Filed: Thursday, 5th April 2012
By: Staff Writer
Co-Chairman David Gold has claimed that 70 per cent of West Ham United fans back the club's proposed move to Stratford - despite the latest KUMB.com poll showing just one in five support the move.
Our latest poll (our fourth since the current board announced their intentions to move to the Olympic Stadium), conducted in February and March, resulted in just 21 PER CENT of voters backing the move to Stratford - with a whopping 61 PER CENT voting against the board's plans to move West Ham to the £500million stadium.
Indeed, the highest backing received in any of our four polls was 57 per cent in our January 2011 poll - 13 per cent less than the figure claimed by Gold, speaking in an interview with LBC last night.
"Most of the surveys have shown that 70 per cent of our fan base want to move to the Olympic Stadium," he claimed. "But it's the 30 per cent I want to persuade - and if I could, I know I could. I know I could change that 70 per cent to 95 per cent if I were allowed to share with them all the things that we are aware of.
"All my memories are at Upton Park so there's no way that I wanted to go to the Olympic Stadium. But as I saw the way the stadium was being developed and all the things that I am aware of now [I know that] this will be an iconic stadium, a World-class football stadium.
"You're never going to persuade everybody but I've become a great fan and I now want to go to the Olympic Stadium, despite all the memories I have of Upton Park. I'm sure that will be the case [for all fans] once we can reveal the details."
*Listen to David Gold taken to task over his figures by 'Peter from France' on LBC
70 per cent, DG? The four KUMB.com polls
Do you support the Board's plans to move WHUFC to the Olympic Stadium post-this summer's games?
Yes 21%; No 61%, Undecided 17%
Do you support the Board's plans to move WHUFC to the Olympic Stadium post-2012 games?
Yes 57%; No 32%, Undecided 11%
Do you support the proposed move to an Olympic Stadium with a running track, post-2012 games?
Yes 18%; No 72%; Undecided 10%
Do you support David Sullivan's plans to move WHUFC to the Olympic Stadium?
Yes 54%; No 21%; Undecided 25%
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01:13PM 5th Apr 2012
''If West Ham are to manitain their status as big (ish) club and rival Premiership clubs for money/fans/profile, the OS is the only way to go. Ok it's not perfect, but imagine a packed house of 60,000 for a night game against Spuds/Arse or Chelski, or European clash against the likes of Milan, Madrid or Barca...
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