We All Follow The West Ham!

Logan Krupa follows the Hammers all the way from Calgary in Canada
Student Logan Krupa may come from Calgary in Canada, but that doesn’t stop him being a huge West Ham United supporter. He tells us how he came to support the Claret and Blues…
I actually only became a West Ham fan last year, so I’m a new Hammer. Recently, I won a trip to London through a contest sponsored by a local clothing company, and I took my parents along in November. We were really excited to see our first live Barclays Premier League game on November 7 against Everton.
I’ve lived in Calgary all my life, and I’m currently in my fourth and final year of a degree in Information Design from Mount Royal University here. I have a previous degree in English, as well.
For years, I have been waking up on Saturday mornings, making myself coffee and turning on the TV to watch Premier League games. I have friends with family still in Europe, and they always have been cheering for Juventus or Shakhtar Donetsk based on their family history. I yearned for a particular soccer club to follow and to call my own just like they did.
Hockey is king in Canada. I always have been a big hockey fan, eagerly cheering for the Calgary Flames, my local National Hockey League team and skating at outdoor rinks in the winter. Soccer offers a different pace, and I enjoy both sports.
Leading up to the game, everywhere we went in London, when we told others we met we were going to the Boleyn Ground to see West Ham play we were told that the atmosphere would be great!
On match day, getting on the Tube with other fans, we could feel the energy building. Our first stop was for a pint at the Boleyn Tavern, which was packed full of happy, chanting Hammers fans – exactly the atmosphere I’d hoped for.
Next, I bought a home jersey before we made it to our seats. As ‘Bubbles’ played, I began singing at the top of my lungs!
Throughout the game, I enjoyed chatting with long-time Hammers sitting around us.  The roar when Lanzini scored was deafening! The match ended 1-1, and we went for fish and chips that night before flying home the next day.
Since getting home, I have been asked by many people about my jersey, and I am always eager to tell them about my experience at the Boleyn Ground. I have been watching every West Ham match on TV, even the ones starting before 6am my time. I have actually pondered starting a local supporters’ club here in Calgary.
Aside from watching Lanzini’s shot majestically curl in live, my favourite West Ham moment from this season would be Payet’s free-kick goal against Manchester United in the FA Cup. I was watching the game on TV with my Dad, and I said aloud “I don’t think he’s going to score from there.” Dimitri proved me wrong!
Payet and Adrian are my two favourite Hammers. Payet has powerful free-kicks, but he also displays impressive finesse. Adrian is a particularly courageous keeper, and I like his aggressive, yet calculated style.
Come on you Irons! It feels great to have a club to cheer for!