Hammer unlikely to get testimonial 

11 May, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

The news that Aaron Cresswell have agreed to a 12 month extension means the Hammer will pass his ten year stint at West Ham entitling him to a testimonial.

Cresswell joined West Ham in July 2014 on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £3.75 million, plus add on clauses. He made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat to Spurs.

Cressy has played 282 appearances in the Premier League for West Ham, second only to Mark Noble who made 414 appearances between 2005 and May 2022.

Michail Antonio is ranked third with 227 PL appearances with Declan Rice sixth on 201 and Angelo Ogbonna seventh on 188 top flight games.

Whether Cresswell will have a testimonial at the London Stadium next season remains in doubt and appears unlikely as it stands.

The primary reason is that it costs £300,000 to hire the London Stadium for a testimonial so you need to sell a lot of tickets just to break even and that risk would need to covered by the player himself.

Players no longer rely on testimonials financially for their pension, in modern days players have business managers and financial advisors to help them invest their millions to set them up for the rest of their lives.

Mark Noble attracted a sell out crowd of 35,000 at the Boleyn Ground in 2016.  When Irons legend Bobby Moore received his testimonial on 16th November 1970 before terracing was abolished all he could muster was a crowd of 24,448.




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