Saturday, July 18

Raking in the Euros?

West Ham must be relishing the near-full houses for the Europa League games. Even at a tenner for adults and a fiver for kids a 33,000 attendance must mean something like £290,000 gate revenue per match (assuming 25,000 adults and 8000 kids) which is better than a poke in the eye. And if say 10,000 people buy a £3.50 programme that's another £35,000. Plus there's all the catering revenue from inside the stadium. Having two and hopefully three pre-season qualifiers must be more lucrative than the usual pre-season friendlies.

Also good to hear that David Gold went to the game on the tube for the first time in 50 years, only his train terminated at Plaistow. Luckily fellow fans told him to wait for the next train, but now he knows what we go though on the way to the match. Hopefully Stratford will be a smoother ride.

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