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We all have an opinion about the atmosphere at Upton Park and the general consensus of opinion, including posts on here, seems to be that it sucks sh*t through a straw big-time. Some games have their moments and Cardiff was one of them for me. Top. Since the introduction of book in advance, all-seater stadia, the Northbank, Southbank, Westside, ChickenRun groups of mates and chant-starters, have been dissipated throughout the ground. Upton Park is no longer in the 'difficult place to come', intimidatory fortress category and is more in the Library class. The pitch being further away and the East Stand are factors. Seeing as we would all like this to change, I would like to venture a solution.
If groups of people who share a favoured area of the ground, from the site bought season-tickets together or matchday tickets together and started up chants, these could be picked up by the various groups around the ground and continued. I have been sitting in the Centenary lower at the back row recently and once people realise you are going to start a chant, they soon join in and have the confidence to start a few themselves, especially when they know they are going to get backed. Peterborough Irons boy Bobby got a rousing burst of 'Come on You Irons' going last night and he is 11 :doff: little acorn.
I realise that this will take some organisation but if we want to see a change, then we have to change it. The twelfth man factor at any home ground is a powerful force and a right grin at the same time. CHAVS & TOSSERS need not apply.
It is a great idea which we have mulled over in the past, at the end of the day it boils down to where to seat everyone, personally I'm in favour of the West Lower, most other stands barring the chicken run can hold their own, if we could get say 20 people from this site with their seats together in the DML, I reckon we could get the whole stand going, with that it'll cause a shockwave effect and get the 2 ends going aswell.
To be honest I want to hear more 'West Ham' songs, the most sung songs last night was "stand up if you hate millwall" and "who are ya" when we scored to the Crewe support, personally I think we should be singing bubbles, or the scorers name etc.
As I said, I'm defo up for relocating my seat next season if we can get enough of us!
bloody good idea, i am probably going to be in bobby moore next year, but if there is a group in the west, they will help bobby moore get things going, then even one day......east upper..........maybee not
corner of centenary/dr martins also will get it going, so i agree, its mainly the west that needs improving.
I reckon the Bobby Moore Lower.
1. Its Cheap (like the Budgie)
2. There are a fair amount of singers there anyway
3. the view ain't bad
4. You don't get ****ers moaning about swaring, singing standing up etc.
5. Its the old South Bank....need I say more.
The Cage and the surges, near the opposition, Remember Ibrox Please Leave Slowly, Jumpers for goalposts....
Last edited by chimchimcheroo on Thu Mar 18, 2004 3:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Disagree mate, the BML can already hold its own, really we need to work on getting the WHOLE ground singing, the east stand upper is a bit of a lost cause though.
I reckon the west lower has got the biggest potential, as we showed against Cardiff, if we can get enough of us there, we can get it like that every game.
I'll do it but not until I can see what's available in the West Stand. I'm front row and (practically) centre of the Bobby Moore Upper and I'd be loathed to part with those seats unless I was going somewhere decent. So, to sum up, count me in as long as we can troop down the ticket office together and pick out a top spot. 8)
Fine by me.
The company i work for look after Brighton's Withdean Stadium. When BHA moved there, the atmosphere was ***** so they set up singing sections....areas where fans can purposely buy season tickets or match tickets. These sections were in all 4 sides of the ground and improved the atmosphere immensely.
Would it work at the Boleyn or is the stadium too big to implement it (Withdean only holds 7,000)....Just a thought.
I sit behind :tbrown: !! Reckon you should all come and sit by me, Im sure he would love that!!!
Seriously though, its a fab idea. Sometimes (espesh at away games) you get half the people that wanna sing and half that dont, it annoys me and the club should ask when you get your tickets so they can put the singers together!! It would stop the chanting from fizzling out after 2 seconds!!
That's a top idea mate. Sections in each stand would work IMO. I shall ask the question of the club. No doubt get told to **** off, but who dares Rodney...
Remember laughing when they done it at highbury, but now i see it makes sense!! Can you imagine the thickos in the ticket office trying to deal with that though!! They dont have a clue at the best of times.
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