West Ham revolution hits Billericay Town

biller2There’s  a West Ham revolution going on at non-league Billericay Town.

Irons fans Glenn Tamplin and Dan Groves say fell out of love with football after their beloved Hammers left the Boleyn Ground.

Steele multi-millionaire  Tamplin bought the club in December after deciding the London Stadium was not for him. He is now caretaker manager paying a wage bill now nearing £20,000 a week out of his own pocket.

His Hammers mate is the new chairman.

biller1Groves told the Sun: “It’s been a whirlwind. People have habits — gambling, alcohol, women — but this is a very expensive football habit.It’s turned into a real-life Football Manager.

Billericay is a sleeping giant. We had 250 people a week when we arrived and are now expecting 1,000 on Tuesday night.

“We both grew up supporting West Ham but the Premier League and Championship have become soulless corporations. When they moved to the Olympic Stadium we decided we can do this better.

We are now getting that fanbase to Billericay. People pay £70 for West Ham tickets, there’s no atmosphere and we are benefiting.People are fed up. They want to pay a tenner for a ticket to watch a local team where you can see where the money is going. 

DH-03-2Non-league is fashionable again. Here you can sit with the players and chat while they are eating.It would be nice to be a Football League club, it’s Glenn’s ambition. He’s very motivated.”

Fellow West Ham friend and former TOWIE star Mark Wright persuaded Jamie O’Hara to join and the Essex star is considering investing himself and becoming a director of the non-league club. He is considering taking a twenty percent stage.

Former Hammer Paul Konchesky has already joined the team and recent reports have linked them with Carlton Cole. There are rumours they want to approach other West Ham favourites to come out of retirement including Bobby Zamora and Teddy Sherringham.

It is the latest move to attract those traditionalists who are disillusioned with the move to Stratford. Over the weekend a new grass-roots football team raised over £1355 to start a new Sunday League football team called Thames Ironworks Community FC which will play close to the Boleyn Ground.


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