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    08 June 2023

    David Moyes: The Incredible Journey from Drumchapel to European Success with West Ham United

    Journey to European Glory: David Moyes’ Story

    David Moyes, the West Ham United boss, has become the seventh Scottish manager in history to achieve European success. He led his team to victory over Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final and joined an illustrious club of Jock Stein, Matt Busby, Willie Waddell, Bill Shankly, Alex Ferguson and George Graham.

    Moyes shares a unique bond with two of the most decorated members of this club – he and Ferguson both came through Drumchapel Amateurs in Glasgow. The journey from Glenhead Park to winning a major trophy for West Ham was not easy for Moyes.

    The 60-year-old Scotsman has managed more than 1,000 matches but called this final “the biggest moment” of his career even before it kicked off. When the match ended and long after the night’s celebrations were over, Moyes gave his winners’ medal around his father’s neck who is now 87 years old.

    A Family Affair at Drumchapel Amateurs

    Moyes grew up watching his father coach at Glenhead Park as David senior was there when Drumchapel Amateurs started back in 1950s. Young David followed suit by signing for them before going on to play professionally.

    Celtic signed him later where he made his debut against Juventus as an 18-year-old right-back filling Danny McGrain’s shoes during their loss in Turin back in 1981. Despite losing that game on aggregate Celtic won that season’s Scottish Premier Division title with Billy McNeil’s side which marked a bright start into professional football for young David.

    Moyes enjoyed spells playing professionally with Bristol City Dunfermline Athletic Preston North End among others in a career that spanned over 500 appearances. He was just one of many talented players to come out from Drumchapel Amateurs and go on to have successful football careers.

    “John Robertson, John Wark, Archie Gemmill and Andy Gray are guys who all have European medals as players as well and came from Drumchapel so it’s quite a story” says Charlie Devlin the current chairman of the club – whose son plays for Aberdeen’s Nicky Devlin.

    The Journey into Management

    Moyes made his transition into management more than two decades ago which has worked out pretty well for him ever since. After spending more than ten years at Everton Football Club, he brought his father on board with the Merseyside team as a scout even calling upon his father’s wisdom until today. Moyes won three League Managers Association manager of the year awards but silverware always managed to elude him despite coming close in 2009 when they lost an FA Cup final against Chelsea.

    In 2013 when Moyes replaced Ferguson at Manchester United it seemed like his time had arrived yet again after winning Community Shield in what was then only his first game managing them but unfortunately got sacked after an extremely short stint there. This led to underwhelming stints at Sunderland Real Sociedad before finally returning back home to London where he now manages West Ham United.

    This victory is all thanks to David Moyes’ efforts leading West Ham United triumphantly through their journey towards this major trophy win after almost four decades! And guess who was there watching every step along the way? His father- The First Fan!

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