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Olympic move means so much to Gold

West Ham joint-chairman David Gold has told ESPN how much it would mean to him on a personal level if West Ham were to move into the Olympic Stadium, due to his strong East End roots.

• Hammers make stadium plans

The Hammers are favourites to make the move to the Stratford stadium, having offered £10 million a year for a 99-year lease, with a decision set to be made in October.

And Gold, who worked in Stratford as a boy, is well aware of how important the proposed move would be for his football club, but also admits it would be something special for him personally.

"For me it means so much being from the East End, born within the sound of Bow bells, having moved to 442 Green Street right beside the Boleyn Ground, and actually having worked as a boy in Stratford," he said.

"I was 14 when I worked for a greengrocer in Stratford Market, almost where the site of the stadium is now. So you can imagine how proud I would be if we were given the responsibility of ensuring the future of this great stadium.

"It would feel as though I have come full circle in my life; from a little boy called David Gold to the co- owner of West Ham Football Club playing in the Premier League at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford."

As well as being the perfect step forward for West Ham, the former Birmingham chairman believes the move will have far more wider-reaching benefits.

After such a successful Olympics for the country, the next step is to ensure that its legacy lives on and Gold thinks his club's plan will provide the perfect solution for everyone.

"For West Ham it is the right thing," he said. "We will deliver the legacy everyone wants, attracting people to the Olympic Park, greater employment, extra business, more than one million visits a year. We are in the 'People Business', and we will deliver all the promises that have been made for the Olympic Stadium."

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