Why West Ham star James Tomkins' 'bad breath' was a highlight of club's season

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West Ham United defender James Tomkins' 'bad breath' provided one of the most memorable moments of the club's season, according to his mischievous teammates.

That's according to Hammers funny man Mark Noble and striker Andy Carroll who were just two of the club's players to lift the lid on some of the funniest moments from the last campaign.

While West Ham fans were bitterly disappointed to see their side slip from fourth place at Christmas to 12th by the end of the season, the mood remained upbeat at the training ground.

Sam Allardyce had been praised for turning a club filled with doom and gloom around after he took over in 2011.

And he clearly left a cheery dressing room behind as the likes of Noble, Carroll, Tomkins, Alex Song and Hammer of the Year Aaron Cresswell recalled some of the more light-hearted moments from the season gone by on the club's official website.

According to Noble, a box full of chewing gum arrived at the club's Chadwell Heath training ground with the James Tomkins’ name on it.

A number of players then took to social media to point out that Tomkins would benefit from adding the mints to his breakfast bowl to keep his alleged 'bad breath' under control.

Noble said: “Wrigley Extra chewing gum sent him a box of extra minty fresh stuff to keep his breath under wraps for a couple of months!”

Cresswell, who also picked up the Player's Player and Signing of the Season awards in his debut Premier League campaign, had fond memories of a hilarious moment involving teammate James Collins.

The Welshman is affectionately known as the Ginger Pele by the Hammers faithful.

But Cresswell said it was another shout from the terraces which had them both in stitches recently.

He said: "We played Burnley at home and they (West Ham fans) obviously call James Collins the Ginger Pele.

"Obviously he's gone bald over the years and I think someone went down injured and I was standing not so far away from Ginge and there was 2-300 fans behind the goal and they were singing 'He's not ginger anymore', obviously because he's gone bald!"

Another funny moment came when the man usually cracking the jokes became the butt of them as Noble demolished a pole during The Golf Trick Shot Boys’ visit to Chadwell Heath.

Lifting the lid on the kind of dressing room banter at Upton Park, Carroll said: “We had a couple of golf trick-shot lads come in and they let a few of the players have a go and they were hitting the ball from about a metre up in the air on a pole.

“They asked a couple of the lads to do it and Nobe's stepped up, thinking he is a golfer, and he nearly broke the club in half!”

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