Black Lion hopes fans will still come to historic pub

TomThe Black Lion pub in Plaistow hopes fans will still make the East End pub part of their pre or post match ritual when West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium in August.

The famous pub was once the regular drinking establishment of Bobby Moore and Sir Geoff Hurst.

Hurst recently said “My most cherished memory was drinking at the Black Lion pub after the game. We didn’t need any encouragement after a game to have a drink. Like any players in those days.

“You couldn’t see players today going to the Black Lion and having a drink today. Or any players these days going to the pub. The relationship between the players and the fans has changed dramatically, like everything else in football.

Harry Redknapp also used to frequent the drinking hole in the old days

Harry said “After a game all of us would make our way to the Black Lion pub in Plaistow, not too far from the ground. The pub is still there but I bet not too many professional footballers use the place any more, as nice as it is.We’d have a couple of beers, music would be playing and we’d be chatting about football to journalists or anyone else who’d listen.”

The Boleyn Tavern will be running a £120 per year membership scheme to transport supporters to to Olympic Stadium but the Black Lion landlord, Tom Friel won’t be following suite.

He told Claret and Hugh Exclusively “I have looked at all options, the feeling I got from my football fan customers is that most would like to still use the Black Lion but rather than try and run a coach service (and get them to stump up £120) the number 241 bus from opposite the Black Lion takes just 5-6 minutes to Stratford station and 10-12 minutes to the Olympic stadium, there are bus lanes 90% of the way!  That will be much quicker and less expensive than the ‘Boleyn’ option . I hope this is of help to you and the West Ham fans that want to experience the good beer,  good food and friendly atmosphere of the Black Lion , with thanks , Tom Friel of the Black Lion” 


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

5 comments on “Black Lion hopes fans will still come to historic pub

  1. yeah i loved the black lion as well,but he’s a bit false is old tom because when the fans drink there as soon as a chorus of bubbles breaks out he wants you arrested!

  2. I dont get to matches as much as i used to but I always used The Black Lion a fair bit when I did attend.Decent boozer actually.

  3. Yeah agreed mate lovely boozer,just a shame ive gotta spend most of my cut from the hatton garden robbery juat to get a round in.:)

  4. i go in there with a scottish mate of mine and its really hard for me money wise cos when it’s his round he’s peeling a tangerine in his pocket.

  5. Lol,he might be my Scottish mate as well,whenever it is his round in pubs he only has a half lol comes to my round a he is ready for a pint again 🙂

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