Alvin Martin sends emotional ‘thank you’ to West Ham fans after son David’s dream Premier League debut win ove
Alvin Martin has sent a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to West Ham fans for their support of his son, David, after his dream Premier League debut against Chelsea.
The veteran goalkeeper joined his boyhood club in the summer, following in the footsteps of his Hammers legend father, on a free transfer after he was released by Millwall.
It was a dream come true for the 33-year-old, who probably thought he’d barely get a look in at the London Stadium following a long and storied career playing for clubs in League Two and all the way up to the Championship.
“The thing that struck me going to the game was how much it meant to him,” he added.
“After David had been there for about six weeks, one of the press guys at West Ham met me at a game and said, ‘since I’ve been at the club I’ve never seen a player who has been so excited about being here’.
“And that’s the truth. I know what it meant to him, he knew what it meant to his family and he just didn’t want to let anyone down.
“I worried that he’d built it up so high over a period of a couple of days that it was going to affect him, he just didn’t want to let anyone down, but I know he’s tough and he can handle things and it meant a lot.
“When he came up the stairs and he knew he’d done it, it was an incredible feeling as a parent.
“I’ve played at the highest level and the highs that you get are unbelievable, but they are way down the pecking order when something like that happens with your child. You’ve seen them progress, you’ve seen them go through ups and downs.
“I came to talkSPORT for an interview about a year ago after David made the biggest mistake of his career (his howler meant Millwall lost to Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-finals) and those days were some of the hardest I’ve ever had as a parent.
“So to go from that to the other side of the spectrum and enjoy something so wonderful, it was just incredible.”
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