Police, fans and team mates alike were all in a state of shock last night as the services of the local constabulary were needed to enforce Scott Parker's departure from the building.With the club agreeing a deal with hated rivals Tottenham Hotspurs on the final day of the transfer window, West Ham legend Parker refused to leave, and who is surprised?
Tottenham is the last destination that poor old Mr Claret & Blue, the Hammer hero who would run into brick walls, down blind alleys and round in circles for the cause, would have entertained. This is the man who was voted Hammer of the Year for three years in succession. This is the man who signed a contract extension last August, paying a paltry £83,000 per week when a much mooted move to Spurs crumbled into so much dust. This is the man who gave 110% every game, not because that is his style of play but because he was so dedicated to the club and its fans. This is the man who West Ham supporters have idolised and put on a pedestal with the all times greats, the Moores, the Hursts, the Bonds's and the Brookings. How could such a Hammer hero even contemplate a move to the enemy at the very Northern door?
But poor Scotty was betrayed, forced by Doctor Evil and the Doomsday Brothers to join the club his recently deceased father supported, forced to return again to the heady heights of the Premiership, forced to move for a fee fully £4m less than West Ham were offered last month by another club.
Scotty is gone but he is not and never will be forgotten. Surely a corner of the bowl shaped Olympic Stadium will now be named after this legend of West Ham United. Why not the cash machine in the foyer perhaps? The Scott Parker Cash Dispenser has a fitting ring to it for some perverse reason!
We do not blame him. He gave 110% every time he played. He led us with passion, with verve, with conviction, and to relegation. We wish him well and all hope him every success at Tottenham Hotspurs.