In football terms the word legend is often over used and equally often overly applied to players undeserving of the tag.
Normally, though not exclusively, the title is given to those players that show loyalty and an elevated level of performance that warrants legend like status.
Whilst older and younger Hammers may disagree, those of us that were fortunate to see first hand that team of 1985/86 could potentially include six of that first team and apply the word club legend without great dispute from the masses.
This was the season that the club achieved its highest league position and came agonisingly close to winning the league title for the first time in its history.
With the aforementioned qualities in mind I would suggest that the legendary status is applied to goalkeeper Phil Parkes, one of three ever presents in the league that season, who to this day is remembered as one of the greatest goalkeepers the club has employed.
In defence and with no major surprise penalty taker expert Ray Stewart & that seasons club captain and hat trick hero against Newcastle Alvin Martin are chosen.
The only one of the six that could be disputed would be the inclusion of the moustachioed Alan Devonshire in what was probably he`s best ever season at the club with a succession of injuries preventing the fella from becoming a true legend.
This leaves just two of the six positions to fill with our two strikers, Frank McAvennie and Tony Cottee, scoring 54 goals that season, comfortably filling the last two places.
So do the six players mentioned qualify for club legend status?
Should they be included with the likes of Moore, Hurst, Watson, Bonds, Brooking & Tevez?
Why not? We will all have an opinion which is just as justified as the other though there cannot of been a season when so many of one side can potentially qualify for the status of being remembered as a club legend.
Luckily I have not consumed enough of the red stuff to begin to justify the inclusion of Andy Impey as a club legend. Not so sure I can promise the same after the next bottle is downed.
Watch this space. Hic.