Opposition players and fans relish coming to the London Stadium but how many would have looked forward to coming to Upton Park?
The London Stadium has been home to West Ham for nearly two seasons now, and with the finish line of this campaign coming into view, our final home game this month looks like the fixture list has done the Irons a favour in terms of taking charge of their own fate.
But writing in his column in Blowing Bubbles magazine, former Irons legend Phil Parkes says he is worried that the London Stadium still does not feel like home, and the fear factor provided by Upton Park which could have helped tipped the balance West Ham’s way is sadly lacking.
“I know I say this all the time but the new stadium just doesn’t have the hostile atmosphere that Upton Park did,” he said. “Opposition players and fans relish coming to the London Stadium but how many would have looked forward to coming to Upton Park? Our last game in March is going to be a very important month for us. The atmosphere at your home stadium can really help.”
Elsewhere in his column, Parkes gives an insight into how off the field problems can affect players, and does not hold back in his views on club owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
In addition to Parkes, former team-mate George Parris gives Blowing Bubbles his opinion on current events at the club, and the magazine’s team of top writing talent cover all the latest claret and blue news, from the arrival of Patrice Evra to the future of the Bobby Moore statue, and from how the board can get fans back on side to what the future holds for James Collins.
For all this and more, pick up a copy of the new Blowing Bubbles – “Out now”:http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/read-our-latest-issue.html