West Ham United are delighted to reveal the Legends stones set to take centre stage in the new Champions Place landmark outside the new Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As voted for by supporters on whufc.com, World Cup winning trio Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters head the list of those to be immortalised at the new Stadium, alongside decorated management duo Ron Greenwood and John Lyall.
Long-serving legends Billy Bonds and Sir Trevor Brooking, who boast a remarkable nine Hammer of the Year accolades between them, will rightfully be celebrated in Champions Place too.
Cult hero Julian Dicks, now a member of Slaven Bilic’s coaching staff, is among the eleven, together with the mercurial Paolo Di Canio, and, in his Testimonial year, Club captain Mark Noble earns his place in esteemed company.
The dearly departed Dylan Tombides completes the line-up, as the second anniversary of his tragic passing approaches. The prodigiously talented Dylan, who lost his brave battle with testicular cancer in April 2014, will forever be remembered with great affection by the Club he loved.
First team players Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Development Squad goalkeeper Sam Howes visited the Hammers new home to unveil West Ham and England legend Bobby Moore’s stone on the site of Champions Place.
On seeing the stone in situ Obiang said: “Every football player, every football fan wherever you come from knows about Bobby Moore and I know West Ham fans are very proud of his history with the Club. It’s special to see a tribute to this history sitting so close to a new Stadium that holds so much promise for the future.”
The specially-designed landscaped area outside the north entrance to the former Olympic Stadium will become the new home of the famous Champions Sculpture as well as thousands of supporters’ stones, inscribed with personalised messages.
At the heart of the installation will stand an initial eleven larger Legends stones, each dedicated to a Hammers hero or magical West Ham moment and a permanent tribute to the Club’s glorious history.
With the first set of stones scheduled to be laid in June, further Legends stones will be added as the Hammers’ Champions Place installation grows over the coming weeks and months.
It is not too late to purchase your own Champions Place stone and personalise it with your own name or message but, in order to have your stone in situ for the historic first game of the 2016/17 season, supporters have until Tuesday 8 March to place their orders.
Your stone will sit permanently alongside the stones commemorating the Club’s greatest legends and memories, an immortal tribute to your support for West Ham.
Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make your mark in history or buy a gift for a friend or family member that will never be forgotten. Order your stone here today > championsplace.whufc.com.