It’s the ‘lucky scarf’
Lucky scarf saving Grant’s neck
The reason behind West Ham’s recent revival has been revealed – as Avram Grant’s lucky scarf.
Hammers boss Grant was offered a claret and blue scarf to beat the cold when his side took on Manchester United in the Carling Cup in November, and the team responded with a famous 4-0 win.
Defeats to Sunderland and Manchester City followed, leaving the Hammers bottom of the Barclays Premier League, so kitman Bob Oteng suggested the neckwear should make a reappearance at Fulham on Boxing Day. Cue a 3-1 victory, helped by Carlton Cole’s double strike which was inadvertently set up by Fulham players Dickson Etuhu and Aaron Hughes.
The scarf stayed for the meeting with Everton two days later, in which Tony Hibbert’s own-goal put the Hammers on the way to a 1-1 draw, and Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wolves when Ronald Zubar put through his own net. So Grant will once again be wrapped up against the chilly north-east wind when he takes his rejuvenated side to Newcastle on Wednesday night.
“Bob gave me the scarf,” he said. “It started in the game against Manchester United when it was very cold. I liked it because it is the scarf of the club and since then I wear it a lot and we are winning.
“I don’t think I will wear it in the summer, unless everyone believes it will do us some good. Once in Israel I wore the same clothes and my team won 11 games in a row. But then it was raining, I changed my shirt and we drew, and everyone blamed me! I’m not a big fan of superstition but I’m not going to go against it either.”