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Disgraceful picture from Upton Park will infuriate West Ham fans but there was a happy ending
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Disgraceful picture from Upton Park will infuriate West Ham fans but there was a happy ending

West Ham United fans will probably never get over leaving their beloved Upton Park.

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Hammers supporters miss the famous old ground more than many of them ever imagined they would.

West Ham left their home of 112 years for the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford four years ago.

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Upton Park: Gone but never forgotten

But the simple fact is many fans simply haven’t taken to the London Stadium.

West Ham have moved to try and improve the matchday experience over the last two seasons.

As part of that the stands behind the goal have been squared off in preparation for when fans can eventually return to matches.

But it cuts little ice with supporters, many of whom feel they were taken to the new ground on false pretences.

‘Sold a dream, given a nightmare’ and ‘Lies, lies, lies’ are just two of the catchlines emblazoned on protest banners sported by angry supporters.

And the stadium move sits at the very heart of the festering resentment between the fanbase and co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Many fans and pundits feel the move – and the fact the London Stadium is not designed for football – has played its part in destroying West Ham’s soul.

Upton Park was razed to the ground to make way for flats as part of West Ham’s move to Stratford.

One of the only lasting legacies to the ground were some graffiti by Hammers fans on the walls in a nearby alley over which Upton Park used to grace the skyline.

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Iconic graffiti a lasting legacy of famous old stadium

The graffiti is famous among West Ham fans. One emblazoned ‘Long live the Boleyn’ and the other the old West Ham badge.

So Hammers fans were disgusted this week when a picture emerged on social media showing the area looking more like the local dump.

Stained mattresses, fridges, beds, cupboards, paint cans and rubbish are strewn everywhere in front of the West Ham murals.

And some graffiti has also been scrawled over the top of the ‘Long live the Boleyn’ wall.

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Warning: Some may find this image distressing, but there’s a happy ending

West Ham fans reacted with fury to several posts and re-posts of the picture on social media.

Many slammed local residents for a lack of respect for their area and the historic old ground that once stood there.

And some took their anger out on the owners.

But one or two took it upon themselves to ensure something was done about it.

That’s according to claims on Twitter. Word is one fan in particular got in touch with the authorities and made sure the area was cleared.

So at least there was a happy ending.

A small consolation for those brave enough to revisit the old stomping ground. Although many still find it too gut-wrenching even today.

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