West Ham embrace new stadium but a classic is needed to ignite their old intimidating fans

It juts out from the surrounding landscape, much of which is still a building site, in an imposing fashion and is a far cry from the Boleyn Ground’s feel of being hidden among the houses.

Inside, the retractable stands do not serve as a distraction but the garish green felt covering what is left of the athletics track will take some getting used to.

In truth, though, the stadium is superb and just needs a few thrilling games to really help the fans find their true voices again and make this place as intimidating as their old digs.

West Ham now have the perfect tools to do something special. A stunning new home, ambitious owners, a talented manager and quality in their ranks.

Time will tell if they can put the pieces together and reach the intriguing potential their new stadium can certainly offer.

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