Earlier today, Stephen attended a celebration of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph at the Bobby Moore statue in East Ham. The celebrations marked the fiftieth anniversary of England's 4-2 win against West Germany in 1966 World Cup Final.

Whilst there, Stephen lent his support to a campaign which is seeking to keep the statue in its current location rather than moving it to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Speaking at the event, Stephen said: “It was good fun with everybody joining in and enjoying the day. It was a good opportunity to be at the statue and to highlight the point that it should stay where it is. That was where West Ham played for 112 years and it’s important it remains as a reminder for future generations.”

Cllr Veronica Oakeshott echoed Stephen's comments, saying: “It’s brilliant to be able to celebrate our Boleyn heritage today. Without our boys, there would have been no World Cup win! It was great to see so many visitors come to see the statue. They all want the statue to stay in the area as it’s part of the history of West Ham at the Boleyn."

A decision has yet to be made about the future of the Champions Statue with the proposed move to the new stadium in the Olympic Park dependent on the club meeting stringent conditions set by the council.

AuthorStephen Timms