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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 Stadium James 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.

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