The West Ham Tour
A visiting supporter's guide to Upton Park.
The Boleyn Ground
The Boleyn Ground (also known as Upton Park, the name of the locale) has been the home of West Ham United football club for nigh on a century.
Just a short walk from Upton Park tube station, the home of the Hammers has seen many changes over the years - especially since the Taylor report demanded that all Premiership stadia become all-seater in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.
Both the Centenary Stand (north) and the Bobby Moore Stand (south) have risen from the ashes of the old stands since. And now the stadium is receiving its latest facelift; the East and West stands are being redeveloped in a £35m project which should reach fruition in 2003.
Away supporters are situated in the Centenary Stand - the nearest to Upton Park tube station, just a few hundred yards walk down Green Street.
The ticket office is currently situated in Priory Road, on the corner where the Bobby Moore and East Stands meet.
Upton Park Tube Station
The nearest tube station to the ground. Confusingly for away fans just up the line is West Ham tube station - but if you get off there you'll have a very long walk to the ground!
As part of the total package of ground redevelopment, West Ham United have also renovated Upton Park tube station, in order that it may cope with the 35,000+ fans.
To get to the ground, come out of the station main entrance and turn right into Green Street. The ground is roughly 500 yards down on your left.
The Best Cafes In Town
Okay - this is arguable. But in this writers opinion you can't do better than Cassettari's or Nathan's on a Saturday lunchtime. Or even on a Wednesday evening for that matter ...
Cassettari's cafe is legendary in West Ham's history. It has long been a regular haunt ofthe players; many stories are told of how Malcolm Allison used to gather his fellow players there to discuss tactics with salt and pepper pots way back inthe late '50's.
And Nathan's, just a short step from Cassettari's (where the Barking Road meets Green Street) is arguably the finest vendor of that East End delicacy - Pie, Mash and Liquor. Simply unbeatable before a game.
To get there, walk past the ground to the end of Green Street. Turn left into Barking Road, and you'll find both Cassettari's and Nathan's 100 yards or so down on your left.
Ken's Cafe (situated on Green Street between Upton Park tube station and the ground) also enjoys near-mythical status amongst hungry Hammers and is a regular haunt of radio presenter Phill Jupitus. Get there early to get a table.
The Earl of Wakefield
The Wakefield is the sipirtual home of KUMB, being as it is the poular destination for a pre-match tickler for several members of the KUMB forum.
Once again the pub is predominantly poulated by home fans although opposition supporters often pass through.
The Wakefield it situated on Katherine Road, which is accessed from the Barking Road - halfway between Green Street and East Ham High Street.
The Queens pub is situated right next door to Upton Park tube station on Green Street.
A fiercely partisan clientele don't take too kindly to opposing fans drinking in their pub, so if you're looking for a cheeky half before kick-off you're best to try further up Green Street (left out of the tube station), away from the ground.
Being where it is ie. right bang next door to the tube, the Queens has seen its fair share of action over the years. Back in the hoolie heyday home supporters used to gather here to await the away fans, who would emerge from the tube station into ambush.
The Boleyn pub is situated on the corner of Green Street and the Barking Road. It takes its name from the castle which used to stand upon the same ground several centuries ago.
It is perhaps the busiest pub in the area on match days, packed to the brim with Hammers fans. It's another former regular haunt of the players who used to regularly gather there for a post match pint.
The Boleyn is an effervescent cauldron of noise on a match day. The pool tables in the back bar are taken over by the younger lads - not to play on, but to dance and sing in preparation for the game ahead.
The Boleyn, like the Queens has seen its fair share of aggro over the years. As a well known Hammers refuge several opposing firms have attempted to take over the pub in the past - with usually the same outcome ...
The Millers Wells
The Miller's Well is situated along the Barking Road, near East Ham high street.
A quieter pub than the Boleyn or Queens, the Miller's Well is some fifteen minutes walk from the ground, and always a good stopping point before the game.
From the tube station walk to the junction of Green Street and Barking Road; turn right and follow the Barking Road for half a mile or so. The pub is on your left, just past the high street traffic lights.
The New West Stand
The new West Stand (officially known as the Dr. Martens Stand) opened for business at the start of the 2001/02 season.
The new stand increased the capacity of Upton Park by over 8,000 and is the first phase in an ambitious £35m redevelopment of Upton Park.
Despite many problems the stand opened in time for the 0-0 draw with Leeds in August 2001 - although only the Upper Tier was open at that stage.
The lower tier was opened some three months later in November, and now seats well over 15,000 supporters.
020 8548 2748
Ticket Office/Travel Club
0870 112 2700
Hammers Quality Hotel
0870 460 8200
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Football In The Community
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Conference and Banqueting
020 8548 2775
Boleyn Ground, Green Street, London E13 9AZ