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Grays Athletic FC v West Ham United FC XI
Rush Green Stadium
Off Rush Green Road
The Blues will host a West Ham United XI in a pre-season friendly to celebrate the official opening of the stadium at Rush Green.
The game takes place on Friday 20th July, Kick Off 7.45pm and will be the first game played at the ground since Grays Athletic took residence.
This game symbolises the link between the two clubs who have joined together to regenerate the Rush Green Stadium. Over the coming months the Academy inside the ground will be completed which will be used by both West Ham and Grays Athletic to educate and develop future talent to integrate into their teams.
As well as Grays Athletic hosting all their home fixtures at the Rush Green Stadium for the coming season, the West Ham Reserve team will also be playing their games at the ground. Further details on fixtures for both teams will be available as soon as details are released.
On the night of the 20th July, the Rush Green Stadium will be officially opened by West Ham Owner, David Sullivan.
Prices for the game are only £10.00 for Adults and £5.00 for Concessions.
We have been informed the West Ham line up will consist of a mixture of First Team squad players and Reserve Team players,
along with the possibility or a surprise selection or two being included.
Grays have faced a West Ham XI in three of the last four seasons, with West Ham winning 2 and Grays Athletic 1 of the 3 games as below:
2008/09 Season – Grays Athletic 2-1 West Ham XI
2009/10 Season – Grays Athletic 1-2 West Ham XI
2011/12 Season – Grays Athletic 1-5 West Ham XI
I thought the Development Squad was V Grays? Aren't the First Team travelling to Colchester on the saturday, the day after?
£10 to watch the kids hmmmm
It's apparently a Mixture of both the First Team and Development Squad.
Has anyone heard anything different, will the First Team squad actually be playing?
We are expecting details of the West Ham squad later today.
As it is the first game at West Ham's new training facility and your Chairman is coming along to "cut the ribbon" on what will be our new ground for the next couple of seasons, we are hoping for some quite high profile names to be present/playing.
I will post on here as soon as info is available.
Wasn't there meant to be a West Ham XI game against AFC Wimbledon planned for pre-season?
Not till 4 August at Kingsmeadow.
I believe this is just the development squad - no real names of any sort there as the main squad will be at Colchester the day after.
From the official Grays Athletic website:
"The Club’s first match at their new home takes place this evening, as Ian Hendon’s young West Ham United side visit Rush Green.
Prior to the match, West Ham’s joint owner David Sullivan will officially open the ground which has been redeveloped over the past seven months. With the land being owned by West Ham, the Club have agreed a deal to play at the ground for the next two seasons, with Ian Hendon's reserve side playing their matches at the site.
The majority of the work around the pitch has been undertaken by Blues supporters who have been extremely generous in the amount of hours they have put in, getting the ground fit for use after several years of being left unoccupied. Inside, the changing room areas, boardroom and bars have all been given a new lease of life, and will be the envy of many visiting teams during the upcoming season.
With the friendly against Saffron Walden Town last weekend just one of many in the area postponed due to the weather, this evening’s match will be the first run out for the majority of the squad, following three weeks of pre-season training.
Hendon's squad were in international action last weekend in Moscow, as they took part in the VTB Lev Yashin Cup – an under 21 tournament. They played three matches at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, training ground of host club Dynamo Moscow, losing to both German side Freiburg and the hosts Dynamo, before winning their final match against Besiktas. Malaga and the Mexico under-19 national team made up the other sides involved.
Recent signings Ryan Kirby, Leon Lalite and Jack West will be joined by goalkeeper Lamar Johnson, Luke Marshall and Ryan Maxwell who will continue to try and impress the management team.
The bulk of the squad who ended the season with Blues are expected to feature including Craig Pope, Junior Baker and Joao Carlos, all of whom were voted into the Isthmian Division One North Team of the Year. Fresh from scoring three goals in a training match on the pitch last Thursday, Joe Sweeney will be hoping the switch to Rush Green will re-ignite his form in front of goal.
French international Frederic Piquionne and ex-Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison could feature for the visitors, whilst George Moncur, Eoin Wearen and Blair Turgott should start, having played the bulk of the second half against Oxford United earlier in the week.
It has been reported that Bilel Mohsni will play, with the French defender currently on trial with the Premiership club. Mohsni who began his career in the French regional leagues has spent two years with Southend United, scoring 18 goals in 54 league appearances.
Confirmation regarding the West Ham team will follow later on Friday.
There have been several friendlies over the years between the two clubs, with Blues’ last win coming in August 2008, coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at The Recreation Ground courtesy of goals from Ishmael Welsh and Charlie Ide.
Last August, Ian Hendon’s side visited Rookery Hill and found themselves a goal down inside two minutes, as loanee Louis Dennis put Blues ahead with a fine finish. Two goals from Junior Stanislas, along with strikes from Frank Nouble, Eoin Wearen and Kieran Sadlier saw a comfortable 5-1 win for the visitors.
Lee Boylan made one Premier League appearance for the Hammers as a substitute in 1997. The ex-Canvey Island striker 3 goals in 21 league appearances for Blues in the 2006-07 season.
Ex-Blues manager Julian Dicks scored 50 goals in 262 league appearances for West Ham during his two spells, whilst he spent two seasons with Grays Athletic winning 28 of his 92 matches in charge.
Ex-West Ham youth and reserve team players Ishmael Welsh, Jack Jeffery, Anwar Uddin, Tom Harvey, Bertie Brayley and Andrea Zola have also featured for Blues in recent years, along with Danny Bunce, currently the longest serving player with the Blues.
If you know of any players who have played for both clubs, please let me know.
Rush Green Stadium, Rush Green Road, Romford, Essex, RM7 0LU
Details on how to get to the ground can be found here
Preview on the West Ham website:
http://www.whufc.com/articles/20120719/ ... 84_2854026
To give a heads up if anyone is going to use http://www.graysathletic.co.uk/news/gra ... seen_these to get to the ground its not the 175 that goes from Rainham its the 103 and the ground is "just outside Romford Town Centre". Thats stretching it a fair bit
Dagenham East on the District and then get the 103 is perfectly fine as well
Nice to see Freddie Piquionne is still in Sam's plans would've thought Ravel would play tomorrow though?
Cheers for that. Anything that helps the Grays faithful find their way to our new abode is appreciated.
i think this is a definite sign of where piquionne fits in with sam - nowhere.
first team squad means players who are only subs at best.
Have to say i was totally unimpressed with morrison at oxford. The number 10 who came on in the second half though was great.
2-0 down ,,, oh dear
Great start to Mohsni's time with West Ham... they spell his name wrong. 'Moshni'
It's a shame to see Ravel back in the dev squad - seems to have been shining in our first team pre-season friendlies (not always an indicator). Hopefully they're just giving him as much playing time as possible before the start of the season. Would love to see him in our first team
ALSO - It's their stadium opening... we've got to let them win!
Why's Montenegro not in the squad ? Does anyone know if he's still with West Ham, on trial or whatever ?
Or has he been sent back to Paraguay ?
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