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Bye bye Boleyn – boarded up and handed over



It may be the saddest picture we will ever publish  – the final goodbye to our fabulous old ground after one of the longest farewells ever.

Our spiritual home – the theatre which has provided all of our best memories for as long as most of us can remember is now no more. Upton Park  has departed Green Street as a football ground.

Here is the last image of the Boleyn we will probably publish – looking sad as she  is boarded up and officially handed over to joint developers Barratt London & Galliard Homes today (Friday).

Farewell old lady. You’ve been so good to us all. Sorry and all that but it’s very hard not to get slushy and sentimental at a time like this.

We’ll never forget.


Photo Credit: Nigel Kahn

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • oldgit says:

    That is not a sad picture for me – I can’t wait for it to be knocked flat. I’ve been going there for most of my life just like most fans but it holds more bad memories than good ones. It reminds me of decades of mismanagement and failure. I’m hoping for better at Stratford.

  • The Demon says:

    Me too. Difficult to get in and out of, 186 steps from the turnstile to my seat, cramped – even in the ‘new’ stands – and just out-of-date compared with other modern stadia. I’ve been going for half a century and the time has come to move on.

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