West Ham fans urged to stay off pitch after final game at Upton Park
Published 03/05/2016 | 22:50
West Ham joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have urged fans to stay off the pitch after their final game at Upton Park next week.
The Hammers bring the curtain down on 112 years at the Boleyn Ground, prior to their move to the Olympic Stadium, when they face Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Around 450 former players have been invited to help mark the occasion with a special closing ceremony.
And in a joint statement on the club's website, Sullivan and Gold have asked supporters to remain in their seats after the final whistle.
They said: " We want it to be an evening that is ultimately about you, our loyal supporters, as it is you who have made the Boleyn Ground famous the world over.
"But to make it special we need your support. Any incursions on to the pitch will certainly mean cancelling the current squad's richly-deserved lap of appreciation and denying some of our greatest ever players the chance to take the field for the final time.
"That would be a tragedy; for them and the Boleyn Ground. If we can present the post-match ceremonies as planned, we are sure you will walk away from Upton Park on Tuesday prouder than ever of the club you support.
"We hope those of you attending have a truly special evening - together we will create memories that will live with us forever."