This time round we came in from Hackney Wick station and met up at the Howling Hops bar, a few minutes walk from Hackney Wick. ** There's about 3 different craft beers places at this location that also sell food. Howling Hops and Craft Brewery, being the main outlets. Pints are about £4.50 and they accept card/tapless. I believe the rules are football colours are allowed pre-match.**
Howling Hops sell 4 pint pitchers and there's a bit of a German beer hall vibe inside the pub. Pre-match, I did notice a few international fans, French, German, American and possibly Dutch. We must be doing something right? If somebody has a mix-tape to one of the pubs on Green Street, then hand it in to this place and we could be onto a winner.
Speaking of winning, on with the show. I was seated on the Bobby Moore stand, block 247, row 52. Overall, I didn't think we played that bad (I've witnessed worse) now that we're in our Post-Payet world. As mentioned on various West Ham web posts, fans will start leaving early. This starts at around the 70th minute (pictured 5th below), shame as we still had a goal to score. It can be a bit of of a drag getting out of the place, took me well over 25 mins, which I've pretty much accepted and have added on to my leaving time. A few digital displays saying how long until you get to the station, wouldn't go a miss. Brings new meaning to the "West Ham Way " I guess? Roll on the Bournemouth game, which I'll be tuning into via the power of Radio London.
|Hipster Hammers at the Howling Hops , Hackney Wick|
|Local sight seeing on the way to the game from Hackney Wick station|
|Pitcher invasion at the Howling Hops, Hackney Wick|
|Tonights view from the Bobby Moore Stand, block 247, row 52|
|This is about 77 mins in, before Lanzini scored|