Pre-season friendly in doubt

By Sean Whetstone

West Ham’s traditional pre-season home friendly could be in doubt due to the construction of the new West stand in July.

The game which is designated the Betway Cup is usually played on the Saturday before the start of the Premier League season kick off which this coming season will be on 6th August.

The London Stadium will host Soccer Aid this Sunday followed by Monster Jam then three days of music concerts towards the end of June.

There is no athletics scheduled in the former Olympics Stadium this summer for the third year running.

After the final event on 26th June the stadium will need to transform to football mode but this summer it will involve dismantling and rebuilding the £14.5m West stand in its new configuration,

The new lightweight stand will save cost for the London Stadium owners and is forecast to reduce moving costs from £4.3m to just £2m per summer.

The stand will be squared off and the stand will expand to move closer to the upper tier closing the gap, incorporating a new 1966 corporate section and bring some supporters closer to the pitch.

David Moyes wants to keep his squad local this summer,  the squad minus those on international duty are expected to return later this month on Monday 27th June with training camps expected at St Andrews, Scotland and  Evian in France.

The Hammers pre-season fixtures including the Betway Cup have yet to be confirmed.


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 A Blogger on a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at, 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