The image that many West Ham supporters will remember from last month’s League Cup tie was that of a lone Chelsea fan walking across the divide to confront the home fans.
I am most certainly not suggesting the crowd trouble was all down to Chelsea, but I was shocked to see West Ham getting all the blame from the media. I am increasingly getting fed up of the press writing the easy story of West Ham ‘hooligans’ causing all the trouble every game.
I go to football, like I do in all the sports I follow, to have a break from my job, to have a few beers and a laugh with my friends and family and support my team. West Ham were brilliant against Chelsea and fully deserved to win the game, and that’s what should be focussed on not the stupid minority from both sides of the segregation. These are not football fans and they should get banned for being plonkers.
However, the atmosphere was not poisonous. It was brilliant. Th e vast majority of the crowd got behind the team and in all honesty it is a relief that the stadium won’t become another library like many new grounds. Against Chelsea the Olympic Stadium felt like a real football stadium. Th e atmosphere was loud and I’m glad we got to enjoy our fi rst really special night there.