Sooner or later West Ham United along with other Barclays Premier League clubs will be releasing various NFT's (non fungible tokens) on various platforms, yield App have announced their partnership with the club which that entitles users to benefit from the opportunity of experiencing hospitality at home fixtures, through regular competitions throughout the season.
West Ham: Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble (c), Yarmolenko, Benrahma, Vlašić, Antonio
Subs: Fabianski, Randolph, Zouma, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Alese, Baptiste, Král, Souček, Lanzini, Fornals, Bowen
Rapid: Gartler, Aiwu, Greiml, Wimmer, Ullmann, Arase, Petrovic, Grahovac, Knasmullner, Kara, Fountas.
Subs: Unger, Hedl, Ljubicic, Ballo, Schick, Hofmann, Stojkovic, Auer, Grull, Kitagawa.
West Ham are currently a Jekyll and Hyde type of outfit, the club is performing beyond the wildest hopes of long suffering fans and is currently on an upward trajectory on and off the pitch. That is not to say there aren't disgruntled fans, Hammers United being a case in point, but generally there is an air of optimism surrounding the club that has been missing an awfully long time.
Since their arrival from the Czech Republic both Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have given their all and become firm fan favourites with their do or die antics, however their almost super human performances have come at a cost, with neither player quite hitting the heights that they reached last season.
To be honest, they both look a bit knackered, having played themselves in to the ground for West Ham, they then did exactly the same for their country, in what was a unique season which featured far in excess of the amount of games than would have been normal pre pandemic.
Without wanting to put a downer on all the 'positive' vibes surrounding the club, our alarm bells started to ring loud after David Moyes upbeat yet revealing press conference ahead of Thursday evening's Europa Cup fixture against Rapid Vienna.
Thursday evening's Europa League Cup game against Rapid Vienna represents a truly unique opportunity to watch the Irons, WITHOUT drowning in anxiety! That is how a lot of fans feel isn't it? A feeling of joy mixed with a healthy dose of dread and fear as the game gets under way, questioning why you buy a season ticket just to put yourself through a state of high anxiety.
Ahead of Thursday night's fixture, Rapid Vienna defender Kevin Wimmer has claimed that the Austrian club’s fans will create a better atmosphere than the Home fans at the London Bowl, and he could be right! How many times have you watched West Ham away only to hear Hammers fans out singing the home fans?
How many times have you heard the away supporters out singing the crowd at Hammers home grounds? We would suggest the answer is often! The very nature of being an away supporter, especially those who have travelled by sea and air, is that you are there for the full experience.
West Ham playing European football under the lights in an advanced stage of a proper competition is a sight that has never been witnessed since the club moved from the Boleyn Ground, just seeing the European competitions on TV whets the appetite for the main fayre that will be on offer, OK it's not the Champions League, but it'll do for now!