West Ham United fans it’s official, it’s coming home.
Not football but the giant West Ham crest which used to adorn The Bobby Moore stand at Upton Park.
The badge looked set to be sold to an overseas buyer after West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold refused the chance to buy it back for just £9k – read the full story here.
The historic badge was discovered mothballing in storage earlier this year.
Fan group Hammers United stepped in and after months of negotiations, crowdfunding and contributions from key individuals the badge was saved from the clutches of an overseas buyer.
West Ham supporters have been deliberating what to do with the badge since. The crest has become somewhat symbolic given that a large section of West Ham fans dislike the club’s new badge.
And Hammers United will this morning announce that the giant crest will be restored to its former glory and mounted on the club’s historic supporters club behind what was the Southbank/Bobby Moore stand at Upton Park.
“This is a fantastic location as it will be only a very few yards from its original home at the Boleyn Ground and it will stand proud as a fitting reminder of the great West Ham occasions there, and some not so great!” Hammers United said in a statement.
“We thank West Ham United Supporters club and their present tenants UK Fitness Club for permission to display, and their assistance towards bringing this to a favourable conclusion. UK Fitness club will be submitting application for planning permission.
“Rubin has now collected the crest from Sanjai’s house where it had been held in storage. It has been taken to Sean Burke’s workshop where it will be restored to it’s former glory. Free of charge.
“Sean will be surveying the Upton Park site towards fitting the crest to it’s new home. The crest is huge and heavy.
“All considerations must be made towards a professional and safe conclusion. Sean will undertake this work free of charge though he will need help if the survey indicates scaffolding will be needed.
“Sean and Rubin join the long list of West Ham fans who have made this possible. Terry Jewel, the Under 5s, Andy Payne with his considerable donation, Ben & Jason Hayes, Sanjai, Trevor Twohig, West Ham United Supporters Club, UK Fitness Club and all the many West Ham fans who chipped in. BRAVO! and thank you.
“West Ham’s owners had no interest in saving the crest so the West Ham family rallied round and saved it themselves.
“We will let you know when final arrangements are made and hopefully some of you can come along and witness this piece of Hammers history.”