Sam Diss’s favourite West Ham goal is a middle finger to the rules of physics

We caught up with football writer Sam Diss to talk; teddy bears wearing West Ham kits,  the Germany Italia 90 shirt and Di Canio screamers.

What was your first football shirt?

My first football shirt was the beautiful claret and blue West Ham home shirt by Pony. You know the one: brass buttons, silken material, embroidered bubbles all over the gaff, a whacking great white ‘Dagenham Motors’ splashed across the front. I think it might’ve been 1995, and it was tiny because I was, and came with matching shorts and socks. I think my mum, bless her, has that kit on a teddy bear in the loft now.

What is your favourite football shirt?

1990 Germany Adidas design

My favourite is a hard one. Maybe I’d have to go for the West Germany shirt from Italia ’90: the colours, the trefoil adidas logo, those juking drie strifen across the chest. The layered colour and the capped sleeves finished it off, a kit cool enough to clothe Klinnsman, Voller and the lads.

Vintage West Ham football shirts

What is your favourite goal?

As a Hammer, it’s tempting to go for Paolo against Wimbledon – he jumps so high that it’s practically a middle-finger to the realm of science, a “piss off” to wider physics – but my favourite is his screamer versus Chelsea.

Paolo Di Canio scoring v Chelsea

Taking it on the knee about thirty-five yards out, the Italian bursts past one then another before letting rip a left-foot volley straight past whatever Blue was guarding the goal that day. It didn’t matter who it was, really: nobody was stopping that. In Paolo’s final year at West Ham, it was his greatest moment.

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