Posted: 3/14/2018


      A very West Ham,  East London food. I love the first two but not eels of any type. There is a Pie $ Mash cafe next to the Leeds to Liverpool Canal in the centre of Skipton, Gateway to the Dales than I have often visited. Steak & Ale plus mash and green drizzle..made with mint. sauce.

     Down in East London the former Upton Park is now a few hundred apartments and a few yards away, at the corrner of Green Street and Barking Road is a statue on a traffic island. It features Bobby Moore holding up the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley in 1966 along with Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson. I was there at Wembley that day. In 2003 the statue was unveilled, 4 years before a solo statue of Moore outside the new Wembley Stadium.

      There is opposition to the first statue being moved to The London Stadium where the Hammers have played in recent seasons. The stadium was downsized after the 2012 Olympics. It still has a 65,000 capaciy with many seats far away from the action but only 55,000 are available for sale. With 50,000 season ticket holders, 3,000 seats available for visiting fans, that leaves only 2,000 show up on the day tickets.for a total of 55,000.

       West Ham do not control the stadium or the security. They pay about £2.5 million in rent which would be reduced by a million if they are relegated to The Championship.

      What happened last weekend was horrible. After Ashley Barnes put visitors Burnley ahead in the 66th minute a few fans invaded the pitch. Mark Noble threw one to the ground. Two later strikes from Chris Wood and 3-0 with more hooligans invading. Fans chanted SACK THE BOARD facing 69 year old co-owners David Sullivan and 82 year old David Gold, both former porno business kings.  They were escorted from the box early but former captain Sir Trevor Brooking refused to move and was the only person left in the box.

     The Hammers do not arrange security(handled by LLDC) which was not sufficient and the FA are likely to take action and maybe close The London Stadium or parts of it, and definitely increase security and police presence. Three weeks to the next home match v Southampton, after their EPL match next weekend v Man Utd is posponed due to the FA Cup. The club wants 10,000 more seats to be made available and to be in charge of their own security. There is not the close bond of players and fans in this unloved stadium. Look at the new Juventus owned stadium and its sightlines after the old stadium that I visited in 1990 at Italia 90 was knocked down, and The Allianz Arean in Munich, built for the 2006 World Cup.  In USA look at Mercedes- Benz Stadium, home of Atlanta United FC, MLS (The Five Stripes) and Atlanta Falcons NFL., Orlando City Stadium (25,500) and more soccer specific stadiums in MLS for atmosphere. Last Sunday Atlanta posted the 4th best attendance IN THE WORLD, over 72,000.