David Gold’s family will lay flowers at Upton Park and his childhood home on Green Street as part of a celebration of West Ham chairman’s life next week – starting and ending at the London Stadium – after he died aged 86
The life of West Ham’s late joint-chairman David Gold will be celebrated at the London Stadium and Upton Park on Wednesday February 1.
Gold died earlier this month at the age of 86 and his send-off next week will include stops at West Ham’s old and current homes.
His fiancee Lesley and daughters Jacqueline and Vanessa will lead mourners in a moment of reflection at Gold’s childhood home, 442 Green Street, and the site of the former Boleyn Ground, where flowers will be laid at the site of the stadium’s old gates.
A celebration of David Gold’s life will be held at West Ham’s London Stadium on Wednesday
Lifelong Hammers fan Gold died on January 4 at the age of 86 and his celebration of life will include visits to the club’s old and current stadiums
A celebration of life will be held at the London Stadium – though this isn’t open to members of the public, West Ham have publicised the route and times of the funeral cortege.
The cortege will depart the London Stadium at 12.45pm on Wednesday, taking a route via Stratford High Street, Rick Roberts Way, Abbey Lane, Manor Road, New Plaistow Road and Barking Road to Green Street, arriving at 1.05pm.
Departing again at 1.20pm, it will travel down Plashet Road, Portway, West Ham Lane, Broadway, Stratford High Street, Warton Road, Montfichet Road, Carpenters Road and Marshgate Lane, arriving back at the London Stadium at 1.40pm.
West Ham have published the route Gold’s funeral cortege will take on Wednesday afternoon
The club are also inviting supporters to make a charitable donation to the West Ham Foundation in Gold’s memory to help communities in east London.
There was a moving tribute to Gold at the London Stadium, prior to West Ham’s win over Everton last Saturday.
Supporters joined the players in applause ahead of kick-off with West Ham’s former captain and now sporting director Mark Noble carrying a wreath out onto the pitch alongside Gold’s family.
Players of West Ham and Everton applaud Gold before the Premier League match last weekend
Floral tributes on the pitch at the London Stadium ahead of last Saturday’s match with Everton
Mark Noble and members of Gold’s family with floral tributes at the side of the pitch
West Ham duly won the match 2-0 to ease their relegation concerns in the Premier League.
The club’s article continued: ‘The Gold family would like to thank the supporters and everyone present at the stadium on Saturday for their warm and moving tribute in memory of the Joint-Chairman, which has given them such great comfort at this sad time.
‘The thoughts of everyone at West Ham United continue to be with the Joint-Chairman’s daughters Jacqueline and Vanessa, his fiancée Lesley, and the entire Gold family.’