Hosted By West Ham Legend

George Parris

Sun 29th May 2016
7-a-side Tournaments

Childrens Tournament 2016

This is the very last chance for youngsters to participate in this popular event which has become firmly established as an annual event in the end of season Upton Park calendar. Now in its 10th year, thousands of children have experienced the thrill of playing at this very famous venue once graced by the great Bobby Moore who led England to World Cup triumph in 1966.

Our events provide young players with the thrilling and rare opportunity to play at top class venues and imagine what it must be like to be professional footballer on matchday playing in front of thousands of fans. This will be a dream-come-true football "experience" like no other which is sure to be the fondly remembered for years to come

£80 +vat pp

  • U7's, U8's, U9's, U10's
  • U11's, U12's, U13's & U14's
  • All Matches On The Pitch
  • Tunnel Line-Up & Matchday Anthem
  • Visit To Dressing Rooms
  • Names Announced Over P.A. System
  • Certificates Signed By Celebrity Host
  • Matchday Programme

A schoolboy star with Redbridge, Essex, London and England, George joined Hammers as an apprentice professional in July 1981, and signed full pro the following year.

He made his First Division debut in the last game of the 1984/85 season versus Liverpool at Upton Park (May 20,1985) and was unlucky not to score. A regular member of the Football Combination side for two seasons, George made a considerable impact soon after the start of the 1985/86 campaign, and gained a regular first team spot at the expense of Steve Walford. Although not the most naturally gifted of players, George certainly worked hard to prove himself. The arrival of Julian Dicks in 1988 cost George the number 3 shirt, but this strong-running powerful utility player went on to make his mark in a bustling midfield role. Solid in the tackle, he bounced back from breaking his leg in a home game versus Luton Town in 1988 and went on to re-establish himself as a regular as well as a crowd favourite. His best season for the club was probably the 1990/91 promotion winning term, when he contributed 8 goals more than in all his previous seasons at Upton Park and finished the campaign as runner-up to Ludo Miklosko in the Hammer of the Year poll. But Hammers season-long struggle in the top flight the following season was an unhappy time for George personally. Knee ligament damage and then a mystery heart scare restricted his involvement. Even so, he still made 290 League and Cup appearances, scoring 17 goals in his West Ham career. Although he qualified for a testimonial after ten years at Upton Park, this honest pro accepted a surprise £10,000 move to First Division strugglers Birmingham City in March 1993 in the hope of regaining regular first team football. So, while Hammers were clinching promotion back to the top flight, wholehearted George was experiencing the blues on his way into Division Two with Barry Frys beleaguered City side.

In April 1995, he returned to Upton Park for a well deserved testimonial match against Ipswich Town who included ex-Hammer Stuart Slater in their line-up. George deserved every penny he got from his benefit game because West Ham certainly had the best out of him as a player. Its fair to say his career went into rapid decline after leaving the Hammers. He was loaned out three times by Brum in 1994/95 to Brentford (7 apps, 1 goal), Bristol City (6 apps) and Brighton (18 apps, 2 goals), so missed the Blues Second Division Championship triumph. George transferred to Brighton on a free transfer in September 1995, and went on to make 70 League and Cup appearances for the Seagulls. Signed on a non-contract basis by Southend United in August 1997, where Shrimpers manager and ex-Hammers team mate Alvin Martin had the thankless task of telling his old pal it was time to call it a day after hed made just one appearance for the Essex club. George played on his inimitable fashion for St Leonards FC for 1997/98, after which he finally hung up his boots.

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Children's Tournament Promo
A Taster Of Our Upton Park Event