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Two corner flag protests twenty six years apart

The removal of the corner flag and running to the circle was a homage to the 1992 protest against the West Ham Bond Scheme.

At a home game against Everton in February in 1992, a West Ham fan climbed out of the old South Bank terraces at the Boleyn Ground, grabbed a corner flag and marched slowly to the centre circle. He then planted it in the centre spot before sitting down, daring anybody to move him.

A picture from the time below shows Martin Allen and Julian Dicks pleading with the Hammers fan to leave the pitch. Instead, hundreds more poured on to the Boleyn Ground pitch against the board’s plans to make people pay for the right to buy their season ticket by purchasing a Bond first.

The supporter at the London Stadium on Saturday attempted to replicate that same one-man protest. In the Directors box for both of those games, twenty-six years apart is Terry Brown previously the West Ham chairman throughout the Bond scheme and now a minority shareholder always in the box.

The latest 2018 corner flag pitch invader has been described as a supporter of more than 40 years both home and away.

The 1992 protest began went West Ham went two nil down against Everton in front of 21,000 fans and the Hammers were relegated that season from Division 1 to Division 1.  Is this history repeating itself?  Could it be the same person?

Credit to Nigel Kahn for the 1992 photos and video

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 “Two corner flag protests twenty six years apart

  1. And what a brain dead, futile gesture this was on Saturday – by an idiot who wanted to draw attention to himself & could not think of anything individual. Ban him for life, & sue him for trespass !

  2. Entering the field of play is an offence in itself under the football offences act so I’m assuming he will be prosecuted.

    If it’s the same guy, then it proves he was a bell end then and is still one now.

  3. The idiot on Saturday wasn’t paying homage to anything or anyone but himself. He reached the centre circle, turned around to face the end of the stadium where he came from and then held the flag up as a victory salute. I hope he is banned for life home and away.

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