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Scott Parker was the definition of everything good at West Ham. He had passion, he had desire, he didn’t accept losing and he kept the ball on the deck and played the West Ham Way. When Scott joined us from Newcastle United I was a little unsure. He was injured a lot in his first season at Upton Park and it really didn’t look like we had value for money. He seemed another 'Icelandic' silly buy. Who would have predicted he would go on to win 'Hammer of the Year' three years in a row after his debut season?
Scott ran his heart out every game and this naturally inspired other players to raise their performance. He scored important goals throughout his time here and his passion was obvious for all to see. Who can forget when, under the stewardship of Avram Grant, we trailed 3-0 at half-time to West Brom and Parker led a team talk that was later described by Carlton Cole as "If you were there you would have had a tear in your eye" - the team eventually fought back to draw 3-3.
That Parker rightly won the Football Writers Player of the Year award the season we were relegated demonstrates how he practically carried a poor side at times. Whilst he played a few times for us in the Championship it was a sad moment when he left to join our rivals Spurs. Some of our fans have never forgiven him for that but for me, West Ham should remember Scott as a hero and remember the passion he brought during his playing days with us.
A little background information from me, the creator of Look What it Means to Him...
Unable to find a club that's casually known as the 'The Sickles', West Ham were the obvious choice for a Soviet-inspired poster. Scott Parker; the perpetually motivated three-time 'Hammer of the Year' stood out as the ideal candidate to represent East London's finest (although it seems some Hammers still hold a torch for Hayden Mullins). Known as a team-player and relentless grafter, Parker fitted well with the Soviet theme of glorious personal sacrifice for the sake of something greater.
I figured as long as I drew a strong-chinned man with a sensible haircut and a hammer, the poster would stand a chance of looking ok. Beyond that, I've attempted to position Parker so it looks like he's protecting one of the Boleyn Ground's iconic towers; a structure that, with no condescension intended, has always reminded me of my childhood lego set. Thanks once again to the good people at www.reddit.com/r/translation/ for translating 'Work Brings Victory!' into Russian (text across the bottom) and also to my friend's wife for translating 'Scott Parker' (text across the top) into what, at least to the monolinguist, appears to be the sound of a productive cough followed by a sneeze.