Concern over Hammers League cup fixture


r1-drawThe EFL League Cup which will be called the Carabao Cup may cause West Ham another fixture headache.

Last Friday, the draw for the opening round of the newly-sponsored competition got under way with games being played week commencing 7th August.

As West Ham are not involved in any European competition this season they will enter the cup in round two.

Round two will not be drawn until August with games scheduled to be played on the week commencing 21st August.

If West Ham is drawn to play at home they will have a problem because the London Stadium will not be transformed into football mode by then following the 2017 World Athletic Championships which will finish on 13th August.

Stadium owners E20 Stadium LLP are contractually obligedΒ to return the stadium to football mode by 25th August but even this is in doubt considering the length of time to move the troubled locatable last season.

West Ham could be forced to give up home advantage if drawn at home in the League cup.

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  • Hammer64 says:

    I want to write ‘Olympic/London Stadium’ with three long & very crude swear words in front. But I am trying very hard, so I will just say -‘ oh dear me, another minor inconvenience from having our fabulous new stadium which already feels like home’.

    Trouble is my daughter bought me a brilliant book for my birthday which is just loads of pictures of Upton Park. I was looking at that last night so I am feeling a bit sentimental & would really prefer to swear.

  • cas_blue says:

    Can someone clarify for me if this is every season or just this one around the stadium situation?

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Not necessarily every season Cas the deal is in place only for this season because of the London Games, from next season we will have to see what happens whether they convert it all or do away with athletics legacy which is costing them multi millions each season.

  • HammerHeadz says:

    Every season and no Boxing Day games ever again either.

    Btw what is locatable?

  • Boogabenson says:

    Just waitimg for someone to call you haters.

    Its coming.
    Agree 64 spot on

    • John says:

      Sorry but I agree Booga. It’s unacceptable that we could potentially give away home advantage in one of only 3 competitions that we enter. I hope this is a “one of” and indeed I also hope the 3 away games to start a season is a “one of”. I expect it will be because the stadium was only contracted for this event after 2012. I also think we will own the place in 5 years.

      Reference your comment about “haters” I don’t claim anyone who questions the club are haters. Far from it, the fans should question everything and anything. The haters for me are those that see no good in our club. Day in day out slagging the club off, making stuff up, ridiculing the owners and generally trying to bring the club and the board down. I just can’t see what pleasure they get from that if they claim to support the club. And it’s very very small percentage I know but they’re often the noisiest.

      • Radai Lama says:

        I have never read any fans like that John,what site do you find them on then? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • John says:

          Lmao I couldn’t possibly say mate. To be fair they are in the minority and they’re regularly questioned by a few good lads that don’t let lies and mischief making go. I respect consistent and reasoned opposition to stuff and there is still plenty to get right. Ok, I’ll burn the soapbox now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • TG says:

    What would happen if the opposition refused to switch the tie would we forfeit the match or find somewhere else to host the game?

  • Ludos Gloves says:

    Yes ok booga i think you did the hater thing to death in a previous comment.Dont turn boring and predictable.

  • Boogabenson says:

    Very sorry . I shall leave them in your CAPABLE HANDS LUDO!πŸ˜βš’

  • Hammer64 says:

    Harsh but fair Radai. I have been called worse. But the ‘old’ bit? Below the belt mate……

    • Radai Lama says:

      Sorry 64 maybe i didnt read a comment of yours properly the other day.I coulld have sworn you said you got your first home top in 1929 😁

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    One thing I don’t understand about this is they say they will be converting the Stadium but lets say they didn’t have the seats in place what is wrong with playing the match at home with a reduced capacity and maybe some of the West Ham branding missing, is it really that big a deal ?

  • TRB says:

    Surely, if West Ham were drawn at home in the 2nd round, a date could be made for the following week?

    Eventually, I believe the stadium will stop being used for athletics……. West Ham will somehow own it outright and be able to do what the hell they want with it.

  • Radai Lama says:

    Think England are playing on the Friday of the week after TRB so players will be with their countries that week.
    Aint worth worrying about unless it happens anyway πŸ˜ƒ

  • Radai Lama says:

    Bloody hell i was getting my athletics meets muddled up.This is just a one off or at least a once in a decade or more issue.The next World Championships aint until 2019 & they are in Doha😁
    This event will come round to London once in a blue moon.

  • Stan The Man says:

    Of course it is a one off the world championships are every two years and not in London everytime.What are people on about that we will have this problem every year.The anniversary games are at the start of july as well so they wont be a problem.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Who said no problem? That can’t be right. Nothing to moan about. Outrageous. OK I will have to tell you all about that 1929 season. Ah those were the days. Where shall I start…..

  • Hammer64 says:

    That’s put an end to that discussion I reckon…

  • Stan The Man says:

    We could still have a good old moan about it hypothetically returning in about twenty years time and what a headache that would be lol

  • Hammer64 says:

    Good point Stan. Could be twice in the next 50 years? Disaster.

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