Newcastle United star Callum Wilson has apologised to West Ham fans four years after sparking a feud for which he still gets stick today.
Wilson has become something of a West Ham bogeyman during his time with Bournemouth and Newcastle.
The former England forward has scored an incredible nine goals in 11 games against the Hammers over the years, including in Newcastle’s 4-2 defeat to David Moyes’s side in the opening game of this season.
But one of them was infamously scored with his hand.
It was Boxing Day back in 2017 when Newcastle striker Wilson ensured he would forever get a hostile reception from West Ham fans.
A laughing Wilson described a last gasp handball equaliser against West Ham as “a touch of magic” after Bournemouth rescued a 3-3 draw against the east Londoners.
West Ham had been trailing 2-1 but a Marko Arnautovic double in the last nine minutes looked to have secured a dramatic win for West Ham.
Wilson – who was reportedly a West Ham target before joining Newcastle – converted current alleged Moyes target Nathan Ake’s header into the goal. He was both offside and handled the ball into the net but these were pre-VAR days.
“Sometimes you get those decisions against you,” Wilson said after the game (Sky Sports).
“I tried to go in as a striker and follow the ball in and put a little touch on it to our delight but not to West Ham’s.”
When asked what “touch” it was that proved decisive, a laughing Wilson responded: “Magic. It was eventful.
“It seems to be the way against West Ham.”
Wilson received abuse from West Ham fans online and from the terraces ever since. Many Hammers fans took great delight in reminding Wilson of the incident and his comments when Bournemouth were relegated.
He has continued to goad the Hammers faithful by saying he enjoys playing and scoring against West Ham.
Newcastle star Callum Wilson apologises to West Ham fans four years after sparking feud
Now Wilson has teamed up with West Ham striker Michail Antonio for the new Footballer’s Football podcast on BBC Sounds.
And he has offered an olive branch to Hammers fans by issuing an apology for his ‘touch of magic’ comment.
“I remember having one of those (goals you don’t mean like Arthur Masuaku vs Chelsea),” Wilson said on the Footballer’s Football podcast.
“It was against West Ham (Wilson laughs). I made a comment afterwards that I’ve been absolutely berated for ever since by the West Ham fans. You know we was late in the game, 3-2 down, at home for Bournemouth and I think it was Nathan Ake’s headed the ball back to the far post and I’ve actually tried to head the ball but as I’ve headed it and jumped up my arm is up as well and it’s kind of skimmed off my head onto my arm and into the net and there was no VAR at the time.
“The commentator at the end of the game has asked me what it was and how the goal went in and I just said ‘a touch of magic’ and then all of a sudden from then ever since, crazy, they don’t like me, they hate me.
“But honestly guys if you’re listening I apologise for the comment, but I don’t apologise for scoring (Wilson laughs).”