West Ham return to Chadwell Heath

medium_ChadwellHeathmaingroundThe West Ham first team have been training back at Chadwell Heath and have been there all week.  Back in December Slaven Bilic announced he was moving to Rush Green with immediate effect because of the ‘rock hard’ pitches.

“There have been a lot of things said since I came here about the pitches that we have here at Chadwell Heath, and they’re not ideal,” Bilic said. “With Reid’s injury, for example, they are slippery on the top but rock hard underneath, and it is a bad combination.”

“We were planning to move next season, at the start, to Rush Green because of the quality of the pitches. I decided on Monday next week, we will go. We can’t continue to risk this much on these kind of pitches.”

“The pitches are better there than here. We can live without the great dressing room, the kitchens and the free area for now. I don’t see any other reason because we have a good medical team and good players and the sessions are good, and I told you that since I came here it was an issue – last year, two years ago or five years ago. It has nothing to do with the groundsmen or the medical staff – it’s just the way the ground is here.”

Less than one month later the first team hastened move to Rush Green they have quietly returned to Chadwell Heath. With hindsight, it appears they do miss the better facilities at Chadwell Heath and Rush Green facilities were just far too basic.

Planning permission has now been granted to transform Rush Green into a state of the art Premier League grade training facility and it hoped that work will be complete before next season.


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

9 comments on “West Ham return to Chadwell Heath

  1. Talking of injuries have you heard any more on the Lanzini injury Seam? Thought he was having a scan yesterday and we would know more?.

  2. Thanks mate

  3. Like a few activities at Our Club currently another Farce!

  4. I know nothing about agriculture but has it been explained how we got a rock hard training pitch during a mild wet winter?

  5. It has been explained to me that there is aggregate under the soft top soil at chadwell heath

  6. so much for Bilic’s decisive action, which was yet another indication of how great he is!

  7. What is it with some people..? They are never happy whatever is happening. Just done the double over L’pool 6th in the league but the club are a farce & snide remarks about Bilic.

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