The Champions Statue at the corner of Barking Road and Green Street will stay in East Ham. A Newham Council cabinet meeting planned for the 22nd March to rubber-stamp the move of the statue to the London Stadium was cancelled due to Mayoral elections with no immediate plans to discuss the statue’s move again.
At an Emergency Supporters Advisory Board West Ham last month Projects & Stadium Operations Director, Philippa Cartwright who used to work for Newham claimed the statue move was agreed in principle by Newham’s cabinet previously.
This view seems to have changed in recent weeks. Newham Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz who is Newham Labour’s mayoral candidate who replaced Sir Robin Wales has pledged, if elected as mayor, to keep the Champions statue in its current location.
Fiaz said: “Bobby and his colleagues played in Boleyn – the statue is a proud piece of history that residents treasure all the more now the club has moved. It would not be right to move it.
Petitions have gathered more than 2,000 local signatures and the campaign has the backing of nearby businesses, shops, and ex-West Ham player Clyde Best as well as local MP Stephen Timms. A poll by Claret and Hugh in February this year of over 1,000 supporters indicated that over 83% of West Ham fans want it to stay where it is.