Scott Parker: our sympathies

I heard someone say after the Spurs game that Scott Parker looked like he was crying at the end of the match... now we know why.

It takes something to play like he did and give so much to the team and the fans just hours after his father Mike had died on Friday.

Nobody would have had any complaints if Scotty had given it a miss at White Hart Lane, some things are more important that football.

But he also knows that if he is not there, we probably lose. And we can't afford that any more this season. So his performance and commitment to the cause is just astonishing, much like Jack Collison did when he played after his own father had been killed on a road accident.

It is the measure of the man Parker is, and also Jack, for playing so soon after such sorrow.

I lost my own dad a year ago. He'd first seen the Irons in 1932 and made me the West Ham fan I am today, for which I am deaply grateful . Frankly I don't really recall much of what I did the day after he passed away, but I know I could not have even considered running around a football pitch.

Scott, you have my deepest sympathies, and I'm sure every West Ham fan would endorse that.

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