FORMER West Ham striker Brian Dear netted more than £400 for charity when he was the star attraction at the LRBC Men’s Group annual summer barbecue.
Brian, 73, spoke about his days at the popular East End club – which included the famous European Cup Winner’s Cup 2-0 win against TSV Munich at Wembley Stadium in May 1965.
The former player, who joined the Hammers at the age of 15 as a member of the ground staff, also told of his friendship with West Ham and England legend, the late Bobby Moore.
More than 20 guys turned up to listen to Brian, who is now the manager at The Broker Pub in Leigh -a favourite haunt of the men’s group following their bi-monthly meetings.
Munching on delicious hot dogs, perfectly cooked by talented chef Jamie Currell, the group also heard of the former Hammer’s battle with alcoholism.
And there was a round of applause for the pub manager, who added that he had not touched a drink “for nearly 25 years.”
Brian, who lives in Shoebury. also told how he holds the record for the quickest five goals in an English game, 20 minutes either side of half-time, in a home match against West Bromwich Albion on April 16 1965.
He joked: “Sergio Aguero scored five in a game a couple of years ago for Manchester City and I had people texting me that my record had gone.
“But he had an extra three minutes of injury time to score his in – so I’m still the quickest. I even had Mike Summerbee, a former City legend, e-mailing me, asking If I would concede.
“But I don’t read e-mails so I couldn’t answer him – so the record stands!”
Co-organiser Alan Cook said: “It was a really interesting night and everyone appeared enthralled.”
Jamie Klein, 14, added: “I really enjoyed it, especially the stuff about his friendship with Bobby Moore.”
An auction was held at the end of the evening to raise money for the Amy May Trust, which was set up to help Amy, who was left severely brain damaged after suffering an allergic nut reaction at a restaurant.
Julie Martin, a trustee at the Trust, wrote in a letter to the men’s group: “I am writing to say a huge thank you to all at Leigh Road Baptist Church and for the funds raised so magnificently for The Amy May Trust.”
By Steve Klein (an unbiased West Ham fan…)