BBC Sports Editor Mihir Bose reports that West Ham are ditching plans to move to the Parcelforce site or buy the Olympic Stadium and are now more likely to redevelop the East Stand and fill in the two remaining corners. He says that will bring capacity up to 50,000. I am not sure that is right. My understanding is that 42,000 would be the maximum capacity. Many will welcome these plans, if they turn out to be true, and in the present financial climate it would be a brave board indeed who made a commitment to move elsewhere. It was indicative that there were only 32,000 in the ground last Saturday for a fixture than in previous years was a sellout. Whether this is a reflection on the team’s current fortunes or a sign of the coming economic recession is difficult to say, although my betting is on the latter.
And a quick word of congratulations to Scott Parker for his England callup.