From Triple H to Ray Winstone, West Ham have the hardest celebrity fanbase

West Ham United may not have the hardest team this season but they've certainly got the hardest celebrity fanbase around.

Slaven Bilic has endured a torrid second season at the helm which has been eased somewhat by hard working if somewhat fortunate back-to-back 1-0 wins over Burnley and Hull City.

Those victories, and a point against Liverpool up at Anfield before them, has helped the Hammers up to 13th in the Premier League table going into the Christmas period.

Away games against fellow strugglers Swansea City and Leicester City await where the Hammers will undoubtedly have to show some fight if they are to build on their wins.

And they could do a lot worse than take some inspiration from the club's band of famous supporters who are hard men for a living, including four boxers and one WWE superstar. 

Lennox Lewis

The three-time heavyweight champion was born in the East End and always been a massive West Ham fan. Lewis was one of the best heavyweights of all time and it in prestigious company with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Vitali Klitschko and Michael Moorer as heavyweights who have won the title three times.

Gennady Golovkin

Pound for pound king Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin

Legendary pound-for-pound world champ Golovkin delcared himself a Hammers fans after a visit to Upton Park in recent seasons. The fighter easily beat Sheffield United fan Kell Brook to extend his perfect record to 36-0 earlier this year. And he declared about the Hammers and their fans: "They are beautiful people and it feels like a big family. I have a lot of respect for them."

Frank Bruno

A second former heavyweight boxing world champion who supports the Hammers is British national treasure Frank Bruno. Bruno ended his career with a record of 40 wins from 45 fights including 38 by knockout and went toe-to-toe with the likes of fellow Hammer Lewis, Oliver McCall and the great Mike Tyson. He grew up and trained in the East End and is a lifelong fan.

Kevin Mitchell

Now retired, well respected fighter Mitchell loves West Ham so much his nickname in the ring is the Hammer and he has the club's crest on his shorts. The Romford-born lightweight won 39 of his 43 fights and is a friend of Hammers captain Mark Noble. He also fought and lost a world title fight against Australian Michael Katsidis at the club's old Boleyn Ground back in 2010.

Triple H

WWE legend Triple H

Triple H

Last year 14-time world champion Triple H - real name Paul Levesque - told the Daily Mail he was a Hammers fan, praising the club's supporters for their passion. And the biggest name in wrestling has proved he really is into the Hammers as he discussed the importance of their recent 1-0 win over Burnley while in London to promote a WWE event coming to the O2 next May.

Cass Pennant 3

Former ICF hardman Cass Pennant

Cass Pennant

Cass Pennant, who stands at an imposing 6ft 5in is now a successful writer and filmmaker who is most well known for being a member, and leader, of West Ham's infamous Inter City Firm (ICF) associated with the club from the 1970s. Pennant rose to prominence as one of the only black generals of a hooligan firm and was eventually sentenced to four years in prison in 1980 and was the first person to receive a long term sentence for football hooliganism. Nowadays Pennant focuses on his writing, filmmaking and following the Hammers and even had a film made about his life.

 

Ray Winstone

Well-known Hammers fan Winstone may be a Hollywood star nowadays but his roots are firmly in East London where he lived until he was seven. The actor, who has starred in Sexy Beast, Scum, and Beowulf, regularly follows the Hammers wherever he is in the world.

Danny DyerDanny Dyer

Danny Dyer

The Marmite Football Factory star became typecast in "hard-man" roles, an image which saw him present The Real Football Factories, its spin-off, The Real Football Factories International and Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men. Most recently he appears in EastEnders, playing Mick Carter, a much-loved no-nonsense pub owner who guess what... supports West Ham.

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