Just a few miles away to the west, football was enjoying one of its red letter days – the Community Shield. Manchester Utd and Leicester playing out the traditional curtain-raiser to the season.
At the country’s showpiece stadium at Wembley, it has that special day feel. Big stadium, sunshine, everyone at the top of their game.
It is a feeling that West Ham fans will have to become used to (except perhaps the sunshine).
Because Wembley is a little in the shade of the new London Stadium – for the moment at least.
West Ham fans will live out their fortnightly ritual in what appears to be the promised land.
It all began on Sunday with the Betway Cup between West Ham and Juventus . The ceremony was highlighted by the opening of the new Sir Trevor Brooking Stand by the man himself and the Bobby Moore Stand by the late, great captain’s grandson Freddie.
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