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Calling the Claret and Blue Army! We have an opportunity like no other, as Four West Ham Legends take to the stage to talk about their careers as a Hammer. Come and join Sir Trevor Brooking, Frankie McAvennie, Julian Dicks, and Tony Gale as they take the ‘Hot Seat’ to discuss all things football.
Aston spoke to West Ham United footballing legend Tony Gale about the event and also reflected Tony’s career at West Ham United as well as outside of West Ham United.
Years with West Ham United: 1984-94
Tony Gale played an integral role in the West Ham United team which secured the Club’s best-ever league finish in the 1985/86 campaign.
Not before, nor since, has a Hammers side ended a top-flight season as high as the third place John Lyall’s men secured that term, and defender Gale played all 42 league games, helping his team concede less than a goal a game and come within four points of the title.
That was Gale’s second season as a Hammer following a summer 1984 move from Fulham, where he had already accumulated 277 league appearances after making his debut aged just 16.
Born in Westminster in November 1959, Gale broke through at Craven Cottage after Hammers and England legend Bobby Moore retired in the mid-1970s, earning his chance in the top flight after narrowly missing out on promotion from Division Two with the Cottagers.
He immediately settled into life with the Hammers and made a formidable partnership in the centre of defence with Alvin Martin, as Lyall’s side thrilled the Boleyn Ground faithful in that unforgettable 1985/86 campaign.