All good things have to come to an end, and sadly John Waddell has decided to retire from advertising sales after 45 years in the industry. After starting his career at Morgan Grampian (at the time the best training ground in the industry) John worked for EPN and EDN Europe before forming his own company, Purland Communications that successfully represented different titles over 28 years. For the last 13 years, John has worked for SupplyFrame.

I’m sure a lot of people in the industry will miss John’s wit and humour, particularly when talking about West Ham United. No doubt John has decided that now is the time to retire as he feels this will be West Ham’s season – at the time of writing they are at the dizzy heights of number seven in the Premiership.


Footnote – West Ham United are known as “The Hammers”, hence the title for this post, something many readers might not know. Fun fact – this nickname didn’t come from being called West Ham, but rather from the club’s previous incarnation as Thames Ironworks F.C. a club linked to the shipbuilders of that name. Two shipbuilders’ riveting hammers were included in the original club badge and this lead to the nickname “The Hammers”. Those hammers are still part of the current West Ham United crest.