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Preview: West Ham United U21s Wrap Up Pre-Season Against Canvey Island
- Updated: August 8, 2023
Canvey Island vs West Ham United U21s
The Movie Starr Stadium, Pre-Season Fixture, Tuesday 8 August, 7.30pm
West Ham United U21s are set to conclude their pre-season preparations for the 2023/24 season with a match against Canvey Island on Tuesday evening.
Heading to the southern coast of Essex, the Hammers will take on the Isthmian League Premier Division side as they gear up for their Premier League 2 opening clash against Arsenal on Friday 11 August.
The young West Ham squad has shown promise in their pre-season matches, securing victories against Colchester United (1-0) and Elche B (2-0), with a close defeat to Ebbsfleet United. These early fixtures have highlighted the team’s impressive performance and potential.
Following a week of training in southern Spain, Mark Robson’s team aims to carry the positive momentum into their upcoming development league opener.
Keep reading for insights from lead coach Mark Robson and goalkeeper Mason Terry, along with all the essential information ahead of Tuesday’s fixture!
Terry: Anticipating an Exciting Return to My Hometown Club
For Mason Terry, the fixture against Canvey Island holds a special significance.
Born in Canvey, Terry grew up watching the very team he’s set to face on Tuesday. His connection with the local club has remained, with visits to Park Lane to watch Canvey Island play over the past year.
With his background and connections, Terry expects both support and playful teasing from the stands.
“Once the fixture was announced, my West Ham teammates started joking that I’ll be in for some lively chants from the fans down there,” Terry chuckled. “They’ll probably be chanting my name and having a good time.
“I used to attend Canvey’s matches a lot as a kid. I still try to catch their games whenever possible, although it’s a bit tougher now with my commitments at West Ham. But I know many people down there, so whenever I can, I make an effort to watch. They are an exciting team to watch.”
Interestingly, many of Canvey Island’s fans also support West Ham due to their proximity along the Thames estuary. They are likely to have witnessed Terry’s contributions during the U18s’ successful FA Youth Cup title run last season.