Hammers mania all in the family
When broadcaster Miles Davis heard his youngest son sing the West Ham United anthem I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles after he scored a goal, it was music to his ears.
Davis is such a fanatic that he named five of his six sons after West Ham players - and they all support the Hammers.
"It is the absolute responsibility of parents to ensure their children support the same team," Davis said. He began supporting West Ham 50 years ago and has watched them play at 69 football league grounds in England, as well as many others in Europe.
"The seed was planted when I was 5 years old and it's grown stronger as I've got older."
His sons are named after former star players Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Joe Cole, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds, ex-player and manager Harry Redknapp, and the Boleyn ground where the team play.
Jack Lewis Redknapp Cole Davis, 13, said he felt good about being named after such famous people, and Cole Billy Hurst Boleyn Davis, 11, said he felt proud.
Charles Neil Brooking Davis, 29, said that once he had watched footage of how good Trevor Brooking was, he too was proud to be a namesake.
Three of the Davis boys play for the the Takapuna Hammers in Auckland, a team their dad coaches and which just happens to be the former club of West Ham and All Whites defender Winston Reid.
"Me and the boys are still pinching ourselves the Hammers have travelled thousands of miles to play here," Davis said. "We have had the opportunity to get so close to them - you would struggle to get access like this in the UK."
His three youngest boys are excited about the Football United Tour because they have not yet seen West Ham live.
For the next few days, their lives would revolve around watching West Ham train and play, Davis said.
He was looking forward to the games in Wellington, where he had lived for 17 years, and regarded as his "spiritual New Zealand home".
HAMMING IT UP
Miles Davis' sons, and the West Ham connections behind their names:
William Robert Westham Davis, 30 – defenders Billy Bonds and Bobby Moore
Charles Neil Brooking Davis, 29 – midfielder Trevor Brooking
Rhett England Davis, 19 – all the West Ham players who have represented England
Jack Lewis Redknapp Cole Davis, 13 – boxer Lennox Lewis, a big West Ham fan; player and coach Harry Redknapp; and midfielder Joe Cole
Cole Billy Hurst Boleyn Davis, 11 – Cole and Bonds again; centre forward Geoff Hurst; and the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham play.
TELL US YOUR FAN STORIES
Football fanatic Collette Devlin is following the Football United tour. Call her on 04 474 0526, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dominion Post