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DG admits “I lost it “


West Ham co chairman David Gold admitted exclusively to ClaretandHugh this morning: “I lost it when I walked out into the stadium last night.

“Beyond personal issues such as the birth of children and the like, walking into that cauldron of sound and hearing our amazing fans singing ‘Bubbles’ was the most emotional moment of my life. I lost it.

“We came from the dining area onto the concourse and I lost it. I can’t describe my feelings. I though I was a tough old nut but I became a great big softy. It was stunning and unforgettable.”

Gold believes the club has “nailed it” and the match result showd that the players too have made an immediate adjustment to a stadium which could hardly be any different to the Boleyn.

Gold said:: “Everything is larger than life. It’s like a llife event awaits us all on every match day. It can only be likened, as you approach the stadium, to walking down Wembley Way.

“It has been worth all the struggle and the jumping through hoops and over hurdles. We have arrived at an extraordinary level and I feel immensely proud.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • oldiron says:

    I agree with DG, I remember saying to my mate that it was like walking down Wembley Way
    It was awsome and the atmosphere was great, the sound levels matched the Boleyn and our view in section 244 was as good as the top tier in the old Betway stand.

  • LJ says:

    I said about Wembley myself! Even the queuing to get out was the same! Really was impressed with the stadium and the sound. I see people moaning saying that there were quiet periods during the game. Im not being funny Boleyn was exactly the same! I went to the European qualifiers last season and I am certain it was quieter at the Boleyn.

    end of they day, no away fans to sing against, a half heartedgame. The roar when players came out and the goals was amazing.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Agree with you guys and DG the noise is great but some matches at Boleyn lacked atmosphere, the acoustics in the stadium are huge and perhaps it’s the way the stadium is shaped and the size of it but when the chants go up there is a delay waiting for the sound to carry to the next section, I can imagine when we play a London derby there will be a wall of sound as each section takes up the chants

  • mywhufc says:

    im afraid for dinosaurs like me that isnt what football is about. when looking without claret n blue glasses on it is not that great.

    • Fish N Chips says:

      You missed off 3 letters at the end, mywhufc: IMO….which implies it is an opinion against the tide: People are buzzing…BUZZING…what a sad old kill-joy dinoseaur you are. What a shame and a waste…I suggest you take up crochet…

      • Stop the insults. Peope are allowed an opinion against the time without being called out like that. Unneccessary – there’s other ways of making your point Fish N Chips

    • Sams P45 says:

      Don’t worry Nige I have reserved a place for you next to the T Rex in the natural history museum 😀

      • Fish N Chips says:

        If that’s Nigel Kahn, then I would be REALLY sad, SO I hope it isn’t Nige.
        Nige has done great stuff about the Boleyn, and I would not expect someone of his stature to be so thoroughly sour grapes about it…
        If nothing else, admit you got it wrong, mywhufc, and instead of unrealistic bitter jibes, join the Happy Hammers throng, where you belong…with us!
        The Boleyn is history…great history…but this is the new era. I was sceptical because of ther distance from the pitch, but I got wrong. So what?
        Embrace the future. It’s not old rope; it’s GREAT! You don’t HAVE to be a dinosaur, you know….

  • Fish N Chips says:

    The new stadium: There is is in all its glory. Happy happy Hammers everywhere.
    When you look at DG’s comments, does that sound like a man who is only in it for the money? Those comments should be immortalised and used as a neutraliser every time the creepy crawlies or envy merchants come out.
    I love DG. He’s not the youngest, but he still has huge passion and a real spring in his step. (I was lucky to meet him briefly – there is no arrogance about him whatsoever; just those deep blue welcoming, but incisive, eyes…).
    Personally, I love his tweets that are right on message, and in a few choice words, often exposing critics to be the idiots they truly are!… Often so funny, always clever.
    This whole move and the stellar rise of WHU is down to him, DS and KB.
    All Hammers fans owe them a debt of gratitude…

  • Frenchie says:

    I agree with you Fish N Chips, people should think back to the dark old days when the Icelandic lot were in charge. We owe DG and DS a massive thanks for what they have done to our club. Putting history aside we are in a brilliant 60,000 capacity stadium, we have moved up a level and although it may take a season or two we will able to challenge the top 4. We have the fans now the stadium and under Slaven we will have the team. COYI!

  • oldgit says:

    I was one of the few at the Cambridge game many years ago with a 10000 attendance. I never dreamed that we would come this far. 60000 in a few weeks. Unbelievable

  • kennycandb says:

    I have to admit that I lost it too last night. To see where we have come from to being able to compete with the biggest and best in Europe, if not the world. As I said to my grandson what player would not want to play in this magnificent stadium. But most important the infrastructure to and from the stadium is fantastic and much better than Wembley. So thank you Karen and the two Dave’s for delivering what you promised. And you are British and true West Ham supporters, not bloody Chinese, Indian or Russian.

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