Mar 22, 2011

Scott Parker put on brave face for West Ham against Tottenham hours after father's death

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22 Mar 2011 - 01:07:48

Scott Parker played for West Ham against Tottenham on Saturday just hours after his father passed away. Parker's father, Mick, died on Friday evening after failing to recover from major surgery after a long illness. The midfielder dedicated his goal against Liverpool last month to his father, to whom he was very close, and Mr Parker was at Upton Park to see his son score in West Ham's 3-1 win. Brave: Scott Parker shone against Tottenham just hours after his father died Parker has been an inspirational figure for West Ham this season and his determination to play in the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturdaylunchtime is further evidence of his importance to Avram Grant's side. Courage: Jack Collison showed similar strength in 2009 A West Ham source said: 'It just shows you the measure of the man. Our thoughts are with Scott and his family at this difficult time.' Parker, 30, is still expected to link up with the England squad laterthis week to prepare for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales. West Ham striker Carlton Cole expressed his respect for Parker on Twitter. He wrote: 'Gotta say i admire players like Scott Parker & Jack Collison for reasons that are bigger than football! Family is such a precious thing!' Collison's father, Ian, died in a motorcycle accident on his way to watch his son play against Tottenham in August 2009. The midfielder, now 22, also played for West Ham in the Carling Cup against Millwall just two days later. Russia's top goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev kept a clean sheet for Zenit StPetersburg on Monday, four days after his wife was killed in a car crash.  Tottenham 0 West Ham 0: So what IS the problem with Van der Vaart?West Ham boss Grant charged by FA over outburst at Stoke refereeSuper Scott scoops player of the month prize as Wenger is named top bossAll the latest West Ham news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Carlton Cole, Jack Collison Places: Liverpool, United Kingdom, Wales, Russia

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