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West Ham legend devastated by theft of medals

PUBLISHED: 15:10 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:10 04 May 2015

Former West Ham star Ken Brown has had his beloved medals stolen

Former West Ham star Ken Brown has had his beloved medals stolen

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Reward offered for return of Ken Brown’s precious medals

West Ham United celebrate with the Cup after their 2-0 victory: (back row, l-r) Jim Standen, Bobby Moore, Ronnie Boyce, Ken Brown, Jack Burkett; (front row, l-r) Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, John SissonsWest Ham United celebrate with the Cup after their 2-0 victory: (back row, l-r) Jim Standen, Bobby Moore, Ronnie Boyce, Ken Brown, Jack Burkett; (front row, l-r) Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, John Sissons

Hammers legend Ken Brown returned to Upton Park on Saturday as part of the celebrations for West Ham’s triumph in the 1965 European Cup Winners Cup, but it was with a heavy heart.

The 81-year-old who was part of the Hammers team that won the 1964 FA Cup and the Cup winners’ Cup a year later, returned home to find that his house had been burgled and both those medals had been stolen.

“It has been a little bit of an upsetting week,” he said at Upton Park before the clash with Burnley. “We are devastated and we really feel violated.

“I was on holiday and while I was away the house was broken into. The safe where I keep all my valuables has been taken as well as a few other things.”

West Ham United's Ken Brown (r) gets a hugWest Ham United's Ken Brown (r) gets a hug

The former Norwich City manager returned to his Norfolk home with his wife to find the door open and the house ransacked.

“All the medals are gone,” he revealed. “I don’t know what they are going to do with them. I don’t think they could sell them and I just keep thing, ‘what good are they to anybody else’?

“I was really looking forward to finally giving them to the grandchildren, so hopefully they are not going to get away with this.”

As well as his two West Ham medals, he also had his 1985 Milk Cup winners’ medal from his time as Canaries’ boss stolen.

Norwich and our sister paper the Eastern Daily Press have offered a reward of £2,000 to anyone who has information which will lead to the medals being recovered.

Brown was putting a brave face on things at Upton Park on Saturday as he joined a host of former Hammers introduced at half time to the West Ham fans.

“I am glad I came, because the fans are what this club has always been about,” he said. “If I had scored three own goals in a game, they would still have been supporting me and you can’t be more loyal than that.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Matthew Jenkins at Great Yarmouth CID on 101, or Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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