West Ham United players had a surprise visitor to the club’s Rush Green training ground ahead of their first home game of the season.
The Hammers entertain the Cherries at the London Stadium on Saturday.
And Manuel Pellegrini will be looking for a vast improvement after the 4-0 thrashing to Liverpool in the season opener last weekend.
Such a demoralising defeat can damage team morale.
A Ginger Pele sized morale boost
But if West Ham’s players were feeling down this week they got a big boost when Hammers hero James Collins paid them a surprise visit.
Collins was released in the summer, much to the disappointment of West Ham fans.
He left the pitch in tears at the end of last season.
Collins, who remains a free agent, only consolidated his legend status by subsequently pouring his heart out about his love for the club on social media.
Snodgrass posted picture, fans can’t get enough
So there were smiles all around when the great man returned home this week.
Robert Snodgrass posted a picture on social media of the Ginger Pele back at Rush Green.
And it is fair to say West Ham fans were suitably impressed judging by their reactions on Twitter.
Here are a selection of the best comments:
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— ben newbs (@NewberryBen) August 16, 2018
Ginge visited the training ground today just to say hello and catch up with the lads ⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 16, 2018
There’s only one Ginger Peleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ⚒️⚒️⚒️
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) August 16, 2018
Like a scene from the Office
— MattB (@uptonpark1980) August 16, 2018
I’m still sure we would be better at the back if he was there to be honest
— Mick ferris (@ferritf) August 16, 2018
Hope he showed Ogbonna what catching someone offside is
— ⚒Mr Hyde⚒ (@Mr_Hyde91) August 16, 2018
Sign HIM up
— Lynda M Lynch (@Unhammer50) August 16, 2018
— Al Bundy (@AlBundy37279026) August 16, 2018
I Hope We Resign Him
— EaZyTiger ⚒ 🏴 (@WaveyDonn_) August 16, 2018
L A D
— STEVE ABBOTT (@stevenabbott1) August 16, 2018
Miss seeing him in Claret & Blue, he played with his heart on his sleeve #ginger pele
— Craig johnson (@Craigjo94230102) August 16, 2018
Bring him back! Let him train. Even if he doesn’t play he’d bring the new lads even closer together. Legend
— AJC (@AJ041987) August 16, 2018
what a guy miss the ginger pele
— ⚒️TACtical Dominator (@TAC_Dominator) August 16, 2018