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Excited DG tells fans: “We’re all part of history”



David Gold admits he’s as excited today as he can recall in a lifetime.

The co chairman is heading for today’s opening game at the London Stadium with huge optimism and unashamedly sounding like an X-Factor later stages competitor declaring: “I’m living the dream.”

ClaretandHugh spoke to him exclusively this morning and his first response was to declare: “I’m ready to leave for the stadium now – it’s the thrill of  lifetime for me.”

He added: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to move into a stadium just over a mile from Upton Park in a move that WILL take us to the next level.

“Yes there were problems to overcome and that’s because they built the wrong stadium in the first place but I think the place looks superb.

We have spent so long jumping over hurdles and through hoops and now it’s a reality. Yes, you could say I’m very proud.

“I know how excited the fans are because I feel exactly the same. Some things never change and first and foremost I started out as a kid as a fan. That’s what it’s all about.!

And he added: “I really hope and pray this doesn’t come back to bite me on the bum but I expect us to win. Our opponets may be fazed appearing in such a setting but we most certainly shouldn’t be.

“Our guys have played in the largest stadiums in the country and with the fans making a lot of noise and atmosphere I expect a decent win.

“My message to the suporters is simple. Make as much noise as you always do – make this a Boleyn atmosphere and tonight we’re all  part of history.”

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

15 comments on “Excited DG tells fans: “We’re all part of history”

  1. I can’t wait either !!!

    Different take ? Kumb just said sakho move is off ??

  2. I am buzzing! 24 but feel like I did when I was kid on xmas eve. Cant wait for tonight.

  3. Pity Mr Gold, Brady and Sullivan refused to allow this game to be broadcast Live over here. Meaning that in fact many West Ham fans will actually not be nor feel like “part of history”.

  4. ^ What are you on about – it’s not up to them? The fact is that no broadcaster wanted to pick it up.

    • so BT sport were happy to show the away game, but not the first ever game at the OS, even though they are showing the second game at the OS.
      the club were worried the game wouldnt sell out after they had to hold many tickets back incase the seating wasnt in place,
      its the home clubs decision in Europe who they sell the rights to outside the main competition.
      im not sure the club would ever admit they refused to sell the rights

      • It was the clubs decision not to allow the game to be on tv as they thought it would affect attendance tonight apparently.

    • Actually BB, you are wrong. At these stages each team hold the TV rights. (up until the group stages) West Ham chose not to sell them as they wanted the weekend game to be classed as the official opener.

      BT have already confirmed this.

      West Ham have stuck a middle finger yp to all the fans who could not make tonight’s game.

  5. You know that to be true BB?

  6. Proves for me its all about money…the only important fans are those that shell out to see the game at the stadium

  7. I think not selling the tv rights was more about saving face. Can you imagine if the seating wasn’t in place and we broadcast a half empty stadium to the world. Would make us look a joke and everyone’s comments about us not living up to a world class stadium would on the face of it look true.

    Plus they are hardly money grabbing if they didn’t the rights?…

  8. I’m glad you’re excited, i was excited when I bought my Juventus tickets because I was told THAT was the first game, I know things change and im still really happy I’m going on Sunday but I don’t appreciate having my nose rubbed in the fact Sunday isn’t the first game after you missold the tickets.

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