Alan Shearer pens his thoughts on tonight’s game in his Coral betting blog.
“West Ham fans say their farewell to the Boleyn Ground. They’ve had some fantastic times there over the years. I played there a few times and it was always a difficult place for away teams to travel to.”
“I remember the old Chicken Run terrace which is now the East Stand. You always got abuse from there as an opposing player. It’s been an iconic ground in this country and it will be sad to see it go. Tomorrow evening will be a grand occasion as they have the biggest club in the country playing there in the last ever game so it should be a fantastic atmosphere.”
“It was a real damp squib for the Hammers there on Saturday when they were well beaten by Swansea. They will certainly want to put in a better performance than that. I am sure the manager will remind them of that. Some great players have played at that ground over the years so they won’t want to go out with a whimper. It will be a tough game for Manchester United who obviously have a lot riding on the result.”
Photo of Alan Shearer leading out Newcastle as captain in 2001 in the Boleyn ground across building works for the West Stand. West Ham were the 3-0 victors on 23rd September with Di Canio, Hutchinson and Kanoute getting the goals.