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WorldCupWilly 1:26 Thu Nov 23
It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/11/23/west-ham-ask-away-boxing-day-fixture-local-station-busy-due/

West Ham ask for away Boxing Day fixture as local station too busy due to post-Christmas sales

West Ham's troublesome move to their current home has been hit with more unexpected scheduling difficulties.

Sam Wallace, chief football writer
23 NOVEMBER 2017 • 10:11AM

West Ham requested that the Premier League give them an away fixture on Boxing Day because Stratford station could not cope with the combined effect of fans attending a game at the former Olympic Stadium and crowds for the post-Christmas sales at Westfield shopping centre.

It is the latest disadvantage associated with West Ham’s move from Upton Park to the London Stadium last year and it is a problem that is likely to continue with Dec 26 a key trading day for Westfield Stratford.

This year the struggling club have been given an away fixture at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. When they asked for the same provision last season, their first in the former Olympic Stadium, West Ham supporters were given a trip to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, 230 miles away from the club’s new home.

In the past, the Westfield Stratford mall has opened at 8am on the Boxing Day bank holiday and although football fans arriving at the Stratford station are filtered around the shopping centre and across the bridge to the stadium it is not feasible to accommodate sale shoppers and fans. The Premier League has confirmed to Telegraph Sport that West Ham have requested special dispensation to play away on Boxing Day.

It is not uncommon for clubs to make requests that are factored into the Premier League fixture generator software, which usually relates to planned shut-downs of transport networks or competing major events that would make a home fixture difficult. There are also separate agreements with different police forces including one that dictates the two Manchester clubs do not play at home on the same day.

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West Ham’s restriction on home games on Boxing Day is likely to further anger supporters who have criticised the poor planning behind the club’s move to their new stadium last year. At the start of this season they began with three consecutive away games, all of which ended in defeat, because the stadium needed time to be converted back to use for football after the athletics World Championships

They began their first season in the new stadium with large numbers of fans having to be reassigned their seats because fights broke out between those wishing to stand and sing, and families whose view of the action was blocked. There was originally no police radio system installed in the stadium which meant that the Metropolitan Police would at first not station officers in the ground unless there was an emergency.

West Ham are tenants in the former Olympic Stadium which is jointly owned by Newham Council and the London Legacy Development Organisation via the company E20 Stadium which is understood to be in financial difficulties.

West Ham have been contacted for comment.

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goose 3:12 Fri Nov 24
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
all these clubs with their purpose built football stadiums - they dont know what they're missing!

One McAvennieeeeee 3:09 Fri Nov 24
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Was a dead runner right? Similar to our game against Man City under the miracle worker when similar turned up.

Eggbert Nobacon 3:07 Fri Nov 24
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Gav

they want to use them docks to ship some fans in

17k sold last night but 9k turned up and 3000 of that was Atalanta

MTC 2:09 Fri Nov 24
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
See the club are trying to deflect the decision away from themselves by saying other stakeholders can request not to have fixture at a particular time.The statement basically implies that this “request” will happen every year and its up to the premier league to decide whether to grant it.Can’t see why they wouldn’t because your not actually changing a fixture,its the way the fixtures would come out of the computer.

Takashi Miike 9:52 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
go to the game naked then :.)

chajonbubble 9:41 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Maybe I'm in the minority but I hate boxing day games. No trains so have to drive. Shit atmosphere (ok, nothing unusual there maybe)., Dont really want to have get dressed and leave the house, would rather plough through leftovers,

Gavros 4:47 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
meanwhile - Everton have just announced theyve bought a 200 year lease on the docks. Planning application going in January.

Side of Ham 4:24 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
OneTwatOfMany stop following me around on here like a little lost lamb trying to get a reaction.

I must of really hurted you boy.

boleyn8420 4:19 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
It also means 4 out of 5 games away from home in December. FFS

13 Brentford Rd 4:14 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
.....also Boxing Day at home is a special fixture with a unique atmosphere.

Once again our fans have been shafted.

One McAvennieeeeee 4:13 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
How did you get there last season, Sidey son?

Side of Ham 4:03 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Swansea may be closer for those far away from London 13?

The Stoat 4:00 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Cunts I love a game on my Birthday, slowly getting pissed off with it now

13 Brentford Rd 3:58 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Wankers.
Boxing day for fans that live far away may be one of or the only opportunity to catch a home game.
Remember when I lived up North, it was the first fixture I looked for as I knew I would be in London with the family over Xmas.

Fuck the fans eh.

scott_d 3:54 Thu Nov 23
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A West Ham spokesman said: “It is not uncommon for emergency services or other stakeholders to make requests to the Premier League to avoid certain fixture dates, however these requests will not always be granted by the Premier League and we fully expect to play at London Stadium on Boxing Day in future seasons."

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So there is no agreement in place to stop us playing at home but the club will try every year to make the boxing day fixture an away game.

But we shouldn't worry because, on the occasion that the request is denied, we'll get hour home game on boxing day.

Are they telling us to be grateful ?

ooooh Morley Morley 3:52 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
The video JOHNSON refers to shows Gold and another at UP taking about the seats and gold says " Well the seats can't be more than.... what's that at the moment 20 yards?".

Something like that. Anyway he implies that the seats at OS shouldn't be worse than what we had.

When the video was filmed in the whole move journey I don't know but it is out there.

Johnson 3:31 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Funny that, a link to the video backing my claim appears and you run away immediately.

Johnson 3:29 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Righto

E12Hammer 3:29 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
I live in the real world, so will unfortunately have to stop feeding your online ego and go do some work.

We cant all fuck about on the internet from school.

R.E - Chelmsford 3:28 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
Johnson here it is...


https://twitter.com/whufc_news/status/806240196102455296?lang=gl

E12Hammer 3:26 Thu Nov 23
Re: It's official - club want no home games on Boxing Day
No, I'm happy with it.

Adults and those with an IQ larger than 7 will understand the point.

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