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Sunday, May 07, 2023
Best Visits West Ham Training Ground ahead of Win

West Ham United players and staff had the honor of welcoming Clyde Best to Rush Green, ahead of their 1 – 0 win over Manchester United.

The West Ham United legend spent time with the squad before watching a live training session.

Best was one of the first black players in First Division football in England, scoring 47 goals as a striker for West Ham United between 1968 and 1976.

As one of England's first black footballers, Best was regularly targeted with racist chanting from the terraces but eventually became a fan favorite at Upton Park. He was a strong, powerful player with the skills of the traditional English center forward, tough to dispossess when he had the ball, and good in the air.

He made his debut for West Ham United in a 1–1 home draw against Arsenal on August 25th, 1969 at the age of 18. His first goal for the Hammers came during League Cup competition, in a 4–2 win against Halifax Town, on September 3rd, 1969. In 1973 Best deputized for an injured Bobby Ferguson in a goal against Leeds United.

Best played 218 games and registered 58 goals for West Ham over 7 seasons between August 1969 and January 1976.
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