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Last ball kicked at the Boleyn Ground today

seats1One last charity football tournament will be played today at the Boleyn before the site is bulldozed to the ground starting from tomorrow.

Barratt London will host a special  behind closed doors charity tournament.

A range of companies involved in the redevelopment of the site will be donating funds to charity in order to participate in this ‘World Cup’ style five-a-side tournament, with 24 squads of ten people each taking to the field. Stanmore Contractors Limited and BK Nolte Contracts Limited are the main financial sponsors for the day with Little Gem Catering providing the catering facilities at cost.

Net proceeds raised will go to charities – including:

  • Children of Heroes, a charity focussed on educating and mentoring the children of fallen servicemen and women.
  • MacMillan Cancer Support, the charity which aims to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.
  • The Silver Line, a charity which operates the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Barratt Developments PLC will match the proceeds raised from the event, donating up to £30,000.

Although the stadium was purchased by the Gallaird homes from West Ham for a reported £38m it was sold on to residential property developers Barratt London in August. Barratt London will soon be building the 842 new homes on West Ham’s former home in Green Street.

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In a press release Barrett’s finance director Tom Olsen said:

“The entire team involved in redeveloping Upton Park recognises the heritage embedded here and we are keen to mark the start of its new era with an event that will benefit a variety of charitable causes.”


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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

12 comments on “Last ball kicked at the Boleyn Ground today

  1. I know,i admit it its heartless but i really cant wait for it to be knocked down now then fast forward five years so i dont have to read all the old farts banging on about the place.Actually scrap that,fast forward 20 years so the miserable *******s aint even going anymore crying about missing the place.

  2. The Site of choice will no doubt be organising a sombre candlelight vigil and a procession to walk around the four corners of the ground while playing ” Those were the days my friend” from someone’s IPod then launching a full scale offensive against the board and the new stadium armed with boxes of Kleenex and wet wipes and telling everyone the soul of the club no longer exists 🙂

    • Dont even get me started on a few of them.Talk about self pity GW.

      • Tone some of us have been for 30 years+ but we’re told we’re neanderthals, uneducated or rabid dogs by a bunch of self absorbed drama queens who think they are the only ones with memories. Easiest thing would be that if they don’t like the direction the clubs going why don’t they just **** off and stop bleeding moaning about everything on a daily basis?

        • Haha #westhamfamily until one of them takes it upon themselves to get you thrown out of the family through foul means or fair haha

        • Sooo true GW.Its as if some of them are the only ones affected by the move.Constantly banging on about it & themselves.As you said if you dont like it now dont ****ing go anymore & let people who do get on with it without having to read their sob stories & poor little me diatribes.

  3. Lol Rick yes you are harsh but i am coming round to your way of thinking.I went for more than forty years & yes i miss the place but reading the same faces always carrying on about the place is starting to give me the hump now as well.They carry on like they are the only person to miss the place.Time they gave up the self pity & sob stories.Its bloody boring.

  4. Lol… you are right… the Wetlands are in a full existential crisis right now… they are homeless, they’ve got nowhere to stay… The curse of the Boleyn is on us, demons and negative energies pervade the OS. We urgently need a mighty shaman, the situation is getting worse… haha 😉

    • Your English is better than most of us i think matte Lol
      Yes indeed they are in turmoil at the moment,I have a small tear running from my eye for them as the only fans to have had to move from Upton Park LOL.Someone spray them in Green Street aroma & they will be fine.

      • Haha… too kind Tone, I try my very best… the experts have to grit their teeth, it’s a really critical time, but I’m sure they’ll pull through… they are the best… lol 😀

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