dijous, 28 de març de 2013

SALVEM UPTON PARK: OLYMPIC STADIUM NO, NO, NO!

 SALVEM UPTON PARK: 

NO A L'ESTADI OLIMPIC. 

DIRECTIVA DIMISSIÓ.

Goodbye Upton Park: West Ham have fond memories of their famous old home as they prepare to move to the Olympic Stadium

Graced by some of England's finest - from Bobby Moore to Sir Trevor Brooking and modern day internationals like Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe - Upton Park has seen plenty of action.
Well, it's situated near Upton Park tube, but it is actually called the Boleyn Ground and many West Ham supporters will be sad the club is departing for the Olympic Stadium.
Bobby Moore, pictured next to Upton Park by Thames TV for a programme called 'This Sporting Land' in 1977
Bobby Moore, pictured next to Upton Park by Thames TV for a programme called 'This Sporting Land' in 1977
But with a capacity of 35,016 and a succession of sell-outs, the club has decided they need a new home and will move to Stratford for the 2016-17 season. Cue jokes from Spurs supporters about sales of season tickets for the new stadium going at 'three for the price of one'.
Supporters always become nostalgic at the prospect of moving, so we thought we would give them something to remember Upton Park by (and there is always next week's home game with West Bromwich to fill them with joy).
Practice makes perfect: Moore trains alone in 1962 before flying to Chile with England
Practice makes perfect: Moore trains alone in 1962 before flying to Chile with England

Modern day: A more recent image of Upton Park, taken with a fish eye lens
Modern day: A more recent image of Upton Park, taken with a fish eye lens

Next to the loos: Moore (leather coat) looks on as his team-mates work out at Upton Park
Next to the loos: Moore (leather coat) looks on as his team-mates work out at Upton Park

Construction scene: The new West Stand is built at Upton Park
Construction scene: The new West Stand is built at Upton Park
Since the first game - a 3-0 win against Millwall in 1904 - it has been West Ham's familiar home, although there has been plenty of recent re-modernisation, with stands named after Moore and Brooking.
This is the review from stadiumguide.com: 'In the early 20th century, West Ham played its home matches at the Memorial Ground in Canning Town, but after a dispute over the rent was forced to look for a new home. They found a bare field used by a Roman Catholic school, and soon reached an agreement with the Catholic authorities for its use.'
Pitchside: West Ham fan Alf Garnett of BBC series 'Til Death Us Do Part' drops into Upton Park with a rattle and sandwich board
Pitchside: West Ham fan Alf Garnett of BBC series 'Til Death Us Do Part' drops into Upton Park with a rattle and sandwich board

Action from 1981 involving Billy Bonds and Chelsea's Peter Rhodes-Brown. West Ham won 4-0 on their way to the Second Division title
Action from 1981 involving Billy Bonds and Chelsea's Peter Rhodes-Brown. West Ham won 4-0 on their way to the Second Division title

The guide goes on: 'West Ham played its first match at Boleyn Ground on the 1st of September 1904. Just over 10,000 spectators saw the home side beat Millwall 3-0.
'Boleyn Ground received its name from a house that stood next to the ground, called Boleyn Castle, and which supposedly had been home to Anne Boleyn. These days Boleyn Ground is more commonly referred to as Upton Park.
Fervent support: West Ham United fans unfurl a banner during a game with Bolton in 2007
Fervent support: West Ham United fans unfurl a banner during a game with Bolton in 2007
'The ground was initially a basic affair, but got soon expanded, first in 1919 with a new East Stand and later in 1925 with a new West Stand and terracing at the short ends. This lifted capacity to about 40,000.
'Boleyn Ground got heavily damaged in the Second World War when it got hit by a V-1 bomb, but was soon rebuilt.
Changing times: The modern Upton Park in 2006
Changing times: The modern Upton Park in 2006
'In 1961 a roof was added to the North Bank, which meant that all stands had cover. The ground underwent its last major change before the 1990s when in 1969 a new East Stand was built.
'The Boleyn Ground recorded its highest attendance of 42,322 during a match with Tottenham Hotspur in 1970.'
In August 1944, a V-1 flying bomb landed on the south-west corner of the pitch and forced the team to play its games away from home while repairs were undertaken. West Ham won all nine games on the road. They will hope for similar success at their new 'home' at the Olympic Stadium.
In 1980, West Ham to play behind closed doors against Castilla in the European Cup Winners' Cup after crowd trouble in the away leg. They won 5-1 after extra time.
In 1980, West Ham to play behind closed doors against Castilla in the European Cup Winners' Cup after crowd trouble in the away leg. They won 5-1 after extra time.

Billy Bonds leads out West Ham for the Castilla game behind closed doors. The press box is full.
Billy Bonds leads out West Ham for the Castilla game behind closed doors. The press box is full.
David Cross (arms raised) scores for West Ham in the 5-1 win against Castilla in front of the empty terraces
David Cross (arms raised) scores for West Ham in the 5-1 win against Castilla in front of the empty terraces
Closed circuit TV is introduced at Upton Park in the 60's to monitor the 'crowds'
Closed circuit TV is introduced at Upton Park in the 60's to monitor the 'crowds'

Workmen at Upton Park test crush barriers
Workmen at Upton Park test crush barriers


Ray Stewart moves to challenge Wally Downes of Wimbledon, later to become a West Ham coach
Ray Stewart moves to challenge Wally Downes of Wimbledon, later to become a West Ham coach

Frank Lampard, Ray Stewart, Trevor Brooking and Stuart Pearson celebrate Stewart's winner against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 1980
Frank Lampard, Ray Stewart, Trevor Brooking and Stuart Pearson celebrate Stewart's winner against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 1980

Upton Park heroes: (right-left) Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Clyde Best, Trevor Brooking, Bryan Robson, Ronnie Boyce and John Ayris line up on the terraces at Upton Park
Upton Park heroes: (right-left) Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Clyde Best, Trevor Brooking, Bryan Robson, Ronnie Boyce and John Ayris line up on the terraces at Upton Park

Prolific Academy director Tony Carr, who has introduced a series of stars from his production line, into the West Ham first team
Prolific Academy director Tony Carr, who has introduced a series of stars from his production line, into the West Ham first team

Hold up: Trevor Brooking keeps the ball from Orient's Tom Walley and Bobby Fisher
Hold up: Trevor Brooking keeps the ball from Orient's Tom Walley and Bobby Fisher

Unorthodox: West Ham players train in the Upton Park car park in 1964
Unorthodox: West Ham players train in the Upton Park car park in 1964

Fans queue in the same car park for tickets for the 1964 FA Cup Final 24 hours earlier
Fans queue in the same car park for tickets for the 1964 FA Cup Final 24 hours earlier

The 1964 squad, including Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp and Bobby Moore, pose on the Upton Park terraces
The 1964 squad, including Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp and Bobby Moore, pose on the Upton Park terraces

Tony Cottee shoots for goal against Southampton in West Ham's most successful league season when they finished third in 1986
Tony Cottee shoots for goal against Southampton in West Ham's most successful league season when they finished third in 1986
West Ham beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in the European Cup Winners Cup and the players celebrate a 30 yard screamer from Billy Bonds
West Ham beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in the European Cup Winners Cup and the players celebrate a 30 yard screamer from Billy Bonds
West Ham fans queue for tickets for Cup Winners Cup Final in 1976

West Ham fans queue for tickets for Cup Winners Cup Final in 1976
A fan adds to the tributes to England and West Ham star Bobby Moore after he passed away. His No6 shirt was retired by the club.
A fan adds to the tributes to England and West Ham star Bobby Moore after he passed away. His No6 shirt was retired by the club.

Up to date: An aerial view of Upton Park as it looks now
Up to date: An aerial view of Upton Park as it looks now

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2297533/West-Ham-say-goodbye-Upton-Park-Olympic-Stadium.html#ixzz2Oq6h6B3q
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