Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…West Ham

Posted in London, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 4 February 2012

While I would normally go to home games en voiture, there are always occasions where it is necessary to let the train take the strain, as it was with this particular occasion. Which probably isn’t the best one to choose to travel alongside the away fans, given who the away fans were today, not to mention where they were actually coming from. Nevertheless, I am fearless, and fearlessly chose a rail route that meant I avoided the majority of the Millwall mob on my way to West Ham.

Date: 04 February 2012
Stadium: Boleyn Ground
Capacity: 35,333
Attendance: 27,774
Away Section: Sir Trevor Brooking Stand
Score: West Ham United 2-1 Millwall
Nearest station: Upton Park
Local Rozzers: Metropolitan Police
Total Travel Cost: £4.00 (2 x Oystercard PAYG Single)

Rail journeys:
10:33 – New Cross to London Cannon Street (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)
11:05 – London Fenchurch Street to West Ham (c2c Class 357 Electrostar)
Hammersmith & City Line – West Ham to Upton Park (C69/77 Stock)
Docklands Light RailwayCanning Town to Woolwich Arsenal (B92 Stock)
15:39 – Woolwich Arsenal to Deptford (Southeastern Class 376 Electrostar)

Station to Stadium: I call the Boleyn Ground my spiritual home, and it is brilliant how close it is to the tube station. It is rare for me to go to a ground that is on the same street as the station, which is the case with my beloved Upton Park, as you turn right out of the main entrance and just a simple five minute walk down Green Street until you see the magnificent twin towers that form the facade of the main stand.

Anything else?: West Ham and Dagenham & Redbridge are the only clubs that can realistically be reached by trains from London Fenchurch Street.

Upton Park tube station

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