Kit-wearing West Ham fans banned from bar after matches

PUBLISHED: 18:11 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 18:11 26 September 2016

West Ham have recently moved to the London Stadium

West Ham have recently moved to the London Stadium


West Ham fans wearing team colours have been banned from drinking after matches at the Crate Brewery, situated across the Lee Navigation canal from the Hammers’ new London Stadium.

Fans were handed letters by staff from the trendy pizza-serving brewery on Wednesday last week, stating: “Wearing West Ham football merchandise is only permitted on the premises before the match.” The letter also said that “chanting etc is not permitted” and “no drinks may be brought on the premises from elsewhere.”

Hammers supporter Emily Pulham, who was at the venue prior to the League Cup tie with Accrington Stanley, tweeted a picture of the letter, commenting: “Aaaaaand that’s the last time I go to the @CrateBrewery.”

She said: “They just put it down in front of me, I picked it up and read it and was totally surprised by the contents of the note.”

“I’ve never been in a position where I was a patron of a business and was then handed a note saying, ‘by the way, we’d prefer it if you weren’t here.’”

The Crate Brewery said: “We welcome all visitors to Crate Brewery, including sports team supporters. Like many other venues located near to sporting grounds we reserve the right to refuse entry to intoxicated visitors and large groups.

“We also request that customers do not visit our premises wearing team strips post match. Our duty is to the safety of our staff and our existing customers, many of which are families, who enjoy the bar and pizzeria at Crate.”

Miss Pulham said that the letter’s warnings over fan behaviour did not reflect the atmosphere in the pub last Wednesday.

There was no shouting, no fighting, no chanting, no nothing, we were genuinely just sitting there and quite obviously drinking drinks from that establishment,” she said.

“It’s bizarre to me to think that West Ham can’t fit in in East London, because we are East London.”

Hammers fans have not reported problems with other pubs near the London Stadium, and venues have said that they have not experienced trouble from West Ham supporters.

A spokesman for Wetherspoons said: “Home and away supporters are more than welcome at the Golden Grove in Stratford. We have not had any problems whatsoever since start of the new season. There’s been a very friendly atmosphere with home and away supporters.”


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