AMERICAN CELEBRITY WEARING A SOCCER JERSEY of the WEEK
Photo subject: Slight, boyish faun. FRODO.
Where to find him: Flaunted by fantasy fans’ in geeky DVD collections, concealed by closet geeks in Quentin Tarantino-heavy DVD collections, SPYRO
Team: West Ham United, the East London club whose violent supporters inspired the film Green Street Hooligans, which stars the aforementioned hobbit. The 116-year old Hammers have never won a league title, though they have won three FA cups and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. Club captain Bobby Moore was skipper of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad. Along with Aston Villa, West Ham has worn their iconic claret shirts with sky blue sleeves for more than a century.
American connection(s): Elijah Wood is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa — a quintessential All-American city that seemingly epitomizes imagined nostalgia for a simpler, calmer, more hard-working era in our nation’s heartland. In fact, Grant Wood is also from Cedar Rapids as were the subjects of American Gothic.
US international fullback Jonathan Spector made 101 league appearances in West Ham’s defense from 2006 to 2011.