West Ham United fans have been showing the love for ex-player Matthew Taylor on Tuesday as he announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season.
Morning. ⚽️? pic.twitter.com/7fSyEgyKch
— Matt Taylor (@Official_MattT) March 19, 2019
The 37-year-old took to Twitter early in the morning to tell the football world about the news and the reaction has been emotional, especially from Hammers.
Taylor enjoyed a significant part of his long and fruitful career in east London, first hooking up with then manager and close friend Sam Allardyce at Upton Park in summer 2011.
Later that season, he helped the club to first-time promotion back to the Premier League, notching an assist in the play-off final win over Blackpool.
It’s that massive assist that some supporters are reminiscing so fondly about in the wake of the news, as well as his general role in the successful 2011/2012 campaign and his famous left foot, with one also stating “Loved you at West Ham, good luck,” summing up the vibes.
Here’s the pick of the West Ham fan reaction Tweets to Taylor’s landmark Twitter post…
You were highly underrated at West Ham mate I thought you were a class left sided player and pivotal in our promotion in 2012. All the best for the future ⚒⚒⚒
— L U K E (@LukeyMalden) March 19, 2019
Great player loved you at West Ham good luck ??⚒
— Mark Wood (@woodywhufc) March 19, 2019
Proper unsung hero at West Ham. Loved your time here and have some great memories with you in Claret and Blue. Enjoy the rest of the season, all the best with retirement ??⚒??
— ae? (@USA_Ricee) March 19, 2019
?Good Luck with your future career Matt. #westhamfamily ⚒
— ⚒Adrian Smith⚒ (@adiesmith64) March 19, 2019
Good luck for the future mate, thanks for always putting a shift in at the hammers and to be part of the play off win in 2012 ⚒️⚒️
— Reece Bayliss (@reecewhu83) March 19, 2019
All the best mate, thank you for your hard work at West Ham ⚒
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) March 19, 2019
Thank you for that assist at Wembley, what an unbelievable day!⚒
— Will Bailham⚒ (@WillBailham) March 19, 2019
That left foot though ? all the best Matt! The play off final for with West Ham is one I will never forget and you played a massive part in that season and our club!! ⚒
— CameronFergusonWHUFC (@cameronscotferg) March 19, 2019
— Tom Guy (@TomGuy93) March 19, 2019