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Broken promises, broken dreams
04 February 2011, 15:34 PM | Source: SBS, John Baldock
West Ham and Tottenham are exchanging less than pleasant assessments of each other's plans to take control of the Olympic Stadium when the curtain comes down on the London Olympics in August next year.
Spurs are being painted by the West Ham camp as the invading hordes from North London versus the local boys who live just 4km to the East of the Olympic site.
The crux of the matter is the athletics track and whether it should stay or not.
The London Games bid team promised the International Olympic Committee the 2012 Games would leave an athletics legacy for the people of East London for generations to come.
But this wouldn't happen under the Tottenham proposal.
Memo to Tottenham: Records are meant to be broken NOT promises.
West Ham say they'll keep the track and honour the London organiser's promise to the IOC. But Spurs say West Ham will keep the track - only to remove it once it becomes clear it's not financially viable.
It's hard to work out quite where Spurs are coming from. 12 kilometres away is the easy answer. However, many Spurs fans don't want to lose their roots at White Hart Lane, but at 36,000 capacity that's way too small.
It seems Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is trying to save his club A LOT of money, but he's not listening to the majority of the clubs fans that don't want to move. Can you imagine the turf war that could erupt if Tottenham does win the battle for the stadium and then plays the new "East London Derby" against West Ham?
It's geographically more sensible for West Ham to take over the stadium and that would also enhance London's chances of staging high profile Athletics events in the future.
Preserving Olympic dreams of yesteryear and creating a legacy for the youth of East London in the future was part of the deal when London won the rights to host the Games.
I think it will be fitting if its West Hams theme song ringing out around the Olympic Stadium for years to come…."Then like my dreams they fade and die...fortunes always hiding, I've looked everywhere…Im forever blowing bubbles…pretty bubbles in the air…"