Hammers co-owner David Gold has praised West Ham United fans in a touching tribute to the Queen on social media.
West Ham have had a full week to prepare for Thursday night’s Europa Conference League match against Silkeborg after all English football fixtures were postponed at the weekend in the wake of the Queen’s death.
West Ham top Group B after beating FCSB 3-1 at the London Stadium in the first group stage match of the new campaign last Thursday night, which went ahead hours after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
West Ham fans were universally praised for a spontaneous and stirring tribute to the Queen when they replaced a planned minute’s silence with rapturous applause and renditions of God Save the Queen before and during the game against FCSB.
Ahead of the game against Silkeborg, which comes four days before the Queen’s funeral, UEFA has rejected a special request for West Ham’s Conference League clash.
West Ham and their fellow British clubs have been told they CAN’T play God Save The King before their European matches this week.
But given Denmark also have a monarchy it is thought that they may accommodate West Ham’s wishes out of respect, with the Hammers footing the bill of any fine meted out by UEFA.
Not many people working in football can claim they have witnessed the Queen’s entire reign.
One man who can, though, is West Ham co-owner David Gold.
Hammers co-owner David Gold praises West Ham fans in tribute to the Queen on social media
Born in Stepney in 1936, Gold would have been a 15-year-old boy when the Queen took the throne on 6 February 1952.
Now Hammers co-owner Gold has praised West Ham fans in a tribute to the Queen on social media.
“West Ham fans did themselves proud with a spontaneous and poignant rendition of the National Anthem when we paid our respects to Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday evening, just moments after the news broke of her sad passing,” Gold said on Twitter.