By George Hartley

West Ham welcomed local NHS employees to their open training session on Wednesday morning, as reported by Football.London.

The gesture was offered to thank the health workers for their hard work over the past two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hammers stars signed shirts and took photos with the staff who visited Rush Green to see their favourite players prepare for the upcoming Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

One supporter was reduced to “tears of happiness” and Footbal. London’s report informs us that the effort was certainly appreciated. 

Evening Standard sportswriter Jack Rosser visited Rush Green and tweeted: “West Ham players and staff meeting and signing autographs for local NHS staff watching on too.”

West Ham players and staff meeting and signing autographs for local NHS staff watching on too. #WHUFC

— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) December 8, 2021

Gesture of good will

NHS staff are set to be heading for another trying Christmas period as the health service continues to bow under the weight of COVID-19. The new Omicron variant could cause even more chaos for the employees over the next few months.

COVID-19 regulations currently prevent players from visiting patients in hospital but gestures like these are surely well appreciated.

The gesture falls on the 80th birthday of club legend Geoff Hurst, the iconic hat-trick scorer from England’s 1966 World Cup final triumph.

West Ham United can take great pride in inviting these supporters as NHS staff will welcome the joy that they can find during these difficult times. 

The staff’s presence would surely not have distracted the Hammers from a morning of preparation. David Moyes’ men have the sights firmly set on Thursday evening’s Europa League match against Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb.

The Scot could be set to introduce youngsters, some of whom were involved in training, and outcasted players as he battles an ongoing injury crisis. 

In other West Ham news, an exiled Hammer could be set for a return to first-team action.

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