Up early at 4:30am, arrived in Stratford early, then went to Upton Park via Plaistow Tube. Saw the Upton Gardens developments, got some food and back to Stratford.
During the ‘static demo’, I stood at the back, could not hear much, BUT that didn’t matter, as far as I was concerned, I was there to make up the numbers… …and to quietly watch and observe!
IMHO, what really mattered, during the ‘static protest’ was THE NUMBERS…
One of the Security personnel told me personally, that there was over a 1,000 there.
Who am I or anybody else to argue with that? If any journalist does, then they ARE NOT doing their job properly…
DM on KUMB (Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:21 pm ) stated;
“BBC 5 Live said close to 2000 Well done to all involved!”
DevonshireRoad on KUM ( Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:00 pm), stated
“Spoke to the steward on the 'gate' to the area, he said they counted close to 3000 on their clicker, good number for what someone on here described (in complimentary terms) as 'amateurish''
As I left, I watched MANY West Ham fans WALKING AWAY from Grotesque Soulless Bowl, as I now call it…
Walking back to Stratford Station, I concur with LOS, there was a ‘dispirited’ look on the columns of West Ham fans walking/trudging to the match…
LOS on KUMB (Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:30 am), stated;
“I only went to the protest, not the game. So it was really weird going home against the flow of fans. And something there really struck a chord. Went from the protest to Stratford station. From there to West Ham station which included a C2C train pulling in packed with our match going fans,.......... And the part of that I cannot erase from my mind is that going past all those 1000's of fans, I didn;t see any joking around, singing, smiling even. Just a huge big unconnected (almost miserable) mob of people, going through the motions out of habit.”
At Stratford Station, I met a family who had been to the Service at the Memorial Service at Upton Park that Saturday morning. There was a lady who explained that she had had a Season Ticket at Stratford, but didn’t like it and had given it all up…
As I have written previously;
“Radio commentary (R5L) on the VERY first Premier League match there, described the atmosphere as ‘turgid’. Then, recently on another radio channel (TalkSport), the atmosphere was described as ‘toxic’. Finally, on the forum boards, the atmosphere had degenerated so much, that it has now been described as a ‘morgue’…
GSB, the Grotesque Soulless Bowl (Turgid-2-Toxic-2-Morgue Athletics Stadium), brought about by GSB, the ‘Greedy Stadium Baggers’, Del Boy Sullivan, Comedy Gold Boycie and the Duchess of Knightsbridge.
Two Fools and a Mare, have created a DISASTER SO BIG, SO ENORMOUS & CATASTROPHIC, that 20,000 West Ham United fans, YES I REPEAT, twenty thousand West Ham United supporters, WON’T go to the GSB, the Grotesque Soulless Bowl (Turgid-2-Toxic-2-Morgue Athletics Stadium), or have WALKED AWAY…
The 20,000 figure was mentioned by Paul Colborne;
Hammers United Message - The January Protest
Published on Jan 3, 2020
When I have spoken to people that figure of, 20,000 West Ham United fans have ALREADY walked away, as a consequence of GSB and the Athletics Stadium… …they are VISIBLY SHOCKED!
ALL BEING WELL, I shall try to make the effort to attend NEXT TIME.
BIG THANK and WELL DONE to everybody who organised the ‘static protest’ and ALSO to those who attended it.
It was a pleasure and an honour, to be in your company.