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Six years on – does the LS feel like home?


It was six years ago that West Ham left Upton Park!

It was followed by some of the fiercest complaining heard from any fans of club that had switched to a new stadium and there have been six others currently occupying places in the Premier League.

I’m sure somebody will correct me if that’s wrong 🙂

The outcry was of course understandable to a degree and ALL of us Hammers fans were pretty emotional whether we finally accepted the move or not.


The accusations from some that those who accepted the new home were traitors was of course totally daft. Accepting what had become inevitable is never daft, just par for the course to many.

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There are some who will never accept what happened, who have surrendered their season tickets, and may never see another  Hammers game.

But in all honesty the larger capacity and atmosphere inside that stadium rocks … remember games such as those against Man United, Liverpool the Euro nights and final home game of the season.

It now feels as though the London Stadium really is home.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Six years on – does the LS feel like home?

  1. It feels like home to me and the atmosphere in big games is electric. It’s all very well to hear moans of the original 28k season ticket holders at Boleyn but it would be much fairer to ask the 25k new ticket holders at LS who previously could not get tickets. Also don’t forget it was only recent times the Boleyn held over 30k seats. All players praise the noise of LS ‘bubbles’.

  2. Well said hammerstein. Both I and my family could only on rare occasions get into the Boleyn once it became all seater and ticket only. At the London Stadium two of us now have season tickets and several others in family get seats via ticket exchange.
    I think this year the stadium came of age with a fantastic atmosphere at key games in particular. Even the sports media have recognised this quoting “raucous atmosphere ” Key to this is a decent team which has regularly got us out of seats and not just for goals!
    I can remember games at the Boleyn when it was like a morgue, particularly in Sam Allerdyce era!

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