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Monday 6 August Updated Thursday 19 February

Hammers support legacy pledge

The West Ham United players have shown their support for the club's campaign to continue the legacy created by the 2012 Olympic Games.

During the warm-up for the club's final pre-season game in the UK against Ipswich Town on Saturday, the first-team squad all wore T-shirts emblazoned with the message - 'Moore than a Football Club: Creating Legacies since 1895'.

Mark Noble led the team during the warm-up and the players proudly showed off the slogan that demonstrates just how long the Hammers have been serving the communities of east London since their inception as Thames Ironworks FC back in 1895. West Ham United's vision is to build on the positive impact the Games have had on east London by moving into the Olympic Stadium post-2012.

If West Ham United are chosen to become anchor concessionaires of the Stadium they have pledged to expand the award-winning work the Community Sports Trust already does in some of the most deprived areas in the country. A West Ham United move would also boost the area's economy with the creation of 700 new full and part-time positions.

Noble said: "Everyone at the club knows of the importance of a legacy being left for London after the 2012 Olympic Games.

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"No one more so than us all here at West Ham. We wore T-shirts that state our intentions on that legacy and how we as a club can help with that if we were to move to the Olympic Stadium.

"We can already see what having the Olympics and the Stadium has done to improve parts of London. I am from Canning Town myself and it is really something we can be proud of. Not just for now, but in the future as well.

"The legacy is not only for us as a football club and sport in general, but for the local community too."

Moore Than a Football Club

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