David Gold shines positive light back on West Ham fans after negative press

David Gold

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has heaped praise on the club's fans after some unwelcome negative press this week.

The Hammers bid an emotional farewell to their beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United in the last ever game on Tuesday night.

The occasion was not without it's controversy, though, as West Ham fans gathered outside the ground attacked the Red Devils' coach on the way into the ground smashing several windows.

Many Hammers fans have felt aggrieved at the media reaction since, though, given it was such a small minority behaving unacceptably in a crowd of thousands.

Instead of basking in their glorious comeback win against one of the biggest sides in world football, instead the club and supporters have been forced to defend their good name and reputation.

'The fans were fantastic'

But speaking to the club's official website, co-owner Gold has shone the light of positivity back on the fans, 52,000 of whom have bought season tickets to fill West Ham's new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home next season.

"We have seen some magical nights under the lights at the Boleyn Ground and the last game was no exception," Gold told whufc.com.

"We then had an amazing closing ceremony. Considering the delay we had at the start of the game, hardly a person left the stadium and it is unbelievable support.

"The fans were fantastic and I am told there were a few thousand outside who were watching the fireworks and they must have been there all evening. It just goes to show how strong the support is for this great football club."

Unsavoury scenes not indicative of Hammers fans

While the unsavoury scenes before the match are not what we want to see at football matches in 2016, they are also not indicative of West Ham United's loyal and knowledgeable support.

Hammers fans are some of the most passionate around but they have come out in their thousands on radio phone-ins and social media to condemn the behaviour of those fans involved.

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