David Croft has watched West Ham United in action all over the world - now he cannot wait to cheer on his Hammers at the Olympic Stadium.

The Sky Sports F1 HD commentator and lifelong West Ham supporter took advantage of a break in the Grand Prix calendar to attend Saturday's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over West Bromwich Albion with his five-year-old son Daniel.

Croft, who travels the world in between trips to the Boleyn Ground, says he and Daniel cannot wait for West Ham to move to Straford, especially if it means their beloved club will have a greater chance of challenging for honours.


"I'm quite excited about the move," said Croft, who reported at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games for BBC Radio 5 Live. "'Retractable seats' are the best two words I have heard about the bid other than the three words 'West Ham win'.

"I don't want to go anywhere and sit miles from the pitch, so if we have retractable seats the sight-lines will be fantastic. I've been to the Olympic Stadium before and during the Olympics and I don't think it will be a problem.

"My five-year-old son is hugely excited about it. That's the future of the club. I've been coming to Upton Park since I was 15 or 16 and I love the place and have so many happy memories, but I want my team to be a force to be reckoned with. I'm a father now and I want this club to mean as much to my son as it does to me, and some silverware has got to come with that.

"I started supporting West Ham just before we won the FA Cup in 1980 and sadly thought more might come along on a regular basis, but it hasn't! Once you pick your team, you never lose them.

"To compete with the top clubs, we needed to find a bigger stadium and the best thing for us to do is to move into the Olympic Stadium for the club and for the area. West Ham will continue to grow and grow and everyone who wants to see our matches will be able to do so and afford to do so, especially with 100,000 tickets being given away to those who really can't afford it.

"I love this club and I want it to grow and to start winning things. I want a bit of success and to take my son to a cup final or a European match or even a Champions League match - who knows? I just want a bit of glory and we need the big stadium to achieve it."

Croft said he and Daniel had a great time watching Andy Carroll and company firing West Ham to a vital victory over West Brom in person - a far cry from the broadcaster's often tireless attempts to watch the Hammers in action while working overseas.

"We loved our day out. I always bring my son so he's been coming since he was three. I thought it was a cracking performance and the best I've seen Andy Carroll play for West Ham, winning everything in the air, showing great control and scoring a fantastic volley to win us the match. I thought we were absolutely superb from start to finish."

"I get more opportunities to watch West Ham play on the other side of the world than I would by being in the UK and I will go to the nth degree to make sure I don't miss a match!

"At our first Grand Prix of the season in Australia, I was wondering how on Earth I was going to find a bar to watch the game in at three o'clock in the morning in Melbourne. Luckily, I didn't need to as I had it on Fox Sports in my hotel bedroom, so I sat and watched us play Chelsea until about a quarter to five in the morning - you have to be there in spirit!

"If I can get to see a West Ham game on TV while I'm away, I'll do anything I can to do so. At the United States Grand Prix in November, I was in Austin and we were the Monday night game against Stoke City.

"Someone told us to go to a bar called Bikinis because they have the game on. It didn't come on, so they told us to try the Irish bar down the road. We pegged it down there and just about got there in time for kick-off, but they had a staff training day on and were closed!

"We were just about to give up when they told us to go to The Jackalope, which calls itself the 'Greatest bar in Austin', because the owner is West Ham fan! We got there ten minutes in and were already a goal down so it wasn't a very happy sight. We sat and watched it over the internet and it was worth it because we got a point in the end!"

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