Search

West Ham fans clapping tribute to supporter who has died at the age of 28

PUBLISHED: 16:50 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:50 13 February 2017

James Miles has died at the age of 28

James Miles has died at the age of 28

Archant

West Ham fans paid tribute to a devoted supporter with a minute’s applause at their home match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

James Miles pictured on the big screen at the London StadiumJames Miles pictured on the big screen at the London Stadium

James Miles was remembered in the 28th minute of the Hammers 2-2 draw at the London Stadium by thousands of people.

The 28-year-old, who lived in Macon Way, Upminster, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012 he refused to let it stop his enjoyment of watching his favourite team play.

The ardent fan went to the pub to watch his side lose 4-0 to Manchester City, just two days before he died on February 3.

His brother Nigel Wicks, 43, who lives in Romford, said: “It was just brilliant and amazing they even done it for him and even the away fans were clapping.

“It was probably the best thing, he would have loved it.

Terry Claydon, James’ friend and a fellow Hammers fan, spread the word about the tribute beforehand by publicising it on social media networking site Twitter.

He said: “I’m quite good at social media, so I thought I’d give it a go and get something going for him.

“It was amazing the club really supported it in the end and it was so nice to see so many people standing up.

“West Brom fans joined in as well, which was great and it was quiet comforting for his family to see.”

Paying tribute to his brother, Nigel added: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet and it’s driving me insane.

“When I go round my mum’s, I always say where’s James? Then realise he’s gone.

“He’s going to be missed by his whole family.”

Did you know James? Email jacob.ranson@archant.co.uk to leave a tribute.

Latest Romford News Stories

A new adaption of the side-splitting black comedy The Ladykillers is coming to Queen’s Theatre, written by the author 
of Father Ted and The IT Crowd.

12:31

It’s that time of year when a new cohort of late teens head off to university.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 16:00

Detectives from Essex Police are still hoping to trace the owners of this jewellery and distinctive box, which were recovered from a house in Romford and are believed to have been stolen.

Yesterday, 14:00

A family-of-four were cared for by paramedics after a large fire outside their Harold Hill home left them stranded in the street in the middle of the night.

Yesterday, 12:32

Havering’s London Assembly representative has admitted that although he welcomes today’s news that Uber’s licence has been revoked, he is concerned about the decision’s economic impact.

Yesterday, 11:29

Budget taxi service Uber has been told its trading licence will not be renewed when it expires in eight days time.

Yesterday, 10:24

Firefighters pulled a man from a burning bungalow in a country lane in Upminster earlier this morning.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now