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

Latest West Ham news

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Dimitri Payet of West Ham (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he loves the physical side of the game, but doesn’t approve of the type of ‘scissor’ challenges that saw Victor Wanyama given a straight red-card on Saturday evening.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic felt his side did enough at St Mary’s on Saturday evening to get something from the contest.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (credit: Mike Egerton)

The latest headlines from around the web featuring London’s top teams.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic (right) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp o

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has undergone a successful operation to remove his appendix, Press Association Sport understands.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham are a club littered with legends and heroes.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport