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Keep the statue in Upton Park, say fans

Filed: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

A snap KUMB poll has resulted in around three-quarters or respondents voting in favour of keeping the Champions statue in Upton Park.

The statue, which features all three Hammers to represent England in the 1966 World Cup Final - Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Everton's Ray Wilson - has been the subject of much discussion since West Ham United moves to Stratford in the summer of 2016.

And a snap poll taken on the KUMB Forum has seen 75 per cent of respondents voting to leave the statue on the junction of Green Street and Barking Road - with less than a quarter of fans believing the statue should be moved.

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"Leave it, it belongs there," wrote KUMB member matthewbd. "Build a new one for the London Stadium. Moore, Hurst and Peters played in East Ham. Any sign that we used to play there has all but gone, so let's leave something."

However sutts07 believes that the statue should be close to where the team are playing. "Assuming our owners would never spend money on a new version, I'd actually prefer to see it over at Stratford now personally," he penned.

"I totally understand people wanting it to remain in the Upton Park area but for me, we have moved now and we are not going back. It'd give me that little feeling of pride in my stomach each time I walk past it on the way to the ground."

Meanwhile a number of businesses in Upton Park have clubbed together to produce a poster calling for the Champions statue to remain where it was initially installed.

Entitled 'Save our Statue', the poster - which you may see below - urges members of the public to write to Newham's Mayor, Sir Robin Wales in order to express their objection to any plans to move the statue. An online petition is also available.

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