The Premiership the source of my talk and comment for most of the weekend to the majority of football fans and fans of football.
For me it starts on Thursday getting that Fantasy League team right (never happens – look at Naismith bagging a hat-trick against Chelsea – how many had him in their team this weekend) and ends after the Monday night affair with Gary Neville trying to sound intelligent on Sky Sports. Of course, I don’t really have time to sit in front of the box and watch it all – MOTD will do me.
And so the agony/joy is a rollercoaster for me – the Claret and Blue of London E13 give me untold joy at times as well as utter dejection, such is the life of a supporter.
So as the price of a match ticket gets ever more expensive (I paid £65 the other season for a crap view in the Gods to witness a 1-0 over Burnley.), fans have little choice but to watch on TV where they can. I know several other Hammers simply haven’t been for years to the Boleyn Ground as the cost is too much, yet in past years they may have seen the likes of Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore grace our hallowed turf.
And it is the last year that West Ham play at this historic ground in Green Street in East London. I have been watching them at least once (now that I am abroad) since 1994 and hopefully for a final time towards the end of November against West Brom. The ground will be demolished and we move to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium in Stratford for the start of 2016/17 season. I have seen my heroes play there, some sublime games, and memorable results but it will be no more next year.
Now, some of you are probably thinking “what is this bampot on about, rambling on about football on BF?!”
Well, no doubt West Ham will be flogging all types of things from the ground as a buyable memento of the famous stadium, but if you are a AFOL like myself, methinks you can go one better.
Chris, the owner of Brickstand can create a replica of your football ground for around £300. His text below relates the West Ham stadium to give you an idea:
“The Boleyn Ground, Upton Park.
Home to West Ham United for one final season in 2015/16
This Lego representation is available for you to buy as a permanent reminder of the famous ground, a unique once in a lifetime gift for any Hammers fan.
The stadium measures 58x55x15cm
I build your ground to order as seen above and deliver it personally (UK mainland) Current lead time is 3-4 weeks.
To get an idea of what goes into making a stadium and how I work, feel free to watch this film that was filmed for Danish TV:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLyJvDjpS3U
I’m not able to produce these stadiums as kits with instructions, it would need Lego to do that, so if you would like to support the idea please vote for my Lego Ideas stadium submission and who knows maybe one day it will happen : https://ideas.lego.com/projects/91797
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org“
Now, you have to be impressed with the custom creation. OK, so it is not detail perfect, but as a representation of the ground, I think it is rather good. The only issue would be where to display it. And it is built to order, so you can’t actually build it yourself, which I think would be hugely satisfying.
And the chap is attempting to build all 92 League grounds at some point, that is one hell of a challenge.
Me thinks that you have to be a somewhat diehard fan to get one of these. I love my club, but this is a little extreme even for me, mainly because as mentioned before, I would have no where to display it and I could not take it apart. And if I did get hold of it, there would be the huge temptation to fiddle around with it and see how it can be improved.
But make no mistake, it is a very impressive custom creation and more to the point that there are other grounds re-created, Chris a talented builder. If you are interested in his work then visit his website Brickstand today.