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Josh Cullen: Driving Ambition

Josh Cullen is a young West Ham player on the rise. PDP Editor, Dave Wright spoke at length with Josh about his long journey through the West Ham Academy, the value of honesty and the challenge of being pushed outside of his comfort zone.


Josh Cullen was born in Hackney in 1996. For the first few years of his life, he lived in Bow, East London – a stone’s throw away from the future home of West Ham United, the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. At the age of four his family moved to Wickford, East Essex, about 30 miles away, and it was here that Josh had his first football memories, kicking a ball around his garden with his dad and cousin. A football-mad kid, he would kick a ball anytime he could, “even in the lounge”, he laughs. “It used to drive my mum mad, I was always breaking glass and picture frames!”

Josh played for his first organised, competitive team at Rayleigh when he was around seven years old. His ability with a ball at his feet was...

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