Farewell Boleyn: Tears, winks and on TV – what a day


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ClaretandHugh has been inviting readers to share their best Hammers memories as we bid farewell to out spiritual home – the Boleyn.

Here, follower essexirons shares a very special moment in his Irons-watching career.

28th April 1978 is a date that is engraved into my brain for my lifetime.

Not only was this my first game at the Boleyn, it was also against my brother’s team. We had to win to save our season… we didn’t, lost 0-2 and  got relegated to boot.

As soon as I was told we would be going to the game I couldn’t think of anything else, weeks went by with the excitement growing. The night before I hardly slept and couldn’t wait to get there.

These were still in the days when kids were standing on milk crates or as we were sitting on the barrier. To be honest I can only remember parts of the game itself, the goals, the tears and the much missed Emlyn Hughes winking at my brother who was bravely surrounded in thousands of Hammers wearing Liverpool red from top to toe.

We got home just in time to watch The Big Match and was able to watch again the agony of the game.

But there was comfort in seeing myself and said brother for the world to see in close up there on the screen. A memory that can never die as I can watch it any time I want as some how my brother was able to find a copy of The Big Match and uploaded it onto Youtube. (I did contact ITV before hand but they wanted £200).

Have a look with the link above & pause it at 3.47min.


About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Farewell Boleyn: Tears, winks and on TV – what a day

  1. Painful memories for a lot of us, i was only seven when we got promoted in 1958 so had never seen us in Div 2, still we had three decent seasons, winning the FA cup and then that great promotion season finishing way in front of the second placed team, 13 points clear if i remember….

  2. Sad day . . .

    We had a shocking injury story that year, Derek Hales despite scoring in every other game had injuries, same for David Cross, Pop Robson had a bad season (for him) and we lost Bonds for large part of season . . .

    Only plus was Alvin Martin started a few games at the end of the season

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