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Farewell Boleyn: Four years on

West Ham United bid an emotional farewell to the Boleyn Ground with a stunning closing ceremony following an unforgettable 3-2 Final Game victory over Manchester United four years ago today on 10th May 2016. The Hammers ended 112 years at their historic home with a 45-minute showpiece that featured Hammer of the Year winners, dozens of former players, Slaven Bilic’s first-team squad, the Cockney Rejects and ended with the late, great Bobby Moore turning off the lights at the famous stadium.

After a season review video had played on the big screens, ceremony hosts and lifelong Hammers Bianca Westwood and Ben Shephard took centre-stage. Proceedings kicked-off with Mark Noble leading the first-team around the pitch to accept the applause from a capacity crowd – many of whom were reduced to tears by the overwhelming mixture of pride, sadness and optimism that filled the stadium.

Attention then turned to the Club’s outstanding Hammer of the Year winners, more than 20 of whom had made the journey back to their spiritual home, who entered the Boleyn Ground in five Claret and Blue-clad traditional London taxis.

As the memorable climax approached, three truly iconic moments in the stadium’s long history went under the spotlight – Paolo Di Canio’s world-class volley against Wimbledon in March 2000, Sir Trevor Brooking’s 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final goal against Eintracht Frankfurt, and finally Billy Bonds’ wave to a crowd-covered pitch following promotion to the Premier League in May 1993.

The Cockney Rejects played a rocking drunken version of ‘Bubbles’ that nearly took the roof off the stadium before silence fell for the climax – moving footage of the late, great Bobby Moore switching off the Boleyn Ground lights one last time.

All that was left was for Mr Moon to officially leave the building, and 112 years of highs, lows, laughter and tears at the Boleyn Ground was brought to a poignant end.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter