For decades, football had remained a sport with a pre-dominantly local, restricted audience, governed by the number of people who could enter the stadium.
West Ham are easy meat for the comedians now, aren’t we? With England having all four finalists in Europe’s top competitions... three from London.
West Ham’s golden years; the 2020s? Unlikely.
It could only be West Ham. We win superbly at our biggest rivals and the vast range of reactions from our fans just underlines what a bunch of mixed-up kids we really are.
The Boleyn Ground, 1st September 2012. The maverick, the enigma that was Andy Carroll made his West Ham debut. The player that had signed for Liverpool from Newcastle for a massive £35million was now, just two years later, turning out for West Ham United.
Not as easy a question to answer as it seems at first. It is safe to say though, that the issue of racism in football is certainly getting more attention than in any recent season I can remember.
Are we about to see a dramatic twist in the ongoing war of words between the club’s Official Supporters Board and WHUISA, the independent fans’ group that declined to join Lady Brady’s brainchild last summer?
The 'Running Round Tottenham' song is sadly indicative of a lot of bigotry that has always been around, but nowadays is steeped in absolutely nothing but utter cretinism.
While the past few weeks has seen Manuel Pellegrini pondering whether to give Marko Arnautovic first team football, it has dawned on me that the type of situation West Ham are suffering from behind closed doors is one that has embedded itself into our dressing room before.
It was only a matter of time, surely, that the appalling 'Running Round Tottenham' song would drag our club‘s name through the dirt yet again, such is the current climate of rightful intolerance towards racist abuse.