Bobby Zamora makes heartfelt comments, admits having West Ham Champions League dream

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Bobby Zamora says he loved playing for the club he grew up supporting, West Ham.

Former West Ham United striker Bobby Zamora has told the club's official website that he loved playing for the Hammers - and believes the club will grow even bigger in the Olympic Stadium.

Zamora, 34, is currently back playing for the club where he made his name as a youngster, Brighton and Hove Albion, as he plays  his part in the Seagulls' superb start to the season.

With his career drawing towards its close, Zamora has looked back on his time with his boyhood club West Ham, having grown up supporting the Irons.

Zamora was on the books with West Ham, but was released from the club's Academy of Football before joining Bristol Rovers in 1999 - though he did of course make his way back to Upton Park.

Having failed to make an impact at Tottenham Hotspur, Zamora was used in a part-exchange deal which saw Jermain Defoe leave West Ham for White Hart Lane, meaning Zamora finally got his chance to live his dream and play for the Hammers first-team.

Zamora scored the goal at the Millennium Stadium in 2005 which took West Ham to the Premier League, beating Preston North End 1-0 in Cardiff - and the centre forward has looked back on his time at Upton Park during an interview with the club's official website.

"I used to play for the team I support and it was strange on my home debut, playing out on the pitch and ‘Bubbles’ being sung," said Zamora. "It was nice and to score was great. It started well and I absolutely loved my time there."

It's evident how much Zamora cares about West Ham, and he also added that he believes the Hammers will grow once they leave Upton Park and move to the Olympic Stadium next summer - whilst he even admitted he has a dream to see the club in the Champions League.

"I think the Club is going to grow, I really think so. There is a lot of tradition at Upton Park, but if they keep going the way they are, they are going to fill out the stadium. The more the merrier, really. The more West Ham fans we can get in there, the better, and hopefully we can get some Champions League football in there," he added.

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