I was in London and went to my first West Ham game (against Chelsea) on January 2. Here are my observations: a) Upon getting off the tube at Upton Park, I noticed the plethora of folks wearing carnet and light blue (which is really a nice color combo). Folks were eating fish and chips at a local stand and preparing for the game. I was wearing a Betar Yerushalyim hat just to see if anyone would notice, and I overheard at least 6 people speaking Hebrew--one of whom, from Belgium started talking to me--I'm American and don't speak Hebrew so I just nodded. b) The neighborhood--Green Street--appears very much a working class neighborhood. I'm not sure if I can liken it to a neighborhood in Israel--maybe one of the modest suburbs outside of Tel Aviv? There were quite a few Muslim shops, halal meat stands, etc. nearby and so I took it that it was a heavily Muslim area--but I could have been wrong. The KFC I went to was all Aravim too--needless to say, I took off the Betar hat when I walked that way. Now that I've been to Green Street I really want to see the movie Green Street Hooligans. b) the West Ham crowd was fantastic. The Chelsea crowd was quite active too, but folks were singing, cursing, etc. I got so much flavor from the folks in my section--the Doc Martin stands--and even picked up a song or two. The crowd quieted, but that much so, towards the end--and the goal we (we being West Ham, gotta root for my peeps) scored was fabulous. There wasn't a trace of anti-semitism--in fact folks were cheering on "Yoss" right along with me. On the other hand, there isn't a song for Yossi like there is for Nigel Reo-Coker. They need to work on that They rooted against Argentina... and against Russia (after Russian Jewish owner Roman Abramovich)... but nothing against Israel or Jews. c) The game was great. At one point Yossi almost scored. At another he was elbowed right in front of us and knocked to the ground. They didn't even book the other side. I would have liked West Ham to win, but you can't get everything. The match left West Ham at the losing end of a long weekend. While they're solidly in the middle of the standings, they've lost ground since the opening weeks and only stand a few points above the relegation line. d) It seemed like the used Yossi mostly for midfield control instead of the type of one-on-one playmaking that we're used to seeing. One thing I noticed about West Ham was they consistently got beat off the headers--especially near Chelsea's goal. That is one area they're really going to have to improve. On the other hand, Chelsea's one of the best teams in the World--so its nice to see Yossi keep up with that level of play. e) I can't say enough about the West Ham fans. Besides the guy who snookered me for 100 pounds a ticket (and even he did that with a smile), they were warm, friendly, and accomodating. Really good people, despite any bad reputation they may have. f) The line to get back on the tube was redonkulous. It moved quickly, but must have been a half-mile long between walking from Green Street to the line to the Tube. My advice is if you do go, stay in the stands and on Green Street an extra hour, eat, drink, wager, and chill a bit.