How appropriate! Rival fans have called us Pikeys for years now, and Sullivan and Gold are about to prove them right! Never mind that we won't own the lease to the OS, why does that matter? What's wrong with being tenants exactly, paying an annual rent? It means that if things don't work out, you can always move out and play your football in Plashet Park!
West Ham loyalists are already trying to put a positive spin on this. In true Squealer fashion, they are already exclaiming "Tactics comrades! Tactics!" but there are no tactics here. This is a right royal claret and blue cock up!
I warned all along that the loan from Newham Council was dodgy. When I posted concerns, I received the usual responses! How about this from an anonymous?
"You really are a small minded idiot aren't you? Do you actually think your arguments through before making yourself look a tit on here?"
Or this from Sav?
"And you call yourself a West Ham fan? What is wrong with you? Are you sure you are not a fanatic crypto supporter of Spurs? And yes, I really mean it this time!"
Or this follow up from the Greek economist?:
"Today 4 "noteable" persons spoke against the West Ham bid. Levy, Redknapp, Pele and you! The first three were co-ordinated and I am sure that the well known mercenary who still profits from an image of having being the World's best footballer timed his intervention perfectly as instructed by those who put him on to it. Your comments against West Ham (from someone that calls himself "Hammers Fan") were an added and possibly unexpected bonus in the shit campaign Tottenham started to discredit the West Ham bid. Brilliant. Well done! And don't insult our intelligence by presenting yourself to be the Robin Hood of Newham. These comments are totally against West Ham and they do damage despite what your personal views may be. I bet we will soon have a Tottenham PR agent pointing out the same thing as you did so as to influence the decision in their favour." (Still Sav, the deal might yet be saved - we could always ask the Germans to bail us out!)
Ot this from another anonymous?:
"Tot scum you are tot scum you are! what is you problem - why do you do it - why can't you help yourself - it's easy to wind people up - but why do it?"
Or best of all, this from our Cypriot Greek banker?:
"It is only a loan HF! It is not as if they are giving away the money to West Ham. I am surely not in a position to judge whether they could use the funds otherwise or not. But you are making it sound as if they are giving the money away. They will get it back and with interest! That's exactly how banks make money too. I know, I am a banker. (A bit of cockney rhyming slang there Sav? A Greek banker!)
This arrangement may provide the Borough with a steady income (if the credit assessment was done properly and the loan is properly secured). You make it sound as if it is the end of the world and that they are stealing the money from the people and giving it away to West Ham United. But I would probably agree with you if it was given as a grant. Moreover, I have the feeling that the loan to West Ham is not the reason why they don't seem to be doing the other stuff you mention. I thnk you should look for the answer for that elsewhere."
Bloody hell, it seems I was right all along guys! Now there's a surprise!
The wonderful thing about the OS is, of course, that there is plenty of room for us to park our caravans! All this time wasted trying to come up with a new name. Now the answer is staring us in the face: Dale Farm, the Pikey stadium for the Pikey club without a ground of their own!
Brilliant! And there are still claret and blue mugs who don't see what S&G are up to! Wake up, the redeveloped Boleyn is worth more to them than the West Ham franchise!