When West Ham moved into their new London Stadium home in the summer of 2016, many fans bought into the hype that the club were entering a brave, bold and successful new era.
At the time, David Sullivan and David Gold promised the Hammers faithful that having left Upton Park, we would now be able to compete with Europe’s best, both on and off the pitch.
That clearly hasn’t happened. In fact, those promises could not have been further from the truth.
In addition to that, vice-chairman Karren Brady insisted that West Ham would always come first at the London Stadium (The Mirror). That was in response to concerns that athletics and concerts would take precedent.
Fast forward four years and all of those promises have proven to be as empty as the London Stadium has been over the past nine months.
Since the summer of 2016, West Ham have faced a relegation battle in all but one season. That’s just not good enough. And despite our recent resurgence it could easily be argued that we have regressed since moving to Stratford.
Tensions between the fans and the board reached boiling point earlier this season. Things have calmed down, but we haven’t forgotten.
Ever elusive Boxing Day home game
Another bone of contention for the Hammers fans has been the fact that we are still yet to have a Boxing Day game at the London Stadium.
That all seemed to have changed at the start of the season. West Ham were scheduled to host Brighton and Hove Albion the day after Christmas.
That fixture has now been changed to December 27th (WHUFC.com). Allegedly, the match has been rearranged for TV purposes. But would broadcasting West Ham vs Brighton really have been high on the TV companies’ agenda? It’s very doubtful.
There is a good chance that the match has been moved to avoid clashes with fans and the large droves of people attending Westfield shopping centre. With the new restrictions, fans should be allowed back into the London Stadium by Boxing Day. Albeit just a few thousand.
It is a real shame that we will not have a game at home on the 26th. Presumably we won’t whilst we are at the London Stadium either.
So as Karren Brady said before we moved into our Stratford home: Nothing comes before West Ham at the London Stadium…apart from Westfield of course!