An historic giant West Ham United crest which used to adorn the Bobby Moore stand at Upton Park has been discovered in storage.
The huge crest proudly hung on the side of West Ham’s beloved old ground before it was demolished.
It has emerged the crest has been gathering dust in storage in Greenhithe, Dartford, and is for sale for less than £9,000.
Giant historic West Ham crest which used to adorn Upton Park discovered in storage and up for sale
How it came to be in storage and out of the club’s hands is unknown.
West Ham fan group Hammers United has alerted the club’s hierarchy to the situation.
And supporters are urging co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady to do right by the club’s history and buy it back.
“We are delighted to inform you that a plaque which adorned the Bobby Moore Stand has recently been located,” Hammers United said in a letter sent to West Ham which has been seen by Hammers News.
West Ham fans urge GSB to do right by the club’s history and buy crest back
“It is currently in storage in a warehouse in Greenhithe, away from the outside elements, and is reportedly in good condition. This is obviously a marvellous opportunity to restore part of our great heritage and history; the badge that is depicted appears to be circa-mid 1980’s, so would be a wonderful addition to our historic memorabilia.
“Hammers United have made contact with the gentleman that has acquired the plaque and he assures us, pleasingly, it is for sale. He is willing to accept £8,750 for this unique piece of West Ham United history.
“It has caused quite a lot of concern amongst West Ham United fans, that something like this has been found in a storage unit. As such, Hammers United hope that the club will come forward and purchase the piece as part of your commitment in investing in the history, tradition and culture of the football club.”
Crest is part of West Ham’s rich history and should remain so
It remains to be seen whether Sullivan and Gold will sanction the re-purchase of a badge which has somehow come out of West Ham’s possession.
Like the Boleyn Gates, the badge could be displayed in the club shop or somewhere in the London Stadium.
After all West Ham fans have bemoaned the fact their new ground has not felt like home since moving there in 2016.
The crest is part of West Ham’s rich history.
Therefore it surely has a place somewhere in the cavernous new ground, which has been at the heart of poor relations between supporters and the unpopular owners.