Just when you think you've got it licked, facing a future that's bright, on the verge of greatness and with our manager and star player vying for personality of the tournament so far, in comes a real kick in the grass with news of the death of former Hammer Eamonn Dolan at just 48 years of age.
Eamonn was born in Galway but grew up in Chelmsford with his twin brother Pat. The pair attended the Hammers academy and debuted together for Ireland at U17 level in a memorable 6-1 thrashing of Northern Ireland in 1985, during which Eamonn scored a hat trick!
Eamonn entered the Hammers first team in 1987 and made a total of 21 appearances as a forward before moving to Birmingham and then Exeter During which his first brush with testicular cancer occurred.
Happily, Eamonn saw it off and continued his career as manager at Exeter and then subsequently as a much lauded and highly popular coach at Reading. Sadly, the condition caught up with him again and he passed away earlier today.
A popular man wherever he went, Eamonn was a true giver to others and will be much missed.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.