West Ham legend Julian Dicks puts his special relationship with fans down to key moment on debut

West Ham United legend and coach Julian Dicks has recalled the moment he sealed his special relationship with the club's fans, just seconds into his debut.

The Terminator, as hardman Dicks is known by the Upton Park faithful, was appointed as first team coach by new boss Slaven Bilic when he took over back in June and he has discussed his relationship with the fans to Betway.

Dicks had previously been working as manager of West Ham Ladies and spent two spells as a player at the Boleyn Ground where he scored 65 goals in 326 games from left back to cement his place as one of their best ever players.

When his former teammate Bilic was appointed his first port of call was his old defensive partner and the ex-Croatia boss described him as a 'gift from God' at a recent fans' forum, as reported on West Ham's official website.

The penalty taking king has been looking back on his time as a player in the claret and blue and says he can pinpoint the exact moment he and the supporters sealed what would become a very special relationship.

Julian Dicks: A legend in 60 seconds

That moment, Dicks told West Ham's sponsors Betway's YouTube Channel, came just a few seconds into his first ever game for the club and summed up his hardman style.

"For me wearing the West Ham shirt is being out there and playing for them fans and that's what it truly means to me," Dicks told Betway.

"I remember making my debut here against Everton, I elbowed Trevor Steven and that's what I remember about that game and the fans have been fantastic to me ever since."

Terminator can now lead current crop by example

If Dicks can rub off on West Ham's current squad they will not go far wrong.

He was one of West Ham's most passionate players and says the secret to keeping the club's loyal supporters happy is very simple.

"They just want people to go out and give 100% every single game," he added.

"Listen we all make mistakes, we all have bad games but there's no excuse for not working hard enough. They pay good money, they go to work every week to pay for their tickets so they want people to work hard."

Some fans are sceptical

Some West Ham fans were sceptical over Dicks' appointment as a Premier League coach, citing his lack of top flight coaching experience as a concern.

But it speaks volumes about the 47-year-old that the first person Bilic called on taking over at the Boleyn was Dicksie'.

The pair were roomates when they played together in east London and Dicks revealed the respect is mutual as he still has Bilic's  shirt from when they swapped jerseys after playing against one another when the centre back had left for Everton.

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