Fans get last game ‘assurance’ from club

boleynWest Ham have asked the Premier League and TV sports broadcasters NOT to move our last game against Swansea City to a Monday evening.

The matter looks to have finally settled after The West Ham Supporters Advisory Board was told last night the club has spoken to the Premier League on the matter.

ClaretandHugh has been told by SAB member Nigel Kahn present last night that club representatives gave the assurance from the platform.

A rumour has gathered pace  pace in recent weeks that our final game will be moved to a Monday night to be screened live by Sky.

It’s also been speculated that it would also be played at a time to fit in with Iron Maiden’s touring schedule who were suggested may become  surprise guests after the game.

However, Maiden and bassist Steve Harris – a big West Ham fan – are touring ten thousand miles away in Australia at that time so there is little possibility of them gigging at the Boleyn.

UptonparkThere remains a strong possibility that Sky or BT Sports could chose the game to be screened LIVE considering the historical significance of the event.

That could mean a lunchtime or evening kick off on the Saturday, Sunday or a Monday night game.

The broadcasters are told to give six weeks notice of fixture changes to enable supporters to change plans although this didn’t happen with an Arsenal v Leicester City fixture in February which caused complaints

A Premier League statement said: “We always seek to give fans a minimum of six weeks’ notice of any fixture changes. It is only on extremely rare occasions we don’t meet that aspiration during the normal course of the season.We are currently in discussions with Arsenal and Leicester City to see what can be done to help fans affected by this scheduling change.”

Boleyn_Ground_Upton_Park_4Last year, Glenn Thompson from IT firm ATOS claimed West Ham made a request to be at home at the penultimate weekend rather than the last weekend of their final season at the Boleyn Ground.

Glenn, responsible for calculating Premier League fixtures for the IT firm told Andy Goldstein on TalkSport radio:  “I believe, West Ham requested to be home on the penultimate weekend.”  

However, David Gold disputed Mr Thompson at the time saying “I find it very odd that anyone on this planet would believe that West Ham would ASK to be away for last game. dg”

The issue could still face another twist as described here yesterday by the progress of ourselves and Manchester United in the FA Cup.


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

5 comments on “Fans get last game ‘assurance’ from club

  1. Under the lights please !!!
    I’ve missed work many a time over the years !! England and abroad !!
    Get on with it , we’ve all made sacrifices for this club , its part of being a supporter !!
    Especially now !

  2. Don’t get why people are complaining.

    How could an evening game under the lights not be a fitting tribute and end to Upton Park.

    Personally couldn’t think of a better way! (If we win that is!)

    • Perhaps it is something to do with the fact that 400 ex West ham players will be introduced to the crowd and do a lap of the ground after the game. The proceeding dragged on for two hours after the last Arsenal game at Highbury. Imagine that after an evening game…. the players would be introduced to an empty ground. It has to be 3pm

  3. Hi Sean
    There is another possibility that worries me as much as making it on a Monday night. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Sky also have the option of using a certain number of Friday evenings for Premier League matches, the only one I can think they’ve used so far is the Villa v Man Utd game in August. We really need our match to be on the Saturday or Sunday as I’m sure much of the crowd will want to stay behind afterwards. I remember Arsenal had quite a celebration on the pitch after their last game at Highbury which was televised. Please raise this point to avoid a Friday game

  4. I’m flying back to the USA on the Monday, so I”m desperately hoping it isn’t moved till then.
    I booked my flights to hopefully let me get to the game, but need to be back by the Tuesday.
    Fingers crossed

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