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I’ve Cherry-picked my away game

bubbles2By Sean Whetstone

Many Hammers fans have been caught up in the euphoria of Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier league bar a mathematical monstrosity.

I was among them and it was no surprise to see the fans taking to social media with much talk of the day out b eside the seaside next season!

Bournemouth are said to be set to hold off on expanding the capacity of their 11,700-seater Goldsands Stadium – as a tactic to help them next season.

Premier League regulations state that clubs must provide at least 10 per cent of their overall allocation of tickets for away supporters meaning West Ham’s allocation could be as low as 1,170.

The away fans are currently crammed into a corner of the ground between the South and East Stand with Eddie Howe wanting them to stay there to give his players the psychological advantage when they are playing in front of a home crowd.

The club will have to install undersoil heating during the summer to adhere to Premier League rules, something which was not a requirement in the Championship.

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Demand will outstrip supply for tickets and those West Ham fans with more away priority points by attending more away games over the past two seasons will get them.

For those lucky enough to get a ticket,  I am told a 10-15 minute walk away from the ground is Sir Percy Florence Wetherspoons pub on Christchurch Street, in nearby Boscombe.

Away fans are welcome at this pub, but no colours are allowed. Next door to Wetherspoons is the Mello Mello bar which also admits away supporters with colours. Interestingly Bournemouth FC have a champagne bar called Bubbles within their 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

3 comments on “I’ve Cherry-picked my away game

  1. If BFS STAYS I may become a temporary Bournemouth fan just to watch some entertaining games but of course will return when BFS goes,
    I would do the same as them if I could afford it they are going to need every edge they can
    Pull off, I believe they will be another Blackpool and look what’s happened to them this year,
    I think Watford will be in the same boat,
    That’s another good reason to boot BFS out with Leicester,Sunderland,OPR Hull staying up plus another coming up,we should not be in a for fight at the bottom,
    So there would be a bit of breathing space for a new boss to settle in

  2. Careful bubs, we have a habit of clutching defeat from the jaws of victory this season.
    we have more CB’s than ever so hopefully we can get tighter at the back & stop doing the above. If we spend well in the summer we should have more than enough to have a good season.

  3. Essex one worried about defence or last min goals just want to see some football like the beginning of the season,
    Even if BFS stays and they invest well we should get the points but I won’t be watching
    I have this yearning to watch entertainment and BFS can not provide that and I am not that worried about where we finish even relegation,
    There are lot of people out there who feel the same this man is destroying the belief of all age groups he has managed to bring 80% of the fan base togeather but only to see his back going through the door,

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