West Ham Avoid Boxing Day Home Fixture Because Of Sales Day Shopping
Boxing Day is perfect for two things- going mad about football because there's been none for 48 hours and going mad for shopping because there's been none for 24 hours. And the mix is why West Ham don't want to play at home the day after Christmas Day.
After all the nonsense of having to spend time with family and not watch sport Boxing Day football, and cricket, is the perfect antidote for any holiday blues you might have, especially enjoyed alongside some leftovers.
Of course some people are crazy enough to think that the Boxing Day sales are the place to go, even in this day and age of internet shopping when you can actually avoid the carnivorous hordes.
One day of no shopping and they're going mad. Image: PA Images
For some, travelling to away games on Boxing Day can be a bit of a pain because public transport is at its worst during the holiday period, although Chanukah admittedly rarely affects these things.
West Ham fans will have to get used to travelling on December 26th though. According to the Telegraph the Hammers are playing away because they've requested not to play at home as Stratford train station can't cope with football fans and shoppers.
Westfield will be packed on Boxing Day. Image: PA Images
The station is very close to the London Stadium and is also next door to Westfield shopping centre, which had an estimated 300,000 visitors on Boxing Day last year.
Last season the Hammers were handed a 230 mile trip to face Swansea City after asking to be away on Boxing Day whilst this season they've got the less daunting 107 mile trip to Bournemouth this time around.
At the beginning of the season the team, then managed by Slaven Bilic, had to play their opening three games of the season away from home as the stadium had to be rearranged after holding the athletics World Championships earlier in the summer.
West Ham have been a sorry state this season. Image: PA Images
The last thing David Moyes and the team need is for another reason for fans to be unhappy. The club are currently in the relegation zone and haven't won in the last five league games.
Their fans best get used to some away fixtures after Christmas as Westfields isn't going anywhere quick. The Hammers on the other hand could be heading down.