West Ham bid farewell to the Boleyn Ground, known also as Upton Park, with a 3-2 win over Manchester United on Tuesday night. The match brought to a close the 112 year and 2,398 match history at the stadium.
The club wore commemorative jerseys for the match with ‘The Final Boleyn Game No. 2398’ and ‘Tuesday 10th May 2016’ embroidered in gold on the center of the chest in between the Umbro logo and West Ham club badge.
Winston Reid scored the final goal with his header in the 81st minute to complete the home side’s comeback. Diafra Sakho gave the Hammers a great start with his finish in the 10th minute but Manchester United’s Anthony Martial dampened the celebrations with his 2nd half brace. Michail Antonio leveled the game setting up Reid’s heroics.
The game carried meaning for both clubs outside of the final act at Boleyn. Manchester United is chasing a berth in next season’s UEFA Champions League while West Ham are fighting for a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League. While the Boleyn Ground is officially closed both teams still have all to play for in the final game of the season with European qualification still on the line.
The Hammers will move to Olympic Stadium starting in 2016/17.