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SBD Global/December 5, 2012/International Football
EPL Club West Ham United Close To Olympic Stadium Deal, To Be Named Preferred Bidders
Published December 5, 2012
ACTOR PENS COLUMN: In London, writing exclusively for the DAILY MAIL Hollywood actor Ray Winstone "has pleaded for 'common sense to prevail' as the Hammers wait to find out who will be named as the preferred bidder by the LLDC." The "fun and games of the Olympics are over now, and we have a golden opportunity to really change the perception of the area and put the pride back in east London." Like most other East Enders, "I'm a lifelong supporter of West Ham United, and I feel so passionately about my club and the area I grew up in that wanted to share my thoughts on how I think the Olympic Stadium can be used to help make that change." For me and for thousands of other East Londoners, "the one consistent focal point of the area is our football team." I think the club has something like half a million supporters in East London and Essex. So, I think "the fitting legacy for this area and the rest of the country would be to allow West Ham United to help fulfil the dreams of the people of East London and become tenants of the Olympic Stadium." Yes, it "would bring a great future for the club, but more importantly it would rejuvenate the area as well" (DAILY MAIL, 12/4).