David Martin made his Premier League debut aged 33 – and he celebrated by hugging his father Alvin Martin.

The Hammers goalkeeper is the son of former West Ham legend Alvin Martin. The senior Martin played more than 500 games for West Ham over 20 years with the club.

It was an emotional day for both Martins and it ended up being a special day. West Ham won for the first time since September and it was no coincidence that Roberto’s omission played a major role.

Manuel Pellegrini finally decided to drop the struggling Spaniard and give Martin his chance. After a long career in the lower leagues, the 33-year-old finally made his top-flight debut and he marked it with a clean sheet against Chelsea.


Aaron Cresswell’s goal ensured it was a 1-0 win for the Irons and Martin capped a perfect day. After the match, he shared the moment with his father and it was captured by Sky Sports cameras and photographed by onlookers.

It clearly meant a lot to both of them. After keeping his clean sheet, Hammers stopper Martin climbed into the press office, Wimbledon style, to hug his father. He left with tears of joy rolling down his face.

Looking ahead, Martin has sealed his spot between the sticks for now. Until Lukasz Fabianski is back, Martin has to start instead of Roberto for West Ham.

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