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Farewell to the Boleyn

By May 9, 2016No Comments

Tomorrow night marks the final time that West Ham will take to the field at their famous old Boleyn ground.

Having played there since 1904, their match with Manchester United will be the last appearance for the Hammers at the stadium before they take up residence at the impressive Olympics stadium, better known for the exploits of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, than football.

West Ham will no doubt however look to make the new ground their home and create new memories, to build on those already left by iconic figures such as Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez.

The East London club look as though they are heading in the right direction. With owners willing to invest and plenty of ambition, they will surely be looking at the achievements of Leicester as an example of the impossible becoming very possible.

Similar to Leicester and their discovery of Riyad Mahrez, West Ham have had their own star in the form of French playmaker Dimitri Payet. Despite missing out on the PFA player of the year award, the 29 year old had a clean sweep at the club’s own awards, picking up five awards.

They will also be boosted by the return to the field of Andy Carroll – a player who, went fit, is more than capable of being a handful for opposition defences, especially in aerial duels.

In the youth department, they have always been renowned for their conveyor belt of talent, with players such as Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Mark Noble some of the stand out products. The next in line could very well be Reece Oxford, the defensive midfielder who impressed on his debut against Arsenal at the tender age of 16. They have moved quickly to put plans in place to offer the youngster a new, long-term deal, with big hitters Manchester City keeping an eye on his progress.

The future looks bright for the Hammers. Tomorrow night will provide an opportunity to reflect on a proud history.

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