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Premier League: West Ham fans vote in favour of crest change ahead of Olympic Stadium move

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West Ham fans have voted in favour of plans for a new club badge before the move to the Olympic Stadium in two years time.

The Hammers intend to introduce the crest on shirts when they move from the Boleyn Ground for the 2016-17 season.

In an online vote, conducted over 48 hours by SMG Yougov, the change gained a slight majority with 56% of fans saying they liked the new design,

The current crest has two hammers crossed over a castle, in the club's claret and clue colours with gold. The new logo removes the castle, which is linked to their current home the Boleyn Ground, to leave the crossed hammers, with 'London' written underneath. 

The club says its badge has been altered on average once every 10 years, although the current design has existed since 1999. The new design is not expected to feature on shirts or other club merchandise until the move four miles across east London.

Fans who may be unhappy about the change will be hoping that the side's fortunes on the pitch change this season, with many unhappy with the club's continued backing of manager Sam Allardyce.

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