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Hammers cancel West Ham Ladies' Upton Park clash after fans' objections

Published 18/05/2016

West Ham are leaving the Boleyn Ground to move to the Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016/2017 campaign
West Ham are leaving the Boleyn Ground to move to the Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016/2017 campaign

West Ham have cancelled a proposed game between their women's team and an All-Stars side at Upton Park.

The fixture had been proposed for June 5, but the club listened to fans' views on whether it should go ahead before concluding it should not be played.

The Irons are moving to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford this summer after 112 years at their east London home.

Their final Barclays Premier League game at Upton Park was played on May 10 against Manchester United, but was marred by disturbances which saw the visitors' bus hit by objects thrown outside the stadium.

Many fans felt that West Ham's dramatic 3-2 victory over United should be the last match played there, which will now be the case.

West Ham said in a statement: "The proposed game between West Ham Ladies and a West Ham 'All Stars' team scheduled for Sunday June 5 has been cancelled.

"The club has taken the decision to call off the match in response to direct comments from supporters, a poll conducted on the official website and fan feedback on social media.

"West Ham Ladies played under the lights at the Boleyn Ground back in March when they faced Tottenham Ladies and dialogue remains open between West Ham Ladies and the club with regards to the hosting of future fixtures."

West Ham Ladies joint-chairman Stephen Hunt hopes another fixture can be arranged once the club move to the Olympic Stadium.

He said: "Obviously the Ladies are disappointed, but myself and Jack Sullivan (son of joint-chairman David) will get together over the summer to see what else we can do in the future."

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