West Ham United captain Mark Noble has spoken out about the imminent arrival of a claret pitch surround at the London Stadium.

The Hammers had endured two torrid seasons at their new London Stadium home since leaving Upton Park.

But the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini has seen the club make huge strides in the right direction.

West Ham comfortably in midtable and chasing a potential European spot.

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Pellegrini’s Hammers transformation

They are playing with a style and identity that connects with the fans. And while it has been far from perfect they now boast the best home record outside the Premier League’s top six.

After a battle with London Stadium operators E20, West Ham finally got their wish to replace the green pitch surround with a claret one.


It is expected to be installed after the Saracens v Harlequins rugby match taking place at the stadium on March 23rd.

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Claret carpet imminent

Much has been made of the claret carpet. But it will certainly make the stadium feel more like West Ham’s home. For supporters the more claret the better.

Indeed many feel it will help the players with sightlines during matches. Others say it won’t make the slightest bit of difference.

But Hammers skipper Mark Noble was positive about the claret surround when he addressed supporters on the official website this week.

“I believe the 2018/19 season has been a significant and notable turning point for this club,” Noble told whufc.com.

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Noble speaks out on new pitch surround

“There is no doubt that huge strides have been made, both on and off the pitch, and that we have moved forward in a positive direction.

“Off the field, the increase in matchday capacity to 60,000 has added another dimension to the atmosphere. Meanwhile the naming of the Billy Bonds Stand – what a great day that was! – and the new pitch surround in our club colours, which will be in place soon, are all things that have helped to grow the affection we feel here.”

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