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only1billybonds 11:04 Sun Apr 4
MOTD. Top 10 Worst places to go.
Anyone seen this on i player?

Some good banter and Shearer compares Upton Park to the old Den. Cant hold that against him,also widely agreed that the atmosphere at the cesspit is shit.

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ChillTheKeel 7:30 Wed Apr 7
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Oh and MARTIN, you'll never have the last laugh with a face like that. "KEOWN, he's got a monkey's head. He's got a monkey's head"....repeat to fade

ChillTheKeel 7:28 Wed Apr 7
Re: MOTD. Top 10 Worst places to go.
Do they remember when the ground was like when....erm hang on, I forgot what Google said..... three sides that were simply terraces and the main stand was terraced underneath?

Northern Sold 6:24 Wed Apr 7
Re: MOTD. Top 10 Worst places to go.
JAMIE REDKNAPP

I knew how intimidating that crowd could be so I was nervous but excited — playing at grounds like that was what it was all about. Going there with Liverpool we said the most important thing was to keep the crowd quiet because with their tails up the atmosphere was unbelievable.


MARTIN KEOWN

One thing that was always apparent about Upton Park was the passion — the fans certainly hated me with a passion!

I became almost a pantomime villain there but I loved that battle.

Somebody once told me the abuse was a sign of respect but with 30,000 people screaming you have to make sure you have the last laugh.

I won headers and made blocks I never normally would have, all because their hatred was driving me on.

Once when I was celebrating a win, an aggressive man started making eye contact with me.

He followed me along the touchline — it was probably for the best we couldn’t reach each other. Maybe I was over-celebrating, but they started it!

Even though it was hostile, Upton Park was a great place to play. I wonder if they will lose that 12th man at the Olympic Stadium because the Boleyn is one of the great stadiums.

The way it pops out from rows of terraced houses gave it a community feel.

You don’t get that at new, polished grounds. You can’t stand in the way of progress but it will be a shame to say goodbye.


JAMIE CARRAGHER

It was a ground I always loved playing at, because of the hostile atmosphere and how close you were to the stands.

I had some difficult afternoons there and got subbed off at West Ham a couple of times towards the end of my career.

You were guaranteed a lively reception from the fans behind the dugout but it was never a problem — they could give plenty of stick but they would take it, too.

It was just a proper ground to play football, a stadium I always enjoyed.


SLAVEN BILIC

Players hated to come to Upton Park, especially foreign players, they did not like it


PAIL INCE

I almost got my head smashed in at West Ham !


JULIAN DICKS

I had porn thrown at me at Upton Park


JESSE LINGARD (then Man United when bus was being pelted)

Mummy !!!



Comma

I like popcorn

WHU(Exeter) 6:03 Wed Apr 7
Re: MOTD. Top 10 Worst places to go.
I think there were a lot of factors in why it was a special atmosphere.

The closeness of the terraces to the pitch was definitely one of them, but genuinely think there was a fiercer sought of loyalty than at most other clubs.

Most teams, ourselves included you could easily predict which games would have the best atmospheres year in, year out, there weren't stupid new rivalries started because of hardly anything, the rivalries then ran much deeper.

But a difference with our games and when the atmosphere would really hot up in games when you wouldn't expect it, I genuinely think that happened in loads of games where there was a feeling we'd been wronged in a game or something more minor than that, one incident would set it off and then it wouldn't end til the final whistle....that partisan attitude, absolutely other clubs had it, but West Ham stood out as one of the best then.

Lee Trundle 5:56 Wed Apr 7
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`Simod Cup at home to Millwall anyone?`

I was too young to attend many games in the 80's (I wasn't even a teenager yet).

The League Cup game against Millwall with the fat bloke in shorts on the pitch giving it the large was easily the best atmosphere I've ever experienced.

I now can fully understand the phrase "you can cut the atmosphere with a knife".

WHU(Exeter) 5:49 Wed Apr 7
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AMOCS summed it up best, it's just like coffee (the drink not the poster), increase numbers and it all gets filtered down

Espresso or a frothy filtered down erm, filtered coffee (or it might have been latte)

Those weren't the exact words

Anyway, you get the drift

Northern Sold 5:44 Wed Apr 7
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Regarding numbers... which comma loves to quote....

Upton Park with terracing... sometimes had big crowds with great atmospheres... sometimes had big crowds with shit atmosphere....sometimes had small crowds with great atmospheres...and sometimes had small crowds with shit atmosphere....

big crowd does not equal atmosphere

One of the best atmospheres I can remember over UP was v Watford in 88(ish)... probably no more than 14k there I reckon... saw grown men weep with joy at the end of that game... stick your 60,000 commas

Northern Sold 5:40 Wed Apr 7
Re: MOTD. Top 10 Worst places to go.
`Simod Cup at home to Millwall anyone?`


Evil night... still not sure how many Wall were in the corner pen but I know about 200 got led by the old bill by us in the West Lower... fucking great fun. Result was shit... fucking cascariono and Sherringham double act

WHU(Exeter) 5:16 Wed Apr 7
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IT wasn't just players from other clubs who mentioned the atmosphere at the Boleyn in their biographies when they were talking about the 70s or 80s, pretty much any book on football grounds pre and post the taking away of the terraces goes on about our place being one of the noticeably more atmospheric and intimidating.

I went to games back then, not that many in the 70s cos of the distance and my age, but tons through the 80s, and there is no way the Boleyn didn't stick out as one of the best for the intimidation it could generate and the atmosphere in comparison with a lot of the bigger grounds.

ChillTheKeel 10:45 Wed Apr 7
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Fo the Communist 11:36

bruuuno 12:26 Wed Apr 7
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Yea, I quite like the riverside and the impressive architecture round there. Obviously I prefer the Boleyn but there’s positives from the new gaff.

BRANDED 11:40 Tue Apr 6
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I like walking to the stadium from Hackney Wick after a few beers at Howling Hops

Fo the Communist 11:36 Tue Apr 6
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"I hate the surroundings way more than the ground"

This is close to the truth. The Shithole is a fetid embodiment of everything that soils the game. Sterile, disconnected, transient, impersonal, makeshift, soulless, rootless.

Walking to a stadium without passing a house or seeing a car is just wrong.

RM10 11:12 Tue Apr 6
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when you restrict where fans sit/stand it all changes, i was lucky to go in the time when we could stand chat drink where we wanted, adds to the awful days on the pitch, its not all about the football!

smartypants 11:03 Tue Apr 6
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Terracing killed Upton Park the same as most grounds. It’s easy to got misty eyed but since the early 90s there weren’t many occasions when it was that memorable. The problem with our new home is it’s not very forgiving, it’s way to big for a club out of the top 4. I hate the surroundings way more than the ground. I’ve been to old Trafford and Liverpool loads of times and in recent years it’s been totally flat, same for loads of other new and old grounds up and down the country, ours is far from ideal but it’s more down to the general apathy you get now from the older supporters and lack of real passion from the younger ones. Times have sadly changed.

Grumpster 10:59 Tue Apr 6
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Was the area as well as the excellent and aggressive atmosphere with players having to go very close to the fans that was intimidating.

And we left that to go to the worst football stadium many of us have ever been in.

Oh well.

ChillTheKeel 10:05 Tue Apr 6
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I know what it's like to be standing when there was under 12k there, you laughable snide. And the atmosphere was still 100 x better than the soulless bowl you worship.

Good luck looking that one up on Google.

ChillTheKeel 10:01 Tue Apr 6
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HAHA I completely missed comma having a(nother) breakdown, inexplicably ranting about socialism on a thread discussing UP.

The last time you tried to psychoanalyse me you had a breakdown 5 minutes later because someone wished everyone a 'Happy New Year' you tragic case.

Altogether now - "60,000 commas, sitting in the dive"

Mad Dog 10:01 Tue Apr 6
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Out of curiosity and not genuinely taking sides here at all, why do you think he never went when it was standing?

, 9:53 Tue Apr 6
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MD, take it from me CTK has no idea of what it is like to be in a stadium with twenty thousand or more people standing.

Like I say all his so called experiences are borrowed because he is a classic armchair supporter. A genuine keyboard fan spouting vicarious experiences.

Mad Dog 9:41 Tue Apr 6
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Agree with both of you.

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