Clyde Best etched his name into West Ham folklore as powerful striker, scoring 58 goals in 213 appearances for the East London club between 1968 and 1976. A former Bermuda international and coach, Best became a true fans' favourite at Upton Park and was a trailblazer for black players, helping smash the glass ceiling which for so long had hindered athletes from minority backgrounds. After leaving the Hammers, Best ventured to Holland where he played for Feyenoord before heading to the United States, turning out for Tampa Bay Rowdies, Toronto Blizzard and Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League. He was also an assistant coach for the San Diego Sockers for a brief period in the early 1990s. Best was the first athlete to be inducted into the Bermuda Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He was awarded an MBE two years later for services to football and the community.
Jul 19, 2014 8:00 am
Three exciting weeks of football came to an end in Brazil last weekend with Germany beating Argentina in the final, the first European team to win a World Cup on South American soil.
I thought it was a good World Cup, people seemed to be very enthused about it and we probably had more people watching it around the world than every before.
Though I wanted Argentina to win it, I thought Germany were the rightful winners.
Jul 12, 2014 8:00 am
Millions around the world will watch tomorrow’s final between Germany and Argentina as the curtain comes down on an exciting World Cup in Brazil.
It has been an enjoyable three weeks of football and now it has come down to the last two in a match between Europe and South America.
Even though the host country are not in the final there will be great interest in the final at the Macaranã which should be a good encounter between two...
Jun 28, 2014 8:00 am
Those following the World Cup — which is pretty much everybody — came up for air yesterday after a frantic first fortnight, but as we get ready for the round of 16 starting today the talking point over the last few days remains the biting incident involving Luis Suárez and punishment from Fifa.
The four-month ban and nine-match international ban, which keeps him out of Liverpool’s team until October 26 as well as ruling him out of...
Jun 21, 2014 8:00 am
One week into the World Cup in Brazil and already there have been two major surprises with Spain, the defending champions, and England failing to advance from their respective groups with a match still to be played.
Yesterday, no doubt England fans everywhere were on the edge of their seats as Costa Rica, the group D outsiders, took the lead against Italy with a far post header from Bryan Ruiz in the 44th minute that went in off the...
Jun 14, 2014 8:00 am
Holland’s 5-1 thrashing of Spain, the defending World Cup champions, yesterday might have come as a shock to most people but knowing Holland they play some fantastic football.
I’ve always said that if you sit back and let Spain play they are going to be all over you.
But Holland were in their face from the off and look what happened — they got five goals and that’s what you have got to do.
It was a big statement they made...
Jun 7, 2014 8:00 am
The eagerly anticipated World Cup will be upon us in a few days when the month-long tournament kicks off on Thursday in Brazil.
Fans around the world will be watching and following the progress of their teams as the tournament moves into high gear with matches every day for the first 15 days before a rest day on June 27 and then the knockout stage in three weeks’ time.
Hosts Brazil will play in the first match on Thursday when...
May 31, 2014 8:00 am
A couple of mental errors late in the game caused Atlético Madrid dearly in the Champions League final last weekend against Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions were a couple of minutes away from a first Champions League title when a headed equaliser from Sergio Ramos three minutes into stoppage time from Luka Modric corner changed the game, sending it to extra time before Real Madrid eventually ran out 4-1 winners.
May 24, 2014 8:00 am
Sorry Real Madrid fans, but as a football romantic, I would love to see Atlético Madrid enjoy a fairytale end to a special season by winning today’s Champions League final in Lisbon.
Diego Simeone’s side have already upset the odds by breaking Real and Barcelona’s stranglehold by clinching the title in La Liga and I wouldn’t bet against them completing a domestic and European double. What a season that would be for Atlético! If they can...
May 17, 2014 8:00 am
England manager Roy Hodgson had opted for a nice crop of youngsters in the World Cup squad that he announced this week.
I felt he had to include some players because the majority of the English players from a few years ago are getting to that age, although there is still a nice blend of experience there, too, with the likes of captain Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner and goalkeeper Joe Hart. Including young players like...
May 10, 2014 8:00 am
The title race in England will reach its climax tomorrow and just like when Manchester City won their first Premier League title two years ago, this one is also going right down to the last game of the season.
However, while City won that title with virtually the last kick of the game against Queens Park Rangers, this one should be a little more straightforward for City, who need only a point at home to West Ham United.
May 3, 2014 8:00 am
It is great for Spanish football that two clubs from the same city — Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid — will be battling it out in the Champions League final on May 24 in Lisbon.
It was fantastic that the two teams could go away from home on the second leg in the semi-finals and win the way they did. For Atlético to go to Stamford Bridge and annihilate Chelsea in winning 3-1 was unbelievable. It is the first time that I’ve seen somebody...
Apr 26, 2014 8:00 am
It was a sad week for one of the greatest clubs in the world with the firing of David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, after less than one season in the job but it wasn’t a surprise to me.
Moyes’s fate was sealed last weekend when he lost for the second time this season to his former club, Everton, leaving United with no chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. As I’ve said so many times, in the professional game...
Apr 12, 2014 8:00 am
Yesterday’s semi-final draw for the Champions League put the two giants, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, against each other in a match that would have been worthy of the final.
However, Chelsea, winners two years ago, certainly should not consider Atlético Madrid an “easier” tie, even though Atlético are the only team of the last four never to have won the European Cup.
Not only did they beat Barcelona 1-0 in their quarter-final,...
Mar 29, 2014 8:00 am
Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of my goal that helped West Ham United beat Leeds United 3-1 at Upton Park in front of 38,416 supporters.
When it was brought to my attention I remembered the day clearly, my header was either side of Trevor Brooking and Bryan “Pop” Robson strikes. Leeds back then were a superb team, incredibly physical, that many sides had problems coping with.
Personally, I didn’t struggle though. Quite the...
Mar 22, 2014 8:00 am
In what was the most highly anticipated Champions League quarter-final draw in many years, Manchester United have to pull out all the stops after they were drawn against the best team on the planet in Bayern Munich.
It will take all their experience to overcome this big obstacle, but in the end I truly believe they will be outclassed and thoroughly outplayed in the 180 minutes.
On any given day, you can produce the goods, but when...
Mar 15, 2014 8:00 am
Manchester City and Arsenal bowed out of the Champions League in midweek after aggregate defeats by Barcelona and Bayern Munich, leaving Manchester United and Chelsea to, hopefully, carry the flag for the English Premier League.
United host Olympiacos on Wednesday as they bid to overturn a 2-0 result in the first leg, while Chelsea welcome former player Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge with Galatasaray on Tuesday after a 1-1...
Mar 8, 2014 8:00 am
Alan Pardew, the Newcastle United manager, had a moment of madness last weekend against Hull City that I’m sure he wishes never happened.
I’m talking about the headbutting involving the Hull player, David Meyler, when he went to the touchline to retrieve a ball and had an altercation with Pardew, who headbutted him as they go in each others’ face. Pardew was sent to the stands by the referee, he apologised immediately in his post-game...
Mar 1, 2014 8:00 am
The Capital One Cup final between Manchester City and Sunderland will be played tomorrow and while an upset is always a possibility, I think City will be too strong for Sunderland, even if their main striker Sergio Aguero isn’t fit enough to return from injury.
The good news for City is Agüero returned to training this week after being out for five games with a hamstring injury and is available for selection.
I’m sure City will...
Feb 22, 2014 8:00 am
This may shock a few people, but I was not surprised at all by this week’s Champions League results.
The favourites, in my opinion — Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid — got the job done and have put themselves in relatively strong positions to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.
The way Barca dismantled a very good Man City side was just terrific to watch — it was the football week’s...
Feb 15, 2014 8:00 am
José Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, is becoming the master of the mind games; they don’t call him the “Special One” for nothing.
Yesterday he and Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, went back and forth with comments directed at each other. Wenger said the title was Chelsea’s to lose, now that they are on top of the table.
When asked why the other teams are playing down their chances of winning the league, Wenger said it is...
Feb 8, 2014 8:00 am
Michael Laudrup’s firing by Swansea City this week makes it seven managers who have lost their job in the Barclays Premier League this season.
In Laudrup’s case, it does seem a bit harsh, coming a year after he guided Swansea to victory in the Capital One Cup final last February over Nahki Wells’s former team, Bradford City, the first major trophy in the club’s history. But that is the nature of the beast in professional football and...
Feb 1, 2014 8:00 am
The January transfer window closed last night and the £37.1?million paid by Manchester United for Juan Mata remained as the highest transfer fee paid by a British club during this window.
There were some deals done at the last minute, however, including the loan move of Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov to Monaco until the end of the season. Fulham acted quickly to replace Berbatox by signing Konstantinos Mitroglou, the Greece striker, from...
Jan 25, 2014 8:00 am
The transfer of midfielder Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United is about to go through pending a medical for a record fee in the region of £37?million.
It will be a club-record fee for United whose previous record was the £30?million they paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. It is a great deal for Chelsea. It’s a lot of money, but Mata is a very good player and I don’t doubt his ability.
Manchester United are a different...
Jan 18, 2014 12:01 am
What a first week it has been for Bermuda’s Nahki Wells at his new club Huddersfield.
A day after signing from Bradford for a fee of more than £1.3 million, he comes on as a second-half substitute against Millwall and scores a dramatic, last-minute winner. Scoring spectacular goals is nothing knew for him and he could not have picked a better way to announce his arrival at Huddersfield.
We must bear in mind that the Lord has...
Jan 11, 2014 8:00 am
The transfer we have all been anticipating came through yesterday afternoon when Nahki Wells joined Huddersfield Town from Bradford City for a record, but undisclosed fee.
It is safe to say he has become Bermuda’s first million-pound footballer in the process — just three years after leaving Dandy Town to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional footballer.
A lot of clubs had been linked with a move for the striker and I’m...
Dec 28, 2013 8:00 am
News that Cardiff City fired their manager Malky Mackay yesterday after their 3-0 home defeat by Southampton was not totally surprising, but sad nonetheless.
That takes the total of managers leaving Premier League clubs since the start of the season to six, almost one third of the managers in the top division in England. Three of the managers have been fired in the past couple of weeks, with Tottenham and West Brom recently firing...
Dec 21, 2013 8:00 am
The article that appeared in The Royal Gazette this week highlighting the achievements of the 1968 youth team certainly brought back some memories and I’m sure it got the players from that team, and others, talking about that wonderful era in Bermuda football.
Even though I went on to enjoy a memorable professional career, I never forgot those players that I played with in that International Youth Tournament, which we won in Bermuda...
Dec 14, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda striker Nahki Wells is again being linked with a move away from Bradford City during the January transfer window and I get the feeling something could happen this time, with Queens Park Rangers showing interest again, according to reports.
Nahki is 23 now and sooner or later he’s going to have to make a decision that is in his best interest. He should be careful about going to the wrong club and not being able to fulfil his...
Dec 7, 2013 1:48 am
Premier League champions Manchester United are not having an easy time of things under new manager David Moyes, with their midweek home defeat by Moyes’s former team, Everton, leaving them 12 points behind leaders Arsenal.
It’s difficult at times when you’ve got a new person going in, especially at a big club like Manchester United. Things aren’t going exactly how they would like it at the present time, but that’s the way football...
Nov 30, 2013 12:01 am
It is unfortunate for Jonte Smith that his manager, Richie Barker, is leaving Crawley Town with immediate effect.
It must surely be a shock to not only him, but the team as well.
A manager that you are familiar with and has given you support throughout your career is a very good thing, and to lose him will not be easy on the players.
To get your coach’s respect and faith, and for him to allow you to do your thing on the...
Nov 23, 2013 8:00 am
It is pleasing to see Djair Parfitt-Williams performing to his ability at West Ham United.
Scoring a hat-trick in the under-18’s 3-1 victory over Reading Under-18 on his return from injury this past week shows he is capable of great things.
The youngster has continued to impress at the club and I’ve always known that he had ability, he just needs to keep his head down and get on with the job.
I don’t like to talk about him...
Nov 16, 2013 8:00 am
Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten home record as Chelsea’s manager over two spells was preserved on the weekend when an injury-time penalty enabled them to snatch a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion and deny Albion a first league win at Stamford Bridge in 35 years.
Mourinho, who hasn’t lost at Stamford Bridge in 65 matches, was heading to defeat when the referee pointed to the spot after Ramirez went down following a collision with West Brom...
Nov 9, 2013 8:00 am
I have a warning for the many Manchester United fans here in Bermuda ahead of their big clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal tomorrow . . . if the Gunners can go to Dortmund and get a result, then they can go to Old Trafford and get a result.
It is too early to say that this match could have a bearing on the title race, same thing for the teams trying to avoid relegation. But a victory for Arsenal would open an 11-point gap...
Nov 2, 2013 8:00 am
One team the world is not noticing is AS Roma. They have won every one of their games in the Italian League (Serie A).
Nine games, 27 points — that’s impressive not only in Italy, but in any league in the world.
Roma are enjoying an amazing start to the new season. It’s always tough in Italy, and it’s nice to see a team other than Juventus or Milan up top.
It isn’t a changing of the guard, not yet, but Roma aren’t in a...
Oct 26, 2013 8:00 am
Another bottom-three team has parted ways with their manager with Ian Holloway leaving Crystal Palace “by mutual consent” following their crushing 4-1 home defeat to Fulham on Monday night.
Sadly that is the nature of professional football these days with managers under so much pressure to get results. It was only a few months ago that Holloway was a hero at the club after leading them to promotion through the play-offs.
Oct 19, 2013 8:00 am
Yesterday The Royal Gazette ran a story about a Bermuda born youngster — Djair Parfitt-Williams — who is having some success in West Ham’s youth team.
Oct 5, 2013 8:00 am
Hearing that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken his midfielder Jack Wilshere to task for being seen in the papers outside a London nightclub with a cigarette following the team’s Champions League win over Napoli on Tuesday makes me wonder how little some things have changed in professional football over the years.
Sep 28, 2013 8:00 am
All I can say is wow! What a result for Manchester City in their demolition of city rivals Manchester United, and to be honest I really didn’t see it coming.
But it was justified by their work rate.
When you look at the players City have assembled in the off season, they are lined up with quality right the way through and can fire on all cylinders on any given game.
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