Tony Gale is preparing himself for one of the most emotional nights of his life.
He will be doubling up as one of the Hammers favourites during a parade of the legends along with carrying out his Sky duties where he has become a well respected analyst.
And in an exclusive interview with ClaretandHugh the former central defender said: “It’s going to be one of the most emotional nights ever – there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
“Over the last couple of weeks the absolute reality of the situation has dawned on everybody and it’s a hard one isn’t it. Yes, I’m for the move to the Olympic Stadium. It’s an absolute must if we are going to compete at the top with the big boys.
“None of us a are silly. We all understand it but unfortunately emotions and memories get in the way and the ida of leaving the Boleyn is really pretty unbelievable.”
He feels for those who have lived their lives in the area and are born and bred and regrets the passing of “community” saying: “Some are now millionaires and others are on the dole but when they return to the ground they are what they have always been – Boleyn boys and girls.
“After a wonderful season we can leave with a flourish but it’s still gong to be the toghest all in the world for so many. I love that place heart and soul. I had ten years at the club and lo ve the place.
“The final night against Manchester United is going to be hard, very hard – we will all have tears flowing. That’s for sure.”