You can’t start a game without a ball
West Ham and Altona 93 took to the pitch at the Adolpf Jager Kampfbahn last night, had a massive photo with both squads in the centre circle then everyone went to their positions to get ready for the kick off.
Except for one thing – no-one had brought a ball with them on to the pitch.
Cue Aaron Cresswell heading to the tunnel to grab a ball from the bag and lob it on to the pitch. And that was only the start of the shenanigans…
How many substitutions?
West Ham made a fair few of their own but Altona took the biscuit with all their changes.
It started when they subbed off their keeper after just 26 minutes and they would in fact use four goalkeepers throughout the 90 minutes of the match.
In total, the German fourth-tier side made 15 substitutions in total. The poor PA announcer was losing track of who was on the pitch and who wasn’t as it seemed Altona were intent on using every single player they had at their disposal.
Sam Byram losing his chain of thought
You definitely will have missed this one.
When conducting an interview with football.london and WHUFC TV after the match on Tuesday, the Yorkshireman was happily chatting away despite the disappointing result.
He was then asked a question by a member of the Hammers excellent media team and started nattering on and then suddenly, started to go off tangent a bit.
He then admitted: “I’ve forgotten what I was talking about.” Cue a re-take for the Hammers TV channel and laughter.
Chicharito being mobbed
He is always going to be the popular draw because he is a superstar but the number of fans who stayed behind to see the Mexican after the game was astonishing.
Security had to be beefed up and the Hammers director of operations also got involved as fans clamoured for a selfie with Chicharito.
He was only happy to oblige – like the good egg he is – showing that he really is a man of the people and he will be an excellent signing for the Hammers not only on the pitch, but off it too.