19/05/12 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE

Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League

West Ham co-chairman David Gold went through every emotion possible in the play-off final, but came out smiling

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has had glorious days in football in the past, but as you watched him strolling around the turf at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, you could see that this was more special than all the rest.

“This is my greatest day in football,” said Gold, the grin on his face failing to hide the overwhelming pride that he was feeling.

“This is my football club. That’s not to say that I didn’t give everything to Birmingham City because I did, but here I give more because this is my club.”

You could see it in his face. You could see by the way he was reluctant to let the trophy from his grasp.

While co-owner David Sullivan is the more outspoken of the chairmen, Gold is the heart of the club, he feels the pain and suffers the same nerves as the supporters because he is one.

Stressful

“It was nerve-racking and disppointing in the fact that it was stressful,” he said. “They came out after half time, scored straight away and from that moment on I was thinking they are the better side and they are the more likely to score.

“They looked the better side, but you have got to ride your luck and we did that and I think we deserved that bit of luck.”

You could tell he had kicked every ball, suffered every anxiety and not because of the £30million fortune that he had invested on promotion, but because West Ham is his team.

“You could argue that we all ride our luck in this business and many games during the season the luck was against us.

“Here, the luck only really came with the fact that they didn’t score when they should have.”

It was not how Gold and Sullivan had planned the season. It was supposed to be a waltz towards the Championship title, but with promotion finally secured, there was time for the chairman to joke.

“I think this was a cunning plan on Sam’s behalf,” smiled Gold.

“Originally we said to him ‘get us promoted as champions’ and he didn’t do that, then we said, ‘get us promoted automatically’ and he didn’t do that. I think it was because he wanted to come here!”

After the mistakes of appointing Avram Grant as manager and the consequent relegation, the transformation has been completed at West Ham and Gold can rightly take part of the credit for that.

He is West Ham through and through and you only have to listen to him talk about the club he loves to realise just how deep that goes.

“I stand on the balcony of the boardroom at Upton Park, look out and I can see my house where I used to live as a kid,” he reflected.

“I can see the front room where I used to peer out of and look up and see the stadium from when I was seven-years-old.

“I can see my school which got bombed during the war and just beyond that I can see the Olympic Stadium.

“So there is my whole life. Standing at West Ham I can see the past, the present and the future.”

And that future is surely a brighter one for West Ham fans with people like Gold on board – the co-chairman should know, he is one of them!

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your West Ham player ratings

Latest West Ham news

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager(Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce believes club owners in England have become more ‘volatile’ in recent years, but does not believes the Premier league has been too bad this season.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klopp (Photos by Getty Images)

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he is not surprised to see Jurgen Klopp being linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Carlton Cole of West Ham (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Diafra Sakho will miss at least three to four weeks with a thigh injury and called on Carlton Cole and Enner Valencia to step up in the striker’s absence.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Weekend betting tips featuring Chelsea's Eden Hazard

This weekend’s betting tips cover a range of high profile Premier League clashes, including Chelsea v Manchester United and the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Reading.

Friday, April 17, 2015
The fun run will take place in the Olympic Park

West Ham co-chairman David Gold told Hammers fans last night that the majority want the move to the Olympic Stadium.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

West Ham Transfer News

Yaya Toure of Manchester City (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

With the season fast coming to an end, many clubs are now seeking their summer work to improve their squad and move to the next level. Check out our transfer round-up featuring Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham, QPR and Crystal Palace.

Read more
Burnley's Danny Ings (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Read our round-up of the latest transfer strories on Tottenham, Chelsea and the rest of the London clubs.

Read more
Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The season is rapidly coming towards an end and a busy summer is already at the front of many clubs’ thoughts. Here is our handy round-up of the best transfer stories from around the web featuring Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham, Crystal Palace and QPR.

Read more