It seems like an eternity ago when West Ham were playing at the Boleyn Ground, yet it’s only been three pretty eventful years.
During that time the Hammers have gone through two managers, overcome one of the rockiest stadium transitions in English football, and unearthed a player from the academy so good that David Gold has compared him to England and West Ham legend Bobby Moore.
A moment in time – West Ham vs Manchester United, 2016
The Boleyn Ground is a venue lifelong Hammers supporters and football fans in general miss, and it’s understandable why. Upton Park was one of the most famous stadiums in the English capital that was home to generations worth of history, and in true West Ham fashion, the final Premier League match to be played there was a thriller.
The opponents were Manchester United, who under Louis van Gaal were looking to sneak into the top-four with two games remaining and a match in hand over the cross-city rivals. A win would send the Red Devils into a Champions League spot, but as we all know, this was not the case.
Diafra Sakho gave Slaven Bilic’s side the lead just 10 minutes in, and the Hammers really should have had more going into the break, however after the restart United responded with two goals in 25 minutes from Anthony Martial.
A loss looked to be on the cards for the Hammers, but this was a season were the east London side were used to coming back from behind, and that’s exactly what they did with Michail Antonio levelling the game, and club captain winning the game 10 minutes from time.
It was a fitting end to 112 years of history at the Boleyn Ground, beating one of the biggest teams in the world in dramatic fashion in one of their best seasons in the English top-flight.
Although the move to the London Stadium the following season was a bumpy one, West Ham are beginning to find their feet in their new home under Manuel Pellegrini, beating the likes of United and Arsenal as well as holding Liverpool and Chelsea to draws this season.
The Boleyn Ground will forever have a special place in the hearts of Hammers, and those who are optimistic will believe the London Stadium can forge even greater memories for West Ham.
West Ham fans, what is your favourite memory from the Boyeln Ground? Let us know!
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