15 photos that perfectly summed up West Ham’s Boleyn farewell

So, that’s it.

The curtain draws on the Boleyn Ground after 112 magical years for West Ham United in that venue.

The future is no doubt bright for the club and an exciting move to the Olympic Stadium dawns as they look to continue their recent upward trajectory under the stewardship of Slave Bilic.

While there is cause for excitement, tonight was all about all Upton Park.

The final chapter in its fabled history got off to a rocky start as the Manchester United team bus was attacked and pelted with bottles outside the ground, leading to a 45 minute delay for the kickoff.

As shocking as those scenes were, they merely added to the emotion on what was a wonderful night of football. Other than the ugly affair outside, it was a truly fitting sendoff to one of Britain’s most famous grounds.

Truth be told, the Red Devils looked as if their coach hadn’t shown up at all for much of the opening period.

Diafra Sakho put the home side ahead and they continued to squander a number of chances as they blew United away in a first-half blitz.

After the interval however, things changed. Antony Martial continued his form as the club’s best player this season by flipping the game on its head with a well taken brace.

Still, such is the magnitude of this game, the home side were not to be deflated so easily.

A storming come back following two headers from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid topped off a truly dramatic night of action in typical West Ham style.

On this most historic of occasions, we’ve complied a gallery of photos that truly encapsulate the farewell to Boleyn.

Boleyn

Boleyn

Boleyn

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Bubbles

Sakho

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West Ham

Reid

Bilic

Noble

Upton Park

Bubbles

Upton Park

Boleyn Ground

 


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