A Tribute To Winston Reid

It has been announced that Winston-Reid has departed West Ham United with mutual consent, thereby ending his 11-year association with our club. A spokesman for the Hammers confirmed it had reached an agreement with Reid on Tuesday for the New Zealand international to depart and allow him to pursue first-team football elsewhere.

Since signing for the Hammers back in the Summer of 2010, Reid has been a West Ham stalwart – loyal, dependable and passionate.  A firm favourite with the fans, speaking about his time with the club following the announcement, Reid was quoted as saying: 

“I have a lot of respect for the Club, and we’ve found an agreement that’s good for everyone involved,” Reid told West Ham TV. “I came here in 2010 and have just enjoyed so much of playing for the Club. It’s been a special time. “I just want to say ‘thank you’ and I wish you all the best for the future.”

Red came to West Ham from Danish side Midtjylland having impressed at the 2010 World Cup as a 23 year old. He departs with 222 first team appearances and having scored one of the most important goals in the club’s history – the historic final goal at Boleyn Ground in the 3-2 win over Manchester United in May 2016. 

Having been at the heart of the Hammers side which secured promotion back to the Premier League thanks to the play offs in the 2011/12 season, the steadfast and determined centre-back impressed with  his excellent performances the following season and voted Hammer of the Year.

Over the following seasons, Reid was in integral part in re-establishing the Irons as a Premier League side, quickly becoming a firm favourite with the Claret and Blue Army. Scoring goals against Millwall in 2012, and Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, only added to his popularity at the club at a time where he was forging strong partnerships with the likes of James Tomkins, James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna which would sure up the Hammers for many a season.

During the historic 2015/16 campaign – West Ham’s last at the Boleyn – Reid was comply top-draw, with his outstanding performances spurring us on to  unforgettable wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. It was also thanks to him that we ended our life at Upton Park on the highest of notes, as he headed in that historic winner against Manchester United in May 2016.

Reid started the first game West Ham played at their new home, The London Stadium, which saw us off to winning ways with a win over Domzale of Slovenia in the Europa League, in additional to his stunning last minute goal against Sunderland.

In March 2018, Reid sustained a bad injury during a match against Swansea. His determination, work ethic and never-say-die attitude was once again on display and Reid was able to battle back to fitness,

The centre-back made two appearances for West Ham’s development squad in 2019/20 and continued his return to regular first-team football on loan at Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City during 2020, where Reid made ten appearances. A loan spell at Championship side Brentford followed, where the 33 year old helped to secure the club their first ever promotion to the Premier League.

Reid will remain a West Ham hero and his commitment, dedication and loyalty is something which West Ham fans will remember for generations to come. Thanks for the memories Winston and remember you will always be a claret and blue legend!

By Lauren Jayne.

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