Fathers and sons
Whilst most of the fuss at the reserve game last night
was over rookie managers Mark Kinsella and Steve Brown plus the professional debut of ex-Dulwich Hamlet striker Chris Dickson I noticed another name on the team sheets when I was reading the report last night.
And it was confirmed to me by his Uncle this morning that a certain 15-year old school boy called Oliver Lee came on as sub for the Hammers
in the last 10 minutes to impress with some nice touches in the centre of midfield helping them to beat us 2-0, West Ham's first reserve win of the season, which as an aside tells me something about them this season.
Oliver is the eldest son of Robert, who once worked on a turnstile at The Valley and he has made a couple of cameo appearances for Hammer's reserves under Brownie this season.
This question caused quite a lot of debate in the pub a few weeks ago: "How many professional footballers have had their sons become professional footballers?"
The list is not long and to be honest very few actually reach the dizzy heights of famous Dads for whatever reason. Paul Daglish for example, now playing in the MLS for Houston Dynamo
and Jordi Cryuff.
Better examples are Jamie Redknapp and Frank Lampard. Nigel Clough wasn't bad considering his overbearing father. Shaun Wright-Phillips is adopted, so not sure that counts. Then there is Neil Mellor (struggling at Preston) and Nicky Summerbee (now at Tamworth), back to what I was saying before and let's not forget Darren Ferguson, but then again his father has often been described as one of the worst players ever to play in the Scottish League, which must be saying something.
Liam Rosenoir is making a fine career for himself at Fulham, the same place that his Dad Leroy started out his career, which also saw later spells at Charlton and West Ham.
However, perhaps the best example is in Italy. Father and son Cesare and Paolo Maldini, both European Cup Winners. Can you think of any others?