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Claret carpet opening ceremony is over hyped

The news that Saturday has been designated Claret and Blue day by the club has been met with some bemusement by some Hammers supporters.

On the same day that our London rival Spurs made the Champions League Semi Final beating Manchester City in an exciting game, the club revealed that the new Claret carpet will be proudly unveiled this weekend complete fireworks and a Claret crowd surfing banner.

Some supporters are feeling the new pitch surround is completely over-hyped and has been oversold when in reality it is only one small step in the London Stadium feeling more like West Ham’s new home.

What the club fail to see is the embarrassment it causes the fans and the joke material it gives to rival supporters who can’t wait to ridicule us.

Personally, I would have made it a much lower key affair and may have not said anything at all, one day it was Green, the next day it was Claret, so what!

Sadly it indicates the club is still out of touch with the fan base and what makes us tick,  a Claret track over is not the season’s crowning success I am afraid. Next to move on!

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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

9 comments on “Claret carpet opening ceremony is over hyped

  1. I am not sure I agree here. Seems to be the club have made a real effort to get a greater look and feel for the fans and backed this up with some hard earned money. So they want to make a splash about it – good on them even I feel it’s a minor element. The greater source of ridicule seems to be the squad investment returns Andy performance on the pitch. Ian am sure the fans can see this. Frankly there are always hundreds of r asons for other fans to have a pop at a club.

  2. Opening ceremony for a bloody carpet. It’s pathetic. I like the idea of the claret surround and well done for winning the battle with the stadium operator but it’s a carpet. Yes, it’s an improvement on what is there already and a good step in the right direction but to celebrate it is just plain sad.

  3. I agree 100% Sean, it’s a complete embarrassment & I won’t be taking part. I’ll take my seat just before kick off so I don’t have to endure the cringe fest 😏

  4. I agree with Sean. When Spurs are in with a shot of winning the Champions League, we’re having a fireworks party to mark the installment of a carpet. You’ve got to laugh.

    Rival fans certainly will be!

  5. I’m not sure I’m happy with the inclusion of the claret surround, surely this will appear to make our pitch even further away from the seats? At least the green surround made it part of the playing surface and therefore nearer to the action. I’d prefer a big fanfair when our board invest time and effort getting the seats nearer the pitch!!!

  6. I thought this had been discussed many times at the OSB according to the podcast. How come now it’s seen as embarrassing? Surely this “celebration” was brought up at the meetings, or is this, once again a lack of info getting through to the “Voice of the Fans”

    • Sorry I agree with the celebrations. I know it’s a carpet but we beat the establishment and that in it self is worth celebrating
      Remember we will lots of young supporters coming and if we can make it a day to remember for them they will return as they are the future of our fanbase because the old like me are a dying breed

  7. Will Karen Brady, Sullivan and Gold all appear with hoovers, if so I might be tempted to watch for novelty value !!!

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