Fans can remember past Hammers


upton-park2West Ham have offered reassurance to the families of supporters whose ashes are posthumously scattered at the Boleyn Ground that they will be remembered.

Irons fan Matt Lawless writing in The Mirror says: “The Premier League club have already taken their first steps towards their new Olympic Stadium home after the opening of their club megastore and coffee shop.

But before the Hammers’ current ownership regime, an assortment of urns carrying the ashes of late fans’ had been cumulatively stored inside Upton Park.

With bulldozers set to demolish their former home soon, concern had been expressed that the memories of late fans’ would go with it.

Respecting the families involved, West Ham investigated all areas of the stadium – including underneath the playing surface, which was rebuilt in 1998 and 2002 and has been relaid in every season since.

The club were assured that no urns remain intact, having disintegrated or fragmented over the years.

The Hammers insist families will be able to visit the Boleyn Ground to continue paying their respects long after they leave, however.

The Galliard Group, who now own the site, plan to preserve the West Ham Memorial Garden at the entrance of the stadium.

At the Olympic Stadium, meanwhile, the first commemorative stone was laid this week in the Champions Place, where hundreds of fans have already purchased places to honour their dearly departed.”

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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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