A legacy, a dream, a promise. The three words that were endlessly spouted by Mayor and owners when West Ham successfully bid to become the new tenants of the then named Olympic Stadium. Six years on, the legacy is in tatters, the dream is all but dead and the promises unfulfilled. This discontent that has raged surrounding the London Stadium has been fuelled by what is a complete mismanagement from organisations and hierarchy’s ever since the end of the Olympics. The squabbles between both West Ham and London Legacy Development Corporation have affected both taxpayer and fans in what has been seen as one of the most expensive flops in a generation, and has killed the identity of club. When you think of an away day to The Hammers images of Green Street start swarming the mind.
The chorus of cockney natter and shuffling of claret draped bodies had been a staple ingredient of East End charm for 112 years. The epicentre was the Boleyn Ground, but two and a half years since the club moved to Stratford, Upton Park has been left astray, now on the periphery of a football club it once called home. West Ham United’s move to the London Stadium had a clear objective- enhance the club brand, attract better players and compete for European football. “It’s a major part of our strategy that West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium” David Sullivan told reporters upon his arrival as club co-owner in 2010. And the idea didn’t provoke the level of disdain from fans that it has now. It did however, create worry in Upton Park. The Boleyn Tavern is arguably the world’s most fam
West Ham’s dispute with the owners of the London Stadium’s been referred back to the High Court. The London Legacy Development Corporation, believes if the stadium’s capacity is increased it should receive a part of the new profits. West Ham currently pay a yearly rent of £3 million and want to increase capacity by nine thousand. The case made history when this week’s Court of Appeal hearing became the first to be live streamed online. It is part of a pilot project which the government hopes will increase public access to the court’s work. https://twitter.com/UKSupremeCourt/status/1063025841586745344 Initially the Hammers are looking to increase the stadium capacity by 3 thousand, before finally increasing the capacity of match days to 66,000. Gerry Murphy, then acting chief
West Ham will be looking for their first London derby win in seven games against Tottenham tomorrow. The Hammers have drawn five and lost twice against their London rivals since a 1-0 win over Chelsea last December. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are looking to use the international break as a pit stop to revitalise a lacklustre start to the season. More was expected from a new look side that saw heavy investment during the summer. That is in stark contrast to a Spurs side that made no new signings during the summer. Mauricio Pochettino’s men sit in fifth place, 11 points ahead of West Ham after just seven games. However, The Irons will be encouraged by their record against their North-London opponents. Against no other side have they won more Premier League games, with 14 victories.