SALVEM UPTON PARK:
NO A L'ESTADI OLIMPIC.
Goodbye Upton Park: West Ham have fond memories of their famous old home as they prepare to move to the Olympic StadiumGraced by some of England's finest - from Bobby Moore to Sir Trevor Brooking and modern day internationals like Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe - Upton Park has seen plenty of action.
Well, it's situated near Upton Park tube, but it is actually called the Boleyn Ground and many West Ham supporters will be sad the club is departing for the Olympic Stadium.
Supporters always become nostalgic at the prospect of moving, so we thought we would give them something to remember Upton Park by (and there is always next week's home game with West Bromwich to fill them with joy).
This is the review from stadiumguide.com: 'In the early 20th century, West Ham played its home matches at the Memorial Ground in Canning Town, but after a dispute over the rent was forced to look for a new home. They found a bare field used by a Roman Catholic school, and soon reached an agreement with the Catholic authorities for its use.'
'Boleyn Ground received its name from a house that stood next to the ground, called Boleyn Castle, and which supposedly had been home to Anne Boleyn. These days Boleyn Ground is more commonly referred to as Upton Park.
'Boleyn Ground got heavily damaged in the Second World War when it got hit by a V-1 bomb, but was soon rebuilt.
'The Boleyn Ground recorded its highest attendance of 42,322 during a match with Tottenham Hotspur in 1970.'
In August 1944, a V-1 flying bomb landed on the south-west corner of the pitch and forced the team to play its games away from home while repairs were undertaken. West Ham won all nine games on the road. They will hope for similar success at their new 'home' at the Olympic Stadium.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2297533/West-Ham-say-goodbye-Upton-Park-Olympic-Stadium.html#ixzz2Oq6h6B3q
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