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Ticket office boss Steve Kitcher says that he is looking forward to seeing Upton Park full to its increased capacity on Saturday for our London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

"The redevelopment has certainly made my job more exciting and definitely more challenging," he says.

"Obviously for the past few years the majority of matches have sold out in advance, and, while it is always nice to be sold out, it has also been very frustrating for both the club and the supporters to continually have to turn so many people away!

"Saturday's capacity against Spurs will be 32,800 and, looking through the history books, I make it that this is the first time the Boleyn Ground has held more then 32,000 since the Arsenal fixture way back in October 1984 - although I am sure that there is someone out there who can prove me wrong!"

The capacity will increase further soon, and Steve adds: "It is disappointing that I haven't had the chance to sell all the eventual capacity of over 35,000 for the Spurs game. However, the relationship between the club and Taylor Woodrow has been excellent and they have always been honest as to what will be available and when.

"Obviously they are slightly behind schedule but, to be fair, I haven't had to suffer the embarrassment of having sold a ticket to a supporter, only to have to tell them at a later date that the area will not be ready and they can't attend the match - and I do know of a few clubs where this has happened.

"The areas that are not ready are mainly the extensions to the Bobby Moore and Centenary stands, and also a small section in the South West corner of the Lower Tier.

"I would certainly hope that they will be ready for the next London derby, against Arsenal on December 15."