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Stranded 7:58 Tue Jul 11
Frankie Mc on the OS
http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/sport/football/west-ham/west-ham-s-mcavennie-hammers-won-t-stay-at-the-london-stadium-1-5100723

West Ham’s McAvennie: Hammers won’t stay at the London Stadium

West Ham legend Frank McAvennie believes that the club may not be at the London Stadium in five years time.

The Scotland international striker, who formed such a devastating partnership with Tony Cottee back in the mid-eighties, paid the London Stadium a visit on Friday and praised the supporters for selling out the club’s season-ticket allocation, but added a warning.

“West Ham fans have done it again,” he said. “They’ve gone and bought out all the season tickets which is incredible considering they’ve not bought anyone.

“But I don’t think they will be in that stadium in five years time. I would lilke somebody to come and if Mr Gold and Mr Sullivan want out, to sell to one of the big boys.

“I like Tottenham, they’re doing the right thing building a stadium next to White Hart Lane, that’s what we should have done at Upton Park. I don’t think West Ham will stay there, I have a feeling it’s not forever.”

McAvennie, who was a hero of Upton Park, said that the atmosphere needs to improve at the stadium too.

“I would probably give it a five or six,” he said. “It was good at times, the best being against Tottenham with the atmosphere, which shows to me that there can be atmosphere in that ground.

“But say you’ve got to stay there for three years, then you have to build a football stadium. If you ask West Ham to do something they can’t do it, because they’ve got to go and ask somebody.

“That’s not right. A Premier League club that is earning hundreds of millions of pounds, come on?!”

McAvennie, who scored 57 goals in 186 appearances in claret and blue over two spells, is a Hammer at heart, and he wants the club to succeed at the new stadium, but he thinks that has to be down to the players.

“The problem is the players,” he said. “At Upton Park it was the fans who created the atmosphere, they started it, whereas the players have got to do it in the new stadium because it’s a long way from the pitch.

“That dictates what happens on the pitch, which is very sad, but it’s down to the players to do it. Football pitches are all the same, they’re all about the same size, but the players have to create the atmosphere, it’s a catch-22 situation, but I’m hopeful that it turns round.”

McAvennie was shown round the stadium on Friday, but admitted it was not the best moment for a tour.

“It’s the wrong time for me to come down because they’re turning it into an athletics stadium,” said the Scotsman. “But it doesn’t matter what way you wrap it up, it’s an athletics venue.

“I’m old school and I think most of the fans are too, but the kids like it over here, they love it, so it’s a new generation. And the players coming in who are not used to playing at Upton Park anyway, they don’t remember it so that will enjoy the new stadium.”

McAvennie was speaking at the launch party of the new German Doner Kebab (GDK) restaurant in Stratford.

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jim@chickenrun 9:43 Fri Jul 14
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Well said Frankie Mac,nice to know an x player has the balls to say it as it is.....unless we knock this athletics stadium down and start again,west ham united is lost forever......no home games until mid September,no home games on boxing day or new years eve/day because of FUCkING shopping!!!....

Moore4Less 6:27 Fri Jul 14
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What about the 99-year lease?
I don't know how the tenancy thing works as regards football clubs and stadiums but I doubt if there's such a thing as a break clause in case things don't work out for either side!

Northern Sold 1:03 Wed Jul 12
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
“I’m old school and I think most of the fans are too, but the kids like it over here, they love it, so it’s a new generation. And the players coming in who are not used to playing at Upton Park anyway, they don’t remember it so that will enjoy the new stadium.”


Well said Frankie son.... however I'm not sure you will be getting an invite from Brady and co now...

Johnson 12:08 Wed Jul 12
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
Venues for one of games vs whole seasons are completely different.

I wouldn't want to have had either the old or new Wembley as a home ground, but its personal choice I suppose.

Gavvy's talking absolute gash on this thread by the way.

AlvinMartinAllen 11:39 Tue Jul 11
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I don't get the old school comments about grounds when discussing the OS. Athletics grounds and big oval grounds have been about since the beginning. Hampden Park and Wembley was never a problem in the past.

Gavros 11:31 Tue Jul 11
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That's what I meant AOI. It could be done relatively cheap if you just recast the lower tier and dig down a bit. If you wanted to redo the upper tier.... well you may as well start again so that ain't happening.

Any Old Iron 10:55 Tue Jul 11
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Gavros, having it remodelled is the perfect solution, but it sure as hell won't be 'remodelled for us'. The only way it's ever going to be done is at the clubs expense - at a minimum of £200 mill. So it's not going to happen until the porn bros. have fucked off.

Gavros 9:27 Tue Jul 11
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I doubt we'll ever own it outright, but the athletics will disappear and it'll be remodelled for us.

goose 9:24 Tue Jul 11
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We will still be there in 5 years, we might even end up owning that shit tip.

Gavros 8:21 Tue Jul 11
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
A Scotsman stuffing a loaf of greasy shit in his gob while pontificating loudly about a random subject.

That's novel.

Any Old Iron 8:19 Tue Jul 11
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comma - don't believe everything on wikipedia. I had my first doner in Aldgate in 1970.

icwhs 8:15 Tue Jul 11
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Won't happen you find teeth on a hen before this is a starter..

Just the land alone would be 60-70 + million (going onthe 47 we got fot the Boeyn + 10-12 years)

Won't happen

What up with this site today ffs

Lagging as fuck

Nurse Ratched 8:13 Tue Jul 11
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I think I've seen a German doner kebab shop when I was passing through Kilburn. I did a double-take and it made me smile. It's such a bizarre idea I assumed it was the only one. Is it sauerkraut instead of salad? Pitta bread with rye seeds? That sort of thing?

Noah 8:13 Tue Jul 11
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Donner und blitzen kebab

Mit der chilli sauce mein fuhrer

Stranded 8:11 Tue Jul 11
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*its

fucking predictive text

Stranded 8:10 Tue Jul 11
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
In it's current form, I assume?

, 8:07 Tue Jul 11
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
Donor Kebab invented in Germany, Berlin 1972.

Stranded 8:06 Tue Jul 11
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
A Scotsman opening a German (?) kebab shop, it doesn't get much more 'vibrant' than that.

hammer205 8:06 Tue Jul 11
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So IF we moved again where could it be?
The site of the old big brother house possibly?!

Mart O 8:04 Tue Jul 11
Re: Frankie Mc on the OS
"McAvennie was speaking at the launch party of the new German Doner Kebab (GDK) restaurant in Stratford."

FOMB.

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