West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes filling your home ground is paramount to Premier League clubs – with the Hammers announcing their new season-ticket structure ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium. Press Association And Allardyce believes performing in front of a sold-out crowd is something that should not go unappreciated as the other 19 Premier League clubs are now being pushed to follow West Ham’s lead. “The most important thing at a football club is to fill the stadium,” he said. “I think filling the stadium is the ultimate for the success of the team. Obviously it’s not from a revenue base like it used to be. “The revenue base for a football club used to be the sustainability of the football club in my years before the Premier League and before Sky made it a worldwide brand. “It’s about creating the atmosphere in a stadium that thrills not only the fans there enjoying the atmosphere, but the players who respond to that “To make sure everywhere you go in the Premier League maintains a high level of attendance and selling out your stadium has to be the ultimate goal for any Premier League football club, for me. “What we’ve announced has to be the best piece of business, for me, seen in the Premier League for a long, long time. “Hopefully everybody at West Ham football club, particularly the fan, will come and enjoy, as Karren says, a fantastic facility for less. That will only encourage future young West Ham supporters to be West Ham supporters.” Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, announced during the week that the club would be making significant cuts to their current pricing as the move is being offset against increased television revenue. The cheapest season ticket at Upton Park is £620 but there will be £289 seats on offer from the 2016/17 season – the club’s first in the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium.
THE Flying Stars Cycle Club will organise the 15th edition of the Victor Macedo cycle road race on Sunday beginning with a roll start at 07:00hrs from Macedo’s residence, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown.The expected large turnout of cyclists will get the green flag on Homestretch Avenue from where the seniors and juniors will proceed to Long Creek on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway before turning back to finish at the place of origin, while the veterans, pre-juniors and mountain bikers will turn back at the top of the hill just past Splashmin’s Fun Park and finish on Homestretch Avenue.The first eight finishers overall as well as the top four juniors, the first three pre-juniors and the top three mountain bikers will be rewarded with cash prizes and trophies for their efforts.Ten prime prizes will be on offer during the course of the race.The event is being sponsored by Macedo Transportation Services in collaboration with Floyd Macedo, a former cyclist who was very competitive during his time.The defending champion for the event is Stephano Husbands who clocked three hours 11 minutes .70 seconds last year.The winning junior last year was Raphael Leung, while Junior Niles won the veterans’ category, Adelie Hodge was the first juvenile to cross the finish line and Ozeda McAulley was first among the mountain bikers.
Clarita Jo Russell, age 89, former Wellington resident, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas.Clarita Jo (Laney) Russell was born on October 28, 1924 in Antlers, OK to Joe C. Laney and Lottie A. (Ballard) Laney.Clarita married Kent O. Russell on February 27, 1942 in Antlers, OK.Â He preceded her in 1999.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kent; and daughter, Twanda Jo Russell in 1992.Survivors include her son, Kerry Russell of Winnsboro, TX; one grandson, Mark Russell; and two great grandchildren.Graveside Services will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Saturday morning, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.There will be no visitation.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net