Cheltenham Town video: A family affair at Upton Park for East End boy Deering
EAST End boy Sam Deering will have at least 20 family members in attendance as Cheltenham Town make their first appearance at West Ham United this evening.
Deering hails from Bethnal Green, less than six miles from the Boleyn Ground and many of his friends are Hammers season ticket holders.
One of the youngest members of the crowd will be Deering's daughter, who celebrates her second birthday today.
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Deering was part of the Oxford United squad edged out 1-0 at Upton Park in the 2010/11 League Cup, but he was an unused substitute that day.
He is now hoping to maintain his ever-present start to the season and give the travelling masses from Cheltenham, as well as his own contingent, something to celebrate.
"I want to play every game this season and it makes me want to play even more as it's back home and a lot of friends and family can make it," Deering said.
"There will be around 20 family members there and we'll have a little gathering afterwards for my daughter's birthday, so hopefully we'll be discussing a great night on the pitch too.
"I always enjoy going back to where I am from and we have seven or eight lads in the squad from London now, so it's a great tie for us all and for all the boys."
Deering said there was a totally different mood at the training ground yesterday after Saturday's first League Two win of the season over Accrington Stanley.
He started on the left of midfield before moving inside to play at the top of a diamond, causing Stanley major problems in the second half.
The former Barnet man is still waiting for his first Robins goal, but he feels it is close.
"It's getting annoying isn't it!" he said.
"I just need to score one now because it's agitating me and I am sure I will get one soon.
"All the boys are happy, smiling and enjoying their football again after the win and we need to build on it now."
Deering knows Cheltenham have their work cut out to progress to the third round of the Capital One Cup for the first time in their history, but will be using Bradford City's run to the final of last year's competition as inspiration tonight.
"We have seen loads of cup upsets over the years and look at Bradford City last season," he said.
"We certainly won't be going there worrying, we will go there thinking let's give it all we've got and see what happens and you never know."