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Hammers fans forced around the long way

westfield8We are receiving reports  this that West Ham fans are being forced the long way round to the reach the London Stadium this afternoon. Thousands of fans walking through Westfield shopping centre from Stratford train and underground stations were able to take the direct route for the first four West Ham games taking an exit from the shopping centre close to the Cow pub which is very popular with West Ham fans.

We have been told that this exit has been closed off for today’s match but stewards guarding the barricaded exit couldn’t explain why the route has suddenly changed.

One steward told a ClaretandHugh reader “I think it has something to do with the council” 

Authorities want to funnel West Ham supporters in pre-defined routes using Stop and Go signs and herded like cattle to and from the station. Although we have been told there was a small amount of trouble at the exit with fans upset at being denied exit we have been told the unrest was dealt with by stewards and the police were not called.

West Ham fans now are being forced the long way round in which they come back on themselves to access to London Stadium.

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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

8 comments on “Hammers fans forced around the long way

  1. Pity Ginge did not go that way,
    2-0 great entertainment and here we go again,
    When will we learn Collins and Reid are not good enough
    We need to play others at the back who can play to the next level,

  2. Dimi’s assist should be framed and placed on the wall close to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum… 😉

  3. Loads more fighting at the Soulless Bowl, fans streaming out with 25+ minutes left. Fans trying to fight with Watford fans, heavy handed stewarding, fans still refusing to sit down even if they are upsetting Kids and Older people. kids crying and asking to leave early.

    The result and the performance does not matter a jot at the moment because of all of the above.

  4. Coming out of my self imposed silence – that was an embarrassment on and off the pitch.

    Sick to death of the stand up/sit down debate, but whatever happens it needs to be sorted quickly, as does the security or “lack of it” where there is trouble between our own fans and everyone else!

    If the stadium can’t be safe I won’t be attending again until it is with my kids, I value their safety more! Turning into the 70s with all the fighting.

    In the meantime, Slav needs to sort this lot out, so very poor after a great start. It’s going to take a while for the stadium to feel like home, and it’s one step forward, two steps back at the moment!

    I think our owners need to sit down with the stadium owners and heads of security and sort this as #1 priority or there is going to be a tragedy sooner or later.

    We are bigger than this guys and girls!


    • I’m sorry for you and your kids Jeff, you’re spot on 😉

    • My Mate takes his two kids. Both have been left in tears at each home league game. Neither Kid now wants to go any more. Neither kid felt that way at the Boleyn.

      Sad to report that is far from the only story involving fans both young and old who are fed up of the sitting/Standing issue and do not want to go while it continues.

      Also plenty of proper old school die in the wool attend every game home and away supporters who are packing it in.

  5. I’ll try and break with the norm on this site and actually comment on the topic of this thread!

    I got caught up in this nonsense today – my Brother and I got directed around Westfield and finally headed to Stratford International and after going up and down several staircases and round the houses managed to find our way to the Stadium – what gets to me is the total lack of respect that is shown to us punters, we are being treated like cattle, I find it insulting!

    It’s really getting to me, I think I’m law abiding normal member of Society and I object to being insulted, belittled and treated like cattle – I’m rapidly falling out of love with this new Stadium!

  6. The last two games I have been forced to go a slightly longer way around but this has been to walk to the far end of the Westfield past the cow exit etc then out the double doors at the back up some stairs and onto the road in all its maybe a 5 minute diversion ? I did get to the Stadium an hour before kick off to get a cheap beer and also because I was concerned that my claret membership card may not work (although it did), so can’t say whether or not that exit was closed also later?

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