Sir Trevor Brooking has pleaded with fans not to desecrate Upton Park when the curtain falls on 112 years of history tonight. (Tues)
For £50 a pop, season-ticket holders will be offered the chance to claim their own seat, in a presentation box, as a keep-sake but Sir Trevor fears things could get “dangerous” if souvenir-hunters run amok.
He said: “Season-ticket holders have been asking if they can take their own seat with them, but I am in the directors’ box so I can’t exactly rip one of those out and take it home.
“It will be a special night and everyone will want to retain something from it. The club will have to give the fans a steer or it could be a dangerous situation.
“To have Manchester United as the last visitors to Upton Park, for a game which could be telling for Champions League qualification, gives it some meaning on the pitch as well.
“I’ve got mixed feelings about leaving because of the nostalgia. “The ‘Chicken Run’ was an awesome place — about two steps from the touchline. But I went to the New Zealand-Namibia match at the Rugby World Cup – I thought it would be a good experience to find out what it was like in the Olympic Stadium.
“There will be 54,000 West Ham fans there every week, and they will always find a way to make a decent noise.”