House of horrors
> Hammer supporters see only misery at new London Stadium after winless streak <
WEST HAM United’s start to the season could not have gone much worse. Hammers supporters are clearly not enjoying life at their new home, the London Stadium.
There have been security problems, fans fighting among themselves and children in tears amid the ongoing carnage.
With just one win this season – and off the back of a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Southampton – some fans have had enough.
Even before the carnage at their home draw against Middlesbrough, the full extent of their misery has been revealed.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, a supporter revealed: “I said at the end of last season that this one would be shocking. I’m not surprised so far but unfortunately the view that it’s just new stadium teething troubles are starting to wear thin.
“I believe our troubles are far deeper. This new ground doesn’t feel like home. It’s not the same way I used to feel as I made my way to Upton Park. I feel like a visitor at the moment.”
While enduring a torrid time on the pitch, fans are suffering off it too – with numerous games interrupted by violence in the terraces amid ongoing security issues.
And the club was even forced to deny that footie bosses played “artificial crowd noises” into the ground earlier this week.
One disgruntled Hammer went further still, taking to social media to describe the “best moment” of her visit.
It was the moment when a steward reportedly told a fan to sit down, to which he replied: “I’m going home you f****** p****.”
But it gets worse because the travelling Southampton supporters were equally critical of the London Stadium – despite notching up a thumping win there.
One wrote on a fan forum: “I thought it was a joke. Poor views. Ridiculous distance between the upper and lower tiers. Not a football ground.”
And as Saints fans began sharing photographs showing how far away they were from the pitch, another added: “I didn’t expect anything less.
“It’s the Olympic Stadium. An excellent stadium that was awesome for athletics but not a football ground.”
One Hammers fan took a softer stance though.
They told Daily Star Online: “We have moved on now. I don’t blame the owners for trying to make us a bigger club.
“We had an exceptional year last season and left the Boleyn on a high. It will never be formidable like Upton Park but the new ground is spectacular.
“But the standing issues are already improving. Give it time.”
When approached by Daily Star Online, the Hammers were quick to rubbish the idea of an uncomfortable move.
A spokesman said: “The majority of our fans love the stadium. The feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very proud of our new home.
“The facilities are far superior to anything we had at the Boleyn Ground.
“Slaven and the players have gone on record numerous times praising the facilities and atmosphere.
“We have 20,000 more fans able to attend every game and 10,000 junior season ticket holders – the club’s future.
“There are 52,000 season ticket holders and a further 50,000 on a the waiting list.” – Daily Star