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West Ham DVD Review: Iron Men - a true story you couldn’t make up

PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 March 2017

Iron Men DVD cover

Iron Men DVD cover

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Our West Ham Correspondent reviews a remarkable DVD

Mabel Arnold West Ham fanMabel Arnold West Ham fan

If you had made it up it would have been scarcely believable – but the story of West Ham’s final ever game at Upton Park is a true one as told in Iron Men, which is now available on DVD.

There is a star-studded cast. It always helps to have Ray Winstone popping up to steal every scene he is in!

But there are so many other stars. Mark Noble takes us back to his Canning Town roots, explains his affinity with West Ham and shows how he is the heartbeat of the club.

‘The Ribman’ who sold his wares outside the ground and now does it close to the London Stadium, explains what it is like to be a Hammer, while fanzine editor Gary Firmager presents the other side of the coin.

The Ribman at West HamThe Ribman at West Ham

He closed ‘Over Land and Sea’ after the last game at Upton Park and vowed never to go to the London Stadium and, so far, he has kept his word.

This is no sanitised, West Ham infomercial. There are voices that the club would not have wanted on this film, but it makes it all the stronger for it’s balance.

There is no need to censor the objectors as the story is so compelling, the final game so dramatic and emotional, that the club and its fans are always going to be the stars.

Shining above everybody of course is 100-year-old Mabel Arnold.

The Becontree Heath fan first went to West Ham in 1934 and she is still going strong at the London Stadium.

And if this film is worth watching for anything, it is worth watching for this wonderful lady.

If you haven’t got your copy yet, go and get it today!

Iron Men is available from the West Ham store and online for £10.

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