West Ham United legend attends Lynn Christmas meal

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A West Ham United footballing legend was the special guest at the King’s Lynn Irons Club’s Christmas meal.

Alan Taylor, who played for the Hammers between 1974 and 1979, and scored 25 goals in 98 appearances, was one of the first to arrive and last to leave the annual event, held at the Riverside Restaurant in Lynn.

He posed for pictures with members, signed West Ham programmes and recounted countless stories of his time playing for the East London club during a question-and-answer session.

He also scored two goals in the quarter final against Arsenal at Highbury and bagged another brace in the semi final against Ipswich Town – something that hasn’t been repeated since.

The 62-year-old, who also played for Norwich City, Cambridge United, and the Vancouver Whitecaps, also played in West Ham’s 1975-76 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, scoring three goals as the Hammers made the final but lost 4-2 to Anderlecht in the Heysel Stadium.

David Blackmore, media, publicity & communications officer at KLIC, said: “It was wonderful to have Alan as our guest of honour some 40 years after that historic FA Cup victory and it proved to be another very special occasion in the history of the King’s Lynn Irons Club.

The King’s Lynn Irons Club, one of the largest West Ham United supporters’ clubs, aims is to give fans in the King’s Lynn and surrounding area the opportunity to get tickets to watch West Ham United at home and away.

For more information about the club visit www.kingslynnirons.com.