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Champions statue boarded up ahead of Hammers’ Upton Park clash with Spurs

PUBLISHED: 14:04 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:00 03 March 2016

The Champions statue in Upton Park has been boarded up ahead of Hammers' clash with Spurs. Picture: Ellie Hoskins/PA Images/West Ham Central via Twitter

The Champions statue in Upton Park has been boarded up ahead of Hammers' clash with Spurs. Picture: Ellie Hoskins/PA Images/West Ham Central via Twitter

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The statue of England’s World Cup champions has been boarded up ahead of West Ham United’s match up against premier league rivals Tottenham Hotspurs tonight.

The Champions statue in Upton Park in all its glory. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA ImagesThe Champions statue in Upton Park in all its glory. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images

The 16ft bronze Champions sculpture shows former Hammers captain Bobby Moore atop the shoulders of his teammates and raising up the World Cup to mark the first and only time England won football’s biggest tournament back in 1966.

But the nation’s sporting heroes are now behind wooden hoarding after Newham Council acted to cover them up in a “preventative measure” ahead of the league clash at Hammer’s Boleyn Ground home, just a stone’s throw from the statue.

A council spokeswoman said: “We have boarded around the steps of the Champions sculpture as a preventative measure following advice from the Metropolitan Police.

The council have borded up the statue, at the junction of Central Park Road, Barking Road and Boundary Road in East Ham, ahead of tonight's premier league clashThe council have borded up the statue, at the junction of Central Park Road, Barking Road and Boundary Road in East Ham, ahead of tonight's premier league clash

“We’ve done this numerous times before. The sculpture is an iconic image of England’s 1966 Word Cup win and should be respected.”

In previous incidents the Champions statue, which currently sits at the junction of Barking Road and Central Park Road, has been desecrated by so-called fans.

Hammers and Spurs have a history of rivalry and this will be the last time they meet at Upton Park before Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. The statue is also due to move with them.


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