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Fifth Column 10:39 Tue Mar 28
Do you look forward to attending home games now?
I wondered how many people feel like me.... I don't at all look forward to attending home games. It's a chore... and especially because the kids don't want to go half the time. Away matches though I'm still buzzing like a kid and my own sprogs always want to go away. Really looking forward to Hull and Arsenal coming up.

I'm not looking for everyone to agree with me... just curious how the majority feel.

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Cheezey Bell-End 6:45 Wed Mar 29
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I think I'd enjoy it a bit more if the team was better, but it's more than that. The overall experience is still shit.
The long trudge from the station, and I use PML, is no better than UP, though the queue is better. I hated the stairs at UP, but my current seat is far worse. Yes I know I should lose weight, but even young skinny people complain about it.
The food and toilets, while better, are all on ground level.
I've been to the lower tier and it's better, but still too far away.
I also really hate the stewarding. Mostly the search at the gate, but also their general behaviour and unnecessary attempts to control crowd movements. They can all fuck off.

If it was possible to go back to UP, I would in a heartbeat.

Johnson 6:34 Wed Mar 29
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How I feel and I suspect most people feel about things has NOTHING to do with matters on pitch, it is lazy and insulting to suggest that it is scott.

West Ham has been killed in terms of the club it was, the ground is shit, the people in the ground don't seem to be much better either - at least in relation to where we used to stand at UP.

You could argue the attitude of fans has been affected by on the pitch but even from the first game the place has felt flat and lost.

There is ZERO atmosphere - anyone who thinks noise simply equates to atmosphere is a fool by the way - and the whole match day experience is soured by going there. The 90 minutes should be the escape from that but it's not as all you can hear is people having a pop at the players, telling others to sit down, rows breaking out over swearing, shouting or standing.

The place is pathetic, it really is.

We were 2-0 against Watford and that was when I witnessed the most amount of synchronised fighting at a West ham game in my life dotted about the stadium.

We ended up losing that game, now what affected what then?

The place is MORIBUND.

joyo 3:52 Wed Mar 29
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I love going home and away meeting up, having few beers and banter,bonus if we win.
The football is just part of the whole day,and yes l do have a life away from footie with many hobbies and interests.

scott_d 3:35 Wed Mar 29
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I didn't expect us to qualify for the Champions League this season and I knew it would be an important season settling in and really just making sure it wasn't a disaster - ie relegation. So maybe I don't feel as disappointed by the football and the results.

Plus I don't recall us ever being a brilliant team and expecting to finish high up in the league, we've always been a mid-table team except for a few relegation battles and the odd decent season where we finished around the 5th-7th mark.

So a combination of lower expectations for this season plus a good chance to get out of the house and catch up with my brother and mates means that I do quite enjoy going.

Fifth Column 3:20 Wed Mar 29
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Private Dancer

I don't think many are saying "I miss Upton Park"... I don't really miss Upton Park... it wasn't what it was before anyway.

The issue is it's not a football ground. If we'd moved to an equivalent of Old Trafford or the Etihad or Emirates then it would still have been different but not... what's the word... it would still have been different but not shit.

Even in 20 years I can't see it being loved.

zico 2:58 Wed Mar 29
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defjam 11:07 Wed Mar 29

Thanks mate, a long time ago now but still miss the old man. Sorry about you and yours that's a harsh set of cards dealt to say the least.

1964 11:46 Wed Mar 29
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Yep

Pop Robson 11:29 Wed Mar 29
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"I'm still West Ham but my dreams have faded and died."

I think that's how many feel now

Staying in the pub and watching a stream/TV maybe the way to go, a few of us are giving that a go next season

AKA ERNIE 11:29 Wed Mar 29
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Great post def.

Enjoy the piss up with mates but dont look forward to going to the games anymore

Sarge 11:21 Wed Mar 29
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Top post Def.

It's taken a man of Kent to nail it.........

defjam 11:08 Wed Mar 29
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Northern Sold 11:05 - Erm thanks yo, appreciate it.

defjam 11:07 Wed Mar 29
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J.Riddle 2:25 - Thanks mate, yes brother, mum and dad all within 2 1/2 years :-(
Hopefully i'll be back chasing in May.
All the best.


zico 2:26 - Thanks yo.
Sorry to hear about your dad.
At least you have those memories, it's not the same anymore regardless of the football played.


Private Dancer 5:01 - I didn't say 'some not having a life' i said that's all they have, football and beers, that's a life but that's all they have.
Apart from that i agree, it'll take a generation or two.

Northern Sold 11:05 Wed Mar 29
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defjam 1:32 Wed Mar 29

Nailed it just there DJ.... post of the year

eastham75 10:55 Wed Mar 29
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Some times I still look forward to going to a game, I just renewed my S/T and my Grandsons even though he's hardly ever allowed to come now, (Down to his Mum)
Funny how I grew up in East Ham so I had a routine, I moved out years ago but still kept similar routine on a match day, Chips or Pie & Mash (ROBINS East Ham) not that Nathans stuff, pre match pint or two in one of the local pubs, The O/S has to grow on you, maybe for us 50+ it wont ever, but I have a feeling if the football improves so will the whole experience, just like it was at Upton Park, I still look around amazed at most games thinking that I never thought I would see 50k+ fellow hammers at a home game. Keep the Faith.

side effect 10:34 Wed Mar 29
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I look forward to singing bubbles when the teams come out. I reckon it impresses many visiting fans although they womt admit.

Private Dancer 5:01 Wed Mar 29
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defjam 1:32 Wed Mar 29

Yes. I've said before on here that at some point this move will work once the current generation has passed. I suppose it could have worked in some respects already had it actually been a football stadium.

No-one in 20 years time will still be saying 'I miss Upton Park' it would just sound daft. So yes, it will become our home at some point.

As for having better things to do and some not having a life, bit harsh. I still can't think of many better things to do on a Saturday than go to football (if you're local)

Texas Iron 4:52 Wed Mar 29
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I will watch every game that I can and that is available on TV hear in USA

Must admit atmosphere and results at OS I shirt house Stadium have been depressing this year ..mhowever I'm a true supporter and I'll watch them all...

come on you irons. !!!

zico 2:26 Wed Mar 29
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defjam 1:32 Wed Mar 29

Great post Defjam,

I can't really comment as such because I haven't been to a game at the new stadium as yet "but" to be honest I haven't had a desire to go at all this season.

Used to go to a few games years ago with my dad but after he died I generally went to quite a few matches by myself each season at Upton Park when I either wasn't playing football myself and when work allowed.

Of course there was some crap on offer at times and the drive home back to Sussex could be a nightmare but on the whole I always loved going to The Boleyn. Always kept the routine I had with the old man with fish and chips before the game and a wander around the old place before settling into what ever seat I had managed to get (if I was lucky enough to get one).

However as I say for some reason I just haven't had the desire to go this year at all. No idea why but it for some reason doesn't appeal and even when watching on TV it seems like we are playing at some temporary place.

Maybe I'll change my mind once I go to a game but when that will be I have no idea.

J.Riddle 2:25 Wed Mar 29
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Obviously felt the same without your first paragraph. You mentioned about your brother before, didn't know your parents also, sad to hear. Best wishes, keep chasing them storms!

J.Riddle 2:15 Wed Mar 29
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Def excellent, couldn't have put it better, feel the same and also went to the first euro Domzale game, Chelsea cup and Man City league capitulation.

defjam 1:32 Wed Mar 29
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Nope!
Been a long time since I've enjoyed going to football.
I used to go to all home matches plus a handful away, obviously after my little brother passed away i took restock of my life and decided that there was more to do in life than it revolving around football, then when i lost my mum and dad just after i definitely thought that.

It does help that modern football is shit, too expensive for what it is and there's hardly any atmosphere, the only reason i kept going was to meet up with fellow WHO'ers, the games just became a side attraction.

Once the move to the O.S was complete i decided that was that, i have been, i went to the Europa games (Zzz) plus the Chelsea cup game which was nearly back to how it should be but that was merely a blip.

The whole thing about football was walking to the game, from the pub through dog shit alley, smelling burgers, avoiding horse shit, the juxtaposition of locals and fans.

All that has gone, the walk holds no emotion, the sight of the stadium doesn't make the hair on the back of the neck stand up.

Atmosphere is made by decades of blood, sweat and tears, when you can feel the past, smell it, that's why new builds hold no atmosphere, there's nothing to generate it, there won't be for decades, this stadium is for your kids or their kids, not for us, by the time they go they won't know any different, for us it's not what we're used to and not what most of us wanted.

People complained about the Boleyn, the transport, the locals but as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for as that added to the experience.

Many great players graced the Boleyn, they trod that turf, the left their sweat in the turf, their stud marks, we could still imagine them on that turf in the claret and blue, there are no memories at the O.S, we have been stripped of our soul.

The O.S will still happen, well we have no choice, I know it will as most blokes have nothing else in their lives apart from football and booze, maybe they can take their kids, they might love it but the older generation mainly won't, it'll be years before it's our home, some of us won't be around, maybe the Daves won't be either.
It's like a religion for many, they are brainwashed by the Claret and Blue, live their lives through it and around it, that's what i used to be, I'm still West Ham but my dreams have faded and died.

IRONS!

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