WEST HAM’S FA Cup third round clash at Stockport had to be temporarily halted due to a huge firework display outside the ground.
While there weren’t many fireworks on the pitch during the first half, there certainly were outside Edgeley Park as referee Mike Dean was forced to bring a halt to proceedings.
Such was the noise around the National League side’s ground, Dean was unable to hear what his officials were saying over their communication system.
The incident occurred in the 15th minute of the match, resulting in play being delayed for three minutes.
Speaking of the display, West Ham tweeted: “There appears to be fireworks.
“More to follow when we have it.”
Fans were quick to point out that it was the most exciting moment of the first half as the Hammers struggled to break down the fifth-tier outfit.
One supporter posted: “Only fireworks that we saw in the first half. Improvement needed.”
Another said: “Most entertaining thing that’s happened so far.”
A third quipped: “Mike Dean only stopped the game as he thought they were for him.”
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The impressive display was a tribute for a local 15-year-old boy that was involved in a car accident last month.
The teenager was reportedly hit by a police car that was responding to a 999 call in Stockport, with officers immediately administering first aid until an ambulance arrived.
Craig Dawson’s late header won the tie for West Ham.
The Hammers will host Doncaster in the next round, with the winner of that match to face either Manchester United or Liverpool away in the fifth round.