Tributes for Hammers star Neighbour

PUBLISHED: 17:09 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 14:17 05 October 2010

West Ham stars have paid tribute to former Hammers winger Jimmy Neighbour, who died suddenly last weekend at the age of 58

West Ham stars have paid tribute to former Hammers winger Jimmy Neighbour, who died suddenly last weekend at the age of 58.

Neighbour, who was part of West Ham's promotion-winning side of 1980/81, died on Saturday while recovering from a hip replacement operation.

The Chingford-born winger spent 10 years playing for Tottenham between 1966 and 1976, making 156 senior competitive appearances and helping Spurs win the League Cup in 1971.

He also made more than 100 appearances for Norwich before joining West Ham, where he played 73 times in a three-year spell.

Former team-mate Geoff Pike said: "I have nothing but fond memories of Jim. He was a big part of what was a really successful period for the club."

Hammers hero and Advertiser columnist Tony Cottee added: "My lasting memory of him was scoring the goal in the League Cup semi-final against Coventry in 1981. That was before I joined the club but I was a West Ham fan. I got to know him later and he was a lovely man. It's a great loss for football and for the West Ham family.

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