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Haven't been, won't go

Filed: Tuesday, 19th September 2017
By: Staff Writer

Comedian, writer and lifelong Hammers fan Phill Jupitus says he will not watch his beloved team at the Olympic Stadium.

Jupitus, who shot to fame as a poet (Porky the Poet) and stand-up comedian was a regular visitor to the Boleyn Ground and became part of the team working on Fortunes Always Hiding, a popular fanzine from the early 1990s.

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However in conversation with Talksport's Hawksbee and Jacobs, the 55-year-old - who recently moved from Leigh-on-Sea to Fife in Scotland - insisted that he would never visit the Olympic Stadium.

"Haven't been, won't go," said Jupitus, when asked to give his verdict on the Stratford arena. "'ll go and see them away if I'm not doing anything. I didn't see anything wrong with the ground as it was. It's just the way sport is going.

"I remember when I used to wake up on Saturday [when I lived in Bow] and it was an option. 'Shall we go to the football today?' - you remember that feeling? I miss that, just having the option to go.

"It's like the final crystallisation of everything that has happened to football, the changes and evolution over the last 20 years of the game.

"At that amazing and beautiful ground at Upton Park you could touch them [the players] - they didn't like it, but you could touch them! You were that close to the action.

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"The management at Fenway Park in Boston were looking at the same thing but they consulted the fans and the fans were like 'we don't want to go'.

"So they didn't go and they've been redeveloping the site as it is. I think we should have redeveloped the East Stand, where the Chicken Run was."

I know there will be people screaming at their radios now - especially two short blokes with a woman in the background saying 'calm down, calm down' - but I'm one of the ones who thinks we shouldn't have moved.

"I'm sure the people who go will love it, but there was just too much change that I didn't like."

You may listen to the full interview with Jupitus on Talksport.

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